“If you put yourself in a situation of unpredictability
and then find that it’s completely possible to accept it,
then you become an observer.”
— David Tudor
Message of the Day:
Today we look at unpredictability in a new light. Typically we find unpredictability stress-inducing because it forces us to move out of our comfort zones of expectations, beliefs, and hopes. A change in plans from what we hoped for is often felt as a disappointment or failure. But if we can see beyond the apparent randomness of life and recognize that a larger purpose is always being served, then we can relax and welcome unpredictability, and observe how we can redirect our efforts to contribute to the bigger picture that is unfolding. Our meditation today opens our awareness to this grand purpose of the evolving universe and its infinite creative possibilities.
I turn unpredictability into a creative possibility
I invoke the fullness of universal Being
Yesterday we explored how our minds and bodies work in harmony to support a natural flow toward success. Today we’re ready to shift into another dimension of trusting in the evolution of our own success. Welcome to Day 17, Taking Advantage of Unpredictability. On the surface, I think a lot of people fear uncertainty – most people do. We withdraw, we seek safety in what is familiar, whether that familiarity is working for us or not. When you’re able to go within and tap into the reserve of trust and openness that your body and mind have stored for you, you can start to welcome new possibilities and new profound successes. How do we turn fear of unpredictability into a welcome embrace? Well, as Joseph Campbell said, ‘Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth’. ‘We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.’ Wow! Those are beautiful words. It is in that magical shift from fearing the uncertain to welcoming it with openness that you create a space for fulfillment. You are the creator of your success. Deepak takes us there step-by-step so let’s go, and then we’ll meditate.
Bringing body and mind into harmony is an important process that can happen naturally and without struggle. Your body thrives in a state of complete balance governing trillions of cells. One thing this teaches is the value of unpredictability. Every moment contains an element of unpredictability. Your heart can’t predict how active you will be 5 minutes or even 5 seconds from now and yet it is prepared for any change that comes it’s way. Your stomach can’t predict what food is coming its way, just as your lungs can’t anticipate the quality of air you’re going to breathe.
There is an amazing flexibility built into the mind-body system and yet at the mental level, most people fear and resist the unpredicted. They find it stressful to be thrown into new situations or asked to have new thoughts, beliefs and expectations. Success depends on turning your resistance to the unknown and unpredictable into a more open welcoming attitude. After all, a creative life uses the unpredictable as its creative source.
Every present moment is different from the moment that preceded it and you must be open to allow change in yourself. How do we turn fear of unpredictability into a welcoming attitude? By seeing that an unpredictable event isn’t the same as a random event. Imagine a painter working at his canvas. If you took a close-up video of his paint brush it would seem to dip at random into each color then place the next brush stroke in a disorderly way onto the canvas. But in reality, this seeming randomness serves a larger purpose, a beautiful coherent picture is being created. What this means is that unpredictable events can serve a creative end. This is also why creative people often seem to do nothing when, in fact, they’re allowing the unconscious mind to just take the next idea or project. They trust the silent inner working of the mind without demanding that it must follow a pre-set plan. Let this be your attitude too.
Learn to relax, stand back and let the larger purpose unfold. Trust that hidden forces are always at work in your awareness and by taking and accepting calm attitude to them, you’re allowing your future to unfold as it is meant to unfold.
As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I turn unpredictability into a creative possibility 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, Om Purnamidam. This mantra opens your awareness to the infinite possibilities of life. As you repeat the mantra, feel the limitless potential of your consciousness. Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Purnamidam. 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, return yourself to repeating the mantra, Om Purnamidam. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Om Purnamidam. Just mentally Om Purnamidam.
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 turn unpredictability into a creative possibility
- Unpredictability is recognition of the limitations of our conscious awareness, and we make friends with it by relying on our unlimited, unbounded awareness. Write about an experience in which the relaxed and open awareness after meditation allowed you to be more comfortable with an unpredictable situation.
- Many people fear what is unpredictable because it feels uncontrollable. Write about something unpredictable that is a source of fear for you. Now reframe that fear as merely an unknowable future and see it as an opportunity for a creative response.
- Now expand this vision by writing down how this fear serves your evolution as something that fits into and is an essential part of your larger life plan.