“Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else’s.”
— Billy Wilder
Message of the Day:
In today’s meditation we look more closely at what to do when we don’t yet have full trust that the universe is organizing our success. If we don’t feel that trust and flow with the unseen forces that are guiding our way, then we try to control the people and events around us. We create resistance and rigidity. To address this, we will experiment with non-resistance. Practicing non-resistance means we allow people to be who they are; we limit our criticisms and judgments. We permit them the same freedom to act that we expect for ourselves. Non-resistance is about learning to be an appreciative, compassionate observer. You are letting higher consciousness do the main work while adding your own contribution. Our meditation today helps to open our awareness to this cosmic flow of life within, releasing resistance and control.
I always intend to be in the flow.
Om Durgayay Namah
I invoke the nurturing, protective power of Mother Nature.
Today we expand our hearts and minds even further, allowing success to come to us, expansively and effortlessly by letting go of resistance. That can happen, I promise and I can promise it because it is natural law. Welcome to Day 18, Success Meets No Resistance. This is a lovely day, Friends, so experiment, if you will, by letting go in all areas of your life. Let go of judgement, release your fear. Let go of trying to control outcomes. We often think holding on makes you stronger but the truth is, letting go is what makes you stronger. Letting go, releasing any resistance, allows us to restore our inner peace and balance. It invites a new sense of discovery and possibility. It releases us from any perceived obstacles and struggles that are in our way. Greater forces are at work on your behalf. Let go, surrender to the divine flow of your life. Trust and know that all will be well because all already is well. So, take a deep breath as Deepak guides us in today’s meditation.
Daily events flow in the right sequence even when you can’t predict what is going to happen next. You trust in this flow because you realize that you’re living from your own creative source. When there is an absence of trust, however, we put up resistance. We try to exert control over things and people around us. The state of resistance generally fails and even when it seems to succeed, your approach to life becomes rigid and constricted.
Trust is an expanded state of awareness and you will find yourself putting up less resistance as you continue to meditate and allow your awareness to expand. To aid in the process, approach your day by experimenting with nonresistance. This means, first of all, exerting less control. Let other people have more freedom without input from you. When you give input, avoid being critical and judgmental. Remember that everyone is doing the best they can from their own level of consciousness. Your role is to be aware, alert and appreciative whenever possible.
Secondly, learn to stand back and observe. This is an effortless form of mindfulness where you open yourself to letting impressions flow in without resistance. Be patient with how situations unfold. Don’t push for the exact short term outcome you think is necessary. You’re only one part of a dynamic scheme that is being guided by an infinite intelligence. You add your own aspect of intelligence and that is vital to your success, but take the attitude that there are larger forces at work that understand what you want and where you are going.
By adopting small acts of nonresistance, you are allowing the power of your higher consciousness to work on your behalf, bringing you new opportunities and creative possibilities.
As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought I always intend to be in the flow 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 Durgayay Namah. This mantra develops a sense of trust and ease with the flow of your life. As you repeat the mantra, feel your constriction and resistance melt away. Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Durgayay Namah. 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 repeating the mantra, Om Durgayay Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes, Om Durgayay Namah. Just mentally, Om Durgayay Namah.
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 always intend to be in the flow
- Take notice of an area of your life that you usually resist. Maybe you feel yourself emotionally pushed back when a certain person starts to dominate a staff meeting. Write down an alternative response for yourself next time, one in which you don’t feel the need to control the situation and aren’t threatened by anyone’s behavior.
- When awareness expands, trust grows. Write about an experience in which you gave more freedom to someone, and discovered things turned out better than if you had tried to control and micromanage each step.
- Write about a way you can practice alert, appreciative awareness with someone today. It might be praising someone for taking the initiative, or for contributing a helpful idea.