“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself you have built against it.”
Message of the Day:
This week we have been activating the key energies of our chakras—security, happiness, and power. Today, we continue the journey by activating that part of our life energy that is precious, potent, and can be considered the nectar of our human experience—love. With abundant love flowing from the heart, everything in life is sweeter, brighter, and more enjoyable. Today’s meditation takes us to the source of love as we activate the fourth energy center, our heart chakra. In our time together, we will open the heart center and gently dissolve the blocks to love—so that this powerful energy can flow into every part of our lives. Love is compassionate and forgiving . . . it unites even while it celebrates differences. You don’t need to look outside yourself to awaken this love. It is present in your heart chakra, right now and always.
My life energy is love
Om Kakini Namaha
I activate my love
This is day 11. Welcome! What can happen in our lives when we open our hearts and let compassion and love flow freely? We begin to feel at one with pure joy, reciprocity and kinship. We feel connected to everyone in our lives. We feel whole. We have more to give and when we give more, we receive more, and life gets better and better and better. How do we embrace and expand the most fulfilling experience of love? As Deepak will guide us, we begin by going within and uniting with the unconditional love the universe has for each of us. Feel the flow of that love by remembering a moment that left you breathless, or that melted your heart – the first moment you held you newborn, or the moment you felt the vast majesty of the sky, or mountains, or ocean waves. For me, that would be redwoods. That love in the mountain, in the sky, in the redwood trees, is ours to share and when we do, joy multiplies – beyond imagination. Deepak will lead us to the energy center of love, the heart chakra where, as we meditate together, we all flow toward a new experience of giving, receiving and connecting.
To experience love fully means experiencing who you really are. Nothing is more natural. Today in meditation, we will activate the fourth chakra to awaken the true nature of love. This energy center is also referred to as the heart chakra. The color we visualizes is green.
When we speak of love having different intensities, the reality is that our connection to the heart chakra can be strong or weak. Infatuation or love at first sight feels very strong like entering a different reality from everyday life while the mild affection we feel for a friend from our past speaks to a milder connection. Because consciousness is inside, outside and shared between people, love flows in all directions, just as awareness does. In a word, love is holistic. The only reason we don’t experience love everywhere is because we’re not used to living from the level of the true self which is silent mind. Once you realize, this, you can start to live love rather than looking for love. This is reflected in a beautiful quote from the poet, Rumi. ‘Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it’.
The energy center in the heart can remove obstacles effortlessly, the way warmth dissolves ice. There is no need to chip away. By putting attention on hour heart, you encourage the flow of life energy which can heal feelings of loneliness, isolation and anxiety, the symptoms of lack of love. A balanced heart chakra is love and compassion like a cup that is ever full and spilling over, always full of love and always giving love.
As we prepare for meditation, let’s take a moment to focus on today’s centering thought,
My life energy is love.
Now we’ll begin our meditation. Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands lightly in your lap and closing your eyes. Feel your body, noticing any tension it might be holding on to and let it melt away with each inhalation and exhalation. Let go of all thoughts and expectations, trust that your meditation experience today will be exactly right in the moment. Now gently introduce the syllables, Om Kakini Namaha. Om Kakini Namaha. This mantra is associated with the fourth chakra. When repeated during meditation, it will help you to open your heart center, activating the flow of love in your life. Om Kakini Namaha. Repeat it silently to yourself. Om Kakini Namaha. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return to attention to silently repeating the mantra, Om Kakini Namaha. Continue meditating for about 10 minutes. Om Kakini Namaha. Om Kakini Namaha. Om Kakini Namaha. Om Kakini Namaha. Release the mantra. Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly. When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My life energy is love.
To keep the flow of love activated today, take time to put your focus, whenever the chance arises to put the on the different flavors of love in your heart. When you notice them, the simple act of putting your to love helps to make it an intimate part of you. The flavors of love include the following, appreciation, gratitude, enjoyment, affection, romance and personal attraction. If you appreciate how lovely the morning is, take a moment to feel it and say to yourself, this is love. When you enjoy a phone call from a friend, or a delicious lunch, say to yourself, this is love. These aren’t small things. Love is gentle by nature and many experiences are infused with love even though we get into the habit of making love to be a big strong emotion. It can be that too, but feeling gratitude for a kind word is just as loving as a romance. As you begin to notice these flavors of love, your awareness will expand naturally and then it becomes easier to make those loving gestures of kindness and compassion that are expressions of your true self. Everything begins in awareness, most especially the universal love that imbues the whole of creation.
1. “Gratitude activates the energy of love. As we acknowledge the blessing and love we have received, we return that love with our gratitude. List five blessings in your life you are grateful for.”
2. “Compassion activates love energy by connecting us to the basic human experience we all share in common. When compassion flows, differences don’t matter much. What matters is our unity – the place where we are one heart. List three individuals you know who have different beliefs and values from you. See them simply as souls seeking love and understanding in life, like yourself. Next to their name, write “is seeking love and understanding just like me.” Allow yourself to feel that compassionate connection with each of them.”
3. “Forgiveness is the transformative power of love. Seeing with the eyes of love and compassion, we finally understand that the offense or hurt we have been holding onto was not hurting our true self, but only our ego self. And the perceived offense was not coming from their true Self either, but also from their hurt ego self. Pick one person you would like to forgive. Try to describe their actions from this soul perspective, as not coming from their real Self, but their hurt self. From this point of view, see if your compassion can grow and encompass them. As you feel love spreading out from your heart center in all directions, feel the cleansing effect of forgiveness to yourself and others for misunderstanding the nature of the hurt feelings.”
4. “Reflect further on your experience today.”