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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

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

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

20140818-202231.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

20140818-161911.jpgDay 7 – Feeling Complete

Today’s quote is from Fernando Pessoa. “To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing. Be whole in everything.”

Today’s centering thought is I am wholeness.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Sarvatva, which means “I am wholeness.”

From today’s message:
The feeling of completion is an important part of inner happiness. Feeling complete means we feel whole. We glimpse the vastness of our higher self and know we do not lack anything. We have everything we need within us; we are everything we need.”

The seventh day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience is about what it means to be complete.

You complete me.” Now what woman did not feel at least a smidgeon of emotion stir inside her when she first heard those words from the movie, Jerry McGuire.

We all have, at one point or another, learned from someone else, from society, even from the media, that we are not complete, unless we have a successful job, high status, mounds of money, or someone by our side.

But all these things bring only momentary happiness. Without the happiness from the unchanging within, we can’t appreciate all that we have.

Without the happiness from within, if we lose any or all of what we thought would make us happy, what happens next? Would our world crumble?

As I grew stronger in my Spiritual path and my self-love, I started to understand the meaning of being complete…

In an old post called “Free Floating, Patched Up Heart”, I wrote that I felt I needed to heal my heart to be whole. I didn’t want to meet a man to fix or complete me. I wanted my heart whole so when I gave my love, it will be because I am sharing love and happiness with someone else.

Self-love, forgiveness, and self-acceptance… These will make you whole. I know… I’ve been there, done them, and continue to do them. A year’s worth of meditation helped a ton too! All of these helped me find joy, happiness, and fulfillment in my life. They gave me the wonderful awareness that I am enough.

Deepak said that “lasting happiness isn’t attained through money, status, power, or pleasure. It’s attained through inner fulfillment, and inner fulfillment depends on being whole. When we feel complete, we don’t have empty spaces inside that need to be filled.”

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

20140817-182507.jpgDay 6 – Feeling Hope

Today’s quote is from Bryant McGill. “The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.”

Today’s centering thought is hope lights my path.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shreem, which means “I am all possibilities.”

From today’s message:
Hope is a key spiritual component of our joyful self. Spiritual hope is not a feeble, anxious wish for things to be better…it is the active engagement of our aspiration to the almighty force of evolution. True hope ties our individuality to the cosmos, giving us the guidance and support to move toward out hopes and dreams. This expansion and fulfillment of our aspirations is an essential joy of life.

We feel happy when our love grows and our territory of influence expands, and hope is the leading edge of this expansion.

The sixth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience is about hope.

Oprah said, “your truest self doesn’t wait for hope, or hope for hope. Your essential self emanates hope–rooted in the all powerful certainty of Source… If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. Access that certainty and hope, and the happiness that flows to you will be more powerful than you can imagine. It is a force that grounds you and lifts you up, all at once.

As mentioned in another post, I feel like I am at a crossroad. I feel like my life is gearing up for some major changes, but I am not sure the “what,” the “when,” and the “how” yet. This is making me feel anxious.

Yet, the only thing that is helping me is my hope in the knowledge that “all will be well.” That’s why I am only anxious, but not afraid. It took a long time to stop gaining new fears. That I am just anxious is a big leap. I guess I need to work on the anxiousness part. HaHa! 😁

Deepak said that “happy people are optimistic and hopeful. Hope is a positive force in their lives which is different from feeling anxious and hoping that everything will turn out all right. When your sense of hope flows from The Source, you know that new possibilities will emerge and that good outcomes are in sight.”

I hope for good outcomes, whatever they are. I will focus on the now, and trust that everything will work for my best and highest 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

20140817-121710.jpgDay 5 – Feeling Playful

Today’s quote is from George Bernard Shaw. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!”

Today’s centering thought is I am playful.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Lila Hum, which means “I am playful.”

From today’s message:
Today’s meditation connects us to the playful nature of our joyful self. Vedic wisdom tells us that all creation arises from Lila, or cosmic play. Expressing our playful nature is a valuable way to stay creative, receptive, and revitalized. When we have fun, we are dancing and singing along with the story of our life. We find our hearts, minds and bodies are lighter and happier. Play time not only makes us feel better, it spiritually rejuvenates us as well.”

The fifth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience is on being playful.

These days I do not have any problems being playful. It was always a part of me, and I chose to just be myself a long while ago.

There were moments in my life when I felt I had to stop letting that wonderful part of me out.

Climbing the ladder and being part of management–especially when I was the youngest in my team (the oldest team member started working for the company the year I was born) made me feel like I had to be serious all the time, and since work became my life for many, many years (not anymore, thank goodness), it meant I was serious all the time.

For me being serious all the time, and not allowing myself to be me, took its toll eventually.

I got severely burned out, I was having physical manifestation of illness and pain from stress, and I became increasingly unhappy.

When you become unhappy with your lot in life, it colors every part of your life–family, relationships, work, etc… You lose your perspectives. You forget what is truly important.

Oprah said, “your base level of happiness is determined by how you choose to view and experience your life. See and experience the world through the magical glasses of play and the world lights up.”

This is true. Perception plays a very important role. You can choose to see your glass as half full or half empty. You can make lemonade when life gives you lemons or dwell in the sourness of life. You can choose to feel lack or choose to feel blessed for what you already have. You, and only you, choose what your reality is.

Deepak shared that “there are moments when we feel trapped by things we must do, opinions we must hold, a path we must follow for fear of falling off of it. Because of fear, every day life feels anything but playful. Lila, the spirit of play, embraces joy, spontaneity and fun. In very practical terms, the happiest people make time every day for these things because play time, down time, and time out are important. They allow your brain to refresh itself, renew the spirit. Being too serious or heavy takes us away from our playful, joyful self. It also keeps your spirit from expanding.”

I choose to be my authentic self–whether people will like me or not. This means I allow playfulness to be a major part of me, because this life is a gift. I no longer want to take it for granted.

Every day, there is something for me to be thankful and grateful for!

Every day, there is something new to discover and to learn!

Every day is a miracle, and I feel blessed to have each day I am given in this world.

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

20140815-150918.jpgDay 4 – Feeling Love

Today’s quote is from Mother Theresa. “A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Today’s centering thought is I am love.

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

From today’s message:
Today’s meditation will show you that love is our joyful spiritual center. We don’t need to go anywhere to find love. This is love that never fades. We never lose this love because it comes from inside. We are our own source of joyful love. If we look for love around us, we are assuming we lack love, and that we can find it in another person. But, love is our nature; it is who we are, and it is as near as our beating heart. Our meditation today will help us reorient our feeling of love to our spiritual core so that we no longer look for love, but bring a full loving heart wherever we go

The fourth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience is on finding the love within.

The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz, is one of my most favorite books. In it, Don Miguel Ruiz wrote that “people are starving for love, not knowing their heart is a magical kitchen. Open your heart. Open your magical kitchen and refuse to walk around the world begging for love. In your heart is all the love you need. Your heart can create any amount of love, not just for yourself, but for the whole world.”

I am on the road to making my heart a magical kitchen. I have been working on opening my heart so that I could receive and give love freely. Forgiveness has played a deep role in remembering what love is.

We are made of love, but as we grew older, we have forgotten it. As we related to others, we got hurt and became scared of loving someone else. However, if we can go back to who we truly are, then we won’t be scared anymore.

What an ultimate gift it would be to find our way back to love. To be able to live one’s life knowing that you have enough and that you overflow of love–that you can’t but help share it.. AND to not be afraid to give it or expect anything in return.

In Lily Dale, I met some people who radiated love. It was so uplifting to be around them. I want to be like them, so that I could enhance other people’s lives simply by just being around them!

I hope one day, I could finally work through the rest of the things and fears that are keeping me from having this magical kitchen. I think that day, I will be truly blessed.

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

20140815-065138.jpgDay 3 – Feeling Peace

Today’s quote is from David O. McKay. “Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.”

Today’s centering thought is I am peace.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shanti hum, which means “I am peace.”

From today’s message:
I like how Deepak defines the different kind of peace. “Peace is an inner state that comes in many forms. Peace of mind is one. When you have peace of mind, you aren’t worried or stressed. You can go inside and relax.

A deeper peace is free of anxiety about the future – it makes you feel safe and secure.

Even deeper is the peace of self-acceptance. You are okay with who you are.

Then, there is Spiritual peace. Spiritual peace is the contented stillness of the soul. The bible calls this as “the peace that passes all understanding”. When we access this level of peace, we have moved beyond the mere absence of stress, worries, doubt, and insecurity. As valuable as it is to be free of those obstacles, we gain even more when we find Spiritual peace.”

The third day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience is on finding Spiritual peace.

I am grateful that I have touched on the many kind of peace that Deepak described, but I think that it is important for me to continue to strengthen them all, because I still find myself rattled at times.

Oprah said that Spiritual peace is “a contentedness that is all-encompassing and cannot be taken away. It is something that “creates true and lasting happiness.”

It would be very nice to be at that point of having Spiritual peace at all times. I want that constancy, so that when things go very awry, I will have that “core level well-being,” that cannot usurp me from my stable foundation.

Deepak said that Spiritual peace is not just to help you through the very bad times. It will also be there in times of “love and fulfillment.”

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

20140814-212521.jpgDay 2 – Feeling Inspired

Today’s quote is from Emily Dickinson. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”

Today’s centering thought is I am filled with spirit.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Shum, which means “I am inspired.”

From today’s message:
Today in meditation, we connect with our inner being, the source of all inspiration, creativity, insight and joy. In opening our hearts and minds to pure spirit, we allow ourselves to take it in to recreate and to renew ourselves. Inspiration is not only for artists and visionaries, we all benefit when our lives are refreshed and revitalized with spirit every day.

Meditation opens us to infinite possibilities and allows us to remake ourselves anew each time we sit in silence. To feel inspired is to step into the present experience unfettered by past disappointments and future fears. You are free to participate in the creative joy of life in the moment.”

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

I first heard of being “in-spirit” from Dr. wayne Dyer who wrote, “when you are inspired by a great purpose, everything will begin to work for you. Inspiration comes from moving back in-spirit and connecting to the seven faces of intention. When you feel inspired, what appeared to be risky becomes a path you feel compelled to follow. The risks are gone because you are following your bliss, which is the truth within you. This is really love working in harmony with your intention.”

I think that the path I have taken from working on opening myself and my heart and taking the steps toward my spirituality have opened me up to many possibilities.

My journey included various meditation journeys offered by Oprah & Deepak and the Mentors Channel (Gratitude, Spirit of Mantra, and Osho’s Course in Meditation), as well as wisdom derived from books from Don Miguel Ruiz, Gabrielle Bernstein, Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer–to name a few, Hay House Summit, and many more.

This opening, and allowing on my part, has led me to Alaska where I felt such quick and deep connection to Spirit. Then to Lily Dale, where I felt serene, safe, and loved.

I feel like I am now at this point of Dr. Dyer’s word… “When you feel inspired, what appeared to be risky becomes a path you feel compelled to follow.”

I am in front of many open doors right now. I am “inspired,” but I don’t know which path to follow or where my path will take me. I am both anxious and excited at the same time.

All I know is that even if I do not know where I am going, I know that my path will make me be better in every way, and that if I take it one present moment at a time and live life from a loving space, I will be okay and I will like where I end up.

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

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