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Finding Your Flow Meditation: {4) Finding Love

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“Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed,
it means welcoming yourself as the most
honored guest in your own heart.”
{Margo Anand}

Message of the Day:  

We all seek love. As humans, we thrive physically, emotionally, and spiritually when we feel, receive, and share love. For many of us, it is not uncommon to believe that finding love is difficult, out of our control, or that the stars must align in an act of destiny in order for us to have love in our lives.  Today, we take an empowering step as we explore the idea that the source of all love is already within each of us, in the center of our spiritual heart. When we tap into the flow of love we no longer seek to fill an inner void by seeking love from others. We instead align with the ever-present reservoir of love that lives within. We move from seeking love to living love.  During meditation today you will discover that love is your essential nature. It is more than an emotion—love is who you truly are. When you shift your orientation from receiving love to being love, and giving love—everything changes.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My love and compassion are within.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Vam
I am love.

Day4 Love

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome everybody.  It’s day 4 already.  This, I know for sure.  There are two forces that really matter in this life.  The force of fear and the force of love.  And in every moment, every choice, every action, we are either moving towards fear, or towards love.  Fear comes in many forms.  It’s anything that weakens your spirit.  Another name for fear – jealousy, anger, frustration, self-doubt, all  come under the banner of fear.  Love, on the other hand, is everything that lights you up.  It’s joy, it’s contentment, it’s generosity, it’s acceptance, it’s trusting that you are in partnership with something bigger and much more than yourself.  This is true love  and it lives within you.  Join Deepak as he guides us to reach inside, unleash the flow of love, and let the miracles begin.  And then let’s meditate.”

 Deepak Chopra:

“Today, we explore that part of ourselves which is the source of love.  From here, your whole life can be harmonized because love is a force that is irresistible.  It attracts everything that is positive in life, heals our wounds, calms our worries, and more than any other energy, brings us back to who we really are.

From the heart, love flows as gently as our breathing.  The heart is the place where we feel love, express love and share love.  As you explore your heart center, you’ll find that love is not something you have to look for from others. Love is actually our true nature, who we all are.  We’ve all experienced what love can be through our relationships, and everyone would call the need for love one of the highest needs in anyone’s life.  But even the strongest  love can come and go.  Love can be so intense that it is painful and we fear it’s loss which can be devastating.

Let’s approach love in a new way, as an aspect of yourself that never wavers and that no one can take away from you. The most beautiful spiritual experience is to connect to the source of love within.  It can be gentle or intense but it brings no fear.  You will discover that instead of love being something you wait for, look for, and try to deserve, there is another kind which we call unconditional love.  At its source, love is always unconditional.  We put limits on love because we judge ourselves as unworthy of love that has no conditions on it.  But once you awaken this love within, you begin to experience that love is a natural aspect of your true self.  Then you can build upon this experience for the rest of your life.

As we settle in for meditation, let’s consider today’s centering thought,
My love and compassion are within.

Now, let’s begin.  Please find a comfortable position with your hands lightly in your lap, palms upward and close your eyes.  Allow your breath to flow naturally and effortlessly.  Connect with your body and notice any tension it might be holding.  Send loving thoughts to any area in need of attention and invite your body to relieve any stress. As you inhale and exhale, allow yourself to feel calmer and more relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Vam.  The repetition of this mantra during mediation helps you connect to your heart and opens that flow that is your essential nature – love.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Vam Vam Vam.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.   Vam Vam Vam   Just mentally.  Vam Vam Vam . Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes and then release the mantra.   Bring your attention back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, breathing slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Take some time to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you are ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, remain open to abundant love and consider today’s centering thought,
My love and compassion are within.

To keep the flow of love in motion during your day today, practice giving the energy of love to yourself and each person that crosses your path.  As you give, you will receive.  If you find yourself criticizing or judging yourself harshly, take a moment, breathe deeply, exhale and then regard your actions as  the insignificant oversights of revered guests in your home, easily forgiven in the light of your high esteem.  Bringing this to mind will help you remember the experience of being with yourself quietly in a state of loving kindness.

 Namaste

Journal Questions 

 1. “Remember when you first fell in love and all you wanted to do was be with your beloved? Look back on the purity and openness of your heart at that time and describe that impulse of the heart to escape its isolation and connect with another heart. That complete surrender to the joy of union is the essence of love. That energy of divine union is your essence.”

2.  “Who is your ideal example of a loving person? Write all the reasons why..”

 3.  “Who or what in your life inspires your love and devotion? Make a complete list and then be sure to tell them today how much you love them.”

 4.  “Use this space to reflect further on your experience today.”

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Finding Your Flow Meditation: {3) Finding Power

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“I was always looking outside myself
for strength and confidence,
but it comes from within.
It is there all the time.”
{Anna Freud}

Message of the Day:

Today in the quietness of meditation, we learn that universal power is always there to support us. As we tap into this infinite energy source we discover our authentic power.  During today’s meditation, our individual flow of energy will be joined by the flow of unlimited power—universal power. This connection can transform our outlook from one of fear and doubt into an easy confidence and strength as we let our life flow with the almighty force of nature.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My power and strength are within.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Ram

I am strength.

Day3 Power

 Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome everyone, it’s Day 3, Finding Power.  There are so many ways to understand power.  Most often when we see others with lots of money or access or position, we assume they must be powerful.  What happens though, when someone loses their money, their access, their position?  Are they still powerful? What I believe is that each of us has a source of power deep within that helps us in much deeper, more profound ways; that source serves us in each and every moment and in every choice we face.  Without connection to that source with a capital S, we often lose trust, confidence and perspective.  Aligned with your true power, you are accepting, calm, optimistic and whole.  True power is strength over time.  Strength times strength times strength equals power and it is the power of the humble warrior,  the power of inner steadiness that we call  upon in crisis, and that we share generously when others need our support. Sit back and relax, breathe into the steadiness and power within as you listen to Deepak’s words.  Then we’ll meditate together.

Deepak Chopra:

You have probably heard at one time or another that we are never given more than we can handle.  This is often expressed to provide comfort and encouragement during challenging passages in life.  Yet,  there are times and situations that are so difficult that the next steps seem impossible, as if we are being asked to access a level of inner strength that is out of our reach.  In those moments, how do we tap into the source of inner strength and power?  Most of us have been taught from childhood that power belongs to the few who possess exceptionally strong egos and will.  But the world has been changed for centuries by ideas that originated from wisdom, gentleness and love.  Individual strength and power are limited but when we  align our connection with the flow of universal power, we connect with our true selves and access an energy source that is inexhaustible.  When our inner self esteem and strength comes from our true self, we have it for a lifetime.  We are resilient, no matter what ups and downs we face.

Today, we will experience the course of true inner strength that is found when we tap into the power of the universe. This unlimited power is always present and available to support us in the stillness of meditation.  During meditation, we make the  connection between body, mind and spirit and open ourselves to a natural inner harmony, shifting our  from states of worry, uncertainty and depression into natural balance as we connect with our true sense of personal power.  When the energy of inner power is awakened, we find confidence and strength because we are connected with the limitless power of all creation which compose the cosmos and every cell in our bodies at the same time.

As we prepare to meditate consider today’s centering thought,
My power and strength are within.  

Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, move your attention within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.   Now gently introduce the Sanskrit mantra, Ram.   Repetition of this mantra helps your  individuality connect with universal power.    Repeat it silently to yourself, Ram Ram Ram.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Ram Ram Ram.  Just mentally.  Ram Ram Ram.    Continue with the meditation for about 10 minutes and then release the mantra. Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you are ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My power and strength are within.  

Today, pause to notice the times when you feel an easy confidence in your ability.  notice how smoothly the energy flows during these moments. The experience of drawing upon inner power is just like that – silent, unassuming, and self-assured.  Pay attention to how you feel in these moments.  With this awareness, you can practice remembering and tapping into the flow of inner strength, increasing your confidence and sense of well-being in all aspects of your life.  As you absorb today’s meditation experience, remain connected to your true inner power, knowing that your entire life is upheld by creation’s unlimited energy.

Namaste

Journal Questions 

1. “Who do you look up to as a model of self-confidence? Make a list of people you think of as courageous and strong. It can be someone in your family, a historical figure, or even a character in a book or movie. As you admire these people, you are being pointed to a quality that lives within you as well.”

2.  “Describe a situation where you needed to do a task and you didn’t know how you would do it, but you rose to the challenge because something inside said, “You can do this.” As you recall that situation, what did that confidence feel like? What or who inspired you to take the courageous step? Did you feel that strength centered anywhere in your body?”

3.  “Write about an area in your life where you are talented – perhaps it is problem-solving at work, and you have acquired an easy confidence. Feel that confidence in your solar plexus and know that when your life is flowing, that confidence will be there, always.”

4.  “Use this space to reflect further on your experience today.”

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Finding Your Flow Meditation: {2) Finding Happiness

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Happiness is the spiritual experience of living
every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
—Denis Waitley

Message of the Day:

Today in meditation, we will tap into the source of happiness that lives deep within each of us. In our practice today we invite inner joy and contentment into our daily activity. Together, we will discover that by accessing the source of joy inside, we access a sense of happiness that doesn’t vary with the ups and downs of everyday life.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I am the source of unlimited happiness.

 SANSKRIT MANTRA
Yam

I am happiness.

 Day2 Happiness

Oprah Winfrey:

What is your real experience of happiness?  Is your happiness interrupted as things you desire come and go?  True happiness is deeper than any one thing you may desire.  True happiness, authentic happiness – it’s your birthright.  You can FEEL happy, or you can BE happy.  I’m here to tell you that you have the power to access and sustain deep lasting happiness – all the time.  Today, instead of pursuing happiness from the outside in, we begin to cultivate the magnificent happiness that is already there – inside.  We open up the wellspring that is waiting to flow.  Go with that flow and the happiness that is in you, will emerge, with ease and abundance.  Instead of feeling anxious about your desires, relax in the certainty that your deepest desires.  And that, My Friends, is where your true happiness comes alive.  Let’s get quiet and open up to the flow of happiness within as we listen to Deepak’s words.

Deepak Chopra:

Usually we think happiness comes from outside, from the object or experience that we take pleasure in.  The external things in life can make us happier for a time but that happiness may fade as the luster of whatever external objects or circumstances we are focused on, fade.  Today, we will access the source that allows us to sustain this joy.

Happiness is an inner state.  If you are depressed, the most beautiful sunset loses its charm.  If you are anxious, the most delicious food is unappetizing.  We color everything we perceive.  By awakening the flow of happiness within, we begin to access the ever accessible inner source of joy and fulfillment.  Releasing the need to reach outside ourselves for external ques or means to make us happy.  Our inner happiness has wisdom built into it, and guides the flow of our everyday desires to greater joy and spiritual fulfillment.  Fighting against your desires doesn’t make you more spiritual – only more frustrated.  Desire is natural.  Yet, when it is out of balance, it can become the source of judgement, guilt, depression and addictive behavior.  Starting today, when you gently experience yourself as happiness and pleasure itself, the flow of desire becomes a joyful expression of inner happiness and your spiritual growth will unfold as the path of desire, not self-sacrifice or denial.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a few minutes to focus on today’s centering thought,
I am the source of unlimited happiness.

Now, we’ll begin our meditation.  Please find a comfortable position and close your eyes.  Breathe naturally and effortlessly.  Notice the inflow and outflow of your breath.  Bring your awareness to your body and notice any tension it might be holding.  Allow your breath to wash away this tension.  Begin to release your thoughts and expectations.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now gently introduce the mantra, Yam, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  Yam is a Sanskrit mantra that when repeated during meditation, will help you open the source of inner happiness.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Yam  Yam  Yam.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Yam Yam Yam.   Yam Yam Yam.  Just mentally.  Yam Yam Yam.  Continue with the meditation for about 10 minutes and then release the mantra.  Take some time to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you are ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
I am the source of unlimited happiness.  

To keep the flow of happiness in motion today, take time to appreciate beauty in the ordinary experience of life – a warm breeze, the taste of tea, the sound of children playing.  Anything can become an occasion for noticing  happiness is an inner state of awareness.  The more you connect the inner and outer, simply by taking notice, you will be strengthening and magnifying the knowledge that pleasure and happiness are already within you.  Over time, you will recognize  that by shifting your attention from the world out there, to the world in here, you’ll give yourself the ability to enter the state of contentedness and happiness anytime you want.

Namaste

Journal Questions 

1. “Write about a time when you were happy because you got something you wanted, like a new relationship, a new car, or a great job. Under that, write about another time when you were just as happy even though you didn’t have those things. What was the common feeling in both cases? Write about your state of mind. What was it about you that made you happy in both instances?”

2.  “Write down an experience you had this week when you felt happy for no special reason at all. Maybe you were walking home or eating lunch with a friend, and you noticed a quiet elation for simply being alive. This is your unfiltered core happiness shining through. Bring that memory and feeling back into your body with a few deep breaths, feeling it settle in the area of your lower abdomen as a ball of effervescent joy. Write down a description of how this happiness feels inside.”

3.  “Write about one thing in your life right now that you associate with happiness. It could be your grandson’s laughter, your beloved’s brown eyes, or the view of flowers in your garden. Whatever it is, connect that joyful experience with the bliss center in your lower abdomen and write down the full experience.”

4.  “Reflect further on your experience today.”

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Finding Your Flow Meditation: {1) Finding Security

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“Security represents your sense of worth,
your identity,
your emotional anchorage,
your self-esteem,
your basic personal strength or lack of it.”
{
Stephen Cove}

Message of the Day:

Welcome to our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Finding Your Flow! We are so happy that you are joining us.  Over the next three weeks together, we will learn to connect with the flow of our life force—a powerful current that will guide, transform, and awaken us to our true selves. The flow of life is composed of various streams of energy . . . our impulses for security, happiness, power, love, creativity, insight, and self-actualization all move together to form our unique life expression. In living this expression, we find our flow—the universal rhythm within that is the infinite source of joy, balance, harmony, and love. We begin our journey by establishing our core sense of security as the stable basis for all the growth to come.

CENTERING THOUGHT
My security and peace are within.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Lam

I am security.

Day1 Security

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome, Friends.  Deepak and I are so happy to have you join us for this powerful new 21 day meditation experience, Finding Your Flow.  For those of you who are new to meditation, this will be an experience of heart-opening expansion and joy I certainly hope so.  For those of you who have been with us before, you already know this is a beautiful new journey.  For everyone, we are about to share an inner guide for transforming your life.

One of the truths I most deeply believe is that everything in life – everything –  is energy.  Within every one of us is the energy that makes the sun rise every day, and keeps the planets aligned.  It’s there, already inside of you, waiting for you to know it.  And when you tap into your connection with that source, that miraculous energy, what I know for sure is that the universe rises up to meet you in unimaginable ways, and will help you create the life you want.  This is the path we will be traveling over the next three weeks.  In week one, we’ll begin to understand how energy works, the energy within.  We’ll find and awaken the powerful flow that is available to us at every moment.  We’ll discover the kind of energy we are creating, whether we know it or not, and begin to connect to the essential knowledge that we are safe in the divine energy in the order of everything.

 In our second week, we’ll harness that powerful inner energy as we begin to activate our flow.  We’ll connect to the seven key energy centers within each of us and use that connection to begin to build a grounded state of peace and possibility.  And in week three, once we’ve opened and begun practicing how to influence our own energy, we’ll experience transformation as we settle into the comfortable expression of our individual, magnificent flow.  It’s a powerful current that will allow joy, love, and fulfillment to come to life in you, through you, and for you.  So let’s begin.  Listen as Deepak guides us to a grounded place of safety and stillness.  From there, oh, will we flow! “

Deepak Chopra:   

“We’ve learned from neuroscience that specific brain regions take on the functions of different areas of life. There are areas for the five senses, our emotions, and for basic needs like hunger and sleep.  Meditation directly affects these centers which is why the most research indicates that within a few minutes of a person’s first meditation, physical changes begin to appear such as heart rate, blood pressure and hormone levels.  Each day on this journey, we will use meditation to awaken a different aspect of the self, corresponding to a specific response.  In the spirit of the ancient  wisdom traditions, we will use meditation to find our flow in life.

There is a wellspring of deep, quiet, beautiful energy within.  And when you unleash it it will begin to shape your intentions, shape your thoughts, and especially your actions.  For centuries, the road to this inner world, and its gifts, has been through meditation which allows you to naturally access it’s hidden energy.  Today, we will awaken the flow of security, the place inside you that knows only safety, peace, and a sense of grounding.  Everyone has a basic need to feel safe.  Without it, life feels insecure and stress magnifies that insecurity.   We also have a core of stability inside that we can return to throughout the ups and downs of everyday life.  Once you experience this safe place inside, you have found the flow of security, the core of yourself that isn’t shaken by outer events.   Centered in this place, you can access a space of safety and security, even when you’re having a bad day or facing a personal challenge.  Today is about grounding yourself with the energy of safety, security, stability and peace.

 As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
My security and peace are within.  

Now, we’ll begin our meditation.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands lightly in your lap and closing your eyes.  Notice the inflow and the outflow of your breath, just as it is.  Feel your body, noticing any tension it might be holding on to and let it melt away with each inhalation and exhalation.  Let go of all thoughts and expectations.  Trust that your meditation experience today and each day will be exactly right in the moment.  Now gently introduce the Sanskrit Mantra, Lam.  Repetition of this mantra during meditation cultivates a state of inner peace that helps you to feel grounded and safe.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Lam Lam Lam.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Lam Lam Lam.  Continue with the meditation for about 10 minutes.  Lam Lam Lam.  Just mentally.  Lam Lam Lam.  Release the mantra.  Take some time to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.

 As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought,
My security and peace are within

To keep the essence of today’s meditation with you as you travel through your day, consider making time to check in with your experience of security.  Several times today, notice how you feel.  Do you feel centered and grounded?   When uncertain moments arise, do you feel safe or unsafe, secure or insecure?  Just observe and be with your feelings.  Pay attention to the moments that you do feel grounded and secure.  This natural state is one that you can always access and come back to, of peace and clarity.  The flow of feeling safe is part of your essential being, there to support you and bring you home to yourself, your true self.

Namaste

Journal Questions 

1. ” What does it mean when all the parts of your life are flowing smoothly?  What does that look like?  How does it feel?  As you write, allow yourself the freedom to explore, knowing there is no wrong answer to this question.”

 2.  “What are your intentions for this 21-Day Meditation Experience?  What do you want to learn and create in your life during our time together?  Be very specific with your intention – it is a powerful way to start any journey.  After writing, take a moment to visualize each intention as a seed you are planting today within your heart.  The time you spend meditating and journaling each day is the water and sunshine that allows your vision to sprout.”

 3.  “Write down a memory rom your past when you felt completely secure, safe, and content.  Know and feel that this presence of security is permanent and always available.”

 4.  “Reflect further on your experience today.”

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Gratitude

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Gratitude – that’s a biggy…
so join me in my Smile Campaign
and simply Smile and Be Grateful
always and in all ways

Each day find something to be Grateful for and Smile.
Today I am Thankful for the quotes
of great Spiritual Teachers.

Gratitude is a wonderful emotion. What happens when you feel grateful is that your ego disappears for a moment. Instead of trying to project yourself into the world, you become open and receptive.  When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
~ Deepak Chopra ~

Be grateful for whatever comes because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi ~

I live in the space of thankfulness – and I have been rewarded a million times over for it. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because what you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.
 ~ Oprah Winfrey ~

Gratitude is a form of wisdom. It is patient, loving, hopeful, and rigorously honest. It denies nothing, and it overlooks nothing. It looks reality full in the face and says: This is true, this is me, this is my situation, and I have the opportunity to build from here. This is my starting point, and I will succeed!
~ Phil Humbert ~

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is.
~ Albert Einstein ~

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie ~

Gratitude – with Deepak Chopra
(you-tube meditation)

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