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It’s finally here, my last blog on meditation. Thank you for sticking with me through it. I was getting grumbles from some of my readers – they were getting bored with this, but when I committed to 21 days, I had to see the whole process through and this blog was my way of doing that. As I mentioned, I think meditation is fine and that I’ll enjoy it more without the added pressure of writing about it. I think the only way that it can work for me is through guided meditation. I need some sort of structure, otherwise, I’ll just be sitting there wondering if I’m doing it correctly. I can’t say that it’s something that I’ll do every day, but I do understand now, why Dr. Oz recommends it and after I finish writing this entry, I am going to go and peruse Deepak Chopra’s meditation library and buy myself a little something special. Now onto the final words for this, the 21st day!
I’m going to skip most of Oprah’s remarks, although they are inspirational, it’s a case of been there, written about that. To end though, she reminded us that although we’ve completed one cycle, we will begin again. You can say that again Lady O – I’m beginning a whole new 21 day meditation and it’s great because I’ll be able to go back and concentrate on the ones that I liked best. Consumerism lives even in spirituality.
Deepak starts the last meditation with a statement that we step into living our vision as we align with the light that is focused on the seven chakras. A month ago, if someone said this to me, I’d likely laugh at them, by the end of the three weeks, I was buying everything that Chopra was selling me. He let us in on another spiritual secret which encourages you to be the source of light in your life. It’s like that old song, “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone with a twist making it “I Light Up My Life”. So when you are sitting by the window waiting for someone to sing you their song, get up, go to the mirror and sing it to yourself sister (or brother). Anyway, DC believes that the most important lesson for us to learn is that spiritual awakening is natural. The process is similar to waking up in the morning and opening your eyes to the light, only here we have been opening our inner sight to the light of consciousness. I know, I know – a little abstract. Maybe part of this whole process is realizing that there are no easy answers? Just a little something to meditate on – and by that I mean you, not me!
Back to rolling in the Deep-ak. Our light expresses our personal vision. We all have dreams to fulfill (otherwise our lives would be pretty dull). For spirituality to be valid, it must be useful in bringing fulfillment. Well, there goes that purse that I dreamed of – but purses are useful and bring me fulfillment. Could this be what he is talking about? Hello Chloe if he is! Nope – he’s talking about truths that will lie dormant and asleep – foiled again. The fulfillment of our dreams is meant to be activated by the seven chakras and as we activate them, we are focused on seven levels of fulfillment. The highest state of fulfillment arrives when you are fully connected to the internet (just checking to see if you were paying attention). It actually arrives when you are fully connected to the light of being oneself.
We are supposed to offer ourselves a simple reminder of the light that we share with others. We should smile with our hearts and let our true selves shine through our eyes. A few words offered with kindness is another way to let your light radiate – isn’t that lovely? Another way is going inward when you are feeling good and saying silently to yourself “I am enough”. If that isn’t self-affirmation, I don’t know what is. It’s simple and true, but it’s easy to believe on some days rather than others. When I experience disappointment, I never feel that way but maybe it’s because I didn’t think of those three little words. DC goes on to say that if you radiate the light of your own being, nothing more can be asked of you. It may take a journey to find your true self because of past conditioning or other obstacles that cloud our inner vision. All of these things can be overcome. DC suggests that meditation is the way to do this since it allows you to find your inner vision and use it in daily life. Today, even though I’m not 100% on everything that I learned over the past month, I can say that I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in this experience. I am grateful to you for bearing with me too. I promised you awhile ago, that I would share my very favourite poem with you – I think it sums up, in a very non-abstract way, the point of this whole exercise. It’s called Desiderata and if you aren’t familiar with it, please enjoy:
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927