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20141029-223637.jpg“We’re all just walking each other home.” –Ram Dass

A good friend, J, shared this quote with me a few days ago, and I was reminded of it again today.

If we could just change our perspective or how we see things, we are reminded that we are all, in this life, helping each other out. Whether we are learning a lesson (so we can become better people) from or with someone or we help someone else… We are just “walking each other home.”

“The real kindness comes from within you.”

Let’s spread the kindness like there’s no tomorrow! 😁

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.

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

20140814-214344.jpgI am grateful that my second, and largest community support event for this year, has been finalized with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

20140812-162337.jpgDay 1 – Feeling Joy

Today’s quote is from Tony DeLiso. “Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling.”

Today’s centering thought is Happiness is my true nature.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Ananda Hum, which means “I express my pure awareness into the world.”

From today’s message:
Rather than seeking one temporary joy after the next, we will explore the permanent and limitless source of joy that is our essence. Once we connect with our inner bliss, we find joy, understanding and fulfillment in all our actions.”

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

Oprah said, and I believe this to be true because I experience this, that “once you feel and allow authentic joy, every choice you make will continue to expand your state of happiness in ways you just can’t imagine. And as you tune into the powerful vibration of joy, life just keeps getting better, and better, and better, and better…”

My last full day in Lily Dale was a blessing, because I didn’t have any training and it was just a day of exploration and fun. It was easier to stay in the moment and allow things to just unfold… And enjoy.

My job now is to ensure my connection with the wondrous state of joy, and I can get there by going within.

Did you know that by meditating for just 15 minutes a day (and you do not have to do that all at one go, you can break it into 5 minutes here or there) is enough to sustain you throughout the day and help you navigate through any daily “storms” in a calmer way?

And by meditating, it will help you cultivate more sustaining joy in your life… Which can grow so much, you want to share it!

Deepak said, “happiness expands from within us… all the way out to the world–the way a tiny seed sprouts and grows to full flowering, which then shares it’s sweet fragrance.”

Isn’t that lovely? And he’s right. You will feel your happiness overfloweth (love that word–had to use it), and you can’t help but want to share this happiness through your smiles (the kind that truly reaches the eyes and comes from the heart), your kindness, and the way you show gratitude. It’s an awesome feeling!

The “Expanding Your Happiness” meditation journey will break out in the following way:

Week one will help you work on connecting with your inner silence. Week two will help you work on expanding your happiness by working on your limiting thoughts and deepening your awareness. Week three will help you in sharing the ultimate gift of happiness.

So, come on… Let’s get happy! 😁

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

(Image and meditation information are courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

20140802-125829.jpgYou know you have an awesome, fabuloso friend when she would pick up these snacks for you, cleaning out two checkout lanes at her Trader Joe’s in a city of healthy eaters (and having to face weird stares because she’s buying all these meat stick snacks), because your Trader Joe’s at a less healthy city, sold out of them! HaHa!

Thank you, Sheilani!

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20140731-185222.jpgI was telling a work friend about a genealogy show called, “Who do you think you are?,” and he told me a story about his own.

E is 100% Jewish on both sides. He told me that if things had been different, he would not have been born. He began to tell me about his paternal grandmother.

E‘s grandmother was born in Poland. She was the eldest of eight children. She was well liked in the town her family lived.

When one of the families left for America (New York) due to the problems that were arising during that time, they wrote to ask if his grandmother could come to New York to be their house maid. His grandmother, then twelve, with her family’s blessing, left for America. She was the only one of her family to survive…

Wow… I don’t even know what to say.

I am grateful for E. I appreciate him even more.

I believe we all have stories of survival and gratefulness for life in our genealogy, regardless of race, culture, etc. We all have this is common.

Let us appreciate each other. May kindness bring forth peace for all. We, each of us, have the right to live in this beautiful world.

Disclaimer: Image from LiveLifeHappy.com

KindnessI was grateful for the kindness my Acupuncturist extended to me. When I let her know that I will be late for my appointment, she was okay with it.  When I realized, I didn’t have a blank check with me and that my debit card was in my other wallet, at home, I tried to reschedule, but she wanted me to come in and pay for it the next visit.

She is so cool!  My Acupuncturist really cares about the well being of her patients.  I am so lucky.


Image courtesy of quotesaday.com

For 5/20/14

20140506-130931.jpgThank you for the wonderful day you have given to me, God! Thank you for each gift, blessing, and miracle today.

Thank you for the steamed pork in egg custard I had for breakfast. Thank you for leading me to the recipe.

Thank you for helping me find that marinated flank steak at the supermarket the other day. I cooked it last night so I could take some to work today. It was very delicious, and oh so tender! A great match to the steamed broccoli and the brown rice mixed with wild rice.

Thank you for flaming hot Cheetos! They take the itchy, scratchy throat away from allergies. I’m glad they come in little bags, or I’d be in trouble! 😉

Thank you for a chance to sit outside and be warmed by the sun.

I saw some of your beautiful creatures, while I was sitting in front of the fountain, during lunch. A dragonfly, with shimmering, luminous blue wings, circled twice. I managed to take a picture each of your squirrel and your crow drinking from the fountain. I wish I was able to take a picture of your tiny hummingbird, in front of the water of the fountain, as it took a drink. What a brave, tiny bird! Thank you for reminding me that if we have courage, we can do many things, even face a raging waterfall!

Thank you for the beautiful, yellow butterfly with black dots and tips! It allowed me to slow down and appreciate your beautiful creation in action.

Thank you for a flash of wings of a bird in the garage to remind me to slow down as I made my way out of the parking garage.

Thank you for another wonderful session with my Acupuncturist today. I know you brought us together so that I can fully heal.

Thank you for a chance for me to meet up with one of my closest friends for dinner. It was at a Japanese restaurant. You know how I love sushi!
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Thank you for all the love and kindness I received this day, and I hope I was able to also give in kind.

I love you, God! Thank you for loving me back!

Thank you in advance for an even amazing day tomorrow!

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