Deepak Chopra says that Dharma is your "purpose in life".
Wikipedia defines it as being the law that "upholds, supports and maintains the regulatory order of the universe."
There are many interpretations of Dharma. It's meaning varies from religion to religion and practitioner to practitioner...
I prefer Deepak's take on it. Maybe that's because he was the first to introduce me to this concept nearly 20 year ago. Maybe it's because it just makes better sense to me.
And- as I say in the video above, you do not have to accept Dharma as a fact or even a spiritual law to put it to good use in your life.
You can choose to see it as a powerful tool for getting into alignment with what it is that will truly make you happy. It's a way of finding yourself or, as Jospeh Campbell put it, following your bliss!
The good news is that living your Dharma or finding your soul's purpose is not as daunting as some people make it out to be.
In fact, it can be broken down into three simple steps. (Keep in mind I said "simple", not "easy"!)
3 Steps To Finding Your Soul's Purpose :
1. Get in touch with your higher self, the voice of your soul or your personal connection to Divinity.
The best way I know of doing this is to put a regular meditation practice in place. You can start with as little as 5 minutes at the beginning and end of each day.
2. What turns you on? Flips your switch? Brings you great joy?
Bust out a piece of paper & create a list of the things you would do if money was no object, time was of no concern, and nothing was holding you back.
Ask yourself, "What kinds of things do I do that I find myself getting so wrapped up in that time seems to stand still and I am completely engaged?" "What am I really good at?"
These are your gifts. And gifts are meant to be given...
3. Having identified your special interests & talents in step two, ask yourself now, "How can I be of service?" How can you use your unique abilities to serve your fellow human beings? What is it that you have to offer that other people need? What do people routinely thank or ask you for?
By combining a strong connection to your higher self with your own special talents and a desire to be of service, you will be well on your way to living your Dharma, following your bliss, and living the kickass life of your dreams!
"When your creative expressions match the needs of your fellow humans... You will begin to experience your life as a miraculous expression of divinity- not just occasionally, but all the time. And you will know true joy and the true meaning of success- the ecstasy and exultation of your own spirit." -Deepak Chopra
*If you want to explore this idea further, you might want to listen to the HiPPiE WiTCH episode that I did on this same topic, and this Tuesday at 9am (Pacific), I will be doing a related episode called "Karma & The Three Fold Law". So, tune in for that!