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20140905-224505.jpgWhen things compound and life is a bit harder than normal, and it is hard to be in stillness, I find the prayers in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book very helpful. After a few days, I am back in the proper flow. I am grateful for this book.

There are prayers for truth, forgiveness, love, physical body (our body does a lot for us), gratitude, humanity, divinity, and the Circle of Fire (which is a prayer about “being alive, being in love, being who you really are.”) I believe this book has been reprinted and retitled as The Circle of Fire.

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

20140702-231600.jpgYou may have read this before on my blog–that I like to pick up a book and open it randomly for guidance.

I picked up The Mastery Of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz and it opened up to the chapter, “The Perfect Relationship.” In it, it said that the right person for you is the one that “wants to go the same direction as you.” It is a person that is “compatible with your views and your values–emotionally, physically, economically, spiritually.”

It also said that sometimes you won’t know who the right person is. That is why you need “to take risks…” Finding love is about taking risks after all…

Don Miguel Ruiz also noted that the right person for you is the one you love just the way they are, and it is lucky when the other person loves you just the way you are too.

Unconditional love. It’s been a very huge lesson for me for a long while now. I’ve been learning it, living it, fighting it, and surrendering to it… With myself and with others. I hope one day, I will be blessed with someone I could truly love just the way they are and I will be blessed also, because he will love me just the way I am.

I am grateful and happy for this wonderful advice.

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I would like to take a moment to honor a great man, Nelson Mandela, who helped end apartheid and who devoted himself to promote/fight for human rights. What he has done will be remembered and I hope, honored always.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” — Nelson Mandela

Love is the greatest force there is. It is in love that we are created. It is in love that we see what is good in others.

Love can heal all wounds, and love through forgiveness can give us inner peace.

Love for ourselves will make us wiser and patient, and self-love will help us share our love with others.

This reminds me of a prayer in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, Prayers: A Communion With Our Creator. The Prayer For Love ends like this:

“Today, Lord, help me to start my life over with the power of self-love. Help me to explore life, to take risks, and to love myself unconditionally. Let me open my heart to the love that is my birthright so that I can share my love wherever I go. Amen.”

I am grateful to all the Teachers and Visionaries like Nelson Mandela who bravely share their teachings and who fight to make positive changes for all.

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Forgiveness

forgiveThere were many things I was grateful for today.  For example, I called into a virtual weekly meeting (where they take attendance) about 2 minutes late, and I swear, a second after I called in, my name was called. No one knew I called in late.  I thought that was super sleek and cool! I couldn’t stop smiling.   😉

Yet, while mulling which of the things I wanted to record in my blog tonight, I realized that in the space of 24 hours, I spoke about forgiveness and love to three different people dealing with three different situations and conflicts.

On the road to self-love, one of the things I worked on, and continue to work on, is forgiveness. I asked for forgiveness from others (even for very small infractions). I did my best to personally asked for forgiveness.  For those, I couldn’t reach for any reason, I asked for forgiveness in my heart. I try to daily forgive myself and a list of people I need to forgive.  I say this either inwardly or out loud in private.  Eventually, any pain from those I need to forgive goes away and the list gets shorter.

I think I was just surprised that I had shared this method of forgiveness without even thinking about it.  I suppose forgiveness was something three different people may have needed to hear.  But I did write earlier that I also spoke about love.

Last week, I spoke to a friend, JB, about how hard it was for me to be in the company of someone who was constantly negative.  I had happened to be getting a ride from someone, M, and as soon as I climbed into the car, she just started to talk about things in a negative way.  Pretty soon, I started to feel stressed.  JB advised that I should visualize giving M love and healing from my heart to help ease the pain she was feeling that is keeping her thinking negative.

The three situations were the following:

Situation 1:  P has a very difficult relationship with her mother.  She has dealt with decades of verbal attacks from childhood to adulthood. She would excuse herself when she would take calls from her mother because she doesn’t want any of her friends to feel her stress and the negativity from those calls.

Situation 2:  A is still dealing with a very difficult divorce and her ex-husband, instead of focusing on the kids and their well-being, finds every moment to blame A for anything and everything and continue to be verbally abusive towards her.

Situation 3:  PS has had increasing difficulty with her Mother-in-law, who had recently just said some bad things about her parents.

What I had advised:

For all three, I asked them to consider forgiving themselves and the person that is hurting them.  I asked them to do this for at least three weeks (I can’t remember where I read the timing from, but it could be from a book by Louise L. Hay).  I also asked them to visualize themselves giving love from their heart to this person.

Why?

1. You will have a change of perspective within a few days or by the 21st day.  You will see this person in a more positive light.

2.  The other person will change their perspective towards you, through your effort of forgiveness and love.

3.  A miracle will happen… Both #1 and #2 occur.

I asked all three to try the exercises of forgiveness and love, and to let me know what happens.  I know from personal experience that something wondrous will occur.

Today, I am grateful for forgiveness. As Don Miguel Ruiz said, “forgiveness is an act of self-love.”  By forgiving others, you ease out of your anger and suffering, and you allow yourself to heal.

I am grateful for the Hay House World Summit Day 3 schedule, especially the conversation with Don Miguel Ruiz.

I am also thankful for the change I had in my wallet that yielded two bags of potato chips from the vending machine–one for today and one for tomorrow! Yay!

I am grateful for the awareness You have given me of how precious my Life is and how important it is to fully enjoy my Life.

I would like to share with you an excerpt from the Prayer for Gratitude, from Don Miguel Ruiz’ book, Prayers: A Communion With Our Creator. This is such a fitting prayer for what I am trying to do, which is to live my life fully and for this gratitude journal.

“Today, Creator of the universe, my heart is filled with gratitude for the gift of life you have given me. Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind. Today, Lord I want to express my gratitude for everything I have received from you.

I know the way to say thank you for life is by fully enjoying every moment of my life. And the only way to enjoy every moment is to love.”

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