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4 Grace Is Replying {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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“The more you are grateful for what you have,
the more you can live fully in the present.”
― Dana Arcuri

Message of the Day:

In today’s meditation, we explore how gratitude engages us in the evolutionary flow of life. When we offer the world our gratitude, grace responds and completes the circle. Our inner and outer worlds merge into one harmonious flow of existence. As we use our gratitude to join this awakening of joy and beauty around us, we also find that our life becomes easier, more fun, and more meaningful. This nurturing power of grace comes from the source of ‘Being’ which sustains everyone and everything in the universe. As human beings we can consciously choose to step into this flow of grace to enrich and elevate our lives.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Grace is flowing back to me.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Twam Eva Mata
The universe is our mother

Day04 Grace

Oprah Winfrey:

What I know for sure is that every one of us is seeking the same thing. Each of us wants to know, ‘Do you see me?’, ‘Do you hear me?’ In fact, what we want is grace. Welcome to day 4, Grace is Replying. Grace is the knowledge that we belong, that we are understood, and that we are a meaningful part of something big, deep and powerful. And gratitude is the catalyst. As Deepak is going to show us today, when we express gratitude, grace responds. Isn’t that beautiful?

Be present in gratitude and grace automatically responds, taking us beyond the confines of our own familiar experiences. The little things, the little moments, well, they aren’t little, says Jon Kabat-Zinn, and he couldn’t be more correct because when we are present in gratitude, we awaken the bigness of even the smallest things in life. You see things differently, hear things anew, everything matters and that’s what we’re all seeking.

Indeed, that is grace. Let’s listen to the signals of grace within and all around us. Deepak is going to guide us there.

Deepak Chopra:

The more you discover about how your mind, body and spirit are connected, the more you see that everything flows naturally. Once you awaken the energy of gratitude, there is a response that closes the circle. You are heard, you are understood, you are appreciated. That’s how life keeps evolving by circling back within itself.

When you take a moment to be grateful, grace responds. This shows you that you are in the flow and with each new response, you can move forward in your life. But how do you know that grace is responding? Some signals come from within. If you express gratitude, the signal that comes back to you would be a sense of peace and calm. There could be a moment of joy. Your perception may shift. The bare tree outside your window in winter suddenly looks perfectly shaped and harmonious, a beautiful creation instead of a bare skeleton.

Other signals come from outside in response to your gratitude given silently to yourself. Suddenly someone shows how much they appreciate you, a difficult task becomes easier, an unexpected answer arrives. What connects inner and outer is that you have joined the flow of wholeness. Everything becomes increasingly effortless, more enjoyable, more vibrant.

This isn’t what most of us were taught about grace.   When I was young, grace was considered mystical, rare and saintly but I was also taught that grace is like the rain, it falls on everyone alike. That is much closer to the practical reality. Grace is the nurturing force in nature like the purity of air, water and sunlight that sustains all life.

Being aware, human beings can reach out and ask for grace. We don’t depend only on the raw ingredients and elements of life. We have desires and aspirations. Because grace comes from a deep source within you, it is intelligent and creative. It knows who you are and who you want to be so it tailors it’s response to fit your situation.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
Grace is flowing back to me
Grace is flowing back to me

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,
Twam Eva Mata

Twam Eva Mata means the universe is our mother. This mantra reveals the truth that our relationship with the world is a supportive spiritual relationship. By relating to the world with love and appreciation, we receive unconditional love and support in response, just as a mother to her child. As you repeat the mantra feel your individual connection to your universal existence as the intimate relationship it truly is, like the bond between a child and its mother.

Repeat it silently to yourself,
Twam Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata

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,
Twan Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata
Twam Eva Mata

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
Grace is flowing back to me
Grace is flowing back to me
Grace is flowing back to me

Namaste

Journal Questions:

  1. “Describe an experience or situation that solved itself or became better on its own after you changed your attitude toward it.”
  2. “Write down any signs of grace that have come to you recently, such as an unexpected kindness or moment of joy, a sense of perfection, or a feeling of belonging.”
  3. “Cutting back on duties and demands to spend more time connecting with those you love is a wonderful way to invigorate your energy. Write down three ways you can renew your energy by appreciating what’s around you. For example, you could take a quiet walk amid the trees, view an art exhibit, or catch up with a dear friend.”
  4. “Reflect further on today’s experience”

 

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3 – Awaken the Energy of Gratitude {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
Karl Barth

 Message of the Day:

In today’s meditation, we learn how to recharge our gratitude batteries. If we are tired, upset, or stressed, then our heart is closed and we are not able to feel or express real gratitude. Genuine gratitude comes from a feeling of contentment, safety, and being welcomed in your life – what Buddha called the “gladdened heart. This natural energy of gratitude is awakened when we meditate. Our intention in meditation will be to invite this warm attitude of appreciation into our awareness and perception. With this recharged heart of thankfulness we will find reason to be grateful wherever we look.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I am gladdening my heart.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Ananda Hum

I am bliss

Day03 Grace

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to day 3, Awaken the energy of attitude. This is a good good day.

There is a unique one-of-a-kind power in gratitude. It’s an energy that elevates and expands you, even as it brings you to a deeper place in your own heart. Bestselling author Melanie Beattie said it beautifully: ”Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It unlocks 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.”

Nothing around you changes. You change. When gratitude shifts the moment, it shifts you.

For today’s meditation, open up to the attitude and grace that your gratitude ignites. We’re going to share in this special energy together. So let’s listen to Deepak and then we will meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

Yesterday we began the process of making grace real and practical. This happens through something the Buddha called gladdening the heart. A closed heart cannot feel gratitude. When you feel irritated or angry with somebody, or if you are simply stressed and tired, you don’t have the energy to be grateful. When you have no energy for giving, forcing it won’t work. Gladdening the heart is like recharging a battery. It replenishes the energy of gratitude.

First you need to recognize what this particular energy feels like inside yourself. It’s the feeling that you are welcomed and safe in your life. You feel you are supported in whatever you want to be. The good things in your life show that abundance has included you. This is the natural energy of gratitude when you find in your own awareness.

The next thing is to renew this energy and this happens when you meditate. You are specifically requesting the warm attitude of thankfulness. At a deep level where all possibilities exist, your awareness will renew this energy which is gratitude.

We are not talking about looking outside the window and seeing a shiny new car and a perfectly manicured lawn. You can feel a surge of gratitude simply by gazing at a beam of sunlight and watching how the bright particles are dancing in it. True gratitude comes from knowing that you belong in the infinite dance of life.

To gladden your heart, consider the perfectly precise chain of events that created this very moment. There is wonder in perceiving how the tiniest element fits into the whole, how your existence is woven into the existence of everyone you love including every memory of love.

Whenever you feel something outside yourself to be grateful for, it is not the thing that creates gratitude, but the energy of joy inside you. A gladdened heart is our birthright. To awaken it comes naturally – as we have been doing right now.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I am gladdening my heart
I am gladdening my heart

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,
Ananda Hum – or I am bliss.

This mantra awakens the inherent joy in our hearts so that we look out upon the world with love and gratitude. As you repeat the mantra, feel your heart swell with joy. Repeat it silently to yourself,
Ananda Hum
Ananda Hum
Ananda 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 silently repeating the mantra,
Ananda Hum
Ananda Hum
Ananda 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 am gladdening my heart
I am gladdening my heart
I am gladdening my heart

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  1. “Write down the things in your life that most gladden your heart. These could be as simple as breathing pure mountain air on a hike or feeling the warmth of the morning sun on your cheek.”
  2. “Close your eyes, place your attention in your heart, and reflect on the people you are most grateful for. Now, write down what this experience made you feel.”
  3. “Describe the most beautiful thing you saw today and how you felt about it.”
  4. “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

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2 – Gratitude Is Within You {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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“Gratitude is the experience of our true self.”
— Gina Lakes

Message of the Day:

Gratitude is a two-way flow of appreciation between your thanks and the uplifting response that you feel in return. Today in our meditation, we begin that conversation and find that as this conversation expands, we create even more thankfulness. We will learn how the flow of gratitude from the heart is received by Nature in the same spirit it is given, and it is returned back to us as grace. In today’s meditation, we learn to express gratitude from the silence of our awareness, which is the source of grace within.

CENTERING THOUGHT
All good things bring gratitude.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Kripa Hum
I am divine grace

Day02 Grace

Oprah Winfrey:

Have you ever paused and noticed how you feel when you are thankful for someone or something? Take a moment and consider this…when you are present in that feeling of gratitude, you feel more open, more generous, more connected, more aware and alive. Welcome to Day 2. Gratitude is Within You.

Your experience of gratitude can be for yourself, for someone or something, or for your connection to that which is greater than yourself – a higher power – whatever that may be for you. When you activate gratitude by giving it your attention and intention, you create a whole new energy flow. The energy of gratitude knows no bounds and it returns to you, bringing unlimited goodness. Something within you changes and everything around you changes.That, my Friend, is what I call grace. So take some deep breaths, soak in Deepak’s words, and let’s use today’s meditation to feel the warmth, the light and the transformative power of grace and gratitude within you.

Deepak Chopra:

Discovering that grace can bring transformation isn’t new. For centuries in many cultures, there has been a tradition of thanking God every day and in return, God bestows grace which in Sanskrit is called Kripa. Offering gratitude starts an inner conversation. On one side of the conversation is thanks and devotion for the good things in your life.   On the other side is the response which is to bring you more good things to be grateful for. So let’s begin the conversation this moment. Think of 3 good things in your life. They don’t have to be the most important things – just whatever you feel in your heart. If it’s a beautiful morning and you have a rose sitting in a vase and breakfast sitting in front of you, there are there things already. Now, take the first things, whatever it is. If it isn’t sitting in front of you, visualize it in your mind. Send thanks to it. You can say the words Thank You if you feel comfortable starting that way but the real key is feeling. Let the feeling of gratitude come from your heart. It’s a warm, gentle sensation that brings a smile.

Now comes a new element. Imagine that whatever you’re grateful for – a person, a precious memento, something beautiful in nature, is aware of your thanks. See it smiling back at you shimmering with the same warm feeling. Your thanks has been received and welcomed. After a moment, go the second thing and give thanks for it and then see it receive your thanks. Move on to the third thing and repeat again. You have successfully started the flow of grace.

Grace, when it is alive and flowing, works like a feedback loop. You give something to the source and in turn a response comes back to you. The secret is that every time you do this, you change the pathways in your brain. These new pathways change your perception. They allow you to pay attention to the good things you are grateful for and in return, grace welcomes you.

Now that you know the method, make it part of your routine. Start paying attention during your day-to-day activities, taking a moment for each thing you are thankful for. Feel the emotion, don’t just have a passing thought. The best way to feel gratitude is in mind and body. Let the warmth of gratitude begin in your heart and spread outward. It helps to visualize what you are gratefulfor. Honouring how you are supported, even in the smallest ways connects you emotionally with the flow of life. Gratitude brings the support you need in life. This is how grace becomes real ad practical. You are learning the truth behind the teaching of Kripa which goes back thousands of years.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
All good things bring gratitude
All good things bring gratitude

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, Kripa Hum.

This means, I am divine grace. This mantra sets in motion the flow of grace through gratitude. As you repeat the mantra, feel yourself as both the giver and receiver of blessings.

Repeat it silently to yourself,
Kripa Hum
Kripa Hum
Kripa 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 silently repeating the mantra,
Kripa Hum
Kripa Hum
Kripa 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
All good things bring gratitude
All good things bring gratitude
All good things bring gratitude

Namaste

Journal Questions:

  1. “Describe three qualities about yourself that you are most grateful for.
  2. “Write about a time when your gratitude or appreciation was received and reflected back to you, and you felt the situation was transformed by grace.”
  3. “List the people you would like to share your gratitude with more fully and more frequently. Then, write some specific ways you can do that.”
  4. “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

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1 ― The Path to Grace Begins Today {Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – Chopra Center Meditation}

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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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22: The Success That Transcends Success {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu

Message of the Day:

Today is the bonus day of our 21-Day Meditation Experience. We are delighted to offer a special meditation on the kind of success that transcends success. That is the spiritual success that frees you from any mundane version of success. This liberation of consciousness has no limitations or definition. It is the awakened human spirit rejoicing in its own existence and freedom.  Knowing your true self is the greatest achievement you can attain. It is the success beyond all success.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I exist beyond all limitations.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Aham Brahmasmi
I am the wholeness of life.

Day22 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome back for one more very special day of meditation.  It’s an extra day together to celebrate this experience we’ve all shared. Throughout our journey we’ve honed in on creating success by starting within, learning how to make every decision a successful one and then putting it all together to deepen our paths together.  By now, I think we’re all pretty clear that true success cannot be defined or manifested by how much money you have, your status, or anything that can be acquired.  And the truth is that while we all seek to become the best version of ourselves, we already have everything we need.  The key to success is not about doing more.  It’s about freeing the glory of your own soul.  It’s ready to be released the moment you invite it with intention and with trust Our truest selves are pure and untouched by the stories of our pasts and worries for our futures. Manifesting true success is really about shedding all that blocks you from embracing the present moment. That, My Friends, is our greatest wish for you…to not only know the true richness of your life but to live it moment to moment to moment. So let’s shed the labels that inhibit us from experiencing the pure wonder and joy of this world and allow Deepak to guide us to true success for one last day.

Deepak Chopra:

In our 21 days together, it’s been joyful for me to invite you to create your own success, whatever field it may be in.  Now let’s reflect on why anyone desires success in the first place.

If a goal is achieved, it can feel empty or fulfilled.  Acquiring more money, status, possessions and power isn’t automatically fulfilling and many people who appear to be successes in the eyes of society grieve over the emptiness of their success and experience every day the unhappy craving that makes them want even more of what didn’t fulfill them in the first place.

Being a success every day, you are saved from the loneliness of reaching the mountain top and finding it a barren place.  There is one final secret, however.  Every path to success is actually a path to freedom.  We set our sights on specific goals and yet in the world’s wisdom traditions, external success is merely an upgrade of the illusion.

The only reality free of illusion is found beyond any idea of conventional success.  It is liberation, the peace that passes understanding.  That is why so many great sages and seers have echoed the words, ‘Be in the world but not of it’.  What this means is to detach yourself from labels because all labels are limiting. As you continue to meditate, you will approach closer the unbounded awareness that lies within and which defines our true self.  The unbounded self has no labels and it resists all definitions.

In the ancient Vedic tradition of India, the enlightened or fully awakened person says, ‘I am that’, and ‘that’ is pure existence, pure awareness and absolute freedom.  Even before you reach this realization, know that this is who you are already.

No matter how much you have disconnected from your true self, it exists and cannot be harmed.  The true self is giving you unconditional support and love.  Once you know this, you have won the success that lies beyond success and nothing is more precious.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I exist beyond all limitations 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, Aham Brahmasmi.  This mantra affirms your identity and individual existence to be the same as universal existence.  In essence you are that universality. Repeat it silently to yourself, Aham Brahmasmi. 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, Aham Brahmasmi..Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes, Aham Brahmasmi. Just mentally, Aham Brahmasmi.

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 exist beyond all limitations

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Was there any particular experience or idea during these past 22 days that had a profound transformative effect on you, a kind of “aha” moment?
  • As you continue manifesting your successful life, take notice of others around you who are models of success in certain parts of their lives. List two or three people with life skills you admire and would like to emulate.
  • Bring to mind those close to you who may be looking to you as a role model – your children, co-workers, even friends and associates. Recognize that as you discover your own version of a successful life, you may be helping others find their own successful life at the same time. Write down the ways in which you inspire, guide, and uplift those close to you.
  • Reflect further on today’s experience

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21: Success Comes from All Directions {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“The first step toward success is taken
when you refuse to be a captive of the
environment in which you first find yourself.”
— Mark Caine

Message of the Day:

Congratulations on completing this 21-Day Meditation Experience! It’s been a delight to have you with us on this journey. We have looked at the ingredients for true success, yet there still might be a misconception that success can only come when the ideal circumstances arise. But rarely are all circumstances ideal for success. It is important to realize that success, like reality itself, is multi-dimensional, not linear. Don’t let your old limited beliefs blind you to the unexpected support that can come from any direction. Successful living needs your awareness to be creative, expansive, and receptive to all possibilities, just like creation itself. Thank you for sharing your time with us, and may your light be a blessing to the world.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I open every avenue for my success.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Akhando Hum
I am the infinite.

Day21 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Well we’ve arrived at 21 days completing our meditation experience.  What a journey!  We have manifested together.  Thank you all! So this is what I believe this experience has taught us.  Success comes from many sources.   Most importantly, success expands from within.  It rises up from the inside out.  When you can stay open to all the wise and powerful dimensions of yourself, you find balance and insight and trust in the unknown.  You literally expand and evolve.  With no effort you become a magnet for possibilities.  The universe conspires with you to reveal opportunities and ultimately your success.  Dreams come true in many forms.  Success arrives from many sources. What a joyful promise that is!  Receive that, embrace it and delight in it with an open heart and an open mind. So Deepak ties it all together in our final meditation.

Deepak Chopra:

Now you know the secrets of putting your success together every day and each secret is linked by one common factor…. expanding your awareness.

Constricted awareness prevents us from seeing outside our narrow boundaries. Yet, because these boundaries are self-imposed, we can lower them at any time.  The more expanded your awareness, the more open the field of all possibilities turns out to be.

It is important to be comfortable with your surroundings, feeling secure that you are in the right place for your success.  But no situation is ideal and in many cases when you look around at where you are working, what your relationships are and the demands that are being made upon you, it seems only reasonable to be dissatisfied and frustrated.  Change seems to depend on many things outside yourself while the pressure not to change is constant.  You now have the tools to direct your own transformation, achieving success as a daily reality.

I’d like to offer one more element which will reduce frustration about being blocked by outside forces and people. Success comes from every direction, yourself as a dynamic field that is multi-dimensional like reality itself.  You are an ever-expanding sphere, not a train hurtling down a track.  Being multi-dimensional, you are influenced from all directions.  Past, present and future conspire at this very moment in fact, the whole universe conspires to make this moment happen.

When you take this view of yourself, you see that when external blocks arise, we cling to the false notion that steps A, B and C must proceed in a straight line from now into the future.  Anyone or anything that blocks the railroad track stops the train.  This is a flawed and ultimately incorrect image.  Success depends on expansion and evolution, on organic growth, and deeper inside; on openness to the unknown and a desire for creativity.  None of these things can be plotted on a straight line.  There is no blueprint that works for success because the dynamic quality of life applies equally to success.

Take the attitude that solutions can come from any direction to make your intentions a reality.  This is the attitude for success because it fits exactly, and the self and reality cooperate with each other.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I open every avenue for my success 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, Akhando Hum. This mantra affirms the limitless unbounded nature of your Being.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the infinite possibilities of success in your life. Repeat it silently to yourself, Akhando 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, return yourself to repeating the mantra, Akhando Hum. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Akhando Hum. Just mentally. Akhando 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 open every avenue for my success

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • All success comes from expanded awareness. Write about how this Meditation Experience has broadened your awareness.
  • Describe how your understanding of success has evolved during the course of this Meditation Experience.
  • Write about your personal vision of success. Look at the worthy goals you listed on the first day and make any adjustments you feel necessary.

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20: Success Finds Its Own Path {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“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.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I value my uniqueness and rejoice in it.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Siddho Hum
I am perfect and complete as I am

Day20 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

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.

Deepak Chopra:

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

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • 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.”

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19: Success Is Without Judgment {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“If we listened to our intellect,
we’d never have a love affair…
or go into business.
You’ve got to jump off cliffs and
build your wings on the way down.”
— Annie Dillard

Message of the Day:

Today’s meditation is about learning to let go of negative judgment about others and yourself. When we judge, we are resisting life and blocking the flow of existence. It’s not that we need to pretend there aren’t problems, difficult people, and flaws within our personalities. There certainly are. But if we learn to focus our attention on the positive features that are emerging, then we will be encouraging that unfolding potential, instead of giving more attention to the imperfections and strengthening them. Being non-judgmental means being your truest self, following your unique path in life while cooperating and working in harmony with the universe. This is the aim of today’s meditation.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I find my success without judging others or myself.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Karuna Hum
I open my consciousness to universal compassion.

Day19 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Yesterday we explored letting go, discovering the liberation and success you find in trusting with openness and faith.  Now we take the power of letting go to a whole new level.  We are focusing on one of the biggest obstacles to success….we’re letting go of judgment.  Welcome to Day 19. Judgement simply put is fear and being right by making others wrong perpetuates a negative cycle that blocks your energy and true potential.  It tears you down and hinders your success.  It depletes you and everybody around you. Acceptance, on the other hand is love, it’s nurturing, it feeds you.  Having compassion for yourself and other people without criticism or judgement creates a space for more blessings, more abundance and more success.  Let your heart feel the connection we are all meant to share.  You will strengthen yourself, you will build bonds with others and sow the seeds of real meaningful growth. Is that success?  I certainly think so and so does Deepak.  So let’s share in his wisdom and then we will all meditate.”

Deepak Chopra:

We now know that success comes to you naturally when you no longer put up resistance but have an open attitude.  This leads to the issue of judgement.

As a form of defense, many people divert attention from themselves by criticizing others while deep down they feel harshly judgmental about themselves.  Every time you judge yourself, you are blocking your inner potential.  Self judgement is the most limiting factor when people fail to fulfil their dreams. Judgement of others make people wary of you and less willing to be your ally on the path to success.

Since we are defining success as a living reality here and now, judgement stops today once you no longer feel the need to make others wrong.  To do that, you must stop making yourself wrong.  Nobody is perfect. Instead of focusing on your flaws, stop thinking of perfection versus imperfection.  Instead keep your vision focused on your unfolding potential.  What you’re good at is getting better, what you’re weak at can be corrected, improved and helped along by others.

When we see that you’re a single cell in the body of the cosmos, it comes naturally to cooperate and act for the benefit of the whole just as the whole acts for your benefit.  Heart cells don’t judge liver cells.  Despite their differences, ever cell harmonizes its interests with the overall well-being of the body.  In your own life, differences with others don’t have to lead to ‘us-versus-them’ or ‘me-against-the-world mentally.

Once you intend to drop the habit of judging, bonds of cooperation can be formed, giving you a support network beyond your ability to do everything yourself.  At the same time, not judging relieves you of the constant need to compare yourself to other people.  There is no need for negative comparison because your path is unique.  No one ever achieves success through limitation.  The secret is to be yourself with the intent of presenting your best self in every situation.  Your best self, at the deepest level is timeless, embedded in the infinite field of consciousness.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I find my success without judging others or myself 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, Karuna Hum.  This mantra helps cultivate compassion and acceptance for yourself and others without criticism or judgement.  As you repeat the mantra, let your heart feel the connection and unity you feel with all. Repeat it silently to yourself, Karuna 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, Karuna Hum. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes, Karuna Hum. Just mentally, Karuna 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 find my success without judging others or myself

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Judgment is a major block to success is often unconscious, therefore we need to take an honest look at judgment. How are you judgmental with others? How are you making their decisions and behavior wrong or somehow bad?
  • How are you judgmental with yourself? Write down the ways you may be subtly, or not so subtly, judging yourself harshly.
  • To help free yourself and others from judgment, recognize that everyone is making the best decisions they know how to with the awareness they have at the time. Think about someone you know whose actions seem negative to you, and write down ways in which that person may believe what they are doing will bring them happiness.”

 

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18: Success Meets No Resistance {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“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.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I always intend to be in the flow.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Durgayay Namah
I invoke the nurturing, protective power of Mother Nature.

Day18 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

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.

Deepak Chopra:

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

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • 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.

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17: Taking Advantage of Unpredictability {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“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.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I turn unpredictability into a creative possibility

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Purnamidam
I invoke the fullness of universal Being

Day17 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

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.

Deepak Chopra:

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

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • 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.

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16: Synchronizing Body and Mind {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“To keep the body in good health is a duty,
otherwise we shall not be able to keep
our mind strong and clear.”
— Buddha

Message of the Day:

Today’s meditation is about synchronizing the body and mind. When the body is fully interconnected with the mind through the brain, it can serve as a reliable foundation for every aspect of our success. To do this, the body has two basic needs: balance and biorhythms. The body maintains balance, or homeostasis, through feedback mechanisms – physical, mental, and emotional. The other requirement for the body is setting its functioning in harmony with its natural biorhythms. Irregular eating and sleeping habits, for example, can throw off our hormones and affect our moods and mental acuity. Our meditation today will strengthen this mind-body connection to create balance and help our bodies sync with the biorhythms of Nature.

CENTERING THOUGHT

I let body and mind act in harmony.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Ram Ramaya
Perfect balance energizes my body.

Day16 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Yesterday Deepak guided us into an awareness of how our bodies flow in a seamless natural order with no effort or struggle.  Today we create that same ease and flow within our minds.  Welcome to Day 16, Synchronizing Body and Mind.  As Deepak will show us, your emotions can influence how your feels just as your body can influence your emotions. When faced with challenges, it’s easy to feel stressed or off-balance in your mind and your body.  What I know for sure is the only way to endure the quake is to adjust your stance.  You can’t avoid the daily tremors that come with just being alive.  These experiences, even though we often cannot see it, are really gifts that nudge us to step to the right or left in search of a new center of gravity.  Find your stance.  Allow your mind and body to work together nudging you to that center because they naturally want to flow in positive perfect harmony.  That is the basis of every success in life.  Deepak shares how that happens within each of us so let’s listen with our mind and our body and then we’ll meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

Your mind is naturally tied to your body through the brain.  The two sides of the mind-body connection are partners.  Once you allow it, your body can be a trusted foundation for everything you need to think about and do.  Your body has two measure requirements.  The first is balance, the second is natural bio-rhythms.  Balance, known medically, as homeostasis, is a flexible state.  It allows you to respond to energy demands of any situation in the moment and afterward to return to a resting state.

Mind and body create balance together.  Your cells receive messages from your brain about moods, the rise and fall of emotions, your thinking process and your state of stress.  These cannot be separated as purely mental events.  Sadness and happiness lead to a totally different bodily response.  A stressful moment is a mind-body event.  To keep in balance means you expect to be alert and active any time you need to be while respecting your body’s need to return to a resting state free of stress.

This brings us to the body’s second requirement, natural bio-rhythms.  The hectic pace of modern life fights against nature’s rhythms which in turn throws off our bio-rhythms yet we cannot bypass or ignore the very rhythms that keep the body intact and smoothly functioning.

Missing a good night’s sleep, however, brings consequences to your hormonal system which in turn can lead to negative moods, excessive appetite and inflammation.  The biggest enemy of homeostasis.  Sleep is the most important bio-rhythm.  The natural rise and fall of your metabolism during the day is another. To respect it, follow regular routine.

  • Eat at the same time every day and don’t skip meals.
  • Give your body a chance to move around at least once an hour.
  • Don’t sit and focus for long stretches without a break for relaxing and mind-body system rebalance.

Keep in mind that you are a part of nature’s infinite harmony and that the harmony of mind and body serves as the foundation for everything you will accomplish.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, I let body and mind act in harmony

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 Ram Ramaya.  This mantra brings strength and energy into the body and the mind.  As you repeat the mantra, see your mind-body system become filled with revitalizing light. Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Ram Ramaya. 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 Ram Ramaya. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Om Ram Ramaya. Just mentally Om Ram Ramaya.

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 let body and mind act in harmony

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • For your mind and body to work together to create balance, the mind must be responsive and the body must be adaptable enough to return to a resting state. Recall a time when you had to respond to a stressful situation, and your mind and body worked together to quickly bring you back into balance.
  • Bio-rhythms are Nature’s patterns of motion that keep the body functioning smoothly. Since disruption of our bio-rhythms is typically due to the mind, not the body, what mental choices can you make that will support your body’s biorhythms?
  • Since sleep is our most important bio-rhythm, what three things can you do to ensure you get a full and deep sleep every night?

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15: Success Organizes Itself {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“The first step to success is getting out of your own way.”
— Steven Stromick

Message of the Day:

Welcome to Week Three of Manifesting True Success. This week we will take the material we have been learning and put it all together so that success becomes second nature. We begin today with a meditation that connects us to the infinite organizing power of Nature. Often our days can become a chaotic series of tasks, events, and problems to deal with. Life is dynamic and ever-changing, and we can’t stop that. But to be a success, your day must be a success. That seemingly chaotic activity must begin to flow with a kind of ease and grace beneath it. This orderly flow happens from within, from the self-organizing power of our awareness. This is the same intelligence that governs all the diverse activity of the universe. As we tap into that inner power, it will automatically coordinate and harmonize the events of our day into a success.

 CENTERING THOUGHT

I use the organizing power of my awareness.

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Shree Gum Namah
I open my awareness to unlimited possibilities.

Day15 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Here we are, beginning week 3 of our meditation experience.   Deepak and I are so grateful to be on this uplifting journey with you.  How far we’ve come.  Together, we have discovered how success can be a living reality rather than this distant goal.  We’ve begun a path of fulfillment that can serve us in every area of our lives.  Now, in week 3, we will bring it all together so that success becomes as effortless and natural daily for you as possible.  How?  Well today let’s begin to see yourself as the center of an intelligent dynamic and perfectly balanced natural order.  Think about that!  Just as nature flows in a miraculous pattern that we really can’t explain or understand at all, so do we.  As you relax into this awareness and stay centered there, releasing any resistance, the miracles of your own natural order will start to show up.  Let your consciousness orchestrate the flow.  So let’s sit, get still, breathe into Deepak’s teaching and then we’ll meditate.

Deepak Chopra:

To be a success your day must be successful.  In a typical day, we all face overlapping demands on our attention between work and family, texting and emails, duties and chores.  Everything can pile up in a jumble.  This leads to frustration and you can run out of time before you’ve handled the most important demands as well as you want.

Success requires making order out of chaos.  There are ways to organize your day as efficiently as possible. The real secret is to be orderly and organized on the inside.  Order can be fixed or rigid.   Life is dynamic and what you need is the ability to meet each challenge as it arises without overlaps and multi-tasking. The idea is simple.  As each demand on your attention arrives, you focus on it, make a decision and have confidence in what you’ve decided.  We’ve covered the most important part already, making sure that your choices are smart ones.

But how can you arrange your day so that there is a flow of events, each one allowed time to be carefully considered.  You can’t control your day in every detail and you don’t have to.  Consciousness has organizing power.  As you go deeper into your own awareness, outer events begin to organize themselves. There is no longer a jumble of events but a flow that carries you along.

Nature gives us a clue to its infinite organizing power in the way our bodies perfectly handle thousands of cellular processes every second without flaws or accidents.  You are embedded in the same field of consciousness as your cells.

Today, begin to see yourself at the center of a dynamic flow of everything you need to do.  Approach your day calmly with an expectation of success.

  • Don’t focus on disorder or struggle.
  • Be confident that everything can be handled well by letting consciousness do it for you.
  • Don’t resist and don’t focus on resistances from others.

You are the author of your own story.  Starting today, you can build the confidence and security of knowing your true order in the infinite field of all possibilities.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I use the organizing power of my awareness

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, Shree Gum Namah.  This mantra integrates your awareness with the intricate organizing power of nature.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your consciousness expand into the supportive matrix of existence.    Repeat it silently to yourself, Shree Gum 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, Shree Gum Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes Shree Gum Namah. Just mentally Shree Gum 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 use the organizing power of my awareness

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Reflect on your old strategy for organizing your life: trying to control every detail, multitasking three or four activities at the same time, and using willpower and emotional intensity to impose order. Was that a successful strategy that achieved long term results? Did you gain support from others? Did it allow you to feel relaxed and satisfied afterward?
  • For awareness to organize your daily activities, it must be centered, calm, and alert. When your awareness is agitated, upset, or tired, your day will not be successful. Write about the events of two different days that represent those opposite states of awareness.
  • The organizing power of consciousness creates a natural flow to the events of your day. Describe a time when you felt well-connected to your source, and everything flowed smoothly the entire day.

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14: Trusting Your Decisions {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Self-trust is the first secret to success.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Message of the Day:

Congratulations on completing another week of our Meditation Experience. This week we have been learning how to make every decision a success. A big part of making successful decisions is learning to trust your decisions. That means making choices and not worrying or second-guessing yourself, wondering afterwards if you made the right choice or if you should have waited. Information will always be inadequate and there will inevitably be uncertainties. But if you make your choices according to a broad vision that sees life unfolding according to a higher purpose, then you can trust your decisions knowing that this greater intelligence will organize and orchestrate all the details, even if your mind cannot fully fathom them. Today’s meditation will connect us to that infinite intelligence and help us develop an inner confidence that allows us to trust our decisions.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I trust that my life fits a larger plan.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Eem Hreem Kleem

I draw knowledge and truth to my core self.

Day14 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Here we are, completing our second full week of Manifesting True Success, our meditation experience.  I’m hoping you can feel a shift already, a kind of opening up as you start to embrace the wisdom of your journey to true success. Today is about one of the simplest yet most transformative forces in life, the power of trust.  Welcome to Day 14, “Trusting Your Decisions”.  Facing and making decisions often creates a sense of doubt, fear and uncertainty.  We all know that uneasy feeling when you’re searching for the right answer and you don’t know what that right answer is…I’ve been there hundreds of times.  This is why I truly believe – when you don’t know what to do, what decision to make, get still, stay open until you do. Uncertainty can be your friend.  When you let go and tap into the greater energy within you, you will find the answer and the light guiding and supporting you, always.  It’s the force that can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself.  Everything is always working out for your greatest good.  It really is!  Trust in that knowing.  Deepak has much to share about this wisdom of trusting so let’s listen and then we’ll meditate.”

Deepak Chopra:

When you have true success every day, you can look back and trust that you made the right choices.  But decisions often feel like coming to a fork in the road and after you take one road, you wonder what the other would be like.  That is only natural.  But you don’t want to look at the road you are on with regret. When you don’t trust in your decision an imaginary ‘what-if’ hangs over your life.  What if I hadn’t turned down that job offer?  What if I’d met someone else?  These ‘what-ifs’ take your focus away from the present moment where your future is created.

To trust that your choices fit a larger plan, your options don’t have to be Choice A or Choice B.  Life is too uncertain to control or predict.  We don’t even know what our next thought will be, much less what will unfold in a year or 10 years.

How can we make this uncertainty our friend?  The answer lies in a greater visions, seeing that there is a higher purpose in life carried forward by a higher intelligence.  In reality, this intelligence lies within.  It governs, creates and controls the unfolding of your personal reality.  Your choice is to align with your higher intelligence and trust it even when you can’t see why some things are happening.

Trust doesn’t develop in a vacuum.  If there is a sudden crisis, disappointment or frustrating setback, you can tell yourself that everything happens for a reason.  But it’s much better to feel secure in this belief, to know from experience that setbacks and disappointments are meant to fit into your evolution.

The more you connect with your true self, the more the setback will fit one of the following categories

  • It is temporary and straightens itself out with minimal effort
  • It points you in a new direction asking you to examine what you are doing
  • It contains hidden negative emotions or beliefs that you need to work on
  • It prepares the way for a new opportunity that is getting ready to present itself

If you still cannot understand how the setback fits into a larger plan, have patience, return to your center and accept for the moment that life contains some uncertainties that cannot be explained.  In time, an explanation may come and meanwhile there is still the larger plan that is carrying you forward.  Your higher self is always guiding to grow your state of well-being even though there are bumps along the way.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering though,
I trust that my life fits a larger plan

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, Eem Hreem Kleem.   This mantra strengthens self-confidence. As you repeat the mantra, feel an easy confidence that all your actions are guided by the infinite wisdom of your higher self. Repeat it silently to yourself, Eem Hreem Kleem. 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, Eem Hreem Kleem. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Eem Hreem Kleem. Just mentally Eem Hreem Kleem.

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 trust that my life fits a larger plan

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • When we are in touch with our higher intelligence, we can make the uncertainties of life our friend. We feel this greater purpose that carries life forward, even though we cannot see or anticipate how all the details fit together. Write about an experience in your life where a great uncertainty was resolved when you released your need to control events, and in which you were able to relax into your higher self and embrace the uncertainty.
  • Uncertainties that present themselves as life crises or major setbacks to our goals can undermine our sense of trust. These events challenge us to go deeper within our Being, and eventually lead us to the understanding that even these disappointments and frustrations are serving our evolution. The growth that comes from living through these crises with awareness and openness create an even deeper trust, and become important components of our success. Describe an experience in your journal where going through a crisis led to a deeper feeling of trust within.
  • Describe other insights you gained going through this experience. Aside from developing a more profound level of trust, did you uncover unknown resources of inner wisdom and strength that made you a more complete and successful person?

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13: Timing For Success {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“The time you enjoy wasting
is not wasted time.”
– Bertrand Russell

Message of the Day:

Our meditation today is about learning to become a master of your time. The last letter in S-M-A-R-T is T for “time limits.” Even though our true self is timeless, we live and experience in sequential time. For that reason we must respect and manage our time each day skilfully so that we synchronize our biorhythms with Nature. Dr. Daniel Siegel looked at how we can use our time so that it supports our wellbeing and inner growth. He list seven ways to spend time:

  • Sleep time – Getting a full night’s restful sleep
  • Physical time – Taking time to move and let your body be active
  • Focus time – Being alone for a while to concentrate on what matters to you
  • Time in – Taking time for meditation, prayer, or self-reflection
  • Time out – Setting aside time to simply to be here and rest into existence
  • Play time – Time to have fun and enjoy yourself
  • Connecting time – Intimate private time between you and those you love and care for

CENTERING THOUGHT
I allow the flow of time to carry me forward.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Kala Namah

I allow cosmic time to guide me.

Day13 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

We move toward success when we listen within and open our hearts and minds to their fullest expression.  Expanding the ways in which we spend our time is another milestone on the road to lasting soul-filling success. Time is our most precious jewel.  When you consciously choose to realize each moment to its fullest, your treasure chest overflows.  Give yourself the gift of time in all areas of your life. Restful time.  Connecting time.  Creative time.  Time to focus and time to play.  When you do, every day will become timeless.  And that, My Friends, is a whole new experience of success.  My Beloved Dr. Maya Angelou said, ‘All great achievements require time’.  It’s true.  Every moment we have here on earth is really sacred.  So, let’s get still and appreciate the treasure in this and every moment as Deepak leads the way.”

Deepak Chopra:

The last letter in SMART is “T” for “Time Limits”.  Set a time to act, and for results to come to you.  I’m not saying this as an efficiency expert.  You don’t want to become time’s slave – quite the opposite.

In a fully awakened state, every day feels timeless.  You are expanded and free without constraints.  It may seem like a paradox but the time to the timeless is through time.  This is because of how our brains process experience.  One event at a time in a straight light from morning to night.  In reality, your true self is timeless.  You are not bound by time.  But for everything, there is a time and a season under the sun.

All living things have a natural rhythm and when you find your rightful time, everything needed for success unfolds naturally.  In practical terms, I’m asking that you approach time as something you can master.  The best model I’ve ever seen for mastering time comes from the psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Siegel at UCLA who looked for the best way to have a healthy brain that supports a person’s well-being.  The optimal use is to apportion your time so that each day you have seven different ways to spending your time.  They are:

  • Sleep time
  • Physical time
  • Focus time
  • Time in
  • Time out
  • Play time
  • Connecting time

This gives us a map for mastering time, making it work for you instead of against you.  When you begin your day, pay attention to all seven compartments because they nurture all aspects of inner growth.

  • Sleep time – did you get a full night restful sleep?
  • Physical time – Did you take time to move and let your body be active?
  • Focus time – Were you alone for a while to concentrate on what matters to you?
  • Time in – Did you set aside a few moments for meditation, prayer or self-reflection?
  • Time Out – What time during the day was set aside for simply resting or existence?
  • Play time – Did you give yourself time to have fun in a carefree mood?
  • Connecting Time – Was there intimate private time between those you love and care for?

These aren’t just compartments of a well-planned day.  They optimize different areas of the brain and thus lead directly to expanded awareness and a sense of fulfillment

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I allow the flow of time to carry me forward

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 Kala Namah.   This mantra harmonizes your life with the natural flow of time.  As you repeat the mantra, feel relaxed in the knowledge that you have all the time in the world.  Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Kala 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 Kala Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Om Kala Namah. Just mentally Om Kala 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 allow the flow of time to carry me forward

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Take one of your worthy goals and set a time frame for attaining a major step toward that goal. For example, with the goal of having more friends, you might give yourself a month to make three new acquaintances. Write down your goal, your next step, and the time frame to get there.
  • List all the different activities that apportion your time: work time, play time, quiet time, social time, down time, physical time, and sleep time. Next to each area, write down how much time you give yourself for that activity each day.
  • Write down next to each activity how that period of time nurtures you, and how it enriches the quality of your day rather than detracts from it.

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12: To Succeed is to Grow and Flourish {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Success comes from taking the
initiative and following up or persisting.”
– Tony Robbins

Message of the Day:

Our next letter in the acronym S-M-A-R-T is R. It stands for “record your progress.” In the context of business or physical fitness training, recording progress is an obvious way to monitor your development. But what does recording your progress mean in the context of personal growth? It means that we notice and acknowledge the inner growth that is happening in our consciousness. By recognizing the ways in which we are being transformed, we firm up that transformation and establish that change as something real and useful to our forward progress. Without this kind of deliberate affirmation and confirmation, subtle yet profound spiritual experiences can be casually disregarded and forgotten. If they are recorded and registered in our mind, they can be like sprouting seeds that can continue to grow.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I can feel myself growing every day.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Shreem Namah

I let divine joy, abundance, and beauty into my life.

Day12 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 12.  Today we explore what success really feels like deep in our souls.  Listening to your life starts the process of creating success.  Aligning your internal and external realities, as we discovered yesterday, opens the door even wider.  Today we accelerate the momentum of success by tuning into, and embracing the messages we get from the source within.  We all experience those exquisite moments when we hear and really heed our inner voice.  It can be a whisper or a full-on aha.  When we truly trust that voice, it naturally guides us to a place where growth happens.  That growth is the spark that kindles the fire of success. Together let’s find the still space so that we can hear the inner voice with a sense of calmness and clarity. Then we’ll meditate.”

Deepak Chopra:

The next letter in the SMART acronym keeps you focused on fulfillment in the present – ”R” stands for “record your progress”.  In this short statement, record means you keep track of your journey and progress means that you expect to grow every day.  We all know that growth is dynamic.  It’s on the move.  This movement is automatically programmed into plants whose genes point them in the direction of the sun.  There is no need for self-awareness, the process is mechanical.  Inner growth is the opposite.  There is nothing mechanical about it.  Why not? Why didn’t our genes program us to become successful the way they are programmed for losing baby teeth and passing through puberty?  Because inner growth depends on feedback from the self.  You know that you’re evolving every day if you can state what message you receive from your true self.  When you note these messages down and reflect upon them, you are not just recording every day events.  You are recording a stronger connection with your creative source.  In practical terms, these are the kinds of messages that spur your inner growth.

  • You feel safe and out of danger.
  • You feel worthwhile knowing that your life has value.
  • You realize you are important in the scheme of things.
  • Your body is light and energized.
  • You are fulfilled just by being here.
  • You know that you are loved.
  • You feel empathy and compassion for others.
  • You experience a sudden epiphany inside or “AHA” moment.
  • You feel the presence of a higher power.
  • You see how everything is interconnected.
  • You are struck with wonder and awe without warning.
  • The majesty of nature fills you.

Everyone has such moments of higher consciousness but few take these individual experiences when the true self is so close, and knit them together.  Great epiphanies can blow away like leaves in the wind, pay attention and value them and make them part of who you are.  Since your creative source is always trying to contact you, take full advantage of the times when a connection is made.  The record of your inner growth is at the same time, a record of your success as it unfolds in the here and now.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I can feel myself growing every day.

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 Shreem Namah.    This mantra brings the force of evolution and growth into all aspects of life.  As you repeat the mantra, feel the movement of life energy express itself through you.   Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Shreem 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 Shreem Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Om Shreem Namah. Just mentally Om Shreem 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 can feel myself growing every day

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Our inner growth and pursuit of success require feedback from the self. Write down the different ways your body, emotions, and mind give you feedback. Being aware of this feedback is a way of recording your progress.
  • Take the list of feedback you wrote above and explain what messages your progress is showing you. For example, when your body feels light and energized, it shows that your body is moving closer to its goal of wellbeing.
  • Write down some of the feedback you are noticing from your body, mind, and emotions, and then make a general assessment of how well you are growing and progressing.

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11: Matching Inner and Outer {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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I think true success is intrinsic.
It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community.”
— Tom Shadyac

Message of the Day:

In the S-M-A-R-T acronym, the letter A stands for “agreement with your inner self and those around you.” Agreement means harmony, mutual support, and even love. For there to be agreement between the inner world of our values, goals, and beliefs and the outer world full of contentious individuals with conflicting ideas, we must find a deeper level of commonality. That agreement is based on your personal connection to universality. Steve Jobs expressed this agreement perfectly: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

CENTERING THOUGHT
My inner and outer worlds mesh perfectly.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Houm Namah

I open my awareness to divine grace.

Day11 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Yesterday we explored making choices based on what truly matters, considering every choice from a place of presence and full awareness.  Today we take the next step in manifesting true success by aligning our inner self with the reality that is around us.  Welcome to Day 11 of our meditation experience. When your emotional center is in harmony with the reality of what’s happening around you, the energy of success flourishes.  Embrace that alignment, go with it and you will thrive.  When what is showing up in your outer world with your inner Being, you feel it in the form of stress, of doubt, of negativity, energy is blocked.  When you find that kind of resistance, pay attention to it.  Pause and listen because that is how your life is speaking to you.  Take the time to go back to center, to re-orient, to re-set your course.  Realign how you’re feeling inside with what you want to materialize around you.  When inner and outer are in accord, you will have clarity, you will gain strength and become more powerful.  Inner harmony leads to outer harmony and that alignment leads to true success. Deepak illuminates this so well so settle in, get still and then we’ll meditate.”

Deepak Chopra:

The Italian philosopher, Machiavelli, a master of human nature said, ‘Whoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times’.  But how do you know what the times are asking for?

The acronym SMART brings us to the letter “A” – agreement with your inner self and those around you. This is the match between inner and outer reality.  Every success involves being in the right place at the right time to fill a need.  Some of that can be planned objectively.  You start to build your store or your team project or your bright invention by taking practical steps.  Yet, at a deeper level, your inner self must agree with what is happening around you.

If you feel stressed, uncertain, tense and in conflict, your outer situation will be affected by these blockages. At the same time, if your outer situation is wrong for you, it will lead to tension, stress, uncertainty and conflict.  Making the two worlds mesh means that you have reached agreement.  I would say that this one ingredient means more to success than any other and as you expand our awareness in meditation, you will become finely attuned to the points where you mesh with reality and the points where you don’t.  Applying this principle to making choices, the following things are proven to work:

  • Do make decisions when you feel centered and calm
  • Don’t make decisions when you are in discomfort and distress
  • Never act when you are uncertain
  • Be patient and wait for the time when you are self-possessed and feel good about your decision-making.
  • If others around you show signs of discomfort, resistance and disagreement, heed this as a warning that you’re not in agreement with outer reality.
  • Live with choice on the inside for a day before announcing it to others.
  • Do show others that you need advice, counsel and help.
  • Don’t pretend to know everything or shut yourself off from other opinions.
  • Seek conciliation.
  • Value cooperation over pointless competitiveness.
  • Develop an atmosphere of sharing and mutual support.

In this way, “A” for agreement teaches you to trust inner harmony as the source of outer harmony.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
My inner and outer worlds mesh perfectly

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 Houm Namah.   This mantra centers awareness in the still point between inner and outer life.  As you repeat the mantra, allow your awareness to find the balancing point of silence.    Repeat it silently to yourself, Om Houm 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, return yourself to repeating the mantra, Om Houm Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes, Om Houm Namah. Just mentally Om Houm 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, My inner and outer worlds mesh perfectly

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Meshing your inner world with the outer world requires you to find your center where the two meet. Write down any past experiences in which you have felt the calm, centering awareness that comes from your inner and outer worlds being in agreement.
  • Take one of those experiences, in which you felt you were in the “zone” and everything flowed effortlessly. Describe that knowingness inside that you were doing precisely what was needed at exactly the right time. That is agreement of the inner and outer.
  • Think of another time where you acted while you were feeling upset, anxious, or ill. Write about the difference in the outcome of those actions, compared to the time when you felt centered and calm.

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10: Measuring What Matters {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Success is the progressive realization of predetermined,
worthwhile, personal goals.”
— Paul J. Meyer

Message of the Day:

Today’s meditation is about making all our choices smart choices, and is indicated by the letter M. The M stands for “make everything measureable.” If we get reliable, measurable feedback on our progress, we can make intelligent, informed decisions. By evaluating our work in measurable terms, we remain in control of our progress, our time, and our resources. We know where to cut back, and where to redirect our focus and energy. Most importantly, by making everything measurable, we can make smart decisions that are aligned with our values and worthwhile goals. Our meditation today helps us maintain the flexible awareness that allows us to remain aligned with our deep purpose, while we monitor the circumstances and details of life so that we can make informed decisions. It’s like a sailor setting course to a distant island, all the while monitoring the wind, waves, and currents along the way.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I control my life by knowing what counts.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Sharavana Namah

My awareness is unbounded and focused.

 Day10 mts

 

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome to Day 10, Measuring What Matters.  Today we begin the practice of being fully present in every choice and really feeling what matters.  That awareness, that presence is the basis of real success. As master teacher, Eckhart Tolle says, ‘There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness – One with Life’.  Being one with life is being one with the now.  Life is the dancer, he says, and you are the dance.  I just love that.  Be aware of who you are, of what’s right for YOU, of where life can take YOU, in every moment.  Treasure The Now.  Savor it.  Stay awake, and all your choices become steps on your path to true success. Let’s get ready to meditate.  Breathe consciously.  Get Still.  Stay open.  Connect to the now.  Your time is now.  Right now.  Always.

Deepak Chopra:

We are in the middle of discovering how the word SMART defines a specific approach to the choices we make.  After “S”, stretch more than you can reach, comes “M” which stands for ‘make everything measurable’.  Why is that important?  It sounds as if you need to measure in statistics or become a bookkeeper but making something measurable is really about being in control.  If your day runs out of control, so has your vision.

To be a success, you must see yourself as a success – everyday – and this requires knowing what the situation actually is.  You are in control when you know what’s coming in and out.  You are in control when you stick with reality and don’t get carried away by shifting moods, anxiety, worry and stress. These reasons apply to balancing your checkbook because when you know how much money you have at your disposal, you can spend the money on what is most important to you.

Let’s apply this principle to the decisions that lead to success.  What is the measure of success?  The following things apply :

* You measure out the time that it takes you to do what you want to do.
* You take stock of your physical and mental energy.
* You spend your time and energy according to a plan, not leaving everything wide open.
* You measure results on a regular basis.
* You trim away the things that aren’t producing results.
* You have inner measures that tell you when you are in a good or bad place and you trust these inner measures.

No one can do everything and even if they could, there is not enough time for it.  Sit with yourself, looking ahead to attaining your worthy goal.

* How well did you spend your time and energy on the goal today?
* When you spent time, was it productive and satisfying or not?
* How could you tell someone else about your progress in real terms?

Taking stock this way on a regular basis is one of the strongest traits of successful people.  They are ensuring that they don’t get lost in fantasies while time runs away.  Being a visionary requires a map to get to the goal and the map shifts every day but by measuring your progress, you stay in control of the unfolding process.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I control my life by knowing what counts

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, Sharavana Namah.  This mantra gives your mind the ability to track details while not losing the vision of the whole.  As you repeat the mantra, notice your attention lightly assessing data in the context of the goal you’re moving toward.   Repeat it silently to yourself, Sharavana 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 Sharavana Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes Sharavana Namah. Just mentally Sharavana 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 control my life by knowing what counts

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Today’s meditation teaches us the value of stretching our ideas before making a decision. Write in your journal your ideas on what “stretching” means when it comes to making smart choices.
  • Practice mental stretching with a decision that you are currently working on. Perhaps it’s buying a car, in which case you could consider other cars or ownership options you may not have thought of before, and talk to people who may not be car experts, but who have a point of view that could be useful. Write down how opening up to new perspectives can help you make a smarter decision.
  • Reflect on how flexible thinking can keep your decision process fluid and not stuck behind an obstacle. Write down an experience you had where an apparent solution had hit a wall, but your mind didn’t stop and eventually came up with a creative way around the obstacle.”

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9: Every Choice Can Be Smart {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore.
If you want one, you must dive for it.”
— Chinese proverb

Message of the Day:

Today’s meditation focuses on the first concept from the S-M-A-R-T acronym. The letter S is for “stretching more than you can reach.” This means not only being open to new ideas, approaches, and practices, but being willing to explore them and try them out. Stretching more than you can reach requires curiosity about the world and a desire to go beyond the limitations of your present knowledge and experience. This mental stretching prepares your mind for making smart choices in every circumstance that arises in your day, just as stretching before a workout prepares your muscles for whatever exercise you will be doing.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I make smarter choices every day.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Eem Hreem Shreem

My reality is pure intelligence and abundance.

Day9 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Welcome!  It’s Day 9 of our meditation experience.  Today we look at making choices with the wisdom that comes from within. Once you start making conscious choices, no matter how small, suddenly everything is possible.  One of my favorite Emily Dickenson quotes is ‘Dwell in possibility’ which means, to me, stretch your heart and your mind.  The choice for success begins with aligning your thoughts and actions to go beyond your boundaries.  Trust yourself.  Make each choice with the knowledge that the world will reflect your intention back to you – every time.  Move beyond the familiar and routine.  Allow your own goodness to guide you… choose love…choose generosity…stay open…be optimistic – and watch miracles unfold for you. So now let’s get quiet, breathe and allow today’s meditation to move us toward miracles.”

Deepak Chopra:

“Every day is about choices, the small or larger decisions that cannot be avoided.  If you embrace decision-making with optimism, you’re making success a living reality.  If you avoid making decisions and feel vulnerable when you have to make one, this can be remedied by acquiring the skill of smart choices.

As Pablo Picasso remarked, ‘Action is the foundational key to all success’.  Like an artist whose action consists of putting exactly the right brush strokes onto the canvas, choices and actions are intimately linked.  Yesterday we learned that every letter of the word SMART defines a specific approach to the choices we make.  Let’s expand on the first letter.

“S” is for stretching more than you can reach.  When you first hear such a thing you may draw back, preferring not to stretch because it spells risk, uncertainty, even danger.  But in terms of your body, the reverse is true.  If you leap into action without stretching, a visit to the gym or running a marathon can spell disaster.

Stretching is a way of testing your limits, enjoying the experience and becoming more flexible every day. What applies to running and going to the gym applies just as much to the mind.  If you stretch your ideas before you make a decision, what you finally decide will be stronger for it.

Stretching your mind is one of the most practical ways of obtaining self-awareness because you are looking from a new angle without judgement, prejudice or the risk of failure.  Whoever has learned to love new thoughts can never be threatened by them.

In practical terms, a mental stretch includes the following possibilities. You consult people’s opinions without pre-judgement You value the experience of those who have walked the walk before you You reveal more of yourself than you usually do in terms of feelings and points of vulnerability You delve into books whose authors think deeply, even if you can’t understand everything they say You take time to imagine and dream outside of conventional problem-solving

There are separate activities but stretching comes down to being open instead of closed.  A stretch is like mental yoga, where the stretch is not only about getting a limber body but about putting your awareness into a new place.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I make smarter choices every day

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, Eem Hreem Shreem  This mantra harnesses the forces of success.  As you repeat the mantra, let the energy of success support every aspect of your life.   Repeat it silently to yourself Eem Hreem Shreem. 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, Eem Hreem Shreem. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes Eem Hreem Shreem. Just mentally Eem Hreem Shreem.

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 make smarter choices every day

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Today’s meditation teaches us the value of stretching our ideas before making a decision. Write in your journal your ideas on what “stretching” means when it comes to making smart choices.
  • Practice mental stretching with a decision that you are currently working on. Perhaps it’s buying a car, in which case you could consider other cars or ownership options you may not have thought of before, and talk to people who may not be car experts, but who have a point of view that could be useful. Write down how opening up to new perspectives can help you make a smarter decision.
  • Reflect on how flexible thinking can keep your decision process fluid and not stuck behind an obstacle. Write down an experience you had where an apparent solution had hit a wall, but your mind didn’t stop and eventually came up with a creative way around the obstacle.

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8: Smart Choices Smooth the Path {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“To design the future effectively,
you must first let go of your past.”
— Charles J. Givens

Message of the Day:

Welcome to the second week of our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Manifesting True Success. We learned in the first week that success is not some distant external goal. It is something we begin to live and breathe every day in all that we do. This week we will learn that success springs from making dynamic choices not bound by old habits and beliefs. These kinds of dynamic choices are explored using the acronym S-M-A-R-T. We will look at the components of smart choices one-by-one this week and explore how these smart choices synchronize with success.

S – Stretch more than you can reach

M – Make everything measurable

A – Agreement with your inner self and those around you

R – Record your progress

T – Time limits for acting and getting a result

Smart choices require us to move outside our comfort zone and familiar boundaries. The choice to begin this 21-Day Meditation Experience is a great example of being flexible and open to new ideas.

CENTERING THOUGHT
I make choices from my true self.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Aieem Namah

I receive the pure wisdom of life.

Day8 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Well, here we are, Friends, beginning week 2 of our Manifesting True Success meditation journey.  I think we made great strides in week 1 by recognizing that success is an everyday, in-the-moment living reality.  This week we get to go even deeper, making every choice an opportunity for success.  You know by now that you are the choices you make, every choice defines you.  Every choice gives you a chance to pave your own road, to create your course, to literally create your life.  Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning. The universal law I believe in most passionately is this law of intention.  Every choice begins with an intention.  Your intentions create your thoughts.  Your thoughts create your choices.  And your choices create your life.  When you get that, you get just about everything.   You have the right to choose what’s best for you at every moment of your life so listen to yourself and know that when your choice comes from your most fearless, your most optimistic loving self, your fully awakened self, it will be a choice that inevitably moves you toward success. Deepak guides us to that whole, fully awakened place where the best choices await.  Let’s go there right now through meditation – together.

Deepak Chopra:

Everyone’s source is the mind and from the mind we make choices.  There are only 2 types of choices.  The first type is based on conditioning, beliefs, habits and mindset.  This is a static choice.  The second choice is a dynamic choice.  It is based on being open to the here and now.

To be successful today means embracing dynamic choices and avoiding static choices.  Most people find it hard to create success because they have set limits on how they are willing to act.  They avoid risks, they have a narrow comfort zone, they cling to old ways without testing if these ways are right for the situation at hand.  They depend on constricted awareness which isn’t the best way to face new challenges and one of the worst ways to be in the present moment.

You will shift away from the safe zone of static choices and move toward more flexibility and openness. No one is asking you to do this overnight or in a drastic way.  Your old conditioning, habits, beliefs and mindsets are part of who you are.  You need to negotiate with your old static self and move into your true dynamic self.  I like to use the acronym, SMART to describe the kind of choices that are synchronized with success.

S – Stretch more than you can reach
M – Make everything measurable
A – Agreement with your inner self and those around you
R – Record your progress
T – Time limits for acting and getting a result

SMART has a long history in management thanks to writers like Peter Drucker and Paul J Meyer.  I’ve expanded on their proven success formulas to provide this consciousness-based version.  Smart choices can be made in any situation from how you relate to your family to how a government is run.  At every stage of progress, SMART will change so don’t try to enforce rigid boundaries and rules on yourself or others.  The key word is dynamic which is all about flow, flexibility and openness.

The fact that you are entering this 21 day meditation experience indicates you are willing to stretch beyond the reach of your old self.  The S in SMART is already a part of the choice you have made.  In the next few meditations we’ll find out how all of the letters of SMART lead to making the right choices on the path to success.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
I make choices from my true self

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 Aieem Namah.  This mantra aligns your intelligence with the intelligence of life.  As you repeat the mantra feel your intelligence sync up with universal intelligence. Repeat it silently to yourself Aieem 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, return yourself to repeating the mantra, Aieem Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Aieem Namah. Just mentally Aieem 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 make choices from my true self

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Today we learned that success depends on smart choices, and smart choices are not bound by old habits and beliefs. List a few of these beliefs and habits that hold you to your past.
  • Consider how being afraid to act or explore new avenues reinforces inertia and prevents you from taking timely action. Write down one new choice you can make today that encourages you to go beyond the comfortable, safe, predictable choices you make unconsciously. It could be as simple as trying a new dish on the lunch menu, or starting a conversation with a work colleague you normally walk past.
  • It’s important to be aware of our patterns of static choices so that we can change that habit and opt for dynamic choices. List some of the uncomfortable situations that lead you to make safe, static, and rigid choices when it comes to your relationships, finances, or career.

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7: Success Is Wholeness {Manifesting True Success Meditation – Chopra Center}

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“You are loved just for being who you are,
just for existing.”
— Ram Dass

Message of the Day:

Today we complete the first week of our journey together. Congratulations! This week we have learned that success is an inner process toward worthy goals that expands our love and creativity. We have also learned that our body, mind, and emotions are key allies in manifesting a successful life. Our meditation today is about enlisting our most vital and yet often overlooked ally – our being. Being is the silent, unshakable foundation of our life. It gives purpose, strength, balance, and direction to our life, just by virtue of its existence. It is different from the other allies which actively send signals back to us to regulate life. Being is self-regulating, self-sustaining, and self-aware. When we are connected to our being, we feel secure, confident, loving, open, and awake.

CENTERING THOUGHT
Success flows from my being.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Sarvatva Namah

I open my awareness to wholeness.

 Day7 mts

Oprah Winfrey:

Here’s the truth as I know it – the essence of success is wholeness, being fully connected to the wisdom, serenity and grace of your core being.  Welcome to Day 7!  We are already completing our first week of manifesting true success. Today, we come to a full circle moment.  We’ve experienced how love, creativity, our emotions, our bodies and our minds each open a unique path to success.  Now we get to bring them all together into a kind of divine wholeness, a more profound, rich and expansive connection to our essential selves and that connection unleashes a vital new energy, a new foundation of wholeness from which a transcendent experience of success will emerge.  So take a deep breath, embrace a new and deeper wholeness within as Deepak guides us in today’s meditation.

Deepak Chopra:

We assume that success is a matter of hard work, constant activity and effort.  Society fosters these beliefs and one often hears that with persistent hard work, anything is possible.  What gets ignored is the basis of action because there is self-defeating action and pointless routine work too.  Action in itself is neutral.  There must be a solid foundation and a direction that gives your daily activity purpose and meaning.  This foundation is your own Being. This is the ground state of all experience.  If you are firmly established in your own being, you can draw upon a peace and calm that withstands any crisis.  From the deepest level, you have such a strong sense of self that outside influences do not sway you.

Self-reliance and independence are your natural state and therefore it is easy to resist anything that will harm your integrity. As awareness expands, so does your Being or Spirit.  When you are connected to your Being, you feel centered, safe and secure.  You’re not overwhelmed by what is happening around you.  You enjoy being here without the need for constant distractions.  Your sense of self extends to empathy for other people and a deep connection to the natural world.  These things are part of you and if you are not experiencing them, there is a disconnect that has built up from various events in the past.  Someone in a state of disconnect feels unsafe and insecure.  They need distractions but these become less and less effective because beneath the surface there is disturbance and disquiet.  Excessive activity and the inability to settle down make this restless undercurrent worse.  A vicious circle is set up where more distraction is needed in order to escape the underlying disturbance.

The answer is to reconnect with your own Being.  The fourth ally, your own Being is silent like the influence of gravity, time or space.  They serve as the physical background, the steady state of the universe.  Your steady state is also in the background yet unlike gravity, you can consciously connect with it.  Set aside time every day for meditation and self-reflection.  Notice the difference between being settled and calm as opposed to be aroused and unsettled.

Being is self-regulating.  Once you connect with it, all aspects of the mind-body system begin to rebalance. As long as you take time to reconnect, your Being offers itself without reservation in all its wholeness.  No ally is more powerful or desirable than wholeness itself.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought,
Success flows from my Being

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, Sarvatva Namah.  This mantra honors the wholeness of the universe functioning within you.  As you repeat the mantra, feel your connection to the perfect harmony of the cosmos.    Repeat it silently to yourself Sarvatva 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, return yourself to repeating the mantra Sarvatva Namah. Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. Sarvatva Namah. Just mentally Sarvatva 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. Success flows from my Being

Namaste

Journal Entries:

  • Today’s meditation is about recognizing your Being as the root of all your success. Being itself is abstract and outside of sensory experience, but we can monitor our connection with Being by noticing how we feel after meditation. After today’s meditation, did you feel more relaxed, clear, and peaceful? Write down anything you notice. Any feelings of ease and calm indicate a growing connection to your Being.
  • Feeling insecure, anxious, and glum are often indications of disconnection from your state of Being. When you feel safe, centered, happy, and alert, you are connected to Being. Think back over the last few days of the Meditation Experience and write down the general feelings you have after meditation, during your daily activities. Do your feelings during activity indicate greater connection to Being?
  • Our Being is intelligent, creative, and self-organizing. When we connect with it, it automatically balances and organizes divergent aspects of our life. Have you had an experience where the organizing power of your Being seemed to solve a problem, without you having to do much? Maybe it was a misunderstanding with a loved one, where you couldn’t talk to them directly, but you felt the silent organizing influence of your Being resolved the issues effortlessly. Write down an experience where the power of your Being solved a problem.

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