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“The quality of mercy is not strain’d . . . it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”
Grace is an important aspect of expanding our happiness, because it is through grace that we express love and blessings completely and unconditionally. We are each a source and conduit of grace.
Grace is a loving power and presence that elevates and brightens whatever the challenge or situation might be. As we mature into our authentic selves, we are more open, receptive, and expansive, and so we naturally feel the influence of more grace in our lives. It is this same expansiveness and openness that makes it easy for us to radiate that grace along to others.
Radiating grace is not about adopting an attitude of sainthood, and offering benedictions to family and friends. It happens naturally, in moments as simple as passing along, or sharing, the fullness of heart that you feel when you offer a helpful gesture or kind word. When we share grace, our happiness increases many fold.
Today’s meditation facilitates this free flow of nature’s grace from your life to others.
Our centering thought for today is: I share my divine blessings.
Mantra: Prasada Hum
Prasad is a divine gift or blessing. Prasad is also that state of divine generosity that uplifts and blesses. Prasada Hum aligns our awareness to this state and the process of giving as well as receiving blessings.
“. . . let joy be unconfined . . .” —George Gordon Byron
Welcome to another week of meditation together! In our remaining days, we will begin to radiate our inner happiness out to the world just as a fragrant rose or lilac bush shares its floral scent freely and effortlessly . . . or in the way an illuminated bulb radiates its light in all directions. In these first two weeks, our inner bliss has become awakened and self-luminous, and now we are ready to spread our light.
Today’s meditation is about letting this happiness radiate – letting our joy shine everywhere. It doesn’t take effort or analysis or strategy. Simply be who you are from your core self, and everything gets taken care of automatically. A flower doesn’t try to be beautiful and fragrant, it simply is what it is, and the rest follows in its natural course.
Our centering thought for today is: My happiness shines everywhere.
Mantra: Ravaye Hum
Ravi means the radiance of the supreme spiritual light. It is the radiance of the spiritual sun. This mantra activates the radiance of our spiritual light, expressing our true nature as bliss.
“You can only feel creative when there is joy. When there is a sense of passion.”
Passion is the powerful, focused force of happiness directed to a specific interest in life. Passion is a tremendous asset in expanding our happiness, because it draws our happiness out.
When we think of passion, we usually think about what we are passionate about – opera, chocolate desserts, skiing, or even salsa dancing. Today we will explore passion at a deeper level as we connect to what really matters, the source of passion within us. If we can access that infinite source of passion and joy inside, then we can live passion in all areas of our life.
At its source, passion is not associated with any particular object, it is rather a deep feeling of exaltation or even spiritual ecstasy. It is the happiness of life exulting in its own existence. Today we will tap into that blissful core of existence and let our passion flow from that place.
Our centering thought for today is: My happiness energizes and inspires me.
Mantra: Rabhasa Hum
Rabhasa means the passion of living. It conveys the sense of a rushing or surging force of energy. Rabhasa Hum means we identify our consciousness, or life force, with the powerful passionate energy coursing through the universe. It gives us a passionate enthusiasm for life and growth.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Today we explore the role of gratitude in expanding our happiness. It’s obvious how feeling thankful for the good things in one’s life powerfully contributes to a greater sense of happiness and wellbeing, but this version of gratitude still depends on our mood at the time. It also is limited by our beliefs about what is positive, and our understanding of what is good.
There is a deeper kind of gratitude that goes beyond our conceptions and beliefs of good and bad. This expanded sense of gratitude rejoices in life exactly as it is, right now . . . life is perfect in spite of its imperfections. We find ourselves grateful to simply breathe and greet the sunrise. We feel privileged to engage in the full range of human experiences: busy traffic, strong coffee, and missing a loved one. Our heart is big enough to embrace and appreciate life as a whole, just as it is, without worrying about whether it is “good” or “bad.”
This gratitude has reverence and appreciation for the entire dance of creation right now. This is the perspective that today’s meditation will help foster in our life.
Our centering thought for today is: I am thankful for all I have.
Mantra: Shreem Namah
Shreem is the goddess of joy, abundance, and beauty. Namah means respect, by bringing our full conscious being into appreciation or gratitude. This mantra cultivates a feeling of appreciation and gratitude for the abundance in life.
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
Pure, innocent laughter is the most obvious sign of the joy we feel in our hearts. It is also a powerful and instant way of spreading that joy all around you. Today we want you to notice what that feeling is inside you, just before you laugh.
That feeling is your source of happiness. It’s a sense of freedom, insight and delight born of the upsurge of spiritual bliss. It is as if our soul catches a cosmic wave of happiness and rides along with it.
Our meditation today is aimed at making you more conscious of these waves of bliss moving through your being. With this increased awareness you can ride them throughout your day with a smile on your face, and laughter in your heart. Your joy is contagious and your happiness will expand as your smile travels to one person after another.
Our centering thought for today is: Life makes me smile and laugh.
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is: Kleem Upahasa; I attract joyful laughter.
Laughter is a physical reaction in humans and some other species of primate, consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can arise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts. Most commonly, it is considered a visual expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, relief, etc. On some occasions, however, it may be caused by contrary emotional states such as embarrassment, apology, or confusion such as nervous laughter or courtesy laugh. Age, gender, education, language, and culture are all factors as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation.
Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group—it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback. This may account in part for the popularity of laugh tracks in situation comedy television shows.
The study of humor and laughter, and its psychological and physiological effects on the human body, is called gelotology.
This definition of laughter is courtesy of Wikipedia.com
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
Kindness is the gracious gesture of a loving heart. Genuine kindness can’t be faked or forced. It must come straight from one’s center of being. It is the soul’s recognition that another person deserves the same love you give to yourself. Kindness bridges our isolated individuality and shows us we are connected at our core. This is how our happiness expands beyond our ego boundaries and transforms our sense of self.
Meditation today will enliven our core of love and encourage its movement out into our lives as kindness and joy. Every loving gesture is an expansion of our happiness.
Our centering thought for today is: Kindness expresses the gentleness of the soul.
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is: “Om Mitraya.” I am kind and friendly to all.
“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”
— Rabindranath Tagore
In today’s meditation, we explore the nature of our higher self. We have been looking at belief as a way to reach our inner reality. As we step into the light of our true self, we realize that pure awareness is a state of true knowledge. It is not a belief; it is a knowing. Our true self is not a particular kind of knowledge; it is “knowingness” itself. This state is the gift of living from your core beliefs. This is the fulfillment of becoming what you believe.
Living from our true self, we transcend belief; we shine with the light of our essential nature: truth, happiness, and love.
Thank you for inviting us to travel this road with you, and may you be a light to the world. As a reminder, these amazing meditations are from Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s 21 Day Meditation Series.
Our centering thought for today is: Faith brings communion with my soul.
Mantra: Om Aieem Hreem
This mantra simplifies the mind, bringing clarity and wisdom. Hreem is a seed mantra that reveals the truth of the unity of life to the mind, underneath the sensory experience of diversity. Aieem is the divine wisdom principle in Nature and a mantra that aligns us to this cosmic intelligence. This mantra makes your mind clearer, stronger, more flexible, and more receptive by opening consciousness to its own true nature.
“Belief is truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.”
— Joseph Fort Newton
Today’s meditation reminds us that our guiding light in life is our true self. This silent presence of awareness is the light of truth that always shines. As we learn to think, speak, and act from our true self, we build a genuine, dynamic, and loving self. This is our truth, this is our Being.
We don’t have to do anything extraordinary to live this truth. It is simple, adaptable, and intelligent, and it is accessible to you right now.
Our centering thought for today is: I open myself to truth and light
Mantra: Satyame Vijayate
Satya means “truth,” and Vijaya means “victory.” This mantra affirms that the core truth of life is always victorious. Reality or truth will always eventually emerge and affirm itself to overcome ignorance.
“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”
— Kahlil Gibran
In today’s meditation, we explore how faith heals by expanding our awareness and revealing all the possibilities within our soul. Here we understand the soul by our direct experience, not as something we learn about secondhand. The soul is our true self; it is the quiet “experiencer” within, the presence of awareness that understands what you are reading right now.
This experience of the soul is who we are – it is our wholeness. The soul is the source of our joy, truth, beauty, and infinite potential. When we live from this level of life, we are immediately connected to and supported by other souls. We heal and are healed in return.
Our centering thought for today is: My deepest beliefs unite me with others.
Mantra: Om Sharavana
This mantra attunes your intentions with the intentions of the cosmos. This activates the purposeful force of intention to transform present circumstances into favorable opportunities.
“If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
— Thich Nat Hanh
Sharing and expressing the same core beliefs as others brings with it a fellowship of the heart, and this bond of companionship makes our life journey more rewarding and enjoyable. Our spiritual growth is amplified when we connect to others in a group that shares our goals.
This is the Indian concept of Satsang, which refers to people coming together based upon a shared truth to uplift and transform themselves. Finding and participating in such groups gives you more than strength and companionship; it provides an expanded version of your own spiritual self.
Our centering thought for today is: I find hope and optimism in my faith.
Mantra: Saha Navavatu
This mantra attunes your intentions with the intentions of the cosmos. This activates the purposeful force of intention to transform present circumstances into favorable opportunities