Hi there- did you manage to stay cool today? I laid around in the air conditioning until I had to teach except for my lunch date with the lovely lady above. Hi Kate!! I like warm weather but I am not a fan of 90 degree temperatures in May. What happened to spring?
Look who else stayed cool?
If you’re not a cat person- sorry- but I love him!! Even though he’s full of fur and he bites my hand a lot. lol
I wasn’t really sure what to blog about today as my day was just the norm- stuff around my apartment, did some yoga, and taught some yoga. The usual.
I was watching a movie tonight on my couch, icing my foot, and there was some sort of quote that said something like- “Extraordinary things happen to extraordinary people.” I loved that! But it made me think about the Sanskrit word Dharma. Dharma means duty, right, or life- path. How do you know what that is? What’s your duty in life?
I thought about this a lot when I was hooked on life on the island.
If you don’t create the life you want, who will?
Now again, I’m not talking about Jack and Kate, but Lost really did make me think when they would talk about their duty in life, how to figure out what is was and then how they were going to follow though. Especially when this guy would talk about destiny all the time.
He actually lives in Baltimore! Ok but ANYWAYS- all kidding aside and for you non Lost watchers, all I’m really saying here is that I think it’s important to reflect on your own dharma. What is it that you’re destined to do? If there’s something you want, YOU are the one who has to make it happen.
I did some research on the word dharma and it comes from the Latin word firmus meaning to firm. I can see how those words are linked together. A lot of the definitions I found described the word dharma as being related to the cosmic law, one’s duty, nature, and really just their true essence of being in life.
"Dharma" derives from the verbal root dhri, which simply means "manner of being." The term must therefore be understood in its original (i.e. metaphysical) context, that of a "conformity" to a Divine or Creative Principle at work in an individual. It represents the individual’s internal "law," to which an obedience must be given if that individual life is to live in accordance with a Divine Will. This, we should note, is what Hindus or, for that matter, all metaphysical traditions, consider the sole or primary "purpose" of life. In "dharma," therefore, we find the founding principle of the caste system — one in which individuals owe their allegiance to an "internal decree" from which they cannot stray.
So I know it’s all a lot to think about it if you’ve never heard about all of this before but I think it’s important. I’m not saying you need to watch all of Lost on netflix and stay up till 2am like I did having nightmares about Ben Linus. Lol BUT- what I am saying is that in order to live your best and happy life, you have to make it happen. And I don’t mean quitting your job or moving across the country on a whim. I mean make choices and decisions. Take action to have what you want and be who you want to be! Be in the moment, breathe, do yoga, journal, meditate.
You have to do the work to figure out what your destiny is.
And how are you going to do that? I’d really love to know because I don’t know the answer. Geez I’m really turning into a philosophical person over here, but I was a philosophy major after all. Mom, be proud I’m using my degree.