I was returning to work after a three-month medical leave for depression and I wanted 2020 to be more focused, more centered, more grounded.
In the workshop Michel guides you through an exploration of Dharma. When I hear the word Dharma the first thing I think of is the 90s TV show “Dharma and Greg” (anyone remember that one?). And although the Dharma character is a free-spirited hippie, yogi blend, that’s not really what Dharma is about.
Dharma is your purpose, or your calling, for those of us in the Christian tradition.
To begin, Michel invites us to explore our understanding of Dharma, or call. For me it is “God’s vision for how I might impact the world with hope and joy as I flow through the ups and downs of my journey”. Michel’s understanding is shorter, “alined action”.
Take a few minutes to explore your understanding, or interpretation, of Dharma, or call.
How does it shape your life or how would you like it to shape your life?
How has it influenced you for the positive or negative? There is no right or wrong because this is personal. In the church we talk a great deal about call and sometimes it can be intimidating. Especially if you don’t think you have one or if you are afraid you are not living up to your call.
Let that go. Dream big, how would you like to interact with the world? You don’t have to be specific about a career or area of ministry. Just think about what purpose/call/
Dharma, means to you...
Michel then guides you through a series of questions that focus on vision, actions steps and relationships. She suggests that you take one question at a time to explore for a week or a month. You can do this exercise all at once as you would if you watched the workshop, but I like the idea of living with each question for a period of time, really getting a chance to explore it and open yourself to the guidance of the Spirit as you sit with the question.
The questions are…
1) Who am I in the next phase of my life?
2) What habits/rituals am I cultivation to become the person I envision?
3) What relationships do I need to cultivate in order to become the person I am becoming?
4) How will I feel in the next phase of my life?
5) What will I do (what do I want to do) in the next phase of my life?
6) What do I need to know in this next phase of my life that I don’t already know?
7) What is the plan to get to who I want to become?
8) How can I hold myself accountable to the plan?
9) What needs to be redefined in my core relationships to become who I want to become (to accomplish what I want to accomplish)?
10) How do I need to use my time differently to become who I want to become?
11) How can I upgrade my environment in support of who I am becoming?
12) How can I upgrade my internal space to support the person I am becoming?
I think the thing I loved best about the workshop was that Michel allow