Where are you going in such a hurry?
Where ever you go you are always right here. Where ever you go you are always with yourself. Whether you are in your home, on the subway, or at the top of a the Himalayas, you are always right here with yourself.
What about the hurry? You say, ” I have to do this by this time.” What time is that? The time is always now. Is your “hurry” mindset necessary in what you are doing? Does it get you there faster? Or does it slow you down?
How can we be more present? How can we eliminate “hurry” even if we happen to be moving fast?
And if you are always right here and the time is always now what should you be doing?
The simple answer to this question is “the only thing for us to do is our Dharma, our duty.”
But what does that mean and how do we know what that is?
Reality as Material Playground
Each one of us, every living being, and in fact every seemingly inanimate object in the universe, is an expression of God.
We are living in a material playground where each of us originates from the Singular Creative Source. Some call this God. In this playground we are often caught up in the “game.” We lose sight or forget that we are eternal and therefore we have all the time that we need, and that ultimately we don’t have anywhere that we “must” go. Yes, within life we have our obligations of eating and shelter and helping others. But how many of our other obligations are just filler, unnecessary?
How many of our obligations are buying into rules that don’t serve us:
- I must have a neat house.
- I must be a certain size body.
- I must attend all social events.
- My children must be well-rounded with lots of activities.
- I must respond to all Facebook comments.
How many of our obligations are us trying to run away from ourselves? What’s the cost of running from ourselves? Can we make a change?
When we slow down we can observe ourselves and everything around us. We can observe our actions, our emotions, and our thoughts. Those are our conditioning. Those thoughts, emotions, actions, and bodily experiences stem from what we have learned to do, think and believe. It also stems materially from our habits such as our eating, sleeping and use of our bodies. Our body is ourself in one sense, but in another, we are so much more than that. The eternal witness is our true self and it can never be destroyed or harmed. The eternal witness, our true self is not limited.
As we walk through life we may think that we have choice in our actions. There is a school of thought that says that God is playing his divine game through us. It says we get confused with the actions that were taking as being our choice when in reality it’s all God’s choice. This would lead to the conclusion that there are no mistakes. For many, including myself, this is hard to understand. But it is interesting and, I think, helpful to contemplate.
Here’s a way to think about it: God lives through us just as our breath breathes us. We can temporarily hold or control our breath but we can’t stop it for too long without extinguishing our material body. And just the same God is “playing life” through us. I don’t know where God’s plan ends and my plan begins. And perhaps they are one and the same. It’s a mind puzzle that is easier accepted than understood.
What the Heck is Dharma?
This brings us back to dharma. Dharma means many things but here in this chat, I am referring to dharma as duty. Your karma is your life circumstances that arise from your past actions and thoughts. It’s not a crime and punishment system. It’s simply a cause and effect system. Dharma is the duty you must do given the life (Karma) that is in front of you.
The life that is in front of us at any given moment will present you with your dharma. Sometimes that will be a child asking you for food. Sometimes that will be your boss asking you for a task to be completed. Often times there are things that come up in front of us that we don’t want to do. We reject the life circumstances that are at our front door.
The bell rings, we open it and upon seeing who is there, we slam the door shut. But the bell rings again. And again, and again until we accept our visitor, our Karma. When we reject our circumstances in the present moment, we experience frustration, anger, sadness, despair. The key to transforming these emotions into a peaceful heart is surrender to what is in front of you. This doesn’t mean you give up on life or that you stop striving for something better. It means you stop fighting the the river that you are standing in presently, the river that you walked into. You can eventually walk to a different river or path, but in this moment, you accept where you are and do what is in front of you.
The beautiful thing is that your duty is always serving God, is serving yourself as you are an extension of God and so is the person in front of you. Every person you meet is God meeting God.
The idea is that if you do your dharma, your duty, with the spirit of service to God then you can experience happiness in whatever you’re doing or not doing. Because sometimes our Dharma is to sit and be still in our mind and our body.
Again, you don’t have to worry if you can’t figure out which choice is your dharma. You can’t make a mistake. Isn’t that nice? Basically your Karma will keep showing up at your door until your dharma is done. It’s like an automatic reminder system.
So where are you going in such a hurry? Do you need to be in a hurry? Maybe you go slow or maybe your dharma calls on you to move fast. Can you go slow and fast with equal amounts of peacefulness in your heart?
Let me know what you think!
Wishing you peace and joy. Namaste.