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SRI CHINMOY Communing with God

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Communing with God

God is everywhere. But if we do not see Him or feel Him inside our hearts, then we will not be able to see Him anywhere. First we have to see Him within us and talk to Him inside our hearts. Then only will we be able to see God and speak to God.

We live in ignorance. That is why we feel that God is somewhere else. But if we go deep within, if we realise the Highest within ourselves, then we will see that our own consciousness is one with God’s Consciousness. Right now, an ordinary human being will never dare to say that he and God are one, for he knows that his consciousness is tiny, limited, obstructed. But when the Christ said, “I and my Father are one,” he was fully conscious of the fact that his consciousness and God’s Consciousness were totally one.

We have to shed soulful tears if we want to embody the Supreme consciously and if we want to fulfil and manifest the Supreme at every moment of our earthly existence. When a child cries, the mother comes running. Similarly, when we cry from the inmost recesses of our heart, our eternal Father, the Supreme, comes running to feed us, to illumine us, to carry us to the Golden Shore of the Beyond.

The Voice of Truth
Will speak to us
Only when our heart becomes
A sacred reservoir.

How can I learn to speak with God?

God is ready to talk with you, but you are not paying attention to Him because you are so fond of hearing the sound of your own voice. If you can start to feel that you have heard the sound of your own voice millions of times, and now you want to hear a much more meaningful and fruitful voice, then you will hear the Voice of God very clearly.

Again, there is a great difference between hearing and listening. You can hear the divine in me now, but you may not listen to it; you may not apply it to your day-to-day activities. If you hear what somebody says, its importance to you may not last even for a second. But if you really listen, then the words are recorded on the tablet of your heart, inside your aspiring being. Then spontaneously that divine message will be manifested in your inner or outer activities. If you want to learn to speak to God, you have to allow God to speak to you. You have to stop talking all the time. Then, when God speaks to you, you have to listen; you have to apply God’s divine Message in your day-to-day life.

God is listening.
Just speak quietly.
God is listening.
Just speak devotedly.
Believe me,
God is not and cannot be deaf
To your heart-longing.
His Compassion-Perfection
Has caught the very first faint cry
From your oneness-heart.
God is listening.
Just speak quietly and devotedly.
What do you mean by meditation?

Meditation is the language of God. If we want to know what God’s Will is in our life, if we want God to guide us, mould us and fulfil Himself in and through us, then meditation is the language that we must use.

Meditation does not mean just sitting quietly for five or ten minutes. It requires conscious effort. The mind has to be made calm and quiet. At the same time, it has to be vigilant so as not to allow any distracting thoughts or desires to enter. When we can make the mind calm and quiet, we will feel that a new creation is dawning inside us. When the mind is vacant and tranquil and our whole existence becomes an empty vessel, God will fill it with peace, light and bliss.

If you can silence your mind
And ask your heart to speak to God,
Then only are you heading
In the right direction.

When we think that it is we who are trying to meditate, then meditation seems complicated. But real meditation is not done by us. It is done by our Inner Pilot, the Supreme, who is constantly meditating in and through us. We are just the vessel, and we are allowing Him to fill us with His whole Consciousness. We start with our own personal effort, but once we go deep within, we see that it is not our effort that is allowing us to enter into meditation. It is the Supreme who is meditating in and through us with our conscious awareness and consent.

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How can one learn meditation?

Each person’s soul has its own way of meditating. My way of meditating will not suit you and your way of meditating will not suit me. If you do not have a spiritual Master who can guide you, then you have to go deep within and get your meditation from the inmost recesses of your heart.

If you have a teacher who is a realised soul, his silent gaze will teach you how to meditate. A Master does not have to explain outwardly how to meditate, or give you a specific technique of meditation. He will simply meditate on you and inwardly teach you how to meditate. Your soul will enter into his soul and learn from his soul.

What is the ultimate aim of meditation?

The ultimate aim of meditation is to establish our conscious union with God. We are all God’s children, but right now we do not have conscious oneness with God. Someone may believe in God, but this belief is not a reality in his life. He just believes in God because some saint or yogi or spiritual Master has said there is a God or because he has read about God in spiritual books. But if we practise meditation, a day comes when we establish our conscious oneness with God.

To commune with God,
Man has his silent meditation.

To commune with man,
God has His urgent Peace.

What is the difference between prayer and meditation?

When we pray, we speak and God listens. When we meditate, we listen and God talks. When we pray, we feel that we are going up to God. When we meditate, we try to become calm and quiet and allow peace, light and bliss to descend.

When we pray, often there is a subtle desire for something. We may call it aspiration because we are praying to become good or to have something divine. But there is always a feeling of being a ‘divine beggar’. In meditation we do not ask God for anything. We just enter into the sea of His Reality. At that time God gives us more than we could ever imagine.

In prayer we feel that we have nothing and God has everything. In meditation we know that whatever God has, either we also have or we will someday have. We feel that whatever God is, we also are, even though we have not yet brought our divinity forward. When we pray, we ask God for what we want. But when we meditate, God showers on us everything that we need. We see and feel that the whole universe is at our disposal. Heaven and earth do not belong to someone else; they are our own reality.

Since the Supreme is fully aware of all our needs, why is it appropriate to pray?

If you get something through prayer, it only increases its value in your life. You can tell the world, “I prayed for it. That is why I got it.” A child is hungry and he tells his mother, “I am hungry.” Then the mother feeds the child. Then the child will be able to tell the world, “Look, I have this kind of closeness with my mother.” Yes, the mother would have fed the child on her own, but the fact that he asks and his mother listens to his request gives him joy. It means that she is at his beck and call. Because of his inner connection and closeness with his mother, the child can ask the mother to help him.

God sees everything, but if we ask Him for something and He gives it to us, then we get the glory. At that time, however, as individuals we are separated from Him. We feel that God is somewhere and we are somewhere else. We never think that He is inside us. We do not remain in our highest consciousness where we feel that we and God are one. If we feel that we and God are one, then the question of prayer does not arise, for our needs are His needs.

As long as we feel separated from God and feel that we have to ask Him for what we need, then we get joy from our prayer. We feel, “Just because I prayed, God gave me what I wanted, so I am worthy of having His Compassion.” He would have done it unconditionally, but we would not have had the same kind of satisfaction.

In a race, if somebody tries very hard and runs the whole course, she will be so delighted when I give her a trophy. She has run with such difficulty and with so much trouble, and she feels that she has earned the trophy. Now, even if you do not finish the race, I can also give you a trophy, because the trophy is there, but you will not feel satisfied because you have done nothing. God can give everything unconditionally, but you will not be happy, whereas the person who tries and shows the capacity really deserves what he gets. Here the fulfilment of our prayer is the trophy. If somebody prays and meditates and gets something, he will get more satisfaction than if God had given him the thing unconditionally.

Prayer intensifies our intimacy with the Supreme. Meditation increases our oneness with the Supreme. Before we meditate, if we pray for a few seconds, then we are developing our intimate connection with the Supreme. Then, once we start meditating, we are developing our oneness-reality with the Supreme. Unless we are intimate, how can we become one? First we have to feel that we and God are intimate friends; then we can realise our oneness-reality with God.

God hears
The soulful prayers of a seeker
Not only with great readiness
But also with immediate oneness.

Can we answer our own questions through our daily meditation?

Any question you have can be answered during your meditation or at the end of your meditation. If you go deep within, you are bound to get an answer. But when you get an answer, please try to determine whether it is coming from the soul, the heart or the mind. If it comes from the heart or the soul, then you will get a sense of relief, a sense of peace. You will see that no contradictory thought is following the answer. But if the answer does not come from the heart or the soul, then the mind will come to the fore and contradict the idea you have received.

God answers my prayers
Only when He sees
That I shall not misuse
His Answer.

What is the most important thing for the spiritual seeker to remember?

The spiritual seeker should always bear in mind that he is of God and he is for God. Right now he may be a budding seeker, he may be a beginner; so for him God cannot be or need not be always a living reality. Sometimes the aspirant will only be able to imagine God. Sometimes, in spite of his outer efforts, he may not feel the Presence of God in himself, and sometimes he may even forget the existence of God.

But he has to bear in mind that he has a Source and that Source is Light, boundless Light, infinite Light. He has been wallowing in the pleasures of ignorance for many years. But he has to feel that his Source is not ignorance; his Source is Light and Delight. He is for that Source and he is making a conscious effort to return to his Source. While returning, he is manifesting God-Delight here on earth. Even now he is in ignorance to some degree, but he is always for God-Life and he is always for God-Light. If he can remember this, then he will feel a constant sense of satisfaction in his life. He will feel Light, more Light, abundant Light, infinite Light in his outer and inner life.

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How can we increase our need for God?

It is very easy. Start by minimising your personal needs. The more you can minimise your personal needs, the sooner you will increase your need for God. If you have ten desires, then reduce the number to nine or eight. Then, some time later, bring it to seven desires. Immediately you will see that just because you have decreased your desires, your love for God and your need for God are increasing.

Again, sometimes we make ourselves feel that we do not need anything from the world but the world needs us. That kind of feeling is equally bad. If we try to fulfil the needs of the world, we will find that it is simply impossible. Today the world will have one need; tomorrow it will have another need. There will be an endless series of needs.

The world does not need us and we do not need the world as such, but we do need the Supreme in the world. You do need the Supreme in your father, in your mother, in your relatives and in humanity. But if you feel that you need human beings as such, then it is simply absurd. You are not going to get anything that you need from humanity.

To come back to your question, your need for God will increase immediately when your need to fulfil your desires decreases. Each time you can discard a desire, you will see that your love-power and your need for God will increase.

{Sri Chinmoy}

Chinmoy Kumar Ghose
Indian spiritual master who taught meditation in the West after moving to New York City in 1964.
(27 August 1931 – 11 October 2007 aged 76)

Chopra Center Passion & Purpose Series ~ How Can I Serve?

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Passion & Purpose Series from Deepak Chopra Center:
How Can I Serve?
 
“The evolution of the universe depends on the participation of each and every person. . . From your soul’s perspective, you are as great an addition to the world as Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa, and subtracting you from the cosmic equation would be just as great a loss. The most exquisite silk remains intact if you pull out a thread, but the snag will show.”  –Deepak Chopra
 
Welcome back! In our final week of the Discover Your Passion and Purpose series, we are focusing on the power of giving and serving. . . using our unique gifts to serve others. The Law of Dharma states that for every special talent, the world has a unique need that can only be filled by the expression of that talent. As our self-awareness deepens and we discover our gifts, we can share them with the world.  And as we give to the world, we experience the expansion of happiness and fulfillment in our own lives.

On the path of purpose and passion, always remember that your greatest gift and contribution to the world is your own true self. The more you awaken to your essential nature, which is pure love, pure spirit, and pure joy, the more you radiate the light to others, inspiring others to tap into their own infinite source of wellbeing.

When you’re living in a state of expanded consciousness, your simple presence is a gift because at the level of consciousness or spirit, we are all inextricably connected to everyone and everything.  While our body may appear to be a solid physical structure, in reality it is an ever-flowing river of energy and information, in constant dynamic exchange with the environment around us. 

When we walk into a room, our energy emanates before us. Without saying a word, we communicate through our energetic signature, creating a ripple that can affect everyone we meet. If our state of being is centered in love and compassion, we communicate that energy to each other. Through our energy or consciousness, we have an unlimited capacity to send out ripples that will help the planet and its inhabitants move in the most evolutionary direction – from fear, hostility, and unrest to love, compassion, and peace.

As you expand your self-awareness, here are suggestions that will help you consciously participate in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.

★ Give daily ~
Giving needn’t be reserved for birthdays and other special occasions. We have countless opportunities every day to give. Whenever you meet someone in your daily travels, offer a gift. This may be a compliment, a flower, a prayer, or a genuine smile. The best gift you can give is to leave someone feeling a little lighter than they felt did before your interaction. Silently wish everyone you encounter happiness.

★Give freely ~
When we give from the limitless joy and abundance of our heart, we increase the circulation of abundance and love in our lives. If we feel diminished when we give or we give grudgingly, then the gift is not truly given. Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given. The monetary value of the gift doesn’t matter; it is the intention behind your giving and receiving that is the most important thing.

★Receive gratefully ~
Every act of receiving is an act of giving. When you happily accept a gift, you give pleasure to the giver. Think about giving something to someone you love. Imagine the happiness and opening that unfolds as a result of your gift. Now imagine that your friend or loved one refused your offering. You would most likely feel disappointed, sad, and empty. Therefore, gratefully receive all the gifts life has to offer: nature, sunlight, food, and friends. Be open to receiving gifts from others, whether it is a material gift, a compliment, or a kind gesture.

★Replenish Your Well ~
The Law of Giving and Receiving presupposes that we have something to give. Giving is based upon being, for we can only give of what we have . . . what we are. Spiritually speaking, this means we must go within to tap our infinite reservoir of inner intelligence, power, and joy. Let all your activities be aimed at bringing you into alignment with your essential being. Give yourself the gifts of daily meditation; restful sleep; a healthy, balanced diet; regular exercise; loving relationships; laughter; and play. Celebrate the body that allows your soul to express its meaning and purpose in life.

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☆Discover Your Inner Peace with Yoga☆
Like meditation, yoga is a powerful practice for connecting to your essential nature as you cultivate the union of body, mind, and spirit.  Yoga encompasses ancient teachings for self-awareness as well as physical postures for awakening to your true self.

◆◇ Exercise: The Path of Gratitude ◆◇

Experiencing gratitude is one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with your soul’s purpose.  When you’re in touch with your soul, you eavesdrop on the thoughts of the universe. You feel connected to everything in creation. You embrace the wisdom of uncertainty and you sense yourself as a field of infinite possibilities. 

Just for a few moments, consider the things you have in your life that you could be grateful for – all the nurturing relationships, the material comforts, your body, and the mind that allows you to really understand yourself and everything around you. Just breathe and be grateful for the air that is filling your lungs and making your life possible. Feel your body and your aliveness and acknowledge what a gift it is to be alive right now. Allow your awareness to appreciate what you are seeing, smelling, and touching just at this moment and you will find yourself in the middle of the stream of life without trying at all.

Feel the love, compassion, and understanding that gratitude brings into your heart. Notice how gratitude brings your attention into the present time, which is the moment in which miracles can unfold. The deeper your appreciation, the more you see with the eyes of the soul and the more your life flows in harmony with the creative power of the universe

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“Who Am I ?” ~ “I Am…”

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The most profound question we can ask ourselves is:
“Who Am I?”

The most profound answer we can give follows:
“I Am……”

What follows “I Am” defines how we view ourselves and thus how we live our life.

Most answer:  I Am…
woman/man ~ wife/husband ~ mother/daughter ~ father/son …
~~~describing the roles we play in life…or
lawyer ~ doctor ~ secretary ~ plumber ~ actor ~ farmer …
~~~ describing the things we do in life.

These are answers that come from our human side, our ego/personality.  We get caught up in everyday life on this plane and forget who we really are, we forget what our true essence is. Yes, we are all these things, they are part of our busy human experience, but we are so much more. 

When we find the stillness within, we remember our true being and then we also answer from our Heart, from our Soul…

♡ I Am a Spiritual Being, who has a body, and is having a human experience
♡ I Am pure Potential
♡ I Am the field of all possibilities
♡ I Am limitless Abundance
♡ I Am my heartfelt deepest desires
♡ I Am Bliss
♡ I Am Creator
♡ I Am Love
…and so are you ♥

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“Life is like an Aeroplane”

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There is First Class for 1% of passengers;
There is Business Class for 9% of passengers;
There is Economy Class for 90% of passengers.
And even Economy Class is further sub-divided in many sectors.

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Even though we are all on the same plane;
Even though we are all travelling to the same destination;
Even though we all have the same highs and lows…
Just like in life, the comfort of the journey is determined by one’s bank account and not by the deeds of the heart.

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“Greatest Salesman In The World” {Og Mandino}

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📃 ☆ Scroll l ☆
Everyday a person is reborn – he can forget the failures of the past.  Habits are the difference between success and failure.  Therefore in order to achieve success, it is necessary to form good habits and become their slave.

📃 ☆ Scroll II ☆
L♡VE can be the salesman’s greatest weapon, for even if people reject many particulars concerning the salesman’s wares, love will soften them.  Love can be developed by always looking for the best in people.  Each time we meet someone we should state silently, “I Love You.”  But in order to love others, we must love ourselves, treat ourselves with respect, and not be satisfied with anything but our finest efforts.

📃 ☆ Scroll III ☆
I will persist until I succeed.”  People are born to succeed, not to fail.  Defeat will not be considered, and word such as ‘quit’, ‘cannot’, ‘unable’, and ‘impossible’ are not part of the growing disciple’s vocabulary.  Every failure moves a man closer to success.  When the day ends and the salesman wants to quit, he must force himself to make one more sale; to end the day with success.

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📃 ☆ Scroll IV ☆
People are nature’s greatest miracle.  Each person is different in appearance as well as ability, and we should capitalize on, rather than despise, these differences.  We must concentrate on the task at hand, not allowing ourselves to be preoccupied with problems of home while in the marketplace, or of the marketplace while we are at home.  We each have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a mind with which to think.  This is everything we need to thrive.

📃 ☆ Scroll V ☆
Live each day as if it were your last.  Dwelling on the failures or misfortunes of the past is useless, for we cannot change them.  Nor should we think about tomorrow.  The present hours and minutes, pass too quickly and are gone forever, and so, they must be traded only for things of value.  We should always treat our family and our friends as if today were our last day together.

📃 ☆ Scroll VI ☆
We are masters over our emotions.  Although we daily pass through different moods, each of us has the power to control them; to “create our own weather.”  If we bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness to all that we do, others will react in a similar manner.  “Strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”  No matter how we feel when we arise in the morning, we can sing or laugh and make ourselves feel better.  No matter  what other people do or how they react, we can decide to be positive and understanding.

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📃 ☆ Scroll VII ☆
Cultivate the habit of laughter.”  Man is the only creature who can laugh, and the best thing to laugh at is ourselves.  Whenever things seem to serious or dismal, repeat the word, “This too shall pass” and all troublesome thoughts will seem lighter.  Laughers put events – successes as well as failures – into perspective.  Only with laughter and gratitude can we enjoy the fruits of prosperity.

📃 ☆ Scroll VIII ☆
Seek out opportunities and experiences that will multiply in value.  A grain of wheat has no choice as to what it will become – whether it will be ground into bread or planted in the earth to multiply – but each human being has a choice – to grow or to perish.  In order to “multiply in value,” we must set goals, short-term as well as long-term.  We must not worry if we experience initial failure in reaching our goals; we compete only with ourselves.  Upon reaching goal, we multiply again by setting another, and by striving to constantly make the next hour better than the present one.

📃 ☆ Scroll IX ☆
Our dream and plans are of no value without action.  Procrastination comes from fear, and we overcome fear only through action.  It is better to act now and risk failure, than to refrain from action and certainly flounder.  Fireflies give light only when they fly.  Through doing, we become like them, giving off light amid the darkness.  Only action gives life significance.  If success is offered now, we must act now.

📃 ☆ Scroll X ☆
Almost everyone, in a moment of terror or anguish, will turn to God for help.  But a true believer will pray for guidance, not only for help.  He calls on God not for material things, but for the knowledge to understand the way to acquire what is needed.  Nevertheless, we must realize that sometimes we will not be given the sort of guidance we ask for – this, too, is an answer to prayer. Pray for ability equal to the opportunity, for good habits, for love, to use words well, to humbly forge through all obstacles, to reach worthwhile goals.

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{Og Mandino}
Augustine “Og” Mandino 
American author. 
(12 December 1923 – 3 September 1996 aged 73)

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Chopra Center Passion & Purpose Series ~ Explore Your Gifts

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Passion & Purpose Series from Deepak Chopra Center:
Explore Your Gifts
 
“Dharma is the essence of your individuality. As the universal field of pure potentiality manifests as individual expressions, each being is a reflection of the whole and, at that same time, brings something unique to the world. This is the essence of dharma – that everything and everyone has a purpose in life.” –David Simon
 
The spiritual Law of Dharma states that we all have a unique talent . . . something we love and do better than anyone else in the world.  When we use that special talent to serve others, we live in the fullest expression of our dharma. We experience personal fulfillment while simultaneously serving the needs of our family, our community, and the planet.
 
♥Here are some of the clues that you’re in your dharma:

◆ You lose track of time. Instead of watching the clock or thinking about what you’d rather be doing, you’re fully immersed in present moment awareness.

◆ You’re excited about the unfolding possibilities and the opportunity to serve others as you express your unique gifts and talents.

◆ You don’t seek approval, security, or control. Knowing that your true source of abundance and creativity is infinite, you don’t get caught up in the ego’s archetypical power struggles.

◆ Your chosen activity feels deeply right and natural to you, even when it sometimes challenges your abilities or, conversely, feels monotonous.

◆ You enjoy your relationships with those who share your life and work.

◆ You feel aligned with the evolutionary flow of the universe, regularly experience synchronistic opportunities and encounters that support you in the fulfillment of your intentions and desires.

♡When you’re not living your purpose, the clues are equally clear:

● You don’t find intrinsic pleasure in your work or activities. You have a nagging feeling that there must be something more to life, even if you don’t know that that is.

● You dread going to work or performing whatever activity currently fills your days. Time seems to drag and you can’t wait to stop.

● Your relationships feel strained or even toxic.

● You don’t feel like you’re expressing your uniqueness or individuality in your work.  You may doubt whether what you’re doing is truly serving others.

● You expend a lot of energy resisting change or trying to force things to happen. You don’t feel aligned with the natural, evolutionary flow of the cosmos.

Keep in mind that finding and living your purpose isn’t a one-time effort. Dharma is an ever-evolving process that depends above all on expanding your self-awareness. Sometimes you will feel completely in the flow, living in harmony with the force of evolution on a moment-by-moment basis. Other times when you feel out of balance and constricted, you may be expressing only a small percentage of your dharma.

♥Your Joyful Heart~ Meditation♡

One of the keys to living with passion and purpose is cultivating joy in our heart. Sometimes referred to as one of the divine emotions, joy is an essential quality of spirit. When we’re in touch with our joyful heart, life feels easy and effortless. We are guided to make spontaneous choices that lead us in the most evolutionary direction. On the other hand, when we get caught up in our mind, overthinking situations and trying to force outcomes, life feels like a struggle and we may find ourselves getting mired in old, limiting thought-patterns and habits. 

☆Cultivate Inspiration ~ Yoga

Like meditation, yoga is a powerful practice for connecting to your essential nature as you cultivate the union of body, mind, and spirit.  Yoga encompasses ancient teachings for self-awareness as well as physical postures for awakening to your true self.

★ Exercise: Connect to Your Gifts and Passion

Here is a simple process that can help you discover your unique gifts and begin to express them more in your life.

1) Think back on those situations and projects where you excelled and had fun at the same time. What were you doing and why did it make you feel good? What gifts do you have that can serve others? 

2) Keep a daily journal for ten days, asking yourself the questions above after meditation and then writing down everything that comes to you. Your passion is the force of evolution that drives your life energy, so don’t suppress it by telling yourself that you can’t do it or that it is impractical.

3) After ten days you will have some good ideas to work with. Now list one or two action steps that you can immediately take for each idea. Start with the smallest manageable step, such as making a phone call, signing up for a course, or getting the name of a mentor or someone who may be able to help you. The important thing is to identify that current of energy in you and then give it an outlet. Once it starts to flow, it builds its own momentum and creates its own path forward. That is the river of your life – your purpose. From there you just jump in and enjoy the ride.

As you identify your unique talents and find out what fills you with joy, you become a conduit for the universe to flow through your words, thoughts, and deeds. Imagine a waterfall of cosmic proportions that you tap into and divert your own cascading river. Dharma works the same way. You tap into the divine healing flow of the universe by using your gifts and talents. Now the universe is acting through you. Nothing is more satisfying and fulfilling than doing the work of the cosmos through your own personal expression.

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In~between Seasons

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☆.´ `. ღ  {Margarita (͡๏̯͡๏) soul2soul}™
(͡๏̯͡๏)(͡๏̯͡๏)  ❣ ღ From My Journal ღ ❣
( , , )( , , )   ◆”In~between Seasons”◆
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At present in London we are in that “inbetween seasons period”. Winter is turning into Spring.  Today observing  the flowing change of the cycle of nature, this is what came up… (͡๏̯͡๏)

It is a thing of beauty, transition is.
When the dry majestic twig starts to sprout a bloom.
When the first sunray melts a snowflake.
No longer winter, not yet fully spring…
but somewhere in~between seasons.

It is a thing of beauty, transition is.
When the first seed opens its heart to bloom.
When the clouds leave and the sky turns blue.
No longer spring, not yet fully summer…
but somewhere in~between seasons.

It is a thing of beauty, transition is.
When the first leaf falls to the earth.
When the trees start baring their branches.
No longer summer, not yet fully autumn…
but somewhere in~between seasons.

It is a thing of beauty, transition is.
When the sky turns grey and the rain falls.
When the first snow flake magestically falls.
No longer autumn, not yet fully winter …
but somewhere in~between seasons.

It is a thing of beauty, transition is.
When the old dies and the new is born.
When growth flows in the cycle of nature.
No longer the past, not yet fully the future…
but somewhere in~between seasons.

The present moment where creation lives.
It is a thing of beauty, transition is.

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Chopra Center Passion & Purpose Series ~ Seek Your Higher Self

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(͡๏̯͡๏)(͡๏̯͡๏) ☆Passion & Purpose Series☆
( , , )( , , ) (1) Seek Your Higher Self
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Welcome to Week 1 of the Passion & Purpose Series:
Seek Your Higher Self
 
“Dharma is much more than one’s career or focus of activity in life. Dharma is the unstoppable force of evolution in the cosmos that impels everything forward toward self-awareness. Everyone has a purpose or dharma. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t exist at all.”
–Deepak Chopra
 
At some point we have all asked ourselves, What is my life’s purpose? Why was I born? Why am I here?  and What did I come here to do? These crucial questions come from the depths of our true self, which is nudging us to look beyond the world of appearances and discover our inner divinity. The spiritual Law of Dharma says that each of us manifests in physical form to fulfill a unique purpose, known in Sanskrit as our dharma.
 
When we’re aligned with our dharma, we tend to feel happy, focused, and fulfilled. Instead of struggling and pushing to make things happen, we live in the flow. Unexpected opportunities come our way and we have many experiences of SynchroDestiny, in which we’re able to easily manifest our intentions and desires through the phenomenon of synchronicity or meaningful coincidences.

There are three core elements to the Law of Dharma:

1) Seek your higher self. 
You come into this world to discover for yourself that your essential nature is spiritual. Inside you is a god or goddess in embryo, waiting to be born and express your divinity. As you awaken to your spiritual self, you will know yourself as a timeless, eternal being in the midst of a time-bound experience.

2) Discover and express your unique gifts and talents.  
The Law of Dharma says that there’s at least one thing you can do better than anyone else on the entire planet. When you’re completely absorbed in expressing your talent, time seems to stand still. You love what you’re doing and you enter the blissful state of timeless awareness.

3) Find ways to serve.
The third component of the Law of Dharma is about using your unique talents to serve humanity, all other sentient beings, and the world. When your creative expression helps others, you’re making full use of the Law of Dharma and experience perfect alignment with the infinite field of intelligence.

Now that we’ve outlined the Law of Dharma, the rest of this week’s lesson will focus on the first component of the Law of Dharma: awakening to your higher self. Then in the next two lessons, we’ll put our attention on discovering and expressing your unique gifts, and using them to serve yourself and others.

♡ Going Deeper with Meditation

When we go deeper into our being, we find the inner place of stillness and silence that is beyond external anchors. This is the source of all energy and creativity in life.
Through the practice of meditation, you can access the space of inner quiet and open to an awareness of your higher self. 

☆ Connect to Yourself

Like meditation, yoga is a powerful practice for connecting to your essential nature as you cultivate the union of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga encompasses ancient teachings for self-awareness as well as physical postures for awakening to your true self.

Exercise: Who Am I?

You don’t need to search the world to find your purpose. The clues lay hidden deep in your heart. Your purpose boils down to what it is that you have to give back to the world, and for that you need to know who you really are, for that is what you have to give.  Who and what you fundamentally are, constitutes your gift to others. When you find your true self, you find your love and joy, and you will express that in every thought and action in your life.

Let’s begin with the question of who is the “I” that is seeking to create your life. Take a moment right now and ask yourself Who am I?  Jot down your answers on a piece of paper. Many people will begin this exercise by identifying their external roles in life: I’m a mother, a doctor, a daughter, a Harvard graduate, a CEO, a triathlete, an artist, and so on. However, as they continue to ask themselves this question, the responses will begin to go beyond the ego level to the deeper realm of the soul.  I am love. I am joy. I am spirit . . .

In order to create a life of genuine happiness, we need to realize that we are all much more than skin-encapsulated egos. We are more than our titles, positions, accomplishment, and relationships. Our true self is multidimensional, unbounded, pure potentiality.

We wish you a wonderful week filled with peace, harmony, laughter, and love!

In gratitude,
The Chopra Center Staff

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Olympic Truce…Flame of Peace & Brotherhood

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(͡๏̯͡๏)(͡๏̯͡๏)   ❣ •*¨*•.¸¸OLYMPIC TRUCE¸¸.•*¨*• ❣
( , , )( , , ) ♡Flame of Peace & Brotherhood♡
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The Olympic Truce is a tradition originating from Ancient Greece that dates back to 778 BC in the 8th century BC. This truce is symbolic in The Olympic Flame which signifies the values of Peace and Brotherhood which is the basis of the Olympics.

A Truce (Ancient Greek: ékécheiria, meaning “laying down of arms”) was announced before and during the Olympic Games to ensure the host city state (Elis) was not attacked and athletes and spectators could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries.

During the Truce period (lasting up to three months), wars were suspended, armies were prohibited from threatening the Games, legal disputes were stopped, and death penalties were forbidden.

♥♡♥ Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could uphold this truce of peace in the world each day and the flame of brotherhood in our hearts each day….♡♥♡

{please share the flame…}

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Discover Your Passion and Purpose
Why are we here?

The Vedic wisdom tradition offers the beautiful principle of dharma, which is commonly translated as our purpose or path in life. Each of us comes into this world with a unique dharma or purpose and a natural passion to fulfill it. When we’re living our dharma, we feel awake and alive as we use our unique gifts and talents to serve others and the planet.

Yet even though we all have a unique purpose, many of us feel confused about our direction, unsure of what we want, or disconnected from our natural passions and desires. We may not know what our gifts and talents are, or we may feel afraid to express them.  If you are longing to experience more fulfillment and joy on your life’s journey, we invite you to join us for Discover Your Passion Purpose a free 3-part mini-series that will guide you in an exploration of the spiritual Law of Dharma and other  timeless teachings for connecting to your heart and soul.

Each week you will receive a lesson delivered to your email inbox, covering the following special topics: 

Week 1: Seek Your Higher Self Explore Your Gifts
and Talents How Can I Serve?
Week 2: Explore Your Gifts and Talents How Can I Serve?
Week 3: How Can I Serve?

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