Six years ago, I made the decision to sign up for yoga teacher training. I wasn’t sure why.
To be honest, I didn’t have a great passion for yoga and I didn’t have a strong personal practice. At the time, I was writing a newsletter for Be Well Now and felt I needed to have a better understanding of the yoga postures if I was going to write about them. I mean, doesn’t everyone pay $2,000 to learn the subject they’re writing about?
But my kids were grown and gone and I was doing some soul-searching. How did I want to spend the last third of my life? There was something missing in my life; I was searching for my spiritual place in the world.
As much as it sounds like a cliché, taking the training did start me on my journey of self-discovery.
I’ve grown as a teacher. My intention was to teach so I could have an extra income. But I quickly realized that my training barely scratched the surface of what I needed to know if I was going to share the benefits of yoga with my students. Since then, I’ve continued my education, currently enrolled in a select 300-hour Yoga Wellness Educator program.
More importantly, I was introduced to other yoga traditions and began to dip my toe into the waters of a kundalini yoga practice. The teachings I’ve been listening to lately have been on dharma, our purpose in life.
One of our developmental tasks as teenagers is to discover who we are, what we want to do with our life. We think once we have it figured out, that’s it, we’re golden. Little do we know that most of us are hit with a mid-life crisis. And if we’re self-aware, interested in personal growth, we’ll very likely do it again when we become empty-nesters.
Dharma is closely tied to prosperity. But that doesn’t necessarily mean money. According to Jai Dev Singh, “true prosperity is only experienced when we begin to activate and move in the direction of what we were born to do. The essence of prosperity is aligning with your purpose and activating it. All the resources you need in your life…money, relationships, wisdom, and so on…will flow to you and through you.”
Still trying to find your path? Here are some ways to tune in to discovering your dharma:
- Follow your bliss. What makes you happy? What brings you joy? If there’s something that really makes your heart sing, take a closer look at it.
- Watch for synchronicity. Nothing happens by chance and if opportunities keep presenting themselves to you, perhaps it’s time to take a close look at what the Universe is showing you.
- Let go. Let go of control. Let go of trying to force yourself on a path that isn’t right for you – you’ll just be unhappy.
- Listen. We all have a guiding voice inside of us. Take yourself out of the noise so you can hear the messages you might be missing.
Whether you’re in your first or third (or more) round of “figuring it all out,” I wish you success in finding your purpose in life and true prosperity.