20140812-162337.jpgDay 1 – Feeling Joy

Today’s quote is from Tony DeLiso. “Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling.”

Today’s centering thought is Happiness is my true nature.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Ananda Hum, which means “I express my pure awareness into the world.”

From today’s message:
Rather than seeking one temporary joy after the next, we will explore the permanent and limitless source of joy that is our essence. Once we connect with our inner bliss, we find joy, understanding and fulfillment in all our actions.”

Today is the first day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience.

Oprah said, and I believe this to be true because I experience this, that “once you feel and allow authentic joy, every choice you make will continue to expand your state of happiness in ways you just can’t imagine. And as you tune into the powerful vibration of joy, life just keeps getting better, and better, and better, and better…”

My last full day in Lily Dale was a blessing, because I didn’t have any training and it was just a day of exploration and fun. It was easier to stay in the moment and allow things to just unfold… And enjoy.

My job now is to ensure my connection with the wondrous state of joy, and I can get there by going within.

Did you know that by meditating for just 15 minutes a day (and you do not have to do that all at one go, you can break it into 5 minutes here or there) is enough to sustain you throughout the day and help you navigate through any daily “storms” in a calmer way?

And by meditating, it will help you cultivate more sustaining joy in your life… Which can grow so much, you want to share it!

Deepak said, “happiness expands from within us… all the way out to the world–the way a tiny seed sprouts and grows to full flowering, which then shares it’s sweet fragrance.”

Isn’t that lovely? And he’s right. You will feel your happiness overfloweth (love that word–had to use it), and you can’t help but want to share this happiness through your smiles (the kind that truly reaches the eyes and comes from the heart), your kindness, and the way you show gratitude. It’s an awesome feeling!

The “Expanding Your Happiness” meditation journey will break out in the following way:

Week one will help you work on connecting with your inner silence. Week two will help you work on expanding your happiness by working on your limiting thoughts and deepening your awareness. Week three will help you in sharing the ultimate gift of happiness.

So, come on… Let’s get happy! 😁

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

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