Where Wikipedia starts with “There is no single-word translation for dharma in Western languages”, I’ll just use one definition in this blog for dharma: nature of reality.
To elaborate, nature of reality is the way things are so called cosmic order. Cosmic order is not a fixed concept, but as dynamic and ongoing process as life itself. Nature of reality is change and cosmic order meets the needs of the present moment all the time.
You as a living being therefore are part of this ongoing process of reorganization through your presence as a living being. Each moment is opportunity to live and fulfill your dharma by being completely mindful. You can think that there are different kinds of option in each moment: the option of passivity, the option of too much action or unskillful action, or the option of right and skillful action. Although not limited to these categories, mostly our thoughts, words and actions fall into these categories when we think of the opportunity cost to fulfill our dharma.
We are creatures of habit, because of our physical survival needs. We want to conserve energy in this chaotic and complex world in order to survive.
When we are born into this world, most of our habits we adopt come from reactions and the example of our surroundings. Even if we would be surrounded by enlightened beings even then it would be better for us to look how our habits serve our own dharma.
Not even the best habits and example of enlightened people will serve you, because you are you and your dharma is your responsibility.
Succeeding in our own dharma is the greatest challenge, purpose and contribution. Your gift for the universe.
It’s not your bosses dharma. Not your parents, or your children. Not your spouses. Not your friends dharma. Your dharma.
Be present now and you will know what it is you need to do if anything.
Joy and energy!