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20140831-163528.jpgDay 19 – Radiating Wisdom

Today’s quote is from George Dorsey. “Play is the beginning of knowledge.”

Today’s centering thought is my being is wise and knowing.

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Vadohum, which means “I am pure knowledge.”

From today’s message:
We value the wisdom of those who have learned well from their life experiences. Today we will learn that there is another kind of wisdom valued by the spiritual traditions of the world, and that is the wisdom gained from meditation. This spiritual wisdom is what we are cultivating during our 21-Day Meditation Experience. As we delve deeper into our awareness, we uncover greater knowledge and joy. We see our essential connection with everyone else from the vantage point of unity consciousness.”

The nineteenth day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience was about radiating wisdom.

Oprah shared that “wisdom is more that what you know or the sum of your life experiences, both rich and difficult. Wisdom is what you feel, and I believe the wisest people are always seeking, going deeper and higher.”

Deepak shared.  “You want to embrace the wholeness of life, because in wisdom, you know that life’s essence is in eternal bliss and infinitely expanding consciousness. You are wise because you have started to walk the path of wisdom by recovering your true self and reconnecting with your soul. There is no wiser decision that anyone can make. The wisdom of great learning is something I admire, but what I admire the most is the wisdom to see beyond appearances and to seek union with Spirit. When you radiate the happiness of your true self, you are radiating the wisdom of the seeker who is on the spiritual path.”

I am truly in awe with Oprah and Deepak’s messages. I know I do not know everything… most times, I do not know anything. HaHa  All I know is what I have experienced and what I have observed from other people’s experiences.

As I continue to walk my Spiritual path and open myself to learning and growing, I will gain wisdom to help me live this life well. One of my affirmations is “every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” I think that as I continue to choose happiness and walk my Spiritual path, I will gain more understanding and trust in the process of Life. I always pray that I hope I will see, act, feel, and speak through love, so that everyone I meet will come away feeling better than before having met me. In doing so, I hope that I am contributing to collective consciousness and helping to make our existence a better one.

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
Day 13 – Living Gratitude
Day 14 – Living With Passion
Day 15 – Radiating Bliss
Day 16 – Radiating Grace
Day 17 – Being In Service
Day 18 – Radiating Compassion

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.

20140503-084350.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 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)
Day 17: Expressing Power (Om Swaha)
Day 18: Expressing You (Om Maha)
Day 19: Expressing You (Om Janaha)

“To share our wisdom and truth with others, we don’t need a large audience or a scholarly mind. We only need wisdom and truth alive in our consciousness along with a willingness to be of service to others in need… True wisdom is seeing what needs to be done and then acting on your inner knowing.” (Excerpt from the meditation’s message of the day)

Today’s meditation is about sharing our truth.

Oprah said it really well that “the more closely we connect to the Source, Capital S, of every truth, the more wondrous and full our life experience will be.” I feel and know this for myself.

Deepak shared two beautiful messages I want to share. The first is by Rumi. “There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.” The second is “when we say “Namaste,” we honor the truth in another. More important though is to respect everyone’s essence, which lies beyond the surface of appearances. Be your own inspiration, there’s no better way to inspire everyone around you.”

The truth is what motivates you from deep inside and it is the authenticity that helps set you free. The truth is your true nature (your true self), that helps you share yourself to the world. It is the true self that help you live with joy, love, happiness, inspiration, and fulfillment.

Namaste!

Today’s centering thought is “I radiate truth.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Tapaha, which means “I express my truth 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)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)

20140426-212557.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 6: Finding Wisdom (Om)
Day 7: Finding Consciousness (Sahasrara Im)
Day 8: Activating Security (Om Dakini Namaha)
Day 9: Activating Happiness (Om Rakini Namaha)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)

Today we activate the 6th Chakra, the Brow (Third Eye) Chakra, which will help us get in tune with our intuition.

Intuition is that inner knowingness. We all have this in us, kind of a built-in mechanism, but sometimes we have a hard time listening or even trusting it. Sometimes, we even block our receptivity to it. For me, that happens when I worry or doubt or when I am riding an emotional roller coaster.

I was more intuitive as a child, when I had utmost trust in the flow. As I grew older, I gave in to outer guidance more and more.

Today, I am trying to reclaim what I once had as a child, because I am realizing for myself that when I trust my intuition, things are easier, I make better choices, my perception is better, and I feel less like I am swimming upstream in life.

Today’s centering thought is “my inner wisdom wisely guides my actions.”

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

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)

20140419-143520.jpgI am grateful for day 6 of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience.

So far, we have had the following meditations:
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)

I needed today’s meditation in a big way. Sometimes, in life, we hit a patch and we seek the comfort of what we know.

Yesterday afternoon, I chose fear, instead of love, because it was familiar and because I was scared, but I knew that was the wrong choice.

Today is a new day, and I am able to see much more clearly why I made the choice that I did and what impact my choice will have in my life.

I realized how much more work I need to do on myself and in facing and breaking fears. I can learn and grow by tuning into the wisdom within.

Today’s centering thought is “my wisdom is within.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om, which means “I am wisdom.”

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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I love picking up a book and randomly opening it up for a piece of wisdom.  I love it even more when it seems to answer or relate to something I am going through at the moment.

In the 2010 version of Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude for May 25, entitled “Finding Ms. Amy,” Patty Hedrick wrote about a woman who changed the course of her destiny.

When she was young, she had an opportunity to take off from school and travel for a year, but she knew if she had left nursing school, she wouldn’t go back.  At a nursing home she worked at, there was a 103-year-old lady named Amy Cook, who told Patty that whenever she was in a crossroads in her life, she would make major life decisions as if she was in her deathbed.  This helped Patty decide what to do for herself back then.

What an interesting message, right?  I feel this message resonates with me right now, not only because I am in a crossroads, but also because I am living my life to the fullest I can make it to be.  To not have regret in life… To live life fully… What a great way to decide!

I am grateful for all the different ways wisdom flows to us, especially when we are open to receive them.

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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.

Photo credit:
ABC News

Related post:
Forgiveness

I had written before that sometimes when I am having a problem and I need advice, I pick up a book and open it to a random page.

I was dealing with a challenging situation, and it was also challenging my self-love. So, I picked up Sonia Choquette’s The Answer Is Simple… Love Yourself, Live your Spirit! I thought about my issue, opened the book, and I couldn’t believe what I got!

From page 142:
“The best way to remain self-loving and aligned with Spirit when facing life’s challenges is to remember that they all are lessons–so stop feeling as though you’re a victim. This isn’t to suggest that the ones you face at times aren’t difficult or painful. It only means that until you acknowledge that your challenges exist to teach you something on a soul level, you can’t even begin to get past or rise above them. Whatever problem you encounter, know that it presents itself because there’s something in that situation that your soul wants to learn. The more quickly you acknowledge your problems as opportunities to acquire wisdom, the more manageable they become.”

I was upset and guilt-ridden, because in a moment of vulnerability, I did something that was not from a place of love or kindness. That night, I had restless sleep and my conscience just gnawed at me.

Basically, I texted in response to someone something that came out partly from resentment that had brewed for several months (and I did not yet have an opportunity to clear up) and partly from something else. In my weakness, lack of sleep, and some emotional stress, I said goodbye to an early friendship. I did not have a clear heart that time.

Nobody died. The world didn’t end, but I was pretty upset about what I had done and was worried about my friend. On top of that, I did it in text. I think texting should be banned sometimes… 😦

I realized that what I was going through was yet another lesson. I seem to have a lot of “opportunities to acquire wisdom” with this person. I apologized, but understandably, my friend is upset.

I struggle sometimes. I know that this is normal. I will have moments of weakness. I am not perfect. I will make mistakes. I will not be happy and positive every second, minute, hour, or day. What I do next, after a moment of weakness, is what is truly important and what will make a difference.

I am grateful for lessons from which I can learn. It is the only way I can grow to be a better person, woman, friend…

20131102-090512.jpgPatience and I do not often get along. Like the cartoon above by Doug Savage, I often like things “now.”

Although we clash often, I am very grateful to Patience, when I am open to learning from her.

I am grateful when she slows me down so that I can pay attention and be present… so that I can savor each moment.

I am grateful when she reminds me (sometimes painfully) that complete healing is a slow process, not to be rushed. Just because I feel like everything is back to normal, I still need to be very gentle with my body.

I am grateful because some of my most beautiful memories come from slow, burning moments.

I am grateful to be reminded that inner peace and wisdom come from being patient, quiet, and eager to learn.

I still have a long way to go in learning fully from Patience, but hopefully, by appreciating the good she brings into my life, I can be better at being patient; although, this may be a lifelong study…

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