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20140612-220051.jpgStill blooming since 05/31/14! This rose was one of the eight in a bunch, and it was broken near the base of the bud itself. I cut a piece of the stem and kept it in a small bowl. How cool is that! This rose is pretty and still going strong! 🌹

I am grateful for this rose’s message too… That even if conditions are not so good, we can be tough and still find the strength to go forward and thrive!

Related post:
The Roses

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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

20140430-213214.jpgThis is the third week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week three focuses on transformation, from opening and activating the seven chakras, to allow for more joy, love, possibilities, and fulfillment in our lives.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)
Day 13: Activating Wisdom (Om Hakini Namaha)
Day 14: Activating Consciousness (Om Katyayani Namaha)
Day 15: Expressing Security (Om Bhu)
Day 16: Expressing Happiness (Om Bhuvaha)

Having found and activated our personal power, by radiating it, by expressing it… we can not only help ourselves through difficulties, but we can share support and give strength and compassion to others who need them the most, and become a source of inspiration and hope.

“Spiritual power is the flow of universal power focused through us to support and benefit others.”

Oprah mentions that by surrendering to the flow and trusting that which is greater than ourselves, we “radiate a vortex of strength and power.”

Deepak adds that by expressing power through the solar plexus chakra, we gain access to a “core of support that knits together mental, emotional and spiritual strength.” These three kinds of strengths are what we need in order to overcome obstacles, reach our goals in life, and share our strength with others.

I’m in the process of surrender, of trusting in a higher power, and just letting go. It has not been easy at all, but I am flowing, and doing my best.

I am sure that trusting in the belief that I will be okay, no matter what happens, is helping. That was something I learned, through many obstacles, first hand, but grateful for.

But surrendering and letting go doesn’t happen automatically for me. I still resist and still want to take control. There isn’t a day that go by when I have to stop and remind myself why I am surrendering and letting go at least once a day, but I also know that I am more at peace when I do.

Surrendering isn’t about giving up control of your life. To me, it’s about giving up control of the part of me that can self-sabotage all the self-work I have been doing and giving in to the ego’s wants, fears, and doubts that get in the way of my happiness. My life is a whole lot easier when I swim with the flow than against it.

Today’s centering thought is “I radiate strength and support.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Swaha, which means “I express my confidence into the world.”

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)
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)

20140423-183039.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 3: Finding Power (Ram)
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)

A few weeks ago, my Acupuncturist started to help me with my yang, because it was weak; therefore, so was my energy core–my solar plexus. While she was using pressure points to activate that for me to ensure proper energy flow, I decided to do meditations and visualizations to empower my solar plexus. One of the things I do is envision my solar plexus chakra spinning and getting brighter and brighter golden yellow, and then the golden yellow energy flowing out of my chakra to fill my whole entire body–until you are completely golden! Now how do you feel? Hopefully, ready to go on an adventure!

When your solar plexus is weak, so too will you feel week and tired all the time. Your spleen and stomach gets affected and your body can’t metabolize your food well or derive nutrients from what you eat. You start to lose focus and clarity, and maybe even get depressed and/or have low-esteem issues.

Today’s meditation activates the solar plexus (third) chakra and helps align us “with the infinite source of true strength and power.” By harnessing this power in us, we can utilize it to get us going to accomplish all that we want to manifest in this life.

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

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

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)

20140506-100429.jpgToday is day three of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience.

Today’s meditation is about finding the power within–to align with your true power.

While meditating, I recalled a memory from when I was a small child. My paternal grandmother would often take me with her to visit churches, spiritual healers, etc.

We would often visit a particular healer’s house, but while they were talking in the house, I would have to stay in the courtyard, to sit and keep my frilly dress from getting dirty.

The healer’s 14 year old nephew would often tease and taunt me (I was 5 or 6), even when I would just be playing by myself. One day, I had enough, curled my fist, and decked him. I can still remember the surprised look on his face and the blood oozing from his lip, but he stopped bugging me after that.

I am not relating this to encourage violence, but I remember keeping what I did a secret on the way back. There was a sense of shame for what I did (yet a feeling of empowerment at the same time), plus I didn’t want my grandmother to see that the knuckle on my right hand was severely skinned–like coming off. I kept my hand hidden the whole way home.

In life, we often come across really hard experiences, and sometimes we tolerate our situation until we have had enough.

This happened when I was in an abusive relationship when I was younger. The brave little girl inside of me had to encourage the broken woman I had become to get her power back and leave the negative situation. I had to build myself up to find and strengthen myself so I would never ever again be in the same situation, and to finally know my worth. My worth came from finding the power within and from my long and continuing hard work on self love.

Today’s centering thought is “my power and strength are within.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Ram, which means “I am strength.”

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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Prompt: Monday, January 13, 2014
Eleanor Roosevelt said: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Tell us about a time you felt your strength.

In 2009, I went on a personal leave from work. For three of five months, I lived in Japan and used it as a base to travel to other areas of Japan and other nearby countries.

A woman traveling alone can find herself in a lot of interesting situations, but it was the most empowering experience of my life. I learned so much about myself, and I grew so much as a person.

You find ways to cope. You find ways to solve problems in a more creative way. You find ways to rely on yourself and find your strength.  You find ways to trust and have faith.

South Korea was the hardest place that I visited because of the language barrier and the currency.  I had a survival Korean book which didn’t help, and although I do like Korean dramas, they didn’t help me pick up a lot of vital phrases I needed then. HaHa

I was unable to study the Korean currency prior to my trip. The internet connection where I had lived in Tokyo only worked part of the time. There were extra zeros in the Korean won.  When I tried to pay for my bus to the hotel with several bills, the cashier took one 10,000 won bill, and push the remaining bills toward me.  That was a cheap ride, and that lady was kind and honest!

The hardest situation I encountered during my solo trip (again also in South Korea) was when the bus dropped me off (on the way to the hotel).  Before we left, I tried to converse with the bus driver to confirm my stop.  Somehow, I think he went over a little.  For over an hour, I exchanged bills to coins from a nice lady at a store for the pay phone, made several calls to the hotel who couldn’t make out where I was, hailed cabs but would leave unable to help me once they learned I could not speak Korean… all while standing in the rain.

After trying to figure out my situation for over an hour, I stopped and prayed for help. Then within minutes, a cab pulled up in front of me releasing its passengers.  The cab driver knew a little bit of English he picked up from his daughter who was studying in America. He asked me to come into the cab and placed my luggage in the trunk.  I handed him my paperwork on the hotel, but the information was not in Korean character form, so he asked me to point to the hotel’s phone number.  I did and he called the hotel on his mobile and asked for directions.  He got me to my hotel.

I was very grateful for the help this man gave to me. He could have left me in the rain like the other cab drivers did, but he took the time to deal with a foreigner.

I was very grateful for the help after I prayed. I’ve gotten help before after I prayed, but I have been geared to be so independent and to be so self-sufficient that I forget that my life could be simpler if I just ask for help.  LOL

That experience solidified in my heart and mind that…
1. All my prayers are heard
2. I am never alone
3. I will always be alright, no matter what

I just have to remember to stop being stubborn about doing things alone and ask for help. 🙂

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