“We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and,
by our serenity, make others more tranquil.”
– Swami Satchidananda
In our meditation today, we bring our attention to the peaceful and serene influence we can offer the world around us. For our serenity to have a powerful transformative effect on others, it needs to come from our inner being, not just our superficial mood or attitude. We need to be that peace we want to see happen. We need to be serenity, and when we access this peace we naturally radiate serenity. Peace and serenity are born from a state of inner happiness – our true self. As we live in alignment with our true self we naturally radiate our serenity in the environment . . . we are simultaneously expanding the happiness of ourselves and those around us. Today’s meditation enlivens this state of serenity within our being so that it lovingly influences each person and interaction we have throughout the day.
Today’s Centering Thought
“I am a calming presence.”
Welcome to Day 20, Radiating Serenity. Serenity is a centered gentleness, a trust and inner peace that in many ways is the essence of happiness. Beyond whatever is happening to you today, when you move with the assurance that all will be well – no matter what – you, in fact, create the energy that indeed all IS well. You line up with it. We’ve all heard the serenity prayer, ‘God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference’. The powerful and enduring words of this prayer ground us in a knowing that divine wisdom, peace is always within us. The highest source of serenity is the core of our very Being. By trusting that presence at our core, we allow a sweet and powerful serenity to flow into our lives and to flow from us. That trust allows each of us to be a beacon of calm, of love, of generosity. That I know, My Friends, is a wellspring from which the deepest happiness arises. So, let’s take a deep, calming breath as Deepak shares his divine wisdom with us.
Jesus was certainly right when he said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the Sons of God’. But turning this into a living truth seems very difficult. The world seeks peace in the midst of violence. Families seek peace in the midst of arguments and conflicts. You and I seek inner peace amid our confusion, fear and anger.
I have long been inspired by a wise saying ‘There is no way to peace. Peace is the way’. The lesson being taught is invaluable. It says that if you want peace, be at peace. We all know what it’s like to walk into a room where people aren’t arguing yet, in the tense silence you feel that there is hostility in the air. The opposite is also true. You can walk into a room and feel a peaceful silence.
The presence of inner peace is healing, to you and to the people you meet during your day. In the Vedic tradition, you can tell that someone is enlightened because all around them there is an atmosphere of peace. They radiate this quality and the effect on others is powerful. As the proverb goes, ‘the lion lies down with the lamb’. There is no violence in the presence of true inner peace.
By the meditations you’ve been doing, you’ve dedicated yourself to being the calm, happy, serene presence in any situation. This doesn’t mean that you’re a mute observer who never gets involved, or a saint who never loses her temper. The presence of peace comes from a deeper place, the undisturbed peace of your Being.
As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought.
I am a calming presence. I am a calming presence.
Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and just breathe, slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the manta, Shanti Vira. This mantra gives you the inner strength and courage to be your highest self wherever you are. Repeat it silently to yourself. Shanti Vira. Shanti Vira. Shanti Vira. With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra. Shanti Vira. Shanti Vira. Shanti Vira. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Shanti Vira. Shanti Vira. Just mentally. Shanti Vira. Shanti Vira. 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,
I am a calming presence.
I am a calming presence.
I am a calming presence.
1. “Whenever you access your silent self, you become a source of serenity. Describe the last time you felt deeply serene and calm. It can even be the experience from today’s meditation. Be specific about how this serenity felt in mind, body and spirit.”
2. “What steps can you take to deepen your experience of serenity? For instance to deepen your meditations, you may want to ensure you won’t be interrupted by turning off the ringer on your phone or by hanging your “Silence please . . . I’m meditating” door hanger.”
3. “Who do you know in your circle of acquaintances that is a model of serenity and calmness? Who consistently radiates a calming presence? Consider and write about ways that you can incorporate those qualities of serenity into your own life and habits.”
4. “Reflect further on today’s experience.”