Friday, April 8, 2011

"What makes you come alive": Your Dharma, Your Bliss

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." --Howard Thurman

I shared this quote with my classes a number of weeks ago. One of my students later told me that this quote really resonated with them. Me too. Which is why I shared it.

Absolutely what the world needs is for people to begin living in a way that is consistent with what makes them free, what makes them blissful. What makes you come alive is your Dharma, your duty and your eternal truth. Your Dharma is not duty in a strict disciplinary sense of responsibility, but it is what you want to do because it is what feels right, it is what feels natural, it is what frees you.

My teacher Mokshapriya taught me that creative projects are essentially the most efficient and easiest ways to reach your "Vigyanamaya Kosh," or your Intellect body... the body full of wisdom and higher knowledge. This is the fourth of the five bodies of man. The first being Anamaya Kosh (Physical), the second Pranamaya Kosh (Astral), the third Manomaya Kosh (Mental), and the fifth being Anandamaya Kosh (Bliss). Creativity of any kind of going to lead you to your higher self. Creativity does not have to artistic; many people seem to believe it does. You can be creative by being resourceful in how you use mundane materials; you can be creative in how you communicate with people; you can be creative in scheduling and maximizing your time and agenda. If your job does not serve as a creative outlet, you can find something outside of your career that will make you feel alive.

Aside from practicing and teaching yoga, I love words. I love speaking them, reading them, and writing them. I studied English Language & Literature as well as Writing and Philosophy in college because it inspired me. Hearing other people who are passionated about words, about poetry, about writing, is just as inspirational.

We want to follow our bliss and do what makes us come alive because it inspires other people to do it as well. And when everybody is doing that, everybody is very happy.

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