Archives for the month of: August, 2014

20140830-195916.jpgI am grateful for my prime rib dinner (nearly forgot to take a picture). 😁

20140829-101710.jpgI have been dealing with something hard. So I asked, “How can I get out of my pain?”

And I received…

“Give it to God”

Image/card from Sonia Choquette’s “The Answer Is Simple” Oracle Cards.

20140829-072620.jpgDay 15 – Radiating Bliss

Today’s quote is from George Gordon Byron. “…let joy be unconfined…

Today’s centering thought is my happiness shines everywhere.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Ravaye Hum, which means “I am the light of radiance.”

From today’s message:
Today’s meditation is about letting this happiness radiate – letting our joy shine everywhere. It doesn’t take effort or analysis or strategy. Simply be who you are from your core self, and everything gets taken care of automatically. A flower doesn’t try to be beautiful and fragrant, it simply is what it is, and the rest follows in its natural course.”

The 1st day of week 3 of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about radiating bliss.

What happens when we radiate bliss? Oprah shared that “we turn that inner joy into outer energy. We become a natural force of good… of inspiration… of transformation. It’s the ripple effect–the very best of yourself brings out the very best in others.”

It kind of sounds like a superhero power, right? I think that to be an element of change, of positive change, is something to feel good about.

Sharing joy and happiness could be some of the most beautiful (and talk about free) to share, because they also bring out the very best in others.

Deepak shared guidelines for the “do’s” and “don’ts” of sharing bliss. The most important is to just simply be, and share without wanting to force it on anyone. This is also part of your own personal journey, and maybe by sharing your bliss, someone else will want to begin to want to experience this for themselves.

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love
Day 5 – Feeling Playful
Day 6 – Feeling Hope
Day 7 – Feeling Complete
Day 8 – Living Joy
Day 9 – Living With Purpose
Day 10 – Living With Contentment
Day 11 – Living Kindness
Day 12 – Living Laughter
Day 13 – Living Gratitude
Day 14 – Living With Passion

20140829-062917.jpgDay 14 – Living With Passion

Today’s quote is from Andreas Moritz. “You can only feel creative when there is joy. When there is a sense of passion.”

Today’s centering thought is My happiness energizes and inspires me.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Rhabasa Hum, which means “I am pure delight.”

From today’s message:
Today we will explore passion at a deeper level as we connect to what really matters, the source of passion within us. If we can access that infinite source of passion and joy inside, then we can live passion in all areas of our life.

At its source, passion is not associated with any particular object, it is rather a deep feeling of exaltation or even spiritual ecstasy. It is the happiness of life exulting in its own existence. Today we will tap into that blissful core of existence and let our passion flow from that place.”

The fourteenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about living with passion.

How do you know when you are living with passion?

Oprah answered that it is when you lose yourself in what you are passionately doing. “It means you are fully in alignment with your most extraordinary, highest self. Whatever you’re doing, you’re immersed in the flow. You are manifesting the magnificence of your very being, and all is sublime. That, my Friends, is happiness in it’s most exalted state and it’s yours simply by being who you are. That is the promise of the divine within you.”

I remember when I would allow the muse to be in control. Sometimes, I wouldn’t be able to sleep until whatever piece or chapter in my head was on paper or the computer. It was that strong.

After I started my Spiritual path, my passions seemed heightened for many things. I would feel an overflow of emotions for them. Sometimes that is scary to me–for someone that was unused to that or didn’t, at one point, let her emotions get even on the surface.

When I do some of my prayers or healing, I sometimes get very emotional or passionate about it. Maybe it is because I would feel such deep connection during that time.

Deepak said that “What makes spiritual passion unique is the wisdom comes packaged with the enthusiasm of the passion we are used to. Passion of any kind opens the flow of life that we can’t help but enjoy. Spiritual passion turns enjoyment into exultation. You feel uplifted by your soul.”

Maybe that is it. That is when I feel most connected to my Highest Self.

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love
Day 5 – Feeling Playful
Day 6 – Feeling Hope
Day 7 – Feeling Complete
Day 8 – Living Joy
Day 9 – Living With Purpose
Day 10 – Living With Contentment
Day 11 – Living Kindness
Day 12 – Living Laughter
Day 13 – Living Gratitude

20140828-070203.jpgI am really grateful to the “Living Gratitude” meditation from Oprah and Deepak’s “Expanding Your Happiness” meditation journey. I am behind, but this meditation was what I needed today, so it all worked out very well. It was my most favorite one yet.

20140828-070203.jpgDay 13 – Living Gratitude

Today’s quote is from Meister Eckhart. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

Today’s centering thought is I am thankful for all I have.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shreem Namah, which means “I honor the abundance of life.”

From today’s message:
There is a deeper kind of gratitude that goes beyond our conceptions and beliefs of good and bad. This expanded sense of gratitude rejoices in life exactly as it is, right now… life is perfect in spite of its imperfections. We find ourselves grateful to simply breathe and greet the sunrise. We feel privileged to engage in the full range of human experiences: busy traffic, strong coffee, and missing a loved one. Our heart is big enough to embrace and appreciate life as a whole, just as it is, without worrying about whether it is “good” or “bad”.”

The thirteenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about living with gratitude.

Oprah shared, “I believe the single most important thing I’ve ever done was to begin paying attention to what I’m grateful for. No matter what is going on in life, if you focus on what you have, you’ll always, always, end up having more. Open up to the grace of all that’s been given you simply because you’re here and you’re breathing, and the energy of your every day begins to transform in astonishing ways.”

This meditation day must be my most favorite yet. I resonated with everything Oprah and Deepak spoke about and the meditation itself.

Starting a gratitude journal was one of the most important and life changing things I have ever done. I am in the last two months of my 365 days of journaling, and you can bet, it will not end after day 365.

My journal, here and outside of my blog, gave me a different perspective about my existence, and gave me a true meaning of appreciation and thankfulness for just being alive and for being able to experience life in many different ways, as well as to experience and appreciate the beauty that God has given to us that surround us each day… from the beautiful ever-changing masterpieces in the sky, the butterfly that comes to greet us, or even majestic trees that surround us as we hike.

Life is short, and although I believe in reincarnation, I am Mercedita, with my quirks and perfect imperfections, only in this lifetime. My family and friends are only who they are today in this life too, and I want to behold and experience them as they are.

I have so much to be thankful for. I sometimes feel that I will burst with them, but the two things I am most
grateful for are for my life and for my relationship with God, Spirit, the Higher Power (how you call it). I feel blessed each time I breathe and pray.

Deepak said that the higher state of gratitude is called “Bhakti.” You “can’t help yourself, you are so happy to be alive, whatever the reason, that your gratitude spills over spontaneously. Taking that perspective of gratitude allows you to see more and more things to be grateful for. You nurture the feeling which causes it to expand. With a little attention, every day contains moments of love, beauty, appreciation, kindness, altruism, honesty, and truth. You become aware of the many blessings often overlooked, but which deserve to be noticed and grateful for.

If you offer gratitude from the deepest part of your awareness, you’re shining a light into the darkness, allowing consciousness to unfold in you and in the situation you find yourself in. The more light you give, the more you receive.”

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love
Day 5 – Feeling Playful
Day 6 – Feeling Hope
Day 7 – Feeling Complete
Day 8 – Living Joy
Day 9 – Living With Purpose
Day 10 – Living With Contentment
Day 11 – Living Kindness
Day 12 – Living Laughter

20140827-220447.jpgDay 12 – Living Laughter

Today’s quote is from E.E. Cummings. “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

Today’s centering thought is life makes me smile and laugh.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Kleem Upahasa, which means “I attract joyful laughter.”

From today’s message:
Pure, innocent laughter is the most obvious sign of the joy we feel in our hearts. It is also a powerful and instant way of spreading that joy all around you.”

The twelfth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about laughter.

Oprah shared that laughter “comes from the heart. It removes barriers and releases the healing energy of play. Laughter is contagious. It’s an extraordinarily powerful life energy. Enjoy a good laugh and you can’t help feeling more alive, more optimistic. That is the uplifting spirit of happiness, and you create it every time your eyes light up in laughter.”

I love to laugh, even at small, silly things. I don’t believe I can get through a day without laughing. Can you? It just makes everything brighter after a good laugh.

I believe in its healing, too. If I am sad, I look for a funny show or a funny piece to read to lift my spirit. You can’t go wrong with laughter.

Deepak said that “if your life is filled with humor and laughter, then your flow of bliss is strong and healthy.”

I am all for a healthy, strong flow of bliss!

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love
Day 5 – Feeling Playful
Day 6 – Feeling Hope
Day 7 – Feeling Complete
Day 8 – Living Joy
Day 9 – Living With Purpose
Day 10 – Living With Contentment
Day 11 – Living Kindness

20140827-213258.jpgDay 11 – Living Kindness

Today’s quote is from Lao Tzu. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

Today’s centering thought is kindness expresses the gentleness of the soul.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is On Mitraya, which means “I am kind and friendly to all.”

From today’s message:
Kindness is the gracious gesture of a loving heart. Genuine kindness can’t be faked or forced. It must come straight from one’s center of being. It is the soul’s recognition that another person deserves the same love you give to yourself. Kindness bridges our isolated individuality and shows us we are connected at our core. This is how our happiness expands beyond our ego boundaries and transforms our sense of self.”

The eleventh day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about living kindness.

Oprah said, “think of a moment when you gave someone the perfect gift… or said something that was comforting… or you just showed up in a way that really made a difference. I believe that moment created as much joy for you as it did the other person… maybe even more. That’s because when you reach out in kindness, you put into motion an energy that expand exponentially, the generous energy of love, connection, and joy–and that absolutely comes back, always. It is a spiritual law.”

I wrote in a post earlier this month about the perfect gift I gave to one of my friends. It was tickets with a Meet & Greet to Lalah Hathaway’s event. My friend, Sheilani, first took me to one of her concerts, and I was fortunate enough to get her something she would enjoy for an early birthday present.

I remember the joy she expressed when I told her, but I was equally joyful to have been able to get her such an unforgettable gift as well.

But acts of kindness doesn’t have to be an elaborate gift. Sometimes it is leaving money in a vending machine for the next person. It is giving your extra dollars to someone who need it. It is serving a meal at a soup kitchen, or simply even just giving someone a smile. Whatever it is, it is an extension of love you are sharing with another soul.

Deepak said that “love is at the root of happiness, and also kindness. An act of kindness is the natural extension of who you really are. It also indicates that you are allowing your awareness to expand, setting aside the ego’s fears and boundaries that a separated self is forced to live inside.”

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image and course information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1 – Feeling Joy
Day 2 – Feeling Inspired
Day 3 – Feeling Peace
Day 4 – Feeling Love
Day 5 – Feeling Playful
Day 6 – Feeling Hope
Day 7 – Feeling Complete
Day 8 – Living Joy
Day 9 – Living With Purpose
Day 10 – Living With Contentment

I am grateful for these quotes and reminders.

Choose LOVE over FEAR. #love #fear #newday #chooselove #chooselovenotfear #atidecremlifeproject

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20140826-201238.jpgI am always grateful to read Evan Sanders’ blog posts. His blog is The Better Man Project.

But today, he wrote a piece that truly touched me deeply, and I wanted to share it.

It’s about love and loving deeply, passionately, vulnerably, and without fear.

It’s about choosing love over fear, and with that choice, a deeper and more profound love can be shared.

O Love Rare

Disclaimer:
Image by Evan Sanders of “The Better Man Projects

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