"To follow your dharma, you must be willing to lay down preconceived notions and open to something possibly vast and unknown. In the clearing of the unknown we have no expectations or judgments, simply open curiosity. The practice of following one's dharma is considered a significant victory over the tides of the predictable." -Dharma Yoga Evanston
When I was at the Wanderlust Festival there was a tank top for sale that said, "MORE DHARMA, LESS DRAMA." While I didn't purchase the shirt, I, nonetheless, bought its message! Fast forward to this morning... I was looking through some old teaching notes and came across the quote which opens this post. Both such great reminders to me in a somewhat challenging week. "...no expectations or judgments, simply open curiosity." YES, PLEASE!!
Of course, this is easier said than done, but as I get older (I wonder... is it yoga, maturity or simply age that helps bring us more clarity to our lives?), I have found that I allow much less space for drama in my life... whether within situations or with people. The judgments and preconceptions that fueled so many of my teenage and early adult years, are just no longer fed. And, when we remove drama from our daily needs, the more room we have for our truth (that, and maybe some dark chocolate!).
It's sometimes so effortless to get caught up in the predictable.... the simple answer, the expected outcome, the way something is supposed to be. It's often more challenging, but ultimately more fulfilling to be open to YOUR path... your dharma.
Let's leave the drama behind!