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How to Live Your Dreams {Deepak Chopra}

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How to Live Your Dreams
Harnessing the Law of Intention and Desire

What are your deepest dreams and desires?  What do you really, really want?  You may be longing for an opportunity to travel or have a child. Perhaps your heart yearns for a romantic relationship or the chance to express your creativity.  You may be dreaming of changing your career and creating more material abundance in your life.  You may just really wish you could take a long nap.

The fulfillment of all of our dreams begins with intention and desire. As the sages of India observed thousands of years ago, our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires. As a passage from the Vedic text known as the Upanishads states, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

Our destiny ultimately comes from the deepest level of desire and also from the deepest level of intention. The two are inextricably linked. An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish. The spiritual Law of Intention and Desire lays out the five steps for cultivating and fulfilling your intentions with grace and ease.

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1.) Get Clear on your Intentions and Desires

Your dream is more likely to come true if you first see it clearly in your mind.

What would fulfill your needs at the deepest level? What would allow your soul to complete its destiny? Develop a clear vision of what you want and be specific with your intentions so that the universe has a clear structure to work with. At the same time, you don’t want to be so locked into your vision that you miss the different and more wonderful response that may present itself. Although it is important not to be attached to a particular outcome, formulating an unambiguous intention is essential.

It’s better to write your intentions in positive language rather than in terms of what you don’t want, because the important part of formulating intentions is to generate a field of awareness that feels spiritually complete, whole, and content. That state will naturally organize the means through which whatever you need will be manifested. If you are generating a field of lack, worry, and fear, then that is what will attract and manifest. That is why if we want peace we become that peace; if we want love, we become the love within us. If we want abundance or health, we contact and become the timeless aspect of ourselves that is inherently whole, lacking nothing.

As you consider your dreams, become clear about who you are and what would truly make you happy. Set aside external notions of success, such as labels of status, money, possessions, and social connections.

For every intention, ask yourself two questions: 1.) How will this intention serve me?” and 2.) “How will it serve everybody I come into contact with?” If the answer to both questions can be distilled to true happiness and fulfillment, then you are on the right track.

2.)  Establish Yourself in a State of Restful Awareness

Most of the time our mind is caught up in thoughts, emotions, and memories, and it’s easy to fall into the grip of our ego’s fears and demands. Beyond this noisy internal dialogue is a state of pure awareness that is sometimes referred to as “the gap.” This is the field of pure potentiality, which gives rise to everything that manifests in our physical universe.  It is important to spend time each day quieting the mind and connecting to the timeless awareness and peace that is our essential nature.

One of the most powerful ways to enter this space of expanded consciousness is through a regular meditation practice. In meditation we experience our true self, which is pure awareness, pure potentiality, and pure being. When we’re rooted in the experience of pure potentiality, our intentions can spontaneously manifest. Meditation takes us beyond the ego-mind into the silence and stillness of pure consciousness. This is the ideal state in which to plant our seeds of intention.

3.)  Release Your Intentions and Desires

Through the practice of silent meditation we establish a deep baseline level of awareness from which intentions can manifest. We first settle down to a quiet state of simple awareness, and then we gently introduce our intention, letting it drop into the silence of pure awareness. We can visualize our intention, repeat it silently to ourselves, or feel it in our body – and then we let it go, planting our seed of intention in the infinite field of all possibilities.

4.)  Detach from the Outcome

This step asks us to relinquish our  attachment to a specific result and live in the wisdom of uncertainty. Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, while detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of our true self. Intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way.

Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need. Stay centered and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. Your higher self knows that despite any appearances to the contrary, everything is all right and will be all right, even though you don’t know  the timing or the details of what will happen.

Keep in mind that often is isn’t possible to let go all at once. This is a path of many small steps, a process of replacing automatic reactions with deepened awareness. Be gentle with yourself and take one step at the time.

5.)  Let the Universe Handle the Details
Your focused intentions set the infinite organizing power of the universe in motion. Trust that infinite organizing power to orchestrate the complete fulfillment of your desires. Don’t listen to the voice that says that you have to be in charge, that obsessive vigilance is the only way to get anything done. At the level of spirit, everything is always unfolding perfectly. You may not fathom the whole picture, but clearly there is a grand design. You are included in that design, and there’s no need to struggle or try to force situations to go your way.

By detaching, you end the struggle, freeing yourself from fear and doubt and releasing the obstacles your ego has created. The outcome that you try so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally.  This doesn’t mean that you become passive. You will feel more energy and wider possibilities than you do when you think that you have to accomplish everything by yourself.  You simply take the actions that you know to take while staying open to the opportunities, clues, and synchronicities unfolding around you. You have released your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right.

Exercise: Focus Your Intentions
If you’re unsure what you want, this exercise will help you explore your desires and find clarity, allowing you to set more powerful intentions.

Begin by considering the following aspects of your life and write down everything that you’d like to experience or create in each area. Writing (or sketching, listing, or otherwise putting your thoughts into form) is a powerful first step in clarifying what you really want.

Be as specific as possible and don’t limit yourself. Let go of any thoughts of what you “should” want. Your heart knows your deepest desires, so give yourself some time to meditate, become still, and connect to the authentic voice of your true self.

Material Abundance: What do you want on the material level? Your own house? To be debt-free with an abundant flow of  income? A new wardrobe?  Consider your desires for sensory gratification – sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell. Do you want to live a beautiful nature setting?  Would you like to get a massage on a regular basis? Would you like to enjoy more freshly prepared meals?

Relationships: Write down all your desires for your relationships – your romantic partner, friends, children, parents, co-workers, and anyone else in your life.  What would you like to experience in those relationships?  More conscious communication?  Deeper appreciation?  More time together?

Spiritual Awakening: What would nourish your heart and soul? Do want to go on a meditation retreat? Start a journaling practice?  Perhaps you feel a longing to explore a particular spiritual path or spend time reading inspiring literature or poetry.  Write down all the spiritual intentions you have for yourself.

Personal Growth: What areas of your life would you like to nurture? Do you want a new intellectual challenge such as studying a language or learning new software? Would you like more time to play or develop a hobby? Write down what you truly want.

Community: What do you want to contribute to your neighborhood, country, or the world? Consider how you might use your unique talents to serve others. Make a list of everything you’d like to manifest in your community life.

Health and Wellbeing: What are your health goals? Do you want to learn to meditate? Exercise regularly? Get more sleep? Are you ready to let go of emotional pain from the past? Write down everything you desire for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Keep this list with you and look at it once or twice during the day as well as just before you meditate.

http://www.chopra.com/ccl/how-to-live-your-dreams

The 5-Step Path to a Life of Love (Deepak Chopra)

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Deepak Chopra, co-founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-author of the new book War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, reveals how to create a life founded on the world’s most generous and joyful emotion.

Love has arrived at a strange crossroads. It seems very odd to say, “I want to be more loving. Is there a scientist who can help with that?” But in modern life, our notion of love has shifted. More and more we are told—in magazines, learned journals and media reports—that love can be broken down into medical explanations, that it is produced by reactions in the brain, both chemical and electrical. We may wish that love is divine, ideal and life-transforming, the news says, but to be realistic, we should throw out our old, unscientific notions and learn more about what the brain is doing to us.

I strongly oppose such a view of love—in fact, it frightens me. On the spiritual side, there’s a completely different and higher view of love, which goes something like this: Love is part of creation, woven into the very fabric of the universe. We love one another because we have tapped into nature at a deeper level. Yes, the brain is responsible for giving love its physical expression, yet ultimately, love comes from the soul.

A catchy phrase from an old pop song said, “Love the one you’re with.” Although you can journey outside yourself, the person to give your love to (and who, in return, must return that love), in truth, the one you are with every minute of the day, is yourself. The more rewarding way to find it is to go inward to the very source of love. If you do not do this, your love will depend on your mood swings, on how others see you and on the lovable and unlovable traits you see in yourself and others.

As soon as we measure people by what is lovable and unlovable, trouble arises. The unlovable person is labeled odd, an outsider, bad or an enemy. We create unhappiness instead. We practice nonlove, that voice inside that whispers in our ears, “They are different from us.” Or, “Fight for what you want and don’t quit until you win.” Or, “When bad things happen to other people, it’s their own fault.”

We need to restore love as the key to happiness—a difficult task. That’s why we need a spiritual path, so that we can walk away from nonlove and its confusions. Here are five basic steps that can lead you to a new life where everyone, most especially yourself, is worthy of loving and being loved.

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Step 1: Believe in Love
When you say, “I love my work,” or “I love my partner,” you are expressing belief and showing faith in something outside yourself. As good as that is, even better is to have faith in love as part of yourself. When anyone asks me, “How do I find the right one?” I always give the same advice: To find the right one, become the right one. Belief in love is a spiritual kind of belief. It holds that love exists as a universal quality, outside ourselves, that can never be defeated, only covered over. Thus love and nonlove are not equals. Love is permanent; nonlove is temporary.

Step 2: Don’t Limit Love to a Few People and Deny It to Others
It’s very common to say: “I love my own children, and I love my neighbor’s children. But when it comes to my kids, I love them more.” That’s perfectly understandable. But there’s a spiritual teaching, going back thousands of years, which goes “The world is my family.” If love is universal, no one can be left out. To leave others out of your love is the same as inviting them to leave you out too.

Step 3: Make the Search for Love an Inward Search
Often we feel loved and insecure at the same time. The one we love is somebody we invest in emotionally, and emotions, by definition, are changeable. The one you love may turn indifferent or worse. The problem here is a kind of illusion. When you take someone into your heart, it’s like filling a hole inside. If that person should spurn and reject you, suddenly the hole reappears as a terrible ache. Yet the hole was always there, and only you can fill it permanently. Ultimately, the inward journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can take away.

Step 4: Seek Other People Who Value Love As Much As You Do
There’s an old tradition: If you want to be wise, be in the company of wise people. I’d say the same is true about love. If you want to know about any human experience, seek out those who have walked the path of that experience. In our society, we are embarrassed to talk personally about truth, compassion, faith and love. This inhibition is part of our insecurity. Think of spirit as a community; it’s not a talent you develop like a teenager learning to play the guitar. Perhaps community is too big a word, however. Perhaps you can start by finding one person who is wise in the ways of love, who knows what it means to live at a deeper level. That’s a wonderful step in the right direction.

Step 5: Believe in Love As a Powerful Force
The first four steps depend on this one, believing that love has its own power. This is a power to transform. It’s a power that cuts through doubt, suspicion, distrust and even hatred. Unless love has its own power, there are too many reasons to act from nonlove. We see all around us people who madly pursue pleasure or money or status because they don’t trust in love. Without such trust that love can make a difference, of course you will pursue surrogates. Pleasure, money and status are compensations when love is absent or too weak to transform your life. No one has to give up on such surrogates, but it makes a huge difference to know that they are nonlove. The power of love is that it dissolves nonlove. That’s the kind of power you find on the spiritual path.

None of the steps is automatic. Each takes work and practice. But now, more than ever, it’s all important to reinvent the spiritual side of love. The steps may not be easy, but they are not impossible either. You only need to follow them with all your heart.

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Clear Clutter and Enhance Your Environment

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Clear Clutter and Enhance Your Environment

By on Mar 18, 2013 in Lifestyle, Meditation

Perhaps the greatest gift of meditation is the way in which it cleanses the windows of perception, allowing us to experience our natural state of simple and open awareness. When we’re awake to our essential self, we feel happy, light, and at peace. In contrast, unhappiness is a state of complication and imbalance in our body, mind, and environment. Complications take many forms, including a non-nurturing lifestyle, toxic relationships, hidden emotional debts, resistance, indecision, addictions, and negative conditioned beliefs. When our life is overly complicated, we’re weighed down by superfluous things at every level.

We can begin to let go of the complications that cause unnecessary suffering by cultivating inner and outer simplicity. In this process, tiny steps yield big results, in part because simplicity is nature’s default position. Suffering and the complications that fuel it are unnatural; it wastes energy to maintain complexity.

Clear Clutter and Enhance Your Environment

Exercise: Let Go of Complexity
Here is a practice that will help you let go of whatever is no longer serving you and return to your inherent state of wholeness, happiness, and wellbeing.
First ask yourself, Is there anything in my life that is causing me to feel a sense of unease, discomfort, or pain? You can choose a persistent issue that has bothered you for years or it may be something that has recently come up for you.
Here are some of the most common complications:

Clutter and disorder:
Chaos is complicated, order is simple. Consider your physical environment. Is your house a mess? Is your desk buried under stacks of paper? Are you letting other people leave clutter and messes in the space you share? Have you hoarded so much junk that your environment is like an archaeological record of your past? Just as with the physical body, when we accumulate too much stuff in our environment, the flow of energy and information becomes blocked, creating stress and disharmony in our lives.

Stress:
While the pressures of life are inevitable, if at the end of the day you are unable to completely let go and return to a calm, centered inner state, you are overstressed. Consider all the things that are creating tension and dis-ease in your life. Are you going to bed too late and not getting enough sleep?  Are you ignoring signs of overwork or exhaustion?  Is your body stressed by being overweight or sedentary? Make a list of the choices and lifestyle patterns that are creating unwanted stress in your life. Then start to brainstorm ideas to either eliminate the source of the stress or to change the impact it is having on your emotional state.

Inertia:
When you feel stuck, you are most likely giving in to old habits and conditioning.  Rather than stepping into the unknown, you may be holding onto the past, repeating inertia’s motto: “That’s just how things are.” If you feel caught in a cycle of anxiety, depression, fear, or insecurity, it’s important to become aware that doing nothing is actually a way you’ve trained yourself to keep things the same. Notice if you’re dwelling on your problems. Do you reject helpful advice without even considering it?  Do you find yourself repeatedly complaining about a situation without taking any actions to change it?  Become aware of any aspects of your life in which inertia has taken hold, and consider what shifts you are willing to make.

Toxic Relationships:
Are you in relationships with people who don’t have your best interests and wellbeing at heart? Make a list of these relationships and consider what you can do to protect yourself from their toxic influence. Sometimes setting better boundaries and practicing the tools of conscious communication can be transformative. In some cases, ending a relationship may be necessary. At the same time, focus on nurturing your healthy relationships so that they are even more loving and fulfilling.

Negativity:
Health and wellbeing are the natural state of the body and mind. By dwelling on negativity, we prevent ourselves from living in the simple state of wellbeing.  Do you often gossip about others or relish their setbacks? Do you tend to choose friends who like to criticize and complain? Do you feel compelled to watch every disaster or catastrophe unfolding on the evening news? Remember, whatever we put our attention on expands in our experience, so consider where you are focusing your time and energy.

Non-nurturing Habits: 
Do your daily routine, diet, and overall lifestyle support your health and wellbeing? When we don’t nourish ourselves with fresh, healthy food; restful sleep, regular exercise, a daily spiritual practice such as meditation or journaling, and other mind-body healing habits, we will inevitably feel tired, out of balance, irritable,  and sometimes even depressed. What aspects of your lifestyle would you like to transform to bring you greater health and happiness?

For the next few weeks, sit by yourself for at least five minutes each day with the intention to clear away complications. In the time you set aside for this clearing, determine what area you need to focus on the most and work on that. It may be one of the complications mentioned above or a different area that is preventing you from experiencing a state of peaceful simplicity.

Take the Smallest Possible Step
Start by coming up with the smallest possible action you could take – and then take it. Then choose the next smallest action, and do that. The action can truly be as small as opening your closet to find your gym shoes. Then the next day you can commit to putting on your shoes, and the day after that you can decide to walk to your mailbox. Although such small acts can seem trivial, over time they help you build momentum and experience transformation.

As you focus on simplifying your life, make sure that your approach is loving and accepting. Know that you are now doing all that you can do right now, and that is all anyone can do. When you stay in the moment, you have all the time in the world and whatever needs to be done will be completed in the exact right time.


About the author

Deepak Chopra, M.Dis the author of more than 65 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and an adjunct professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Distinguished Executive Scholar at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization. For more than a decade, he has participated as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine, an annual event sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Deepak Chopra also leads the advanced meditation retreat, Silent Awakenings. In addition to meditation, you’ll experience daily lectures centered around the “Awakening” of the day, and interactive discussion sessions with Deepak Chopra that may include Vedic teachings, practical spiritual guidance, and more.

http://www.chopra.com/ccl/category/meditation/

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The Law of Detachment – Daily Inspiration from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

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The Law of Detachment:

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty . . . in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.

I will put the Law of Detachment into effect by
making a commitment to take the following steps:

  1. Today I will commit myself to detachment. I will allow myself and those around me the freedom to be as they are. I will not rigidly impose my idea of how things should be. I will not force solutions on problems, thereby creating new problems. I will participate in everything with detached involvement.
  2. Today I will factor in uncertainty as an essential ingredient of my experience. In my willingness to accept uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously emerge out of the problem, out of the confusion, order and chaos. The more uncertain things seem to be, the more secure I will feel, because uncertainty is my path to freedom. Through the wisdom of uncertainty, I will find my security.
  3. I will step into the field of all possibilities and anticipate the excitement that can occur when I remain open to an infinity of choices. When I step into the field of all possibilities, I will experience all the fun, adventure, magic and mystery of life.

Daily Inspiration

“The physical world, including our bodies,
is a response of the observer.

We create our bodies as we create
the experience of our world.”

– Deepak Chopra

(I love Deepak Chopra and what the Chopra Center stands for  and that is why I copy their messages  to my blog so that I can encourage any readers  to link onto the Chopra Center website  in order to get in touch with their spirit and find inspiration as I do)

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The Law of Intention and Desire – Daily Inspiration from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

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(I love Deepak Chopra and what the Chopra Center stands for  and that is why I copy their messages  to my blog so that I can encourage any readers  to link onto the Chopra Center website  in order to get in touch with their spirit and find inspiration as I do)

 

 The Law of Intention and Desire:

Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. When we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.

I will put the Law of Intention and Desire into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:

  1. I will make a list of all my desires.
    I will carry this list with me wherever I go.
    I will look at this list before I go into my silence and meditation.
    I will look at it before I go to sleep at night.
    I will look at it when I wake up in the morning.
  2. I will release this list of my desires and surrender it to the womb of creation, trusting that when things don’t seem to go my way, there is a reason, and that the cosmic plan has designs for me much grander than even those I have conceived.
  3. I will remind myself to practice present-moment awareness in all my actions.
    I will refuse to allow obstacles to consume and dissipate the quality of my attention in the present moment.
    I will accept the present as it is, and manifest the future through my deepest, most cherished intentions and desires.

Daily Inspiration

“One can get just as much exultation in losting oneself in a little thing
as in a big thing.
It is nice to think how one can be recklessly lost in a daisy!”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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