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Desire and Destiny: A 21-Day Meditation Experience

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I participate in the free 21-Day Meditation Experiences offered by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. I've had a practice of transcribing the meditations, and today I decided to start a thread for this one. It promises to be great fun and profoundly effective. I thought it'd be nice to share. I'll be posting the transcripts every day. Hopefully I'll get them all. I usually miss a day or two when I do this, and I'm planning on getting them all down this time. Wish me luck. :3:
 
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Day 1
Who Am I?
CENTERING THOUGHT
I am my deepest desire.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
So Hum
I am.

Day 1 - Who Am I?

"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 Meditation Experience, Desire and Destiny. Together, we will expand our understanding of ourselves and 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.

Welcome everyone. I am so honored that you're joining Deepak and me for our 21-Day Meditation Experience. This one is called "Desire And Destiny." I know you will be profoundly changed by this world-wide 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 when we are still enough to hear the whispers of our truest desires.

When you let the deep, quiet, beautiful energy rise up from within it will begin to shape your intentions, shape your thoughts, and especially your actions, and ultimately it will light a path to your most abundant, wondrous destiny.

Over the next three weeks we will journey together on that path toward more abundance. In week one we'll begin to shift our perceptions by creating the space 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 we can begin to create a more blissful life, guided by passion and inspiration.

And then in week three we bring everything together as we move towards sharing our light and expanding the momentum of abundance in the world. Exciting, huh? Well, 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 asked me this question, "Who am I?"

Then we'll meditate together.

* Over the next three weeks we will share a journey towards living each day of our lives with inspired passion and abundance. Connecting with our deepest desires we will cultivate a state of peaceful awareness, open to our pure potential, align with our soul's 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 to 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're our dreams, our divine wishes. They are signs.

When we pay attention to and explore our desires they help us connect with our destiny. As the ancient Indian sages observed thousands of years ago, our destiny is shaped by the deepest level of our intention 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, and 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 that I encourage you to ask 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 you begin to understand who you really are you 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 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 you 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, 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 noises in the environment simply return your attention to mentally repeating the mantra.

So Hum
So Hum
So Hum

Just mentally.

So Hum
So Hum

Please continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time, and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell to indicate that it's time to release the mantra.

Please release the mantra. Take a moment to become aware of your body. When you feel ready, you can open your eyes.

As you move through this day I invite you to carry with you this ancient teaching from the Hindu teachings.

"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 your 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.
 
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Day 2 - Empowered Me

"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." ― Native American Proverb

In today’s meditation, we explore the concept of Karma, the ebb and flow of energy in our lives. We 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 start to make choices that are most nurturing for ourselves and everyone around us.

Welcome to Day 2, Empowered Me. Yesterday we asked 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 question for 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? It's a tool to create abundance. Most 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 into the world 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 forwards more empowerment through choice, and we'll meditate on that together.

* 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 through 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 intent with our karma provides a powerful tool, offers 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 choose actions that bring success and happiness 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 are 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 decision to make its useful to ask ourselves "Which action is likely to bring happiness and fulfillment to me and everyone effected 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 when we open the 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 vs bad, winner vs loser. In this beautiful state we release and allow ourselves to absorb the tranquility of mind, deep awareness, and the acceptance of the present moment found in absolute stillness of pure consciousness.

By cultivating equanimity each day by 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 into our journey of meditation, practicing with a karmic resonance, and cultivating equanimity in our lives we release the past, awaken to the present, and take action to create the future that we desire.

We now realize that we are the masters of our own destinies, free to enjoy lives rich with fulfillment, purpose, and passion.

As we prepare to meditate together let's spend a few moments focusing on our centering thought.

I am a powerful creator.
I am a powerful creator.

Now let's begin. Please find a comfortable position. Place your hands lightly in your lap, palms upward, and close your eyes. Breathe naturally and effortlessly. Notice 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 become 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 Sandskrit mantra, whose English essence translates "My actions are aligned with cosmic law."

Om Kriyam 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 Kriyam Namah

Please continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time and you'll hear me ring a soft bell to indicate that it's time to release the mantra.

............................................

Please release the mantra and bring your attention back into your body. Take a moment to rest, inhaling mand 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 in 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.
 
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Day 3 - Confident Me

"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. We've been told that success is the result of hard work, struggle, and sacrifice. In today's meditation, we tap into the ever-present flow of natural ease that is available within, as we plant the seeds to live our destiny each and every day.

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. As we cultivate present moment awareness and remain open to the many opportunities life offers, we open to the power within us to realize all our dreams with effortless ease.

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's what our egos would have us to believe, but our beautiful and expansive universe operates in the exact opposite way.

In divine order and purpos, 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 desire 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 can limit you, and then you will move with comfort, ease, and confidence with the fullest, most pleasing, abundant possibilities for you.

So enjoy all those possibilities as Deepak guides us toward co-creating everything our heart's desire, and everything we need in our lives, and then, again today, we'll meditate together.

* The path of following your joy is guided by the spiritual Law of Least Effort. It 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 into 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 learn 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 endless hard work, sacrifice, and unwavering discipline. As adults, this belief in "no pain, no gain" may drive us to work 70-hr weeks, sacrificing time with our family and friends and neglecting our health and wellbeing.

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 burned out, exhausted, 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 that 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're able to do less while accomplishing more, because Nature is held together by the energy of love. In every moment you have a choice of how you want to use two of your most valuable resources - your attention and your intention. If you choose to focus on love, compassion, joy, appreciation, and peace, those qualities 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 prepare 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. I'll mind the time, and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell.

.............................................

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 the day with certainty and 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
 
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Day 4 - Conscious Me

"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 true abundance of 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.

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 oitprselfesourselves 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're often conditioned to believe there's only so much of everything to go around. We feel driven to compete, to finish first, to have the most, and do whatever it takes to be the best. These beliefs create isolation, and separation, and a lot of frustration. They cause us to operate from a point of depravation, rather than from the joyful, abundant place of self-acceptance.

The 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 and listen, and let Deepak guide us closer to unity, to our potentiality, and more blessings. From that space we'll meditate.

* In Trina Paulis's book "Hope For The Flowers" two caterpillars get caught up in the long-held fallacy of competition and struggle to reach the top of a caterpillar pile. By their 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 if going within and and emerging as beautiful butterflies who were born to soar.

Like the caterpillars in that tale, very early on in our lives, we recieve messages that we must compete in order to succeed. Whether we engage in sports, 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 can create such an urgency to be seen to be the best and to finish first that we may adopt a willingness to do 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 abundance exists all around us, in nature, in our local grocery stores, in the deep love of friends and our families, and 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 always present in 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 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 onto. Send loving thoughts to any areas needing 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.

Aham Brahmasmi

Please continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time. At the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell to indicate that it's time to release the mantra.

.............................

Please let go of the mantra and bring your attention back into your body. Take a moment to rest, breathing slowly and deeply. 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.
 
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Day 5 - Abundant Me

"Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." ― Epicurus

What lights you up more fervently than anything else in your life? Listen to whatever immediately comes to you — these 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. Children do not shy away from their passions; they effortlessly live from a place of wonder, play, and delight. For many of us, we're taught that we must abandon our natural passions as we cross the divide between childhood and adulthood. And yet, passion is what drives us to be the very best individuals we can be.

Today, through meditation, we reconnect to our internal spark and begin to gently release those long-held stories about who we should be and become more intimately re-acquainted with who we really are. Together we practice shining brightly as the individuals we were born to be as we freely share our gifts with everyone we meet.

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, pretty enough, or worthy enough to realize our dreams. But I'm here to tell you it is your birthright as a human being to recieve infinite gifts from 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 are 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 us open the door together with Deepak, and clear the way for an endless bounty of blessings. Then as always, we'll meditate.

* Passion is the free flow of natural energy that leads us to 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 keep their passion in check or buried so deep that they are no longer aware of its 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. Yet, as we grow up some of us receive the simple message that we don't deserve to have passions, that what we want is unacceptable, or that it's wrong, I practice, or selfish to go after 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 actually 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 "I can't make a living doing what I 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 are not worthy of prosperity.

As we recognize that these stories are simply thoughts, 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 with inlet 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'm a field of all possibilities."

Repeat the mantra silently to yourself.

Om Bhavam Namah

Whenever you find yourself distracted by noises around you, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra.

Om Bhavam Namah

Continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time, and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell.

..............................................................

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
 
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Day 6 - Resilient Me

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

In life, it is fairly certain that we will each experience difficult and challenging passages. Within each of these moments we are given a special seed of opportunity, a gift. Many times, this point of view can be difficult to embrace in the midst of what appears to be a setback. Today, we spend our time together opening our minds and hearts to the blessings that come to us in disguise.

In the stillness of meditation, we begin to gently release ego thoughts connected with success and failure. We begin to trust the movement of life, knowing that the universe has much grander plans for us than we could ever 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.


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 sometimes to just 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, when the job that defined you for 25 years is gone, when the people you counted on turned their backs on you, you may actually be taking a step forward on the path to your truest desires, and ultimately to your destiny.

Percieved failure is just life trying to move us in a new direction. This I know for sure. Even devastation is there to bring us closer to more of who we are. In the midst of my own greatest turmoil, when I 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 resistence, 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.

* When everything is flowing according to our idea of "how things should be" it's easy to feel that we are living in harmony with the rhythms of the universe. But when there is a clear gap between what what we want and how our life is unfolding we are more likely to feel stress and doubt. We may judge a situation as wrong or unfair, or judge ourselves as what we percieve is our shortcomings or failures.

When our mind is full of resistence 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 that 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 in 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 Sequioa tree offers a fruitful example of nature's cycles of clearing and renewal. The Giant Sequioas are some of the world's most ancient trees. The oldest known Sequioa is estimated to be about 3,500 years old. What is the secret of the Sequoias's incredible longevity? The elemental power of fire. Periodic forest fires clear away everything that threatens the tree's survival while insuring their growth and regeneration. Without the fire's heat the Sequoia's cones couldn't open and release their seeds. Without the clearing force of fire the 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 you could ever 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 prepare to meditate, let's take a moment to set the intention to gently acknowledge and release to spirit all thoughts and feelings about our percieved challenges and adversities that do not serve us. Let's fill that newly-cleared space with infinite love, light, and joy. As we step into this acceptance and find our resilience, we open to prosperity and our inner 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, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra

Om Vardhanam Namah

Continue with your meditation, and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell.

..............................................

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

A gift resides in every moment.
A gift resides in every moment.
A gift resides in every moment.

Namaste.
 
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Day 7 - Fearless Me

"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 the first week of our journey together! During this time, we have taken the important first steps toward initiating transformation by connecting with who we really are. Our awareness has expanded and we’ve opened to our authentic and divine nature. We’ve learned to honor our passions and long-held dreams while freeing ourselves from the limiting thoughts and beliefs that hold us back from the life we desire. We are now more open to our infinite potential, our destiny.

In today’s meditation, we embark on a powerful journey designed to help us gently release our fears, clearing the way to greet each moment with a sense of strength, connection, wonder, and freedom. 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.


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 our inherent worth. When we let go of struggle and resistance, and trust in Spirit to guide us to the next, right step. Ummm... 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 are you most afraid of? What's 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 magnificance that is our true reality.

So find a comfortable space 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 towards an abundant, fearless possibility.

* Some of the most spectacular sights 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 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 that the 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 track that quite possibly reveals the very essence of strength and potential that lies within.

I invite you to condiser taking such a journey with me today. Is not the destiny you seek 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 darma. 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 begin.

In 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 brilliant 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 peaks 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 to 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 the limiting, untidy, and wild thoughts that have blocked your pathway to freedom, the voice encouraging you to release them 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, deeply-earthed roots gently loosen 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 people, 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, in 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, 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
So Hum

Just silently

So Hum

I'll mind the time, and I'll ring a soft bell when it's time to release the mantra.

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It's time to 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 on 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 pat in your heart today, and all days.

I am free
I am free
I am free

Namaste.
 
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Day 8 - What Do I Want?

"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. This awareness guides us to the steps on the roadmap toward living our destinies.

We may carry long-held beliefs about our identity and character that were given to us by others. These ideas influence our perceptions about what we want in life. Today, as we meditate together, give yourself permission to let go as you sink into meditation. Let your heart and soul speak to you as we travel within to hear our inner song of truth. Breathe deeply and receive on this 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.


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 developing our trust in the possibilities that arise when we let go of fear and resistence and move towards acceptance, embracing the power of outer 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 our greatest desires, passions, and true purpose.

My true purpose is simple, to love and be loved in return. To be joyful, continuiously joyful. It's that simple.

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 ego to access our deepest, 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.

* 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 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 mind, heart, and soul to become clear of what is truly important so we can 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 heart-felt 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're also perfectly wonderful dreams. Dreams that may offer further insight about our inner truth.

My response was overwhelmingly the sense of being in an intimate, joy-filled relationship with a man who loves me unconditionally and whom I truely love, and freedom to travel at will. I actually had a giddy flash of the airport, on my way out of town, whatever town that might be. On my way to visit someone I loved. :love: :3:

If you ask the question again, this time moving from the mind to the heart, we may connect to a deeper meaning. If the answer that came up for you the first time was "I'd like a big house on the beach" perhaps when asked from the heart you're guided from the place within that seeks to strengthen your connection with nature, or longs to find a place of quiet and solitude. If a motorcycle is on your wish 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 to 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 heart-felt desire?" Listen carefully to hear the answer that lives within the song of your soul.

To be with him. It was even stronger from the heart. :love: It's like the heartbeat of my soul these days. Quite the heady experience.

This song has a vibration that travels through your entire being.

"Loved by him." :love:

Drink in the resonance of your soul's response

"Loving him." :love:

silently repeating the mantra "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. I'll mind the time. At the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell to indicate that it's time to release the mantra.
...........................................

It is time to 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?" with you as you travel through the week with us. There is no right or wrong answer. Awareness of what you truly want truly motivates you to passionately 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
 
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Day 9 - Focused Me

"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 journey. In order to realize our deepest desires, it is essential to identify exactly what we want and stay focused on that intention with dedication, focus, and awareness. At the same time, this practice requires us to let go of attachment to any single outcome, opening us to abundant possibility.

Today’s meditation centers on bringing our heartfelt desires into crystallized focus and putting our heart-centered 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.


Welcome to Day 9, Focused Me.

In the last few days we've begun to explore "What do I want?" What do we truly want? Well, the way to manifest those desires begins with listening more clearly to that loving and loyal voice that all of us carry within us. Some people call it instinct, others 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 ourselves to the very essence of Source, with a capital "S" and possibility.

That wisdom always knows where to guide us, if only you're willing to pay attention. When we align our calm, determined, open-hearted purpose 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 in the emotional GPS that enlivens our dreams. Then we'll meditate.

* 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 desire, 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 recieving 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, a form of intelligence that goes beyond the rational mind. Intuition is contextual, relational, holistic. It is an attribute of our soul, and doesn't have a win/lose orientation. Our intuition evesdrops 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 a logical, linear mind cannot make. We can feel our way through life, trusting our hunches and staying open and flexible instead of rigidly sticking to a plan.

Intuition isn't 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 to inner quiet and stillness. In the pure clarity of silence the 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. It is 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 feel yourself distracted thoughts, sensations in your body, or noises in the environment, simply return your attention, mentally repeating the mantra

Om Varunam Namah

Please continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time, and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell to indicate it's time to release the mantra.

............................................

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. As you continue on your day, carry the sense of inner quiet and expanded awareness with you, reminding yourself of today's centering thought

I am focused upon what I want.
I am focused upon what I want.
I am focused upon what I want.

Namaste.
 
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Day 10 - Passionate Me

“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. In today’s meditation, we 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.

Welcome to Day 10, Passionate Me.

What is passion? That word gets passed around 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 getting up each day excited about what lies ahead. It's having faith in the unknown, eager to embrace anything that comes our way. It is loving the journey, the one you're in right now.

We all set goals and have dreams, but true abundance, which is beyond the goals we set for ourselves, exists 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 Wiliam Earnest 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.

* Each morning that we're given yet another chance to admire the rising sun is an extraordinary gift. From the moment we open our eyes, exquisite blessings surround us, ready 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, the new career, a pay raise we are waiting for, the relationships we are dreaming of, maybe even the weekend fun we are planning for. Focused on the destination.

The great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote "If life's journey be endless, where is its 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 home."

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 end 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. You take a few steps forward, 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 its 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 wonderous 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 poem 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 the 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." 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.

Om Vardhanam Namah

Continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time,and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell.

...........................................

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. As you travel through your day contemplate the centering thought

Now is my time.
Now is my time.
Now is my time.

Namaste
 
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Day 11 - Intentional Me

"Respond to every call that excites your spirit." ― Rumi

Over the past several days, we’ve 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. In today’s meditation, we 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.

Welcome to Day 11, Intentional Me.

Finding our true purpose, or as Deepak calls it, our dharma, 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 align with infinite possibility we open the door to our supreme destiny. When we plant the seed of intention you only need to trust and know if we're clear and connected to your purpose you can surrender all your fear, all your anxiety, and settle into the expansive, abundant peace 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 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.

* 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 abundance in life remains closed.

We can, however set our intentions to open to our infinite potential and recieve 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 focusing our attention on what we want accelerates the manifestintation 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 p, every feeling, every belief, and every action is creating your reality. Stay awake and aware of all 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 in to a place of peace, fully here in the present moment. In your mind's eye see yourself see yourself laying under an ancient Oak tree, supported by the strength of the earth, and cushioned by a soft patch of cool grass, surrounded by colorful wildflowers.

It is a glorious day. Your eyes are attracted to the sky, as you drink in the billowing clouds passing by beneath the sky's blue canvas, which 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 magical possibility for you.

Watching the clouds changing shape as they gently pass by you begin to consider the things you have identified that you truly want to experience in this lifetime. 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 intention, allowing all other thoughts to melt away.

Take time to picture this dream coming into clear vision. See the details, noticing who's 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 possibilities, knowing that your vision will, in divine timing, become your reality.

With this blissful vision and new understanding gently introduce the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi, "I am the universe, I am absolute existence."

Repeat the mantra silently to yourself

Aham Brahmasmi
Aham Brahmasmi
Aham Brahmasmi

I'll mind the time and ring a soft bell to let you know whe it's time to release the mantra.

..........................................

It's time to release the mantra. Please bring your awareness back into your body. Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. When you're 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
 
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Day 12 - Inspired Me

"Believe you can and you're halfway there." ― Theodore Roosevelt

When we choose to follow our hearts, we make life choices that seemingly open doors for us without force, and 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. In these moments, our paths may become filled with obstacles that hinder us at nearly every turn.

In today’s meditation, we 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 heart’s desires and messages. Only then can we source our inner inspiration and realize not only our dreams, but our destinies.


Welcome to Day 12, Inspired Me.

Now that we've opened up to our purpose, passions, and intentions - that's a very important word - it's time to act and begin to understand how our actions impact the realization of our dreams. When we force an actions 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 our intuition and intention, the source of all knowledge of who we are and what it is 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.

* Think for a moment about something you really wanted to happen, one of those times when 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 every 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 steps clear. Nothing was in the way. You just saw it, you were inspired, and then took smooth and easy steps to success. Your desired outcome was more delicious than you could ever 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's important that we come to understand what those cues are, really feeling them inside. Those are our roadmaps, 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 bodies 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 the 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. I'll mind the time. When you hear me ring a soft bell that's your signal to release the mantra.

................................................

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.

During your day, think of 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.
 
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Day 13 - Faithful Me

"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.


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 on 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 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 in any moment, and have faith that no matter what, you will be alright. Then we'll meditate.

* 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 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 achieving our desired outcome?

The ego mind craves certainty and control, yet life is inherently uncertain and can't be controlled. The good news is that while uncertainty will 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 desires and live the life of a monk. Instead, you set your intentions, 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 values, abundance, and everything else in the physical world.

It is the consciousness that knows how to fulfill every need.

When you hold onto your desire with limited awareness of who you really are you prevent the 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 frame. Remember that if you have been holding onto attachments for a lifetime 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 wonderous and fulfilling than you could have ever imagined. You will come to realize that there is nothing you can lose that will diminish your wholeness, and nothing that you can gain that will add to who you are. You're already whole, and so is everyone else.

Hold the intention for everything to work out for the highest good for 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 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 mentally repeating the mantra.

Om Bhavam Namah

Continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time, and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell.

..................................................

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. 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.
 
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Day 14 - Grateful Me

“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, 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 that touches our lives.


Once again we're at the end of a wonderful week together. We're so grateful for this time you'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 passion, 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 or 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're 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 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.

* 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 want to invite you to consider the simple practice of of gratitude as a transformational act that opens us to infinite abundance and 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 at 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're 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're 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 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 the trees. Run the earth through your fingers. Then quietly thank the 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 they 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 farther, 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, 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, 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. I'll mind the time, and at the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell to indicate it's time to release the mantra.

..........................................

It's time to 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 our centering thought.

Gratitude is my prayer.
Gratitude is my prayer.
Gratitude is my prayer.

Namaste.
 
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Day 15 - How Can I Serve?

"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, it can also 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, today you may notice someone who looks like they could really use a warm smile and, in that moment, you offer a smile in service to brighten their day. Giving can be that simple.

Welcome to Day 15, and the beginning of our final week of the 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 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; when we give to others, we give to ourselves.

As far back as I can remember my prayer has 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 have come to ask. So get quiet, breath, and let Deepak guide us to the next essential soul question. And then we'll do what we do each day. We're gonna meditate.

* 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 may 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 world. It can also be connected to thoughts of work, obligation, or to one of those things that "good people" ought to do. We may begin to believe that service means self-sacrifice, a great deal of time, unique talent, or expertise. Perhaps even money. We may wonder just how we can serve the whole world.

Martin Luther King Jr. offers another way to look at this concept. "Anybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have 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 any moment is about understanding unique talents and using them to bring happiness to others and ourselves. The universe is all about dynamic exchange, giving and recieving, 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. Recieve each and every whisper from your soul. Recieve 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's 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 flow of gifts, the wonderful 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 mentally.

Om Vardhanam, Namah

Please continue meditating. I'll mind the time. At the end I'll ring a soft bell to let you know it's time to stop.

...............................................

Let the mantra go, and bring your awareness back into your body. Take a moment to rest. As you feel ready you can open your eyes. Throughout the day, consider the flow of giving and recieving, and contemplate the centering thought.

Serving others serves me.
Serving others serves me.
Serving others serves me.

Namaste
 
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Day 16 - Uniquely Me

"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 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.

Here we are, Day 16, Uniquely Me.

Each of us has a unique, central 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 our 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, of harmony and love. We fulfill not only our destiny, but you 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.

* 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 Gautama 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 our true purpose, our 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 that 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 oresent in the expression is the essence of our true selves

So, maybe 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 longtime dream of how 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 shared "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there 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 Verunam Namah, My life is in harmony with the universe.

Om Veranum Namah

If you get distracted by any noises, thoughts, or feelings of discomfort in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself.

Om Veranum Namah

Continue meditating. I'll mind the time. At the end I'll ring a soft bell to let you when it's time to release the mantra.

.................................................

Release the mantra and come 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 our centering throught.

Bliss be my guide.
Bliss be my guide.
Bliss be my guide.

Namaste.
 
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Day 17 - Inspirational Me

“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 other people. 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 our 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.


Welcome to Day 17, Inspirational Me.


There is an ancient Buddist quote "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." We'll think about that. We're 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 recieving 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 learn from Deepak, as he guides us to the still space.

* Within each of us dwells a teacher with the power to deeply inspire. The word inspire comes to us from the Latin word inspirita, 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, willing to connect to the teacher that resides not only in us but also in those who cross our paths, we open ourselves to learning from everyone we encounte. Most often, our teachers appear to us quite obviously, and we are quick to acknowledge 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 a motorist on the freeway, you realize that they 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 become 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 noises or feelings of discomfort in your body, simply go back to repeating the mantra silently to yourself.

Om Varunam Namah

Continue meditating. I'll mind the time. At the end I'll ring a soft bell to let you know when it's time to release the mantra.

.........................................

Release the mantra, and bring 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 live to do, and contemplate our centering thought:

I embrace the teacher within.
I embrace the teacher within.
I embrace the teacher within.

Namaste.
 
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Day 18 - Creative Me

"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 the mind. As we access the essence of pure potentiality, transformative ideas and solutions come to us spontaneously, and we are boundlessly creative.

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 minds are in balance and in flow. Giving yourself permission to rest, play, to let your mind and heart rejuvinate is a must in order to realize your greatest potential. It's 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's so much power in knowing that our lives are ours to co-create. So, take a deep breath and relax into today's meditation as Deepak encourages us to cultivate our creativity through pure, simple joy.

* Rest and play are not luxuries. It is part of our destiny to simply be. It's becoming more understood that play, rest, rejuvination, and celebration cultivate and inspire some of our best ideas. When we're relaxing and playing we're 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 "should S" 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 even sometimes 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 stillness through meditation, playfully engaging with nature, life, and those around us, and making sure that we get adequate sleep, is 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


I'll mind the time. I'll ring a soft bell to let you know it's time to release the mantra.
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Please 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.

Namaste.
 
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Day 19 - Blissful Me

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

In today’s meditation, we spend time reconnecting with our true bliss, that part of ourselves that many of us 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 an expression of 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.


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. But what does that mean, to truly feel blissful in our lives? Bliss is an all-encompassing state that we have access to at all times. It is the holding space for joy, for 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 wholeheartedly.

Be in bliss, delight in stillness, and let Deepak guide us in today's meditation.

* 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 and stillness, and peace inside.

But 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 it takes me for a while, 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 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 tapped 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're happy we're delighted to use all that we have to serve the world. As we bring happiness and abundance into the lives of everyone we meet, then happiness, success, and abundance come back to us like ocean waves, gently rolling out of the 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 we can 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. Rest 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, conciousness, 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

Please continue with your meditation. I'll mind the time, and in the end you'll hear me ring a soft bell to indicate that it's time to release the mantra.

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Please let the mantra go and bring your awareness into your body. Take a moment to rest. As it's comfortable for you, open your eyes. Throughout your day, pay attention to your thoughts around the spiritual nature that is you, and focus on the center thought.

Joy is my highest purpose.
Joy is my highest purpose.
Joy is my highest purpose.

Namaste