After taking the ‘Whats My Dharma?’ Quiz. Here are some actions steps to acheiving your true dharma.
1) The wisdom of dharma comes from within, and is best accessed by listening to your inner voice.
Set aside an hour when you will not be disturbed and spend some time doing some kind of meditative activity to quiet your mind. Now journal your response to the following questions:
- What do I do well?
- What work do I dream about doing that I can enjoy?
- What will it take to make the transition from my current work to work that is meaningful for me?
- How can I contribute my unique gifts to the work I am doing now?
After you complete this exercise, stay alert to new ideas and possibilities . . . clues from the universe that will help guide you to your highest purpose. Continue to meditate, ideally two times a day for about 30 minutes, allowing your mind to become increasingly receptive to creative insights that will help you discover your dharma. You may want to return to the questions above and write down new ideas that occur to you in the next few days.
2) Make the Most of Your Present Situation.
The transition to a new job can take a while, so consider what you can do to increase your wellbeing in your current situation.
Your physical environment: Look at your workplace as you would look at your home. What can you do to make it more nourishing? The same work performed in a setting where the sounds, sights, and smells are uplifting can be much more gratifying than when carried out in a less nurturing space.
Your relationships: You can create heaven or hell through your relationships with your coworkers No matter what your interactions with them have been like until now, you have the opportunity to change things by doing something different.
Learn the skills of conscious communication and see if you can connect with the petty tyrant or martyr in your office on a person-to-person level rather than jousting role to role. Even if you don’t have your dream job yet, you can use your current situation to practice living dharmically.
3) Cultivate an attitude of appreciation and celebration.
Take a piece of paper and write down all the things you are grateful for in your life. Start with the daily things that make life easier – toothpaste, hot water, ATM machines – and progress to more essential items such as clean clothes, healthy food, and a warm place to sleep. Now consider all the good things that have happened to you during your life. Finally, reflect on the people you’ve loved in the past or love in the present. Spend a few moments reviewing the gifts you’ve received throughout your life. Make a commitment to find at least one thing to be grateful for each day.
If you want to do an advanced level of gratitude practice, consider the difficult experiences or relationships you have had and consider the gifts that even those challenging times have given you. For example, losing a job may have pushed you to finally pursue the work you really want to do. Growing up with an abusive parent may have spurred your desire to create loving relationships with your own children.