Archives for the month of: August, 2014

On Friday, just before I left work, I had to report some hubs from a project I am working on as missing. I prayed for a good resolution to this issue before I left.

Today, after following up with many people, it was found that they were brought to another floor to be used without telling us, and we found them there.

I am grateful that the missing hubs for my project have been found, and my prayer worked!

20140824-184336.jpgDay 10 – Living With Contentment

Today’s quote is from Andrew Weil. “I think we should be working for contentment… an inner sense of fulfillment that’s relatively independent of external circumstances.”

Today’s centering thought is I am content, just as I am.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Sampriya Hum, which means “I am complete contentment.”

From today’s message:
When we speak of spiritual contentment, we mean more than just feeling satisfied with the circumstances of life. Too often that kind of contentment includes a tinge of resignation as well. Real contentment is the happiness that at your core, all is well in your world. In this state, you are aware that you have everything you need right now to feel good about yourself, others, and life. Even with outer conflicts and uncertainties, your core existence is settled, self-contained, and you know you possess whatever is needed to meet any situation. Living true contentment is more than confidence, it is the feeling of inner fulfillment.”

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

Oprah shared that “what is the secret to beginning from a starting point of happiness every day? It is this… allowing your life to unfold with this confidence–knowing that all is well, and all will be well, no matter what.”

Through my Spiritual journey, I am learning each and every day to Trust, with a capital “T.” I have mentioned many times before that I am allowing the unfolding of my life with Divine Guidance and Divine Timing. That I am trusting the process of Life, because inside I know that no matter what happens, all will be well. So this day’s meditation was a very good reminder and validation for me, and I am truly grateful for it.

Deepak said that “being happy doesn’t mean that everything looks perfect and ideal every minute of the day. It means that life is unfolding without struggle… that anxiety and insecurity aren’t our companions, and that the best time of our lives is now.”

Celebrate the present now, and know that no matter what, “all will be well.”

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

I am grateful that my family, relatives, and friends are okay after the 6.0 Earthquake we had in Northern CA.

20140824-182319.jpgI am grateful to have a chance to go on a retreat and spend time in Mt. Shasta–the 7th chakra of the Earth.

(For 8/23/14)

20140823-225244.jpgI am grateful for a break at work with a little bout of Street fighter. I lost terribly, but it was a nice little break.

(For 8/22/14)

I am grateful for Dad’s visit and the time we spent with us siblings.

20140820-210343.jpgi am grateful for this dinner!

20140819-161931.jpgDay 9 – Living With Purpose

Today’s quote is from Tom Bodett. “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

Today’s centering thought is my actions have purpose.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Dharma Hum, which means “my life has purpose and meaning.”

From today’s message:
Our happiness and contentment naturally expand when we are living a purposeful life. It’s not necessarily a strong feeling and we may not always have a clear vision or understanding of that purpose. It may only be a subtle sense that we are where we need to be, and doing what needs to be done, but that is the heart of a purposeful life.”

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

Oprah shared that “we’re all happiest and inspired when our lives have direction, clarity, and meaning… and it doesn’t matter what your specific purpose is, the truth is, each of us has a road map within. I call it our internal GPS system, and when we live life doing that which gives us the greatest fulfillment, we’re nurtured in the deepest, most essential, almost biological way. Your life is speaking to you, guiding you to the fulfillment that awaits. Listen to the signals. You know it in your bones when you feel right–decisions are easy, there is no struggle–that is happiness. Inherently each of us wants what is the very best for ourselves and intuitively we know in our heart what that is. We really do You just have to learn to trust it.”

Deepak shared from a study derived from Positive Psychology that “you can learn to make choices that lead to increased happiness. The most important is choosing to meditate. Starting from your first meditation, you have strengthened the mind-body connection and improved functioning on many levels including the expression of your genes. Even five years ago it wasn’t known that meditation affects the genes but now this is a proven fact.”

Deepak further shared that “when you mediate and awaken your true self, your desires change. You start to want what is actually good for you, and this natural flow of desire becomes the path of your personal evolution. Noticing and nurturing these impulses with conscious awareness bring your life purpose into focus.”

A year ago, I was on medical leave from a herniated disc. I was in a lot of pain and I couldn’t walk.

I decided to have a body, mind, and soul overhaul. I decided to commit to being healthier, to changing my lifestyle, to Spiritually be more connected, and to begin the process of becoming more open and to trust more.

What I wanted and what I felt I needed to be happy a year ago has completely changed. I have completely changed.

I can honestly say that what Deepak said above about how “noticing and nurturing these impulses with conscious awareness bring your life purpose into focus,” is true. I am more aware of what I have come to do in this life, and I know I have found not only a purpose, but work that will truly make me happy.

I knew I have always been a Healer. I regret that I gave up a chance of becoming a doctor, and fully paid schooling at that. I wasn’t in tune then, as I am now. Now, I am more aware.

I’m at a crossroad regarding my healing abilities, and what I need to do. However, I know that if I trust, open up to all possibilities, and allow my life to unfold without getting in my own way, I will be where I need to be where I can do the most good.

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

20140818-203414.jpgI am grateful for this blog, and that I have published 500 posts! Wow! That’s a whole lot! HaHa!

Thank you for being a part of my journey. Cheers to another 500!

20140818-202231.jpgDay 8 – Living Joy

Today’s quote is from Henri J.M. Nouwen. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

Today’s centering thought is we are here to enjoy.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shree Ram, which means “I embody happiness and vitality.”

From today’s message:
It is natural to express our joys, to share our happiness with others. Watch how young children innocently display their happiness and delight. As adults we have learned to be more guarded with expressing our emotions, even our positive ones, and this has the effect of limiting the positive influence of our happiness in our lives. We need to give ourselves permission to be, to live and feel life as we are.”

The second week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience is about living joy, inspired, peace, love, playfulness, hope, peace, and wholeness. The eight day focused on how to live with joy.

Oprah shared that joy “is the highest expression of Spirit. When you open up and allow your light to shine, you’re expressing the grandest and most powerful state of well-being imaginable.”

Deepak reinforced, “give yourself permission to experience your joy whenever you feel it. Many people feel uneasy showing too much feeling around others, preferring to be self-contained. They don’t want to attract undue attention to themselves. But you can develop a new perspective, seeing that when you express your joy, you are nurturing your personal reality and therefore reaching a higher state of well-being.”

As mentioned in past posts, I believe in reincarnation. I believe that it is a gift to be reincarnated, not only could we heal past karma with others and grow spiritually in the process, but it is also a gift that we are able to taste, explore, feel, and experience life.

I still sometimes feel self-conscious about expressing joy. I think I will work on pulling down the remaining walls I have to self-containing my joy, and see where that will take me.

Who knows… Maybe the other people around me will join in. 😊

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

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