Dharma is a concept that can be boiled down to a combination of three things: Passion, expertise, and usefulness. When we live our dharma, we feel fulfilled.
You don’t need to be anyone or anything else. Your job or even your ideal job may require you to have skills or an outlook that you don’t have. By forcing yourself into that role, you’re making yourself feel bad. But your dharma is already within you. It represents what you most value. Understanding dharma also frees you from envy and the need to be more than you are.
It may take time to discover your dharma, but when you do, don’t be afraid if you think you’ve found the wrong one. We make mistakes and we can stand on to learn from them. But once you’ve hit gold, never let it go.
Setting up a routine can help you to use your time and effort purposefully. When you program your body into following a routine, you limit the time wasted on making decisions and being distracted. That said, routines shouldn’t become boring and mind-numbing. You must look for new joys in the same activities, which can be done by putting your full effort into the things that you do.
If you feel like you don’t have enough time for anything, try waking up early. This is a time that’s for you only, without any restrictions or obligations. Before sleep, decide on the things you want to accomplish the next day. Visualize the day as you want it to go, but don’t put all your expectations on things going your way. Imagine how it will feel going about your activities as you planned them.
When you go about your day, ease your body into the rhythm that you set. Do everything with intent and focus. Make sure that the time and place where you do things are suited to you.