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Abundance and the Law of Pure Potentiality Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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“We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? . . .
Your playing small does not serve the world.”
—Marianne Williamson

With today’s meditation, we begin the second week of the Chopra Center 21-Day Meditation Challenge™, Creating Abundance. Throughout this week, we’ll explore abundance as it relates to the laws contained in my book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.  The power to create anything flows through us when we are connected to the moment, plugged into the deeper source from which all experience, knowledge, and existence emerge and to which they return. And, so, we’ll begin this week by discovering how we can put the first law, the Law of Pure Potentiality, into practice and create abundance by accessing this source, the field of all possibilities.

 –ooOoo–
Our centering thought for today is:
“Through the Law of Pure Potentiality, I can create anything, anytime, anywhere.”

–ooOoo–

Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
Om Bhavam Namah
I am absolute existence. I am a field of all possibilities.

–ooOoo–

This week, You will learn how to attract greater abundance by applying the laws from my book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success”, to your life.

Today, we’ll focus on the first law, the law of  pure potentiality that asserts that in our essential state, we are pure consciousness, pure potentiality and the field of all possibilities.  When you discover your true nature and know who you really are, you experience pure being and stand fearless in the face of any challenge.  In this state, you are anchored in the unlimited and eternal power of yourself which draws people, situations and circumstances to help support your deepest desires.

Engaging in our daily activities, we sometimes hear thoughts and opinions often expressed as fact that do not define our divine essence.  We may hear news that good jobs are scarce, that the global financial picture is bleak, or that the world resources are rapidly dwindling.  It is important to note that such statements are not universal truths.  Instead, they represent a collective consciousness that provides a sense of scarcity and the illusion of competition.

With so much negativity going around us, how then do we discover the deepest part of ourselves?  Coming into silence, we’re able to tune into ourselves and embrace our inner knowing aligned with spirit, our highest self, we silence the chatter and negativity of our three-dimensional world and tap into our unlimited power.  Here, in the stillness, we experience our inner essence which helps us manifest our heart’s needs and desires.

Spending time each day to silently commune with nature and witnessing it’s perfect intelligence will also allow us to connect with higher consciousness.  Yet another way to achieve inner calm is to release the need to judge other people and circumstances as good or bad, right or wrong.  When we judge people and events in our lives, we create turbulence which gets in the way of our getting in touch with our higher selves.  Relinquishing this need will allow us to be in the place of deep stillness.

To practice the law of pure potentiality today, commit to spending some time in silence and nature.  Free yourself from the need to judge people or situations.  Say to yourself, today I will judge nothing that occurs and periodically remind yourself of that commitment.  Allow this message to settle into your consciousness.  “Thru the law of pure potentiality, I can create anything, anytime, anywhere.”  “Thru the law of pure potentiality, I can create anything, anytime, anywhere.”

Meditation
In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.
Sanskrit mantra is om buvahm namah, “I am absolute existence, I am a field of all possibilities.”  Om buvahm namah.

Release the Mantra
As you continue with your day, carry this sense of abundance with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, “Through the law of pure potentiality, I can create anything, anytime, anywhere.”  “Through the law of pure potentiality, I can create anything, anytime, anywhere.”


 

Mindful Moment Witness the field of all possibilities.
Spend some part of your day in silence. When you have time, commune with nature. Throughout the day, suspend any need to judge people or circumstances. If you find yourself judging something or someone, gently remind yourself of your commitment.

 NAMASTE

http://www.chopra.com/meditation

Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one;
each day brings a miracle of its own.

It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”
—Paulo Coehlo

During our time together, we defined abundance as having all your needs, wants, and desires met; we also discovered that the source of all abundance is the unlimited divine source, underlying all creation. We discussed the three levels of consciousness—mind, matter, and spirit—and how spirit is the source of everything that is and where anything is possible. Just yesterday, we acknowledged that the seeds of success are within and always available to you.  Today, you will learn that when you align your thoughts, deeds, beliefs, and expectations with spirit, everything you have always wanted, needed, or desired flows freely to you.

–ooOoo–
Our centering thought for today is:
“I use my conscious intention to manifest my dreams.”

–ooOoo–

Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
Sat, Chit, Ananda
Existence, Consciousness, Bliss
–ooOoo–

Over the last six days, we have discovered the reality of the source of abundance which is unlimited and eternal.  We’ve learned that mind, matter and spirit work in conjunction with one another to manifest abundance, as in the silent field of all possibilities lie the seeds of success.  When you live from within, your desires are fulfilled quickly, spontaneously and with minimal effort.  This week, we’ll contemplate what we sometimes call a coincidence, a miracle, or just luck.

Ask yourself how long does it take for a dream to come true?  In the minds of some, specific conditions must be met, plans must be in place, a certain amount of time must pass, and effort needs to be exerted.  However, these conditions all spring from the physical three-dimensional world.  In deeper levels of consciousness, what we call a dream, miracle, or lucky coincidence can happen in an instant.  Is a lucky coincident something that happens to some and not to others?  Or is what we call luck what is actually the result of awareness and intention?

Having your dreams spontaneously fulfilled is not luck, in fact, luck is a concept invented and used by those who have not yet discovered the power of living in alignment with the soul, spirit and source.  Once you realign with your source, you will find that you can spontaneously fulfill your desires and enjoy every day miracles.  There will never be a need to worry about when or if your dreams will come true if you hold the faith and trust that they will.

Take a moment to envision an everyday miracle you would like to have happen in your life.  Consider your circumstances as they are now, and how you would like them to be.  For instance, perhaps you work as an accountant but have always wanted to express your artistic side.  Paying attention to your body, notice how you feel when you think about your present circumstances and when you focus on your dreams.  Pay attention to these feelings of comfort or discomfort, sadness or joy.  Your body is a wonderful tool to help align you with spirit.  Noting how it feels helps you to make creative choices that will bring you closer to what you desire.

Now as we prepare for meditation consider today’s centering thought,
“I use my conscious intention to manifest my dreams.”
“I use my conscious intention to manifest my dreams.”

Meditation
Now let’s begin, please find a comfortable position placing your hands lightly on your lap and closing your eyes.  In this moment go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.   Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation  allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Gently introduce today’s Sanskrit mantra, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease :
Sat (Saht) Chit Ananda (Ahnanda).  Sat Chit Ananda.  Existence, consciousness, bliss.  Sat Chit Ananda.
Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra: Sat Chit Ananda. Continue with the meditation for as long as you wish.

Release the Mantra
Bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply, when you feel ready gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day carry the sense on unlimited potential with you and remember today’s centering thought:
“I use my conscious intention to manifest my dreams.”


Mindful Moment Be led by your mind-body-spirit.
Take a moment to envision an everyday miracle you’d like to have happen in your life. Consider your circumstances as they are now and how you’d like them to be. Paying attention to your body, notice how you feel when you think about your current circumstances and when you focus on your dreams. Write down these feelings of comfort or discomfort, sadness, or joy. Your body is a wonderful tool to help align you with spirit. Noting how it feels helps you make creative choices that will bring you closer to what you desire.

 NAMASTE

http://www.chopra.com/meditation

Authentic Success (Ralph Fiennes)

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“The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings — their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born. Success.. is all about being able to extend love to people… not in a big, capital letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.”
{Ralph Fiennes}

The Seeds of Success Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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“As human beings, our greatness lies not
so much in being able to remake the world . . .
as in being able to remake ourselves.”

—Mahatma Gandhi

Today, we will consider what success is and where it is found. It’s common to sometimes measure our success or fulfillment by comparing ourselves to others. This is called object-referral, looking outside for validation. It’s also common to overlook the opportunities for success that exist in our setbacks or failures. Through meditation, we learn that everything we want, need, and desire is already within us and that the seeds of success are within every perceived setback. Self-referral, looking within, is where true fulfillment resides.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Success: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

–ooOoo–

Our centering thought for today is:
“Everything I desire is within me.”

–ooOoo–

Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
Ram . . . Ram . . . Ram
Everything I desire is within me.

–ooOoo–

We are born with everything we need for a life full of love and success.  But often we measure our love, joy, health, vitality and other positive qualities by comparing ourselves to something or someone else.  Perhaps thinking thoughts like “I have a loving relationship but not as loving as my friend’s” or “I live in a nice house but not as big as my brother’s”, or, “I have a good job but I don’t make as much money as my colleague”.   Such comparisons stem from object referral, looking outside oneself for validation.  But an abundant life is not about external comparisons but instead, a life of fulfillment comes from within with the knowledge that you were born with everything you need to be happy and successful, and can access those seeds of abundance at any time.

Currently, all over the world, many people are experiencing difficult times.  When we experience such setbacks, we sometimes feel as though we’ll never achieve success.  Yet, in every perceived failure or setback is the seed of success.  In every situation we have new opportunities to find creative solutions for our problems, redefine our priorities and explore other options.  We begin to view our challenges more positively once we realize we have the power to focus our attention on new possibilities and possibilities for abundance are endless.  There are no limits to what we can have.

Take the time to look at each situation which challenges you and find those seeds of success that will attract greater abundance into your life.

Consider the abundant banquet of life that has been spread before us in all of it’s splendor.  Spend a moment focusing on this centering thought,
“Everything I desire is within me.”
“Everything I desire is within me.”

Meditation
Go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to our higher self.   Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Gently introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally, and allowing it to flow with effortless ease.. Rum, rum.   “Everything I desire is within me.”  Rum. Rum. Rum.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, distractions in your body, noises in the environment, simply gently return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.  Rum.  Rum.  Rum.  Please continue with your meditation for about five minutes.

Release the mantra.  
Bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, take with you the sense of stillness and remember today’s centering thought “Everything I desire is within me”.  ”Everything I desire is within me”.


Mindful Moment Discover the seeds.
Take a moment today to consider a situation that feels like a failure or a setback. From that perspective, try to identify opportunities that could put you on the path to success. Write down the steps you can take to make your vision a reality. You can apply this exercise to all areas of your life. Take the time to look at each situation that challenges you and find those seeds of success that will attract greater abundance into your life.

NAMASTE 

http://www.chopra.com/meditation

The Field of All Possibilities Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.”

—Maya Angelou

Today, we will delve into the field of all possibilities that reveals itself in the silence of meditation. The unlimited power of the universe is always available to you. Making intuitive choices, grounded in this unified field, will help you manifest your deepest desires.  When going about your daily life, continue to cultivate stillness whenever possible. Spend time in nature, absorb its beauty, and notice how its abundance is spread before you. Bask in the energy of beautiful music; uplifting and inspirational stories; and optimistic, like-minded people. As you do this, you’ll find the field of all possibilities will open wide to help your dreams, hopes, and desires come to fruition.

–ooOoo–

Our centering thought for today is:
“Today, I embrace my potential to be,
do, and have whatever I can dream.”

–ooOoo–

Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
Sat, Chit, Ananda
Existence, Consciousness, Bliss

–ooOoo–

 

Welcome to Day 5 – The Field of All Possibilities.  There is a saying, “You are known by the company you keep” and through our environment we tend to inherent the beliefs of those with whom we spend the most time.  These philosophies then become part of our subconscious mind.

Though research shows we function primarily with our subconscious minds that have been programmed by others, as humans we have the amazing ability to change past conditioning.  We can achieve this by releasing negativity, interacting with like-minded conscious people, enjoying inspirational sights and sounds, and engaging in uplifting activities.  In this way, we can develop new, positive ways of  living and begin to clear the subconscious of all that does not serve us.

True transformation is brought about by the two qualities inherent in consciousness – attention or focus and intention, a clear vision of a desired outcome.  Attention energizes and intention transforms.   What we place our attention on expands in our lives and our intention for the object of our attention will orchestrate the forces of the universe to support our desired result.  Harnessing this power of attention and intention, you can change your life to reflect exactly what you envision.

Entering into the field of all possibilities during meditation allows us to bear witness to our co-creative powers and change any situation in our lives.  For instance, if you want to move from where you currently live, to be closer to the ocean, then you might envision a two bedroom home one block from the water’s edge with a vegetable garden and a yard for the dog.  Being specific helps crystallize the vision.  When you go into meditation, look at this intention and let it go.  Surrender it to the field of all possibilities and allow the universe to correlate the details.

You are a radiant, cherished and deeply loved being, imbued with the seeds of divinity and possess the power to live a life filled with love, joy, health and passion, friends, material possessions and whatever else you choose.  Expect and accept this ultimate good and revel in the truth of your resplendent existence.

Right now, as we prepare for mediation, take a moment to contemplate today’s centering thought,
“Today, I embrace my potential to be, do and have whatever I can dream”.
”Today, I embrace my potential to be, do and have whatever I can dream.”

Meditation
Now let’s begin.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands lightly in your lap and closing your eyes.  In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to our higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Gently introduce today’s Sanskrit mantra, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, Sat Chit Ananda.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Existence, consciousness, bliss.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, Sat Chit Ananda.  Continue with your meditation for about 5 minutes.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Sat Chit Ananda.

Release the mantra.
Bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with you day, carry the sense of unlimited potential with you and consider today’s centering thought, ”Today, I embrace my potential to be, do and have whatever I can dream”.  ”Today, I embrace my potential to be, do and have whatever I can dream.  Today, I embrace my potential to be, do and have whatever I can dream.”


Mindful Moment Awaken to unlimited possibilities.
Look at one situation you’d like to change. Allow yourself to focus your thoughts on that one wish. Then, write down one intention. Be as specific as you can. When you go into meditation, look at this intention and let it go. Surrender it to the field of all possibilities and allow the universe to correlate the details.

 NAMASTE

http://www.chopra.com/meditation

Pure Consciousness Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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 “All things that truly matter—
beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner-peace—
arise from beyond the mind.”

—Eckhart Tolle

 In our time together today, we will explore the concept of pure consciousness, that which reappears as we release the world of the physical, the world of thoughts, perceptions, beliefs, and feelings. We reach pure consciousness through the practice of meditation.  Once in a while, out of the fog of thoughts, a clear patch will emerge. If we are quiet, we encounter moments of pure silence. I call these thought “gaps” and, through these gaps, we can glimpse the deepest level of the soul. Each glimpse increases our understanding, and eventually our consciousness becomes expanded. In this way, we transcend the three-dimensional world and slip into pure consciousness.

–ooOoo—

Our centering thought for today is:
“From this moment forward,
I invite unlimited abundance into my life.”

–ooOoo—

Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
Aham Brahmasmi
The core of my being is the ultimate reality,
the root and ground of the universe,
the source of all that exists.

–ooOoo—

Noted Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, coined the term, “collective consciousness”.  He coined the term to signify the beliefs we hold that are based on what others have taught us.  All these beliefs stem from object referral, seeking answers externally and accepting others’ portrayals of  how life is supposed to be.

As we reconnect with the higher self, delving within for guidance, we begin to live our lives through self-referral, detaching from external messages and living from pure consciousness or the unified field.  As we contemplate our understanding of abundance, we may realize that our social conditioning has led us to believe  there is only so much to go around – a finite amount of money or a limited number of opportunities.  Whether we define abundance as material wealth, love, joy, friends or recognition, we project the idea that these resources are scarce and when they are gone, there will be no more.

If this has been your experience when you move through the physical world, abundance can seem elusive.  If you identify with pure consciousness, however, true abundance is natural phenomenon.  Pure consciousness includes pure potentiality, meaning that anything is possible in the realm of spirit.  It is self-referencing, self-evolving and self-regulatory.  In this realm, you are the one who chooses your present and your future.  In this moment, what are you choosing?  Become a silent witness to your thoughts, ask your heart and you will know.

Collective consciousness resides in the physical world – that of mind and matter; pure consciousness exists in the gap between thoughts.  Here is the foundation of all creativity, the place where you can give rise to anything you want, need or desire – without limit.

Embrace your true being, your highest self today.  Leave behind the past and any preconceived  feelings about the physical world, notions of pre-conditioning, and tap into the universal mind to bask in the bliss of transcendent silence, pure consciousness.

Take a moment today to consider a situation in  which the thoughts and beliefs of others have shaped your perception and then contemplate a new scenario that reflects your highest vision of circumstances.  Ask yourself, “What have I been choosing in this situation?”  ”What new choices can I make from this moment on that will help me realizes my new goals?”

As we move into our meditation, let’s focus on today’s centering thought,
“From this moment forward I invite unlimited abundance into my life”.
”From this moment forward, I invited unlimited abundance into my life.”

Meditation
Now let’s begin.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands lightly in your lap and closing your eyes.  In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Gently introduce today’s Sanskrit mantra, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, Aham Brahmasmi.  Aham Brahmasmi.  The core of my being is the ultimate reality.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi.  Continue with your meditation for about 5 minutes.  Aham Brahmasmi.

Release the mantra.  
Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of abundance with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, “From this moment forward, I invite unlimited abundance into my life”.  ”From this moment forward, I invite unlimited abundance into my life.”


Mindful Moment Invite new choices.
Take a moment today to consider a situation in which the thoughts and beliefs of others have shaped your perception. Then, contemplate a new scenario that reflects your highest vision of these circumstances. Ask yourself: What have I been choosing in this situation? What new choices can I make from this moment on that will help me realize my new goals?

NAMASTE

 http://www.chopra.com/meditation

Mind, Matter, and Spirit Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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“It is confidence in our bodies,
minds, and spirits that allows us to
keep looking for new adventures,
new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn
— which is what life is all about.”

—Oprah Winfrey

Today, we will consider the three levels of existence—mind, matter, and spirit. Mind is the reasoning level that tells us that we can or cannot be, do, or have something. Matter is the physical world around us that shows us the results of what we hold in our minds. Spirit is the deepest domain, the place of our interconnectedness with the infinite mind of the universe. It is the field of pure potentiality.  Accessing the spiritual realm through the daily practice of meditation opens the way to manifesting your deepest desires. By changing your thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and intentions and connecting with stillness, you will allow the unbounded, unlimited abundance of the universe to flow easily and effortlessly into your life.

–ooOoo—

Our centering thought for today is:
“Today, I focus on what I want to attract into my life.”

–ooOoo—

Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
Sat, Chit, Ananda
Existence, Consciousness, Bliss

–ooOoo—

Welcome to Day 3, What is reality?  Is it what we can experience with our senses?  Or is it something else – something deeper?  Consider for a moment, where was the chair you are sitting on before it was created?  Where was your newborn before she came into this world?  Just because we cannot see or touch something does not mean it doesn’t exist.  It simply means we can’t experience it in our three dimensional world at this moment.  The same holds true for whatever you consider abundance – limitless love, unbounded joy, optimal health or greater material possessions.  Just because you’re not experiencing what you desire in this moment doesn’t mean it can’t exist for you.

We live our lives primarily on the physical plane which includes everything that has form or substance, what we normally refer to as matter.  Some look at this physical realm and see lack – others see abundance.  Some feel abundant, others feel limited based on certain messages they may have received in the past.  While we believe matter to be reality, we often view reality as changeless yet, matter and form continually change.  So, what then is reality?

As we exist in the physical plane, we also live at the level of the mind.  The mind is that part of us that perceives, reasons, thinks, and evaluates.  The mind is potential energy and because of this, we can change our physical world simply by changing our thoughts and beliefs.  Beyond the mind at the deepest level of consciousness resides the spirit.  This is the part of us that is eternal, unchanging and imbued with pure, unlimited potential.  Tapping into this potential is what allows us to manifest miracles.  The world out there may appear to be objective but, in fact, it is subjective, a construct of our own interpretations.

Our words, thoughts and beliefs create specific results in the physical world.  Therefore abundance does not spring from an external source.  Rather it comes from within – from thought, intention, attention and expectation.  You, as a powerful creative being, can change your perceptions, change your mind and change your reality by transforming your thoughts and expectations.  You can begin to speak and understand nature’s language and harness it’s infinite flow of energy, information and intelligence to enjoy the great bounty of spirit that is your birthright.

As we prepare for meditation, let’s contemplate today’s centering thought,
“Today I focus on what I want to attract into my life”.
”Today I focus on what I want to attract into my life.”

Meditation
Now let’s begin. Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands lightly in your lap and closing your eyes.  In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Gently introduce today’s Sanskrit mantra, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, Sat Chit Ananda. Existence, consciousness, bliss.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, At Chit Ananda.  Continue with your meditation for about 5 minutes.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Just mentally.

Release the mantra.  
Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of abundance with you, remembering to consider the centering thought, “Today I focus on what I want to attract into my life”.  ”Today I focus on what I want to attract into my life.  Today I focus on what I want to attract into my life.”


Mindful Moment –  Commit to the vision.
Take a moment to reflect on one situation in your life that you’d like to change, and write down the specific things about it that you wish were different. Then, write down how you would like that situation to be. Throughout your day, whenever you find yourself thinking of the circumstances as they are now, remind yourself of the new way you envision them. As you change your thoughts, you are harnessing nature’s flow of energy, information, and intelligence to change your life.

 NAMASTE

http://www.chopra.com/meditation

The Source of All Abundance Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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“The appearance of things changes according to the emotions,
and thus we see magic and beauty in them,
while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”

~Kahlil Gibran

In today’s meditation, we will discover that the source of all abundance is the same as the source of everything else—God, a higher power, a divine source, spirit, the universe, unified field, or the cosmos. While the name you ascribe to this source doesn’t matter, what is important is knowing that beyond the physical realm, there is a place of unbounded creativity; therein resides the key to abundance.  Abundance, like everything else in the universe, is simply a specific arrangement of energy and information. With our intention, we can change the energy, add new information, and manifest whatever we want, need, or desire. Abundance is unlimited, unbounded, and always available.

–ooOoo–
Our centering thought for today is:
“I create my personal abundance from an infinite source.”

–ooOoo–
Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
Aham Brahmasmi
The core of my being is the ultimate reality,
the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.
 

–ooOoo–

Welcome to day 2.  All material creation, everything we can see, touch, hear, taste and smell, is made from the same stuff and comes from the same source.  While we may refer to the source by different names – God, a Higher Power, The Holy Spirit, or perhaps the Cosmos, this source is the entire universe, the unified field  -everything that is beyond the perception of the five senses.

The key to living an abundant life is to embrace the idea that abundance comes from this unified field.  Within it lies the power of infinite creativity just waiting for your call.  Whether you desire more love, more joy, more friends, more money, or better health, it’s all yours for the asking and accepting and, if you’re willing to let go of any resistance you have to receiving abundance, relinquish any belief that you are limited, open your mind and heart to the possibility that you can attract anything you desire in life and abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

True abundance begins with a thought followed by an intention, a clear understanding of what you want to happen.  Then an expectation and finally the pervasive feeling that lets you know you can be, do and have anything your heart desires as long as you believe in it’s possibility, it serves you and others, and brings harm to no one.  This is the exquisite creative process of attraction at work.

Inviting the unlimited abundance that already exists around you into your life requires only hour awareness, intention and silence.  No matter what your life was like in the past, now is your time to enjoy the fruits of abundance by going directly to the source and accepting what is waiting there for you.

For today’s meditation, ask yourself the question, “What would I like to have more of in my life?”  Maybe you want more love or better health.  Allow your answer to help you form a clear intention of whatever it is that you desire.

As we go into meditation, plant the seed of this intention into the fertile soil of the unified field and allow the universe to take care of the details.

As we prepare to reconnect with the unified field, the source of all abundance, let’s focus on today’s centering thought,
“I create my personal abundance from an infinite source”.
”I create my personal abundance from an infinite source.
” I create my personal abundance from an infinite source.”

Meditation
Find a comfortable position, placing your hands lightly in your lap and closing your eyes.  In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Gently introduce today’s Sanskrit mantra, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, Aham Brahmasmi – the core of my being is the ultimate reality.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi.  Continue with your meditation for about 5 minutes.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Aham Brahmasmi.

Release the mantra.  
Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of abundance with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, “I create my personal abundance from an infinite source”.  ” I create my personal abundance from an infinite source.”


Mindful Moment   Enter the realm of unbounded creativity.
Ask yourself: What do I feel I need more of in my life? Write down your answer and come back to it throughout your day. Allow your answer to help you form a clear intention of whatever it is you desire. Then, when you go into meditation, plant the seed of this intention into the fertile soil of the unified field and allow the universe to take care of the details.

NAMASTE

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The Reality of Abundance Meditation {Deepak Chopra}

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“Abundance is a state of mind in which you believe you are intrinsically creative…
You recognize that the universe is abundant, and that you are an expression of the universe.”

~ David Simon, M.D. Co-Founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing

The word “abundance” can mean different things to different people. For instance, one person may consider amassing great wealth as living an abundant life. Another may define abundance in spiritual terms—to be, do, and have a life filled with love, joy, harmony, peace, health, and vitality. Throughout our time together, we’ll explore what abundance is at its core, how we can prepare ourselves to receive more of all good things, and how we can transform any limiting beliefs we may have held up until now.

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Our centering thought for today is:
“Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me.”

–ooOoo–

Today’s Sanskrit mantra and its English essence are:
So Hum  (I am.)

–ooOoo–

“Welcome to Day 1.  Welcome to the Chopra Center 21 Day Meditation Challenge, Creating Abundance.  We are very happy you have decided to embark upon this journey into stillness and silence to experience authentic abundance consciousness.  Over the next three weeks, we will focus on the different aspects of abundance.  In our first week, preparing for abundance, we will consider the promise for unlimited potential.  During this time, we learn what true abundance is; the infinite source from which it springs, how consciousness and the mind affect it’s flow, and how we can more deeply understand that abundance is a divine right bestowed upon each and every one of us.

During our second week, we’ll show how abundance relates to the seven spiritual laws of success beginning with the law of pure potentiality – what exactly is possible, and ending with the law of dharma – how to increase abundance in our lives by serving humanity with our unique skills and talents.

In our third week, we’ll contemplate the practical aspects of abundance through living in abundance, our natural state of being.  During this time, we’ll explore the concept of synchrodestiny, consciously manifesting our destinies by harnessing the power of intention and meaningful coincidence.  We’ll also discuss the importance of living gratefully in a manner that is carefree and with love and in unity to create an environment of abundance around us.

So as we begin, let’s ask ourselves, “What is true abundance?”  True abundance is the experience through which all of our needs are easily met and our desires spontaneously fulfilled.  We know true abundance when we feel joy, health, happiness, a sense of purpose and vitality in every moment of our existence.  An overflowing fullness that infuses every facet of our lives.

We never need to seek abundance, we simply need to notice and open up to what is already there and allow the bounty of the universe to flow through us. Each of us experiences abundance every day in the unbounded joy of a child, the  bright sunlight that fills the room as you open your eyes to a new morning, the many friends and family who are always there for you.  Nature, too, reflects abundance in all its glory – vibrant fields of wild flowers, majestic mountain peaks, lush and fragrant forests, and the wildlife that thrives on our planet.  All of these gifts that nature provides to us in every moment are examples of true abundance.  It is impossible to count the grains of sand in one inch of the shore, or the twinkling stars that fill our night skies.  Even our own bodies, composed of the same molecules that make up the entire universe contain billions of cells.  In nature, the universe, and even within us, there is no such thing as scarcity or lack.

Now that you possess this knowledge, you can live the concept of unlimited abundance, knowing that the desires of your heart are always available provided you are open to receiving them and sharing your gifts with the world.

At some point today, take time to witness examples of abundance within and all around you.  You will see the myriad riches the universe offers us in every moment, and begin to experience true abundance consciousness.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to focus on today’s centering thought,
“Today I behold all the abundance that surrounds me”.
”Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me.”

Meditation
Let’s begin our meditation to connect with the source through which all abundance flows.  Find a comfortable position, placing your hands lightly in your lap palms upward and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now gently introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, So Hum.  So Hum.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the  environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.  So Hum.  Continue with your meditation for about 5 minutes.  So Hum.  So Hum.  Now silently in the mind.

Release the mantra.  
Bring your awareness back into your body.  Take  a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry this new understanding of true abundance with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, “Today I behold all the abundance that surrounds me”. “Today I behold all the abundance that surrounds me.   Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me.”


Mindful Moment –  Experience the reality of abundance in your life.
Take time to witness examples of abundance within and all around you. Create a list and refer to it throughout your day. In no time, you will see the myriad riches the universe offers us in every moment and begin to experience true abundance consciousness.

NAMASTE

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TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK…THE BREAD OF LIFE

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Here is another piece I wrote at the Anne Aylor Creative Writing seminar.
We were asked to select 2 pictures of Salvador Dali paintings at random
and then we were given 10 minutes to write a piece linking the 2 pictures.

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TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK …THE BREAD OF LIFE

  

Salvador  Dali:  
 “Melting Clock”            and            “Basket of Bread”

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Time was ticking on, fading away and then reborn.
Each second just ticking along, melting into the past, the now, the future.
Tick Tock life goes on.
Time, space, are they the bread of life?
Eaten, swallowed, moment to moment, the basket of life passing by.
Tick Tock life goes on.
Do we have enough time to feast on the bread of life?
Do we make each melting moment count?
Do we cherish each bite of this bread of life?
Tick Tock life goes on.
…and right now, I just don’t want to write anymore
Tick Tock….

 

 

 

 

REACHING FOR MY HIGHER SELF

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Here is another unedited piece I wrote at the Anne Aylor creative writing seminar.
We were given a picture & 10 minutes to write about the picture.
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REACHING FOR MY HIGHER SELF

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I stand reaching out to my higher self – that afterall is my purpose in life – to find the me inside of me – to find the better me inside of me – my higher self.  To grow into my soul. To align my human personality, ego, of this lifetime, to my soul’s desires, to touch spirit. To shed the skin and take good virtues and then move on.

That is what I wake up each morning to do. I thank the day in advance for what it will bring.  I feel gratitude for all that I have in the present knowing that the law of attraction will give me even more of what I am grateful for.  I have faith and trust in that which is the source, that which we all come from, which makes us one.  Yes, I thank the day for each day I will expand my present self into my higher self.

It is the higher self that endures from lifetime to lifetime, it is the dwelling self of the soul within.  Like the red fire that burns and engulfs life in its many moods.  It scorches and it cleanses; it loves and it hates. It embraces all there is.  This fiery passion that lies within – the higher self that I strive to be.

Each day I become greater than the day before, each day I feel more enriched than the day before.  Each day I know that the day ahead will be better than the day before.  Just because I know this I can live for this day, this present moment, this very moment which instantly becomes the past and instantly is the future.

I see my higher self within myself – in my minds eye, we are one.  Looking at the image of the two selves – the human and the higher self are separate – but inside of me they are one and we are all one at the level of the higher self, we all have the same source.  We each have to find our truth, our very own truth and only then can we live authentically, one with our higher self, one with each other and one with the universe.

A VIEW FROM A WINDOW

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“Even behind prison walls I can see the heavy clouds and the blue sky over the horizon.” ~ Nelson Mandela from an unpublished autobiographical manuscript, written on Robben Island, 1975

Earlier this year I attended a creative writing seminar run by Anne Aylor. It consisted of us been given a topic or shown a picture and then we had 15 minutes to write about it. It amazed me how creativity flowed. I was far too nervous to read my pieces as I am no writer, but eventually it was my turn to read and I was pleasantly surprised that they were well received.  I now decided to share a piece as I wrote it at the time.

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A VIEW FROM A WINDOW

What can you say about a life spend glaring out of slits in the wall, a barred window, an obstructed view, an unchanging view – a view from a prison window. But also a vast view, an uninhibited view, an unlimited view – a point of view.  He was incaserated for 27 years, this man, prisoner 46664, who viewed the world from the slit window of his cell.

A small cell that when he lay down on the floor the crown of his head would nearly touch the one wall and his toes the other, when he stretched out his hands, his fingertips touched the opposite walls.  This bare room devout of love, this room that was his captive, this room that quenched his freedom.  It was a small room, it was a cell.  It was a small view giving him a glimpse of the limestone courtyard and not even a peek of the ocean he could hear.  It was indeed a small cell for such a big man.

But it was a view nonetheless.  It was a view that required lots of imagination, it expanded his mind, stretched his senses, opened his heart and freed his spirit.  It gave  him gratitude and grace and taught him forgiveness and love.  It was a view that made him who he was. It was a view that enlightened his soul.  What his eyes could not behold from this view, he beheld with his soul.

Oh, but if we only would view the world with his pount of view  – this view this man had from this window…the view that touched my heart when I visited Robben Island and saw for myself the view from the window of his cell, Nelson Mandela’s view, the man I lovingly call Madiba.

Awaken to Happiness – Week 8: Celebrate {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 8: Celebrate
We are filled with gratitude and are glad that you have joined us for this eight-week journey into the heart of happiness. We trust that the seeds of intention you planted at the beginning of the series have taken root in the field of all possibilities.

Whether you are experiencing the first green shoots of joy or a wild profusion of blossoms, know that as you continue to cultivate your intentions, meditate, and practice consciousness in motion, happiness and wellbeing will expand in all areas of your life. This week we invite you to celebrate the shifts you have already experienced and the gifts of pure potentiality.
“Gratitude is a state of being in which we feel connected to everything in the universe. It is a fullness of the heart that recognizes the blessings of Nature within and without. Gratitude is love for the goodness of life itself.”
~Deepak Chopra
“Laughter is a symptom of spirituality. Laughter is the flow of love coursing through your body. Laughter is the nectar of present moment awareness. Invite more laughter into your life and relish the magic in every moment.”
~David Simon
Do you remember the last time you laughed so hard that you could barely stand or walk? Even if you were in the midst of a difficult situation, you may have felt lightened by a feeling of pure joy and ease, letting go of the past and forgetting the future.When you play and laugh with abandon, you enter into the present moment, which is the only place where you can experience happiness. Fully established in the present, you see the world with fresh eyes, relinquishing the ego’s rigid ideas about how things “ought to be” and opening yourself to the realm of infinite possibilities.Children offer the finest expressions of openness and spontaneity. They play and laugh freely, and are enthusiastic about everything from watching a caterpillar and splashing through a puddle to making funny faces and spinning around in circles.They are infinitely creative because they haven’t yet built up the layers of conditioning that create limitations and restrictions. They haven’t yet learned to be “serious” or fallen into the grip of the ego, which has no sense of humor and is easily offended.Play Time No matter how long it’s been since you were a child or really let yourself have fun, today you have an opportunity to lighten up and infuse some playful joy into your life.Think of something that evokes childhood for you – eating an ice cream cone, going to a playground to swing, coloring a picture, jumping rope, building a sand castle. Find something that brings back the sense of fun you had as a child, even if you think you’ve outgrown it, and choose one of these activities to do today.Here are few more ideas for bringing out your creative, playful, open self:

Painting Abandon Go to an art supply or crafts shop and buy three to six paints in colors you love. You can try watercolors, acrylics, or whatever kind of paint appeals to you. Don’t worry about what you will paint – just choose colors that you make your heart sing. Also select a surface for your project, such as canvas, paper, or a board. Set aside half an hour where you won’t be disturbed and let yourself paint. Paint with your fingers, your hands, or your nose! Let the child in you play freely.

Play with Your Food Eat something you’ve never tried before or try combining foods in new ways. Ideas: Strawberries with balsamic vinegar; hot chocolate with a dash of cayenne, salted pineapple or watermelon; almond butter and carrots; potatoes seasoned with nutmeg.

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching Turn down the lights and turn up the music and let your body move! You can dance alone or invite a group of friends over. Let go of any ideas about whether you can dance. Let the music wash over you and free your body to move.

Try Laughter Yoga Laughter Yoga uses childlike playfulness, eye contact, and yogic breathing (pranayama) to create real and contagious laughter. There are now more than 6,000 yoga laughter clubs in approximately 60 countries!

Get Inspired Go on a media detox and refrain from watching or listening to the news for a week – at least! Use the time to nourish your soul instead, by going back to re-experience the books and movies you enjoyed as a child, such as the The 101 Dalmatians, 21 Balloons, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Star Wars, E.T., The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, Anne of Green Gables, The Wrinkle in Time (or anything by Madeleine L’Engle), From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the Harry Potter Series . . . the list is extensive.

If you want to get news and inspiring stories about all the good things that are happening in the world, we recommend visiting the website www.darynkagan.com.

Do One Thing Different Playfulness involves letting go and trying something that may even scare you a little. Remember as a child climbing a tree, jumping off the high dive, or riding your bicycle for the first time? Your heart may have raced as you felt the exhilaration of conquering your fear and expanding your possibilities. As an adult, you can experience that childhood excitement again by doing something different . . . even if it feels daunting, such as running your first 10K race, learning the tango, taking a drawing class, traveling somewhere by yourself, adopting a pet, trying online dating, studying a foreign language, wearing a color or style you usually shy away from, or anything else that resonates with you. The key is to choose something that sounds fun, not something that you feel you “should” do or that “would be good for me.”

Come up with your own ideas about what would be fun for you – and give yourself permission to commit random acts of wanton silliness and lightheartedness. Have fun!

Cultivating Your Intentions

In the past seven weeks, we’ve explored many different ways to look beyond our limited ego-mind – the “I” that struggles to find peace, love, and fulfillment in life – and discover our true self. The ancient sages described this unbounded self as a shrine in the heart that hides a small candle with an eternal flame. When you find that flame, you find enlightenment and the darkness of doubt, anger, fear, and ignorance are dispelled.

For most of us, the discovery of the flame in our heart’s shine happens not once but many times. We may glimpse the flame in one moment, and then fall back into the darkness for a time before realizing again our true identity, which transcends space, time, and cause-and-effect.

Fortunately, even if the process is gradual, knowing your true self isn’t difficult. It’s what nature intended for us. Any step you take towards your core consciousness, your ground state, your true self, obliterates the causes of unhappiness in your life. At the same time, the innate happiness that is your birthright will blossom.

The place to start is always exactly where you are now. It’s all too easy to feel lost and confused by expecting a clear-cut master plan to unfold before our eyes. With every little step that you take, know that your inner intelligence is working in concert with universal intelligence leading you unerringly on in exactly the way you need for your growth and happiness.

It is not necessary to have a perfect vision of how your full journey is supposed to unfold. Sometimes that is even a distraction as the ego gets involved and tries to control things. Instead of looking outside of yourself for direction, trust in your own guidance. The very action you are taking now by participating in the Awaken to Happiness series has declared your intention to move in the direction of greater evolution, joy, and love. Be gentle with yourself, and as you take each step, keep in mind the beautiful words of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke:

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

Meditation

Laughter Meditation
Laughter is a natural part of our being. During the first few months of life, a newborn will smile and laugh. As children we laugh freely, without judgment. As adults, however, we take ourselves more seriously and often lose that childlike ability to laugh heartily, even though we know it feels good. Research has shown that laughter can lower blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, and strengthen our immune system.

In this week’s meditation we will experience the bliss of laughter and release endorphins into our system, which will bring joy to our mind, body, and spirit. Our meditation guide is Janis Steiner, a Chopra Center certified educator of Primordial Sound Meditation and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. She is also a Senior Events Planner at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

To download the MP3 of this meditation, the instructions are as follows: STEP 1: right-click on this DOWNLOAD LINK STEP 2: (for PCs) after right-clicking, choose “save target as” and save to your computer. STEP 2: (for MACs) after right-clicking, choose “save link as” and save to your computer.

Consciousness in Motion

Go Outside to Play

Spending time in nature is a wonderful way to nourish your spirit and feel your connection to the universe. Most children love to play outdoors, experiencing the freedom and exhilaration of exploring the environment. As adults, it’s easy to forget the power of connecting with our natural surroundings. We may spend most of our days indoors, in our cars, or in front of a computer screen until we feel so overwhelmed or burned out that we decide we have to get away to an island paradise or a remote mountain cabin before we spontaneously combust from stress.

While vacations can be rejuvenating and enjoyable, taking time to connect with nature on a regular basis is much more likely to create ongoing joy, balance, and satisfaction in your daily life, so give yourself permission to play outside and explore nature’s infinite gifts. Here are a few ideas to get started:

  •  Take a brisk walk or a run in a beautiful park or somewhere in nature. Inhale the life force of the plants with your full attention, imagining the air entering your lungs, flowing to your heart, and fueling the millions of life processes taking place in every second. Allow your breathing to connect you with all life on this planet.
  •  Walk barefoot on the earth for a few minutes. Feel the nourishing energy of the earth flowing into your body through the soles of your feet.
  •  Make a regular pilgrimage to your nearest, lake, stream, river, or ocean and let the cooling influence of the water calm your heart and soul. You can swim, float, sail or simply stand on the shore, connecting with the life-giving water element.
  •  On a sunny day, spread a blanket on the ground in a comfortable place outdoors and lie on your back in the sunshine, allowing the light and warmth to infuse your being.
  •  Walk in a beautiful park, forest or other area with lush vegetation and breathe in the life force of the plants. The best times to do this are right before dawn and right after sunset.
  •  Grow some plants and flowers. You don’t have to have a lot of space or even a yard. You can plant a small herb garden right on a windowsill or choose some plants that don’t need much light for your home or office. The simple act of caring for another living organism is profoundly healing – plus plants naturally detoxify the air you breathe in doors. Some of the best plants for improving air quality indoors include Bamboo Palm, Gerbera Daisy, English Ivy, Peace Lily, and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.
  •  Volunteer for an organization that helps preserve nature or cares for animals that need our help. You could join in a beach clean-up day, offer your talents at a wildlife reserve, or help out with the animals waiting to be adopted from animal shelters (volunteers are often needed to walk dogs, and offer loving attention to the cats and other small animals).
  •  Go to a park, a forest or even your backyard and listen to the healing sounds of the natural world – the buzzing of bees, the wind blowing through the leaves and the calls of wild birds. If you live in a city where you can’t regularly hear natural sounds, listen to audio recordings of rain forests, ocean waves or waterfalls.
  •  Gaze up at the moon and stars at night, allowing your awareness to expand into the heavens and beyond. Whenever you find yourself agonizing over little things, looking into the boundlessness of the cosmos helps put life into perspective.
“The healing influence of happiness travels literally at the speed of light. Like a single inspiring thought that goes out on the internet and reaches millions of people in just a few hours. Happiness multiplies exponentially . . . replacing chaos, confusion, and conflict with order, clarity, and peace.”
~Deepak Chopra
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Awaken to Happiness – Week 7: Replace Fear with Love {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 7: Replace Fear with Love
One of the clouds that obscure our innate state of happiness is unnecessary fear and anxiety. This is the fear that keeps us up at night or stops us from being open to new possibilities and opportunities. When we focus our attention on all the horrible things that could happen to us, we have little time or energy to enjoy higher fulfillment and bliss.

This week we will begin to replace fear with love, identifying and gently releasing the thought-patterns that have kept us stuck as we open to higher states of awareness, love, and peace.

“At the root of all our pain, doubt, and anxiety is a misunderstanding of love – and of our own essential nature. Love isn’t a capricious emotion but is a state of being. It is an experience of unity with all creation. In spirit we are pure love. We don’t have to search outside ourselves for love, because love is our essence.”
~David Simon

This week as we focus on replacing fear with love, we’ll begin with an important distinction between healthy fear and the fear that keeps us stuck in unhappiness. Healthy fear is an instinctual response rooted in our drive for self-preservation. It’s the biological warning system that is automatically triggered when we hear the rustle of a potential predator in a dark forest or alley. It increases our sensory alertness and releases a host of biochemical changes that prepares the bodymind to fight, flee, or “befriend.”

The second kind of fear, which we could call “unhealthy fear,” stems from our ego’s sense of separation. Not realizing that it is an inextricable part of the universe, the ego feels vulnerable and constantly struggles to survive in what it perceives as a hostile world. This is why the ancient sages of India taught that fear is born of duality. When human beings think they are separate from the universe, spirit, God, or whatever name you prefer for this infinite field of pure potentiality, they immediately become afraid of what might happen to them.

At bottom, the reason why we’re scared of rejection, failure, intimacy, embarrassment, abandonment, loss, the unknown, being judged, being alone, losing control, expressing our true feelings, and so many other things is that we’ve mistakenly identified ourselves with our limited ego self. When we know ourselves to be one with the ground of all existence, then nothing is separate or foreign to our nature and all of our unhealthy fears dissolve. This week’s lesson is dedicated to gently releasing the grip of our ego’s fears – and expanding our awareness of our true nature, which is infinite, whole, and unbounded.

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Cultivating Your Intentions

Just for a moment, ask yourself, What would I be afraid of if I didn’t have a past? The answer is evident: nothing. Fear is the product of memory, which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us before, we put our energy into making certain that an old hurt will not repeat itself. For instance, if we experience a wrenching break-up or someone betrays our trust, we may become fearful of being open and intimate in our relationships. We may do almost anything to avoid another painful experience of rejection or betrayal. But trying to impose the past on the present will never eliminate the threat of being hurt. That happens only when we find the security of our own being, which is love. Motivated by the truth within, we can face any threat because our inner strength is invulnerable to fear.

Keep in mind that moving from fear to love is most often a gradual process of remembering and forgetting and then remembering again. For a few moments, a few days, or longer, we remember that who we really are is love. Then some old conditioning reasserts itself, we forget who we are, and we find ourselves immersed in anxious thoughts about the future. As you go through these natural cycles, a technique from meditation is invaluable: As soon as you’re aware that you’re acting from fear or telling yourself stories about the future that create feelings of anxiety, simply notice what you’re doing, without judging yourself or getting caught up in yet another round of stories. There’s no need to force or concentrate. Just observe yourself. See yourself, notice what your body and breath are doing, watch your behavior, hear your tone of voice − all of it. Then ask yourself, Who is it that is observing all this? That is your core self, your quiet center that exists outside of and independent of your fear.

Shift your center of identity to your authentic self, and from that place you can be with the fear without being in its grip. The fear then is only a disturbance within your larger field. This settled presence of your awareness allows the fear to be dissipated and resolved in the context of your love and acceptance. One day you will have eliminated all illusions and barriers to your awareness of your connection to spirit, but in the meantime, you have a way to deal with the doubts and fears that come along.

Meditation

Releasing Fear and Addiction
At the root of every non-nourishing behavior is a desire to fill unmet needs for security, comfort, self-esteem, and love. Yet acting out a pattern of addiction or compulsion will never fulfill our deepest needs because this behavior is driven by our limited ego self, which is fundamentally fearful and insecure. In today’s meditation led by Nirmala Raniga, we will begin to release the fear and negative patterns in our lives as we tap into our own inexhaustible source of true peace, fulfillment, and love.

Nirmala Raniga is an addiction specialist and the founder of the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, a unique residential addiction recovery treatment center in Squamish Valley, B.C., Canada. In partnership with the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the Chopra Addiction Center offers integrative mind-body recovery programs that combine modern Western medicine with Eastern healing traditions.

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Consciousness to Motion

Say Yes to Change

One of the most pervasive fears is the fear of change, yet often it is not the change itself that we fear, but the fear that we will have to adapt our rigid sense of self to a new set of circumstances. We lock into an identity that defines us – married or single, rich or poor, young or old − and we view with suspicion any change that threatens that identity. Change can also make us feel out of control, helpless, and at the mercy of chaos.

Although we can’t stop the cycles of change from turning, we can learn to see change as friend rather than foe. One way of doing that is practicing seeing the possibilities in whatever happens, even if the situation seems dire. It means a willingness to take a deep look into whatever arises, even a sense of disappointment or loss. As the Sufi poet Rumi describes with heart-opening clarity, “Every need brings in what’s needed. Pain bears its cure like a child.”

If you don’t get what you expected, look at what happened and ask yourself, Where is the gift in what I’ve received? How can I transform this situation into an opportunity to learn? In this approach, change is accepted, not denied. A sense of spaciousness enters in.

On a profound level, every event in life has two possible causes. Either what happens is positive, or it is bringing up something you need to learn in order to create something positive. It’s the same with the body. What happens inside a cell is either healthy activity or a sign that a correction is needed. Although life can seem random, in fact everything is pointing to a greater good. Evolution is not a win-lose crapshoot, but a win-win journey to transformation.

Even when we succumb to the idea that life is unfairly arbitrary, the underlying principles of consciousness hold true. Change can be seen as the self-correcting mechanism that aligns us with our purpose in life. If we can bring ourselves − a leap of courage − to embrace change as our true teacher, our life hugely expands. We don’t try so hard to hold on to what we have, but learn daily to let go of the subtle attachments that creep into our minds. We find our own rhythm in the cycle of change: the expansion and the contraction, the light and the dark. Accepting change is the antidote to suffering. In order to find peace, we need to allow things to be in a constant state of flux.

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Awaken to Happiness – Week 6: Cultivate the Gifts of Mindfulness {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 6: Cultivate the Gifts of Mindfulness
As we’ve explored, happiness based on external sources, such as a good relationship, a pleasurable activity, or wealth, is simply another form of misery because it can  disappear at any moment.   This week we will dive deeper into real happiness. We don’t have to search for this kind of happiness because it is always available in the present moment. By cultivating mindfulness, which means paying attention to the now, we can experience the joyful presence and fullness of each moment.
“If you have your attention on what is, you will see the fullness in every moment. You will discover the dance of the divine in every leaf, in every petal, in every blade of grass, in every rainbow, in every rushing stream, and in every breath of every living being.
~Deepak Chopra
In every moment we have the opportunity to awaken . . . to let go of whatever fear, constriction, and stories are running through our mind as we come fully into the present moment. And it is only in the present moment that we can experience happiness.

Since ancient times, people have used a wide variety of mindfulness techniques to cultivate this state of ever-present witnessing awareness. When we’re mindful, we observe our thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judging them as good or bad. Our attention is active and our attitude is compassionate. We’re aware that we’re connected to the patterns of intelligence that weave the tapestry of the entire cosmos.

Mindfulness practice can be simple. You can come to the present moment by shifting your awareness to your breath, or you can bring your awareness to the sensations in your body. Some people find it easier to let their attention rest in the space between objects. This can be the space between breaths, or the space between movements. The way you move your body – sitting, walking, eating, or any other activity – can be the object of your mindfulness. Once you find the method of mindfulness that suits you best, it becomes easy to access your silent witnessing presence.

By cultivating mindfulness, you begin to experience another level of mind, where silence dominates. From this state of mindful awareness blossoms a sense of wellbeing and a feeling that you are safe. When you embrace what is with your whole attention, you will be immersed in the fullness of the now.

Cultivating Your Intentions

Transform Your Relationship with Time

All of the happiness and fulfillment that human beings yearn for exists in the present moment. In the now, time ceases to exist and we experience a presence that is all-absorbing, completely at peace, and totally satisfying.

Nothing could be closer than the present, yet nothing slips away faster. In an instant our mind can carry us far away into memories of the past or fantasies about the future. Or we may get caught up in a race against the clock, feeling like there’s never enough time. We say things like “Time is flying,” “Time is running out,” or “There are never enough hours in the day.”

We can choose whether to make time an enemy or an ally. We can shift from time-bound awareness into timeless awareness . . . to the ecstasy that can only be found in the present moment. If you want to have all the time in the world, you can train yourself. This week, choose one of the three practices below as your focus.

As you set your intention to transform your relationship with time, remember that being present does not require effort; you can’t work to be present. The key is having a willingness to discover that aspect of yourself that is timeless.

Practice #1: Transform Your Internal Dialogue The way we talk to ourselves has a profound influence on how we perceive the world, how we feel, and ultimately how the events of our lives unfold. Instead of letting your internal dialogue bully or scare you with endless commentary about time running out, use affirmations that empower you and fill you with a sense of ease and wellbeing. You can use these affirmations or come up with your own:

I have all the time in the world. I always have plenty of time.
This moment is exactly as it should be.
I follow my own rhythm and my mind is at peace.

Throughout the day, whenever you notice that you’re rushing or having anxious thoughts about time or the need to get something done or be somewhere else, silently repeat your affirmation to yourself and take a few deep breaths, coming back into the present moment.

Practice #2: One-Pointed Awareness Choose one mundane activity that you do every day, such as brushing your teeth, making the bed, or washing the dishes. Instead of rushing, put your complete attention on this task. If your mind is impatient or prods you to move on to more “important” business, ignore it. Don’t judge yourself; simply return your attention to what’s in front of you right now.

This simple daily practice of focusing your awareness on one activity can create a powerful ripple effect that will expand your experience of present moment awareness throughout the day.

Practice #3: Listen to the Messages of Your Body While the mind tends to dwell in the past or in the future, the body lives in the moment and finds the greatest joy and satisfaction there. Like many people, you may have been trained to rely on your intellect and mind while ignoring, distrusting, or simply being unaware of the signals of your body.

No matter how long it has been neglected, the body is a faithful servant and will respond when you begin to connect. This week, try the following exercise for tuning into your body.

• Begin by setting a phone or clock alarm for three times throughout the day – such as 9 a.m., noon, and 5 p.m. Whenever the alarm sounds, take a few moments to check in with yourself.

• Close your eyes, put your hand on your heart, take a few deep breaths, and then ask yourself, What am I feeling and what do I need right now?

• Wait for the answers to come to you. It might take some practice to identify your body’s messages, so be patient with yourself.

• Once you receive an answer, take some concrete step – no matter how small – to fulfill the need you have identified. It may be as simple as the need to get up from your desk and stretch your body, to go outside for a few moments and take a brisk walk, or to call a friend.

As you practice checking in with yourself on a regular basis, you will connect more deeply with your body and may begin to identify greater needs, such as, I need to end this relationship or I need to cut down on the number of hours I work. As you honor these needs, you will strengthen your relationship with yourself and experience the fullness and joy of present moment awareness. This is the practical value of mindfulness.

Connecting to the feelings in your body brings you back into present moment awareness and gives you valuable information about what you need to cultivate greater health, balance, and happiness.

Meditation

Dive into the Source of Awareness

Meditation is a time simply to be . . . to dive below the mind’s churning surface into the still point of pure consciousness. In meditation, you enter a state of awareness that is beyond thought, sensation, emotions, desire, and memory. In this timeless or transcendent awareness, you have the sensation of fullness and bliss.

This week’s meditation will help expand your awareness of your energetic body, known in Sanskrit as the pranamaya kosha, which translates as “the sheath made of vital energy.” This vital energy, or prana, is the very principle of life and consciousness. In each of us, the most obvious manifestation of prana is our breath – the delicate yet powerful thread that weaves together our environment, senses, body, mind, and soul.

This guided meditation, led by Michael McShane, includes a breathing awareness practice known as pranayama, designed to circulate awareness throughout the body, from the tips of your fingers to the arches of your feet.

Michael McShane is a Chopra Center-certified teacher of Primordial Sound Meditation and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle.

Happiness Series Week 6 Meditation.mp3

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Consciousness in Motion

Connect to Your Breath

Focusing on the breath immediately brings us into the now, which is why awareness of the breath is at the heart of many meditation and yoga techniques. When we allow ourselves to be present, we create the breathing room that we crave so intensely – the ability to sense, unimpeded, the rhythm of our lives.

If you practice yoga, you may be familiar with ujjayi breathing (pronounced oo-jai), a yogic breathing technique that you can use to cultivate present moment awareness

Here is how to perform ujjayi breath:

  • Take an inhalation that is slightly deeper than normal. With your mouth closed, exhale through your nose while constricting your throat muscles. If you are doing this correctly, you should sound like Darth Vader from the movie Star Wars.
  • Another way to get the hang of this practice is to try exhaling the sound “haaaaah” with your mouth open. Now make a similar sound with your mouth closed, feeling the outflow of air through your nasal passages. Once you have mastered this on the outflow, use the same method for the inflow breath, gently constricting your throat as you inhale.

Each day this week, practice ujjayi breath for a few minutes each morning, and whenever you find yourself becoming aggravated or stressed. Ujjayi has a balancing influence on the entire cardiorespiratory system, and you should notice a prompt soothing effect.

Take some time to follow your breath, and you will be amazed where it will take you. The breathing room you were looking for was inside of you all along!

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Awaken to Happiness – Week 5: Open Your Heart {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 5: Open Your Heart
In this lesson we are exploring the fast track to happiness. As researchers have found, opening our hearts and giving our attention, affection, acceptance, and appreciation to others is one of the most powerful paths to awaken happiness in our lives.
“The best gift we can give in any interaction is to leave people feeling lighter, happier, and more at peace.”

~David Simon
Each day we have countless opportunities to choose. We make choices about what activities to pursue, how we spend our time and money, and where we focus the precious resource of our attention. What kinds of choices make us happy? Researchers in the field of positive psychology, in particular professors Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ed Diener, and Martin Seligman, have investigated this question in depth, and their findings may surprise you. The first kind of choice they looked at was the pursuit of personal pleasures – such as eating a good meal, having a glass of wine, going to a movie, having sex, and shopping. These pleasures do increase our happiness but only temporarily, for a few hours or a day or two at most.

As the researchers discovered, the choices that really make us happy are those that allow us to express our creativity or promote the happiness of another person. It turns out that making other people is the fast track to happiness, and its effect is long lasting. If you want instant happiness, the secret is to open your heart and give freely and without any expectations. The intention behind your giving is the most important thing, for when you give unconditionally and from the heart, the energy and joy in the act of giving increases many times over.

While material gifts are wonderful, keep in mind that what really brings people happiness is these four intangibles:

Attention Attention is deep listening. When we give our attention, we are completely present and open as we focus on understanding another person’s perspective – even when we don’t agree with it. We don’t give advice (unless the other person directly asks for it) and we don’t interrupt or try to get someone to hurry up and “get to the point.”

According to neuroscientists, when we practice deep listening, the person who is being heard experiences a “cooling down” or slowing of activity in the amygdala – the “primitive” part of our brain that processes fear and anxiety and produces the “fight-or-flight” response when we feel threatened. Simply by listening attentively to someone, we are actually helping to calm their brain and reduce their stress, which has many benefits for physical and emotional wellbeing.

Appreciation Appreciation is letting someone know that you value them and are grateful they are in your life. You notice the qualities you love about a person and share your appreciation for who they are, their unique gifts, and the ways in which their presence and actions creates more peace, joy, and fun in your life.

Affection Affection is deep caring. We express our affection through our words, physical touch, and other actions, letting someone know that we are there for them. Loving touch is particularly vital to health and happiness. It releases a shower of natural pain-relieving and mood-elevating chemicals throughout the body, calming the mind’s busy chatter and promoting feelings of safety, comfort, and relaxation. While technology allows us to see and hear each other from a distance, it can’t create the true connection and fulfillment that comes from loving touch.

Acceptance One of the deepest human needs is acceptance . . . that feeling of being completely seen and accepted, even with all of our weaknesses, inconsistencies, and shortcomings. According to the ancient Vedic sages, one of the greatest attribute of an enlightened being is the ability to embrace life’s inherent ambiguity. Though most of us haven’t attained enlightenment, we can still cultivate this ability to embrace paradox and accept both ourselves and others exactly as they are.

This week as we focus on opening our hearts, we invite you focus each day on giving the gifts of attention, appreciation, affection, and acceptance. Keep a journal of your experiences and how you feel when you open your heart just a little bit wider each day.

Cultivating Your Intentions

3 Practices to Deepen Your Gratitude Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness; create loving relationships, and even improve our health.

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Many scientific studies, including research by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional wellbeing and physical health than those who don’t. In comparison with control groups, those who cultivated gratitude:

  • Felt better about their lives as a whole
  • Experienced greater levels of joy and happiness
  • Felt more optimistic about the future and got sick less often
  • Exercised more regularly and had more energy, enthusiasm, motivation, and focus
  • Made greater progress toward achieving important personal goals
  • Slept better and awoke feeling refreshed
  • Felt stronger during trying times
  • Enjoyed closer family ties and were more likely to help others and offer emotional support
  • Experienced fewer symptoms of stress

If you want more happiness, joy, and energy, gratitude is clearly a crucial quality to cultivate and express. Here are three practices you can begin using this week to open your heart to gratitude and love.

1.) Keep a Gratitude Journal

Each day list at least five things for which you are grateful. Challenge yourself by not repeating items from the previous days, for this will make you look more deeply at all the “little” things that enhance your life and give you joy, such as waking in a comfortable bed, listening to your favorite song, receiving a phone call from a friend, hugging your child, or being able to access a wealth of music, literature, and so many other gifts of human creativity with the click of a computer key.

You can write in your journal just before bed, when you wake up in the morning or just before you meditate. The time of day isn’t important; what is important is that you consistently take a few moments to consciously focus your mind on your blessings.

What we put our attention on expands in our life, so by focusing on what we have to be grateful for, we feel happier and open ourselves to an unlimited flow of abundance in every area of our lives.

2.) Write a Thank-you Letter

Make a list of at least five people who have had a profound impact on your life. Choose one and write a thank you letter expressing gratitude for all the gifts you’ve received from that person. If possible, deliver your gratitude letter in person.

In studies of people who have practiced this form of gratitude, the results have been amazing. Often the recipient of the letter had no idea what an impact he or she had had on another person and were deeply touched by the expression of such authentic gratitude.

While we may often thank people verbally, the written word can often be even more powerful because someone has taken the time to write their appreciation. A letter can also be re-read and treasured, creating joy and love that will continue to ripple out into the universe.

3.) Take a Gratitude Walk

This is a particularly useful practice when you’re feeling down or filled with stress and worry. Set aside twenty minutes (or longer if you can) and walk in your neighborhood, through a park, around your office, or somewhere in nature. Pay attention to your senses – everything you’re seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and maybe even tasting – and see how many things you can find to feel grateful for. This is a powerful way to shift your mood and open to the flow of abundance that always surrounds you.

Meditation

In today’s meditation, Chopra Center Vedic Master Amanda Ringnalda will guide us in an exploration to deepen our experience of wholeness and oneness with everything around us. We will explore our sense of connection with our community and open to new possibilities for nourishing this connection using our unique gifts and talents.

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Consciousness in Motion

Heart-Opening Yoga

The essence of yoga is the union of all the layers of life – physical, emotional, and spiritual. It is a practice for going beyond the illusion of separation. If we go deep enough, we realize that everything is interdependent and that we are all inter-beings who inter-arise in the inter-isness.

This sequence of heart-opening yoga poses will help you experience the bliss of union and enhance the flow of intelligence throughout your entire physiology.

Sky to Earth

1. Sky to Earth Pose It is best to perform this pose in a standing position, but you may choose to do it from a seated position if necessary. Begin by bringing your palms and fingers together in “prayer” position, feeling your thumbs gently touching the area of your heart. Close your eyes and take several slow, deep breaths.

Very gradually, begin moving both hands upwards. When they reach about forehead level, interlace your fingers while continuing to raise your hands over your head. When your arms are fully extended, rotate your wrists outward while your fingers remain entwined.

Continue extending with your arms, shoulders, and spine, arching up and backwards, feeling the stretch in your chest and abdomen. Look up at your interlaced fingers. If you feel you can maintain your balance, rise up onto your toes to complete the full extension.

While slowly exhaling, begin flexing your body as you fold forward, bringing your arms down and relaxing your neck. Gradually collapse through your upper, middle, and lower back, walking your hands down your thighs, moving your outstretched hands towards your feet. It is not important whether or not you can touch your feet.

When you have flexed forward as far as you can, close your eyes and relax into this position, slowly inhaling and exhaling for several breaths. With each outflow of your breath, soften through your neck, back, shoulders, and hips.

As you inhale, gently raise yourself upright, again lifting both arms over your head, stretching as far upwards as you comfortably can. Again, rise up onto your toes if you feel you can maintain your balance. Complete the pose by slowly returning your hands to the level of your heart.

Swaying Palm

2. Swaying Palm Pose Begin this second posture in the same manner as the Sky to Earth pose, with both of your hands together at the level of your heart. Again stretch upwards until you are fully extended. Slowly begin to arch your body to the left, stretching through your arms, shoulder, side, and hip. Hold the arch, breathing into the stretch with slow, deep breaths, lengthening with each exhalation.

Slowly return to an upright position, and then gradually arch your body to the right, stretching through your left shoulder, side, and hip. Inhale and exhale, gently lengthening your stretch with each outflow of your breath. Slowly return to an upright position and then slowly lower your arms.

Pelvis Opening

3. Pelvis-Opening Pose This next pose enlivens awareness in the body’s second energy center or chakra. This site is classically associated with primitive emotions, sexuality, and creativity. Because of the powerful messages many young girls often receive about “keeping their legs together,” this pose can sometimes awaken strong feelings and images. Perform it in a safe setting where you can explore the emotions and pieces of information that emerge.

Lying on your back, place both hands over your heart. Bring your knees up so the soles of your feet are on the floor. Now slowly lower your knees toward the floor, opening at your hips. Open to the point where you feel tension, then gently pull your ankles towards your groin. Breathe deeply into your pelvic region while maintaining your awareness in your hips. Without straining, relax and release with each exhalation.

Repeat this process several times, gently releasing further with each opening. Then, slowly extend your knees and rest on your back.

Pelvic Lift

4. Pelvic Lift Pose Lying on your back, bend your knees and plant your feet on the floor. Reach with outstretched arms towards your feet, holding your ankles with your hands. If you cannot reach your ankles, place your palms on the floor with your fingers pointing towards your heels. Keeping the back of your head on the floor, lift your pelvis up in the air, stretching through your chest and abdomen. Take several slow, deep breaths in and out through your nose.

Slowly lower your bottom to the floor and then repeat the movement, lifting up your hips while stretching through your midsection. After several more slow deep breaths, lower yourself to the floor and extend your legs.

Cobra

5. Cobra Pose Lying on your stomach, place your hands on the floor under your shoulders. Predominantly using your back muscles, lift your chest off the floor. Use your hands to provide support while you inhale. Stretch and extend through your neck, even raising your eyes upwards as if trying to see the top of your head. Take several slow, deep breaths, then gradually lower your chest to the floor. Repeat this pose several times.

Open Twist

6. Open Twist Pose Lying on your back, stretch out both arms to your sides at right angles to your body. Bend your left knee and bring your left foot over your right leg, placing it on the floor next to your right knee. While your lower spine and pelvis are twisting to the right, turn your head and neck to the left, feeling the stretch through your spine. Take several slow breaths, releasing further into the pose with each exhalation.

Return to midline, with both legs on the floor. Then, bending your right knee, place your right foot across your left leg next to your left knee. While rotating your lower body to the left, turn your head to the right, again feeling the stretch throughout the spine while taking slow, deep breaths. Return to resting position with both legs extended on the floor.

Child Pose

7. Child’s Pose This final pose promotes safety and centering in preparation for inner exploration. Beginning on your belly, bring your knees up with your legs and ankles together. Leaning forward, slowly flex at the waist until your chest is resting on your thighs and your forehead is on the floor.

Stretch your arms over your head in front of you and take several slow, deep breaths. Then bring your arms back towards your ankles until they are resting alongside your legs. Feel the movement of your chest on your knees as you slowly inhale and exhale with awareness. Remain in this position for several minutes, noticing your thoughts and sensations.

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Awaken to Happiness – Week 4: Detoxify Your Life {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 4: Detoxify Your Life
Hope that you are feeling lighter, more joyful, and more aware of your infinite potential. By the end of this week, you will experience even greater feelings of  lightness and clarity as you start to detoxify your life. As you let go of the complications, emotional toxins, and everything else that isn’t serving you, you will be free to experience the happiness that exists in simplicity and expanded awareness.
“Everyone knows how to choose; few know how to let go. But it’s only by letting go of each experience that you make room for the next. The skill of letting go can be learned, and once learned you will enjoy living much more spontaneously.”

~Deepak Chopra

Cultivating Your Intentions

One of the most subtle forms of complication is past conditioning – the mental and emotional patterns that keep us feeling unhappy and stuck. When we hold onto resentments, hostility, regrets, or grievances, they accumulate in our body and erode our health and happiness. This seven-step process is an effective way to detoxify at the subtle level.

1. Take responsibility. Emotions are so powerful that it is easy to believe that we have little control over them. When someone says something rude, we feel justified in reacting with an angry response. But if your emotional state depends on how other people’s behavior and words, you will forever be at the mercy of others. Understanding that you have choice in how you respond and interpret experiences is the key to healing the emotional body.

2. Witness what you are feeling. Conditioning trains us to feel the same feelings over and over every time we experience the same situation. As soon as an emotion is triggered, we get tangled in our old response. To escape this painful cycle, we need a clear place of witnessing. The best way to witness is to locate where the feeling is arising in our body. Observe the feeling and allow your attention to embrace the sensation. Breathe into the feeling. By allowing yourself to experience the physical sensations without trying to change them, the charge of the emotional begins to dissipate.

3. Label your feeling. Give a name to whatever sensation you feel in your body. Use simple words such as fear, anger, guilt, frustration, or sadness. Don’t use the language of victimization – betrayed, let down, hurt – any word that implies blame for someone else. By simply labeling your feeling, you avoid the temptation to rehash the long, complicated story. Every story is about the past. Your sensations and emotions are in the present.

4. Express the feeling. When we resist or suppress emotions, they only become more toxic. Expressing a feeling leads to release and purification of the body and mind. The purpose of this step isn’t to express how much you hate or blame someone else but to experience release, clarity, and insight. First describe the situation and your feelings from your point of view. Then express what happened from the other person’s point of view. Then describe the situation as though you were a reporter writing an objective news story. When you describe all three perspectives, the intense emotions lose their grip on you and your awareness expands.

5. Share your feeling. Choose someone you trust and share your feelings, including the whole process you’ve been going through and all three points of view.  You should now be able to share without blame and without trying to get the other person to take “your side.” The aim is to be heard and get a true reflection, which the right listener can provide.

6. Let go through ritual. Create your own ceremony for symbolic release of the toxic emotion. Every culture since ancient times has used ritual, and you can invoke this age-old power by creating a ritual that has personal meaning for you. You may want to write down what you’re releasing on a piece of paper that you then burn and release to the Virgin Mary, Buddha, or any spiritual being. You could also wrap your note on a rock and jettison it into the sea or a lake. You can make your ritual private or invite others to witness the release and help you remember its significance.

7. Celebrate and move on! Honor your release by doing something nice for yourself. The celebration doesn’t have to be showy or elaborate. You could simply listen to your favorite music, buy yourself a special present or enjoy a delicious meal. You may want to invite others to share in the joy and gratitude.

Meditation

In today’s meditation led by Deepak Chopra, you will be guided to put your attention on the divine qualities of love, gratitude, compassion, joy, ecstasy, peace, and equanimity. In this expanded state, the immune system is strengthened as the body repairs the damage caused by toxic experiences, relationships, environments, and substances. You’ll experience the bliss of present moment awareness and deep renewal.

Happiness Series Week 4 Meditation.mp3

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Consciousness in Motion

Simple Steps to Cleanse and Detoxify The healing tradition of Ayurveda teaches that the key to vibrant health and bliss is a strong inner digestive fire, known in Sanskrit as agni. Agni represents the elemental force of transformation. It allows us to fully digest our food, experiences, and emotions, assimilating whatever is nourishing and eliminating the rest.

 The product of a strong agni is known as ojas. When ojas circulates, we experience a sense of wellbeing as every cell in our body expresses its unique talent in support of the entire physiology. When our digestive fire is weak, we fail to completely metabolize our experiences, resulting in the accumulation of toxic residues known in Ayurveda as ama. One sign of ama in the system is an unpleasant white “furry” coating on the tongue, which is particularly noticeable in the morning.

When the level of ama becomes excessive, it overrides the value of ojas. As a result, our cells lose their vitality and we experience toxic build-up. Some signs that you might be experiencing toxicity include ongoing headaches, skin problems, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, low energy, poor digestion, and constipation.

 Ignite Your Inner Fire

To keep your inner digestive fire burning strongly, Ayurveda recommends that we cleanse and detoxify on a regular basis. The Chopra Center’s Perfect Health program offers the opportunity to experience a deep 6-day or 10-day detoxification and rejuvenation process that includes daily Ayurvedic massage treatments to cleanse and purify the bodymind, as well as instruction in meditation, yoga, and other Ayurvedic practices for balance and wellbeing. We also suggest a gentle cleanse that you can do at home. Here are the guidelines for your home detox:

  • Follow a simplified diet for five days, eating plenty of steamed vegetables, grains, and lentil soup. Eliminate fried foods, fermented items, dairy and other animal products, and refined carbohydrates. The key is to keep meals small and simple to give your bodily systems a break.
  • While detoxifying, it is critical to stay hydrated in order to flush toxins and waste out of your system. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Ayurveda recommends drinking plenty of gingerroot tea – at least one liter per day – to help purify the body and boost your digestive system. To make the tea, add one teaspoon of freshly grated gingerroot per pint of hot water. Sip the tea throughout the day.
  • You may also want to include fresh fruit juices in the morning, mixed fruit and vegetable juices during the day, and vegetable juices in the evening. If possible, prepare them using fresh organic produce.
  • Lubricate your digestive tract and encourage elimination by eating a mixture of sesame seeds and golden raisins. Prepare a one-to-one mixture of ⅛ cup sesame seeds and ⅛ cup golden raisins. Take a teaspoon of the mixture one hour before each meal, or two hours after each meal. You can substitute ½ teaspoon of sesame oil with three or four raisins if you have trouble digesting seeds.
  • Each day, give yourself a self-massage using therapeutic aromatherapy oils. Regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increases circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function – and it feels blissful!
  • Exercise is a cornerstone in a detoxifying program. The increased heat and sweat generated through exercise helps to purify and detoxify your body. Each day, aim to engage in at least twenty minutes of aerobic activity that is vigorous enough to leave a light layer of sweat on your skin. Also take hot baths or go to a sauna or steam room to encourage the removal of toxins through your skin.
  • On the fourth evening, just before you go to bed, take a teaspoon of yogurt with a dose of standardized senna extract. Most people will get a good elimination with four tablets before bedtime. You can expect a few loose bowel movements within the next six to eight hours.
  • Always end your cleanse with a gentle transition by gradually reintroducing more complex foods into your diet, such as meat, nuts, starchy vegetables, and whole grains into your diet

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Awaken to Happiness – Week 3: Discover Authentic Self-Esteem {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 3: Discover Authentic Self-EsteemTune into your Body’s Wisdom
 
This lesson  is dedicated to finding true self-esteem. This is different from improving our self-image or trying to win the approval of others. Real self-esteem lies beyond images; it comes from knowing that your essential nature is limitless, fearless, and infinitely worthy. In this awareness, you will discover a happiness that no one can take away from you.
“Remember that you are lovable, valuable, and powerful. You are worthy of love and you deserve to be happy. You have these beautiful qualities and many more because you are living the gift of a human incarnation. My hope is that you can start to embrace these truths.”

~David Simon
This week we’re diving into the heart of happiness by connecting to our true self, which is pure love, infinite awareness, and unbounded joy. At the deepest level of being, what we seek, we already are. Our real self is the source of happiness, creativity, understanding, peace, harmony, laughter, love, and all possibilities. Instead of seeking outside of ourselves, we need to go to the source and realize who we really are.
Sun Rays  Sunset Meditation

When we’re living from an awareness of our true self, the following elements will be present:

  • We feel connected to all that exists.
  • We cease to struggle.
  • We feel free of limitation.
  • We experience the spontaneous fulfillment of desire.
  • We are fearless and willing to step into the unknown.
  • We feel completely safe.
  • We view ourselves and the world with compassion and understanding.

This is a state known as self-referral, which means that we identify with our inner self, the unchanging essence of our soul. We feel whole and at peace even when life rises up with its inevitable challenges and surprises. Self-referral is an internal state of joy, and is different from happiness for a reason.

The opposite of self-referral is object referral, in which we identify with our self-image or external things, including our status, relationships, possessions, accomplishments, titles, and so on. By their very nature, objects are always changing, and long as we tie our identity to them, we will never know our real essence. We may feel happy when things go our way, but we will always feel an underlying current of instability or insecurity because part of us knows that the source of our good feelings can disappear at any moment.

Self-Referral: The Source of True Self-Esteem Authentic self-esteem comes not from improving your self-image but from being established in self-referral, from knowing and accepting that core self within that is beautiful, wise, and loving. Once you have fully owned and experienced your essential nature, you will let go of the struggle to build an external sense of self-worth. You will stop trying to “make” yourself feel better as you push down feelings of emptiness and unhappiness. Your true self doesn’t need to be improved, changed, or even healed. It is whole, perfect, and complete exactly as it is.

Exercise: The Shine in Your Eyes Conscious inner dialogue is a powerful tool for connecting to your true self. Whenever you look in the mirror, even if just for a few seconds, make eye contact with yourself and silently repeat the three principles of self-referral:

  1. I am totally independent of the good or bad opinion of others.
  2. I am beneath no one, and no one is beneath me.
  3. I am fearless in the face of all challenges.

Look into your eyes to see these attitudes reflected back at you. Look just in your eyes, not at your facial expression. Look for the shine in your eyes that reflects the fire in your soul. If you do this exercise a few minutes every day, it will create profound shifts in your life.

Cultivating Your Intentions

This week we invite you to hold the intention to deepen your connection to your true self. A time-honored means for doing this is the practice of mindfulness, which is about cultivating present moment awareness of our thoughts, actions, and feelings. According to the ancient wisdom teachings, this capacity to observe ourselves without judging ourselves is the highest form of human intelligence.

Here is a practical three-step approach to nourishing mindfulness as you move through your day:

  1. Meditate.
  2. Notice what you’re doing.
  3. Allow and accept.

1. MEDITATE

Learning to still the mind’s dialogue opens the door to a domain of silence that has the potential to heal and transform your life. As you tap into this inner silence, you begin the process of shifting your internal reference point from ego to soul, from fear to love, from anxiety to peace, and from constriction to expansion. The time-honored means of doing that is through a meditation practice.

 Special Note for the New or Hesitant Meditator If you have never meditated or you have tried to meditate and stopped because you were frustrated, weren’t experiencing the benefits, or weren’t sure you were doing it “right,” you now have a fresh opportunity to discover the healing power of meditation.

There are many different techniques to quiet the mind, including focusing on the breath, walking in silence in nature, biofeedback, prayer and contemplation, and countless other approaches. It’s important to explore and find a practice that resonates with you. The Chopra Center offers instruction in a practice known as Primordial Sound Meditation, a natural, easy practice that dates back thousands of years to India’s Vedic tradition. In this practice, you meditate using an individualized mantra, a word that means “vehicle of the mind.” Mantras are pleasant, resonant sounds that have no meaning – they are instead chosen for their vibratory quality. When you silently repeat your mantra, the mind naturally settles with no need to strain or concentrate.

A few ways to get started . . .

2. NOTICE WHAT YOU’RE DOING

As you develop an abiding sense of your true self with meditation, you can cultivate compassionate awareness of yourself by paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and reactions throughout the day. Remember that awareness is the key to change. As you witness yourself getting caught up in familiar emotional reactions, gently witness the habitual patterns without judgment. Notice when you’re wounded by small slights or you feel anxious or unhappy when someone you love doesn’t give you the attention you want.

Most people are trying to earn the approval of others, repeating a pattern that goes back to our early childhood, when we believed we had to earn our parents’ or caregivers’ love and approval. We unconsciously believed that our survival depended on it – and it may have. But now we are adults and can start to let go of the false need for approval.

3. ALLOW AND ACCEPT

As you open the door to awareness, feelings of fear or insecurity may seem more intense. Instead of fighting or resist uncomfortable feelings, simply be with those feelings as best as you can. When you try to push away a feeling, it only grows stronger, but when you simply notice and allow it to be, it will soon dissipate. In the beautiful words of Harvard neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor, “Just like children, emotions heal when they are heard and validated.” In her bestselling book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Jill described her own extraordinary experience of having a stroke that temporarily disabled the function of her brain’s left hemisphere – generally responsible for analysis, language, and judging – pushing her awareness into the right hemisphere, the domain of creativity, empathy, and wordless one-ness.  At first she felt intense pain, and then, as she describes in her book, “I felt like a genie liberated from its bottle. The energy of my spirit seemed to flow like a great whale gliding through a sea of silent euphoria.”   The Fleeting Nature of Emotions Today Jill Bolte Taylor has recovered from her stroke yet still cultivates an awareness of the power and transience of emotions. When uncomfortable or difficult emotions arise, she uses a technique that may help you. She looks at the second hand on her watch and sits with whatever feeling is coming up, knowing that most feelings move through the body in ninety seconds or less.

Whether we’re feeling joy, fear, or surprise, the chemicals in the body associated with those feelings flush through the body in a short time. The only reason a feeling would last longer is if we continue to fuel the emotional loop by choosing thoughts or telling ourselves stories about the past or future that retrigger the emotional response. By allowing your feelings and bringing the light of your consciousness into the present moment, in time you can heal old emotional patterns and reclaim your true self-esteem and innate happiness.

Meditation

Listening to Your Soul In this week’s meditation, we’ll begin cultivating the inner stillness and silence that allows us to tune into the voice of our true self or soul. While our ego-mind’s dialogue tends to be laden with self-judgment, anxiety, or limiting beliefs, our true self speaks in the language in the language of love, peace, acceptance, possibility, and joy.

The meditation is led by Kyla Stinnett, a certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor, and the Communications Editor for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

Happiness Series Week 3 Meditation.mp3

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Consiousness in Motion

The essence of yoga and meditation is experiencing our innate wholeness, the unity of our body, mind, and spirit.

In this guided practice led by Deepak Chopra, we focus on cultivating the trust and acceptance that connects us to this experience of wholeness and to our true self. As we release the ego’s self-judgment, fear, and doubt, our consciousness expands and we feel at-one with ourselves and with the world.

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Awaken to Happiness – Week 2: Tune into Your Body’s Wisdom {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 2:  Tune into your Body’s Wisdom
This lesson is dedicated to the wisdom of the body, which is our most reliable guide to making conscious choices for joy, balance, and wellbeing.
“Your body is your connection to the cosmic computer, which is organizing an infinity of events simultaneously. By listening to your body and responding to it with awareness, you tap into the field of infinite possibility, where the natural experience is peace, harmony, and joy.”                                        

~Deepak Chopra
Our body is our most reliable guide to happiness. Whereas the mind lives in the past and the future, the body resides in the now and never doubts itself. It knows the truth and will guide you toward the most evolutionary choices. As modern dance pioneer Martha Graham once said, “The body never lies . . . it says what words cannot.”

By listening to your body’s signals, you can gather valuable clues that will guide you to greater happiness. Developing awareness is key because so many of us were taught to ignore our body as we were growing up. We may have received the message that our mind was the most valuable part of ourselves. If you have been living “from the neck up,” rediscovering the wisdom of the body will be particularly rich and rewarding.

Exercise: Get Grounded

One powerful way to expand your awareness is to ground yourself in your body. Whenever you feel distracted or triggered by a situation or event, tune into the feelings in your body. For instance, if you receive an unexpected bill and your normal reaction would be to feel angry or anxious, try this simple yoga pose known as Tadasana or Standing Mountain.

1. Begin by standing* with your feet hips width apart, the big toes slightly turned in. Engage your thigh muscles and lift the knee caps.

2. Align your body by having the knees above the ankles, the hips above the knees, the shoulders above the hips, the ears above the shoulders. The crown of your head is reaching up toward the sky.

3. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor. Lift your ribs up from the waist. Your feet are firmly rooted on the ground. As you feel your connection to the earth beneath you, you become as steady as a mountain. Slowly lower your hands to your sides.

4. Now take a deep breath, close your eyes, and let yourself feel the sensations in your body. Focus your attention on the waves of sensation until they disappear.

By pausing and becoming aware of your body and the present moment, you’re breaking a conditioned pattern of stimulus-response. As you breathe, your body is reminded of its natural state of harmony and self-regulation, and this grounds you.

*Note: If a standing position isn’t available to you, you can receive the same grounding benefits of mountain pose by performing a modified version of it in a chair. Root your feet on the ground and stretch your arms upwards and then lower them to your sides. Close your eyes and follow the rest of the instructions for focusing on feeling the sensations in your body.

Cultivating Your Intentions

An intention is a choice to move in a particular direction. This week we’ll focus on three practical intentions for creating increased awareness of your body.

 1. I make choices to maximize the energy in my body. Your body is your connection to the infinite supply of energy in the universe. If you’re feeling any kind of lack, it is because you’re resisting the flow of this infinite supply.  Ask your body what it needs and follow its guidance.

2. Before I act on any emotion, I will consult my heart. Your heart is the seat of emotional intelligence and it is a reliable guide when you trust it. Tune into your heart throughout the day, particularly when you have a decision to make. Put your hand on your heart and pay attention to any subtle sensations or feelings that signal a “yes” or a “no.”

3. Lightness of being in my body will be my indicator of happiness. This week, begin to pay attention to the sensations in your body. If you feel heavy or dull, make shifts, no matter how small, to let go of old patterns so that you can open to the freshness and pure potential each moment holds. Give your body what it needs the most, whether that is more restful sleep, life-giving nourishment, the joy of movement, or communion with nature.

At the beginning and end of each day, read these intentions and let the words sink deep into your consciousness. As you move throughout your day, pay attention to your body and, as best you can, tune into its messages and act on its guidance.

Meditation

The Mind-Body Connection In today’s guided meditation Deepak Chopra shares how the process of meditation can help you return to your baseline status, releasing toxic emotions and thoughts, and moving your body into a state of self-repair and greater wellbeing.

To download the MP3 of this meditation, the instructions are as follows: STEP 1: right-click on this DOWNLOAD LINK STEP 2: (for PCs) after right-clicking, choose “save target as” and save to your computer. STEP 2: (for MACs) after right-clicking, choose “save link as” and save to your computer.

Consciousness in Motion

Move Your Body Every Day Physical activity is one of the most powerful, natural ways to connect to your body, elevate your mood, and release stress. The body loves to move and experience the release of endorphins and other chemical messengers that create feelings of well-being throughout our entire physiology.

This week, have the intention to enjoy some kind of physical exercise each day – ideally for at least twenty minutes. If you loathe the thought of getting on a treadmill, don’t do it! Choose activities that appeal to your sense of fun and adventure. Here are a few ideas:

  • Practice yoga.
  • Jump on a trampoline.
  • Hula hoop to your favorite music.
  • Learn how to belly dance.
  • Try kayaking or paddle boarding.
  • Run in the sand along the ocean.
  • Rollerblade in a park.
  • Play tag with your kids.
  • Take a brisk walk in nature.
  • Take a class you’ve never tried before, such as kickboxing, spinning, or Zumba.
  • Go salsa dancing.
  • Join an adult softball, baseball, or soccer league.

We invite you to explore and share your ideas for physical activities that fill you with joy on the Chopra Center’s Facebook community >>

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Awaken to Happiness – Week 1: Identify Your True Source of Happiness {Deepak Chopra}

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Week 1:  Identify Your True Source of Happiness

As we begin our exploration of happiness, it’s important to understand how we define what happiness is. As many Eastern wisdom traditions teach, there are two types of happiness. The first kind of happiness comes from things turning out the way we’d like them to. This is known as happiness for a reason. We say, “I’m happy because I have a family and friends,” or “I’m happy because I got a promotion,” or “I’m happy because I’m going on vacation,” and so on. This kind of happiness is inherently fleeting because it depends on external reasons that can be taken away from us at any time. Although we tend to avoid thinking about it, we can lose our home, our job, our savings, our health, and our loved ones at any time. These are temporary, external sources of happiness that come and go like a passing breeze.

The second type of happiness, in contrast, is an internal state of consciousness that allows us to be happy for no reason at all. It is independent of the circumstances, events, people, and things in our lives. This happiness comes from the realization that our true self isn’t our body, thoughts, emotions, personality, possessions, accomplishments, relationships, or any other time-bound attribute. Our essential nature is pure, unbounded consciousness, also known as the field of all possibilities. The attributes of this field include happiness, love, timelessness, compassion, creativity, wisdom, silence, and grace.

This series is called Awaken to Happiness because we are focusing on experiencing the happiness that already exists within us. Just as a radiant sunrise can be hidden behind the clouds, our inner happiness can become obscured by constricted awareness, limiting thought patterns, and emotional turmoil. Yet no matter how long we have been lost in fear and limitation, we can learn to rise above the clouds of conditioning and awaken to the source of happiness within us.

Cultivating Your Intentions

Consciously choosing our intentions is the most powerful way to begin any project, journey, or dream. By becoming clear about what we desire and setting an intention, we are planting a seed in the fertile garden of pure potentiality. As we nurture that seed while simultaneously releasing any attachment to the outcome, we come fully into the present moment. We spontaneously take the most evolutionary actions and experience the expansion of joy, love, and harmony.

As you begin the Awaken to Happiness series, give yourself free reign to consider your intention. Your intention can be a simple one. In fact, for the purpose of this exploration, simple is probably best. Here are a few ideas:

My intention is to . . .

  • Open my heart to happiness.
  • Follow my joy.
  • Be happy for no reason at all.
  • Awaken to love and happiness.
  • Live with a light heart and spirit.

This is your own personal intention, and as long as you find an intention that resonates with your heart, there is no “wrong” way to set it. In general, however, it’s best to write your intentions in positive language rather than in terms of what you don’t want, because the important part of formulating intentions is to generate a field of awareness that feels whole, content, and complete.  Intentions also tend to be more powerful when we write them down where we can see them throughout the day.  We suggest taping them to your computer monitor, a bathroom mirror, your car dashboard, and anywhere else that you will see them regularly and be reminded of your deepest intention for happiness.

Meditation

Affirming Wellbeing Through Mantras This guided meditation led by program consultant and Vedic Master Gabrielle Forleo will help you go deep into your own inner silence, moving into the world of spirit, where you can manifest your own happiness and wellbeing through positive affirmations.

 Happiness Series Week 1 Meditation.mp3

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Consiousness in Motion

Yoga for Body-Centered Awareness Triangle, The Happy Pose

The basic triangle, or trikonasana (pronounced trih-koh-NAH-sah-nah), is a yoga pose that provides an excellent stretch throughout the entire body. This pose is a good choice if you are feeling sad or depressed, or anytime you want to open yourself up to a flow of positive energy.

Known as the “happy pose” because it opens your heart center and allows joy to fill your body, this pose also relieves tension in your neck and back, tones leg muscles, improves circulation, and strengthens the lower back.

If you are new to yoga, you may wish to begin with Standing Side Bend to strengthen your torso. This pose is less intense, yet offers many of the same benefits as the Triangle pose. As you begin to feel more flexible, gradually move into Triangle.

Yoga Triangle

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