The great work of your life : summer reads

Stephen Cope is the director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living (and who I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to at the NPF/Kripalu Parkinson’s yoga retreat in June!). His book The Great Work of Your Life is a guide to help you on your own life’s journey to find and embrace your true calling, or dharma (click on link to read more).

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Each one of us has gifts and has to trust in our own gift: “it is better to fail at your own dharma than to succeed at the dharma of someone else“. Bring every action into alignment with your dharma.

We have responsibility to our gift, and are responsible to give it in the way it is called for, and release all outcomes: “do your work with the welfare of others in mind“.

… in the  words of the one-and-only Dolly Parton, “Find out who you are, and then do it on purpose”.  much love.

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Find your “special thing”

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” ~Rumi

You know what it is. You’ve always known. You drew pictures of it when you were small. But then, job, kids, house, yard, family, friends, house, yard, work, computer came along. It sits under all that “busy me”.

It’s your dharma, your purpose.

You might already be doing it without naming it. Or it’s something you’d do it without pay if you could live off it.

Your calling. And it may take a huge amount of physical and emotional effort. The path may be confusing, painful, stressful, but you will know that it’s worth it.

what lights me up: yoga, parkinson's disease and caregivers, healthy aging especially for women

what lights me up: yoga, parkinson’s disease and caregivers, healthy aging especially for women

Life mastery doesn’t have to be making deals, responding to emails, losing sleep. You can change the world and achieve your dharma with not only the yang -pushing forward, taking action- but also the yin -be in the flow and receptive.

Some ways to help you get there..

  • Take the time to figure out “what lights you up”!
  • Try saying no to things that don’t contribute to your purpose.
  • Surround yourself with people who understand or do similar “work”.
  • Take some time to sit and listen to your inner teacher.
  • Trust that you know what is best for yourself and your purpose.
  • Take the time and space you need. Ebb and Flow.
  • Embrace your calling, whatever it is. No judgment.

what lights you up? It’s ok to still be figuring it out. I know mine involves

Parkinson’s, caregivers,

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yoga,

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healthy aging and female-specific research

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… but in what capacity? Not too sure yet!       much love.

References:

tinybuddha.com; yogadork.com