There is a tradition of “Self-Transcending Action” - also called Karma Yoga, which is a process of self-exploration that helps you to open up your life a little, live a little less self-focused, and find how you can experience a feeling of fulfillment doing so. The word karma actually translates most accurately to mean “habit.” So this week we will actually explore the habits we have, and the habits we are creating for ourselves. Let’s see what we can make them into. It is totally up to you where you decide to take your habits, but you will need to be conscious of making the decisions.
1. The first process to start is to explore personal dharma (path). This means making lists or otherwise writing down personal tasks that you engage in daily or monthly. Yes – make a list of the boring everyday stuff you do. If you are on a path toward a new career, the steps you are taking towards these bigger life goals can be included. Making a list of all the priorities in your life can be very helpful, but also overwhelming.
I am borrowing the topics for these explorations from an article entitled: Karma Yoga’s Essential Role in Yoga Therapy by Bob Butera, PhD. Yoga Living Volume XIII, Issue II, p.12.