By Hillary Talbot
davidji Certified Teacher
Your purpose or dharma, that thing that you have identified with, that thing that makes your heart sing or has gotten you out of bed for the last few years, is starting to change. It hasn’t changed completely, but you can feel the ground beneath your feet beginning to rumble. Breezes of vulnerability wash over you when you least expect it, as you are placed in situations where you no longer identify 110% with your old dharma.
You have the sneaking suspicion that something is emerging.
Now what? First off, clap your hands! Get excited!!! Allow excitement and joy to percolate in your heart and blot out any fear that is about to flow down from your brain trying to paralyze you into staying exactly where you are. This feeling means you are growing! It means that right now you are hearing the whispers of the Universe. It’s time to lean into the whispers of what this change could be and listen to what they have to say. This is conscious communication with the Universe, and just one of the many benefits of meditation.
Meditation helps so you are no longer frightened by what is beyond the horizon. You are enticed by it. You are embodying the ability to be excited about change and growth all the while surrendering to uncertainty. This is no small feat. This is huge!
Sometimes clarity doesn’t come all at once. A daily meditation practice will help dial it in. But, what do you do in the meantime before the message is clear? Here are some tips from my experience:
- Cultivate patience through stillness and present moment awareness.
- Commit to a little bit of stillness each day, no matter if it was a good, bad, chaotic or triumphant day.
- Resist the urge to run from un-comfortableness and to learn what needs to be understood so you can move forward.
- Allow yourself to be vulnerable.
- Allow yourself to dig deep for courage.
- Allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by uncertainty.
- Trust in something bigger than yourself and you have a gentle knowing in the core of your being that you will always be ok.
- Call on this knowing when the fear comes knocking.
- Ask yourself before each meditation, “What are my unique gifts?” “Where is my wisdom hiding?” “How can I illuminate my wisdom for others?” “Where does my ability to serve others intersect with my dharma or purpose?”
That intersection between the impulse to change and the knowledge of the path is the sweetspot. Once the two meet all will become clear soon enough. Until that time, can you sit patiently until the mud settles and your lotus blooms?