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Day 20: Visionary Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper,
and re-imagines the world.”

—Malcolm Gladwell

When we think of networking, we likely see ourselves at a cocktail party, handing out business cards, meeting new acquaintances, and sharing a little bit about ourselves. Today we will take a refreshed look at the possibility that opens when networking with our communities from a spiritual perspective—it is something quite different.  As we spend more time in stillness and align ourselves with intuition, we understand our roles as visionaries and we have the opportunity to connect with everyone around us in an entirely new way. Instead of “getting out there” in order to make something happen, we embrace opportunities to venture out because we want to meet new people, experience things we have never done before, and share what we have learned with everyone we meet. All of us are visionaries with something to share. Connecting fulfills us and enables us to help others find fulfillment as well.

CENTERING THOUGHT
The world is waiting for my vision.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Aham Brahmasmi
I am the universe.

Day20- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:  

Welcome to day 20, Visionary Me.  In our last three weeks together, we’ve awakened to who we really are, to what we deeply want, and to the truth of our highest purpose.  All of this insight and energy needs one more spark to truly light up and manifest our destiny.  That spark comes from action, from connection and communication.  Everything I know is better when you share it.  And our destinies are richer when we are connecting to others.  Asking for what you want, sharing more freely of what you know, building on the co-creative power of spirit – these steps move us from holding a dream in our hearts – to actualizing it as part of our destiny.  What we speak comes to life, sparking collaborative potential, inspiring creative ideas, igniting possibility and opening the door for divine purpose to enter.  When we share, we step into certainty and move one step closer to our destiny.  I’m excited, as I know you are to, as we listen to what Deepak share about how our words inform our action and empower our intentions to the universe.”

Deepak:

In the stillness of meditation, during our journey together, we have become more connected to who we really are, our true self, our spirit.  As our self-awareness expanded, we began to see with clarity what we truly want and increase understanding of our divine purpose, our destiny.  Today, we will explore that there is another step required to truly activate and call in the manifestation of our destiny.   It is the action of connection and communication. It is through our willingness to communicate and share ideas, perspective and vision with others that we grow more comfortable being in, and speaking our truth.  We begin to let our guard down and sincerely ask what we want and need, and we give more freely, recognizing that we are all interconnected in consciousness.

With little effort, staying present with one another, and being ourselves, we start to recognize common personal and professional interests.  Inspiration seemingly comes out of nowhere and new opportunities spontaneously arise.  Through this purest level of connection, new ideas roll in.  Now, more connected with our intuition, we are pointed in the direction of where to go and whom to meet.

Sometimes, just going to what seems like and everyday place, to a party or a park, puts us in the most interesting space, giving us a spark of an idea, or a human connection that leads us further down the path of manifesting a long-held dream.  We have gifted our self with an authentic platform to share our vision, and as we courageously share, we receive support, inspire others, discover unexpected connection and new ideas, and we begin to live in the energetic flow of our destiny.  Together, in community.  This understanding puts an entirely new twist on the idea of networking.  No longer do we feel the need to get out there because we should make connections in order to succeed.  Instead, we want to be out there because we can’t wait to be in conversation about our vision and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow human beings and the real excitement of life.

So while we’ve emphasized the importance of spending time in stillness is in our daily lives, pay attention to how that stillness informs action, honor the transformations you experience, and the new relationships you create and you begin to live your life more fully as the beautiful being you were born to be.  Today, I invite you to speak freely about what your vision and your dreams.  The spoken word is a powerful tool and by strengthening your voice, you expand your dreams from internal thoughts to external possibilities, laying the groundwork for divine purpose to manifest.  Know that by being in conversation, by verbalizing your desires out loud, you are empowering your intentions to the universe.

As we begin our meditation, contemplate today’s centering thought, the world is waiting for my vision.  The world is waiting for my vision.

Please get comfortable.  Sit with your hands in a relaxed position and release any tension in your body.  Begin to witness your breath, slowly inhaling and exhaling, inhaling and exhaling.  Begin to silently repeat today’s mantra, Aham Brahmasmi.  I am the universe.  Aham Brahmasmi.  As thoughts enter your mind, if you near noises, or feel sensation in your body, remind yourself of the mantra, repeating it effortlessly.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra and bring your attention back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

Throughout the day, embrace who you are as you consider our centering thought, the world is waiting for my vision.  The world is waiting for my vision.  The world is waiting for my vision.

Namaste


MINDFUL MOMENT
Make a point today of reaching out to someone you have never had a conversation with before. For instance, there may be someone in your office to whom you’ve offered a polite greeting every day but never learned his name. Take a few minutes and talk to this person; get to know him or her and share something about yourself. Notice how much richer your life feels after you have enjoyed this person’s company.

We look forward to enjoying the stillness with you today. Blessings,

 

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Day 19: Blissful Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”
—Mother Teresa

Today we will spend time reconnecting with our true bliss, that part of ourselves that many of us will best remember from childhood. Think about what it was that brought you the greatest joy, that made time fly, and that you could do forever without a care in the world. That is an expression of bliss.  While our childhoods may be behind us, our opportunity to reconnect with our bliss is right in front of us, ours for the taking. When we find ourselves engaged in the activities and with the people who make our hearts sing, we are grounded in the present and deeply connected to pure Spirit.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Joy is my highest purpose.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Sat Chit Ananda
Existence, Consciousness, Bliss.

Day19- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:  

Welcome to Day 19, Blissful Me.  Perhaps the most universal urge that we all share is to be happy.  When we connect to our true purpose in life, to what we’ve come to the planet to do, we get to live our lives in service and bliss.  What does that mean – to truly feel blissful in our lives?  Bliss is an all encompassing state that we all have access to at all times.  It is the holding space for joy – or happiness – and peace inside us all.  When we lay down the burden of trying to be anything other than exactly who we are, bliss comes to us effortlessly. When we identify and follow what makes us happy, we understand our highest purpose and abundance in all forms comes back to us when we accept that purpose, follow our unique path and share our gifts whole-heartedly.  Be in bliss, delight, in stillness, and let Deepak guide us in today’s meditation.”

Deepak:  

Nothing is more important in life than reconnecting with our bliss.  Nothing is as rich.  Nothing is as real.  So what, exactly, is bliss.  Spiritually, bliss is considered to be an infinite state that lives within each of us at all times.  When cultivated, it can be experienced outwardly through happiness and laughter, and also as a quiet sense of deep calm, stillness and peace inside.  What does it mean to reconnect with our bliss?  Noted author, JK Rowling said of herself, ‘the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss’.  Spending time going within ourselves to find those things that bring us deep joy helps us rediscover those activities that make us happy at our very core and are our real purpose for living.  This knowingness is bliss.  What is your bliss? What is it that you love to do that it gives you so much joy that time simply flies and your heart takes wing.  When we reconnect with our bliss, we are truly in the present and tap into pure consciousness.  Experiencing Spirit in this way, we feel abundant love and happiness. We can’t help but want to share this joy with others.  When we are happy, we are delighted to use all that we have to serve the world.  As we bring happiness and abundance in to the lives of everyone that we meet, that happiness, success and abundance come back to us like ocean waves, gently rolling out to sea and rushing back to shore.  When we live our lives in bliss, in harmony with the universe, a world of infinite possibilities opens to us.  And abundance is our natural reward.  We realize that what we have been born to do, what makes us happiest, is also the best way to joyfully serve everyone around us, which brings us every good thing in life.

As we begin our meditation, contemplate today’s centering thought, Joy is my highest purpose.  Joy is my highest purpose.  Now get comfortable and close your eyes.  Relax your hands and your whole body as you bring your attention to your breath.  Start to introduce the mantra, repeating it silently to yourself.  Sat Chit Ananda. Existence, consciousness, bliss.  Sat Chit Ananda.  If thoughts, noises, or sensations in your body distract you, just gently go back to repeating the mantra.  Just mentally.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Please let the mantra go and bring your awareness into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  As it is comfortable for you, open your eyes.

Throughout the day, pay attention to your thoughts around the blissful nature that is you and focus on our centering thought.  Joy is my highest purpose.  Joy is my highest purpose.

Namaste


 MINDFUL MOMENT
Spend a moment today connecting with bliss in an everyday moment. When you are eating a meal or taking a shower, practice acute mindfulness and allow yourself to experience this activity with all of your senses. Do this as slowly as you can, delighting in the smells, tastes, textures, colors, and sounds. What do you notice after you spend time this way? How does bliss feel in your body?

We look forward to connecting with you in bliss. Blessings,

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Day 18: Creative Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’
then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
—Vincent Van Gogh

How often have you had the experience of struggling to remember a person’s name only to have the name effortlessly revealed to you when you were engaged in something entirely different? The same thing happens when we wrestle with our minds for ideas or solutions. Once we let the challenge go and engage in something that frees our minds, the lightning bolt strikes!  This is the value of play. Play opens the pathways for creativity to flow freely. When we are engaged in play, we connect with the heart, rather than leading with our minds. As we access the essence of pure potentiality, transformative ideas and solutions come to us spontaneously, and we are boundlessly creative.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I play. I create. I succeed.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Bhavam Namah
I am absolute existence. I am a field of all possibilities.

 Day18- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:  

Welcome to day 18, Creative Me.  Just as we all have a teacher within, within each of us is an artist.  A dreamer.  A creator.  Creative inspiration, truth and destiny are all revealed when our lives are in balance and in flow.  Giving yourself permission to rest, play, to let your heart and mind rejuvenate is a must in order to realize your greatest potential. It’s when we let go, absorbed in a moment of pure play, relaxation, connection with nature, laughter, life or people, that the messages of the universe rise up to meet us.  When we become open and receptive, we create pathways where there were once closed doors.  There is so much power in knowing that our lives are ours to co-create.  So take a deep breath and relax into today’s mediation as Deepak encourages us to cultivate our creativity through pure, simple joy.”

Deepak:  

Rest and play are not luxuries.  It is part of our destiny to simply be.  It is becoming more understood that play, rest, rejuvenation and celebration cultivate and inspire some of our best ideas.  When we are relaxing and playing, we are engaged in the here and now and more open to the ideas that come to us from pure consciousness.  When we let go and have fun, we release all sense of ego and all the ‘shoulds’ that can creep into our lives.  Opening the door for the creative spirit to flourish. Play is so important in helping us find our true purpose in life.  When we dance through life like children, engaged in activities that truly delight us, we open our minds and hearts to the essence of pure consciousness.  When we play, we lose all track of time and are absorbed completely in the present moment.  Our best creative ideas come to us when we are delighted.  Our minds are free to roam and explore.  We are wide open and the world is at our feet – ours to enjoy.

Rest is equally important.  As a society, we tend to be chronically sleep deprived and sometimes even proud of it since it indicates a busy life and total dedication to our work.  But true dedication requires balancing the brain for optimal performance which includes rest in the form of sleep, and spending time in meditation.  Connecting with the stillness of meditation, playfully engaging with nature, life and those around us, and making sure that we get adequate sleep are the perfect recipe for self-care.  These practices recharge and revitalize us, paving the way for creative inspiration and truth to enter our lives.

As we settle in for meditation, let’s consider the centering thought, I play, I create, I succeed.  I play, I create, I succeed.

Please take a comfortable seat and close your eyes.  Place your palms up or down on your lap, inhale and exhale slowly and deeply and feel your body relax.  Begin to introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally.  Om Bhavam Namah.  I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Om Bhavam Namah.  When you feel distracted by thoughts, noises or sensations in your body, just go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra and become aware of your body. Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

Throughout the day, pay attention to how your body feels, taking adequate time for self-care and focus on our centering thought.  I play, I create, I succeed.  I play, I create, I succeed.  I play, I create, I succeed.

Namaste


 MINDFUL MOMENT
Take some time today to engage in a playful activity that you really enjoy. Challenge some colleagues to a pickup basketball game at lunch or after work. Walk with your friends, or dip your feet into the office-park fountain. Whatever you choose to do, allow yourself to enjoy the freedom of playfulness and notice what unfolds.

We eagerly await our time together today. Blessings,

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The Ten Commandments 1956 movie scene

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Here another scene from my favourite movie “The Ten Commandments”.  This scene is the “reverse” to the one I posted recently: 

 

Nefretiri:  Oh, Moses, Moses. Why, of all men, did I fall in love with a prince of fools?  But I believe anything you tell me when I’m in your arms.  Why must you deny me and yourself?

Moses:  Because I am bound to a God and to a people and to a shepherd girl.

Nefretiri:  A shepherd girl.  What can she be to you? Unless the desert sun has dulled your senses. Does she grate garlic on her skin? Or is it soft as mine?  Are her lips chafed and dry as the desert sand, or are they moist and red like a pomegranate?  Is it the fragrance of myrrh that scents her hair or is it the odour of sheep?

Moses:  There is a beauty beyond the senses, Nefretiri, beauty like the quiet of green valleys and still waters, beauty of the spirit that you cannot understand.

Nefretiri:  Perhaps not. But beauty of the spirit will not free your people, Moses. You will come to me, or they will never leave Egypt.

Moses:  The fate of Israel is not in your hands, Nefretiri.

Nefretiri:  Oh, isn’t it?  Who else can soften Pharaoh’s heart or harden it?

Moses:  Yes, you may be the lovely dust through which God will work His purpose.

Day 17: Inspirational Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken
joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
—Albert Einstein

Think about the people and experiences that truly inspire you. What is it about them that makes you feel this way? For many of us, we are inspired when we feel something we have never felt before. We feel uplifted when we gain a new insight that changes our perspective completely and when we learn something new that forever transforms us.  Each of us has that power to inspire another. Within all of us lies a wonderful teacher, a soul that greatly inspires others to seek the highest good and to engage fully in life, merely by expressing your authentic self. Embrace that inner teacher and know that you have something very valuable to offer everyone around you. Share your lessons freely and receive wisdom from others with openness, joy, and love.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I embrace the teacher within.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Varunam Namah
My life is in harmony with the universe.

Day17- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:

”Welcome to day 17, Inspirational Me.  There is an ancient Buddhist quote which says, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’.  Well think about that.  We are all students and teachers in this earth school.  Everything in our lives shows up and is here to teach us more about ourselves.  Everybody we encounter is really a mirror – a reflection of a part of who we are.  And within each of us is a teacher – someone who inspires, listens and reflects, who demonstrates by their very being, something from which others can grow.  Each moment in life is a teaching moment and when we engage with one another, we become vehicles of life’s important lessons – large and small.  If we stay mindful, respecting and embracing the teacher within and remaining open to the teacher who lives in others, we find yet another path to living most fully, to receiving most abundantly, and to fulfilling a part of our most sacred destiny.  So, today, honoring that every moment is a moment to learn, and to teach, let us learn from Deepak as he guides us to the still space.”

 Deepak:  

Within each of us dwells a teacher with the power to deeply inspire.  The word inspire comes to us from the Latin word, inspirare, which means divinely breathed into.  When we live our lives connected to our inner truth and unique destinies, we serve as models and teachers, true inspirations to everyone we meet.  Each of us, through our being, words and actions, has the ability and opportunity to divinely breathe the essence of the true self into one another.

Recognizing this power to inspire, we begin to connect with the teacher that resides not only in us but also in those who cross our paths.  We open ourselves to learning from everyone we encounter, most often our teachers appear to us quite obviously and we are quick to recognize the wisdom they impart.  At other times, our teachers can show themselves completely in disguise.  For example, when we silently witness an encounter with an unpleasant neighbor or motorist on the freeway, we realize that they too have something to teach us.  They have simply shared their lessons in ways we don’t expect.

Each moment in life offers us an opportunity to learn and expand.  As we choose to conduct ourselves as teachers in this lifetime, embracing our true and divine responsibility to our fellow human beings, and ourselves, we see the value of aligning our lives with Spirit and following our bliss.  In choosing to be humble teachers, open to the flow of learning as well as selflessly teaching by joyous example, we are shining lights of all that is good, and wellsprings of inspiration for others.

As we settle in for meditation, let’s consider the centering thought.  I embrace the teacher within.  I embrace the teacher within.

Please get seated comfortably.  Place your palms up or down on your lap and close your eyes.  Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply and feel your body gently relax.  Begin to introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally, Om Varunam Namah.  My life is in harmony with the universe.  Om Varunam Namah.  If you get distracted by any thoughts, noises or feelings of discomfort in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself.  Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  Continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Now release the mantra.  Bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

Throughout the day, think about what it is you love to do and contemplate the centering thought, I embrace the teacher within.  I embrace the teacher within. I embrace the teacher within.

Namaste,


MINDFUL MOMENT
Today recall a teacher who really inspired you. Perhaps this individual was a person who taught in a classroom, but perhaps it was someone else—a grandparent, a neighbor, or an athletic coach.  Take time today to reflect on the ways that this person transformed how you saw the world, then without over-thinking it, consider how you can offer something of yourself to others so that they too can be inspired.

We look forward to inspiring one another today.  Blessings,

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Day 16: Uniquely Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“Every individual matters.
Every individual has a role to play.
Every individual makes a difference.” 
 

—Jane Goodall

The expansion of happiness in this lifetime is our birthright. Finding what it is we are meant to do and be and identifying that which brings us the greatest happiness is our highest purpose in life. This is our dharma, our truth and, our destiny. Each moment presents us with a unique opportunity to express ourselves in ways that only we can. When we answer the call of our heart in each moment, we have the opportunity to experience pure joy.  Today’s meditation explores what it means to live our lives blissfully in each moment, understanding that the true reward is not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but the journey along the rainbow itself.  Allow the bliss of being who you are, living as the unique soul you were born to be, carry you along the path of this lifetime and you will be living your life to the fullest.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Bliss be my guide.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Varunam Namah
My life is in harmony with the universe.

Day16- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:

Here we are – day 16, Uniquely Me.  Each of us has a unique essential purpose, if not many purposes to fulfill in this lifetime.  Think of this for a moment – there is no one else on the planet that is here to be who you are – and give what you have to give.  No one else.  Just as your DNA and your fingerprints are uniquely you – so is your life’s purpose – and your life’s purpose is always evolving.  It is not something you create.  It is not some great idea you come up with.  Purpose is there all the time.   And it’s always calling you.  As Kevin Cashman says, ‘Purpose is Spirit seeking expression’.  When we tap into that expression, we find the defining thread running through out life and we integrate all of our life experiences.  When we recognize our purpose and our innate talents and share them freely with one another, we create a world of peace, harmony and love.  We fulfill not only our destiny but we begin to change the world.  That’s how you do it!  By fulfilling your purpose.  So, settle in as we prepare for today’s meditation, listening to Deepak explore, living our unique destiny in each moment.”

Deepak:  

Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life, here to make a unique contribution.  Woven within the very fiber of our being is our divine purpose.  Our distinctive essence waiting, even longing, to be expressed as a gift to the world and ourselves.  I believe that the purpose of life is the expansion of happiness, that when we identify those things that bring the greatest joy to our lives, we are on the trail of discovering this inner truth.  According to Guatama Buddha, your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it’.  When we live in alignment with that true purpose – or dharma – we are happy and create a ripple of good that emanates from within, extending to everyone around us.  Let’s look a little closer.  The concept of divine purpose is more like a winding path along a mountainside, than one specific destination.  There are many views and stops along the way and yet it is always the mountain we are traveling upon. Our essential purpose is always with us and is designed to be revealed and experienced over the course of a lifetime.  This path is our destiny, a collection of meaningful self-expressions that come to us spontaneously – and in the moment, at times; in waves or seasons at other times.  Yet, always present in the expression is the essence of our true selves.

So, may be my destiny and true purpose in this moment is to smile at the person I see while on my walk, who looks sad.  It may be to take action on the longtime dream I have had to start a business.  It may be to show up as a loyal and supportive friend.  Or even to take a gardening class.  What is your destiny today?  I invite you to spend time contemplating your destiny.  Observe and listen to the cues your heart gives you.  Give yourself permission to express your dharma and destiny.  Shine your unique light freely.  You’ll be surprised how beautifully the path of your life will unfold for you.  As Joseph Campbell once said, ‘Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors that were only walls’.

As we settle in for meditation, we’ll focus on our centering thought, Bliss be my guide.  Bliss be my guide.  Now, as you take your comfortable seat with your hands on your lap and your eyes closed, as we do each day, begin to pay attention to your breath.  Allow the sensation of relaxation to wash over your body and release any stress and tension as best you can.  Silently introduce the mantra, repeating it effortlessly.  Om Varunam Namah.  My life is in harmony with the universe.  Om Varunam Namah.  If you get distracted by any thoughts, noises or feelings of discomfort in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself, Om Varunam Namah.  Continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Release the mantra and come into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

Throughout the day, think about what it is you love to do and contemplate our centering thought, Bliss be my guide.  Bliss be my guide.  Bliss be my guide.

Namaste


MINDFUL MOMENT
Today make a commitment to be who you really are and choose one thing that allows you to express yourself in a way that is like no one else. Sing a song. Paint a painting. Share a heartfelt conversation with a dear friend. Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, choose to engage in one activity that is uniquely yours and enjoy where the journey leads you!

We’re looking forward to spending time with you today.  Blessings,

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Day 15: How Can I Serve? (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a
single moment before starting to improve the world.”

 —Anne Frank

Today we delve more deeply into what it means to be of service. When we serve others from a place of love, we are also serving ourselves.  For many of us, when we think of service, we envision great feats, sacrifices, large philanthropic donations, and other grand gestures. While service can be all those things, service can be much more accessible in our daily lives. Giving to others through service is simply recognizing what you do best in any given moment and offering that as a gift to someone else. For instance, in this moment, you may be sitting in a coffee shop across from someone who looks like she could really use a warm smile and, in this moment, you offer a smile in service to brighten her day. Giving can be that simple.  Think about how good you feel when you give someone a gift in this way and notice how serving someone else is a gift to yourself as well.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Serving others serves me.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Vardhanam Namah
I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.

Day15- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:  

Welcome to day 15 and the beginning of the final week of our Desire and Destiny Meditation experience.  During our last 14 days together, we explored the essential soul questions.  Who am I?  What do I want?  With Spirit guiding the way, we were able to connect to the truth of who we really are, and what we most truly seek.  Now, we’re putting all of those pieces together so that we may light up in the fullness of who we are and illuminate the world around us.  Another what I know for sure is this…what we give to others, we give to ourselves.  As far back as I can remember, my prayer has always been the same… “Use me God.  Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself”.  That prayer has led me to this moment.  When we share our unique gifts – however large or small, we create significance.  We complete the circle of our destiny and that not only changes ourselves, it changes the world.  How can I serve?  That is the question all of us has come to ask.  So get quiet, breathe, and let Deepak guide us through the next essential soul question.  And then we’ll do what we do each day…were going to meditate.”

Deepak:  

Who am I?  What do I want? … Two questions that have offered us great insight and opportunity to open to our highest understanding and expression of life.  Now, in our third week together, we begin to step into living our destiny.  Today, we will consider the next soul question on our path – How can I serve?

The word service can bring up many thoughts and feelings.  Often it is interpreted as a type of giving that can feel out of reach, like joining the Peace Corps to help people in distant countries, or giving time and money in ways that will change the word.  It can also be connected to thoughts of work, obligation, or one of those things that good people ought to do.  We may begin to believe that service requires self-sacrifice, a great deal of time, unique talent or expertise, perhaps even money.  We may wonder just how we can truly serve the whole world.

Martin Luther King Jr offers another way to look at this concept.  Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.  You don’t need to have a college degree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.  Service needn’t be grand gestures; we don’t need to embark on adventures far from home to be of service.  Service in every moment is about understanding our unique talents and using them to bring happiness to others and ourselves.  The universe is all about flow and dynamic exchange – giving and receiving which are simply different aspects of the same flow of energy.  Therefore, when we freely share our gifts with others, we really give back to ourselves.  It feels good to give, and giving also comes back to us from others through appreciation, love, smiles and hugs – the good things of life.

Now, let’s look within.  Close your eyes for a moment and ask, “How can I serve?”  This timeless question has no wrong answer.  It is a question that I encourage you to ask yourself every day.  How can I serve?  Quietly listen for the answer.  How can I serve?  Listen deeply, receive each and every whisper from your soul.  Receive and ask again.  How can I serve?  Once we begin to listen carefully to the answers within, we may be surprised at just how we are meant to serve.  As we listen, we open the door to infinite and abundant possibility.  As you travel through the day, give yourself permission to practice living in the spirit of service.  Perhaps you will hold the elevator door for someone who is rushing to make it in.  Or, you might share a smile with another.  Maybe today you will inquire about a volunteer project you have been thinking about.  We each have wonderful talents to share with one another.  We can freely enjoy the exchange of gifts, the flow of abundance – with everyone around us in the spirit of service.  So let’s ask ourselves again – how can I serve?  As we settle in for meditation, let’s contemplate our centering thought.  Serving others serves me.  Serving others serves me.

Make yourself comfortable with your hands resting in your lap and your eyes closed.  Begin to witness your breath as you inhale and exhale.  Allow your body to relax, releasing any tension you may be holding on to.  Start to introduce the mantra, repeating it silently.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  If you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or sensations in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra, just silently.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Please continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Then let the mantra go and bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.   As you feel ready, open your eyes.

Throughout the day consider the flow of giving and receiving and contemplate our centering thought.  Serving others serve me.  Serving others serves me.  Serving others serves me.

Namaste


MINDFUL MOMENT
Let today be your day to share random acts of kindness with generosity and joy. If you encounter someone in need offer a gift from the heart, be it a kind word, a joke, or a cup of tea. Hold the door open for someone, just because. Call a friend and share a kind word. When you are engaged in activity, give your full attention to it, knowing that when you are fully present, you are doing something with love and serving the world with your time and talent. Enjoy the energy that comes back to you as you walk through each moment with a giving and caring heart.

We look forward to sharing the gift of meditation with you. Blessings,

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Day 14: Grateful Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which
you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” 
 

—Maya Angelou

Congratulations on completing the first two weeks of our 21-Day Meditation Experience! Spending time in silence is an act of powerful self-nurturance. Through meditation, you are connecting more deeply with your heart, understanding its desires, and clearing a path to realize your dreams.  Today’s meditation focuses on gratitude. When we appreciate all that we have in life, our egos step out of the way, inviting even greater abundance into our lives.  Practicing gratitude for our lives as human beings – for the air we breathe, for our magnificent bodies, and the beauty of being alive – is a wonderful place to start. From this point of view, we can expand our gratitude outward, like ripples in a still pond, appreciating everything and everyone we encounter and those who touch our lives as well.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I believe. I trust. I let go.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Bhavam Namah
I am absolute existence.
I am a field of all possibilities.

Day14- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:  

Once again, we’re at the end of a wonderful week together.  We’re so grateful for this time we’ve shared.  Your participation enriches life for me, for Deepak and for all of us in this global meditating community.  That’s what today’s all about – gratitude.  Welcome to day 14, Grateful Me.  This week, we have harnessed our determination, our passions.  We’ve set our intentions and tapped into our intuition, knowing how important and powerful it is to surrender to the divine design of the universe.  Now it’s time to say Thanks.  Gratitude.  Let me tell you.  It is transformative.  I often quote Meister Eckhart’s powerful thought when he said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, that will be enough”.  This, I know for sure, sure, sure.  Being grateful is by far the single most powerful thing you can do to change your life.  When you allow yourself to feel gratitude, wherever you are, for whatever is going on in the present moment, in the now, what I promise you is that the spiritual dimension of your life will change.  It will open up and it will expand and you will grow with it.  The more you are grateful for, the more comes for you to be grateful for.  If you want to fulfill your desire and your destiny, start by being grateful.  When we say thank you for what we have, we acknowledge all that the universe has given us and then you’ll begin to see…more shows up.  Now, with Deepak, we’ll take an experiential journey to learn just how appreciation for everything we have transforms us and invites even greater abundance into our lives.  So, get comfortable.  Here we go.”  

Deepak:  

This week, on the journey toward living our destiny, we’ve spent time contemplating the question, “What do I want?”, aligning us with a deeper understanding of what we truly want in this lifetime.  Today I invite you to consider the simple practice of gratitude as a transformational act that opens us to infinite abundance, boundless love and carries us to a place of deep peace.  When we can put the stories of our lives on pause for just a moment and marvel in the miracle of this life we are living, we begin to change our entire experience.  Gratitude is the doorway to abundance.  As we invite the energy of gratitude into our daily lives, we become alchemists, turning dark into light, scarcity into abundance, and fear into love.

When we focus on the things we are grateful for, we are open and accepting of life as it is – perfectly imperfect. Therefore, in gratitude, the ego steps out of the way, enabling us to connect more deeply with Spirit, the true self and the source of all those things that have manifested in our lives.

The highest level of gratitude is an appreciation for existence itself.   We are each blessed with the opportunity to experience life, each one of us uniquely exquisite, beings with magnificent capabilities.  We feel, we interpret, we create, we ride the waves, we love, we live.  When we silently thank the universe for creating us, just as we are, we realize our own perfection and experience the highest level of gratitude.

Spend a moment taking stock of everything in your life that you are grateful for.  At first, you may think of just a few things but as you continue reflecting, you realize there is so much more – the ability to breathe, the experience of your senses, the steady beat of your heart, the love of those around you.  All of these are simple things in life that come to you effortlessly and yet, in many ways, they are miracles that happen over and over each day.  Take a walk and experience nature – wherever you are.  Touch the leaves on a tree.  Run the earth through your fingers and quietly thank earth for the abundance it provides.  Just the ability to get from one place to another and witness all the beauty along the way is a glorious miracle.

Envision and embrace these feelings of gratitude.  See them as a ripple outward like a pebble dropped into a still pond.  As the ripples expand, see them carrying your gratitude as far as the eye can see.  Even further.  Touching the hearts of all humanity.

As we prepare for meditation, consider today’s centering thought.  Gratitude is my prayer.  Gratitude is my prayer.

Now let’s begin.  Make yourself comfortable, placing your hands gently in your lap with your palms open, 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.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, So Hum, repeating it silently and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, So Hum which means I am.  So Hum.  Now repeat it on your own, just mentally.  Whenever you feel yourself distracted by thoughts in your mind, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  So Hum.  Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Now 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.

Throughout the day, remember all the things you are grateful for and contemplate the centering thought.  Gratitude is my prayer.  Gratitude is my prayer.  Gratitude is my prayer.

Namaste


MINDFUL MOMENT
Set the intention to greet each moment of the day in gratitude. As each encounter and situation crosses your path take time to pay attention to all of the things that you can be grateful for in the moment. May you cultivate the spirit of gratitude with effortless ease and enthusiasm, for as you do so you transform your world.

We look forward to our time with you today.  Blessings,

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Day 13: Faithful Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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 “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
—E.E. Cummings

When we hold tightly to a goal, we often find it to be elusive. We may say to ourselves, “I want this so badly. I can see my goal. Why can’t I reach it?” The answer lies within the fine art and practice of detachment.  As we detach from the outcome of whatever we desire, we let go and gently surrender to the wisdom of uncertainty, which holds our freedom from the past, the known, and the limitations of any preconceived notions. In our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we give ourselves over to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe, trusting that what we desire will come to us.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I believe. I trust. I let go.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Bhavam Namah
I am absolute existence.
I am a field of all possibilities.

Day13- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:  

Welcome to day 13, Faithful Me.  What a wonderful feeling – when we allow ourselves to simply be who we are.  Today, we honor the freedom to be.  When we accept who we are, just as we are, with trust in the power of source energy, we take an essential step along the journey to aligning with our true purpose and destiny.  So here’s another thing I know for sure…uncertainty is certain. Embracing and flowing with that uncertainty is an essential part of the path to freedom, to peace, to love and abundance in our lives.  And it takes courage to surrender, to trust in divine timing, to be in your own flow.  It takes faith and belief to open up and access that which is our deepest truth.  But, when we allow the force of the universe to step in, we access a level of love, strength and abundance that comes from the very capital S source of our being.  The power of that, well…. there really are no words.  So, let’s listen as Deepak guides us to surrender.  Let go to life as it is at any moment, and have faith that no matter what, you will be all right.  Then we’ll meditate.”  

Deepak:  

When we embark on the journey to follow our joy and fulfill our destiny, our constant traveling companion, our ego mind, naturally wants to know all of the details ahead of time.   Where exactly are we going and how long will it take?  Will we be safe and comfortable and enjoy ourselves?  Will we succeed in creating our desired outcome?

The ego mind creates certainty and control.  Yet life is inherently uncertain and can’t be controlled.  The good news is that while uncertainty can be unsettling, it is also the source of our greatest joy.  As the spiritual law of detachment states, in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it.  This doesn’t mean that you have to renounce your desire and live the life of a monk.  Instead, you set your intention, take whatever action is inspired and relinquish your attachment to the result.

In detaching, you affirm your unquestioning belief in the power of your true self which is a divine expression of the universe.  Your true self is the source of all wealth, abundance and everything else in the physical world.  It is the consciousness that knows how to fulfill every need.  When you hold on to your desire with limited awareness of who you really are, you prevent the infinite organizing powers of the universe from bringing it into fruition.  It is like wanting to use the wind to fly your kite but being unwilling to let go of the string.

Remember that if you have been holding on to attachments for a life time, letting go isn’t going to happen in one fell swoop.  Be gentle with yourself and take one step at a time.  By opening yourself to uncertainty, even if just a little bit at a time, you will gradually release any self-imposed limitations and allow your life and journey to unfold in ways more wondrous and fulfilling than you could ever have imagined.  You will come to realize that there is nothing that you can lose that will diminish your wholeness and nothing you can gain that will add to who you are.  You are already whole and so is everyone else.  Hold the intention for everything to work out for the highest good of everyone involved and then let go and allow opportunities to come your way.

As we prepare to meditate, let’s consider our centering thought, I believe, I trust, I let go.  I believe, I trust, I let go. Let’s begin

Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Bhavam Namah.  I am absolute existent.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself,  Om Bhavam Namah.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

 As you walk through the day, contemplate our centering thought.  I believe.  I trust.  I let go.  I believe.  I trust.  I let go.   I believe.  I trust.  I let go.

 Namaste


 MINDFUL MOMENT
Take time today to explore the thoughts, feelings, and sensations connected to your experience of letting go. As you travel through the day, practice the fine art of detachment—let life flow. Invite yourself to shift your approach perhaps taking a different route as you make your way to work or school or by staying calm when you might otherwise not. Tune into what it feels like to let go; practice over and over today and see how your body, mind, and spirit begin to shift.

We look forward to our time with you today.  Blessings,

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“The Ten Commandments” movie 1956

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My favourite movie is “The Ten Commandments” & this is my favourite scene :

Sephora: She was very beautiful, wasn’t she? This woman of Egypt, who left her scar upon your heart. Her skin was white as curd, her eyes green as the cedars of Lebanon, her lips, tamarisk honey. Like the breast of a dove, her arms were soft… and the wine of desire was in her veins.

Moses: Yes. She was beautiful… as a jewel.

Sephora: A jewel has brilliant fire, but it gives no warmth. Our hands are not so soft, but they can serve. Our bodies not so white, but they are strong. Our lips are not perfumed, but they speak the truth. Love is not an art to us. It’s life to us. We are not dressed in gold and fine linen. Strength and honor are our clothing. Our tents are not the columned halls of Egypt, but our children play happily before them. We can offer you little… but we offer all we have.

Moses: I have not little,  I have nothing.

Sephora: Nothing from some is more than gold from others.

Moses: You would fill the emptiness of my heart?

Sephora: I could never fill all of it, Moses, but I shall not be jealous of a memory.

 

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Day 12: Inspired Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”  
—Theodore Roosevelt

When we follow our hearts, we make life choices that seemingly open doors for us without force, we are then aligned with our inner knowing. The path is revealed with ease. Other times, we may “over-think” our decisions, choosing the guidance of the mind over the messages of the heart. We may find that in these moments, our paths become filled with obstacles that hinder us at nearly every turn.  In today’s meditation, we will connect deeply with our hearts, our most trustworthy inner guidance system. As we relax into our heart-center, we access the wisdom of the whole universe and the blueprint for true happiness. The invitation is to silence the chatter—to gently release thoughts, judgments, distractions, and pressures—in order to truly hear our hearts’ desires and messages. Only then can we source our inner inspiration and realize not only our dreams, but our destinies.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I am inspired. I am unstoppable.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Varunam Namah
My actions are in alignment with cosmic law.

Day12- Desire&Destiny

Oprah:  

Welcome to day 12, Inspired Me.  Now that we’ve opened up to our purpose, passions and intentions – very important word – it’s time to act and begin to understand how our actions impact realization of our dreams. When we force an action in hopes of creating an outcome we desire, we can actually block ourselves from magnificent possibilities.  If an action is born and inspired from the truth of you – from within – it’s coming from an essential and divine place, supported by the energy that helps us effortlessly move toward our destiny.  When we make choices based on out intuition and intention, the source of all knowledge of who we are and what we want from life, we steer from our hearts and we become the co-creators of our destiny.  So breathe, go as deep as you can, and let’s listen to Deepak’s inspired words today.   Today’s meditation will really open you up.”  

Deepak:  

Think for a moment about something you really wanted to happen, one of those times you were so connected to the outcome and passionate about the goal.  Yet every step you took forward, you experienced an obstacle.  You pressed on because your desire was so strong but you just could not shake the struggle.  While you arrived at your desired destination, you suffered some bumps and bruises along the way.  Take a moment to remember how that journey felt.

Now, recall a situation in which you had a goal in mind and very action you took toward it was effortless, comfortable, and easy.  Your inspiration was flowing and the doors just opened, one after the other, the next thing clear – nothing in the way, you just saw it.  You were inspired.  And then took smooth and easy steps toward success.  Your desired outcome was more delicious than you could have imagined.  Now reflect on that experience and what it felt like.

What was the difference?  When we force an action or an outcome, it’s much like when we’re stuck in traffic and we keep moving from lane to lane hoping that we’ll somehow get ahead of it.  However, when we take action that is inspired, we flow through our lives like cars on an open freeway, effortlessly moving toward our desire.

Our bodies give us cues through emotion, when we are forcing something and when we are in alignment with the universe.  It is important that we come to understand what those cues are – really feeling them inside.  Those are our road maps which guide us as we navigate through life.  If it feels right – it is.  If it feels uncomfortable or discordant in any way – it is.  Sometimes we override those emotional cues or feelings in our body that tell us we’re taking a more difficult route by forcing an outcome that we desire.  When that happens, it’s easy to open ourselves to greater problems or block ourselves from being present for something even grander in our lives to unfold.  We often do this because we are comfortable with what our ego minds foresee as right for us while the answer resides within our hearts.   Flowing with life from our heart involves trusting the unknown which can be uncomfortable.  When faced with uncertain choices, check in with your heart.  Is it singing with excitement and joy?  If it is, take action.  On the other hand, if there is confusion, worry or fear, be easy on yourself and wait for the inspiration to come.  Trust in your heart’s wisdom which is that of the universe as your loving and reliable escort to all things wanted.

As we prepare for meditation, consider today’s centering thought, I am inspired,  I am unstoppable.  I am inspired, I am unstoppable.  Let’s begin

Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, let your awareness move within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra.  Om Varunam Namah which means my actions are in alignment with cosmic law.  Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  Whenever thoughts enter your mind, you get distracted by something in your environment, or you have sensations in your body, gently go back to silently repeating the mantra.  Om Varunam Namah.  Please continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

During your day, think about a specific desire you have in mind and invite divine inspiration to inform your actions as you contemplate our centering thought… I am inspired, I am unstoppable.  I am inspired, I am unstoppable.  I am inspired, I am unstoppable.

Namaste


MINDFUL MOMENT
Gift yourself by dedicating time today to check your “heart center pulse.” Pause several times over the course of the day, place your hand on your heart and breathe. Close your eyes and spend time noticing your natural breath. Feel the easy flow of breath coming in and going out. Stop to feel your heart, allowing your senses to feel the rhythm of your physical heart and the pulse of your intuitive feeling heart. Just feel, connecting with your center, just be.

We are inspired by our time together and look forward to connecting in the stillness today. Blessings,

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JFK ~ In Memorium

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In memorium JFK 
29 May 1917-22 November 1963

 ~ When Camelot died ~

The story of the Kennedys has always evoked many various feelings for me.
Their story embodies our story.
Every aspect & facet of humanity is encompassed jn this family.
The good & bad; the hapoy & sad…
life of the world at large in one family.

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Day 11: Intentional Me (Desire & Destiny Meditation) {Deepak Chopra}

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“Respond to every call that excites your spirit”  
—Rumi

Over the past several days, we have defined what we want in life, responded to our heart’s deepest dreams and desires, and opened to the many opportunities that arise in the present moment. Today, we will learn more about developing clear intentions for our lives.  We believe that attention energizes and intention transforms. We are the masters of our own lives, our realities, and the universe offers us what we ask of it. Therefore, as we place our attention on what it is that we want, we set our intentions to orchestrate everything in our lives to help us achieve our goals. As we become receptive in this way, the universe conspires to support our every step.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I create my reality.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Aham Brahmasmi
I am the universe. I am absolute existence.

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Oprah:  

Welcome to day 11, Intentional Me.  Finding our true purpose, or as Deepak calls it, our dharma, it begins with setting an intention for our life journey.  As Deepak often says, attention energizes, intention transforms.  The idea of intention changed my life when I read Gary Zukav’s book in 1989, “Seat of the Soul”.  In it, he says, every action, thought and feeling is motivated by an intention and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect.  Your intention is creating your reality.  I just love that.  When we stay present with strength and trust in ourselves and make each choice with intention, we stay aligned with our true power.  When we set our intention to connect with infinite possibility, we open the door to our supreme destiny.  When we plant the seed of intention, we only need to trust and know that when clear and connected to our true purpose, you can surrender all of your fear, all of your anxiety, and settle into the expansive abundance and grace of the universe.  Each experience then contains within it, a sense of awe, of wonder and potential, and knowledge that there is a reason and a divine design to your life.  Simply said, if you can dream it with intention you can do it.  Here we go.  Enjoy a transformational experience with Deepak today.  Then we’ll meditate.’

Deepak:  

”At times, our busy lives may seem to get in the way of our dreams.  We may begin to wonder if they will ever come true.  The fact is that our abundant universe holds absolutely nothing back.  It is only when we disconnect or deny our true power, pretending we are anything less than magnificent creators that we find the doorway to the abundance to life remains closed.  We can, however, set our intentions to open to our infinite potential and receive as much good, love, peace and joy as we believe we deserve – no more, no less.

Our path this week is to identify our deepest desires and learn how to reframe our view as we open to the process of realizing these dreams.  Today we will explore how deliberately increasing our attention on what we want accelerates the manifestation process.  The key to creating the life you want – and deserve – is to be fully aware and fully present in your daily life.  Know that every thought, every feeling, every belief and every action is creating your reality.  Stay awake and aware of your moment-to-moment choices and choose with intention.  Then take the time to dream, seeing and feeling yourself joyfully experience this new reality you have intended.

As we prepare for meditation, let’s consider our centering thought.  I create my reality.  I create my reality.  Let’s begin.

Find a comfortable position.  Take a deep breath in.  Hold it for just a moment and then let it go.  As you resume your natural breathing, settle into a place of peace, fully here in the present moment.  In your mind’s eye, see yourself lying under an ancient oak tree supported by the strength of the earth and cushioned by a soft patch of cool grass surrounded by colorful wild flowers.  It is a glorious day.  Your eyes are attracted to the sky as you drink in the billowing white clouds passing by beneath the sky’s blue canvas.  It spans as far as the eye can see.  You feel supported and safe as the sun sparkles in between the green oak leaves, showering you with a sense of the magical possibility before you.

Watching the clouds changing shape as they gently pass by, begin to consider the things you have identified that you truly want to experience in this life time.  Now, gently close your eyes and take a moment to notice which of those dreams you have the deepest longing for.  Hold that dream at the center of your attention, allowing all other thoughts to melt away.  Take time to picture this dream coming into clear vision.  See the details, noticing who is with you, what is around you, and what you feel like.  Imagine it in full color and dimension.  See yourself right in the middle of this vision, fulfilled.  As you open your eyes, see this vision carried by one of the beautiful clouds.  Watch as the cloud in this beautiful parade of dreams drifts away to the field of all possibilities, knowing that your vision will, in divine timing, become your reality.  With this blissful vision, a new understanding, gently introduce the manta, Aham Brahmasmi.  I am the universe.  I am absolute existence.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  Aham Brahmasmi. Aham Brahmasmi.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Continue to meditate for about 10 minutes.  Then 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, let your awareness travel to the blossoming dream within your heart.  Let the truth of our centering thought be with you today and all days.  I create my reality.  I create my reality.  I create my reality.

Namaste


MINDFUL MOMENT
Before you enter your meditation, take a moment to set one intention for today. Perhaps you would like to share kindness during your travels, or maybe you would like to integrate peace or joy into your day. Take a moment to clearly identify this positive intention. As you close your eyes for meditation, let everything go. In this way, you plant your intentions in the womb of creation and allow the universe to orchestrate the details.

We look forward to our time together today. Blessings,

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Five things that can happen during your meditation‏ {Deepak Chopra}

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Often when we meditate, we find ourselves wondering about the experiences we’re having during the meditation period. At times, we judge ourselves and maybe even feel frustration as we notice our distracted mind and body. Many of us are certain we are far from enlightened because we are just not doing it “right.”

As you may have gleaned from our free online Meditation Resources Library, there are five things that generally happen in meditation:

  • You repeat the mantra.
  • You have thoughts, feelings, sensations, maybe even tears at times.
  • You have thoughts and repeat the mantra at the same time.
  • You slip into a place of stillness, the space that feels like a glorious breath between your thoughts.
  • You fall asleep.

If you are experiencing any or all of these occurrences,  your practice of meditation is perfectly normal. Know that each moment, exactly as it is, provides an opportunity to just “be” in the present. Let yourself ride the waves of your unique experience, relax into the now and gently go with the flow. Give yourself permission to respond with gratitude for the unique experience of being alive and trust that the benefits of meditation will unfold for you in myriad ways.

We encourage you to stay connected with us each day, learn from others and share your experience with our inspiring online community. You are an integral member of our meditation community and that we appreciate you inviting us into your life in such a meaningful way.

Blessings,

 

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Mehmet Murat ildan Quotes

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A lighthouse is not interested in who gets its light!

It just gives it without thinking! Giving light is its nature!

{Mehmet Murat ildan}

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Man must behave like a lighthouse;

he must shine day and night for the goodness of everyman.

{Mehmet Murat ildan}

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Marilyn Monroe Quote

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“I believe that everything happens for a reason.

People change so that you can learn to let go,

things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right,

you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,

and sometimes good things fall apart so

better things can fall together.”

~ Marilyn Monroe

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Eckhart Tolle Quote

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“Pleasure is always derived from something outside of you,

whereas joy arises from within” 

{Eckhart Tolle}

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Hermann Hesse Quote

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We are sun and moon, dear friend;

we are sea and land.

It is not our purpose to become each other;

it is to recognize each other,

to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is:

each the other’s opposite and complement.

{Hermann Hesse}

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William Skakespeare Quote

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“There is a tide in the affairs of men,

which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.

Omitted, all the voyage of their life is

bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat.

And we must take the current when it serves,

or lose our ventures”

{William Shakespeare}

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Leo Tolstoy Quote

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Everyone thinks of changing the world,

but no one thinks of changing himself.

{Leo Tolstoy}

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