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Day 247: getting to know your dharma, in 21 days or less

4 Sep

Today marks the end of 21 Days of Meditation from the Chopra Center. It also represents a milestone — 21 days — the amount of time it takes to start, stop, invent, re-invent, or release a habit.

Has my life changed?
No.
Yes.
Kind of.
In a way.

Over the last three weeks these three main questions bubbled their way to the top of my head, heart, body and soul:

Who am I?
What do I want?
and
How can I help, how can I heal, how can I serve?

Just asking the questions rearranged my DNA, much like dumping a puzzle out onto a table and then figuring out how to put all the pieces back into their spot.

Has anyone noticed the change in me?  I doubt it.
But there is an inkling of a difference brewing, even if all those puzzle pieces end up being put right back in the same place they’ve always been.

I may not know the answers to all of these questions …yet:

Who am I?
What do I want?
and
How can I help, how can I heal, how can I serve?

But, here’s what I do know — you can do anything.

You can make a promise to yourself to do anything
Maybe it is not shopping for 365 days all in a row. 
or meditating for 21 days straight.
or not complaining for a month.
or promising to listen better for a mere week.
or turning down dessert at just one meal.
or remembering to floss!

But, I know you can do it — anything — you make a promise to do.
And, maybe that, simply that, is my dharma, my service to you.

Because I believe this:
I know you can do anything.
And, somewhere, deep inside, I suspect you know this about yourself too.

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