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D6: Inspiration Is Everywhere

D6: Inspiration Is Everywhere

We are lucky. There is inspiration everywhere… Even on sauce packets! We just need to be aware.

I really fell in love with this image and message, when I came upon it in Instagram. It really resonated with me. If we can see past the body, and see into each other’s soul, we can see how truly connected we are to each other. And maybe… this will bring more understanding and compassion with each other, because we are the same… we come from love.

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

20140807-215529.jpgDay 18 – Sex, Love and Meditation

Thought for the day: I live life through my mind, body and soul.

Daily Quote:
Whenever you understand that you have missed life, the first principle to be brought back is innocence. Drop your knowledge, forget your scriptures, forget your religions, your theologies, your philosophies. Be born again, become innocent — and it is in your hands.” ~Osho

Today’s message from Osho is about sex and love.

I have been learning a lot about love and compassion through my personal and Spiritual path, and I have changed a whole lot, especially in the last year. However, as a presently unattached, single woman, I would have to wait to use what I have learned. 😁

Instead, I will write what I hope to do and how I hope to act, hopefully most of the time, if not all the time, when I am in a situation where love and sex coincide, while honoring my Spirit and my Spiritual path.

I believe in honoring, respecting, and accepting the other person, for who he truly is, because that is how I would like to be treated. To honor, respect, and accept the other person is to honor their Spirit.

I hope to love him unconditionally with gratefulness and compassion. We all have fears and pain we carry and/or we are still working through, and love and compassion will promote healing and more openness to share love. Gratefulness will lead to appreciation for the other person and what he shares with me and to the relationship.

I’m human too, 😁, so I hope the physical aspect will be a complete experience of passion, sharing, playfulness, and hopefully, love.

Excerpt from the course
Man has three layers: the body, the mind and the soul. So whatsoever you do, you can do in three ways. Either it can be just from the body, or it can be from the mind, or it can be from the soul. Whatsoever you do, any act of yours, can have three qualities. Sex is love through the body; romantic love is sex through the mind; compassion is through the soul. But the energy is the same. Moving in a deeper way, its quality changes, but the energy is the same. Sexuality is possible without any understanding, without any meditation.

Love is possible only with understanding. Compassion is possible only with understanding and meditation, understanding and awareness. Not only do you understand and respect the other person, but you have come to your deepest core of being. Seeing your own deepest core, you have become capable of seeing the deepest core in the other also. Now the other does not exist as a body or a mind; the other exists as a soul. And souls are not separate. Your soul and my soul are one..”

(Disclaimer: All images and meditations are from Osho’s 21-day meditation series by Mentors Channel.)

Related Links:
Osho: A Course In Meditation, 21 Day Workout For Your Consciousness (visit to register, it’s free).

Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1: Strength Through Devotion
Day 2: Meditations on Love and Relationship
Day 3: Meditations On Anger
Day 4: The Art of Living in Balance
Day 5: Love and Meditation go Hand in Hand
Day 6: Living Dangerously
Day 7: Watching The Mind
Day 8: It Needs Intelligence To Be Happy
Day 9: The Integration Of Body, Mind and Soul
Day 10: How To Slow Down
Day 11: Everybody Is Creative
Day 12: Intuition – Tuition From Within
Day 13: Meditation And Conditioning
Day 14: How to Drop Judging People
Day 15: The Art Of Listening
Day 16 – Relaxation Through Awareness
Day 17 – Accepting Every Part Of Me

I am grateful for family–gathering to celebrate. For shots to loosen the lips, to hear stories (even secret ones) from two of three generations, for yummy food, for fun activities for all three generations (something to do with water guns…), for hours of laughter, and for love, warmth, and compassion for each other.

20140424-064236.jpgThis is the second week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week two focuses on connecting with the seven chakra centers to “build a grounded state of peace and possibility.” Week two will activate what we found within last week.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
Day 4: Finding Love (Vam)
Day 5: Finding Expression (Ham)
Day 6: Finding Wisdom (Om)
Day 7: Finding Consciousness (Sahasrara Im)
Day 8: Activating Security (Om Dakini Namaha)
Day 9: Activating Happiness (Om Rakini Namaha)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)

Last week, we worked on finding love within. Today, we work on activating that love by working on the heart chakra. This will help in gently breaking down any blocks to love, so that you are more open to experience this beautiful energy, starting from inside you.

I love this from today’s meditation preface: “Love is compassionate and forgiving… it unites even while it celebrates differences. You don’t need to look outside yourself to awaken this love. It is present in your heart chakra, right now and always.”

To reinforce that Deepak shared this from Rumi. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

What powerful messages these are. Personally, I am still working on self-love to make my heart into a “magical kitchen” like what Don Miguel Ruiz wrote in The Mastery of Love. To have such a heart is the ultimate in giving unconditional love not just to those you care for, but for everyone you encounter in this life, and most of all, to give to yourself.

If you think about it…

Who gets more flack from us? We do. We are often much harder on ourselves…

Who needs unconditional love from us the most? We do.

Today’s centering thought is “my life energy is love.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Kakini Namaha, which means “I activate my love.”

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

(Image courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts:
Day 1: Finding Security (Lam)
Day 2: Finding Happiness (Yam)
Day 3: Finding Power (Ram)

20140417-072453.jpgI am grateful for and love day 4 of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. It is on “finding love.”

It has been a profound journey to cultivating self love and self compassion thus far. For me, for a long time, it was easier to love and be compassionate towards others, and I had to learn that it was not only okay to have love and compassion for myself, but it was important and necessary.

I was happy to get the e-mail noting today’s meditation is on love. Each day, I say a mantra of “choose love, not fear.” To choose love as the primary force and energy to go about my day… To choose to see love in others, in my situation, in my life, and in myself–instead of allowing fear and other negativity to get in the way of my having a happy and joyful life.

Today’s centering thought is “my love and compassion are within.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Vam, which means “I am love.”

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

(Image courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

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I arrived at the hospital today as some family members were about to leave for lunch. Auntie J is still having a hard time eating and didn’t want to go with them. She came down the hallway before the others left, walking with someone, and they went to the garden.

I stayed and waited for her while she had a talk with that someone who ended up being one of the interfaith chaplains at the hospital.

The Chaplain had been upstairs when he felt the urge to go downstairs to the main floor. At about the same time, two nurses were helping my sobbing aunt to the Chapel/Meditation room. He knew, upon seeing her, he needed to be there for her.

I met Rev. Jacob when they finished their talk and prayer, and he had such a sunny smile and peaceful way about him. He is young, but had experienced so much, including losing his mother at 20. He was able to provide a way for my aunt to express the pain she felt, and he gave her peace and compassion. He even came back to bring information about crying (as Auntie was trying not to cry) and how it helps with healing and also a handmade rosary (which was the last one the chapel had). He is going to give my Uncle an anointment for the sick, as well as blessings.

I am grateful for Rev. Jacob for his gift of compassion and peace to my Auntie J. I believe he is truly an Earth Angel sent to comfort others.

Disclaimer: Image courtesy of prokerala.com.

In life, we will encounter someone (or more than one person) that will have a certain emotional pull on us. In regards to the friend that I mentioned in my “To Be A Better Person, Woman, Friend…” post, there are some emotional triggers.

We had a good talk, but I still find myself often conflicted about this friend.

I realized that in order for me to deal with people who cause an emotional trigger in me is to be stronger in myself.

I have to reach into the self love and to find balance in order to be there for this friend, but not let myself get tangled in what this friend is going through.

This is what I have decided to do:

1. Examine what the triggers are
2. Examine how these triggers come about
3. Set boundaries

I am hoping this will help me through.

I am grateful to be able to just step aside from this situation and be objective about it, so that I can find a viable solution to emotional triggers and how I can deal with them in a better way (one that comes from a place of compassion).

Have you encountered this? How have you dealt with emotional triggers? What works? What doesn’t?

Related posts:

Day 46/365: To Be A Better Person, Woman, Friend…

Day 47/365: Healing From Breaking

(For 12/6/13. I felt the need to wait 24 hours before posting this…)

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