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Day 21: Expressing The End

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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.

Be yourself.
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


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Day 14 – What am I Activating Again?

 

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…oh yeah – CONSCIOUSNESS.  Sorry – I’ve been activating a lot of things lately.  Just a little later today, I’ll be activating my new credit card so I got confused.  Speaking of confusion, I credited the chakramediationcenter.com for the pretty picture, it was supposed to be the chopracentermeditation.com.  I guess it’s all chakra all the time for me.  Yesterday, I got excited on the subway when some people were talking about “Chakra Khan” – my ears were deceiving me though, it was Chaka Khan.  D’OH!

Back to our purpose, well, at least my purpose, which is telling you all about my day 14 meditation  Oprah starts out with a very flowery beginning about experiencing your true self.  I’ll cut to the chase and say that you should bask in simply being, something I’ve never been very good at.  Consciousness is the 7th and final chakra (please don’t be like me and confuse it with Chaka Khan, if you do, I’ll feel for you, so embarassing).  It is located at the crown of your head.  I prefer tiaras personally, but more on that some other time.  Deepak states, “Living as your true self is enlightenment.  When you love simply being alive, feel like love and life are filling you up, you are your true self.  Your life is meant to be harmonious and free.”  Deepak, you can really sweep a meditator off of her mantra. 

He goes on to stress that our spiritual secret is simple – that being here is enough. This line reminds me of one of a very few poems that I actually like – Desiderata by Max Ehrmann – especially, this line “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.”  At the end of the two weeks, I’ll post this poem – it really is a summary of all of the advice that DOPRAH provided.  Back to Deepak, who advises that self awareness brings you to the source of creativity, intelligence and joy that is your true self.  I know for me, self-awareness has been one of the gifts of getting older.  It is a gift when you feel like you no longer have to apologize for who you are.  Now it’s more, if you don’t like me, well, that’s ok – I’m secure enough in myself to realize that I can’t take that personally.  This is where you need to look up “The Four Agreements” – you don’t need to read the book – but not taking things personally is one of them.  I bet it has Deepak Chopra’s Seal of Approval and if it doesn’t it should.  According to DC, everyone has moments of self-awareness, when things seem effortless.  TRUE.

He goes on to say that being is the feel of all possibilities and when you activate it, you suddenly find all kinds of doors opening.  It’s true and when they say that if your aren’t looking for something, that’s when it finds you.  Sometimes, it just takes longer than others.  I like to say that a lot can change in a day.  DC thinks that each day brings new joy and confidence in your own being.  Like I said – it’s a benefit of getting older.  Pausing during the day for a moment of gratitude helps you “be” – well, I’m on that thanks to this blog and a little advice to start a gratitude journal from Dr. Oz.  This last piece of advice from Deepak is what I really needed to hear, “There is great wisdom in learning to relax, letting go of all tension and stress.  You open the way for grace and a deep inner knowing that being here is enough”.  Truer words have never been spoken and if I could learn just this one lesson from the entire three week experience, I will have gotten my money’s worth.  Oh right, it’s free, you know what I mean. 

Today, I am grateful for new opportunities and getting great advice from DOPRAH.  This was a very relatable topic.

Gratefully yours,

Jill