“The only unique contribution
you can offer the world is to
be who you actually are and no one else.”
— Ashly Lorenzana
Message of the Day:
In today’s meditation we learn that success is not a generic experience. The only success that is meaningful is your success. You play a unique role in the universe that no one else can play. Your spiritual path is also unique, and that is why your success will be different from anyone else’s. Finding your uniqueness is not about feeling better than others or holding yourself apart. Uniqueness is knowing your inner truth and your intrinsic worth. It is knowing your real self, and when you do, it will guide you to your true success.
I value my uniqueness and rejoice in it.
I am perfect and complete as I am
Welcome back, My Friends, to Day 20 of our meditation experience. This week has been about putting it all together and today we are finding our own unique direction on the path toward success. If there is anything I’ve learned it is that you cannot manifest your true success trying to be anyone other than who you are and were meant to be. You remove all kinds of obstacles when you release trying to be someone that you’re not…when you allow your strengths to flourish and accept your vulnerabilities with love and kindness toward yourself. Knowing your destiny, standing in your own truth, you invite your life to unfold in ways you had never even imagined for yourself. Take delight in your own light and celebrate others in theirs because when one shines, it means it possible for all of us to shine. So let’s shine together as Deepak guides us even further down the road to manifesting true success.
Non-judgement is a valuable tool. Judgement makes others wrong and when you direct it at yourself, judgement makes you feel constricted and separate from others. Feeling expansive and connected to others opens the way to success. This is the foundation for walking the path no one else has ever walked. You are one-of-a-kind which means that your success will also be unique.
Most people are motivated by doing something totally original and personal. We all want to be recognized for our achievements but there is also an element of doubt and anxiety in this area. Being unique implies being different, holding yourself above others or losing the acceptance that comes from conformity and fitting in. In order to overcome these inner doubts, it’s helpful to know that this isn’t a matter of either/or. You can bond with others and be accepted while still walking your own path. Realize that being yourself isn’t the same as feeling superior or letting the demands of the ego run wild.
As we’ve seen, success comes to you with the support of others. Once you drop the habit of being judgmental, there is no longer a need to view others as obstacles to your success. Acceptance brings the best of both worlds. You bond with the people who support you and they in turn give you space to be who you want to be.
There is a second element here which is the downside of conformity. Most of us conform in order to fit in. Otherwise we’d feel insecure. Yet conformity has a tendency to make us say things we don’t really mean, to keep our reactions to ourselves and to indulge in second-hand thinking because received opinions are the course of least resistance.
To be unique means trusting in your own truth. You don’t have to flout your opinions you have a right to privacy of thought. Yet, only by speaking your truth can you become truly individual. Your truth comes from your true self which is your surest guide to the success that is meant for you as a unique person.
As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I value my uniqueness and rejoice in it 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, Siddho Hum. This mantra brings forth the uniqueness and perfection within you. As you repeat the mantra, know that you are complete and perfect just as you are. This is what gives you your value and necessary place in the universe. Repeat it silently to yourself, Siddho 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 repeating the mantra, Siddho Hum. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes, Siddo Hum. Just mentally, Siddo 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 value my uniqueness and rejoice in it
- You are unique in the world, and your success is also unique. Write down your special talents, gifts, and perspectives that will make your success in the world unique.
- Learning how you fit in and relate to others is part of your uniqueness. It is how you gain support from others for your success and how you contribute to the success of others. List some of the ways you share yourself and enrich the lives of those around you with your talents, your conversation, or, simply, your presence.
- Consider how you are enriched and enlarged by those around you as well. List the ways your social network supports your uniqueness and your success.”