"It is better to be bad at what you do, that good at what is bad for you." --translated from Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita
How many times have you asked yourself, or heard a friend wonder, "What is the purpose of my life?"
In the book I've been reading, "The 5 Dharma Types," Simon Chokoisky provides a map to help us navigate the many choices in our lives so that we can experience happiness and prosperity. He explains that once we know our dharma type, we can more appropriately reach our goals, and avoid storms along the way that could divert our course.
Dharma translates roughly as "natural destiny." It's also the drive to live according to the natural law of our being, and obtain our rightful purpose in the world.
Discovering my dharma type, and that of my husband, has already created a greater sense of harmony in our marriage. I can more deeply appreciate Steve's strengths, and understand his weak areas with far more compassion than I did previously. Most importantly, it's given me a new lens through which to perceive my decisions. Knowing that I tend to be an outsider type, I can more readily accept responsibility for my thoughts and actions. And, even though it can require an ocean-sized dose of humility, I can admit when I am not being entirely truthful with myself or others.
So, here are quick and brief summaries of each dharma type. Can you find which category you're in?
While taking the quiz in the book can be offer more accuracy, this can at least give you a start:
Skills: excellent gross and fine motor skills, which often encourage gravitation to sports or the armed service
Strengths: Generous, self-sacrificing, and team-oriented. Learning discernment, or the ability to judge rightly in any situation, can be the warrior's greatest weapon.
Weaknesses: Can be pessimistic, cynical, or materialistic. At their worst, they buy into--and perpetuate--a dog-eat-dog mentality.
Ways to shine this week: Warriors fight for a cause. This week, learn more about an issue that is important to you and enjoy the expansion of your mind.
Skills: High intellect and curiosity, teaching others
Strengths: High-minded (able to grasp abstruse concepts), noble, and pure. They can often gain respect and trust from others easily.
Weaknesses: Idealistic without a base in reality, or unable to personally practice the concepts they are teaching others. Can also find it challenging to make decisions.
Ways to shine this week: Allow the principles of discipline, movement, and strength to foster your ideas. Perhaps take a yoga class, or go on a walk in nature. Notice how the activity stimulates your body, mind, and spirit.
Skills: Fine motor skills, focused on refinement
Strengths: able to understand emotions, inspirational to others, generous, entertaining, and funny. Enjoys rituals.
Weaknesses: Insecurity or the need for validation from others. Often can feel lonely.
Ways to shine this week: The best way to feel needed is to give of yourself. This week, find something you can do to benefit your family or community.
Skills: Gross motor skills that can be used as a trade or hobby
Strengths: Love and feel deeply, and often express their love through service. Loyal, devoted, truthful, and hardworking.
Weaknesses: Intense jealousy. Attachment to people, things, or ideas to the point of irrationality.
Ways to shine this week: Laborers love routines. Add some zest to your life by switching up your daily routines, whether it's switching the route you take to work or trying a new restaurant in town.
Skills: Can mimic the traits of any of the other 4 types, adaptable.
Strengths: they inspire freedom, progress, and positive change. Independent and able to create/absorb/share new ideas outside of the cultural norm.
Weaknesses: Self-blame and inability to see their shortcomings. Refuse to accept responsibility for their own actions, and can fall into blaming the world for their problems.
Ways to shine this week: Find a way to be relevant and share your truth with the world. Perhaps some might open up to your unusual wisdom :)
There is so much more to how your dharma type can add clarity to where you're at in your life, and give some insight on how to approach decisions to be made in the future! There are lots of copies available at amazon, just click here to get it now! It's a great read that can be used over and over again for insights about your ongoing growth!
This book is an incredible resource to understand the way you think and act with much more clarity. I highly recommend it! But, if you don't have time right now to read it, or just want some of the juiciest tidbits from the book, keep reading below!