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4 Grace Is Replying {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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“The more you are grateful for what you have,
the more you can live fully in the present.”
― Dana Arcuri

Message of the Day:

In today’s meditation, we explore how gratitude engages us in the evolutionary flow of life. When we offer the world our gratitude, grace responds and completes the circle. Our inner and outer worlds merge into one harmonious flow of existence. As we use our gratitude to join this awakening of joy and beauty around us, we also find that our life becomes easier, more fun, and more meaningful. This nurturing power of grace comes from the source of ‘Being’ which sustains everyone and everything in the universe. As human beings we can consciously choose to step into this flow of grace to enrich and elevate our lives.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Grace is flowing back to me.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Twam Eva Mata
The universe is our mother

Day04 Grace

Oprah Winfrey:

What I know for sure is that every one of us is seeking the same thing. Each of us wants to know, ‘Do you see me?’, ‘Do you hear me?’ In fact, what we want is grace. Welcome to day 4, Grace is Replying. Grace is the knowledge that we belong, that we are understood, and that we are a meaningful part of something big, deep and powerful. And gratitude is the catalyst. As Deepak is going to show us today, when we express gratitude, grace responds. Isn’t that beautiful?

Be present in gratitude and grace automatically responds, taking us beyond the confines of our own familiar experiences. The little things, the little moments, well, they aren’t little, says Jon Kabat-Zinn, and he couldn’t be more correct because when we are present in gratitude, we awaken the bigness of even the smallest things in life. You see things differently, hear things anew, everything matters and that’s what we’re all seeking.

Indeed, that is grace. Let’s listen to the signals of grace within and all around us. Deepak is going to guide us there.

Deepak Chopra:

The more you discover about how your mind, body and spirit are connected, the more you see that everything flows naturally. Once you awaken the energy of gratitude, there is a response that closes the circle. You are heard, you are understood, you are appreciated. That’s how life keeps evolving by circling back within itself.

When you take a moment to be grateful, grace responds. This shows you that you are in the flow and with each new response, you can move forward in your life. But how do you know that grace is responding? Some signals come from within. If you express gratitude, the signal that comes back to you would be a sense of peace and calm. There could be a moment of joy. Your perception may shift. The bare tree outside your window in winter suddenly looks perfectly shaped and harmonious, a beautiful creation instead of a bare skeleton.

Other signals come from outside in response to your gratitude given silently to yourself. Suddenly someone shows how much they appreciate you, a difficult task becomes easier, an unexpected answer arrives. What connects inner and outer is that you have joined the flow of wholeness. Everything becomes increasingly effortless, more enjoyable, more vibrant.

This isn’t what most of us were taught about grace.   When I was young, grace was considered mystical, rare and saintly but I was also taught that grace is like the rain, it falls on everyone alike. That is much closer to the practical reality. Grace is the nurturing force in nature like the purity of air, water and sunlight that sustains all life.

Being aware, human beings can reach out and ask for grace. We don’t depend only on the raw ingredients and elements of life. We have desires and aspirations. Because grace comes from a deep source within you, it is intelligent and creative. It knows who you are and who you want to be so it tailors it’s response to fit your situation.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
Grace is flowing back to me
Grace is flowing back to me

Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra,
Twam Eva Mata

Twam Eva Mata means the universe is our mother. This mantra reveals the truth that our relationship with the world is a supportive spiritual relationship. By relating to the world with love and appreciation, we receive unconditional love and support in response, just as a mother to her child. As you repeat the mantra feel your individual connection to your universal existence as the intimate relationship it truly is, like the bond between a child and its mother.

Repeat it silently to yourself,
Twam Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata

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 yourself to silently repeating the mantra,
Twan Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata

Now 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
Grace is flowing back to me
Grace is flowing back to me
Grace is flowing back to me

Namaste

Journal Questions:

  1. “Describe an experience or situation that solved itself or became better on its own after you changed your attitude toward it.”
  2. “Write down any signs of grace that have come to you recently, such as an unexpected kindness or moment of joy, a sense of perfection, or a feeling of belonging.”
  3. “Cutting back on duties and demands to spend more time connecting with those you love is a wonderful way to invigorate your energy. Write down three ways you can renew your energy by appreciating what’s around you. For example, you could take a quiet walk amid the trees, view an art exhibit, or catch up with a dear friend.”
  4. “Reflect further on today’s experience”

 

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3 – Awaken the Energy of Gratitude {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
Karl Barth

 Message of the Day:

In today’s meditation, we learn how to recharge our gratitude batteries. If we are tired, upset, or stressed, then our heart is closed and we are not able to feel or express real gratitude. Genuine gratitude comes from a feeling of contentment, safety, and being welcomed in your life – what Buddha called the “gladdened heart. This natural energy of gratitude is awakened when we meditate. Our intention in meditation will be to invite this warm attitude of appreciation into our awareness and perception. With this recharged heart of thankfulness we will find reason to be grateful wherever we look.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I am gladdening my heart.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Ananda Hum

I am bliss

Day03 Grace

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to day 3, Awaken the energy of attitude. This is a good good day.

There is a unique one-of-a-kind power in gratitude. It’s an energy that elevates and expands you, even as it brings you to a deeper place in your own heart. Bestselling author Melanie Beattie said it beautifully: ”Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It unlocks what we have into enough – and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

Nothing around you changes. You change. When gratitude shifts the moment, it shifts you.

For today’s meditation, open up to the attitude and grace that your gratitude ignites. We’re going to share in this special energy together. So let’s listen to Deepak and then we will meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

Yesterday we began the process of making grace real and practical. This happens through something the Buddha called gladdening the heart. A closed heart cannot feel gratitude. When you feel irritated or angry with somebody, or if you are simply stressed and tired, you don’t have the energy to be grateful. When you have no energy for giving, forcing it won’t work. Gladdening the heart is like recharging a battery. It replenishes the energy of gratitude.

First you need to recognize what this particular energy feels like inside yourself. It’s the feeling that you are welcomed and safe in your life. You feel you are supported in whatever you want to be. The good things in your life show that abundance has included you. This is the natural energy of gratitude when you find in your own awareness.

The next thing is to renew this energy and this happens when you meditate. You are specifically requesting the warm attitude of thankfulness. At a deep level where all possibilities exist, your awareness will renew this energy which is gratitude.

We are not talking about looking outside the window and seeing a shiny new car and a perfectly manicured lawn. You can feel a surge of gratitude simply by gazing at a beam of sunlight and watching how the bright particles are dancing in it. True gratitude comes from knowing that you belong in the infinite dance of life.

To gladden your heart, consider the perfectly precise chain of events that created this very moment. There is wonder in perceiving how the tiniest element fits into the whole, how your existence is woven into the existence of everyone you love including every memory of love.

Whenever you feel something outside yourself to be grateful for, it is not the thing that creates gratitude, but the energy of joy inside you. A gladdened heart is our birthright. To awaken it comes naturally – as we have been doing right now.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I am gladdening my heart
I am gladdening my heart

Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra,
Ananda Hum – or I am bliss.

This mantra awakens the inherent joy in our hearts so that we look out upon the world with love and gratitude. As you repeat the mantra, feel your heart swell with joy. Repeat it silently to yourself,
Ananda Hum
Ananda Hum
Ananda Hum

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 yourself to silently repeating the mantra,
Ananda Hum
Ananda Hum
Ananda Hum

Now 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 gladdening my heart
I am gladdening my heart
I am gladdening my heart

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  1. “Write down the things in your life that most gladden your heart. These could be as simple as breathing pure mountain air on a hike or feeling the warmth of the morning sun on your cheek.”
  2. “Close your eyes, place your attention in your heart, and reflect on the people you are most grateful for. Now, write down what this experience made you feel.”
  3. “Describe the most beautiful thing you saw today and how you felt about it.”
  4. “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

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2 – Gratitude Is Within You {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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“Gratitude is the experience of our true self.”
— Gina Lakes

Message of the Day:

Gratitude is a two-way flow of appreciation between your thanks and the uplifting response that you feel in return. Today in our meditation, we begin that conversation and find that as this conversation expands, we create even more thankfulness. We will learn how the flow of gratitude from the heart is received by Nature in the same spirit it is given, and it is returned back to us as grace. In today’s meditation, we learn to express gratitude from the silence of our awareness, which is the source of grace within.

CENTERING THOUGHT
All good things bring gratitude.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Kripa Hum
I am divine grace

Day02 Grace

Oprah Winfrey:

Have you ever paused and noticed how you feel when you are thankful for someone or something? Take a moment and consider this…when you are present in that feeling of gratitude, you feel more open, more generous, more connected, more aware and alive. Welcome to Day 2. Gratitude is Within You.

Your experience of gratitude can be for yourself, for someone or something, or for your connection to that which is greater than yourself – a higher power – whatever that may be for you. When you activate gratitude by giving it your attention and intention, you create a whole new energy flow. The energy of gratitude knows no bounds and it returns to you, bringing unlimited goodness. Something within you changes and everything around you changes.That, my Friend, is what I call grace. So take some deep breaths, soak in Deepak’s words, and let’s use today’s meditation to feel the warmth, the light and the transformative power of grace and gratitude within you.

Deepak Chopra:

Discovering that grace can bring transformation isn’t new. For centuries in many cultures, there has been a tradition of thanking God every day and in return, God bestows grace which in Sanskrit is called Kripa. Offering gratitude starts an inner conversation. On one side of the conversation is thanks and devotion for the good things in your life.   On the other side is the response which is to bring you more good things to be grateful for. So let’s begin the conversation this moment. Think of 3 good things in your life. They don’t have to be the most important things – just whatever you feel in your heart. If it’s a beautiful morning and you have a rose sitting in a vase and breakfast sitting in front of you, there are there things already. Now, take the first things, whatever it is. If it isn’t sitting in front of you, visualize it in your mind. Send thanks to it. You can say the words Thank You if you feel comfortable starting that way but the real key is feeling. Let the feeling of gratitude come from your heart. It’s a warm, gentle sensation that brings a smile.

Now comes a new element. Imagine that whatever you’re grateful for – a person, a precious memento, something beautiful in nature, is aware of your thanks. See it smiling back at you shimmering with the same warm feeling. Your thanks has been received and welcomed. After a moment, go the second thing and give thanks for it and then see it receive your thanks. Move on to the third thing and repeat again. You have successfully started the flow of grace.

Grace, when it is alive and flowing, works like a feedback loop. You give something to the source and in turn a response comes back to you. The secret is that every time you do this, you change the pathways in your brain. These new pathways change your perception. They allow you to pay attention to the good things you are grateful for and in return, grace welcomes you.

Now that you know the method, make it part of your routine. Start paying attention during your day-to-day activities, taking a moment for each thing you are thankful for. Feel the emotion, don’t just have a passing thought. The best way to feel gratitude is in mind and body. Let the warmth of gratitude begin in your heart and spread outward. It helps to visualize what you are gratefulfor. Honouring how you are supported, even in the smallest ways connects you emotionally with the flow of life. Gratitude brings the support you need in life. This is how grace becomes real ad practical. You are learning the truth behind the teaching of Kripa which goes back thousands of years.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
All good things bring gratitude
All good things bring gratitude

Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra, Kripa Hum.

This means, I am divine grace. This mantra sets in motion the flow of grace through gratitude. As you repeat the mantra, feel yourself as both the giver and receiver of blessings.

Repeat it silently to yourself,
Kripa Hum
Kripa Hum
Kripa Hum

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 yourself to silently repeating the mantra,
Kripa Hum
Kripa Hum
Kripa Hum

Now 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
All good things bring gratitude
All good things bring gratitude
All good things bring gratitude

Namaste

Journal Questions:

  1. “Describe three qualities about yourself that you are most grateful for.
  2. “Write about a time when your gratitude or appreciation was received and reflected back to you, and you felt the situation was transformed by grace.”
  3. “List the people you would like to share your gratitude with more fully and more frequently. Then, write some specific ways you can do that.”
  4. “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

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1 ― The Path to Grace Begins Today {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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

Message of the Day:

Welcome to our 21-Day Experience, Manifesting Grace through Gratitude. We are excited that you are joining us on this inward journey of gratitude and grace. Together we will discover how to make grace the active center of your life here and now. The source of grace already resides within our own awareness. We don’t need to go anywhere or search anywhere to find it, we only need to change our perception of what is already around us. In the next three weeks we will learn how gratitude shifts our awareness, changing our approach to others and the world. This new perspective will reveal the grace that already inhabits our life.

CENTERING THOUGHT
When I am grateful, I find my grace.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Dhanya Vad
I feel gratitude

Day01 Grace

 

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome, Friends! Deepak and I are honored to spend this very special 21-day meditation experience with you, Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude. Over the next 3 weeks we steep ourselves in the exquisite experience of gratitude. We explore how nurturing this practice awakens the glorious grace inherent in each of us. There is nothing more life-changing than gratitude.

This I know for sure. Gratitude opens up a space of light in every experience. It actually opens up the light and the path for grace to flow. Pope Francis said that grace is not knowledge or reason but rather, grace is the amount of light in our souls.

In the next 21 days, our light will shine brighter and clearer every day. That is our hope. We will, as Deepak guides us, turn grace from a noun into a verb. Through gratitude, we will activate grace and grow our presence within it. Through gratitude, we actually become grace personified. Get comfortable, get ready as we begin manifesting grace now.


Deepak Chopra:

The journey to grace is fascinating and profound. It’s a journey that brings all the qualities associated with grace over the centuries into your life today. Religions define grace as an expression of divine love but the word has many personal meanings outside of religion. Grace can be about how you carry yourself with inner dignity and an air of beauty. It can be about bestowing a gift or favour. There is grace when you forgive someone else or show mercy. These are beautiful expression but how do we achieve them? In this 21 day meditation experience, we’ll focus on how to change grace from a noun into a verb.

Unless grace is active in your life, unless it brings real benefits, it remains merely a concept so we need to follow practical steps that makes grace come alive here and now. The most powerful way to achieve grace is through gratitude because gratitude makes a deep connection with the source of grace inside you. That is different than the religious concept of grace which comes directly from God. If you feel comfortable with how your faith teaches you to find grace, these meditations will only deepen your faith. The world’s wisdom traditions speak of God within and they locate grace within as well.

If grace exists in our awareness already, why isn’t life filled with grace at this moment? Actually it is. What is lacking is perception. Two people can be doing the same thing but have different experiences. For example, walking outside to get the morning paper…one is lost in every day thoughts and concerns – there is work and family to think about with a hundred details to consider. The second person faces the same busy schedule but in her mind, the sun and sky, the children on the corner and the birds singing are all manifestations of grace. Room has been made in the middle of everything to feel gratitude for creation.

When you have the awareness of how perfectly you fit into creation, how abundant your life is from the level of being, grace changes your perception. Gratitude is like a secret key that shifts your awareness.

Gratitude changes your relationship with life as an attitude of rejecting and defending to one of acceptance and appreciation. Research has shown that this shift involves emotions, beliefs and even our bodies. Because it has a positive effect even on our cells, gratitude is an engine for holistic change.   Change begins inside by performing meditation as gratitude from the heart. So before we begin, sit and think about one thing you are deeply grateful for.   It can be personal and intimate like a child in your life, or as big as the beauty of nature. In this moment, you have opened the way for grace, awakening a potential you probably didn’t know was there. It’s only a moment but a great journey has begun. In the next 21 days, grace will expand in every part of your life.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
When I am grateful, I find my grace
When I am grateful, I find my grace

Now let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra, Dhanya Vad

This mantra means I feel gratitude. It invokes an attitude of appreciation for life. As you repeat the mantra, feel your being open to the unlimited blessings of your world.

Repeat it silently to yourself, Dhanya Vad, Dhanya Vad, Dhanya Vad

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 yourself to silently repeating the mantra,
Dhanya Vad, Dhanya Vad, Dhanya Vad.

Now 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
When I am grateful, I find my grace

Namaste

Journal Questions:

  1. “Write in your journal what grace means to you.”
  2. “Make a list of the people in your life you are most grateful for.”
  3. “Now, list one specific thing about each of those people that you are thankful for.”
  4. “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

 

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