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Oprah and Deepak Chopra are launching a new set of meditation on November 3! It’s free!

Link:
https://chopracentermeditation.com

20140831-163608.jpgDay 20 – Radiating Serenity

Today’s quote is from Swami Satchidananda. “We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.”

Today’s centering thought is I am a calming presence.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shanti Vira, which means “I radiate divine blessings.”

From today’s message:
Peace and serenity are born from a state of inner happiness–our true self. As we live in alignment with our true self we naturally radiate our serenity in the environment… we are simultaneously expanding the happiness of ourselves and those around us. Today’s meditation enlivens this state of serenity within our being so that it lovingly influences each person and interaction we have throughout the day.”

The twentieth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about radiating serenity.

Oprah shared that “we’ve all heard the serenity prayer, ‘God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference’. The powerful and enduring words of this prayer ground us in a knowing that divine wisdom… peace… is always within us. The highest source of serenity is the core of our very Being. By trusting that presence at our core, we allow a sweet and powerful serenity to flow into our lives and to flow from us. That trust allows each of us to be a beacon of calm… of love… of generosity…”

I was glad I was still catching up with the meditation journey, because I needed this particular meditation a few days ago. It helped me with what I was dealing with, and helped me see through a different perspective… that of love… especially when I was particularly hard on myself.

In fact, during that day, I saw the Serenity Prayer a lot, as if it was a reminder that everything was going to be okay. That “all will be well.”

Deepak shared that “the presence of inner peace is healing, to you and to the people you meet during your day. In the Vedic tradition, you can tell that someone is enlightened because all around them there is an atmosphere of peace. They radiate this quality and the effect on others is powerful. As the proverb goes, ‘the lion lies down with the lamb. There is no violence in the presence of true inner peace.”

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
Day 15 – Radiating Bliss
Day 16 – Radiating Grace
Day 17 – Being In Service
Day 18 – Radiating Compassion
Day 19 – Radiating Wisdom

20140831-163528.jpgDay 19 – Radiating Wisdom

Today’s quote is from George Dorsey. “Play is the beginning of knowledge.”

Today’s centering thought is my being is wise and knowing.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Vadohum, which means “I am pure knowledge.”

From today’s message:
We value the wisdom of those who have learned well from their life experiences. Today we will learn that there is another kind of wisdom valued by the spiritual traditions of the world, and that is the wisdom gained from meditation. This spiritual wisdom is what we are cultivating during our 21-Day Meditation Experience. As we delve deeper into our awareness, we uncover greater knowledge and joy. We see our essential connection with everyone else from the vantage point of unity consciousness.”

The nineteenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about radiating wisdom.

Oprah shared that “wisdom is more that what you know or the sum of your life experiences, both rich and difficult. Wisdom is what you feel, and I believe the wisest people are always seeking, going deeper and higher.”

Deepak shared.  “You want to embrace the wholeness of life, because in wisdom, you know that life’s essence is in eternal bliss and infinitely expanding consciousness. You are wise because you have started to walk the path of wisdom by recovering your true self and reconnecting with your soul. There is no wiser decision that anyone can make. The wisdom of great learning is something I admire, but what I admire the most is the wisdom to see beyond appearances and to seek union with Spirit. When you radiate the happiness of your true self, you are radiating the wisdom of the seeker who is on the spiritual path.”

I am truly in awe with Oprah and Deepak’s messages. I know I do not know everything… most times, I do not know anything. HaHa  All I know is what I have experienced and what I have observed from other people’s experiences.

As I continue to walk my Spiritual path and open myself to learning and growing, I will gain wisdom to help me live this life well. One of my affirmations is “every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” I think that as I continue to choose happiness and walk my Spiritual path, I will gain more understanding and trust in the process of Life. I always pray that I hope I will see, act, feel, and speak through love, so that everyone I meet will come away feeling better than before having met me. In doing so, I hope that I am contributing to collective consciousness and helping to make our existence a better one.

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
Day 15 – Radiating Bliss
Day 16 – Radiating Grace
Day 17 – Being In Service
Day 18 – Radiating Compassion

20140831-163438.jpgDay 18 – Radiating Compassion

Today’s quote is from Albert Schweitzer. “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

Today’s centering thought is I radiate sympathy and acceptance.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Karuna Hum, which means “I am Compassion.”

From today’s message:
Compassion from the soul level happens when we spiritually embrace another soul without reservation or judgment. Compassion validates people in a profound way… it is a deep heart connection that heals by overcoming the feeling of isolation and separation we all carry. When we offer compassion to another, we activate a connection that tremendously expands our sense of self, and in doing so, our happiness and sense of wellbeing grows as well.

As we explore the depths of our consciousness, we come closer to the essence of our shared humanity. This private journey of self-realization actually leads us to a most intimate compassion for all people. Our meditation today takes us to that inner space of universal compassion and joy.”

The eighteenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about radiating compassion.

Oprah shared that “compassion, quite simply, is seeing, hearing and feeling someone else as if they are one with you. It is what bonds us. It is what we seek from one another… When you listen, and see, and feel from a place of compassion, you build a connection from your soul to someone else’s soul from the inside out.”

Deepak said that “separation means that you feel alone and isolated. When you come out of separation, you are united with everyone else. How can you not feel compassion when other people are as close to you as you are to yourself? This is the secret wisdom hidden inside the quality of compassion. The expansion of happiness is the expansion of our soul. As we move deeper into our existence, we make more soul connections to others. We feel and know others from the inside out without judgement or blame. This is the embrace of our compassion. It is not an exercise. It is the recognition and feeling of yourself in the divinity of others. This compassion is a kind of communion of the soul that enlarges us. This may be what the Dalai Lama means when he says, ‘My religion is very simple. kindness is my religion’.”

I am really grateful for this meditation on compassion, but also for all the series of meditations that opened me up to higher consciousness and awareness.

I think that meditation helped my heart to open even further and understand how all of us are connected to each other. This helped me to cultivate more compassion and empathy, because we are one. We are one. We are same… just in different costumes, but we are same. We each have struggles, as we each have joys. We each are here to walk our own path, which somehow ends up the same too. We are one, and we travel no longer alone.

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
Day 15 – Radiating Bliss
Day 16 – Radiating Grace
Day 17 – Being In Service

20140831-163315.jpgDay 17 – Being of Service

Today’s quote is from Maya Angelo. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

Today’s centering thought is my soul expands when I help others.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Seva Hum, which means “I am service.”

From today’s message:
Today in meditation we activate the sense of service. But instead of approaching service in the conventional sense, as a sort of obligation, we will look at it from the perspective of higher states of consciousness. In this view, service is not only a humanitarian effort, it is a path of joy and self-realization. It is an opportunity to grow in happiness, not a duty.

Service is listening and acting in response to a call for the unique gifts your life offers. This call is not based on your ego needs, nor does it come from social expectations. The call to service comes from your universal self, the cosmic part of you that directs your spiritual evolution or dharma. This is why being of service to the world is really a joyful expansion of the self.”

The seventeenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about being of service.

Oprah shared that “We’re each here to share our unique gifts with the world. That is why we’re here. That is the source of the richest happiness we can experience, and when we share those gifts with love, effortlessly and joyfully, the world rises up to meet us. Inevitably, we receive so much more than we give. Gandhi said it best, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’. That, I know for sure is one of the secrets of soul-expanding happiness.”

Deepak said that “when you’re living the happiness that comes from your Being, serving others isn’t an obligation. It’s not about feeling like you’re a better person, or raising your image in the eyes of others. Something deeper happens because in serving others at the soul level, you are serving yourself.”

What both Oprah and Deepak shared ring true to me. When I realized what I am here to do in this life, and what it means to be of service to others, it was truly life changing for me.

I know I am a Healer, and I have decided to really put a lot of effort in developing my gift so that I can help as many people as I can in this life, in this world. As I walk my Spiritual path, I also have begun to understand what Deepak mentioned above… “something deeper happens because in serving others at the soul level, you are serving yourself.”  To me that means that my soul is growing and expanding. That I am becoming more consciously aware of our connection to each other, and that by being of service, I am honoring you, and we can help each other walk together in this life.

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
Day 15 – Radiating Bliss
Day 16 – Radiating Grace

20140831-162526.jpgDay 16 – Radiating Grace

Today’s quote is from William Shakespeare. “The quality of mercy is not strain’d… it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

Today’s centering thought is I share my divine blessings.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Prasada Hum, which means “I am divine grace.”

From today’s message:
Grace is an important aspect of expanding our happiness, because it is through grace that we express love and blessings completely and unconditionally. We are each a source and conduit of grace.

Grace is a loving power and presence that elevates and brightens whatever the challenge or situation might be. As we mature into our authentic selves, we are more open, receptive, and expansive, and so we naturally feel the influence of more grace in our lives. It is this same expansiveness and openness that makes it easy for us to radiate that grace along to others.”

The sixteenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about sharing grace.

Oprah shared that Grace is “the unconditional kindness of the universe, the gentle power and serenity that lifts us up no matter what we’re going through. Grace is perhaps the most simple and powerful promise there is. It is a state of pure openness and being available… a space where you can allow a new reality to enter into your very being. Grace fills us up quietly and powerfully. Grace can be inspired by a beautiful moment in nature, or by spending time with someone we love, or just sitting quietly. It can arise from the most difficult of time, moments that offer powerful opportunities for us to grow and be transformed.”

I understand Grace… both from being inspired by nature or from something very good, and I also understand it coming from a difficult time.

I think you know you have changed… changed to someone better, when you can continue to share and offer goodness to someone, especially someone who have hurt you. That you can forgive, not allow your heart to close, and still be selflessly giving… I think that is Grace to me.

Deepak said that “there is an image found in both Eastern and Western traditions, a tree that is so heavy with fruit that it’s branches bow down, offering it’s sweetness to every passerby. That’s a perfect image to keep in mind for generosity of spirit. You give with the attitude of overflowing love, kindness, humor, appreciation… whatever your spirit has filled you with at that moment.”

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
Day 15 – Radiating Bliss

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.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

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