Desire and Destiny – Deepak and Oprah


These are my notes from the newest Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Challenge – Desire and Destiny with Oprah. This latest meditation is offered free at chopracentermeditation.com, each day’s lesson available for 5 days and also available for purchase through his website.

“Day 1 Who Am I?

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Mark Twain

Welcome to our 21-Day Experience, Desire and Destiny! We are delighted and honored that you are joining us, as together we expand our understanding of ourselves and we open to the magnificent lives we are meant to live—our destinies.

Our deepest, most heartfelt desires are like stars in a constellation . . . brilliant, twinkling lights that show us the way and create pathways to our true destinies. It is our soul’s mission to connect with, cherish, and realize our desires in order to live our lives to the fullest and make our greatest contributions to the world. In fulfilling our heart-held dreams we flourish, serving ourselves and others from a place of bliss, generosity, and love. Our journey starts at the beginning, in the center, as we go within to listen to our deepest truth.

Mindful Moment

Today is a new beginning, the first step on a very special journey. Along the way there will be new sights to see and concepts to learn. As you travel through this day, take time to acknowledge yourself and celebrate your choice to live mindfully and wholeheartedly! With your mind and heart open, you are creating the space to manifest the life of your dreams.”

Day 1:  Who Am I?

Centering Thought:  I am my deepest desire.

Sanskrit Mantra:  So Hum

Oprah:  Welcome, Everyone!  I am so happy and honored once again that you’re joining Deepak and me for our new 21-day meditation experience  This one is called desire and destiny.  Whether you’re joining us for the first time or you’ve been with us for previous meditations, I know you will be profoundly changed by this worldwide experience of joyful, transformation.  What I know for sure is that each of us has been put here for a purpose.  We each have a unique destiny and that destiny unfolds with light and clarity when we are still enough to hear the whispers of our truest desires.  When you let that deep, quiet, beautiful energy rise up from within, it will begin to shape your intentions, your thoughts and especially your actions and ultimately it will lighten the path to your most abundant, wondrous destiny.  
Over the next three weeks we will journey on that path to more abundance.  In week one, we’ll begin to shift our perception to feel our true essence at a vibrant new level.  Then in our second week, we’ll open up to the whispers of our deepest heart wishes so that we can begin to create a more blissful way, guided by passion and inspiration.  Then in week three, we bring everything together as we move toward sharing our light and expanding the momentum of abundance in the world.  Exciting, huh?  So, here we go.  Take a deep breath, get comfortable, and invite this beautiful new energy in.  Let’s all listen as Deepak shares his wisdom and begins to pose the most important soul question.  I remember when he ask me this question, ‘Who Am I?’  Then we’ll meditate together.”
Deepak:  ”  Over the next three weeks we will share a journey toward living each day of lives with inspired passion and abundance.  Connecting with our deepest desires, we will cultivate a state of peaceful awareness, open to our pure potential, aligned with our souls purpose, and realize our true destiny.  As we begin, let’s consider what desire and destiny really are.

Desire is often interpreted in spiritual philosophies as a selfish distraction which, when indulged, pulls us away from our connection with spirit.  I believe that desires are seeds planted within to do just the opposite.  I believe they lead us to our divine passion and purpose.  They are our dreams, our divine wishes.  They are signs.  When we pay attention to, and explore our desires, they help us connect to our destiny.  As ancient Indian sages observed thousands of years ago, our destiny is shaped by the deepest level of our intension and desire.  Once we plant the seed of an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, our soul’s journey unfolds automatically, as naturally as a bulb becomes a tulip or an embryo becomes a child.

Over the next three weeks we will contemplate a series of timeless soul questions to tap into our true desire and destiny.  So, where do we begin our journey?  Long ago, William Shakespeare observed a profound simplicity.  It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.  This wise statement leads us to our very first essential understanding as we step forward into our journey together.  The most empowering transformational step we can take in life is to discover the truth within.  Close your eyes for a moment and ask, Who am I?   This timeless question has no wrong answer.  it is a question I encourage you to ask yourself every day.  Who am I?  Quietly listen for the answer.  Who Am I?  Listen deeply.  Receive each and every whisper from your soul.  Receive and ask again.  Who Am I?
Once we begin to understand who we are, we open the door to infinite and abundant possibility.  As we prepare to meditate together, take a moment to consider our centering thought, ‘I am my deepest desire’.  ’I am my deepest desire’.
Now we’ll begin our meditation.  Please find a comfortable position,  placing your hands lightly in your lap and closing your eyes.  Notice the inflow and outflow of your breath, just as it is.  Feel your body, noticing any tension it might be holding on to and let it melt away with each inhalation and exhalation.  Let go of all thoughts and expectations.  Trust that your meditation experience today, and each day, will be exactly right in the moment.  Now gently introduce the Sanskrit Mantra, So Hum, which means I Am.  Silently repeat the mantra mentally, allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  So Hum.  So Hum.  So Hum.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or sounds in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  So Hum.  So Hum.  So Hum.  Just mentally.  So Hum.  So Hum.  Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.
Please release the mantra, taking a moment to become aware of your body.  When you are ready, open your eyes.
As you move through this day, I invite you to carry with you this ancient Hindu teaching …
You are what your deepest desire is.  As is your desire, so is your intention.  As is your intention, so is your will.  As is your will, so is your deed.  As is your deed, so is your destiny.
Take each step along the way today, envisioning yourself as the divine being that you are, and contemplate our centering thought,  ’I am my deepest desire’.  ’I am my deepest desire.’  ’I am my deepest desire.’
Namaste”

Journal Questions:
1.  ”What is your answer to today’s soul question, “Who am I?” As you write allow yourself the freedom to explore, knowing there is no wrong answer to this question.”

2.  ”What are your intentions for this 21-day experience? What do you want to learn and create in your life during our time together? Being very specific with your intention is a powerful way to start any journey. After writing, take a moment to visualize each intention as a seed you are planting today within your heart. The time you spend meditating and journaling each day is the water and sunshine that allows your vision to sprout.”
3.  ”Today we begin a daily exploration of gratitude as we invite abundance into our lives. What are you grateful for today?”
4.  ”Reflect further on your experience today.”

Day 2 Empowered Me

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Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.”
 Chief Seattle

Today we explore the concept of karma, the ebb and flow of energy in our lives. We will discover that with awareness, we have the opportunity to mindfully harness this natural current to create a life where our dreams and desires open with effortless ease.

So often we hear about good karma and bad karma, but in reality, karma is simply a reciprocal exchange—what we give, we receive in kind. Through meditation, we connect more deeply with the present, increase our awareness of “what is,” and emerge from the silence with a sense of balance and a desire to make right, conscious choices in our lives. In this way, we begin to recognize our own undeniable role in creating the story of our lives and begin to align ourselves with those choices that are the most nurturing for ourselves and everyone around us.

Mindful MomentTake a moment to observe one choice before you today. Prior to making a decision, check in with your inner voice and ask yourself, “Is this the most nourishing choice for me and everyone around me?” If the answer does not feel right to you, then consider making another decision. If when you check in with yourself, your choice feels right in your heart, then proceed with abandon.
Centering Thought:  I am a powerful creator
Sanskrit Mantra:  Om Kriyam Namah – My actions are aligned with cosmic law
Oprah:  “Welcome to day w.  Empowered Me.  Yesterday we ask ourselves the question, ‘Who Am I?’  That’s a big one.  We did that to begin opening up to our deepest destiny.  Every human has to answer  that himself/herself.  Today, we tap into the powerful law of Karma as an instrument for unlocking our potential and realizing our dreams.  What is Karma?  Its a tool to create abundance; more simply said, what you put out into the world is always coming back to you.  And you have a choice in the Karma you create in life.  When you are more conscious and present, you can choose actions and thoughts that nurture rather than hurt, allowing more of your innate goodness to emanate in the world which draws abundance and richness back to you.  If you don’t like what is manifesting in your life, you can change your choices and thereby change your karmic pattern. Being present and aware of your ability to make different choices, you begin to feel a new expansive sense of freedom and hope.  With each deliberate choice, you can feel more deeply your powerful influence in creating ever-flowing abundance in your life.  Consider that as Deepak guides us toward more empowerment through choice and we’ll meditate on that together.
Deepak:   Have you ever felt as if you were being tossed around at the will of the world around you with little influence on your daily experience and destiny?  At times it may feel as if we are just passengers along for the ride.  We may find ourselves reacting to situations in life with a sense of powerlessness, as if our circumstance is completely preordained.
Today, we explore Karma’s role in unlocking our potential and realizing our dreams.  Our relationship and intention with our Karma provides a powerful tool that provides a sense of freedom and empowerment as we recognize our influence in creating positive, ever-flowing abundance in our lives.   In the spiritual law of Karma, every action generates a force of energy that is returned to us in kind.  Simply put, what we give, we receive.  When we chose actions  that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our Karma is happiness and success.  The key to using the law of Karma or the law of cause and effect is becoming aware of the choices we make in each moment.
When we are more conscious and present, we can choose actions and thoughts that nurture rather than hurt us.  When we have a a decision to make, it’s useful to ask ourselves which action is likely to bring happiness and fulfillment to me and everyone affected by my choice.  Setting the intention to make choices  that will bring awareness and success to others is a powerful choice.
Today, we’ll begin to shift our karmic presence by inviting the state of equanimity into our lives.   This divine state is accessible and within each one of us we open it through the stillness of meditation.  When we live in equanimity, we experience a deep inner balance and a sense of peace, an ability to focus on the beauty of the whole rather than on contrasts such as good versus bad, winner versus loser.  In this beautiful state, we release and allow ourselves to absorb the tranquility of mind, deep awareness and acceptance of the present moment found in the absolute stillness of  pure consciousness.
By cultivating equanimity each day though our meditation practice, we gently wash away the karmic patterns and consequences from our trail of past choices, creating a new life vibration.  As we continue our journey to meditation, practicing with our karmic resonance and cultivating equanimity in our lives, we release the past, awaken to the present, and take action to create the future we desire.  We now realize that we are the masters of our own destinies, free to enjoy our  life rich with fulfillment, purpose and passion.
As we prepare to meditate together, lets take a few moments to focus on today’s centering thought, ‘I am a powerful creator’.  ‘I am a powerful creator.’
Now lets begin.  Please find a comfortable position, place your hands lightly in your lap, palms upward, and close your eyes.  Breathe naturally and effortlessly.  Notice in the inflow and outflow of your breath.  Bring your awareness to your body and notice any tension it might be holding on to.  Allow your breath to wash away this tension.  Begin to release your thoughts and expectations.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to be more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now gently introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, Om Kriyam Namah.  The Sanskrit mantra translates in English to ‘My actions are aligned with cosmic law’.  Om Kriyam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body nor noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.   Om Kriyam Namah.  Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.
Release the mantra and bring your attention back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.
As you continue with your day,  carry this new understanding of your pivotal role of your life with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, ‘I am a powerful creator’.  ‘I am a powerful creator.’  ‘I am a powerful creator.’
Namaste
Journal Questions
1.  As you give, so you receive. What ripple do you want to create in the world today?

2.  Cultivating equanimity in your life is a powerful tool. What are the activities that bring you a sense of inner peace and balance? Reflect and write down whatever comes to you without effort or judgment. Along with current activities, include activities you have done in the past and some that you believe will nourish you yet remain untried. Consider scheduling one of those activities each day this week.

3.  What are you grateful for today?

4.  Reflect further on your experience today.

Day 3 Confident Me

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“The Spiritual Law of Least Effort tells us that we can do less and accomplish more, an idea that seems at odds with what many of us have been taught throughout our lives. In general, we hold the belief that success is the result of hard work, struggle, and sacrifice.

As we’re learning through our time together, the universe has infinite organizing power and as conscious beings, we have ready access to this realm simply by spending time in stillness and silence. The same consciousness that orchestrates the myriad rhythms of the whole world dwells within each of us. By aligning ourselves with consciousness, connecting fully with the present, and staying open to the many opportunities life offers, we have the power within us to realize all our dreams with effortless ease.”

Mindful Moment“Just for today, make the decision to practice defenselessness. When you find yourself involved in a discussion in which you feel compelled to take one side over another or express your opinion in order to sway that of another person, instead, gently let go of the need to defend your point of view. Make a commitment to follow the path of no resistance in other ways throughout your day. Witness how effortlessly your day unfolds as you practice letting go and accept things just as they are.” 

Centering Thought:  “Abundance flows easily and freely to me.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  ” Sat Chit Ananda – Existence, consciousness, bliss.”

Oprah:  “Welcome to day 3, Confident Me.  Rooted in many of us is this belief that achieving success means hard work, long hours, struggle, and sacrifice.  The more we do, some people think, the more we become.  Well that is what our egos would have us believe.  But our beautiful and expansive universe operates in the exact opposite way.   In divine order and purpose, as in nature, life unfolds with effortless ease.  Think about this for a moment – our lungs breathe and our hearts beat without any effort.  So, too, are our dreams materialized when we connect with divine, natural intelligence.  The truth is, the universe is just waiting to help each of us turn our desires and hopes into reality.  When you tap into universal energy, the abundance that is ABSOLUTELY within you and all around you, emerges with grace and ease.  Observe how you feel.  Let your feelings guide you.  Embrace the flow that is just waiting to respond to your intentions and beliefs.  I promise you this, your life will begin to shift as you release beliefs that limit you and then you will move with comfort, ease and confidence toward the fullest, most pleasing abundant possibilities for you.  So enjoy all those possibilities as Deepak guides us toward co-creating everything our hearts desire and everything we need in our lives.  And then again today, we’ll meditate…together.”  

Deepak:    “The path of following your joy is guided by the spiritual law of least effort that says that nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease.  Nature provides wonderful examples of this spontaneous creation.  A rose doesn’t struggle to blossom, it simply unfolds in beauty and grace.  Birds don’t make heroic efforts to fly, they just fly.  It is the nature of the sun to shine and it is the nature of stars to sparkle and it is human nature for our dreams to manifest in physical form, easily and effortlessly.

Yet, many of us were brought up with the belief that life is a struggle.  Some of us inherited the thought that there will never be enough and others learned that comfortable abundance is always out of reach and is really only for others.  Perhaps, from an early age, we were taught that success requires hard work, sacrifice and unwavering discipline.  As adults, this belief in ‘no pain, no gain’, may drive us to work 70 hour weeks, sacrificing time with our family and friends and neglecting our health and well-being.

On our quest toward accessing abundance, we may continue to believe that it will just never happen, a belief  that may compel us to compare ourselves to those around us, from a place of lack or scarcity.  Over time, we are likely to feel exhausted, burned out and disconnected from our true desires and joy.  Today, we will take one of our first steps towards shifting these perspectives.

The path of forced effort and struggle is painful and ultimately limits our success because it is based on the ego’s fears and insecurities.  The ego believes that it has to do everything by itself and it struggles for power, approval and safety.  Our true self, or soul, on the other hand, knows it is always connected to an infinite universe that responds to all of our intentions and desires.   Our true self doesn’t struggle and push, it creates with effortless ease in alignment with the divine forces  of the universe.  When your actions are inspired by love, you are able to do less while accomplishing more because nature is held together by the energy of love.  In every moment, you have a choice about how you want to use two of your most precious resources – your attention and your intention. If you choose to focus your awareness on love, compassion, appreciation and peace, those qualities will expand in your experience.  You will find yourself living in the flow of grace and ease, in alignment with the creative power of the universe.

As we prepared to meditate, let’s consider our centering thought, ‘Abundance flows easily and freely to me’. ‘Abundance flows easily and freely to me.’  Let’s begin.

Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, let your awareness move within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now gently introduce the mantra, Sat Chit Ananda which means existence, consciousness and bliss.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Sat Chit Ananda.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.

Release the mantra.    Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Approach today with certainty as you contemplate the centering thought, ‘Abundance flows easily and freely to me’.  ‘Abundance flows easily and freely to me.’  ‘Abundance flows easily and freely to me.’

Namaste

Journal Questions:

1.  Make a list of the areas in your life that feel like a struggle. Use this writing time to let it all out; write until you feel complete. After journaling take a moment to feel all of the sensations in your body, mind, and heart associated with your writing. Take a deep breath in, using your breath to send gentle love and light to any place within that feels tense, uneasy, heavy, or conflicted. Visualize all feelings of struggle being released as you exhale.

2.  Reflecting on the answers to question one, describe how some or all of your perceived struggles might be blocking abundance in your life. Take this time to write how you can reframe your reaction to perceived struggle. Is there an action or actions that will provide a sense of relief? What are the ways that you can create a sense of peace, openness, and awareness during times that struggle shows up in your life?

3.  What are you grateful for today?

4.  Reflect further on your experience today.

Day 4 Conscious Me

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust

“All around us are messages that lead us to believe our lives are ones of scarcity and lack, and that competition with one another is the only way we can truly succeed. However, when we begin to witness the world—whether standing in the middle of a majestic forest or scanning the shelves at the grocery store—we come to understand that the entire universe presents itself to us and is ours to enjoy.

In order for us to truly experience everything the world has to offer, we must first come to appreciate all that we already have. By being truly grateful, we open the door to all the power, wisdom, and creativity of the universe, connecting ever more deeply with pure consciousness and its ability to usher anything we can envision into our lives.”

Mindful Moment“Today, no matter where you are or what you are doing, take notice of the abundance that surrounds you. Abundance may appear as a loose penny in the parking lot, a warm hug from a friend, or a plentiful display of produce at the supermarket. Consider how effortlessly and easily these gifts and signs of abundance showed up in your experience and give yourself permission to feel authentic gratitude for these blessings.  You will be surprised and delighted by the multitude of gifts that continue to appear throughout your day and for days to come.”
Centering Thought:  ” Abundance surrounds me.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  “Aham Brahmasmi – I am the universe.”

Oprah:  ”  Welcome to Day 4, Conscious Me.  Yesterday we began to shift the belief that the path to success means struggle and hard work.  We opened ourselves to a new assured path guided by joy and ease, paved by the power of the universe.  Didn’t it feel freeing to know you can trust in that?  Well,  just as we may believe that struggle is required to achieve success, we are often conditioned to believe that there is only so much to go around.  We are driven to compete, to finish first, to have the most, and do whatever it takes to be the best.  These beliefs create isolation, separation, and a lot of frustration.  They cause us to operate from a place of deprivation rather from the joyful abundant place of  self acceptance.  Truth is, the universe operates with unlimited generosity and cooperation and you – we, all have the choice.  You have the choice to accept yourself and others with trust in that generosity.  Awakening to kindness and acceptance opens the door to greater possibility and endless abundance for you.  So sit back and relax, listen and let  Deepak guide us even closer to unity, to our potentiality and more blessings.  From that space, we’ll meditate.”

Deepak:  “In Trina Paulus’ book, Hope for the Flowers, two caterpillars get caught up in the fallacy of competition and struggle to reach the top of a caterpillars pile.  By journey’s end, however, they learn that their true nature, and that of every other caterpillar is not one of winning and being at the top, but of going within and emerging as beautiful butterflies who were born to soar.  Like the caterpillars in that tale, very early on in our lives, we may have received messages that we must compete in order to succeed.  Whether we engage in sports, takes  tests in school, seek a partner, look for a job, or campaign for public office, there seemingly must always emerge winners and losers.  Those who stand out above the rest and those who are left behind.  Each of these scenarios gives us a sense that there is deep lack in the world with only so much glory, love, money and other resources to go around.  This perspective then creates such an urgency to be seen to be the best and to finish first, that we may adopt a willingness to so whatever it takes to win or be right, even if it’s out of alignment with our values and our heart’s truth.  We may begin to see the success of others as a threat as if there is just not enough room for everyone to win.  This response creates separation which pulls us away from the natural flow of the universe.

The truth is that abundance exists all around us, in nature, in our local grocery stores, in the deep love of our friends and family – everywhere in the universe.  In going within and connecting with the true self, we find it easier to understand this and appreciate what we already have.  As we pay attention to what is, we begin to align with the  true abundance that is alway present within our lives.  From this place of gratitude, we invite our egos to step aside and we feel a greater kinship with everyone and everything around us.  Releasing the limiting thoughts and beliefs of scarcity and lack, we no longer exist in competition with our fellow human beings.  We experience a new way of being, choosing to see the world as an abundant place with room enough for all to express their unique talents and succeed.  Here, we step into, and embrace unity, peace and infinite abundance.

As we prepare for meditation, we begin by focusing on today’s centering thought, ‘Abundance surrounds me’.  ‘Abundance surrounds me.’

Now please find a comfortable position.  With your hands lightly in your lap, place your palms upward and close your eyes.  Allow your breath to flow naturally and effortlessly.  Connect with your body and notice any tension it might be holding on to.  Send loving thoughts to any areas in need of attention and invite your body to release any stress.  As you inhale and exhale, allow yourself to feel calmer and more relaxed.  Gently introduce the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi which means, I am the universe, repeating it silently without effort.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or feelings in your body, go back to silently repeating the mantra.  Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Release the mantra.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, remain open to all that is abundant in your life and in the lives of others, repeating today’s centering thought, ‘Abundance surrounds me’.  ‘Abundance surrounds me.’ ‘Abundance surrounds me.'”

Namaste

Journal Questions:

1.  Where in your life do you compare yourself to others or compete? How does it feel? What is the inner dialogue or limiting belief that ignites competition and comparison in your life? After writing, spend time with the feelings and sensations connected to your written thoughts. Breathe in deeply and as you exhale send yourself love and light. As you become aware you are presented with the opportunity to practice a new way of being.

2.  Write an affirming supportive letter to yourself, one that reminds you of all that you have to share with the world–your strengths, values, gifts, talents and successes. As you celebrate yourself you make space to celebrate others.

3.  What are you grateful for today?

4.  Reflect further on your experience today.

Day 5 Abundant Me

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“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” Epicurus

“What are the things that light you up and excite you more fervently than anything else in your life? Whatever comes to you when you ask yourself that question are signs leading you to your true passion, your most heartfelt desire, and ultimately your destiny.

When we heed the call of our deepest desires, we fulfill our true destinies. In our world, we often feel the pull of our passions when we are very young but lose the connection to them through life’s conditioning. For many of us, we’re taught that we must say good-bye to our passions as we cross the divide between childhood and adulthood. Yet, passion is what drives us to be the very best individuals we can be.

Through meditation, we begin to lose those long-held stories about who we should be and become more intimately re-acquainted with who we really are. We shine brightly as the individuals we were born to be and freely share our gifts with everyone we meet.”

Mindful Moment“Set aside one hour today to do something you thoroughly enjoy.  It doesn’t matter what it is . . . whether it’s a walk in the woods, reading a good book, or creating a delicious meal . . . do it purely for the joy of the activity.  As you settle in for sleep tonight, revisit the experience in your mind, considering why this activity excited you or brought you joy. Set the intention to awake the next day in this same state of mind and heart. “
Centering Thought:   I choose abundance
Sanskrit Mantra:  Om Bhavam Namah.  I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 5, Abundant Me.  One of the life truths I know for sure is, what you focus on expands.  It’s a natural law.  When you do what you love, energy and prosperity flow in every way.  Many of us believe that living our passions and desires is out of our reach.  We think we’re not smart enough or pretty enough or worthy enough to realize our dreams.  But I’m here to tell you that it’s your birthright as a human being to receive infinite gifts of the universe.  You are here to fulfill your purpose in this world.  Your desires forge the path that leads you directly to the fulfillment of that purpose.  Joy and abundance comes effortlessly when we’re paying attention to our lives, when we pursue the moments that light us up, and build, one moment at a time, a life filled with passion, with intention and fulfillment.  When we do what we love, and give freely of ourselves, what we offer comes back to us in ways just far beyond our imagination.  There are no limits to what we can give – and receive.  So let’s open the door together with Deepak and clear the way for an endless bounty of blessings.  Then , as always, we’ll meditate. “
Deepak:  “Passion is the free flow of natural energy that leads us toward the fulfillment of our dreams, desires and purpose in life.  When we do anything with passion, we express every aspect of who we are.  Time seems to stand still as we engage in whatever activity fills us with inspiration, love and joy.Without passion, life can feel flat or stale yet many people hold their passion in check or bury it so deeply that they are not aware of it’s existence.  It is those moments when we do what we love that we open the door to abundance and prosperity in all areas of our lives.  It is that simple.  As we grew up, some of us received the message that we don’t deserve to have passions, that what we want is unacceptable, that it is wrong, impractical or selfish to pursue our dreams.   We may feel powerless and think, ‘Why bother having desires when they will never be fulfilled anyway?’As you listen to these words, what feelings come up for you.  Do you feel connected to your passion?  When you wake up in the morning, are you usually excited about your projects and plans for the day or do you feel lost, bored or stuck.  If you aren’t doing what you love, what thoughts or beliefs are holding you back? The most common limiting beliefs focus on money and worth.  So many people tell themselves they can’t make a living doing what they love.   Or, that dream is just out of reach.  It is really not meant to be.  When you hold some part of yourself in reserve, you severely limit what life can bring to you, and what you can give to life.Abundance flows when you are centered in the awareness that your true self is pure spirit, unbounded in time and space.  Spirit doesn’t place limits on your joy,  prosperity and fulfillment.  It is our ego that creates limiting stories about why we can’t make enough money doing what we love, or that we’re not worthy of prosperity.  As we recognize that these stories are simply thoughts and not the truth, we can gently let them go and return to our natural state of creativity, joy and abundance.  Remember that no matter how deeply you’ve buried your desires, they are a force of evolution and growth that can never be completely denied.You are here to fulfill a unique purpose in the world and your desires are clues that lead you directly to the expression of your destiny.  As you live your love and purpose, you will be held in the arms of abundance.  You were born to deeply receive the bounties that spirit provides.  All that is required of you is to say, ‘yes’.  Take a deep breath and receive.  Receive.  Receive.As we prepare to meditate, let’s consider our centering thought, I choose abundance.  I choose abundance.Let’s begin..Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra.  It is the sound Om Bhavam Namah which means, I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Om Bhavam Namah.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  It’s time to release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.Approach today with certainty as you contemplate the centering thought, I choose abundance.  I choose abundance.  I choose abundance.”Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “Have you had a passion or dream that was minimized or squelched by yourself or another? Write about what it felt like to share your dream and have it dismissed. Did that experience impact how you respond to sparks of passion, dreams, and desires in your life now?”
2.  “Reflect and spend time writing about what you can learn about yourself, others, and life from that experience or other experiences like it. Our reaction to our self-talk and the input of others just might be blocking our dreams from coming to life. Identify and write down several strategies you can use to protect the uplifting energy and possibility that your innovative ideas, dreams and desires hold.”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on today’s session.”

Day 6 Resilient Me

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“Moonlit”
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Sharon Abbott-Furze

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln

“Within each perceived failure or difficult life passage lives the seed of opportunity, but so often in life when we experience a setback, we have difficulty seeing the true blessing enveloped in this disguise. Through the sustained practice of meditation, we begin to clear away ego thoughts connected with success and failure and begin to understand that the universe must have much grander plans in store for us that we can only begin to fathom.

Each step along the path of life, regardless of the destination, is an exciting part of the adventure. The moments themselves are the gift, the journey itself, the rich reward.”

Mindful Moment“Use today to experiment with perception by tapping into the power of your thoughts, intentions, and the resilient strength that is always with you. As you travel through the day, any time you feel a sense of struggle, or you hear your inner dialogue sending you messages that cause you to feel you have failed or that you are less than, take a moment to pause. Stop what you are doing and allow yourself to take a deep breath. Then re-write the story of your inner response. Take time to identify the opportunities before you as a result of this perceived adversity.  Give yourself permission to be in gratitude for the opportunity to learn and grow. “
Centering Thought:  “A gift resides in every moment.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 6, Resilient Me.  This is how I live my life, and know this for sure… every day brings us a chance to start over.  We all have those stand down moments that require us to stop and center ourselves and clear the way for truth and transformation.  Sometimes those are painful moments.  Though it’s hard to imagine, when you lose what you thought was a perfect relationship, the job that defined you for 20 years is gone, the people you counted on turn their backs on you, you may actually be taking a step forward on the path to your truest desires and ultimately to your destiny.  Perceived failure is just life trying to move us in another direction – this I KNOW for sure.  Even devastation is there to bring us closer to being more of who we are.  In the midst of my own greatest turmoil, when I’ve reminded myself to get still, to let go and listen for the treasure in the experience, I’m always guided to my deepest truth, and to the next right step.   That is grace, My Friends, and abundance.  When we get quiet, become more observant, more contemplative and less reactive, we can then find the gifts that are buried in every problem awaiting us.  When we trust in the generosity of the ever-present, releasing our fears, releasing our resistance, we can connect with the truth that every challenge really opens a new door, bringing us closer to our destiny.  So, let’s settle in as Deepak reveals how to embrace resilience so we can find gratitude, calm and the new dreams the universe is generously waiting to unveil. ”  
Deepak:  “When everything is flowing according to our idea of how things should be, it’s easy to feel that we’re living in harmony with the rhythms of the universe.  But when there is a clear gap between what we want and how our life is unfolding, we’re more likely to feel stress and doubt.  We may judge a situation as wrong or unfair.  Or judge ourselves for what we perceive as our shortcomings or failures.  When our mind is full of resistance and painful thoughts, it’s difficult to access our innate state of wisdom, clarity and creativity.  We get caught up in our thoughts and begin to think we are our thoughts.  In the inner quiet of meditation, our mind settles and we’re able to witness our thoughts and limiting stories as a detached observer.  As our awareness expands we begin to see the hidden gifts and possibilities in whatever challenge we are facing.  With a shift of perception, we realize that what appeared to be a devastating setback has actually cleared the way for our rebirth and transformation.The life cycle of the sequoia tree offers a beautiful example of nature’s cycle of clearing and renewal.  The giant sequoias are some of the worlds most ancient trees.  The oldest known sequoia is estimated to be about 3,500 years old.  What is the secret of the Sequoia’s incredible longevity?  The elemental power of fire.  Periodic forest fires clear away everything that threatens the tree’s survival while ensuring their growth and regeneration. Without the fire’s heat, the sequoia cones couldn’t open and release the seeds.  Without the clearing force of fire, sequoia seedlings would be overcrowded by competing shade trees and not have enough sunlight to grow.In your own life, you can probably think of examples of events that felt like a dream going up in flames but which ended up being the start of something more wonderful than anything you could have imagined.  For instance, being laid off from a job may have led you to take action on a long-held dream of opening your own bakery.  Or going back to school to train in a different field.  Today, as we meditate, remember that from the soul’s perspective, there is no such thing as success or failure.  There is only the present moment which is filled with infinite possibilities.As we prepared to meditate, let’s set the intention to gently acknowledge and release to spirit all thoughts and feelings about our perceived challenges and adversities that do not serve us.  Let’s fill that newly cleared space with love, light and joy.  As we step into this acceptance, and find our resilience, we open to prosperity and our infinite potential.  Now consider our centering thought, A gift resides in every moment.  A gift resides in every moment. Let’s begin.Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself. Om Vardhanam Namah.    Om Vardhanam Namah.  Whenever you feel yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, imply return your attention silently to the mantra.  Continue with your meditation for about 20 minutes.  Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.Approach today with certainty as you contemplate the centering thought,  A gift resides in every moment.  A gift resides in every moment.  A gift resides in every moment.Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “Think of a time you felt a dream went up in flames or felt the sting of failure. Take some time to reflect. After considering that experience, write about the things you learned about yourself and life from that challenge. Was there a treasure in disguise, a new opportunity, or new beginning within that experience?”
2.  “During meditation today, we were encouraged to release thoughts and feelings about our perceived challenges and adversities to fill that newly cleared space with infinite love and light. Take some time to fill your cup with possibility–describe your new vision for this day. Open wide, tap into your resilience, positivity, and pure potential.”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on your experience today.”

Day 7 Fearless Me

"Brooklyn The Fearless"

“Brooklyn The Fearless”

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop
to look fear in the face.”
 Eleanor Roosevelt

“Congratulations on completing our first week together! During this past week, we have taken an important journey into better understanding who it is we really are and we have grown in our knowledge of our authentic nature. We have learned to honor our passions and long-held dreams and free ourselves from the limiting thoughts and beliefs that hold us back from living the life of our dreams.

Today, we will take a journey together that will help us as we gently release our fears and embrace a journey on the road less traveled. As we experience this special guided meditation, we encourage you to connect with your True Self and the deep understanding of your abiding relationship with the infinite.”

Mindful Moment“As you prepare for today’s meditation, take a moment to become conscious of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. Begin to imagine the breath as a tool for cleansing and letting go of all that is not serving you in the moment- a tool which allows you to gently observe the state of your body, mind, and spirit. Conscious breathing is a simple technique to transform and release feelings of fear, anxiety, and tension as you come into the present moment. As Thich Nhat Hanh notes in Peace is Every Step,’ 
Centering Thought:  “I am free”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “So  Hum.  I am.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 7, Fearless Me.  Here we are already at the end of our first full week together.   We’ve spent this time opening up to the riches that await when we choose acceptance, when we connect with the power of inherent worth, when we let go of struggle and resistance, and trust in Spirit to guide us toward the next right step.  Um – what a gift.  Today, Deepak will take us on a very special journey, clearing our path of fears, helping us move past limiting beliefs and moving toward our authentic beauty and power.  That is the place where our destiny rises.  What you most afraid of?  What is holding you back in life?  We’ll identify the places where fear lives within the body.  In your mind.  And begin to release that which no longer serves us.  Breathing into the wonder and magnificence that is our true reality.  So…find a comfortable place and prepare for a transformational experience as we open more deeply into the now and allow a beautiful path of healing and release to take us toward abundant and fearless possibility.”  
Deepak:  “Some of the most spectacular sites to take in are not found on the road most traveled.  In fact, they may require preparation – the clearing of a path both figuratively and literally.  And for some of the most coveted pristine views, those thought of as heaven here on earth, the trusted support of a wise guide to lead the way.  What motivates some to take such a challenge.  Does the witnessing of nature offer the great reward of special insight?  Or is it the process of having an idea that is so intriguing there is a willingness to do whatever it takes to make it happen?  Maybe it is the experience of an epic quest.  A story to tell complete with view and victory.  A memory so vivid it lasts a lifetime.  From vision to victorious completion, this is a trek that quite possibly reveals the very essence of strength and potential that lies within.I invite you to consider taking such a journey with me today.  Is not the destiny you seek  to find during our time together, actually your unique and inherent heaven on earth?  Now is the time to open to the treasure that lies within your soul – your Dharma.  Let’s travel there together as we take a spiritual quest during our meditation time.  Before we begin let’s consider our centering thought… I am free.  I am free.Close your eyes and notice the natural inhalation and exhalation of your breath, feeling the peaceful support of this natural rhythm.  As you breathe in, you become present.  As you release the breath, you gently let go of any tension.  Now let’s beginWith your mind’s eye, envision yourself at the base of a majestic mountain.  As you look up, you see a magnificent peak resting peacefully just above the light and lofty clouds.  A bit of snow sits upon it and you spy waterfalls making their way down the mountainside as the snow melts, pouring into a crystal clear stream.  The sky around the peak is a glorious display of colors.  A full spectrum of inviting purple, pink, gold and deep orange hues.  The sun is rising, delivering a grand procession of warmth and light announcing this new day.  Rising into the sky, the colors intensify, an exquisite symphony for the eyes.  This is heaven on earth.  You feel yourself called to the peak as your inner guide gently encourages you to take the first step.  You can see the delicious experience awaiting you at the top of the mountain and you feel an eagerness to get there, scanning the landscape for a clear path to take.  As you survey your surroundings, you see overgrown vegetation, weeds and wild grass that have overtaken the trail.  Just beneath the weeds, you see what looks to have been, at one time, a traveled path, now abandoned.  You gently pull the weeds and overgrown grass and as you do, you see a paved path beneath, leading toward the top of the  mountain.  You eagerly pull at the weeds to reveal the next step – and the next – one after another.  With every pulling of a weed, you become aware of a gentle voice coming from your inner being, identifying the limiting, untidy and wild thoughts that have blocked your pathway to true freedom, the voice encouraging you to release the with each clearing of the path.  As you continue to pull the vegetation from the ground, you identify a belief that no longer serves you and gently toss the weed to the side.  Knowing it will regenerate itself into the fertile ground, one day resurfacing as a glorious flower.Ahead, you notice a group of rather tall weeds whose presence might lead you to walk around them.  You are guided to make your way through.  You notice the largest one and begin to place your hands around it and from deep within, you hear Spirit ask – what is your greatest fear?  You stop and listen.  What is your greatest fear?  You feel the answer – you know it well, and you know it is time to gently let it go.  As you release this fear from within, the deeply earthed root gently loosens and is freed.  Now, free to move forward you continue to pull the remaining weeds, one by one.  The path clear, you make your way to the top of the mountain.At the peak, you have an immaculate, elevated view of the world.  From this view, you see unspoiled beauty, hope and possibility.  You once again notice the snow,  now beneath you, melting into cascading waterfalls and you consider the nourishment it will provide to humankind, plants and animals.  You recognize that from this clear, uplifted place, all living things downstream are of benefit.  You feel blessed in having discovered this place, and having discovered your true power.  You feel confident, assured, and clear – knowing that all things are possible.  You know you are free.  Free to be, do, or have anything you want.  At this moment, your inner being, Spirit, begins to whisper.  You are free.  You are free.  You are free.With this divine understanding, gently introduce the mantra.  it is the sound, So Hum, I am.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  So Hum. S o Hum.  So Hum.  Just silently.  So Hum.  Continue to meditate for about 10 minutes.  Now release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.As you continue with your day, know that as you let go, you open to abundance, to your infinite potential.  You open to your destiny.  Let the song of our centering thought be in your heart today – and all days.  I am free.  I am free.  I am free.Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “What is your greatest fear? Describe what it feels like. What is the inner dialogue you experience around that fear? What is the message you can give yourself to begin to gently release that fear?”
2.  “We connected with the song of spirit today, guiding us to remember that we are free. What in your life makes you feel free?”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 8 What Do I Want?

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“Day’s End”
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Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”
Native American Proverb

“Welcome to the second week of our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Desire and Destiny. Last week, we focused on understanding who we are, connecting with our essential nature and divine essence. Today, as we invite abundance and clarity into our lives we begin to explore what it is we really want in this lifetime, the steps of the roadmap toward our destinies.

We may carry long held ideas that were given to us by others about who we are that influence our perceptions about what we want in life. Today, as we meditate together, give yourself permission to let go as you sink into the meditation. Let your heart and soul speak to you as we travel within to hear our inner song of truth. Breathe deeply and receive. Today is a day filled with transformational opportunity. Today we let our hearts lead the way for all of the answers we seek live within- all we have to do is listen.”

Mindful Moment“Spend some time today closing your eyes, connecting with your heart, and repeating the questions, “What do I want?” “What do I really want?” Be open to whatever answers come to you. After a few minutes, open your eyes and write down what you envision. Look at this list each day before you go into meditation and see how these things manifest in your life.”
Centering Though:  “My heart knows the answer.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  ” Om Varunam Namah – My life is in harmony with the universe”
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 8, What do I want?  And to week 2 of our 21 day meditation experience.  We spent our first seven days together deepening our trust in the possibilities that arise when we let go of fear and resistance and move toward acceptance, embracing the power of our own choices.  That’s big!  And I’m hoping you’re all feeling a difference.  Do you?  Feel a difference?  With our new knowledge and expanded sense of freedom, we now move from preparing for abundance to consciously creating a life aligned with creating our deepest desires, passions and true purpose.  Deepak begins by asking the next important soul question.  What do I want?  That’s a powerful question and he’s going to help us focus beyond the desires of our head, and the ego, to access our deepest and most heartfelt desires.  What do I want?  Those are the desires that, when nourished and cultivated, create a life of purpose and fulfillment of your destiny.  It’s week 2 so you know what’s next.  Unwind, breathe, go within as Deepak helps us listen to our soul’s desire.  And then we’ll meditate.”
Deepak:  “Over our past week together, we embarked on a courageous exploration to examine our perceptions and inner state of being as we identified and released limiting thoughts and beliefs.  Now we stand before an open field of infinite possibility.  It is from this place that we can begin to create a life where our dreams turn into reality.  Our quest this week is to discover and cultivate our true purpose and destiny.  Today, we’ll use our heart, mind and soul to become clear what is truly important so we can begin to pursue these things with intention, focus and awareness.As we make ourselves comfortable for meditation, let’s contemplate today’s centering thought, My heart knows the answer.  My heart knows the answer.  Now please sit comfortably with your hands lightly in your lap.  Gently close your eyes.  Breathe naturally and effortlessly.  Become aware of your body and release any tension you might be holding on to.  As you release and breathe, allow yourself to become calm and peaceful.  Now, silently ask yourself, “what do I want”  what is my deepest most heartfelt desire”.  Give yourself a moment to observe what arises within you.  Many times, when we ask ourselves what we want, our minds and egos may quickly answer and material  objects come into view.  I would like a big house on the beach.   Or, I would like to own a motorcycle.  These desires are not only common, they are perfectly wonderful dreams, dreams that may also contain further insight about our inner truth.If you ask the question again, this time moving from the mind to the heart, you may connect with a deeper meaning.  If the answer that came up for you the first time was, “I would like a big house on the beach”, perhaps when ask from the heart, you’re guided to the place within that seeks to strengthen your connection with nature, or  longs to find a place of quiet and solitude.  If a motorcycle was on your list, you may now be connected to the place in your heart that is craving a sense of freedom.   So let’s ask the question again, moving just a little closer toward discovering what we really want.Place your hand over your heart.  Bring your awareness to the rhythmic flow of your breath.  In and out.  In and out.  Visualize your heart joining in with the natural steady rhythm.  Feel your heart and breath become one.  With each inhalation and exhalation, feel your entire being let go as you gently move deeper into your heart, allowing yourself to rest in what feels like a soft, comforting cloud.  Quietly ask again, “What do I want?”  “What is my deepest, most heartfelt desire?”  Listen carefully to hear the answer that lives within the song of your soul.This song has a vibration that travels through your entire being.  Drink in the resonance of your soul’s response, silently repeating the manta, Om Varunam Namah which means my life is in harmony with the universe.  Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  Continue to silently repeat the mantra for about 10 minutes.   Then release the mantra and bring your attention back into your body.  Take a moment to rest and breathe.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.Throughout your day, note the desires that come to mind and pay attention to the feelings and deeper meanings that accompany them.  Keep the soul question, “what do I want” as you travel through the week with us.  There is no right or wrong answer.  Awareness of what you really want is what will truly motivate you to seek and fulfill your unique life’s purpose.  Together, let’s repeat today’s centering thought, “My heart knows the answer”.  “My heart knows the answer.  My heart knows the answer.”
Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “What is your answer to today’s soul question, “What do I want?” Take time to reflect on what you really want, in your heart and in your soul. Write with abandon! As you begin to declare your heart’s truth, the universe begins to respond.”
2.  “As you reflect on your heart’s deepest desires know that it is inspiration paired with action that activates the path to making your dreams come to life. What are five gentle or even bold actions you can take this week to begin to invite these things into your life now? Consider this carefully and set yourself up for success. There may be several steps or even a process involved so be realistic as you start the journey. Take your first steps this week!”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 9 Focused Me

"City Girls" www.sfago.com Sharon Abbott-Furze

“City Girls”
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Sharon Abbott-Furze

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”
Henry David Thoreau

“It’s difficult to arrive at a destination if we don’t know where we are headed. This is equally true for our life’s journeys. In order to realize our deepest desires, we need to identify exactly what we want and stay focused on that intention with single-pointed awareness. At the same time, this practice requires us to let go of attachment to any single outcome, opening us up to abundant possibility.

Today’s meditation centers on bringing our heartfelt desires into crystalized focus and putting our attention on what we envision. In this way, we align ourselves with the universe to reach our intended destination, clear on what we hope to achieve and open to all opportunities that help us realize our dreams.”

Mindful Moment“Before we meditate together, take a minute to notice if you have any attachments, expectations, or fears about your life’s purpose. Just notice and allow yourself to be curious about whatever is present for you in this moment. Inhale deeply from your belly, allowing your breath to carry through your entire being. When you exhale, release anything that isn’t serving you in this moment. Invite your inner knowing to be with you as you meditate today.” 
Centering Thought:  “I am focued upon what I want”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Varunam Namah – My life is in harmony with cosmic law”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 9, Focused Me.  In the last few days, we’ve begun to explore what do I want.  What do I really want?  Well, the way to truly manifest those deep desires begins with listening, even more carefully, to that loving and loyal voice that all of us carry within us.  Some people call it instinct, other say it’s intuition.  I like to call it my emotional GPS.  Everyone has it.  It is the unspoken intelligence of our heart and soul.  It is the inner wisdom that goes beyond our senses to the every essence of source – with a capital S – and possibility.  That wisdom always knows where to guide us.  If only we’re willing to pay attention.  When we align our calm, determined, open-hearted focus with that source – the source of all things, source energy, we begin to make decisions from a place of stillness and divine design.  The cues are always there – within you – and the miracles await you.  So, open up, get still and listen as Deepak helps us connect with, and trust the intuition, emotional GPS, that enlivens our dreams.  Then we’ll meditate.”
Deepak:  “On the path to manifesting our deepest desires and destiny, we have taken the important first step of getting in touch with our heart’s desires, forming a clear vision of what we truly want to create in our lives and share with the world.  In today’s meditation, we continue to expand our awareness of our infinite potential as we cultivate the  focus and intuition that will help bring our dreams to fruition.   Let’s start with the quality of focus.One of the keys to setting powerful intentions is to focus on what we want rather than on what we don’t want.  We want to generate a field of awareness that feels whole, content and complete.  If you want a new job that allows you to express your creativity while receiving abundant compensation, set that as your goal rather than focusing on what you don’t want.  Whatever we put our attention to will expand in our experience.  So it’s important to focus on what we want to flourish in our lives.  Once we have set clear intentions, we can take steps to bring our vision to life, connecting to the inner wisdom that is both the source and the fulfillment of our desire.  We want to tune into our intuition, the form of intelligence  that goes beyond the rational mind.  Intuition is contextual, relational and holistic.  It is an attribute of our soul and does not have a win/lose orientation.   Our intuition eavesdrops on the mind of the universe, giving us access to an infinite source of possibilities.  When we are tuned into our intuition, we can experience flashes of insight and quantum leaps of creativity that our logical, linear mind cannot make.  We can feel our way through life, trusting our hunches and staying open and flexible rather than rigidly sticking to a plan.Intuition is not a special gift.  We all have intuitive abilities that we can cultivate and use to manifest our desires and fulfill our destiny.  Often, we are unaware of the messages our intuition sends us because it is clouded by our fear and agitation.  In meditation, we go beyond our noisy mental turmoil into inner quiet and stillness.  In the pure clarity of silence, our intuition awakens and guides us into spontaneously making the most evolutionary choices.As we prepare for today’s meditation, bring your attention to your heart and consider our centering thought, I am focused upon what I want.  I am focused upon what I want.Now, let’s begin.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands gently in your lap and closing your eyes. In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now gently introduce the mantra, Om Varunam Namah – my life is  in harmony with cosmic law.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts,  sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, Om Varunam Namah.  Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Now release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering though, I am focused upon what I want.  I am focused upon what I want.  I am focused upon what I want.
Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “Deepak reminded us today to focus on what we want versus thinking about what we don’t want. Write in detail about one thing you truly want in your life. What is it? Paint the picture in detail. What will your life be like when you have it? How will you feel? Who will be with you and what will you being doing? Have fun with this one, dream big!”
2.  “As you connect daily with your inner knowing, your intuition, you notice that you will find clarity and confidence as you select each step toward your dream. What three things do you intuitively know will bring you closer to living the vision you wrote in question one?”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 10 Passionate Me

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Desert Passion
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Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius

“It is not uncommon to set a goal and then push forward with our eyes so fixed on the destination that we become unaware of the terrain on which we travel. Today we will practice navigating the path toward our destination with fluidity and balance, remaining attentive to our goal with present moment awareness. As we do so, we take a powerful step toward realizing our dreams and living our destinies.

In our passionate pursuit of our life’s purpose, our destination, we have the choice to stay present in the now, which increases our awareness of the many supportive cues and opportunities that arise along the path. Staying connected to the present enables us to enjoy every moment of the journey—the people we meet and the experiences we can enjoy with them—enriching us as we live out our deepest, most heartfelt desires.”

Mindful Moment“Sometime today, when you catch yourself projecting into the future, take the time to practice 10 rounds of conscious breathing. Close your eyes and begin to witness the breath as it flows in and out of the nostrils. If it is helpful, count as you practice this, inhaling for a count of five, holding the breath, and exhaling for five. After you repeat this exercise 10 times, notice if you feel more grounded in the present, better able to seize opportunities as they present themselves in the here and now.”
Centering Thought:  “Now is my time.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Vardhanam Namah – I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 10, Passionate Me.  What is passion?  The word gets thrown round a  lot.  Well, it isn’t always a fire that blazes hot.  Rather it is the power and joy that gets sparked by being present in every moment.  It’s betting up each day, excited about what lies ahead.  Its about having faith in the unknown, eager to embrace anything that comes our way.  It is loving the journey – the one you’re on right now.  We all set goals and have dreams but true abundance, riches beyond the goals we set for ourselves, exist more profoundly in knowing that this moment – this one, the one you’re in right now – is really perfection.  You are right where you’re supposed to be.  Choosing to embrace the fullness of this moment, finding love and opportunity in where you are, right now, is choosing the most powerful way to live.  It puts each of us squarely in charge of our own journey – and, of course, our destiny.  As William Ernest Henley said in his poem, “Invictus”, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”.  Enjoy this moment as Deepak ignites the fire within and prepares us for living life with passion.  Then we’ll meditate.”
Deepak:  “ Each morning that we’re given the chance to admire yet another rising sun, is an extraordinary gift.   From the moment we open our eyes, exquisite blessings surround us, waiting to be witnessed.  All we have to do is gaze upon them.  As the years of life pass, it is quite common to keep our eyes on the horizon.  In our quest to survive and succeed, we look ahead to what is often just out of reach – our next goal, a new career or pay raise we are waiting for, relationships we are dreaming of, maybe even the weekend fun we have planned.  Focused on the destination.A great Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore,  wrote.. “if life’s journey be endless, where is it’s goal?”.  The answer is, it is everywhere.  We are in a palace which has no end but which we have reached.   By exploring it and extending our relationship with it, we are ever making it more and more our own.  Very telling words – that we are in a palace with no end, but yet, we have reached that palace.  It is ours to explore and experience.Regardless of where we are in this journey of life, or where we aspire to be, we are at exactly the place we are supposed to be.  Each choice you have made throughout your life has brought you to where you are today.  This very moment, where absolute perfection lives.  Today, we set the life-changing intention  of finding peace in the moment and loving the journey, the miraculous journey.  This journey can be similar to dancing with a partner.  We take a few steps forward and then back, your eyes taking in all that is around you and then gently closing as you drink in the music and trust the movement of your partner.The most important and magical part of the dance is embracing it’s rhythm.  As you embrace life, knowing that there is really nowhere and yet everywhere to go with your partner’s arm around you.  There is nothing with which to be concerned, your mind absorbed in the wonder of the dance.This life is a great adventure and your partner in this wondrous journey is Spirit.  All the steps, twists and turns may surprise you but when embraced, they keep you excited and interested.  Enjoy the journey, move easily through your days declaring, I can hardly wait for the next turn.  Something wonderful is awaiting me around the bend.  In the words of the American-born author and spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, ‘Be here now.  Love the journey. Love the moment with peace and love.  Just be here now.’As we prepare for today’s meditation, let’s consider our centering thought, Now is my time.  Now is my time. Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, move your attention within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Now repeat the mantra silently to yourself.   Om Vardhanam Namah.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Now release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.As you travel through your day, contemplate the centering thought, Now is my time.  Now is my time.  Now is my time.
Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “Describe the things that are abundant and perfect in your life right now, in this present moment. What is the rising sun, the extraordinary gift you see before you today?”
2.  “When you find yourself getting caught up in the twists and turns of life, what are three activities or actions you can take that will bring you back to center?”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 11 Intentional Me  

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“Cliff Village’
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Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” Rumi

“Over the past several days, we have defined what we want in life, responded to our heart’s deepest dreams and desires, and opened to the many opportunities that arise in the present moment. Today, we will learn more about developing clear intentions for our lives.

We believe that attention energizes and intention transforms. We are the masters of our own lives, our realities, and the universe offers us what we ask of it. Therefore, as we place our attention on what it is that we want, we set our intentions to orchestrate everything in our lives to help us achieve our goals. As we become receptive in this way, the universe conspires to support our every step.”

Mindful Moment“Before you enter your meditation, take a moment to set one intention for today. Perhaps you would like to share kindness during your travels, or maybe you would like to integrate peace or joy into your day. Take a moment to clearly identify this positive intention. As you close your eyes for meditation, let everything go. In this way, you plant your intentions in the womb of creation and allow the universe to orchestrate the details.”
Centering Thought:  “I create my reality”
Sanskrit Mantra:  ” Aham Brahmasmi – I am the universe.  I am absolute existence.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 11, Intentional Me.  Finding our true purpose, or as Deepak calls it, our dharma, it begins with setting an intention for our life journey.  As Deepak often says, attention energizes, intention transforms.  The idea of intention changed my life when I read Gary Zukav’s  book in 1989,  Seat of the Soul.  In it, he says, every action, thought and feeling is motivated by an intention and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect.  Your intention is creating your reality.  I just love that.  When we stay present with strength and trust in ourselves and make each choice with intention, we stay aligned with our true power.  When we set our intention to connect with infinite possibility, we open the door to our supreme destiny.  When we plant the seed of intention, we only need to trust and know that when clear and connected to our true purpose, you can surrender all of your fear, all of your anxiety, and settle into the expansive abundance and grace of the universe.  Each experience then contains within it, a sense of awe, of wonder and potential, and knowledge that there is a reason and a divine design to your life.  Simply said, if you can dream it with intention you can do it.  Here we go.  Enjoy a transformational experience with Deepak today.  Then we’ll meditate.’
Deepak:  “At times, our busy lives may seem to get in the way of our dreams.  We may begin to wonder if they will ever come true.  The fact is that our abundant universe holds absolutely nothing back.  It is only when we disconnect or deny our true power, pretending we are anything less than magnificent creators, that we find the doorway to the abundance to life remains closed.  We can, however, set our intentions to  open to our infinite potential and receive as much good, love, peace and joy as we believe we deserve – no more, no less.Our path this week is to identify our deepest desires and learn how to reframe our view as we open to the process of realizing these dreams.  Today we will explore how deliberately increasing our attention on what we want accelerates the manifestation process.  The key to creating the life you want – and deserve – is to be fully aware and fully present in your daily life.  Know that every thought, every feeling, every belief and every action is creating your reality.  Stay awake and aware of your moment-to-moment choices and choose with intention.  Then take the time to dream, seeing and feeling yourself joyfully experience this new reality you have intended.As we prepare for meditation, let’s consider our centering thought.  I create my reality.  I create my reality.  Let’s begin.Find a comfortable position.  Take a deep breath in.  Hold it for just a moment and then let it go.  As you resume your natural breathing, settle into a place of peace, fully here in the present moment.  In your mind’s eye, see yourself lying under an ancient oak tree supported by the strength of the earth and cushioned by a soft patch of cool grass surrounded by colorful wild flowers.  It is a glorious day.  Your eyes are attracted to the sky as you drink in the billowing white clouds passing by beneath the sky’s blue canvas.  It spans as far as the eye can see.  You feel supported and safe as the sun sparkles in between the green oak leaves, showering you with a sense of the magical possibility before you.Watching the clouds changing shape as they gently pass by, begin to consider the things you have identified that you truly want to experience in this life time.  Now, gently close your eyes and take a moment to notice which of those dreams you have the deepest longing for.  Hold that dream at the center of your attention, allowing all other thoughts to melt away.  Take time to picture this dream coming into clear vision.  See the details, noticing who is with you, what is around you, and what you feel like.  Imagine it in full color and dimension.  See yourself right in the middle of this vision, fulfilled.  As you open your eyes, see this vision carried by one of the beautiful clouds.  Watch as the cloud in this beautiful parade of dreams drifts away to the field of all possibilities,  knowing that your vision will, in divine timing, become your reality.  With this blissful vision, a new understanding, gently introduce the manta, Aham Brahmasmi.  I am the universe.  I am absolute existence.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  Aham Brahmasmi. Aham Brahmasmi.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Continue to meditate for about 10  minutes.  Then release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest,inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.As you continue with your day, let your awareness  travel to the blossoming dream within your heart.  Let the truth of our centering thought be with you today and all days.  I create my reality.  I create my reality.  I create my reality.
Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “Describe the vision that you sent off to the universe on the billowing cloud during today’s meditation. Take time to write in detail. When our intentions are clear we open the door for the universe to respond”
2.  “Take a moment to consider the feelings and self-talk that comes up when you think bold and dream big. Write down as many of these limiting thoughts and sensations as you can. Let them flow freely until you feel complete. Awareness and intention are powerful. Your dream is far more important than any limiting thought, feeling, or belief–your dream is your destiny. Take time now to write your limiting thoughts and beliefs a letter excusing them from duty. As you do this, replace each limiting belief with an empowered statement that allows the negative to release, opening you to pure potential.”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 12 Inspired Me

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

“When we follow our hearts, we make life choices that seemingly open doors for us without force, we are then aligned with our inner knowing. The path is revealed with ease. Other times, we may “over-think” our decisions, choosing the guidance of the mind over the messages of the heart. We may find that in these moments, our paths become filled with obstacles that hinder us at nearly every turn.

In today’s meditation, we will connect deeply with our hearts, our most trustworthy inner guidance system. As we relax into our heart-center, we access the wisdom of the whole universe and the blueprint for true happiness. The invitation is to silence the chatter, to gently release thoughts, judgments, distractions, and pressures in order to truly hear our hearts’ desires and messages. Only then can we source our inner inspiration and realize not only our dreams, but our destinies.”

Mindful Moment“Gift yourself by dedicating time today to check your “heart center pulse.” Pause several times over the course of the day, place your hand on your heart and breathe. Close your eyes and spend time noticing your natural breath. Feel the easy flow of breath coming in and going out. Stop to feel your heart, allowing your senses to feel the rhythm of your physical heart and the pulse of your intuitive feeling heart. Just feel, connecting with your center, just be.”
Centering Thought:  “I am inspired.  I am unstoppable.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Varunam Namah – My actions are in alignment with cosmic law.”

Oprah:  “Welcome to day 12, Inspired Me.  Now that we’ve opened up to our purpose, passions and intentions – very important word – it’s time to act and begin to understand how our actions impact realization of our dreams. When we force an action in hopes of creating an outcome we desire, we can actually block ourselves from magnificent possibilities.  If an action is born and inspired from the truth of you – from within – it’s coming from an essential and divine place, supported by the energy that helps us effortlessly move toward our destiny.  When we make choices based on out intuition and intention, the source of all knowledge of who we are and what we want from life, we steer from our hearts and we become the co-creators of our destiny.  So breathe, go as deep as you can, and let’s listen to Deepak’s inspired words today.   Today’s meditation will really open you up.”  

Deepak:  “Think for a moment about something  you really wanted to happen, one of those times you were so connected to the outcome and passionate about the goal.  Yet every step you took forward, you experienced an obstacle.  You pressed on because your desire was so strong but you just could not shake the struggle.  While you arrived at your desired destination, you suffered some bumps and bruises along the way.  Take a moment to remember how that journey felt.

Now, recall a situation in which you had a goal in mind and very action you took toward it was effortless, comfortable, and easy.  Your inspiration was flowing and the doors just opened, one after the other, the next thing clear – nothing in the way, you just saw it.  You were inspired.  And then took smooth and easy steps toward success.  Your desired outcome was more delicious than you could have imagined.  Now reflect on that experience and what it felt like.

What was the difference?  When we force an action or an outcome, it’s much like when we’re stuck in traffic and we keep moving from lane to lane hoping that we’ll somehow get ahead of it.  However, when we take action that is inspired, we flow through our lives like cars on an open freeway, effortlessly moving toward our desire.

Our bodies give us cues through emotion, when we are forcing something and when we are in alignment with the universe.  It is important that we come to understand what those cues are – really feeling them inside.  Those are our road maps which guide us as we navigate through life.  If it feels right – it is.  If it feels uncomfortable or discordant in any way – it is.  Sometimes we override those emotional cues or feelings in our body that tell us we’re taking a more difficult route by forcing an outcome that we desire.  When that happens, it’s easy to open ourselves to greater problems or block ourselves from being present for something even grander in our lives to unfold.  We often do this because we are comfortable with what our ego minds foresee as right for us while the answer resides within our hearts.   Flowing with life from our heart involves trusting the unknown which can be uncomfortable.  When faced with uncertain choices, check in with your heart.  Is it singing with excitement and joy?  If it is, take action.  On the other hand, if there is confusion, worry or fear, be easy on yourself and wait for the inspiration to come.  Trust in your heart’s wisdom which is that of the universe as your loving and reliable escort to all things wanted.

As we prepare for meditation, consider today’s centering thought, I am inspired,  I am unstoppable.  I am inspired, I am unstoppable.  Let’s begin

Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, let your awareness move within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra.  Om Varunam Namah which means my actions are in alignment with cosmic law.  Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  Whenever thoughts enter your mind, you get distracted by something in your environment, or you have sensations in your body, gently go back to silently repeating the mantra.  Om Varunam Namah.  Please continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

During your day, think about a specific desire you have in mind and invite divine inspiration to inform your actions as you contemplate our centering thought… I am inspired, I am unstoppable.  I am inspired, I am unstoppable.  I am inspired, I am unstoppable.

Namaste

Journal Questions: 

1.  “When we force an action in hopes of creating an outcome we desire, we can actually block ourselves from magnificent possibilities. Reflect on a time where you forced action. What cues did your body, mind, and spirit give you along the way? As you begin to get in tune with and listen to your inner cues, you begin to transform your life.”

2.  “Describe your most memorable experience of receiving, listening and responding to your inner knowing. What cues or intuitive responses do you receive that let you know you are in the flow of right action?”

3.  “What are you grateful for today?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 13 Faithful Me

Chloe

Chloe

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings

“When we hold tightly to a goal, we often find it to be elusive. We may say to ourselves, “I want this so badly. I can see my goal. Why can’t I reach it?” The answer lies within the fine art and practice of detachment.

As we detach from the outcome of whatever we desire, we let go and gently surrender to the wisdom of uncertainty, which holds our freedom from the past, the known, and the limitations of any preconceived notions. In our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we give ourselves over to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe, trusting that what we desire will come to us.”

Mindful Moment“Take time today to explore the thoughts, feelings, and sensations connected to your experience of letting go. As you travel through the day, practice the fine art of detachment—let life flow. Invite yourself to shift your approach perhaps taking a different route as you make your way to work or school or by staying calm when you might otherwise not. Tune into what it feels like to let go; practice over and over today and see how your body, mind, and spirit begin to shift.”
Centering Thought:  “I believe.  I trust.  I let go.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Bhavam Namah – I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibility”

Oprah:  “Welcome to day 13, Faithful Me.  What a wonderful feeling – when we allow ourselves to simply be who we are.  Today, we honor the freedom to be.  When we accept who we are, just as we are, with trust in the power of source  energy, we take an essential step along the journey to aligning with our true purpose and destiny.  So here’s another thing I know for sure…uncertainty is certain. embracing and flowing with that uncertainty is an essential part of the path to freedom, to peace, to love and abundance in our lives.  And it takes courage to surrender,  to trust in divine timing, to Be in your own flow.  It takes faith and belief to open up and access that which is our deepest truth.  But, when we allow the force of the universe to step in, we access a level of love, strength and abundance that comes from the very capital S source of our being.  The power of that, well…. there really are no words.  So, let’s listen as Deepak guides us to surrender.  Let go to life as it is at any moment, and have faith that no matter what, you will be all right.  Then we’ll meditate.”  

Deepak:  “When we embark on the journey to follow our joy and fulfill our destiny, our constant traveling companion, our ego mind, naturally wants to know all of the details ahead of time.   Where exactly are we going and how long will it take?  Will we be safe and comfortable and enjoy ourselves?  Will we succeed in creating our desired outcome?

The ego mind creates certainty and control.  Yet life is inherently uncertain and can’t be controlled.  The good news is that while uncertainty can be unsettling, it is also the source of our greatest joy.  As the spiritual law of detachment states, in order to acquire anything in the physical universe, you have to relinquish your attachment to it.  This doesn’t mean that you have to renounce your desire and live the life of a monk.  Instead, you set your intention, take whatever action is inspired and relinquish your attachment to the result.

In detaching, you affirm your unquestioning belief in the power of your true self which is a divine expression of the universe.  Your true self is the source of all wealth, abundance and everything else in the physical world.  It is the consciousness that knows how to fulfill every need.  When you hold on to your desire with limited awareness of who you really are, you prevent the infinite organizing powers of the universe from bringing it into fruition.  It is like wanting to use the wind to fly your kite but being unwilling to let go of the string.

Remember that if you have been holding on to attachments for a life time, letting go isn’t going to happen in one fell swoop.  Be gentle with yourself and take one step at a time.  By opening yourself to uncertainty, even if just a little bit at a time, you will gradually release any self-imposed limitations and allow your life and journey to unfold in ways more wondrous and fulfilling than you could ever have imagined.  You will come to realize that there is nothing that you can lose that will diminish your wholeness and nothing you can gain that will add to who you are.  You are already whole and so is everyone else.  Hold the intention for everything to work out for the highest good of everyone involved and then let go  and allow opportunities to come your way.

As we prepare to meditate, let’s consider our centering thought, I believe, I trust, I let go.  I believe, I trust, I let go. Let’s begin

Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Bhavam Namah.  I am absolute existent.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself,  Om Bhavam Namah.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

As you walk through the day, contemplate our centering thought.  I believe.  I trust.  I let go.  I believe.  I trust.  I let go.   I believe.  I trust.  I let go.

Namaste

Journal Questions:

1.  “When we accept who we are, just as we are, with trust in the power of source energy, we take an essential step along the journey to aligning with our true purpose and destiny. Write a letter that shares “what you wish you knew” when you were younger – about the importance, liberation, and power of “just being you” in life. Write this letter of wisdom and encouragement to the important young people in your life, and as a reminder to your inner child. Consider sharing this letter with someone special.”

2.  “Describe the evidence you have in your life experience that helps you to trust that things will be ok – to trust the timing in the universe. Maybe you have a story that speaks deeply to your heart and opens your trust; perhaps you see a sign in nature or hear a song over and over at just the right time. Where can you let go and let life flow in your life today?”

3.  “What are you grateful for today?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 14 Grateful Me

Grandpa Mike and Sydney Sue

Grandpa Mike and Sydney Sue

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” Maya Angelou

“Congratulations on completing the first two weeks of our 21-Day Meditation Experience! Spending time in silence is an act of powerful self-nurturance. Through meditation, you are connecting more deeply with your heart, understanding its desires, and clearing a path to realize your dreams.

Today’s meditation focuses on gratitude. When we appreciate all that we have in life, our egos step out of the way, inviting even greater abundance into our lives.

Practicing gratitude for our lives as human beings – for the air we breathe, for our magnificent bodies, and the beauty of being alive – is a wonderful place to start. From this point of view, we can expand our gratitude outward, like ripples in a still pond, appreciating everything and everyone we encounter and those who touch our lives as well.”

Mindful Moment“Set the intention to greet each moment of the day in gratitude. As each encounter and situation crosses your path take time to pay attention to all of the things that you can be grateful for in the moment. May you cultivate the spirit of gratitude with effortless ease and enthusiasm, for as you do so you transform your world.”
Today’s Centering Thought:  Gratitude is my prayer
Sanskrit Manta:  So Hum.  I am
Oprah:  “Once again, we’re at the end of a wonderful week together.  We’re so grateful for this time we’ve shared.  Your participation enriches life for me, for Deepak and for all of us in this global meditating community.  That’s what today’s all about – gratitude.  Welcome to day 14, Grateful Me.  This week, we have harnessed our determination, our passions.  We’ve set our intentions and tapped into our intuition, knowing how important and powerful it is to surrender to the divine design of the universe.  Now it’s time to say Thanks.  Gratitude.  Let me tell you.  It is transformative.  I often quote Meister Eckhart’s powerful thought when he said, If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, that will be enough.  This, I know for sure, sure, sure.  Being grateful is by far the single most powerful thing you can do to change your life.  When you allow yourself to feel gratitude, wherever you are, for whatever is going on in the present moment, in the now, what I promise you is that the spiritual dimension of your life will change.  It will open up and it will expand and you will grow with it.  The more you are grateful for, the more comes for you to be grateful for.  If you want to fulfill your desire and your destiny, start by being grateful.  When we say thank you for what we have, we acknowledge all that the universe has given us and then you’ll begin to see…more shows up.  Now, with Deepak, we’ll take an experiential journey to learn just how appreciation for everything we have transforms us and invites even greater abundance into our lives.  So, get comfortable.  Here we go.”  
Deepak:  “This week, on the journey toward living our destiny, we’ve spent time contemplating the question, What do I want, aligning us with a deeper understanding of what we truly want in this lifetime.  Today I invite you to consider the simple practice of gratitude as a transformational act that opens us to infinite abundance, boundless love and carries us to a place of deep peace.  When we can put the stories of our lives on pause for just a moment and marvel in the miracle of this life we are living, we begin to change our entire experience.  Gratitude is the doorway to abundance.  As we invite the energy of gratitude into our daily lives, we become alchemists, turning dark into light, scarcity into abundance, and fear into love.When we focus on the things we are grateful for, we are open and accepting of life as it is –  perfectly imperfect. Therefore, in gratitude, the ego steps out of the way, enabling us to connect more deeply with Spirit, the true self and the source of all those things that have manifested in our lives.The highest level of gratitude is an appreciation for existence itself.   We are each blessed with the opportunity to experience life, each one of us uniquely exquisite, beings with magnificent capabilities.  We feel, we interpret, we create, we ride the waves, we love, we live.  When we silently thank the universe for creating us, just as we are, we realize our own perfection and experience the highest level of gratitude.Spend a moment taking stock of everything in your life that you are grateful for.  At first, you may think of just a few things but as you continue reflecting, you realize there is so much more – the ability to breathe, the experience of your senses, the steady beat of your heart, the love of those around you.  All of these are simple things in life that come to you effortlessly and yet, in many ways, they are miracles that happen over and over each day.  Take a walk and experience nature – wherever you are.  Touch the leaves on a tree.  Run the earth through your fingers and quietly thank earth for the  abundance it provides.  Just the ability to get from one place to another and witness all the beauty along the way is a glorious miracle.Envision and embrace these feelings of gratitude.  See them as a ripple outward like a pebble dropped into a still pond.  As the ripples expand, see them carrying your gratitude as far as the eye can see.  Even further.  Touching the hearts of all humanity.As we prepare for meditation, consider today’s centering thought.  Gratitude is my prayer.  Gratitude is my prayer.Now let’s begin.  Make yourself comfortable, placing your hands gently in your lap with your palms open , closing your eyes.  In this moment, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, So Hum, repeating it silently and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, So Hum which means I am.  So Hum.  Now repeat it on your own, just mentally.  Whenever you feel yourself distracted by thoughts in your mind, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  So Hum.  Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Now release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.Throughout the day, remember all the things you are grateful for and contemplate the centering thought.  Gratitude is my prayer.  Gratitude is my prayer.  Gratitude is my prayer.
Namaste
Journal Questions:
1.  “How does being thankful for everything in your life pave the way for greater abundance? What happens in your world when you shift into a place of gratitude?”
2.  “Take time to write down all of the things you are grateful for that your physical body provides.”
3.  “Who are you grateful for today? Write a thank you letter to one or all of them detailing all of your appreciation and gratitude. Consider sharing your words in an e-mail, text, letter or spontaneous call.”
4.  “Reflect further on your experience today.”

Day 15 How Can I Serve?

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“The Potter”
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Sharon Abbott-Furze

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank

“Today we delve more deeply into what it means to be of service. When we serve others from a place of love, we are also serving ourselves.

For many of us, when we think of service, we envision great feats, sacrifices, large philanthropic donations, and other grand gestures. While service can be all those things, service can be much more accessible in our daily lives. Giving to others through service is simply recognizing what you do best in any given moment and offering that as a gift to someone else. For instance, in this moment, you may be sitting in a coffee shop across from someone who looks like she could really use a warm smile and, in this moment, you offer a smile in service to brighten her day. Giving can be that simple.

Think about how good you feel when you give someone a gift in this way and notice how serving someone else is a gift to yourself as well.”

Mindful Moment“Let today be your day to share random acts of kindness with generosity and joy. If you encounter someone in need offer a gift from the heart, be it a kind word, a joke, or a cup of tea. Hold the door open for someone, just because. Call a friend and share a kind word. When you are engaged in activity, give your full attention to it, knowing that when you are fully present, you are doing something with love and serving the world with your time and talent. Enjoy the energy that comes back to you as you walk through each moment with a giving and caring heart.”
Centering Thought:  “Serving others serves me.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 15 and the beginning of the final week  of our Desire and Destiny Meditation experience.  During our last 14 days together, we explored the essential soul questions.  Who am I?  What do I want?  With Spirit guiding the way, we were able to connect to the truth of who we really are, and what we most truly seek.  Now, we’re putting all of those pieces together so that we may light up in the fullness of who we are and illuminate the world around us.  Another what I know for sure is this…what we give to others, we give to ourselves.  As far back as I can remember, my prayer has always been the same… Use me God.  Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.  That prayer has led me to this moment.  When we share our unique gifts – however large or small, we create significance.  We complete the circle of our destiny and that not only changes ourselves, it changes the world.  How can I serve?  That is the question all of us has come to ask.  So get quiet, breathe, and let Deepak guide us through the next essential soul question.  And then we’ll do what we do each day…were going to meditate.”
Deepak:  “Who am I?  What do I want? … Two questions that have offered us great insight and opportunity to open to our highest understanding and expression of life.  Now, in our third week together, we begin to step into living our destiny.  Today, we will consider the next soul question on our path – How can I serve?The word service can bring up many thoughts and feelings.  Often it is interpreted as a type of giving that can feel out of reach, like joining the Peace Corps to help people in distant countries, or giving time and money in ways that will change the word.  It can also be connected to thoughts of work, obligation, or one of those things that good people ought to do.  We may begin to believe that service requires self-sacrifice, a great deal of time, unique talent or expertise, perhaps even money.  We may wonder just how we can truly serve the whole world.Martin Luther King Jr offers another way to look at this concept.  Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.  You don’t need to have a college degree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.  Service needn’t be grand gestures; we don’t need to embark on adventures far from home to be of service.  Service in every moment is about understanding our unique talents and using them to bring happiness to others and ourselves.  The universe is all about flow and dynamic exchange – giving and receiving which are simply different aspects of the same flow of energy.  Therefore, when we freely share our gifts with others, we really give back to ourselves.  It feels good to give, and giving also comes back to us from others through appreciation, love, smiles and hugs – the good things of life.Now, let’s look within.  Close your eyes for a moment and ask, How can I serve?  This timeless question has no wrong answer.  It is a question that I encourage you to ask yourself every day.  How can I serve?  Quietly listen for the answer.  How can I serve?  Listen deeply, receive each and every whisper from your soul.  Receive and ask again.  How can I serve?  Once we begin to listen carefully to the answers within, we may be surprised at just how we are meant to serve.  As we listen, we open the door to infinite and abundant possibility.  As you travel through the day, give yourself permission to practice living in the spirit of service.  Perhaps you will hold the elevator door for someone who is rushing to make it in.  Or, you might share a smile with another.  Maybe today you will inquire about a volunteer project you have been thinking about.  We each  have wonderful talents to share with one another.  We can freely enjoy the exchange of gifts, the flow of abundance – with everyone around us in the spirit of service.  So let’s ask ourselves again – how can I serve?  As we settle in for meditation, let’s contemplate our centering thought.  Serving others serves me.  Serving others serves me.Make yourself comfortable with your hands resting in your lap and your eyes closed.  Begin to witness your breath as you inhale and exhale.  Allow your body to relax, releasing any tension you may be holding on to.  Start to introduce the mantra, repeating it silently.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  If you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or sensations in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra, just silently.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Please continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Then let the mantra go and bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.   As you feel ready, open your eyes.Throughout the day consider the flow of giving and receiving and contemplate our centering thought.  Serving others serve me.  Serving others serves me.  Serving others serves me.NamasteJournal Questions:1.  “We reflected deeply on the soul questions “How can I serve?” during today’s meditation. Take time to really explore answers that come through your writing – just write freely.”2.  “What are three specific actions you can take to illuminate the world around you through sharing your unique gifts and talents in service to others?”3.  “What are you grateful for today?”4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 16 Uniquely Me

And each is unique!

And each is unique!

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”
Jane Goodall

“The expansion of happiness in this lifetime is our birthright. Finding what it is we are meant to do and be and identifying that which brings us the greatest happiness is our highest purpose in life. This is our dharma, our truth and, our destiny. Each moment presents us with a unique opportunity to express ourselves in ways that only we can. When we answer the call of our heart in each moment, we have the opportunity to experience pure joy.

Today’s meditation explores what it means to live our lives blissfully in each moment, understanding that the true reward is not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but the journey along the rainbow itself.

Allow the bliss of being who you are, living as the unique soul you were born to be, carry you along the path of this lifetime and you will be living your life to the fullest.”

Mindful Moment“Today make a commitment to be who you really are and choose one thing that allows you to express yourself in a way that is like no one else. Sing a song. Paint a painting. Share a heartfelt conversation with a dear friend. Whatever it is that makes your heart sing, choose to engage in one activity that is uniquely yours and enjoy where the journey leads you!”
Centering Thought:  “Bliss be my guide”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Varunam Namah – My life is in harmony with the universe”
Oprah:  “Here we are – day 16, Uniquely Me.  Each of us has a unique essential purpose, if not many purposes to fulfill in this lifetime.  Think of this for a moment – there is no one else on the planet that is here to be who you are – and give what you have to give.  No one else.  Just as your DNA and your fingerprints are uniquely you – so is your life’s purpose – and your life’s purpose is always evolving.  It is not something you create.  It is not some great idea you come up with.  Purpose is there all the time.   And it’s always calling you.  As Kevin Cashman says, ‘Purpose is Spirit seeking expression’.  When we tap into that expression, we find the defining thread running through out life and we integrate all of our life experiences.  When we recognize our purpose and our innate talents and share them freely with one another, we create a world of peace, harmony and love.  We fulfill not only our destiny but we begin to change the world.  That’s how you do it!  By fulfilling your purpose.  So, settle in as we prepare for today’s meditation, listening to Deepak explore, living our unique destiny in each moment.”
Deepak:  “Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life, here to make a unique contribution.  Woven within the very fiber of our being is our divine purpose.  Our distinctive essence waiting, even longing, to be expressed as a gift to the world and ourselves.  I believe that the purpose of life is the expansion of happiness, that when we identify those things that bring the greatest joy to our lives, we are on the trail of discovering this inner truth.According to Guatama Buddha,’your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it’.  When we live in alignment with that true purpose – or dharma – we are happy and create a ripple of good that emanates from within, extending to everyone around us.  Let’s look a little closer.  The concept of divine purpose is more like a winding path along a mountainside, than one specific destination.  There are many views and stops along the way and yet it is always the mountain we are traveling upon.Our essential purpose is always with us and is designed to be revealed and experienced over the course of a lifetime.  This path is our destiny, a collection of meaningful self-expressions that come to us spontaneously – and in the moment, at times; in waves or seasons at other times.  Yet, always present in the expression is the essence of our true selves.So, may be my destiny and true purpose in this moment is to smile at the person I see while on my walk, who looks sad.  It may be to take action on the long time dream I have had to start a business.  It may be to show up as a loyal and supportive friend.  Or even to take a gardening class.  What is your destiny today?  I invite you to spend time contemplating your destiny.  Observe and listen to the cues your heart gives you.  Give yourself permission to express your dharma and destiny.  Shine your unique light freely.  You’ll be surprised how beautifully the path of your life will unfold for you.  As Joseph Campbell once said, ‘Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors that were only walls’.As we settle in for meditation, we’ll focus on our centering thought, Bliss be my guide.  Bliss be my guide.  Now, as you take your comfortable seat with your hands on your lap and your eyes closed, as we do each day, begin to pay attention to your breath.  Allow the sensation of relaxation to wash over your body and release any stress and tension as best you can.  Silently introduce the mantra, repeating it effortlessly.  Om Varunam Namah.  My life is in harmony with the universe.  Om Varunam Namah.  If you get distracted by any thoughts, noises or feelings of discomfort in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself, Om Varunam Namah.  Continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Release the mantra and come into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.Throughout the day, think about what it is you love to do and contemplate our centering thought, Bliss be my guide.  Bliss be my guide.  Bliss be my guide.NamasteJournal Questions:1.  “There is no one else on the planet that is here to be who you are and give what you have to give. Describe the qualities, gifts and talents that make you unique.”2.  “We learned that our divine purpose is ever evolving throughout our lives. What do you believe your divine purpose is in this moment?”3.  “What are you grateful for today?”4.  “Reflect on today’s experience.”

Day 17 Inspirational Me

"Sharing a Story" www.sfago.com Sharon Abbott-Furze

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

“Think about the people and experiences that truly inspire you. What is it about them that makes you feel this way? For many of us, we are inspired when we feel something we have never felt before. We feel uplifted when we gain a new insight that changes our perspective completely and when we learn something new that forever transforms us.

Each of us has that power to inspire another. Within all of us lies a wonderful teacher, a soul that greatly inspires others to seek the highest good and to engage fully in life, merely by expressing your authentic self. Embrace that inner teacher and know that you have something very valuable to offer everyone around you. Share your lessons freely and receive wisdom from others with openness, joy, and love.”

Mindful Moment“Today recall a teacher who really inspired you. Perhaps this individual was a person who taught in a classroom, but perhaps it was someone else—a grandparent, a neighbor, or an athletic coach. Take time today to reflect on the ways that this person transformed how you saw the world, then without over-thinking it, consider how you can offer something of yourself to others so that they too can be inspired.”

Centering Thought: “I embrace the teacher within.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Varunam Namah – My life is in harmony with the universe”

Oprah:  “Welcome to day 17, Inspirational Me.  There is an ancient buddhist quote which says, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’.  Well think about that.  We are all students and teachers in this earth school.  Everything in our lives shows up and is here to teach us more about ourselves.  Everybody we encounter is really a mirror – a reflection of a part of who we are.  And within each of us is a teacher – someone who inspires, listens and reflects, who demonstrates by their very being, something from which others can grow.  Each moment in life is a teaching moment and when we engage with one another, we become vehicles of life’s important lessons – large and small.  If we stay mindful, respecting and embracing the teacher within and remaining open to the teacher who lives in others, we find yet another path to living most fully, to receiving most abundantly, and to fulfilling a part of our most sacred destiny.  So, today, honoring that every moment is a moment to learn, and to teach, let us larn from Deepak as he guides us to the still space.”

Deepak:  “Within each of us dwells a teacher with the power to deeply inspire.  The word inspire comes to us from the Latin word, inspirare, which means divinely breathed into.  When we live our lives connected to our inner truth and  unique destinies, we serve as models and teachers, true inspirations to everyone we meet.  Each of us, through our being, words and actions, has the ability and opportunity to divinely breathe the essence of the true self into one another.

Recognizing this power to inspire, we begin to connect with the teacher that resides not only in us but also in those who cross our paths.  We open ourselves to learning from everyone we encounter, most often our teachers appear to us quite obviously and we are quick to recognize the wisdom they impart.  At other times, our teachers can show themselves completely in disguise.  For example, when we silently witness an encounter with an unpleasant neighbor or motorist on the freeway, we realize that they too have something to teach us.  They  have simply shared their lessons in ways we don’t expect.

Each moment in life offers us an opportunity to learn and expand.  As we choose to conduct ourselves as teachers in this lifetime, embracing our true and divine responsibility to our fellow human beings, and ourselves, we see the value of aligning our lives with Spirit and following our bliss.  In choosing to be humble teachers, open to the flow of learning as well as selflessly teaching by joyous example, we are shining lights of all that is good, and wellsprings of inspiration for others.

As we settle in for meditation, let’s consider the centering thought.  I embrace the teacher within.  I embrace the teacher within.

Please get seated comfortably.  Place your palms up or down on your lap and close your eyes.  Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply and feel your body gently relax.  Begin to introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally, Om Varunam Namah.  My life is in harmony with the universe.  Om Varunam Namah.  If you get distracted by any thoughts, noises or feelings of discomfort in your body, simply go back  to repeating the mantra silently to yourself.  Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  Continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Now release the mantra.  Bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

Throughout the day, think about what it is you love to do and contemplate the centering thought, I embrace the teacher within.  I embrace the teacher within.  I embrace the teacher within.

Namaste,

Journal Questions:

1.  “Who is someone you consider a significant and meaningful teacher in your life? What important teachings did you receive from them? How has crossing paths with this person influenced how you live and share with others?”

2.  “How are you a teacher in your life? If you feel like you are not a teacher, take a deep breath, connect with your heart for a few minutes and then ask yourself that question again. Maybe you teach the fine art of being light-hearted, or through your loyal friendship, perhaps you teach others by daring to authentically speak your truth. Take your time and write the many ways you are teaching others by just being you.”

3.  “What are you grateful for today?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 18 Creative Me"Opening Night" www.sfago.com Sharon Abbott-Furze

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice
will be silenced.”
 Vincent Van Gogh

“How often have you had the experience of struggling to remember a person’s name only to have the name effortlessly revealed to you when you were engaged in something entirely different? The same thing happens when we wrestle with our minds for ideas or solutions. Once we let the challenge go and engage in something that frees our minds, the lightning bolt strikes!

This is the value of play. Play opens the pathways for creativity to flow freely. When we are engaged in play, we connect with the heart, rather than leading with our minds. As we access the essence of pure potentiality, transformative ideas and solutions come to us spontaneously, and we are boundlessly creative.”

Mindful Moment“Take some time today to engage in a playful activity that you really enjoy. Challenge some colleagues to a pickup basketball game at lunch or after work. Walk with your friends, or dip your feet into the office-park fountain. Whatever you choose to do, allow yourself to enjoy the freedom of playfulness and notice what unfolds.”
Centering Thought: “I play.  I create.  I succeed”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Bhavam Namah – I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 18, Creative Me.  Just as we all have a teacher within, within each of us is an artist.  A dreamer.  A creator.  Creative inspiration, truth and destiny are all revealed when our lives are in balance and in flow.  Giving yourself permission to rest, play, to let your heart and mind rejuvenate is a must in order to realize your greatest potential. Its when we let go, absorbed in a moment of pure play, relaxation, connection with nature, laughter, life or people, that the messages of the universe rise up to meet us.  When we become open and receptive, we create pathways where there were once closed doors.  There is so much power in knowing that our lives are ours to co-create.  So take a deep breath and relax into today’s mediation as Deepak encourages us to cultivate our creativity through pure, simple joy.”
Deepak:  “Rest and play are not luxuries.  It is part of our destiny to simply be.  It is becoming more understood that play, rest, rejuvenation and celebration cultivate and inspire some of our best ideas.  When we are relaxing and playing, we are engaged in the here and now and more open to the ideas that come to us from pure consciousness.  When we let go and have fun, we release all sense of ego and all the ‘shoulds’ that can creep into our lives.  Opening the door for the creative spirit to flourish.Play is so important in helping us find our true purpose in life.  When we dance through life like children, engaged in activities that truly delight us, we open our minds and hearts to the essence of pure consciousness.  When we play, we lose all track of time and are absorbed completely in the present moment.  Our best creative ideas come to us when we are delighted.  Our minds are free to roam and explore.  We are wide open and the world is at our feet – ours to enjoy.Rest is equally important.  As a society, we tend to be chronically sleep deprived and sometimes even proud of it since it indicates a busy life and total dedication to our work.  But true dedication requires balancing the brain for optimal performance which includes rest in the form of sleep, and spending time in meditation.  Connecting with the stillness of meditation, playfully engaging with nature, life and those around us, and making sure that we get adequate sleep are the perfect recipe for self care.  These practices recharge and revitalize us, paving the way for creative inspiration and truth to enter our lives.As we settle in for meditation, let’s consider the centering thought, I play, I create, I succeed.  I play, I create, I succeed.Please take a comfortable seat and close your eyes.  Place your palms up or down on your lap, inhale and exhale slowly and deeply and feel your body relax.  Begin to introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally.  Om Bhavam Namah.  I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Om Bhavam Namah.  When you feel distracted by thoughts, noises or sensations in your body, just go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra and become aware of your body. Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.Throughout the day, pay attention to how your body feels, taking adequate time for self care and focus on our centering thought.  I play, I create, I succeed.  I play, I create, I succeed.  I play, I create, I succeed.NamasteJournal Questions:1.  “How do you like to play? What are the activities that are fun and exciting for you? How do they make you feel? Perhaps there is something fun and exciting that you have been longing to try. Consider scheduling that activity into your week.”2.  “Write yourself a self-care plan for this week. How can you take good care of yourself? What things can you plan to incorporate into your week that nourish and fuel you?”

3.  “What are you grateful for today?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 19 Blissful MeBlissful Me

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Mother Teresa

“Today we will spend time reconnecting with our true bliss, that part of ourselves that many of us will best remember from childhood. Think about what it was that brought you the greatest joy, that made time fly, and that you could do forever without a care in the world. That is bliss.

While our childhoods may be behind us, our opportunity to reconnect with our bliss is right in front of us, ours for the taking. When we find ourselves engaged in the activities and with the people who make our hearts sing, we are grounded in the present and deeply connected to pure Spirit.”

Mindful Moment“Spend a moment today connecting with bliss in an everyday moment. When you are eating a meal or taking a shower, practice acute mindfulness and allow yourself to experience this activity with all of your senses. Do this as slowly as you can, delighting in the smells, tastes, textures, colors, and sounds. What do you notice? Note how you feel after you spent time in this way. How does bliss feel in your body? “
Centering Thought:  “Joy is my highest purpose.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Sat Chit Ananda – Existence, Consciousness, Bliss”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 19, Blissful Me.  Perhaps the most universal urge that we all share is to be happy.  When we connect to our true purpose in life, to what we’ve come to the planet to do, we get to live our lives in service and bliss.  What does that mean – to truly feel blissful in our lives?  Bliss is an all encompassing state that we all have access to at all times.  It is the holding space for joy – or happiness – and peace inside us all.  When we lay down the burden of trying to be anything other than exactly who we are, bliss comes to us effortlessly. When we identify and  follow what makes us happy, we understand our highest purpose and abundance in all forms comes back to us when we accept that purpose, follow our unique path and share our gifts whole-heartedly.  Be in bliss, delight, in stillness, and let Deepak guide us in today’s meditation.”Deepak:  “Nothing is more important in life than reconnecting with our bliss.  Nothing is as rich.  Nothing is as real.  So what, exactly, is bliss.  Spiritually, bliss is considered to be an infinite state that lives within each of us at all times.  When cultivated, it can be experienced outwardly through happiness and laughter, and also as a quiet sense of deep calm, stillness and peace inside.  What does it mean to reconnect with our bliss?  Noted author, JK Rowling said of herself, ‘the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss’.  Spending time going within ourselves to find those things that bring us deep joy helps us rediscover those activities that make us happy at our very core and are our real purpose for living.  This knowingness is bliss.  What is your bliss?What is it that you love to do that it gives you so much joy that time simply flies and your heart takes wing.  When we reconnect with our bliss, we are truly in the present and tap into pure consciousness.  Experiencing Spirit in this way, we feel abundant love and happiness. We can’t help but want to share this joy with others.  When we are happy, we are delighted to use all that we have to serve the world.  As we bring happiness and abundance in to the lives of everyone that we meet, that happiness, success and abundance come back to us like ocean waves, gently rolling out to sea and rushing  back to shore.  When we live our lives in bliss, in harmony with the universe, a world of infinite possibilities opens to us.  And abundance is our natural reward.  We realize that what we have been born to do, what makes us happiest, is also the best way to joyfully serve everyone around us, which brings us every good thing in life.As we begin our meditation, contemplate today’s centering thought, Joy is my highest purpose.  Joy is my highest purpose.  Now get comfortable and  close your eyes.  Relax your hands and your whole body as you bring your attention to your breath.  Start to introduce the mantra, repeating it silently to yourself.  Sat Chit Ananda. Existence, consciousness, bliss.  Sat Chit Ananda.  If thoughts, noises, or sensations in your body distract you, just gently go back to repeating the mantra.  Just mentally.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Please let the mantra go and bring your awareness into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  As it is comfortable for you, open your eyes.Throughout the day, pay attention to your thoughts around the blissful nature that is you and focus on our centering thought.  Joy is my highest purpose.  Joy is my highest purpose.NamasteJournal Questions:

1.  “We are each unique and experience the world our own way. Take time to write about what bliss looks and feels like to you. Describe a time in your life when you felt bliss.”

2.  “How can you cultivate bliss in your life today?”

3.  “What are you grateful for today?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 20 Visionary Me"Peter"

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

“When we think of networking, we likely see ourselves at a cocktail party, handing out business cards, meeting new acquaintances, and sharing a little bit about ourselves. But networking from a spiritual perspective is something quite different.

As we spend more time in stillness and align ourselves with intuition, we understand our roles as visionaries and are eager to connect with everyone around us in an entirely new way. Instead of “getting out there” in order to make something happen, we embrace opportunities to venture out because we want to meet new people, experience things we have never done before, and share what we have learned with everyone we meet.

All of us are visionaries with something to share. Connecting fulfills us and enables us to help others find fulfillment as well.”

Mindful Moment“Make a point today of reaching out to someone you have never had a conversation with before. For instance, there may be someone in your office to whom you’ve offered a polite greeting every day but never learned his name. Take a few minutes and talk to this person; get to know him or her and share something about yourself. Notice how much richer your life feels after you have enjoyed this person’s company.”
Centering Thought:  “The world is waiting for my vision.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Aham Brahmasmi – I am the universe”
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 20, Visionary Me.  In our last three weeks together, we’ve awakened to who we really are, to what we deeply want, and to the truth of our highest purpose.  All of this insight and energy needs one more spark to truly light up and manifest our destiny.  That spark comes from action, from connection and communication.  Everything I know is better when you share it.  And our destinies are richer when we are connecting to others.  Asking for what you want, sharing more freely of what you know, building on the co-creative power of spirit – these steps move us from holding a dream in our hearts – to actualizing it as part of our destiny.  What we speak comes to life, sparking collaborative potential, inspiring creative ideas, igniting possibility and opening the door for divine purpose to enter.  When we share, we step into certainty and move one step closer to our destiny.  I’m excited, as I know you are to, as we listen to what Deepak share about how our words inform our action and empower our intentions to the universe.”
Deepak:  “In the stillness of meditation, during our journey together, we have become more connected to who we really are, our true self,  our spirit.  As our self-awareness expanded, we began to see with clarity what we truly want and increase understanding of our divine purpose, our destiny.  Today, we will explore that there is another step required to truly activate and call in the manifestation of our destiny.   It is the action of connection and communication.It is through our willingness to communicate and share ideas, perspective and vision with others that we grow more comfortable being in, and speaking our truth.  We begin to let our guard down and sincerely ask what we want and need, and we give more freely, recognizing that we are all interconnected in consciousness.With little effort, staying present with one another, and being ourselves, we start to recognize common personal and professional interests.  Inspiration seemingly comes out of nowhere and new opportunities spontaneously arise.  Through this purest level of connection, new ideas roll in.  Now, more connected with our intuition, we are pointed in the direction of where to  go and whom to meet.Sometimes, just going to what seems like and everyday place, to a party or a park, puts us in the most interesting space, giving us a spark of an idea, or a human connection that leads us further down the path of manifesting a long-held dream.  We have gifted ourself with an authentic platform to share our vision, and as we courageously share, we receive support, inspire others, discover unexpected connection and new ideas, and we begin to live in the energetic flow of our destiny.  Together, in community.  This understanding puts an entirely new twist on the idea of networking.  No longer do we feel the need to get out there because we should make connections in order to succeed.  Instead, we want to be out there because we can’t wait to be in conversation about our vision and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow human beings and the real excitement of life.So while we’ve emphasized the importance of spending time in stillness is in our daily lives, pay attention to how that stillness informs action, honor the transformations you experience, and the new relationships you create and you begin to live your life more fully as the beautiful being you were born to be.  Today, I invite you to speak freely about what your vision and your dreams.  The spoken word is a powerful tool and by strengthening your voice, you expand your dreams from internal thoughts to external possibilities. laying the groundwork for divine purpose to manifest.  Know that by being in conversation, by verbalizing your desires out loud, you are empowering your intentions to the universe.As we begin our meditation, contemplate today’s centering thought, The world is waiting for my vision.  The world is waiting for my vision.

Please get comfortable.  Sit with your hands in a relaxed position and release any tension in your body.  Begin to witness your breath, slowly inhaling and exhaling, inhaling and exhaling.  Begin to silently repeat today’s mantra, Aham Brahmasmi.  I am the universe.  Aham Brahmasmi.  As thoughts enter your mind, if you near noises, or feel sensation in your body, remind yourself of the mantra, repeating it effortlessly.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra and bring your attention back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

Throughout the day, embrace who you are as you consider our centering thought, The world is waiting for my vision.  The world is waiting for my vision.  The world is waiting for my vision.

Namaste

Journal Questions:

1.  “What does community look like in your life? Consider five ways that you can begin to cultivate the experience of community and connection. As you strengthen your connection with others you open the door to new ideas, opportunities, and relationships.”

2.  “Describe how you have benefited when you’ve followed your intuition to open up to a new person. How did that benefit outweigh any hesitation you might have experienced before connecting? Is there someone you have been hoping to get to know more or collaborate with in your life? It is through bold action that transformation is ignited; consider reaching out to schedule time to get together with that person this week.”

3.  “What are you grateful for today?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Day 21 Extraordinary Me"The Fair" www.sfago.com Sharon Abbott-Furze
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman
“Congratulations on completing this 21-day journey with us! We are delighted that you have ventured on this path to fulfill your destiny and experience abundant joy. We hope that spending time in stillness each day has reawakened you to the thrill of being alive, the gratitude for everyone and everything you share this life with, and an understanding that a life of fulfillment and abundance is your birthright. As you continue along this marvelous path of meditation, always remember that your true destiny is joy—for yourself and everyone around you. Thank you for inviting us to travel this road with you. Namasté.”
Mindful Moment“Continue to focus on the many people and things that bring you joy in this life. Your true destiny is bliss and joy, as it is for everyone around you. Spend time contemplating the many lessons you have learned on our journey together and see how they can help manifest joy in your life and in the lives of everyone you meet. As you make your way through your day today allow yourself to share your smile with others freely. Be the ripple of positivity and light that will change the world.”
Centering Thought:  “My destiny is joy”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Bhavam Namah – I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.”
Oprah:  “Here we are already. Hard to believe!  21 days have gone by so quickly.  Day 21, Extraordinary me.  Deepak and I are so grateful that you chose to stay with us, exploring your inner truth, allowing your deepest desires to emerge and guide you toward your true destiny.  Joy.  It’s been an extraordinary journey.  Each one of us is extraordinary with wondrous dreams and desires designed to help us fulfill our unique purpose in this lifetime – which can evolve and change over time.  Each of us has the divine potential to realize a magnificent destiny – all our own, by following and living our joy.  As you dream a bigger dream for yourself, my greatest hope is that you continue to find stillness within.  This I know for sure…fore sure.  Giving yourself that space and quiet will lead you to even more miraculous dreams, more joy, more possibility, and a supreme destiny beyond your greatest imagination.  Nothing is too extraordinary to be achieved.  If you can dream it, and your intentions are pure, you can be it, and be of service in sharing it with the world.  What a gift for us.  What a gift for you.  Thank you.   And you now what to do.  Let’s get comfortable once more.  Breathe, relax, listen to Deepak and share stillness together.  Namaste.”
Deepak:  “Congratulations on completing this magnificent 21 days together.  You know now that within you, you have all the tools you need to access your pure potential, to evolve your dreams into reality, and to live a life of extraordinary design.  We have learned so much during our 21 days together.  Now is the time to take your chance as you reach for the stars.  It is your destiny.
Right now, imagine something that you have always wanted but perhaps thought impossible.  That one idea that you keep tucked away, perhaps with such care that you have not even dared to speak it aloud.  Yet, you hold on to the dream because it resonates so deeply within you.  Close your eyes and see it.  Really see it.  Envision that you are living this dream right now.  It is your life.  No cutting corners, no holding back.  Your deepest dream in motion. What is your life like?  How do you feel?
As humans, we have the remarkable ability to transform all that we imagine into reality.  Understand that if a deep desire lives in your heart, a dream that is part of your soul’s fiber, a path exists to bring it to life. Abundance in all it’s forms is our birthright.  We were born to enjoy every aspect of life, to experience every emotion, and to discover the seeds of potential that live within.  As you practice trusting that the universe is always there to support you, I invite you to continue stepping into your greatest self, to experience everything there is to know, confident in the knowledge of who you really are – a radiant spirit worthy of everything life has to give.  See yourself united with the unlimited potential dwelling within you, and every one and everything that is part of the universe.  From this place of unlimited potential, give yourself permission to dream big.  Tap into that vast reservoir of courage that is available to all, as you move through and well beyond your comfort  zone into the space of infinite joy, peace and possibility.  As you embrace life with passion, seize each wonderful moment and make the most of each adventure.  Be rooted in the knowledge that you’re as mighty as the universe itself, full of love, joy and power.  You are star dust, a bright, golden light and all good things of this lifetime are indeed your divine destiny.
Before we begin today’s meditation, consider the centering thought, My destiny is joy.  My destiny is joy. Please be seated comfortably, relaxing your hands and your body.  Breathe effortlessly and easily and release whatever tension you feel.  Begin to repeat today’s mantra, just mentally.  Om Bhavam Namah.  I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Om  Bhavam Namah.   When you’re distracted by thoughts, noises, or sensations in your body simply return to the mantra.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Continue meditating for about 10 minutes.  Then let the mantra go and become aware of your body.  Take a moment to rest, breathing with ease.  When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.
Throughout the day, envision yourself as the powerful being you are and think about our centering thought, My destiny is joy.  My destiny is joy.  My destiny is joy.  Namaste.”
Journal Questions:
1.  “Deepak and Oprah invited you to reach for the stars today, to hold a big and bold vision for yourself, to unleash that deep desire you may have been holding close to your heart with such care. Take time to write about the extraordinary vision you have for yourself and your life, write with abandon! For as you see it, say it, and allow yourself to believe it – your soul sings the song that makes it so.”
2.  “On this last day of our journey together, how is abundance manifesting in your life today?”
3.  “What are you grateful for today?”
4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”
Day 22 Abundant World  Sunflowers

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”  —His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

“Welcome to the bonus day of our 21-Day Meditation Experience. Today we offer a special guided meditation to ignite a ripple of peace and abundance out into the world.

We are all connected through pure consciousness, and the ebb and flow of pure potentiality envelops all of us. In today’s meditation, we will focus on that flow of giving and receiving, sharing our gifts and offering gratitude in return to enable everyone in the world an opportunity to benefit from this amazing journey.

Our centering thought for today is:  Love and abundance for all.

We look forward to sharing abundance with the world today.

Blessings,  Oprah and Deepak”

Mindful Moment

“Today as you enter the stillness and silence of meditation, hold the intention that everyone in the world will realize abundance. Consider the many gifts you have to offer and do so freely while accepting gifts from others with gratitude, love, and joy. In this way, we enter the dynamic flow of the universe and share the experience of pure Spirit with our fellow human beings around the globe.”

Centering Thought:  “Love and abundance for all”

Sanskrit Mantra:  “Yum.  Opens the heart chakra – activating peace, harmony and love”

Oprah:  “We’re back for one more day – our thank you and our gift to you, our meditating friends around the globe.  Each day together has allowed us to expand in our essential connection to ourselves and to the power of source.  Today, we join our hearts and minds together to offer a united energy to the world, in wisdom, in acceptance, in trust.  So let us set a global intention and release it into the universe.  With this meditation, we continue to move toward a shift in our collective consciousness…to divine essence, to each other, and to a shared destiny of kindness and grace.  So get comfortable one last time and let us join our hearts, our spirits together, listening as Deepak guides us in a beautiful visualization of peace, unity for our world.”  

Deepak:  “Welcome back.  This day is a gift for you – our global community.  It certainly is a gift to us to have been able to take such an amazing journey with you and to have one more day together through which we can share our joy with the world.

Our meditation today focuses on peace, harmony, laughter,  ove and well-being, the simple yet precious gifts of abundance that we can enjoy with and intend for our families, friends, neighbors and everyone around the globe.

Please begin by taking a comfortable seat and closing your eyes.  Turn your attention to your heart center.  Repeat these intentional words as today’s centering thought.  Love and abundance for all.  Love and abundance for all. Envision a beautiful white light emanating from your heart, this place of pure love, peace and joy.  Take a moment to be with this warm, expansive, healing light.  Feel it expand within each and every cell of your body as if nectar from the heavens is traveling through your being, filling you with the most blissful sense of peace and well-being.

Picture at the center of your now light-filled being within your heart, one of the special gifts that you have been placed on earth to offer the world.  It is dazzling in its brilliance, radiant with possibility.  Now imagine you’re a part of a vast circle that includes everyone else on the planet and everyone in that circle is also connecting with his or her inherent light as they visualize the divine treasure they have to share.  You gaze upon the light of each and every person as far as your eyes can see.  As you look a little deeper, you see and sense the bountiful gifts that are in the hearts of all the people, gleaming and golden, just waiting to realize their destiny, to be expressed and received lovingly, to elevate the vibration of peace and well-being for all.

You now hold your unique gift – your beautiful light in your hands.  Feeling the warmth, you tenderly turn to your right and gently offer it to the person beside you.  You feel completely received as your gift is accepted with honor, grace and gratitude.  With reverence, you turn to your left and openly accept into your heart, the gift that your neighbor is generously giving you.  Whatever that gift may be – a smile, a joke, or a warm embrace, you accept it and receive it in your heart with deep gratitude.  As you drink in the light and love, you turn back to the person on your right and share this blessing with that person, basking in the beauty and flow of the gifts being expressed, shared and received, one after another, you know that the circle is indivisible and the abundance is endless, delight in the knowing that the gift you are sharing is divine, infinite and eternal.

Brimming with this joyful expansion, clasp the hands of those next to you and enjoy the warm glow of peace and love that comes from freely sharing what we are on earth to offer.  Know that when we remove judgement, replacing it with heartfelt appreciation and generosity, we become one with the power of pure Spirit, making all things possible.   Send these feelings of peace, love, equanimity and joy to those in your life and those around the world who may be experiencing turmoil and pain.  Visualize the good feelings that you hold in your abundant heart, swaddling in a warm, soft blanket those who most need your gifts of peace and love, uniting everyone together as one.  See each and every heart and soul on our beautiful planet receiving peace, healing and abundance.

As you continue with your eyes closed, gently introduce the manta, repeating it silently to yourself.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  This is the mantra that opens the heart chakra offering peace, harmony, light and love to reawaken in the heart of everyone around the world.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  Remember that when you are distracted by thoughts, noises or sensations in your body, go back to silently repeating the mantra.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  Continue to meditate for about 10 minutes.  Then release the mantra and bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to pay attention to the breath.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.

Thank you for sharing your abundant gifts with us and with everyone around the world.  Know that while our circle is now open, it lives on in our intention, reaching each person on our planet and filling him or her with love and light.  This wonderful journey has enriched all our lives and I am deeply grateful to have shared it with you.  I hold this heartfelt intention for you and our sisters and brothers around the globe.  Love and abundance for all.  Love and abundance for all.  Love and abundance for all.

Namaste

Journal Questions:

1.  “What is your vision, your wish of peace and abundance for all people on Earth? Write it out with detail; consider sharing this as a Facebook post or in an e-mail to those you care about. Give yourself permission to let your heart’s intention shine and ripple out into the world.”

2.  “What is the most influential ‘ah-ha’ moment you had during our twenty-two days together?”

3.  “What does gratitude mean to you today? What are you most grateful for in this moment?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

 

Day 10 Passionate Me – Desire and Destiny Meditation – Deepak and Oprah


These are my notes from the new Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Challenge – Desire and Destiny with Oprah. This latest meditation is offered free at chopracentermeditation.com, each day’s lesson available for 5 days and also available for purchase through his website.
Day 10 Passionate Me

"Desert Passion" www.sfago.com Sharon Abbott-Furze

“Desert Passion”
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“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius

“It is not uncommon to set a goal and then push forward with our eyes so fixed on the destination that we become unaware of the terrain on which we travel. Today we will practice navigating the path toward our destination with fluidity and balance, remaining attentive to our goal with present moment awareness. As we do so, we take a powerful step toward realizing our dreams and living our destinies.

In our passionate pursuit of our life’s purpose, our destination, we have the choice to stay present in the now, which increases our awareness of the many supportive cues and opportunities that arise along the path. Staying connected to the present enables us to enjoy every moment of the journey—the people we meet and the experiences we can enjoy with them—enriching us as we live out our deepest, most heartfelt desires.”

Mindful Moment“Sometime today, when you catch yourself projecting into the future, take the time to practice 10 rounds of conscious breathing. Close your eyes and begin to witness the breath as it flows in and out of the nostrils. If it is helpful, count as you practice this, inhaling for a count of five, holding the breath, and exhaling for five. After you repeat this exercise 10 times, notice if you feel more grounded in the present, better able to seize opportunities as they present themselves in the here and now.”
Centering Thought:  “Now is my time.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Vardhanam Namah – I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 10, Passionate Me.  What is passion?  The word gets thrown round a  lot.  Well, it isn’t always a fire that blazes hot.  Rather it is the power and joy that gets sparked by being present in every moment.  It’s betting up each day, excited about what lies ahead.  Its about having faith in the unknown, eager to embrace anything that comes our way.  It is loving the journey – the one you’re on right now.  We all set goals and have dreams but true abundance, riches beyond the goals we set for ourselves, exist more profoundly in knowing that this moment – this one, the one you’re in right now – is really perfection.  You are right where you’re supposed to be.  Choosing to embrace the fullness of this moment, finding love and opportunity in where you are, right now, is choosing the most powerful way to live.  It puts each of us squarely in charge of our own journey – and, of course, our destiny.  As William Ernest Henley said in his poem, “Invictus”, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”.  Enjoy this moment as Deepak ignites the fire within and prepares us for living life with passion.  Then we’ll meditate.”
Deepak:  “ Each morning that we’re given the chance to admire yet another rising sun, is an extraordinary gift.   From the moment we open our eyes, exquisite blessings surround us, waiting to be witnessed.  All we have to do is gaze upon them.  As the years of life pass, it is quite common to keep our eyes on the horizon.  In our quest to survive and succeed, we look ahead to what is often just out of reach – our next goal, a new career or pay raise we are waiting for, relationships we are dreaming of, maybe even the weekend fun we have planned.  Focused on the destination.A great Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore,  wrote.. “if life’s journey be endless, where is it’s goal?”.  The answer is, it is everywhere.  We are in a palace which has no end but which we have reached.   By exploring it and extending our relationship with it, we are ever making it more and more our own.  Very telling words – that we are in a palace with no end, but yet, we have reached that palace.  It is ours to explore and experience.Regardless of where we are in this journey of life, or where we aspire to be, we are at exactly the place we are supposed to be.  Each choice you have made throughout your life has brought you to where you are today.  This very moment, where absolute perfection lives.  Today, we set the life-changing intention  of finding peace in the moment and loving the journey, the miraculous journey.  This journey can be similar to dancing with a partner.  We take a few steps forward and then back, your eyes taking in all that is around you and then gently closing as you drink in the music and trust the movement of your partner.The most important and magical part of the dance is embracing it’s rhythm.  As you embrace life, knowing that there is really nowhere and yet everywhere to go with your partner’s arm around you.  There is nothing with which to be concerned, your mind absorbed in the wonder of the dance.This life is a great adventure and your partner in this wondrous journey is Spirit.  All the steps, twists and turns may surprise you but when embraced, they keep you excited and interested.  Enjoy the journey, move easily through your days declaring, I can hardly wait for the next turn.  Something wonderful is awaiting me around the bend.  In the words of the American-born author and spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, ‘Be here now.  Love the journey. Love the moment with peace and love.  Just be here now.’

As we prepare for today’s meditation, let’s consider our centering thought, Now is my time.  Now is my time. Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, move your attention within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Now repeat the mantra silently to yourself.   Om Vardhanam Namah.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes.  Now release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

As you travel through your day, contemplate the centering thought, Now is my time.  Now is my time.  Now is my time.

Namaste

Journal Questions:

1.  “Describe the things that are abundant and perfect in your life right now, in this present moment. What is the rising sun, the extraordinary gift you see before you today?”

2.  “When you find yourself getting caught up in the twists and turns of life, what are three activities or actions you can take that will bring you back to center?”

3.  “What are you grateful for today?”

4.  “Reflect further on today’s experience.”

Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditation Challenge Miraculous Relationships


This meditation challenge is offered free through Deepak Chopra.com.   Each day’s meditation is available for five days following the post.  Downloads are available for purchase as well.  These are my notes for reference and reminders to myself.  Deepak suggests reflecting our thoughts in a journal during the challenge.
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” —Buddha

“Miracles happen every day in our own lives but if our minds are preoccupied or we’re too busy or rushed, we may not notice the miracles – yet they’re always there, like gifts waiting to be opened. During this challenge, we’ll learn how to live connected  present-moment awareness and peace and in this awareness,  be able to tune into the  miracles, see with the eyes of love.”

Day 1  Miraculous Journey
Mindful Moment:  “Set one intention for your journey toward miraculous relationships. As if carefully cultivating a seed to sprout, take time each day to remember and connect with this special intention. Visualize it as a precious jewel resting in your heart. Gently shower it with love and light and, with your mind’s eye, watch it open and expand. As you travel through these next 21 days, give yourself permission to open your mind, and your heart to all possibilities. Embrace the vision of your true self in supportive, meaningful relationships of all kinds. “
Today’s Centering Thought:  “Today I am open to the presence of miracles”
Sanskrit Mantra:  Om – “Om is known as the universal sound.  Repeating “Om” honors our connection to the universe.”
Oprah’s Welcome:  “We’ll dig deep into the many ways we can connect and attract the kind of relationships we all say we want and truly desire.  We all want to experience lasting love.  The most important place to begin building that kind of love is within your self – to become the love you want to experience.  In week one, we’ll prepare ourselves for miraculous relationships.  We’ll begin to recognize the potential for love and miracles of all kinds by exploring the one thing necessary for any relationship to thrive…and that is knowing who we are in our core.  As you begin to know who you really are, your life and your relationships will flourish in all sorts of ways you’ve never even imagined.  In our second week, we’ll start to look beyond ourselves and begin to explore how to make deep and satisfying connections in all of our relationships.  We’ll expand our experience of spirit and love as we open ourselves up to making conscious choices that lead us to the kind of relationships our hearts desire.  In week three, we’ll bring everything together so that our lives will be filled with miraculous relationships”
 
Deepak:  “Over the next three weeks we’ll share a boundless journey to the heart where love and spirit are forever conspiring to create miracles in our lives.  As we begin our journey, let’s consider what miraculous relationships actually are.  Miracles are generally described as extremely rare and extraordinary events that defy the laws of nature.  They’re sometimes described as an act of God or divine intervention that only a few of us will ever experience.  I have a much different perspective on miracles, however.  I believe that miracles happen every day, not just in far off villages or holy sites across the world, but here, in our own lives.  Miracles only seem extraordinary because we’re not paying attention to their presence in our lives.  The word miracle comes from latin root,  which means to behold with rapt attention.
When we pay attention, we begin to notice the miracles in our lives, the every day acts of grace that guide us on the most evolutionary path.  Beyond your physical self and personality, there lies a realm within you that is pure potentiality.  This infinite, unbounded realm is sometimes referred to as spirit, source, God, your higher self, or the divine.  From this realm, anything and everything is possible including miraculous relationships.
On our 21 days together, each meditation will take you into a deeper experience of your essential spiritual nature and pure potentiality as you tune into spirit and pay attention to the presence of miracles, your life will be transformed into a dazzling experience, more wondrous and exciting than you could even imagine.
As we prepare to meditate together, lets spend a few moments focusing on today’s centering, thought, “Today I am open to the presence of miracles”.  “Today, I am open to the presence of miracles.”
Now, let’s begin our meditation.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands in your lap, palms upward and close your eyes.  In this moment, just breathe naturally.  Notice the inflow and outflow of your breath, just as it is.  Feel your body, noticing any tension it might be holding on to and let it melt away with each inhalation and exhalation.  As our awareness moves within, we travel to the place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and expectations.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable and more at peace.  Invite yourself to trust that your meditation experience today and each day will be exactly right in the moment.
Now gently introduce the mantra, repeating it mentally ad allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  Om.  Om.   Om.  Om is known as the universal sound.  Repeating Om honors our connection to the universe.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.  Om.  Om.  Om.   Continue with the meditation for about 6 minutes.
Release the mantra.  Bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, carry this new understanding of your miraculous potential with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought.  “Today, I am open to the presence of miracles.”  “Today, I am open to the presence of miracles.”  “Today, I am open to the presence of miracles.”
Namaste”
Journal Questions:
  1. What miracles have I already experienced in my life?
  2. What thoughts and beliefs about myself and the world might be inhibiting my ability to see miracles each day?
  3. What specific steps can I take to open myself to the experience of miracles?
  4. What reflections do I have about today’s session?
Day 2  Miraculous You

“The one you are looking for is the one who is looking.”- Francis of Assisi

“Today we will consider the one thing that is required for any relationship to flourish:  knowing who we really are. While there is a natural tendency to find an identity in our roles in life, our personality, our work, our body, our culture, our stories of the past, and our dreams for the future, in reality, these are all temporary, external aspects of ourselves. Who we really are is eternal and unbounded. Our true self is pure love and pure spirit.

While our ego-mind may feel isolated and separate, our essential nature is whole and inextricably connected to the universe. Therefore, our journey towards miraculous relationships isn’t about searching for anything outside of ourselves: It’s about discovering that love is already within us, and expressing it in all of our relationships.”

Mindful Moment  “Schedule several “soul breaks” for yourself today. Start these breaks by taking a deep breath. Feel your body and notice any tension you are holding. Take another deep breath and as you exhale, let it all go. Take a moment to reflect on the tone of your recent inner dialogue, the quality of your interactions with others, and the emotions you have been experiencing along the way. Just observe what is. This exercise can be done in one or two minutes and is one way to strengthen your alignment with your true self, or soul. Your true self is infinite love and always feels safe and connected. Taking “soul breaks” each day naturally shifts your awareness of your divine, radiant nature.”

Today’s Centering Thought:I am a radiant spiritual being.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  So hum, I am.
Oprah: ” As we set out on a path of expanding love, happiness and true fulfillment, the most valuable question we can ask is “Who am I?”  “Who am I?”  Many of  us define ourselves in terms of our work, our relationships, our various roles in the world but our true identity goes beyond all of those  things.  At the very deepest level, we are pure spirit, pure love, pure potential.  Today, Deepak helps us to begin to align with our true selves, the unchanging larger spirit that is always, always, always there within each of us.  As we begin to awaken to our pure essence, we take the steps to experiencing our potential for miraculous relationships.   So relax, be still, let Deepak guide us closer to compassion, to joy, to creativity and love.  Then we’ll all meditate together.”
Deepak:  “Your true self is not your changing body and mind, or even your changing emotions or changing personality.  Remember that all of these have been changing all of your life.  The body you had as a baby is certainly different from the body you had as an adolescent and the body you are in now.  However, there is a part of you that witnesses these ongoing changes.  Many of the worlds wisdom traditions call this part of you the soul.  It is the nonjudgemental awareness or observer of your body and mind and also itself.   You can experience this part of yourself right now by turning your attention to the one who is observing.  Try it now.  Turn your attention to who is observing.
The presence that you feel right now is your soul, or your spirit, or yourself, source, or whatever name you prefer.  Activity comes and goes but the silent observer is steady and ever present.  Your essential nature is spirit which is infinite and eternal.  The qualities of spirit include love, compassion, equanimity, joy, creativity, intuition and bliss.
If you have been caught up in an anxious search for love, happiness or anything else, this is wonderful news.  You can let go of this struggle and the endless quest for self-improvement and instead, begin to open to the awareness of who you really are.  There is no work to do, nothing to fix or repair.  Your true self is unchanging and can’t be broken or lost.  It is pure awareness, all-encompassing, silent, knowing, unborn, and ever the same.
Even when feelings of fear or sadness cloud your awareness and cause you to feel isolated and alone, spirit is always there within you, shining with the brilliance of a thousand suns.
As we prepare to open our awareness to our true spiritual nature, lets consider our centering thought, “I am a radiant spiritual being”. “I am a radiant spiritual being.”
Make yourself comfortable, placing your hands gently in your lap and with your palms open and closing your eyes, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, repeating it silently, allowing it to flow with effortless ease, So hum.  So hum.  So hum means “I am”.    So hum.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts in your minds, sensations in your body, or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, “so hum”.  Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.  So hum, so hum, just mentally.
Release the mantra.  Bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, “I am a radiant spiritual being”.  “I am a radiant spiritual being.”  “I am a radiant spiritual being.”
Namaste,”
Journal Questions:
  1. Make note of times or situations when you tend to feel most disconnected from your true self. What do these disconnections feel like? What are your thoughts during these moments? How does your body feel? What emotions do you experience?
  2. Those thoughts and feeling are CUES! What could you do to re-frame and reconnect to your true self when you have those thoughts and feelings? Think of 3 ways.
  3. Think of a time when you felt connected to your soul. Describe it. What about it felt soulful?
  4. Reflect on today’s session.
Day 3   Miraculous Nature

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” —Thich Nhat Hanh

“Yesterday we began to explore the difference between our true self, which is the source of all our love and happiness, and our learned self or ego, which is the source of our fear and suffering. Although the ego has a difficult reputation, our intention isn’t to judge it or attempt to get rid of it because such efforts only intensify the drama of the ego and the struggle in our lives. Instead, we want to focus on embracing all aspects of our self, letting the healing that comes with self-acceptance work miracles in our lives.

Today we will begin to let go of self-judgment as we experience the wholeness and truth of our essential nature. We will open our hearts to ourselves and let ourselves feel the love that has been there all along.”

Mindful Moment
“Begin today by putting your attention on your heart. Take time to connect with and feel how much your soul wants you to know that you are loved and appreciated. Look into your own eyes and see your timelessness. See everything—the joy, sadness, compassion, playfulness, and wisdom. You contain everything. You are whole. Each time you find yourself in front of a mirror today take a moment to witness yourself. As you look deeply into your own eyes, hold all aspects of yourself in loving awareness, silently repeat these words three times, “I see you, I accept you, I love you.” Carry this practice through your day and witness your heart gently open to yourself and others.”
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I am a wondrous miracle of life
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Sham.  Repeating “Sham” connects us to our wisdom and inner knowing.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 3, Miraculous Nature.  It is a miracle that each of us is here – in this moment, at this time, to go on this miraculous relationship journey.  In fact, think about this for a moment…you are, I am, we are each a miracle; in our own right.  And, as we open up our hearts to ourselves, we set the stage for attracting  rich, loving relationships in our lives.  When we start to feel our own miraculousness, we naturally start to see others in a new and wonderful way. be open to a new place.  Did you ever think about how our capacity to love and celebrate other people is directly connected to our ability to accept and love ourselves.  So, relax with me and open up as Deepak shines a light on the grace and the transformation when we all start to accept our own miraculousness with love and appreciation.  Let’s be still and breathe into today’s meditation.”
Deepak:  “Lao Tzu wrote the following about relationship with the self.  ‘Because one believes in oneself, one does not try to convince others.  Because one is content with oneself, one does not need another’s approval.  Because one accepts oneself,  the whole world accepts him or her.’
We expand and experience a sense of freedom in the moments that we open our hearts to ourselves.  Each time we give ourselves permission to accept who we are in this very moment,  with love and appreciation, the world around us begins to transform.  Through the stillness of mediation, we begin to clear a path that allows us to connect with our essential truth.  In these quiet moments of clarity, we have the opportunity to choose how we relate to ourselves.
Do we choose to love, accept and celebrate ourselves?  Self acceptance begins when we expand beyond our thoughts and embrace ourselves, knowing that the glories of creation are in our very cells; that we are made of the same essences as the angels, the stars and God himself.   From this place, we become one with our miraculous nature and celebrate the wonder of living life as our authentic selves.
As we prepare for our meditation, I invite you to begin the practice of gentle acceptance right now.  Close your eyes and drink in these words.  Today I choose to accept myself.  I choose to be aware of what it is like to simply be, without self-judgement.  I choose to live each moment knowing that “I am” is enough to sustain me forever.  I choose to sit quietly and open my heart to myself, expanding until my being fades into the infinite.  Today, I behold myself and know deeply that my capacity to love others and for others to love me is directly connected to my capacity to love myself.  Today, I choose love.
As we prepare for meditation, let’s consider our centering thought, “I am a wondrous miracle of life”.  “I am a wondrous miracle of life.”
Sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now gently introduce the mantra.  It is the sound “sham” which is associated with third eye chakra, the energy center in your forehead right between your eyes.  The sound sham assists with the gentle opening of this energy center which, when open and flowing, connects us with our intuition and inner knowing.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  Sham.  Sham.  Sham.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts in your mind, sensations in your body, or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Sham, sham, sham.  Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.  Sham.  Sham.  Sham.  Silently.
Release the mantra.  Bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Approach today gently and contemplate the centering thought, “I am a wondrous miracle of life”.  “I am a wondrous miracle of life.”  “I am a wondrous miracle of life.”
Namaste,
Journal Questions:
  1. Take a moment to think about the quality of your internal dialogue. Is it gentle and loving, or more critical and judgmental? Describe the messages you give to yourself each day—are you patient, angry, compassionate? Be specific.
  2. Describe the things that you have the most difficulty accepting about yourself. It takes courage to look closely at ourselves; set the intention of being honest and gentle with yourself as you answer this question in detail.
  3. Write three positive “I am. . . ” affirmations that provide yourself with words of support, compassion and encouragement. Address the areas that you identified as being the most difficult for you to accept about yourself. As you support yourself you open the door to receiving support from the world around you.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.

Day 4  Miraculous Self

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.” —William Shakespeare

“Today you’re invited to relax into the infinite space of your heart and let yourself receive.

Many of us were taught that it is better to give than to receive. We easily give our time, energy, and attention to our family and friends, yet we may find it difficult to receive these same things. In reality, giving and receiving are different aspects of the same flow of energy in the universe. Just as every exhalation depends upon an inhalation, the flow of love in our lives depends upon our ability to receive and to care for ourselves. As we meditate today, hold yourself in loving awareness and let your heart receive.

 Mindful Moment
Today, begin a practice of daily self-care. Begin by making a list of the loving things you can do for yourself this week—then set the intention to complete one of the items on your list every day. Consider posting the list somewhere prominent or maybe schedule a daily reminder on your phone or computer. Here are a few suggestions: write down one quality you love about yourself, remember to pause and take a few deep breaths when you’re feeling stressed, take a walk or enjoy a good meal with a friend rather than grabbing a sandwich at your desk. As you give freely to yourself you’ll experience the loving awareness that is your natural state.
 Reflect in Journal”
Today’s Centering Thought:  “As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.”
Sanskrit mantra:  Om Vardhanam Namah — I nourish the universe an the universe nourishes me.
Oprah:  Welcome to day 4, miraculous self.  Once we begin to recognize and embrace the miracle of our truest self, we can then take the next step toward miraculous relationships.  Our willingness to take loving care of ourselves is deeply connected to our ability to receive love from anyone else.  Take care of yourself.  Tend to your mind, your body and your spirit each day.  That will put you on the path to true love with the most important person in your life – you.  Honor yourself and your relationships will blossom beyond your imagination.  Let Deepak’s words today be your special invitation to nourishing yourself a priority.  Let’s begin right now by really opening up to today’s meditation.”
Deepak:  Every relationship is shaped by the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.  We breathe in to receive life-giving oxygen and as we exhale, we nourish the plants and trees with carbon dioxide.  We share our love, creativity and joy and we experience the expansion of those same qualities in our lives.  At the deepest level, giving and receiving are different aspects of the same flow of energy in the universe yet, many of us were brought up with the idea that it is better to give than to receive; that it is important to take care of other people’s needs before our own.  If you have taken that belief to heart, you may find yourself giving until you are physically exhausted, financially depleted or emotionally drained with little left to give.
In reality, truly loving relationships depend upon your ability to nurture yourself, to love yourself, and to practice self-care.  You can only give what you have, and your relationships will always mirror what you feel about yourself.  Are you treating yourself as the precious, lovable soul that you are?  Infinitely worthy?  Infinitely deserving?
In the words of the Buddha, we can search the entire universe and not find a single being more worthy of love than you.  If you haven’t been making your own well-being and self-care a priority in your life, please don’t use this realization to criticize or condemn yourself.  We are always doing the best that we can given our current level of  awareness.   As our awareness expands, we open to new possibilities and ways of being.  Right now, in this very moment, you have an opportunity to begin giving yourself more love, appreciation and attention.  It is never too late.  Your true self is pure love and pure spirit.  And as you spend time meditating and awakening to who you really are, you will naturally make choices that nourish your body, mind and spirit.
As we prepare to meditate, let’s reflect on our centering thought.  “As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.”  “As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.”  “As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.”  Let’s begin.
Make yourself comfortable, placing your hands gently in your lap and with your palms open and closing your eyes, go within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to experience the inflow and outflow of your breath.   With each inhalation and exhalation allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now gently introduce the mantra, repeating it silently to yourself and allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Om Vardhanam Namah.   Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Continue with the meditation for about 6 minutes.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, “As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom”.  “As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.”  “As I love and honor myself, my relationships blossom.”
Namaste,
Journal Questions:
  1. What would you like to receive more of in your life? Consider all areas of your life and write freely.
  2. Describe what it feels like when you receive a compliment, a gift, or a helping hand? Do you accept with ease and gratitude, or do you find yourself blocking incoming positivity and support?
  3. What are the activities and practices that really make you feel alive and balanced? Are you willing to commit to including one of these activities in your daily schedule, even if just for a few minutes? What will you do today to take care of you? Consider writing a detailed seven-day self-care plan—as you give to yourself the universe will mirror your actions.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.
Day 5  Miraculous Esteem

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Today we have a new opportunity to cleanse the lens of perception and see ourselves as we really are: completely loved and completely lovable.

Despite what you may have been conditioned to believe, there is nothing that you have to do or achieve to be worthy of love. Your true self is pure love and you are already infinitely precious exactly as you are. This awareness of who you really are connects you to your true self-esteem. This esteem is solid and unwavering. Your soul loves you unconditionally. The approval rating of your ego, in contrast, is fickle and forever shifting. Your ego may approve of your performance one day and then the next day judge you as inadequate or lacking. As we shift from identifying with our ego’s insecurities and fears, we open to the gifts of the soul. It all begins with self-awareness. Each day as we spend time in the inner quiet of meditation, our awareness will expand and awaken us to love.

Mindful Moment
Make it your practice for today to cultivate self-awareness and self-love. No matter how much you have suffered, your soul sees you as whole. When you feel out of balance, anxious, or alone, pause for a moment and take a deep breath. In the quiet moment of a pause you can assess the gentle refuge of your heart. Take a few moments to close your eyes and sit quietly, feeling your heart as a soft, warm enclosure. Let your attention settle there and rest as long as you wish.”
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I am a perfect, divine creation.”
Sanskrit mantra: “Om Bhavam Namah”  I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 5, Miraculous Esteem.   Real self esteem is abundant and is ever present but at times it can be clouded by all the noise of the outside world.  When we reframe our point of reference from the outer world to the quiet, sacred inner space, we then allow ourselves to embrace that loving self-image that is buried deep within every single one of us.  We can then shift our perceptions of ourselves and others and that is what allows us to connect to true self esteem.  Listen as Deepak illuminates the vital importance of turning our attention inward.  Take a deep breath with me.  We’ll get very quiet and listen – within.”
Deepak:  “Earlier this week, we reconnected with the essential truth that we came into this life as perfect drops of love and divinity.  As we reflect in this knowledge of our universal value, let’s explore the power of healthy self esteem.  Our sense of self-worth influences our perceptions and inner dialogue, often creating incongruence between our essential truth and how we experience daily life experiences.    Today, as we prepare for creating a life filled with miraculous relationships, I invite you step into a refreshed self image, one that reflects your true beauty and divine essence.
Take a closer look.  Self image is the self your ego believes your are.  The ego takes it’s cues from the outer world,  feeding on approval and security, often fueling feelings of inadequacy and fear.  What do these people think of me?  Do I look ok?  Did I say the right thing?  The feedback we receive from our environment over the years forms the image we hold of ourselves.  In this respect, self image keeps reminding us of who we were in a specific situation, not who we are.
True self esteem is based on a spiritual recognition of one’s true value which lies beyond your ego and starts with self awareness.  As we accept and honor who we are, we begin to treat ourselves as a cherished loved one –  with kindness, honesty, trust, compassion and love.  With increased awareness of our true self, we become conscious of how we talk to ourselves, choosing words that are enlightening, uplifting and loving.
Should we falter, we forgive ourselves quickly and fully.  Who you are is so much more than the image you have formed of yourself based on feedback from the outside world.  Give yourself permission to detach from those opinions and perceptions.  Open to your divinity, your creativity, your potential, and live from your highest self.
As we prepare for meditation, let’s consider our centering thought, “I am a perfect, divine creation”.  “I am a perfect, divine creation.”
Let’s begin.  Sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra which is the sound, Om Bhavam Namah.  I am absolute existence, I am a field of all possibility.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, “Om Bhavam Namah.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts and noises around you, simply return your attention to the mantra.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Continue with your  meditation for about 6 minutes.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Just silently.  Om Bhavam Namah .
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.
Approach today with certainty as you contemplate the centering thought, “I am a perfect, divine creation”.  “I am a perfect, divine creation.  I am a perfect, divine creation.”
Namaste,
Journal Questions:
  1. Are there any ways in which you place your worth in external sources such as other people, possessions or achievements? Take a moment to write them down; be honest and very specific.
  2. What are your fears, if any, of truly accepting and loving yourself? If you find you quickly answered “none”, place your hand on your heart and take a deep breath in and then exhale slowly. Then gently ask your heart this question one more time. This practice of pausing and asking your deep heart can change your perception and your life. You may discover a different answer, or you may receive the same one you started with—it is all perfection in the moment.
  3. Write down ten things that you love about yourself, no matter how seemingly small. We do not always have the chance to shine the light on ourselves. Be patient with yourself if it takes a minute to get started. Give yourself permission to enjoy this moment as you write out the truth of your magnificence. If you find yourself getting stuck, take a deep breath and keep it simple. As you begin to celebrate yourself your relationships will open and expand.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session.
Day 6 Miraculous Magnificence

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ” —Joseph Campbell

Today’s message and meditation celebrate the magnificence of your radiant, joyful spirit. If you could see your body as a physicist can see it, you would observe atoms or particles moving at lightning speed around vast, empty spaces. These particles aren’t material objects at all. They are fluctuations of energy and information in a huge empty space. And what is this space? It is the womb of creation, the field of all possibilities. It is the same place that nature goes to fashion a galaxy and to fashion a thought.

This field of pure potentiality is within you. It is your inner space that gives rise with amazing fertility to all of the divine qualities of the universe, including love, grace, abundance, joy, creativity, and freedom. You are a unique expression of everything in existence, and you shine with the beauty of a million stars.

Mindful Moment
There is a beautiful saying in India’s ancient Vedic tradition: “If you want to recreate the world, look at it with fresh eyes.” Today have the intention to see one thing as if for the first time. Look without the camouflage of your memories. Sometimes the hardest thing is to truly see someone we have known for a long time, such as our partner, child, or friend. We assume we know who they are, and so we stop seeing. It is also important to look at yourself as though doing so for the first time. We may assume that we know ourselves, but as we are discovering, who we are is much more than our limited ego-mind can envision. Through the eyes of your true self, take a few moments to consider how truly magnificent you really are.
 Reflect in Journal
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I cherish the beauty in myself and others.”
Sanskrit mantra:  “Sat Chit Ananda” – Existence, consciousness, bliss
Oprah: “Welcome to day 6 – miraculous magnificence.  One of the biggest blessings in my life is that I’ve been able to connect with thousands of people heart-to-heart.  Everyone of them have proven to be a one-of-a-kind soul.  Just as you are.  Each one of us is a collection of unique gifts, talents and beauty.  Each of us has something unique that we have to offer to the world.  If we understand that truth, then not only are we able to celebrate ourselves, but then we can appreciate the absolute magnificence of everyone else.   The world needs what only you were divinely created to share.  Think of your own gifts as Deepak guides us to cherish the beauty in ourselves and to see it in others.  Then we’ll meditate.”
Deepak:  “Modern physics teaches us that our physical body and the body of the universe are composed of the same molecules.  Equally intriguing is the thread of oneness that weaves the ancient spiritual traditions together in the shared belief that the universe and all it contains come from the same source.   Together, the universe and humanity obey the same rhythms and pulse, with the same storms of electromagnetic activity.  It must be, then, that the universe is living and breathing through us.  We are an expression of everything in existence.  We come from the same source and are made from the same molecules.
How then, can we say that each one of us is unique when unique means that there is no one else who is exactly l like us?  Walk out into a gently falling snow and look at the snowflakes.  The beautifully designed ice crystal is easily identified as a snowflake.  Yet, under a microscope, we would see that no two snowflakes are alike.
In our physical forms, we humans live within that dichotomy – alike yet different.  Alike because we come from the same source, different because, through the information and energy received from our environments, we develop unique talents and abilities.  You are the snowflake in human form, designed with precision, created to add beauty and grace  to wherever you are.  You have been instilled with a spark of divinity which, if nurtured, can accomplish great and wonderful things.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Insist on yourself, never imitate”.  “Your own gift you can offer with a cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation.  But off the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous half-possession.”  Embrace the interconnectedness, the commonality of that which you are.  Yet, also celebrate your differences.  Share your uniqueness with the world.  Live your dharma, your truth, from the core of your being.  As you begin to identify, cultivate and celebrate your many beautiful qualities, you will effortlessly create space to appreciate the unique nature of each person who crosses your path, opening the door to rich, diverse and meaningful relationships.
It is through the stillness of meditation, that our intentions begin to unfold and blossom.  As we prepare for our meditation, set the intention to allow your magnificence to shine.  Consider our centering thought, “I cherish the beauty in myself and others”.  “I cherish the beauty in myself and others.”
Lets begin.  Sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra which is the sound Sat Chit Ananda which means existence, consciousness and bliss.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Whenever you find yourself distracted y thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in your environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.  Sit Chit Ananda.  Continue with the meditation for about 6 minutes.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Now silently, Sat Chit Ananda.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Approach today with certainty as you contemplate the centering thought, “I cherish the beauty in myself and others”.  “I cherish the beauty in myself and others.  I cherish the beauty in myself and others.”
Namaste,
Journal Questions:
  1. Chances are that you have a unique gift, talent or passion that the people around you do not know about. What do you dream of being, doing and sharing with the world? As you write, connect with your dreams . . . our soul’s magnificence. Let your writing flow without judgment or inhibition. As you “own” your inner truth, the universe begins to conspire with you to make it so.
  2. In what ways have you limited yourself in expressing your true magnificence? Take your time and be specific.
  3. What steps would you like to take to share more of your authentic self and gifts with the world? What is one action you are willing to commit to integrating into your life today?
  4. Please reflect on today’s session.
Day 7  Miraculous Being

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” —Anaïs Nin

“Congratulations on completing our first week together! In the past few days we have discovered and experienced the infinite love and possibility that is part of our essential nature. We have seen through the disguises of our ego or self-image, uncovering the radiant beauty and joy of our true, eternal self.

In today’s meditation we will delight in the gifts of spirit. On this special guided journey, we invite you to listen to the wisdom of your heart and let your experience unfold with ease and grace.”

Mindful Moment
As we prepare for today’s meditation, take a few slow, gentle breaths. Breath is the movement of spirit in its subtlest physical expression. As you breathe slowly and gently, the body relaxes, the mind finds its still point, and the stage is set for inspiration—the flowing in of spirit.
Today’s Centering Thought:  ” I am love.  I am eternal.  I am spirit.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “So Hum”  I am.
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 7.  An entire week of miraculous relationships.  Today, we talk about miraculous being.  Here we are, already at the end of our first week together and we have spent this time getting to know our true selves.  I hope you’re closer to knowing the essence of who you really are.  As we have embraced ourselves as radiant, spiritual beings, and started to honor the importance of self-care, self esteem and feeling our own unique light.  Today, we’re going even deeper.  Listen as Deepak takes us to the place within, where spirit sees us and speaks to each of us.  This is a place of grace, healing, of acceptance.  I just love it.  Now, settle in and let’s go there – together.”
Deepak:  “Over the last week, we prepared ourselves for a life filled with miraculous relationships.  Our journey began as we discussed miracles and our role in manifesting them in our lives.  We connected with our true nature, spending time remembering that we are indeed spiritual beings having a human experience.  As we reflected on our self perception, we opened to embracing a self image aligned with our true beauty and divine essence.  We remembered that as we strive for those special relationships in our lives, we must first start by accepting, caring for, and loving ourselves.  Knowing that we are miraculous beings allows us to open, expand and experience more than we can imagine.
We are divine.  Our souls are connected to the source of all that is.  Living a life aligned with spirit opens our hearts and creates an unshakable belief in our essential goodness, allowing us to experience the bliss of knowing our higher self which is infinite and eternally loving.
Today, we will spend our mediation cultivating our connection with spirit, opening to our inner most self, feeling the love that is our true essence.  Before we begin, let’s consider our centering thought, I am love.  I am eternal.  I am spirit.  I am love, I am eternal, I am spirit.
Let’s begin.  Find a comfortable position, placing your hands gently in your lap and closing your eyes.  Just breathe naturally.  With each inhalation and exhalation, relax into the present, inviting your body to release any tension it might be holding on to.  In your mind’s eye, envision a lush, meandering path in the woods, lined with tall, green tree branches, swaying lightly in the wind.  The gentle breeze on your  face creates a sense of comfort as if the elements are welcoming you to come in Just a little bit closer.
Surrounded by unspeakable beauty, you stop for a moment, close your eyes and drink in the warm sun rays while the sweet bird songs in the distance fill you with joy and lightness.  You breathe in and out with the comfort and ease of familiarity.  You sense that you may have been here before, as if you have arrived home.  As you open your eyes and continue to walk, taking in the scent of the forest, you feel the solidity of the earth beneath your feet.  The light breeze on your face now feels as if it is traveling through you, touching every cell of your being with love and healing light.
You come to an opening before you, an enchanting garden illuminated by a kaleidoscope of sun rays awaits.  Stepping in to the garden, you enjoy the sensation of soft, cool grass under your feet and the uplifting scent of the blossoms that cascade in all colors of the rainbow around you.  Your eyes follow the delightful dance of the butterflies as they delicately drink in the abundant sweet nectar of the garden. You sense a calling and notice warmth growing within your heart.  The flowers are opening and surrounding you in the garden.  You behold the petals gracefully and effortlessly revealing themselves, one at a time.  You feel a gentle relief ripple through your entire being as you are filled with a sense of deep love and unconditional acceptance.
In the distance, a sound catches your attention.  You find yourself listening to the rustle of  tree leaves in the breeze.  You hear a song within them, the words fill your senses with an angelic harmony.  You are precious.  You are love.  You are infinite.  You close your eyes and feel the breeze like a loving embrace.  The song sings on.  You are precious.  You are love.  You are infinite.  The light of spirit holds you in love and compassion and whispers the qualities of your true nature one by one.  You are pure.  you are love.  You are kindness.  You are joy.  You open and expand into love and bliss as seeing yourself through the eyes of spirit for the first time. You know, deep within, your essence is pure, loving and joyful.  You feel infinitely accepted, peaceful, knowing you are a radiant being of light.
Staying connected to the song of spirit, gently introduce the mantra.  It is the sound, So Hum.  So Hum.  I am.  So Hum.  So Hum.  Just silently.  So Hum.  So Hum.  Continue to meditate for about 6 minutes.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you reflect on the song of spirit and continue with your day, know that you con experience the support of song and love through your meditation.  The enchanted garden and well of infinite love which holds your true nature is always with you – in your heart, singing the song of our centering thought, I am love, I am eternal, I am spirit.  I am love, I am eternal, I am spirit.
Namaste,
Journal Questions:
  1. The song of spirit is with you always; when you listen the song becomes clear. What messages did you receive in today’s meditation?
  2. What miracles and gifts of grace have you experienced this week? Take your time, review each day and make a list. You might consider keeping a running list of daily miracles that you observe. Each time you allow yourself to see and be the miracle, you change yourself and the world around you.
  3. What are three ways you can be more fully present and connected to spirit?
  4. Please reflect on today’s session.
Day 8  Miraculous Spirit

“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.” —Louise L. Hay

“This week we will continue our journey of miraculous relationships by expanding our experience of love, equanimity, joy, compassion, and other divine qualities of spirit. Today our meditation will focus on choosing to be the presence of love.

Many people think of love as an emotion that comes and goes. In one moment we feel intense love and in the next we feel nothing at all. We may then become consumed by doubts about our relationships or we get caught up in an anxious search for love, striving to attract someone who will finally give us the love and approval we’ve longed for. As we’ve explored, love isn’t a capricious emotion but a state of being. It is an experience of unity with all creation. In every moment we can choose to be the presence of love and let that love guide all our words and actions. This choice will transform all of your relationships, including the one with yourself.

Mindful Moment
An essential part of learning to love yourself is to focus on being fully present and accepting of your current experience. Today take time to become more conscious of what your emotions are and how they feel in your body. Just be with your feelings with the awareness that whatever you are feeling is okay exactly as it is. This supportive gesture is like hugging and holding yourself in a loving and nurturing embrace—a practice that helps you metabolize your present experiences, promotes healing of old emotional pain, cultivates trust in yourself, and strengthens your ability to give yourself compassion and kindness.
Today’s Centering Thought, “I love and am loved unconditionally”
Sanskrit Mantra:  Om Vardhanam Namah – I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 8, Miraculous spirit”, and the beginning of week 2 of our 21-Day Meditation Challenge.  We spent our first 7 days together deepening our appreciation of our divine magnificent selves.  It’s powerful to witness the transformation that starts with one tiny shift in the way you see yourself, in your awareness.  Can you see the difference already when you wake up in the morning?  I know I can.  As we continue our journey together, we’re going to apply all that we learned together in week 1 and then shift our focus from preparing for miraculous relationships to actually creating them, really co-creating them with spirit.  That’s how our lives work.  Have you ever met someone who just oozes love out of every molecule of their being and you just want to be around them all the time?  Well, that magnetic feeling is actually a choice emotion and it is one we can all make when we arm ourselves with the key to unlocking a kind, open and generous heart.  It’s week 2.  I don’t have to tell you because you already know what to do…unwind,  let’s breathe deeply, open your mind and your heart as Deepak reveals the essential secret to attracting love.  Then we’ll meditate together.”
Deepak:  “In our journey together, we are striving to create love-filled relationships.  So what does it feel like to be immersed in, deeply involved in, spellbound by, eating, sleeping and breathing love?  The words warm, secure, happy and content come to mind.  There is nothing in the world more powerful than love.  Love enlivens, love unites and love heals.  We long to feel love, be loved and be immersed in love.  How do we create a life overflowing with love for each other, life and ourselves?
The secret of attracting love is to embody our essential truth, loving ourselves each step of the way, remembering that we are loved and we are lovable.  As we allow the song of spirit to gently whisper to us in each moment, the gentle mantra supports as we remember, with our hearts open and filled with love, we are loved, we are lovable.
Each of us was born confident in both of these messages – bathed in a mother’s love and swaddled in our own innocence.  When you look at yourself today, can you still make the same statement every infant could if it had the words?  I am completely loved.  I am completely lovable.  To be immersed in love, to attract love, we first have to love ourselves.   It makes no difference if we look like the star on the movie screen or the corner grocer.  Age does not matter nor does the size of our waistline.  As beloved creations of the cosmos, we are loved and completely lovable.
As we love ourselves unconditionally, we can then share this highest expression of love with everyone else in our lives, regardless of how they look, how they act, whether they share our values or ethnicity, our political or spiritual beliefs.  Knowing that we are all interconnected at the deepest level of our being makes it easier to accept others, not as we wish them to be but as they are – lovable and loving.
When we act from love through the eyes of spirit… God…the higher self, life becomes easy and effortless.  To stay immersed in love, to attract love, one must learn to eat, sleep and breathe love every moment of every day.  Love can heal, love can renew, love can make us safe and love can inspire us to open to our infinite potentiality.  Bask in the warmth of love without conditions today, tomorrow and all days of your life.
Let’s consider our centering thought, I love and am loved unconditionally.  I love and am loved unconditionally.
It’s time for us to go into the silence, the place where we are guided to the source of all love for ourselves, others and for life itself.  Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Om Vardhanam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Continue to meditate for about 6 minutes.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Just silently in your mind.  Om Vardhanam Namah.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Approach today gently and contemplate the centering thought, I love and am loved unconditionally.  I love and am loved unconditionally.  I love and am loved unconditionally.
Namaste, “
Journal Questions:
  1. Think about the many areas in your life where you can experience love. Are there any situations, relationships or social tendencies you have that hold you back from feeling this love? What limitations do you put on your love for yourself? How about the love you give to and receive from others? Be specific. If you find through this process that you are not as open to love as you would like, be gentle with yourself—awareness is the first step toward transformation
  2. Take a moment to place your hands on your heart. Take a deep break in and visualize your heart opening wide. As you exhale allow yourself to connect with peace. Feel the warmth from your heart on your hands. The song of your heart has many important messages for you. Gently open to its song in this moment; what message does it have for you right now?
  3. Write a love letter to yourself. Gift yourself with messages of support, encouragement and compassion. You might consider writing this letter as if you were writing a letter of encouragement and love to a precious, important loved one. This may feel different, but give yourself permission to go for it. Let the words flow and watch the love in your life grow.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session.
Day 9   Miraculous Illumination

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” —Hafiz

Today our meditation focuses on the light within each of us.  In many wisdom traditions, light represents spiritual awareness. It is a state of consciousness that illuminates darkness and allows us to see with the eyes of love and wisdom. As our awareness expands, what once seemed to be obstacles are now clearly opportunities. When we reach a state of pure awareness, we realize that there are no problems and therefore no need for solutions.

In our relationships, the expanding light of awareness allows us to share more love, compassion, laughter, and joy with everyone in our lives. As clarity dawns, we become light-hearted and stop taking ourselves so seriously. We let go of struggle and live in the flow of life.

Mindful Moment
To cultivate the light of awareness, pay attention to the clues and evidence that miracles are unfolding in your life. Notice the unexpected opportunities that come your way, the flash of insight, a sudden feeling of peace or joy, a chance meeting, or a spontaneous creative experience. You may want to keep a list of daily miracles in your journal. Whatever we pay attention to expands in our experience, so as you focus your attention on miracles you will begin to notice more grace, happiness, and love.
Today’s Centering Thought:  “My loving truth shines for all to see.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Yum”  Repeating Yum facilitates a deep connection to everyone in our life”
Oprah: ” Welcome to day 9, miraculous illumination.  Each one of us is created with an inherent life within.  A light made up of limitless spiritual power.  It’s solely up to you to decide how brightly you let your light shine and whether or not you allow the world to rejoice in the rays of it’s healing glow.  Yesterday we centered ourselves in the knowledge that we’re truly loved unconditionally by Spirit and in kind, we can choose to love ourselves and others in the way that Spirit loves us.  Today, as we continue to embrace our unique strengths and our true beauty, we will learn how we can harness Spirit’s loving light and then direct that light to those around us as a powerful force for good.  The more vibrantly your light shines, the more likely your light has brightened the world of those around you.  The brighter that light overall, the greater the love.  You get it.  Now, let’s take a deep breath in  and let it all out as Deepak enlightens us on how to tap into that amazing potential. ” 
Deepak:  “The concept of light has played an important part in the world’s spiritual text.  In Kaballah, the mystical Hebrew teaching, light is spiritual energy that surrounds the soul.  In fact, this light is considered to be a universal energy that surrounds and fills everything.  It can be defined as the universal wisdom, or ever-present, unseen truth that surrounds us.  The Kaballists believe developing a connection with the source of energy has an essential part of our spiritual evolution.
The light of Buddha is said to be beautiful, extremely beautiful, extremely powerful, incomparable, of infinite splendor and infinite brilliance.  In some texts, Buddha is called the King of Light who with his beautiful hue of precious gold, illuminated all the quarters of space.
Spiritual teachers who emanate this light are said to be enlightened beings.  In their presence, we feel their peace, their compassion, their love.  In truth, we are all enlightened, full of light.  The difference is that these teachers who appear to be enlightened beings, are always aligned with their inner light and know how to stay connected as they share their illumined presence with everyone they meet.
There is a light within each of us that can never be diminished or extinguished.  It can only be obscured by forgetting who we are.  In the worlds of Karl Jung, as far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.  We are far more than mere beings.  We are brilliant, enlightened, spiritual beings created with a divine spark that can light the flames of love and joy throughout the world.
In our physical world, light therapy is used to heal many conditions including seasonal affective disorder which comes in part from light deprivation.  Let’s set the intention to use our own light to heal.  To share our light of love, peace and joy and, as we do, we’ll find our own life and relationships more and more illuminated.
As we prepare for our meditation, let’s take a moment to focus on today’s centering thought, ‘My loving truth shines for all to see’.  ‘My loving truth shines for all to see.’  ‘My loving truth shines for all to see.’
Let’s begin.  Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra.  It is the sound Yum which is associated with the heart chakra, the energy center in the middle of the chest.  When the heart chakra is flowing and open, we experience a deep connection to everyone in our life.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Yum, Yum, Yum.  Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.    Yum.  Just mentally.  Yum.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Approach today connected to your brilliance as you contemplate the centering thought, ‘My loving truth shines for all to see’.  ‘My loving truth shines for all to see.’ ‘My loving truth shines for all to see.’
Namaste,”
Journal Questions:
  1. What daily spiritual practices help you expand your light of awareness? These practices can be very personal; do not limit yourself, the right answer is what works for you, not what sounds good. Maybe you feel spiritually activated and aware as you watch the sunset, when you repeat a mantra, practice yoga, walk your dog, or even when you light a candle. Perhaps it is all of the above, and more. Explore and write freely.
  2. How do you share the light of love and healing in your relationships? Be specific. Then identify the person or people in your life with whom you are able to share your love with ease, abandon and delight. What about these relationships make this expression so open?
  3. Identify three new ways that you can practice sharing your love and light with every person who crosses your path.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session.
Day 10
Miraculous Attraction

“You must be the change that you wish to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

The secret of attraction is remarkably simple. It can be summarized in a single line from the Latin poet Ovid: “To be loved, be lovable.” A lovable person is natural and authentic, radiating the light of awareness and love that we explored in yesterday’s meditation. The second “secret” is one we have already discussed at length: You are already lovable. There is nothing you have to do make yourself more lovable or attractive other than to let go of any unloving thoughts that you have about yourself. That which you seek you already are.

In today’s meditation we will put our attention on the divine qualities that are closest to our heart and that we wish to attract in our relationships—including love, peace, trust, compassion, joy, passion, inspiration, thoughtfulness, and generosity.

Mindful Moment
The spiritual Law of Giving and Receiving teaches us that in order to attract or receive something in our lives, we need to give it freely and without expectation. If we want to experience more love, we need to be lavish in our own expression of love. To receive acceptance, we need to be open and accept others. Today choose one quality that you want to expand in your experience and find as many opportunities as you can to share that same quality with others.
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I attract that which I am.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Varunam Namah”  My life is in harmony with cosmic law. 
Oprah:  “Already,it’s day 10.  Welcome to Miraculous Attraction.  What you ask for from the world is exactly what you’re getting back.  You know, I’ve lived by the law of attraction for years and I can tell you from experience that it is real and it does work whether you recognize it or not.  Our ability to attract goodness is most powerful when we do recognize it and cultivate that which we hope to attract within ourselves first.  In other words, now that we’ve done the work to understand and become who we are at our very core, we begin to see and attract others who are made up of that same loving energy.  Want more fulfilling relationships?  First you must be full yourself.  You can’t attract what you don’t have.  Whole attracts whole.  Love attracts love.  Deepak’s meditation today will open us up to what and who we specifically desire to manifest in our lives.  Empowered with that crystal clarity, the universe will answer and provide.  So, take a moment, let’s get still and let’s get to it.”
Deepak:   “We now live each moment aligned with our essential truth, embracing the potential of our spiritual nature.  This practice opens us to experience an expanded sense of infinite love, peace, compassion and gratitude.  Recognizing, feeling and embodying this love, we begin to attract that which we are.  It becomes our natural impulse to abundantly pour love into ourselves and others with sincerity and ease.  As we do so, we find that we attract love back.  Like a magnet, we become a  powerful source of attraction.  Unifying qualities of love, kindness, joy, compassion, generosity, and equanimity connect us to others and attract others to us.  Without thought, we find we are radiating that which we want to bring into our lives.  In the words of Rumi,  what you seek is seeking you.
As we express the positive qualities we seek in others, we access the potential  and the law of attraction, manifesting a field of possibilities within our relationships.  In essence, the act of being love positions us to deeply receive love.  Today, our meditation will open our mind’s eye to our heart desires, connecting us to the vision for calling in the relationships that perfectly suit our highest good.  As we prepare for our meditation, consider the centering though, ‘I attract that which I am’.  ‘I attract that which I am.’
Let’s begin.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands gently into your lap and closing your eyes.  Begin breathing slowly and mindfully, allowing your breath to take you deep within.  With each inhalation and exhalation, you feel your heart and soul relax, gently releasing any tension, letting go of any thought or sensation that is not serving you in this moment.  As you inhale and exhale, allow your awareness to expand to your heart center.  With each inhalation and each exhalation feel your heart gently expanding and relaxing in harmony with your breath.  You begin to feel the essence of your heart as you open to the healing nature of silence and peace.  Breathing deeply, you feel peace, light and love.
With your heart open, see yourself experiencing deeply satisfying relationships in all areas of your life.  Witness the qualities closest to your heart pouring into each of these connections, gently becoming woven into many exquisite fibers which, together create harmony and union.  You see that each thread, each quality, is a unique and vibrant part of the whole, freely joining together to experience the dynamic sensations of becoming one.  As the fabric evolves, you see many individual yet harmonious qualities creating a fluid dance of reciprocity between the giver and receiver.  The ‘I’ gently falls into the arms of a new expression of ‘we’.  Within the spectrum of glorious fibers, you feel pure and abundant trust, infinite love, deep respect, boundless joy, inspired passion, and humble admiration, each quality contributes to this unique beautiful tapestry.  You feel safe, supported and cherished.
Allow yourself to connect deeply with the sensation of this vision.  Feel the kindness, compassion and caring that you  have within these and all relationships.  Notice the flow of love going back and forth, going from affection, thoughtfulness and generosity.  Breathing deeply , you expand and open your heart to joy, feeling accepted and expecting.  Notice the ease in your body as you engage in ways that are calming, peaceful and nourishing.  Hear the softness in tone and feel the certainty you possess, knowing your deepest desires and fears are heard with love, respect and empathy.  You feel safe, supported and blissful.  Let love settle deeply into your being, knowing that you are, in this moment, attracting the miraculous relationships that your heart desires.
Now, gently introduce the mantra.  Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  My life is in harmony with cosmic law.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  Om Varunam Namah.  Om Varunam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra, Om Varunam Namah.  Just silently.  Om Varunam Namah.  Continue to meditate for about 6 minutes.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Each day, set an intention for what you want to attract in love and life, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, ‘I attract that which I am’.  ‘I attract that which I am.’ ‘I attract that which I am.’
Namaste
Journal Questions:
  1. Spend some time writing freely about your vision for the relationships in your life. Is there a relationship you would like that is not currently in your life, or one that you would like to deepen and evolve? Write about this relationship as if it is already happening, in present tense and in detail. This form of visualization is a powerful step toward manifesting that which you desire.
  2. What are the divine qualities you most appreciate and desire in your relationships? Write about these qualities in detail. As you begin to identify them with clarity, you invite miraculous relationships into your life.
  3. What are three ways you can give yourself the most glorious experience of loving kindness today?
  4. Please reflect on today’s session.
Day 11
Miraculous Appreciation

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” —Khalil Gibran

Today in our meditation we will experience one of the most luscious qualities of spirit: the fullness of gratitude.

When our attention is focused on the blessings in our lives, we feel connected to everything in the universe. We experience our wholeness and oneness with all creation. When our heart is filled with gratitude, we arrive fully in the present moment, letting go of our regrets about the past and concerns for the future. In this state of pure appreciation, we radiate the light of love to everyone we meet.

Mindful Moment
Today make a list of five people who have had a profound impact on your life. Choose one person and write a thank-you letter expressing gratitude for all the gifts you’ve received from him or her. If possible, deliver your gratitude letter in person—or mail it. Often the people in our lives have no idea how much help, comfort, and inspiration they have given us, and this is a wonderful opportunity to share the love in our hearts.
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I nurture my relationships with attention and appreciation”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Sat Chit Ananda”  Truth, pure being and bliss
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 11, Miraculous appreciation.  Appreciating whatever shows up for you in your life actually recalibrates your very vibration.  When we see others with a spirit of appreciation and gratitude, we can often find the beauty in what is and not what we are hoping for or interpreting.  Appreciation for your most effortless relationships can feel easy – like a celebration almost.  True transformation begins when we start to find appreciation for all people for all interactions and all relationships that cross our paths.  What I have found is that when you make the choice to find the gift within the most difficult relationships and interactions in your life, you start becoming your own miracle worker.  Opening the door to seeing and experiencing from a place of non-judgement and acceptance invites miracles into our lives.  Literally, the world transforms.  Today, I am grateful for the beauty of this moment of meditation with all of you.”
Deepak:  “Gratitude is a fullness of heart that moves us from limitation and fear to expansion and love.  When we are appreciating something or someone, our ego moves out of the way because we can’t have our attention on ego and gratitude at the same time.
Just for a moment, consider the things you have in your life that you could be grateful for…all the nurturing relationships, material comforts, your body and mind that allows you to really understand yourself and everything around you.  Breathe and be grateful for the air that is filling your lungs and making your life possible.  See your body and consider what a miracle it is simply to be alive right now.  Feel the love, compassion and understanding that gratitude brings into your heart.  Notice how gratitude brings your attention into the present moment which is the only time that miracles can unfold.
As you contemplate this expansive state of being, you can extend your gratitude even to the situations and relationships that have been difficult.  See if you can expand your awareness to find the gifts, no matter how badly wrapped.  Has a difficult relationship taught you how to set clear boundaries, opened you to self understanding.  Started you on a path of inner exploration.  i encourage you to take time each day to focus your attention on appreciation, gratitude, and love, all qualities of your own true self.  The deeper your appreciation, the more you will see with the eyes of the soul and the more your life and all of your relationships will flow in harmony with the infinite creative power of the universe.
As we prepared for today’s meditation, let’s turn our attention to our hearts and consider our centering thought, ‘I nurture my relationships with attention and appreciation’.  ‘I nurture my relationships with attention and appreciation.’
Let’s begin.  Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts, and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now gently introduce the mantra, Sat Chit Ananda, repeating it silently to yourself and allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  Sat Chit Ananda.  The state of true, pure being and bliss.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensation in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Sat Chit Ananda.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, ‘I nurture my relationships with attention and appreciation.’  ‘I nurture my relationships with attention and appreciation.’ ‘I nurture my relationships with attention and appreciation.’
Namaste,
Journal Questions:
  1. What are you most grateful for in your life? Write a free flowing list that includes the full spectrum, from life changing blessings to the seemingly small things. In each moment of gratitude your heart opens to life and love.
  2. Identify a difficult relationship or situation from the past. Take a moment to connect with the associated feelings and memories. What gifts did you receive from that relationship or experience? As you prepare for this writing exercise gently open your mind and heart; the ability to see blessings within adversity will change your life.
  3. Take some time to identify and write about new ways that you can express your appreciation to your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider sharing your gratitude with one person each day, maybe in an email, a text message, or even a phone call. As you seize the moment and share your truth with those closest to you, hearts will open and blessings will flow.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session.
Day 12
Miraculous Dynamism

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” —Albert Einstein

“Today in our meditation we will explore our essential energetic nature. At the deepest level, we are all powerful energetic beings. We inherently possess the ability to shift the world around us with our presence and how we project ourselves. When we walk into a room, our energetic state of being is communicated before we say a word. If we’re coming from love, everyone feels it. And if we’re feeling resentful, edgy, sad or preoccupied, everyone can feel that, too.  Silently, our energy speaks and our thoughts, feelings and intentions ripple out into the world.

Our capacity to affect others with our energy is both a gift and a responsibility. Ultimately, we have the power to choose how we show up and interact in this world. When we choose to come from compassion, peace, and unity, we become a powerful force for good and open the door to deep and rich relationships.”

Mindful Moment
“Today, pay attention to your energetic state. Take time to focus your awareness on how your state of being may be affecting other people. If you notice that you’re feeling prickly, irritable, or otherwise out of sorts, take a few moments to breathe deeply into your heart, sending yourself love and compassion. Acknowledge your distress without judging it, and notice how your energy shifts. Each time you pause, assess, reframe, and choose love, you are truly leading your life toward your destiny. You are opening to your infinite potential.”
Today’s Centering Thought:  ““I use my energy to heal and transform.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Ritam Namah”
Oprah:  Welcome to Day 12, Miraculous dynamism.  You know, it’s so easy to feel small in this big old world ut the truth is we are anything but small.  When you walk into a room, whether you know it or not, energy that you bring effects every single other person in that space.  If you’re open and loving, other people can feel that.  If you’re closed off and shut down, they feel that too.  The word, dynamism, in this spiritual context means that our individual energetic imprints are a force – can you believe that? – a force that is really ours alone to manage.  We get to choose the very essence that we send rippling out into the world all around us, whether it’s gloomy and isolating, or whether it’s peaceful and unifying.  Today, take it all in as Deepak helps us understand that wondrous power.  And then it’s time to meditate together.”
Deepak:  “As we have explored, at the level of consciousness or spirit, we are all inextricably connected to every one and every thing.  While our body may appear to be a solid physical structure, in reality, it is an ever flowing river of energy and information, in constant dynamic exchange with the environment around us.   Our language reflects our innate understanding of our essential energetic nature.  We say things like ‘his words really resonated with me’, or ‘I got a bad vibe from that person’, or ‘my friend has such a radiant heart’.
These aren’t just metaphors.  We really do feel  each others’ energies and are effected by it at a subtly profound level.  Think of all the qualities in another person you  intuitively pick up at an energetic level.  Besides telling if someone is happy or sad, you can sense whether they feel peaceful or perturbed.  Looking into their eyes reveals alertness or dullness, tenderness or indifference. It’s hard to think of any human quality that doesn’t have an energy signature.  As energetic beings, our potential to affect others with our energy or state of being is both a great gift and a great responsibility.
When we walk into a room, our energy emanates before us.  Without saying a word, we are communicating through our energetic signature, creating a ripple that can affect everyone we meet.  If our state of being is centered in love and compassion, we communicate that energy to each other.  In the same way, if we are mired in hostility, judgement or resentment, we communicate that too.
The work of the scientist, Masaru Emoto, offers us a wonderful illustration of the power of energetic communication on the molecular structure of water which he documented in a series of amazing photographs.  He found that when positive thoughts and emotions such as love, appreciation, happiness and truth were focused on samples of distilled water, the molecules formed delicate symmetrical crystalline shapes.  On the other hand, when the water samples were sent negative messages filled with hatred and hostility, the water instead displayed chaotic, fragmented structures.
Water makes up approximately 60% of the human body or about 70% of the human brain so it’s easy to see how the energy and intentions we send to others can have such an enormous effect on our well-being.  The message here isn’t that we need to put on a mask of cheerfulness or try to be positive all of the time.  People who are attuned to their own true self will always sense when we are being authentic and when we are putting on a persona or disguise.  What is important to take away is the awareness that through our energy or consciousness, we have an unlimited capacity to send out ripples that will help the planet and it’s inhabitants move in the most evolutionary direction from fear, hostility and unrest to love, compassion, peace and joy.
As we prepare to meditate, let’s consider our centering thought, ‘I use my energy to heal and transform’.  ‘I use my energy to heal and transform’.   Let’s begin.  Please sit comfortably and close  your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, repeating it silently and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, Om Ritam Namah.  My intentions and desires are in alignment with, and supported by the rhythm of the universe.  Om Ritam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, Om Ritam Namah.  Om Ritam Namah.  Please continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, ‘I use my energy to heal and transform’.  ‘I use my energy to heal and transform.’ ‘I use my energy to heal and transform.’
Namaste,
Journal Questions: 
  1. Take a moment to review the many environments you were a part of over the course of the last week. How did you show up? What energy did you project at home, work, school, in the grocery store, or while driving? Were you offering yourself in a way that engaged the people around you or pushed them away, isolating yourself? Think carefully and write a candid and detailed review, a personal “how I showed up” inventory.
  2. Now write a “how I choose to show up” version listing five ways you aspire to show up in the world. Consider your observations from question one as you write this new list. Be candid with yourself. How do you want people to experience you? What can you do to ensure that you are showing up in a way that allows the world around you to receive, love and support you? Be specific. As you write you become the change agent of your own reality. Take your time with this exercise.
  3. Design your destiny today! What impact do you want to have today with your family, friends, work team and all who cross your path? How would you like the world around you to experience your presence? What vibration do you want to ripple out into the world? Take your time, and be very specific. Some ideas: I choose to show up sharing the energy of peace, laughter, love, friendship, collaboration, harmony, authenticity, etc. Remember, be gentle with yourself as you practice; this is a daily lifelong journey.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.
Day 13
Miraculous Awareness

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” —Ram Dass

“Today, as we continue on the journey toward creating miraculous relationships, we explore one of the richest gifts we have to offer others: our undivided attention. In the enlightening stillness of meditation, we will focus on the many gifts available through listening with our ears, heart, and soul.

Consider for a moment the last time you truly felt heard. What a gift it is when another person is truly present, hearing our words as well as receiving all the unspoken messages we send through our energy, body, and nonverbal communication. Listening is a form of mindful attention that brings us fully into the present moment, where miracles can unfold in our relationships and in every area of our lives.

Mindful Moment
Set the intention to have at least one conversation today in which you truly listen with your heart and soul. Give yourself permission to pause your busy inner dialogue. Listen to the words being spoken and make the choice to listen beyond the words to receive the full spirit and potential of the message. With fresh and attentive eyes and ears, witness the miracle of the person before you, seeing them through the eyes of your heart. With this practice you invite true connection, infinite possibility, and abundant love into your life and relationships. “
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I am present.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Vardhanam Namah”
Oprah:  “Welcome to day 13, Miraculous awareness.  If there is one lesson I have to say I’ve learned during my time on this planet, it is this…the number one thing all people crave is to be seen and to be heard.  It’s just that simple.  The gift of paying attention is a fundamental key to transforming our relationships and you will be surprised at how miraculous your relationships become if you just start paying attention.  Today, Deepak leads us on a journey to hear with our hearts an spirits – not just our ears.  Deep listening allows other people to feel truly heard, to feel received.  As you give this kind of attention to other people, you will soon begin to see and learn so much about them, and also about yourself.  When that gift is returned back to you, you’ll realize how power it is and your relationships will start to shift.  It’s time to breathe, get still and really listen…”
Deepak:  “Artist and author, Kahlil Gibran, offers a unique perspective; the reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you but in what he cannot reveal to you.  Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.
In our fast-paced competitive world, many times the drive to be heard compels us to speak strategically and often.  Our motivation, in many cases, is to be noticed, valued and hopefully accepted.  Have you ever been so busy planning what you’re going to say next, or so eager to share your point of view that you missed what was being communicated to you?  What  if the key to transforming relationships is the simple act of listening?
Are you willing to slow down, trust, and truly receive the words of others?  One of the most precious gifts we can give someone is to listen.  Really listen.  Likewise, we can tell when someone is truly listening and receiving our words.  They don’t interrupt but wait patiently for us to finish what we are saying.  They may also ask questions based on what we have been saying.  This lets us know their minds are not thinking about something else but are genuinely engaged in our conversation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, ‘who you are speaks so loud I can’t hear the words you are saying’.  If we listen with our hearts, we can feel the emotions behind the words that are being said or not being said.  Sometimes people don’t require a reply.  They simply want to speak a truth that lives within.
When we are committed to nurturing the speaker, and listening intuitively, we will know when to say something and when to simply receive their words.  The greatest gift we can give another is to listen with a heart filled with love, open without judgement and entirely present.  We know that every sentient being on earth is interconnected at the deepest level possible; therefore, we are all mirrors for each other.  When we are fully present with another person, we are practicing a present moment awareness for ourselves.
Gifts come in different forms.  What we do know about giving is that it is on the same continuum as receiving.  When we gift another with our full attention, the gift will be returned to us by another and yet another.   We transform our relationships when we listen with our ears, hearts and souls.
As we nurture one another as the bountiful universe nourishes us, our hearts will be happy and we will lighten up the universe with our gestures of love.  Let’s consider our centering thought, ‘I am present’.  ‘I am present’.
Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Om Vardhanam Namah.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Just silently.  Om Vardhanam Namah.
Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.
As you travel through your day, contemplate the centering thought, ‘I am present’.  ‘I am present.’ ‘I am present.’
Namaste,
Journal Questions:
  1. Take a moment to think about the different people you have interacted with today and yesterday. How well have you listened? Were you busy in your own thoughts, impatient, or maybe in a hurry to get on to the next task in your life? Or, were you fully present with them? Consider the things that may have stopped you from listening and how you might expand your capacity to listen. Take this time to write in detail about your current listening patterns and how you would like to strengthen the special gift of presence that you have to offer yourself and others. Attention and practice with the art of listening will change your life experience.
  2. Think of someone whom you consider an excellent listener. What is it about how that person is, acts, and responds that lets you know you are truly being heard? Describe in detail what it feels like to communicate with this person and what you notice about his or her listening style.
  3. Take a moment right now to tune into your heart. What messages does it have for you today?
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.
Day 14
Miraculous Divinity

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” —Dalai Lama

“Congratulations on completing two weeks of our challenge! By taking time each day in the inner quiet of meditation, you are cultivating the space for your relationships to flourish.

Today our meditation focuses on seeing with eyes of love. While each of us appears to be a separate individual, we are all inextricably connected at the soul level. We are all expressions of the infinite field of pure potentiality, also known as spirit, God, the universe, source, or whatever name most resonates with you. When we relate to each other from the level of ego or personality, it is easy to get caught up in the struggle for control and approval and the need to be right. But when we relate to each other from the soul level, we experience the expansion of love, joy, compassion, and harmony.”

Mindful Moment
“Today send everyone you encounter a silent blessing. You may want to silently repeat the greeting of namasté: the spirit in me honors the spirit in you. Consider dedicating today to living the true spirit of namasté—giving yourself permission to internally bow to each and every person that crosses your path as you witness, honor and acknowledge the divine spirit that they are.”

Today’s Centering Thought:  “I see through the eyes of my soul.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  “So Hum. I am.”

Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 14, Miraculous Divinity.  First, let’s just take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate ourselves.  We’ve been doing this together now for two solid weeks and I hope you’re feeling as good, as inspired, and more deeply connected to yourself and those around you as I am.  Over the last 7 days, we took the insight from week one and used it to begin to create miraculous relationships by practicing a generosity of spirit using our unique light that is within every one of us to attract that which you are, and simply being grateful for what is.  We’ve developed a keen awareness of the power we all have to manifest more love in our lives.  Today, we’re wrapping up week two by exploring the divinity that exists inside each and every one of us.  How would our relationships change if we saw each other as spirits within a body?  Pure spirits seeing beyond the illusion of these physical bodies?  When we see the beauty and divinity in every one that we encounter, that’s when our relationships deepen and the bonds of our unions strengthen.  You’ve heard Deepak close each one of our meditations with the Sanskrit word, Namaste.  Today, he explains what it translates to and I think you’ll find it to be an exquisite life-giving way to greet each person who crosses our path.  I was so moved by Namaste during my visit to India.  By now, we’re old pros at this so get comfortable and away we go.”  

Deepak:  We have all experienced many different kinds of relationships.  Some may be loving and intimate while others may have stalled or even self-destructed at the ego and personality level.  Whether we are with a person for a lifetime or only a few minutes, the most fulfilling relationships unfold when we see with the eyes of spirit.  This begins with seeing ourselves as we truly are, looking beyond the labels, titles and other temporary identities we take on, and seeing at our essence we are pure love, pure awareness and pure divine spirit.

Spirit is the real you, beyond all divisions of good and bad, desirable and undesirable, lovable and unlovable.  While your personality or ego may suffer from limitations, weakness or unworthiness, your true self is established in peace and joy.  Seeing yourself with the eyes of love makes it natural to see the divine spirit in every one you meet.

The Sanskrit word, Namaste which is commonly used as a greeting in India, means the spirit in me honors the spirit in you.  Namaste is the recognition that we are all expressions of the same infinite divine spirit.  We are soul first and person second. When we reverse the equation, relating first as persons, troubles are inevitable because at the personal level we have our own agendas, likes and dislikes.  But when we relate to each other from the soul, we open the door to miracles.  Instead of dividing ourselves into categories of us and them, we experience a common humanity.

As the  poet Rumi writes so beautifully, ‘Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.’  When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about ideas, language.  Even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.

Today in our meditation, and as you go about the rest of your day, I invite you to honor the divine in you and in everyone you encounter.  When feelings of judgement, fear or alienation arise, know that they come from your limited ego self and not who you really are.  Gently release these limiting thoughts and center yourself in the truth of your authentic divine self.  As you see through the eyes of love, everything unlike love will fall away, healing the perception of separation and opening you to the flow of life.

As we prepare to meditate, let’s consider our centering thought, ‘I see through the eyes of my soul’.  ‘ I see through the eyes of my soul.’

Let’s begin.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands gently in your lap and closing your eyes.  Just breathe naturally.  With each inhalation and exhalation, relax into the present, inviting your body to release any tension it might be holding on to.  Now gently introduce the mantra, So Hum, repeating it silently and allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  So Hum means I am.  So Hum.  Now repeat it on your own, just mentally.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  So Hum.  So Hum.  Continue the meditation for about 6 minutes.   So Hum.

Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiety and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, ‘I see through the eyes of my soul’.  ‘I see through the eyes of my soul.’ ‘I see through the eyes of my soul.’

Namaste,

Journal Questions

  1. Describe a time when you experienced and felt very connected to the shift from “I” to “we” in any one of your relationships. What did it feel like? How did you perceive this person? How did you communicate? What was it that made this connection different? Be detailed and specific—as you begin to recognize these qualities and feelings you will be able to cultivate this experience in your relationships with others.
  2. Imagine what your life would be like if you greeted each person that crossed your path in sincere practice of namasté . Visualize yourself clearly seeing the sacred miracle in every person you meet, no matter who they are. Take time to write about what you imagine this practice would feel like. What would change in your life? What holds you back from embodying this practice? Consider making an agreement with yourself to live this practice for one week and watch your life transform.
  3. Ask yourself the question, “Who am I?” and write for ten minutes without stopping or censoring your responses. Allow yourself, even if you do not ordinarily do so, to write freely without worry about spelling, form, or censorship and see what happens!
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal
Day 15
Miraculous Reflection

“We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” —The Talmud

Today in our meditation we will explore the mirror of relationship. This is the idea that all of our relationships are a reflection of ourselves. The people we are attracted to are those who have traits that we have, only more so. We enjoy their company because we subconsciously feel that being with them will help us to cultivate and manifest those traits even more in our own lives.  In the same way, we are repelled by people who reflect back to us traits that that are difficult to face in our own selves.

The mirror of relationship is a valuable tool that we can use to see ourselves more clearly and to expand our awareness. As we become willing to embrace the light and shadow that we all possess, we bring love and healing to ourselves and our relationships.

Mindful Moment
Pay attention to the lessons that you can learn from others today. Observe your reactions to the many people who cross your path. When you can see that everyone in the world is simply sharing your own consciousness, you will lose the need to judge others and open to greater understanding and love. With each encounter you have, observe carefully and repeat these words silently to yourself, “In you I see me, in me I see you.”  Feel the compassion in your heart open and witness how the way you see the world begins to change.

Today’s Centering thought:  ” The world is my mirror.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Bhavam Namah” I am absolute existence, I am a field of all possibilities.” 

Oprah:  “Welcome to day 15, Miraculous Reflection.  Well, here we are.  It’s a brand new week and we get to grow together as we begin the final chapter of this 21 day meditation challenge.  It’s not feeling like such a challenge anymore is it?  Over the last 14 days, we set the spiritual stage for ourselves and then actively explored the many ways to flood ourselves with an abundance of love.  So here we are in week 3 and we’re now ready to thread the pieces together so that we move forward in living a life that is filled with miraculous relationships.  That what we want – every day.  And today, Deepak takes us into deeper into a fascinating aspect of self awareness, an idea that we are truly a mirror for others.  We see ourselves in their reflections.  They are there to teach us more about ourselves.  That is going on all of the time.  When we embrace this understanding, each relationship and every one who crosses our path provides a chance to learn about ourselves and a chance to practice the type of person we hope to attract in our lives.  In that rhythm, that is the rhythm of life, every person opens the door to great insight and transformation.  So, let’s be still as Deepak leads us again to embrace all of who we are and all of the possibilities that follow.  Then meditate with me and Deepak.”  

Deepak:  “You and I are extensions of a universal energy field, all a single entity with different points of view.  Although our senses tell us that what we are looking at is different from us, everything and everybody in the world is simply another version of us.

We are all mirrors for others.  We see ourselves in the reflection of those around us. This is called the mirror of relationships.  By recognizing that we can see ourselves in others, every relationship becomes a tool for the evolution of our consciousness. With increased awareness, we can envision what is possible and grow into our fullest potential.

What we see is not always beauty, sweetness and compassion, yet in order to transform that which no longer serves us into what we truly desire in our hearts, we must embrace both the dark and light of who we are.

One of the most poignant quotes about looking into the mirror comes from an unknown source, explaining the concept so well.  The good you find in others is in you too.  The faults you find in others are your faults as well.  After all, to recognize something, you must know it.  The beauty you see around you is your beauty.  See the best in others and you will be your best.  Give to others and you give to yourself. Appreciate beauty and you will be beautiful.  Admire creativity and you will be creative.  Love and you will be loved.  Seek to understand and you will be understood.  Listen and your voice will be heard.

The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.  The world is our classroom and teacher.  Seeing ourselves in others is the greatest lesson in life provided that we view ourselves with love, acceptance and without judgement.

Through this lens, we become the reference point.  It is no longer the other imposing a reality upon us.  With blissful awareness, we can use these mirrors to let go of who we were yesterday, and grow to our greatest potential.  A Taoist proverb says ‘We cannot see our reflection in running water.  It is only in still water that we can see it’.

Through our daily practice of meditation, we plant our intention to be the person we know we can be in the silent field of all possibilities.  As we prepare for our meditation, let us take a moment to focus on today’s centering thought, ‘The world is my mirror’.  ‘The world is my mirror.’

Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Bhavam Namah. I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Om Bhavam Namah.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Continue for about 6 minutes. Om Bhavam Namah.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Just silently in the mind.

Release the mantra.  Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Approach today with certainty as you contemplate the centering thought, ‘The world is my mirror’.  ‘The world is my mirror.’  ‘The world is my mirror.’

Namaste,

Journal Questions:

  1. Consider the people in your life who you are attracted to and make a list of at least ten qualities that they possess. Now think of the people who irritate or repel you and list ten or more of their “undesirable” qualities. As you reflect on these lists, what can you learn about yourself?
  2. When you have a strong reaction to another it can be viewed as a gift. Think about a recent difficult communication you had in your life, and review it with care. Take time to identify and write in detail about the gifts you received through this valuable exchange.
  3. Visualize the type of relationships you would like to attract into your life. Write a detailed description in your journal. What are the qualities and feelings you choose to attract into your life? Describe shifts you would like to see in current relationships. Describe in detail the new relationships you hope to cultivate. Think big and wide; include the full spectrum of relationships that you have or would like to have in your life.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.
Day 16
Miraculous Honor

“The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.” —Marianne Williamson

When we meditate on a regular basis, we develop what is known as “witnessing awareness”—the ability to calmly and objectively observe a situation, acknowledge when we are being triggered, and consciously choose how we want to respond. Instead of feeling stuck in knee-jerk reactions and conditioned patterns of behavior, we free ourselves to make choices that will help us fulfill our deepest desires for love, fulfillment, and happiness.

In today’s meditation we will deepen our experience of witnessing awareness as we practice staying present with our emotions. So often there is a tendency to judge certain feelings as “negative” or “wrong.” We may resist feeling these emotions but this only increases our pain. Every emotion has a valuable message for us, and as we allow ourselves to feel and hold each emotion in loving awareness, our relationship with our self and with everyone in our lives will become more authentic and whole.

 Mindful Moment
Today set the intention to consult your heart before you act on any emotion. Your heart is a reliable guide that helps you experience empathy, compassion, and love. The heart is the seat of emotional intelligence, and it allows you to get in touch with your true self. It nurtures all of your relationships by reminding you to see yourself in the other. See through the eye of your heart and you open the doorway to manifesting the life and relationships you most desire.
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I release and my heart is at peace.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Anandham Namah – My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome.”
 Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 16 – I love this one – Miraculous Honor.  As we learned yesterday, when we feel a reaction from another, it’s actually a lesson pointing out a lesson that we need to learn about ourselves.  We all have been in situations where our last nerve has been tested by somebody else.  It could be someone very close to you or it could be a total stranger.  Today, Deepak speaks to us about the grace that comes to us when you turn a difficult relationship, or even a one time interaction into a positive learning opportunity by reframing our perspective and releasing.   When we choose patience and compassion in response to what feels like stress or irritation, we shift our experience and in return, we receive peace and a new level of personal evolution.  And now it’s time to relax and release as Deepak leads us further down a new path and then together, we prepare to meditate.”
 Deepak:  “Renown mystic and poet, Rumi, writes, ‘If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?  When you feel a negative emotional reaction to a comment or situation, it is a good time to stop, look within and listen to the inner message our soul is attempting to communicate.  While it may seem appropriate to assign blame to another, this choice not only creates separation between ourselves and those around us, it is also a choice that leaves us with a missed opportunity to access valuable insight for our healing and spiritual growth.
When we are tempted to react from emotion, we can ask ourselves if we want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.  There will be people and circumstances that ignite a negative response, pushing our buttons.  Harboring negative feelings can be destructive to our health, well-being and ultimately will push us further from living a life filled with the close, supportive and authentic relationships we desire.
As pioneers of the future, we choose a new path to walk.  One with space to stop, look around and find that glorious view we seek to experience.  From this perspective, the next time we feel reactive, we choose to step back to the position of observer, taking in the terrain, ensuring we mindfully select our best possible next step.  We pause, take a deep breath and begin to explore, noticing the feelings or thoughts which are resting just below the reactive response.
We begin to reframe these reactions as important and interesting trail markers indicating that there is far more to see at this spot than we may have once thought.  Whatever we discover below the surface, whether hurt, self-doubt, shame, sadness, or even residual trauma, is a part of us calling out for loving attention.  As we begin to release the need to assign blame, we open the what is, with presence, honesty and compassion.
Love is the most powerful healing force in the universe.  Our daily meditation practice may at times point us to the trail markers where uneasy feelings live.  We are now equipped with the awareness that we can begin to release those feelings by surrendering them to the healing power of love.  In time, we learn to let go, maybe not all at once, but with a sure and steady intention to live in peace.  Our hearts softened in the inherent well of love opens and bubbles over.
It is here that we experience the miracle of joy, harmony and unity within all of our relationships.
As we prepare for meditation, consider our centering thought, ‘I release and my heart is at peace’.  ‘I release and my heart is at peace.’
Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Anandham Namah.  Repeating it silently, allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  Om Anandham Namah.  My actions are blissfully free from outcome.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, distractions in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Om Anandham Namah.  Om Anandham Namah.  Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.  Om Anandham Namah.  Om Anandham Namah – just mentally.  Om Anandham Namah.
Release the mantra.   Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, ‘I release and my heart is at peace’.  ‘I release and my heart is at peace.’ ‘I release and my heart is at peace.’
Namaste,
Journal Questions
  1. Think about what your body feels like at the end of a challenging day. How does accumulated stress manifest in your body, mind and spirit? Do you acknowledge the feelings you have had during the day or do you push them aside or cover them up in the name of moving forward? Take a few minutes to write in detail about the patterns or coping responses you have when dealing with difficult experiences and emotions. Identify and write down three positive response strategies that you can practice to support your sense of peace and well-being. These can be as simple as going for a walk, stretching, or taking a deep breath when feeling anything other than peace.
  2. Are there any particular emotions that you resist or avoid feeling? Choose one emotion you find difficult and write a letter to that feeling expressing why you have struggled to accept it.
  3. What would you like to release today? Write freely.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal
Day 17
Miraculous Communication

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” —Mother Teresa

“In the yogic tradition, our ability to communicate with clarity and compassion is governed by an energy center, or chakra, located in the area of our throat.  When the energy in our throat chakra is flowing freely, we’re able to express our truth without worrying about being judged or misunderstood. We’re also able to listen with our heart, truly hearing the messages other people are sending us. When the energy of our throat chakra is congested, however, we may feel anxious about how other people will react to our views and we are likely to censor ourselves. We may also find it difficult to listen with an open heart and an open mind.

Today in our meditation together we will focus our attention on expanding the flow of energy in our throat chakra, holding the intention to communicate with clarity, compassion, and honesty.

 Mindful Moment
Today we invite you to try a conscious communication practice rooted in the Buddhist tradition. Before you speak, ask yourself these four questions:  Is what I’m about to say kind? It is true? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence? If you can answer yes to all four questions, then your words will resonate with authenticity and love. Consider posting these four questions somewhere you will see them each day, maybe adding them to the wallpaper on your phone. Each carefully delivered communication will provide you with abundant blessings.”
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I fearlessly speak my truth with love.”
Sanskrit Manta:  “Om Ritam Namah – My actions and intentions are supported by cosmic intelligence.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 17, Miraculous Communication.  Virginia Wolf said it – ‘If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.’  There area  million things that can block us from telling our truth – insecurity,  the fear of being judged, feeling unworthy.  Today, Deepak shares with us about how being honest with ourselves and others can immediately create rich and satisfying connections in all areas of our lives.  When we consciously create a communication style that feels safe, confident and authentic, we enter into our relationships with a higher level of integrity and our very presence becomes love-filled and supportive.  If everything you say and do shows the world who you are, let it be your truth – authentic truth and divine.  As we prepare to listen to Deepak and meditate together, let’s set the intention to feel safe, confident, compassionate, and courageous with each breath in and each breath out.”
Deepak:  “The expression center, the fifth chakra, is also known as the throat chakra.  It is the first chakra on the body to focus on the spiritual plane and is also the bridge between the lower and upper chakras.   One of it’s functions is to enhance the ability to speak our mind.
When we speak from our true self, our words are positive.  They inspire and lift everyone in our world.  As we communicate authentically, our relationships grow, our connections with each other and the world around us deepen.  Likewise, an under-active throat chakra results in being hesitant to voice our opinions, not wanting to be judged or misrepresented.  Instead of expressing what we would like to express, we tend to keep our desires, needs and opinions to ourselves.  An overactive throat chakra results in speaking more than listening.  Both of these conditions come from a feeling of insecurity that stems from the ego.
To find the mid point is to balance the chakra.    A balanced chakra works as a dependable filter for communication.  Once the energy is flowing, we know we will speak the right words.  People with balanced centers of communication are skillful in expressing their needs in ways that are life supporting.  As we find balance, our words will emanate from love and express that love from the very core of our being, speaking our truth.  Not a personal human truth, but timeless truth.
Let’s set the intention to cultivate an attitude of curiosity and innocence as we live our lives and lovingly speak our truth.  Notice our deep inner security develops within as our soul recognizes that all is well.
As we prepare for meditation, consider our centering thought, ‘I fearlessly speak my truth with love’.  ‘I fearlessly speak my truth with love.’
Let’s begin.  Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands gently in your lap and closing your eyes.  Just breathe naturally.  With each inhalation and exhalation, relax into the present, inviting your body to release any tension it might be holding on to.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Ritam Namah.  My actions and intentions are supported by cosmic intelligence.    Repeating it slowly, allowing it to flow with effortless ease.  Om Ritam Namah.  Om Ritam Namah.  Om Ritam Namah.  Please continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.   Om Ritam Namah.  Just mentally.  Om Ritam Namah.
Release the mantra.   Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today’s centering thought, ‘I fearlessly speak my truth with love’.  ‘I fearlessly speak my truth with love.’  ‘I fearlessly speak my truth with love.’
Namaste
Journal Questions:
  1. What truth does your soul long to express? Try not to over-think this question; write freely just letting it flow.
  2. How comfortable are you at expressing your needs? If this is difficult for you, remember that communication is a skill set that you can develop with practice. It begins with identifying your needs. What do you need right now?
  3. What action steps might help you expand your ability to communicate with clarity, love, and conscious intention? Some ideas: identify a support person and schedule a regular check-in time for mutual support in communication development, write in a daily journal, take a class or read an article on conscious communication.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal
Day 18
Miraculous Independence

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. ” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“In today’s meditation we will reflect on the beautiful truth that we are already whole. We were created by universal intelligence as a complete expression of love, wisdom, and happiness. If we feel like something is missing, it is because we are seeing through the eyes of our ego-mind, which has a limited perspective of our infinite, divine nature.

With the realization that we already have everything we need and desire, we give up the exhausting search to find that person or situation or achievement to make us feel whole. We stop waiting for someone to complete us and open to the love that is right here, right now, in our own heart.  And, from that boundless well of spirit, we are free to share the deepest experience of love with the people in our lives.”

Mindful Moment
“Begin to write your own love story today by treating yourself as the most precious being in the universe. Throughout the day, ask yourself, What is the most loving thing I could do for myself right now? What is the most loving way I could treat myself? Listen to the response of your heart and follow its guidance.”
Today’s Centering Thought:  “All I seek is within.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Bhavam Namah  – I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 18, Miraculous Independence.  As we begin to live miraculous relationships, you might be surprised to uncover where the love we’re all seeking exists. It’s already within us.   I always quote Glenda the Good Witch when she always told Dorothy, ‘you had the power all along’.  But the truth is, we also have the love.  It’s within us all along.  In this way, each of us comes into this world already whole, complete in our relationship to self and spirit.  You don’t believe me?  Look at babies.  Today, Deepak leads us to see how that completion of the whole allows our relationships with others to expand and evolve.  And now, as we love our whole selves, we come together as fully formed individuals, joining one another as co-creators on this adventure.  Let us breathe.”
Deepak:  “A line from a popular movie says, ‘you complete me’, yet a sense of wholeness cannot and does not come from another person.  It is important to remind ourselves that we are already complete, created by universal intelligence to be a divinely loving, lovable and loved being.  We are the total complete package.
Looking outward for our good is a desire of the ego which craves validation from outside sources, mainly opinions from others.  Going within and reconnecting with our higher self  reaffirms that validation comes from the inside, the home of pure love and acceptance.
Our sense of wholeness must come from self referral which is using our soul as the reference point instead of seeking approval elsewhere.  Sometimes, in order to find love, we believe we have to have a fit body, perfect skin and fashionable clothes.  Chasing what we are told is perfection is an exhausting exercise that takes valuable time and energy, energy that could be spent contemplating and living our magnificence.
The love we are looking for is looking for us, inside of ourselves in the very core of our being.  Renowned mystic and poet, Rumi, writes, ‘your task is not to seek for love but merely to look for and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it’.  Letting go of barriers is so much easer than chasing perfection. Chasing something requires effort.  Letting go takes none.  In fact, release is energizing.
When you pay attention to the desires of your heart which become evident through meditation, they guide you into the highest expression of yourself.  That expression is pure and unlimited love, both for yourself and for others.
Commit to loving yourself today.  Treat yourself as if you were the most precious being in the universe – because you are, and you will open the gateway to all the love you have ever wanted, needed or desired.
As we prepared for our meditation, let’s consider our centering, though, ‘All I seek is within’.  ‘All I seek is within.’
Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, Om Bhavam Namah. I am absolute existence.  I am a field of all possibilities.  Now repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.  Om Bhavam Namah.  Just silently.  Om Bhavam Namah
Release the mantra.    Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  As you walk through the day, contemplate our centering thought, ‘All I seek is within’.  ‘All I seek is within.’ ‘All I seek is within.’
Namaste
Journal Questions:
  1. When you hear the words, “You are completely loved and completely lovable,” how easily can you embrace the truth of this statement? Describe the thoughts and feelings you have in response to this statement. As you observe your current state with frequency, you gift yourself with the opportunity to open just a little more each time, expanding to receive the love you seek.
  2. What negative self-belief would you like to release? Write a good-bye letter to this belief thanking it for the lessons that you received. Visualize the belief leaving your body and your mind. When you are done, write one positive affirmation to fill that newly open space in your being with love and light.
  3. What are three things you can do today to treat yourself as the most precious being on the planet?
  4. Please reflect about today’s session in your journal.
Day 19
Miraculous Union

“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.” —Hermann Hesse

“Today, our meditation is dedicated to sacred love and the experience of union in our relationships. As we have explored, love and spirit are the same force. At the core of every being there is only love, because the core of every being is only spirit. The two are the same—an abstract, unifying force that is all pervasive.

When we awaken to our essential loving, spiritual nature, we let go of old fears and defenses and connect with others in love. As we recognize the spirit in everyone we meet, we feel a deeper sense of peace, acceptance, and compassion. Our perspective shifts from “I” to “we,” and in this space of expanded awareness, miracles unfold.”

Mindful Moment
“You are more powerful and influential than you think! Today use this influence to change the world. Take a few moments to visualize an energy pulse that is filled with love and peace for all. One way to cultivate energy is to clap your hands once and when they touch with impact begin to rub them together, back and forth. Feel and visualize the heat growing and expanding between your hands. Hold this energy ball as if it is the most precious gift you have to offer to the world in this moment. Allow your hands to separate and feel the energy grow within the space between your hands. Open your hands, sending this tangible loving intention to someone you know or to everyone in the world. Once you have offered your gift, let go, knowing that your love has already been received. “
Today’s Centering Thought:  “I radiate love”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Sat Chit Ananda – In unity I experience the state of truth, pure being, and bliss “
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 19, Miraculous Union.  Yesterday, we found strength in the knowledge that on our own, we are each perfectly complete beings.  Today, Deepak helps us advance to the next level by moving from the ‘I’, to the sacred ‘we’, loving spirits coming together in balanced unity.   By now, our relationships exist at a place of service, service to self and service to those around us.  Since you are already whole and know it, there is nothing you need take from another.  Instead, consider what you are uniquely able to offer to others.  When we choose to live life open to giving instead of  longing for other people to fill a need for an empty space within us, our relationships then start to blossom into balanced, bountiful and joyful exchanges.  Focus your energy on being open and present to love, and being loved as we moved into our meditation”
Deepak:  “At this point in our journey together, we begin to live a life filled with the blessings of miraculous relationships, choosing love as the guiding quality in our interaction with others.
As we learn to radiate love, we can transform this question, ‘what can I get out of this situation’ to ‘how can I contribute to your peace and well-being’.   When that becomes the ongoing question of our life, we are truly living our most profound dharma – to live, to love, and to be loved.
David Simon, in The Ten Commitments, describes what it means to commit to love. The first step is to relinquish the ‘I’ in all relationships and move to a more expanded sense of ‘we’.  Dr. Simon explains, as you become more self-reflective, your sense of identity begins to expand.  When you feel centered, open and comfortable, the gates to your heart begin opening.  That is when love becomes sacred.  In this space, we live a life filled with the miracles available to us through each and every relationship.
An open heart is an inclusive heart.  In sacred love, your loving becomes less like a laser beam, shining on one person and more like rays of sunlight.  Feeling comfortable within yourself, your inner contentment effortlessly helps those around you feel more comfortable.
Your ability to connect with others supports more fulfilling relationships on all levels.  As you become more open to seeing yourself as an expression of the sacred, you begin to see others in the same light.  That’s when compassion rules.
Compassion is the divine expression of love.  A heart filled with compassion is broadcasting the message, ‘I recognize you, I know you, I accept you.’  A compassionate heart tapping into the ocean of unconditional acceptance flows  in waves of love.
In the words of the great poet, Kahlil Gibran, ‘Love has no desire but to fulfill itself; to melt and be like the running brook that sings it’s melody to the night; to wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.  You are loved, loving and utterly lovable.
Take the love that bubbles within your being and radiate it out to the world.  As you give love, it will be returned, multiplied and abundantly ever present.
As we prepare for our meditation, let’s take a moment to focus on the centering thought for today, ‘I radiate love’.  ‘I radiate love.’
Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.   Now, gently introduce the mantra, Sat Chit Ananda which is truth, pure being and bliss.  Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.  Sat Chit Ananda. Sat Chit Ananda.   Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body, or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.  Sat Chit Ananda.  Please continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.   Sat Chit Ananda.  Just silently.  Sat Chit Ananda.
Release the mantra.   Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.
Approach today gently and contemplate our centering thought, ‘I radiate love’.  ‘I radiate love.’  ‘I radiate love.’
Namaste

 Journal Questions:

  1. How connected do you feel to your friends, family, and the other people in your life? Identify three ways that you can cultivate an expanded sense of connection, love and peace with these and all people.
  2. Reflect on and write down the ways in which you are contributing to the peace and well-being of those in your family, your circle of friends, colleagues, strangers and your community.
  3. What does “miraculous union” mean to you? Write your thoughts out in detail; as you increase your awareness and expand your clarity, the universe is better able to deliver that which you seek.
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.
 
 

Day 20
Miraculous Forgiveness

“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” —Confucius

“Today our meditation and discussion focus on the gifts of forgiveness. If we want to experience loving, life-long relationships, we need to be able to let go of grievances, hostility, and anger. These feelings keep us mired in the past and weighed down with emotional pain. Ultimately, forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves. It is an act of grace that restores the memory of wholeness.

It’s important to remember that forgiving is different from condoning an action that created pain for us or for others. Healthy relationships require healthy boundaries and are an important part of loving and honoring ourselves and each other. We can practice forgiveness even when we have chosen to discontinue a relationship due to unacceptable behavior. Sometimes we have to forgive someone many times before we finally let go of all the emotional residue of the past. Once we take steps to restore peace in our heart, we will feel a shift. We will feel lighter as we expand our capacity for love, compassion, and healing.”

Mindful Moment
“Is there someone in your life you that you have not forgiven? In many cases, the person we most need to forgive is ourselves.  Today have the intention to practice forgiveness. Encourage even the slightest hints of forgiveness, release, and compassion.  If feelings of hurt and anger arise, tell yourself, I am willing to see this situation with love. I am willing to let go. Be gentle and patient with yourself as you hold the intention to heal and forgive.”
Today’s Centering Thought:  “Forgiveness is for me.  Forgiveness sets me free.”
Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om Vardhanam Namah – I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.”
Oprah:  “Welcome to Day 20, Miraculous Forgiveness.  The most powerful definition of forgiveness I’ve ever heard is this…giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.  Letting go of the past that we thought we wanted.  You know?  Those words can absolutely set you free in your life and in your relationships if you allow them to, because letting go is a choice.  You limit yourself to being open to other people when you hold on to pain and hold on to resentment.  And that hurt feeling you’ve been feeling for so long is nothing more than your ego response to a person or situation and the truth is, you are choosing to let that feeling hold power over you.  To find forgiveness is to find freedom and the moment that you gain that, you liberate your own well-being as well as making room inside for more compassion for everybody else around you.  So today, unburden your mind and release your spirit as Deepak helps us find the courage to let go.  Then we’ll meditate in the spirit of courage and forgiveness.”
Deepak:  “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr wrote ‘forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude’. This level of consciousness, when integrated into daily life begins to transform our relationships along with our health and well-being.  Forgiveness begins with the recognition that actions perceived as hurtful or wrong are perception of the ego, not the higher self.
The ego moves us to seek justice or revenge, to right a perceived wrong.  The higher self, however, knows that the universe will rebalance all actions at the appropriate time in the appropriate way in accord with the whole cosmos, not just the view of one person’s hurt feelings.
When you forgive, you are allowing that process to unfold instead of holding on to your ego’s point of view. Forgiveness is a courageous act of trust and compassion, one that comes with the bountiful reward of healing, love, light and liberation for our bodies, minds and spirits.
When we find that we are holding on to pain or resentment connected to a person or situation, we are, in essence, holding on to memories from the past.  On this journey, we’re now choosing to live love in every moment.  Love exists not in the past but in the present moment.  The beauty of this choice is that as we forgive another, we are actually choosing freedom for our own soul.
Through forgiveness, we free ourselves from attachments to the past and we clear encumbrances that constrict our heart, helping to expand our ability to love and be loved.
As we embrace the practice of forgiveness, we recognize that this natural process brings us closer to our essential nature and is part of our spiritual evolution.  Each time we let go of emotions connected to the past, we invite increased peace and well-being into our lives.  People, situations and circumstances begin to fall into place.  Love and joy come to you and flow from you effortlessly and life becomes a rich and treasured adventure.
As we prepare for meditation, consider our centering thought, Forgiveness is for me. Forgiveness sets me free. Forgiveness is for me.  Forgiveness sets me free.
Please sit comfortably and close your eyes.  In this moment, go within.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. Now gently introduce the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me. Repeat the mantra silently to yourself, Om Vardhanam Namah.  Om Vardhanam Namah.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra, Om Vardhanam Namah.  Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.  Om Vardhanam Namah. Just mentally.  Om Vardhanam Namah.
Release the mantra.    Please bring your awareness back into your body, take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.
Approach today with certainty as you contemplate the centering thought, forgiveness is for me, forgiveness sets me free.  Forgiveness is for me.  Forgiveness sets me free. Forgiveness is for me. Forgiveness sets me free.
Namaste
Journal Questions:
  1. Can you recall an experience in which you were able to forgive someone? What gifts did you receive in forgiving?
  2. Is there someone you need to forgive in your life? If you are resisting forgiving that person, write about how it will feel to gently release the burden of judgment. What will it feel like to have this open space in your body, mind and spirit? Take your time with this exploration.
  3. If the person you need to forgive is yourself, consider writing yourself a letter from the perspective of your true Self, offering compassion and forgiveness.
  4. Please reflect about today’s session in your journal.

Today’s Centering Thought:  ”Love begins with me”

Sanskrit Mantra:  ”Aham Brahmasmi – “The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.”

Oprah:  ”Here we are already – Day 21, Miraculous living.  Deepak and I are so grateful that you chose to stay the course and open yourself up to the powerful shift that begins when you choose love in every moment with every person.  Over these three weeks together we have gained the knowledge that each one of us is a perfect miracle with the potential to co-create a perfect, infinite existence with other people and, of course, with spirit as we create connections that are balanced, connection that are in harmony with ourselves and everyone around us.  So as you go out into the world armed now with these gifts, it is my hope that you will continue to meditate because, this I know for sure, that being still every day leads you to more peace, to more joy and to more love in your life and your truly miraculous relationships just become more and more abundant.  So I thank you with all that I am for going on this wondrous journey with us  Now let’s settle into our final day together.  I don’t even need to say it – you know what to do”

Deepak:  ”It has been such an honor to share this special journey with you.   Thank you for participating in our global community.  During our time together, we have followed a path leading us home to our own grounded being, to the infinite unbounded spirit that is our true nature.
We have shed the burden of self-judgement and fear, opening ourselves to the gifts of gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and joy.  As you reflect on your journey, how has your inner unfolding affected your relationships in your daily life?  Where do you notice shifts?  What are the themes or meditations that have resonated most deeply for you?
Our journey to the heart of love is a return to wholeness.  It is about remembering that we are completely loved and completely lovable because our essential nature is love.
As we come to know our own intimate wholeness, we also begin to realize that separation is only an illusion.  At the level of spirit or consciousness, we are all inextricably connected.
By spending time on the inner quiet of meditation, you go beyond ego mind’s fears and unrest and get in touch with your soul.  As you go deeper into meditation, thoughts of separation drop away and you enter a state of unity consciousness.
This experience of inner silence refreshes your mind allowing it to gently unravel conditioned thought patterns, freeing you to become who you really are and allowing you to see others as they really are.   This clearing at the soul level is the basis of peace.
As you continue your journey to the heart, remember that you are a beacon of consciousness.  Whatever mistakes you have made about who you are is temporary. Your true identity has remained untouched.  You have never sinned against it or affected it in any way except, perhaps, to lose touch with it.
Know that you are a miracle and that you have a unique place in the cosmic plan. You are here to be the presence of love.  You are here to be the presence of joy.  You are here to be the presence of peace.
As we prepare to meditate, let’s consider our centering thought.   ‘Love begins with me.  Love begins with me.  Love begins with me.’
Now let’s begin.  Make yourself comfortable, placing your hands gently in your lap with your palms open, closing your eyes.  In this moment, gently guide your awareness within to that place of inner quiet where we experience our connection to the higher self.  Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.  With each inhalation and exhalation, allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at peace.  Now, gently introduce the mantra, repeating it silently to yourself and allowing it to flow with effortless ease, Aham Brahmasmi.  The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of reality, the source of all that exists.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Now repeat it on your own, just mentally.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts in your mind, sensations in your body or noises in your environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Aham Brahmasmi.  Please continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.
Release the mantra.   Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.  Reflecting on our time together, I have deep gratitude for your presence in our community.  The journey has enriched my life.  I wish you many blessings for peace, health, joy and abundant miraculous relationships.  As we live our lives, lets carry this essential truth close to our hearts each and every day.  Love begins with me.  Love begins with me.  Love begins with me. Namaste
 Journal Questions:
  1. What have you found most valuable in the 21-day experience of Miraculous Relationships?
  2. In what ways have you become more loving to yourself?
  3. How is your meditation practice deepening your relationships
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.

 

 

Day 22
Miraculous World

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

Welcome to the bonus day of our 21-Day Meditation Challenge. Today we offer a special guided meditation dedicated to expanding the experience of love, peace, and well-being for all beings everywhere.

At the deepest level, we are all energetic, spiritual beings, inextricably connected to everyone and everything. As we focus our attention on the expansion of love, compassion, and equanimity, the light of our awareness will radiate out into the universe, elevating the collective consciousness of the world.”

Mindful Moment

“Today as you enter the stillness and silence of meditation, hold the intention that everyone in the world is experiencing love, wholeness, and peace in their heart. Visualize each person on our planet receiving your loving intention. Connect with and trust your inner knowing that as you send healing thoughts to yourself and others, that vibration travels out into the world and makes a difference. Know today that you have a vital role in the collective experience of our people, that you can change the world one meditation, one loving moment at a time.”

Today’s Centering Thought:  “We are one.”

Sanskrit Mantra:  “Om – Om is known as the universal sound.  Repeating ‘Om’ honors our connection to the universe.”

Oprah:  All right, so we’re baaaack.  For one extra day.  With something special to share.  I thought you all would like this.  Miraculous world.  Each session we’ve had together has allowed us to expand in wisdom, peace, joy, love, as a global community of meditators.  That is just a beautiful thing.  And again, I thank you.  We’ve been blessed to easily unite – with just a click.  So many others around the  world lack this technology that we’re all experiencing here together.  Today’s meditation has been created especially with these global family members in mind, sending our purest intentions and love.  All of them will activate a ripple of peace and support.  Together we can move toward a shift in our collective consciousness, inviting every single person on our big old beautiful planet earth to experience a deeper connection to their divine essence and their very own chance to experience miraculous relationships.  So we join our minds, our hearts and spirits together.  Let’s get comfortable one last time in this loving community we’ve all created, and join Deepak as he guides us in our final meditation.  A shared journey, unleashing our true potential as a miraculous world. Namaste.

Deepak:  “Welcome back.  It is a joy and a gift to have one more day to spend with you.  Over the past three weeks, we have come together in the spirit of love, awakening to the truth that at the soul level, we are all inextricably connected. Therefore, any step we take to expand our own level of awareness ripples out into the universe, helping to elevate the collective consciousness.

Today, I want to guide you in a visualization meditation dedicated to expanding the experience of love, peace, and well-being in our global community.  A  great wisdom teacher said, ‘when we are firmly established in non-violence, all beings around us cease to feel hostility.’

With the gift of our consciousness, we all the have potential to heal the illusion of separation and create peace on the planet.  As we prepare for meditation, let’s consider our centering thought, ‘We are one’.  ‘We are one.’  ‘We are one.’

Let’s begin.  Take a comfortable seat and close your eyes.  Together, let’s take some long, deep, conscious breaths.  Come fully into this moment and turn your attention to the one who is aware of your every breath and your every heart beat.  This silent witness is your soul, eternal and unlimited.  Your soul is always there, whispering messages of love, guiding you in joy, sending you gifts of inspiration and hope.

When we become quiet, we can hear the voice of our soul and we can feel the peace and love that make up our essential nature.  Breathe easily and fully, dropping into the timeless open realm of spirit.  There is nothing to do and no where to go.  We are all here together, simply being, feeling all the love, joy and stillness that is always beneath the thin surface of our thoughts.

With each breath, let go a little more, opening to the eternal now.  With your next breath, send your impulse of love and peace to someone you care for deeply.  Now, send your love and peace to someone in need, feeling the light of your soul extending beyond your body and enveloping that person in a warm embrace.

Now let’s join together in sending love and compassion to everyone on the planet, feeling our spirits as one.  Let’s offer our intention to live as the presence of love and peace, knowing that in this very moment, we are expressing the entire universe through our consciousness.  As we embody the qualities we most cherish, the world will reflect our consciousness.

Now, take another slow, deep breath while silently repeating our mantra for today. Om.  Om.  Om is known as the universal sound.  Repeating Om honors our connection to the universe.  Om.  Om.  Om. Now repeat it on your own, just mentally.  Om.  Om.  Om.  Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts in your mind, sensations in your body or noises in the environment, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.  Om.  Om. Continue with your meditation for about 6 minutes.

Release the mantra.   Please bring your awareness back into your body.  Take a moment to rest.  When you feel ready, gently open your eyes.

Thank you for being part of the journey to the heart of love in our shared visualization for peace, both within and in the world.  It has been my privilege to be your guide over the past three weeks as we have taken a deep dive into the truth of who we really are by connecting with our own infinite capacity for love, happiness, peace and evolution in all of our relationships.  As your journey unfolds, I encourage you to spend time each day in inner quiet, getting in touch with your own soul and listening to its messages of wisdom and love.  Please allow today’s centering thought to stay with you always, ‘We are one.’   ‘We are one.’  ‘We are one.’

Namaste,

Journal Questions:

  1. Reflect on the Miraculous Relationships experience; what do you want to share from your journey with others?
  2. What intention or blessing would you like to activate and send out as a ripple of love and light to your family, friends, community, and ultimately the world
  3. What intention would you like to set as you continue on your personal path of love?
  4. Please reflect on today’s session in your journal.