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“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
— Mother Teresa
In today’s meditation, we look at the unifying power of faith. We have developed an understanding of faith as the shared value of our core beliefs. This experience of faith is felt as love in our hearts. To live our faith is to live as a loving person. That means our life is directed from our loving center, our true self. We do this by finding situations around us where our love can make a difference, and then extending ourselves in acts of love. These acts are done without any thought of receiving something in return. However, this heart-to-heart connection always brings countless benefits to both the giver and receiver.
Our centering thought for today is: My faith calls me to love
Mantra: Aham Prema
This mantra helps you embody love in every action. Prema means “love.” It includes divine love, human love, and universal love. Prema is the cosmic force of consciousness that holds everything together. Ahammeans “I am.” Aham Prema is an affirmation that your core Self is pure love, and it puts your life energy in resonance with the love principle running through existence.
Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from loyalty; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious belief, such as in which faith is confidence based on some degree of warrant. The term ‘faith’ has numerous connotations and is used in different ways, often depending on context.
“Believe what you believe and it will be, believe what others believe and they will consume you!”
— Stanley Victor Paskavich
The maturation of the core beliefs we share with others is called faith. In today’s meditation, we discover how faith, operating from the level of our expanded awareness, creates a new reality. This kind of faith is not necessarily a religiously devotional faith. Rather, it is the collective movement and influence of peacefulness from the experience of the unity of spirit.
When we live the personal reality of peace, we become peacemakers. Our individual energy then aligns with the realities of other peacemakers, generating a wave of goodness throughout the world. This is how the phenomenon of faith within our awareness joins with others and becomes a great agency of transformation that creates a new, peaceful reality.
Our centering thought for today is: I place faith in my true self.
Mantra: Om Shanti Om
This mantra settles the emotional body and soothes the heart. Shanti means “peace” and it has the effect of calming, integrating, and harmonizing all the agitation and conflicts in your body, mind, and emotions.
“Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary.”
— Dan Brown
Today’s meditation is about finding the common purpose and vision in humanity’s beliefs. This is how we can overcome the divisiveness of conflicting and hostile beliefs. Instead of remaining stuck in an “us versus them” mentality, we replace that with the belief that all humanity is one spiritual family. On the level of our spiritual identity, we are all equal.
When we know the truth of our shared humanity from our innermost Being, then our connection to the human family becomes a source of joy, love, and peace.
Our centering thought for today is: I rejoice in the human family
Mantra: Sarvatva Namah
Sarva is the root of the Sanskrit word for wholeness, the All, or totality. Namah means “I open my individuality to its true universality.” This mantra declares that the wholeness of the universe dwells within our individual consciousness. This makes the feeling of completeness in our Being a reality.
“One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.” — John Stuart Mill
Today’s meditation is about using your personal power. However, personal power is not about changing the world around you. It is about the power to change the world within you. This means that as we open our awareness to our core beliefs and true self, we organize, clarify, and reconfigure our internal life so that our thoughts and actions have meaning and bring a feeling of fulfillment.
The true self imbues our beliefs with the personal power that can achieve our goals with the least effort and a minimum of obstacles and confusion.
Our centering thought for today is: I am always moving toward my true self.
Mantra: Paramesh Wari Namah
This mantra invokes the sum total of the creative potential of creation. Paramesh Wari is cosmic creativity as the divine feminine. Namah means “I open my individuality to its true universality.” As we honor Mother Nature at the core of our consciousness, we instill the qualities of love, care, and affection into all we manifest.
“You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.” — Swami Vivekananda
Yesterday, we learned how to heal self-judgment by connecting to our wholeness. Today’s meditation shows us how this integration of the separate self progresses into self-love and self-compassion. We might think that self-love involves adopting a positive attitude toward ourselves, but positive attitudes cannot bring true self-compassion. Real love and compassion are simply the presence of pure awareness awake to itself. When we are living in the present moment, we are open and accepting, not resisting or grasping. That presence of consciousness is your true self, and that is real self-compassion.
A favorite definition of self-compassion comes from Dr Kristin Neff, of selfcompassion.org. Here is here explanation:
“Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Think about what the experience of compassion feels like. First, to have compassion for others you must notice that they are suffering. If you ignore that homeless person on the street, you can’t feel compassion for how difficult his or her experience is. Second, compassion involves feeling moved by others’ suffering so that your heart responds to their pain (the word compassion literally means to “suffer with”). When this occurs, you feel warmth, caring, and the desire to help the suffering person in some way. Having compassion also means that you offer understanding and kindness to others when they fail or make mistakes, rather than judging them harshly. Finally, when you feel compassion for another (rather than mere pity), it means that you realize that suffering, failure, and imperfection is part of the shared human experience. “There but for fortune go I.”
Self-compassion involves acting the same way towards yourself when you are having a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don’t like about yourself. Instead of just ignoring your pain with a “stiff upper lip” mentality, you stop to tell yourself “this is really difficult right now,” how can I comfort and care for myself in this moment?
Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?
You may try to change in ways that allow you to be more healthy and happy, but this is done because you care about yourself, not because you are worthless or unacceptable as you are. Perhaps most importantly, having compassion for yourself means that you honor and accept your humanness. Things will not always go the way you want them to. You will encounter frustrations, losses will occur, you will make mistakes, bump up against your limitations, fall short of your ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by all of us. The more you open your heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more you will be able to feel compassion for yourself and all your fellow humans in the experience of life.”
Our centering thought for today is: The presence of my self is compassionate.
Mantra: Karuna Hum
Karuna means “compassion” and Hum means “I am.” This mantra helps you develop deep compassion for all living beings, by knowing and experiencing others as part of your own Self. It is deep compassion that allows you to see another person as yourself.
“Man is what he believes.” — Anton Chekhov
In today’s meditation, we look at how to heal self-judgment. Self-judgment is the compromised belief that gives rise to feelings of guilt, shame, self-criticism, and self-recrimination. Self-judgment happens when one part of our divided self judges another part of us. Instead of our self functioning as an integrated whole, it fights and resists itself.
This leaves us feeling divided, depleted, and unhappy – the opposite of our core belief “I am fulfilled.” To heal this self-judgment, we can return to the wholeness of our true self. And in the midst of activity, we can also heal it by asking ourselves what we really want. In that answer, we move away from self-blame and toward the inner fulfillment we truly desire.
Our centering thought for today is: I joyfully accept myself.
Mantra: Om Gum Namah
This mantra integrates your awareness with the infinite organizing power of Nature. The seed mantra Gumis the energetic force of Nature that overcomes difficulties and hindrances – not through opposition, but by expanding one’s consciousness large enough so that it can include the obstacle. Namah means “I open my individuality to its true universality.” This mantra expands your consciousness into the supportive matrix of existence. It removes obstacles by creating a larger wholeness that includes everyone and everything.
Remember…Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty. Another way of defining belief is, it is a mental representation of an attitude positively oriented towards the likelihood of something being true.
“With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling.” — Yann Martel
Fulfillment is the only response from our environment that shows us we are living from our core beliefs. If we feel anxious, insecure, and fearful, that means there are still obstacles and limitations in our beliefs. In today’s meditation, we look at the core belief “I am safe and trusting,” and see how we can remove the obstacles and limitations around this belief without strain or effort.
When we meditate, we contact the quiet, secure, and peaceful nature of our self. This conscious contact exposes the false sense of separation that compromises our beliefs. This exposure automatically dissolves the obstacles and boundaries around the belief.
Our centering thought for today is: I release myself from obstacles and boundaries.
Mantra: Sampriya Hum
Sampriya is spiritual love in action. It is affection, care, and appreciation. This mantra brings the pure love of our non-local, immortal Self into our physical, localized Self, establishing the true foundation for self-love and self-worth.
Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty. Another way of defining belief is, it is a mental representation of an attitude positively oriented towards the likelihood of something being true.
“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
We learned over the last few days how powerful core beliefs are when they spring from your true self. In today’s meditation, we discover that this power and dynamism come from the stillness and silence of our true self. If our beliefs are compromised and not having the effect we hoped for, then we need to return to the stillness of our true self to rectify the belief.
For instance, if the second core belief “I am worthy” is compromised, you may not see this belief reflected back to you by being listened to and held in regard by others. Instead, you might find others are disrespectful or don’t take you seriously. Rather than reacting to their behavior, you can bring attention back to your silent core – your true self – and align with the truth of your sense of worth and value.
Our centering thought for today is: I cherish my true self in silence.
Mantra: Sampriya Hum
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. ” — Karl Barth
Awaken the Energy of Gratitude
In today’s meditation, we learn how to recharge our gratitude batteries. If we are tired, upset, or stressed, then our heart is closed and we are not able to feel or express real gratitude. Genuine gratitude comes from a feeling of contentment, safety, and being welcomed in your life – what Buddha called the “gladdened heart.”
This natural energy of gratitude is awakened when we meditate. Our intention in meditation will be to invite this warm attitude of appreciation into our awareness and perception. With this recharged heart of thankfulness we will find reason to be grateful wherever we look.
Our centering thought for today is: I am gladdening my heart.
I clearly see all there is to be grateful for in life. I acknowledge the blessings I have received in my life with gratitude.
“Faith is indispensable for the perseverance required to break through the specious ‘reality’ one knows to the as-yet-unknown Reality.” — Whitall N. Perry
We learned yesterday about the power of our core beliefs. In today’s meditation, we discover how to activate that power through conscious action. We begin with the core belief, “I am loving and lovable.” To activate its power, we expand the loving reality of this core belief into the world and engage with it in our actions. This puts our core belief of love into motion, reflecting its effects back to us as love, compassion, and understanding
Our centering thought for today is: I turn my beliefs into actions
Mantra: Ravaye Hum