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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