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Re-Commit To Your Path -That’s Your Dharma!

There is a Sanskrit word that’s very popular today called Dharma.

No! Not that 1990’s ABC sitcom, Dharma & Greg!

Dhamma-vinaya. Which is one’s path. One’s journey. One’s work.

There is a beautiful saying that if you’re searching for your path – you’re already on it!

If you’re questioning and searching, then things will reveal themselves to you as you engage in an open dialogue with yourself along your journey.

But that’s not what we do.

We live in a culture that is all about coveting other people’s journey, because it seems like their lives are more glamorous and exciting and thrilling and problem-free!

“I’ll have what she’s having!”

But you can’t. You have to work through your path.

And re-commit to it.

Sometimes, you look at your path and it’s hard and full of stones and potholes and it seems entirely uphill. You think you’re on the wrong road; that you should be on the Yellow Brick Road. Nope. All those obstacles on your path are part of what make your path yours. You just have to recommit to overcoming them.

I think because of the popularity of spirituality in our culture, we can sometimes use it as an excuse to not get on with the work that we have to do on ourselves to get to our next level.

We use spirituality as an escape clause to get off our path. Sound familiar? Thinly veiled “spiritual” aphorisms that allow us to not be accountable or responsible.

“It’s not part of the plan.”
“If it were easier, it would’ve happened.”
“There’s something better in store for me.”
“It’s just not the path I’m supposed to be on.”

If those sayings give you solace and peace of heart in times of trouble, that’s OK, because at a deeper level, they are true. All things will work out. And different things reveal themselves to us when certain things don’t unfold as we intended.

But I’m talking about when we use those sayings as excuses to not go after our dreams, to not stay committed, to give up, to lose hope, to become passive.

When you hear yourself saying something that may pass as quasi-spirituality, listen for the second thing you hear which may be an excuse. Or a rationalization. Or an avoidance. If that’s the case there’s only one thing you can do.

Re-commit.

Re-commit to this glorious path that is your life. With the things it wants to teach you and show you and have you embrace. Especially the stuff you’re most scared of.

Re-commit to the inherent qualities within you of courage and perseverance and fortitude and the science of possibility that dwells everywhere in the moment.

Re-commit to the things that we’ve used fear, or rationalization, or excuses or postponement to avoid because we were actually scared, but didn’t want to admit that to ourselves.

Your path will show you how to do these things. You just need to re-commit to it.

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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer/director/producer/teacher and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop – where the “right brain rules” – in Los Angeles and New York. He is endlessly inspired by his students’ fearless creativity and is tireless in discovering new ways to help us all get out of our own way a little bit more each day. He just finished writing/directing his first feature film, Birds of A Feather.

www.AtLeftBrainTurnRight.com

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  • Jill H.

    hello nail, meet hammer!

  • jen

    As an addict in recovery, I could relate to your entire topic. Either because I have experienced some of those rationalizations, justifications, et..  or I have seen it in others. I have learned in the past two years that if I wanted what I never had, I had to do what I had never done. But I did’nt know what I needed to learn, let alone how to apply it. Today I am learning to be my own best friend, to take action everyday and release my faith. I truly believe that if I do everything I can for the right reasons, then my Higher Power (whom I choose to call God), will do for me the things I cannot. Besides, how do you even know if you have faith if it’s never tested? I still have my pity pot moments, the difference for me now is I don’t stay stuck in the problem, but get into the solution. I have built a strong support network and am finally acheiving some balance in my life. I have had to take suggestions and stay willing. Without that willingness to want to change and the humility I’m learning for the first time self-acceptance. There are days when I may not want to reach out and ask for help or give help, go to another meeting, call my sponsor, or write on my stepwork, or pray and meditate. But the days I want to stay in bed and not answer the phone and just isolate alone with my headaches..that’s when I need to some kind of action more than ever. All I can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other, trust in this process and believe in the progress. I know today that happiness is an “inside job”. I no longer block the blessings. Today I am blessed with the best and am so very fortunate and grateful. Big love and respects, jen r (xnavygal)

    • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.meindl Anthony Meindl

       Wow Jen – thank you for your story! Inspiring!

    • ana

      well done to you. It’s very inspiring to read your story. I want to quit smoking and even though people say it’s not something you need rehab for, in terms of my own life, I really feel like I would be able to do it if I had a sponsor, someone to work with me one on one through it. Last time I quit, I had a breakdown, so now I am afraid to do it again… but to balance out that fear, I am paying attention to people in the world who have overcome different addictions successfully. Even though for me, it’s smoking I turn to, rather than drugs or alcohol, I feel like it’s a similar thing… reading your story has reminded me that if you can do that, then I can quit my addiction too. Thank you for sharing that. All the best with your positive future. 

  • http://www.twitter.com/emabaksa Ema

    I am re-commiting to my dreams right now. Thank you, I needed this more than you can imagine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.meindl Anthony Meindl

       Thank you Ema! Yes I am happy for you!