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I am so honored to be privy to nature’s awesome gifts like this.  You would think me they’d run away once they hear me coming, but interestingly enough, most of the time, little animals like to pose for me.  There was even a crow today that flew over me and cawed several times above me, as if in warning, and then a car approached around the bend in front of me.  I think he was looking out for me, LOL.

I wasn’t always such a nature lover, so I am glad I am growing into it.  It has been wonderful.

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My good friend, G, sent me a gift! She had misplaced the charger I let her borrow, and I got this in the mail!  Thank you, G!

(For 2/28/15)

Innerlight

I saw something really cool.

A few days ago, I encountered someone–vaguely recognizing him as someone who works at my building, as I was heading out of the building.  I noticed how hugely he smiled as he walked back.

I came upon him again as I was leaving to get lunch while he was coming back to the building. I smiled (because if you were to see his beaming face, you couldn’t help but smile too), but had to look down due to some steps.  When I looked up again, I saw something pretty amazing.  There was this bright, whitish light that emanated from his chest and radiated out passed his head… like making a big halo from his chest to above his head.

I thought that maybe that must have been his inner light shining out.  He felt so at peace and just really happy that his light within was radiating out.  I couldn’t help but think how I would like to always be in that state of peace and shine just as brightly.  Wow.

 

(For 2/27/15)

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20141105-201101.jpg“Some days you will be the Light for others, and some days you will need some Light from them. As long as there is Light, there is hope, and there is a Way.” –Jennifer Gayle

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.

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

20140528-202409.jpgThank you for sharing your light, Maya Angelou. Your light will continue to light the way for us.

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Day 6: Beyond Fear

Day six of the Spirit of Mantra meditation series was about embracing fear and other negative emotions to bring forth inner growth.  Deva Premal and Miten mentioned that we spend a lot of our time trying to dispel negative emotions or avoid them, but we can grow so much by experiencing them.

For Deval Premal, she once transmuted her anger to a blissful experience.  Per Miten, you could dispel fear by bringing light into darkness.

Personally, I still have a problem with embracing my fears or any negative emotion.  I learn a lot from them, and try not to let them burden me, but I am not sure what else to do but face them.  Would experiencing or embracing them, the same as facing them?

This mantra was beautiful though and Deva Premal encouraged you to dance to it. I bought it to add to my meditation playlist to help me dance away fears or any negative emotions I may face.

You can find this mantra as “Shante Prashante” in Deva Prema’s album, Embrace.

Mantra:
Shante Prashante
Sarva Bhaya
Upasha Mani Swaha

Meaning:
Invoking the spirit of supreme peace, I offer up the energy of fear to the universal formless mind.

Inner Tuning:
I honour and welcome the energy of fear as a power that can inspire and guide me on my inner journey towards the Light. I welcome all so-called ‘negative emotions’ today. Rather than denying them, I embrace their power.

(Disclaimer: All images, mantras, meanings, and inner tunings are courtesy of The Spirit of Mantra.)

Related Links:
The Spirit of Mantra with Deva Premal & Miten Meditation Journey (visit to register, it’s free)
Deva Premal and Miten
Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my personal mantra meditation journey:
Day 1 – Invocation
Day 2 – Divine Speech
Day 3 – Purification
Day 4 – Radiant Health
Day 5 – Strength Through Devotion

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Day 5: Strength Through Devotion

Day five of the Spirit of Mantra meditation series was about devotion and celebrated Hanuman, the Son of the Wind.  This mantra aided in opening us to the energy of life force and strength through devotion to the Divine.  It was also used before any physical fitness.  Per Deva Premal, it made exercise more meaningful when we devote it to Spirit.

“Om” opened the throat chakra. “Hum” eradicated darkness. “Hanuman” worked through life force through breath.  Per Deva Premal and Miten, breath connected us to Spirit, and was very integral for inner work.  “Vijayam” meant victory.

Sensation-wise, I felt them in my hands, a bit in my feet, and through my heart a couple of times. (I wondered if maybe I had indigestion… HaHa).  I ended up massaging my heart area after the meditation.  Maybe it was giving my heart strength. 😉

Mantra:
OM Hum Hanumate Vijayam

Meaning:
Victory to the invincible Hanuman.

Inner Tuning:
Repeating this mantra before physical activity, I connect consciously with my breathing, allowing each breath to fill me with ‘Prana’ – the universal life force. With this, I dedicate my physical exercise to the Great Spirit.

(Disclaimer: All images, mantras, meanings, and inner tunings are courtesy of The Spirit of Mantra.)

Related Links:
The Spirit of Mantra with Deva Premal & Miten Meditation Journey (visit to register, it’s free)
Deva Premal and Miten
Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my personal mantra meditation journey:
Day 1 – Invocation
Day 2 – Divine Speech
Day 3 – Purification
Day 4 – Radiant Health

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Day 5: Strength Through Devotion

Day five of the Spirit of Mantra meditation series was about devotion and celebrated Hanuman, the Son of the Wind.  This mantra aided in opening us to the energy of life force and strength through devotion to the Divine.  It was also used before any physical fitness.  Per Deva Premal, it made exercise more meaningful when we devote it to Spirit.

“Om” opened the throat chakra. “Hum” eradicated darkness. “Hanuman” worked through life force through breath.  Per Deva Premal and Miten, breath connected us to Spirit, and was very integral for inner work.  “Vijayam” meant victory.

Sensation-wise, I felt them in my hands, a bit in my feet, and through my heart a couple of times. (I wondered if maybe I had indigestion… HaHa).  I ended up massaging my heart area after the meditation.  Maybe it was giving my heart strength. 😉

Mantra:
OM Hum Hanumate Vijayam

Meaning:
Victory to the invincible Hanuman.

Inner Tuning:
Repeating this mantra before physical activity, I connect consciously with my breathing, allowing each breath to fill me with ‘Prana’ – the universal life force. With this, I dedicate my physical exercise to the Great Spirit.

(Disclaimer: All images, mantras, meanings, and inner tunings are courtesy of The Spirit of Mantra.)

Related Links:
The Spirit of Mantra with Deva Premal & Miten Meditation Journey (visit to register, it’s free)
Deva Premal and Miten
Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my personal mantra meditation journey:
Day 1 – Invocation
Day 2 – Divine Speech
Day 3 – Purification
Day 4 – Radiant Health

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