Dharma and Greg-spiration
Most recently I have been filled with inspiration ... and have been acting upon it. The acting upon it is the most significant part (and I think it is probably due to Jupiter touring Cancer - which basically translates [being that I'm a Cancer] to I have been gifted extra energy and should take it and run with it). As to how many times I've come up with an idea and stashed it in the "to-do later" file is overwhelmingly embarrassing. However, in the last six weeks I have been digging into that file. And it feels amazing. And I don't want to loose it.
Not wanting to loose it anytime soon, I began to take a look around to see what has really been inspiring me. I didn't have to look very far, as it was right in front of me (and likely right in front of you) ... social media. I find inspiration in seeing what other people are doing with their lives. I have been pretty blessed to have attracted people into my life who are positive beings of shiny light (that sounded super crunchy... I am at Cafe Gratitude as I'm writing this... naturally...) as most of my friends are filled with gifts and are beginning to share them with the world - aka dharma.
As I look to see what others are doing, it urges me to do more, to play my part. There have even been specific times when I've wanted to call it an early night/take a mid-day nap/watch four back-to-back episodes of Mad Men rather than pursue my goals at said time (and don't get me wrong - sometimes you just need to watch Mad Men... because there is inspiration to be found there, too) when I have signed on to one of my many social media accounts and saw photos of my friends doing things that made me push harder to get my own stuff done (aka do the work). Needless to say, in the last six weeks I have not seen many episodes of Mad Men.
My friend Gabby's company - Eat.Drink.Shrink. - is helping people get healthier. My friend Vanessa recently spent time in Ukraine covering Gen-Y's experience of the uprising. My friend Murisa runs an acting company here in LA that specifically helps actors understand how to tap into their energy field (chakras) while honing their craft. My friend Rachel runs an event planning company, Agent of Change, that focuses on advancing consciousness for each event they produce. My friend Michelle runs a mindful branding company (appropriately titled I AM. creative - a nod to Cafe Gratitude) and has the most amazing and inspirational clients. And then there is this amazing woman - whom I have not met just yet, but follow on all social media forms - Yael Cohen - who started a non-profit to help people become aware of how early detection of cancer can save lives. Seeing all of these women in their dharma = inspiration for me to further develop into my dharma (and funny that they're all women, I had not even realized that until just now...that's pretty powerful).
I have been finding inspiration not just on social media, but also in-person as well. There is an amazing quality about being in-person that will always be more profound than social media - the aura and energy field of connecting. This last week I had the opportunity to attend a benefit for Pencils of Promise. Such an inspirational event, filled with successful people who are living out their dharma. The energy of the event was filled with hopes and dreams for a better world - and people who do not file anything away on a to-do list, they just do it then and there - which for me is just as inspirational as the charity work they do throughout the world. Thanks to my wonderful friend Rachel at Agent of Change, I had the opportunity to meet Adam Braun who founded Pencils of Promise. He has a new book out - and it's amazing. I can't put it down. He signed a copy for me - he wrote "Heather, Your footprint awaits." Thank you for that inspiration Adam, because yes, yes it does.
I have an amazing friend whose job is to inspire others. He speaks in front of thousands of people (actually 16 million according to his TED talk) each year and spreads inspiration. He is a game changer in our world. I told him that he inspired me. His response was "and you inspire me." Wow. The man who spends all of his time inspiring people said that I inspire him.
Perhaps the meaning of dharma is not only to fulfill your soul's mission, but to also inspire others along that path to help them develop into their dharma. I believe this is called a Dharmatic Endeavor.