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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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