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“A healthy body and a sound mind are necessary to achieve success in life.”
— Yajur Veda
Our body is our primary supporter and ally for all the success we make in life. To be our solid foundation of success, our body must be aligned with the present moment, and with our goals, our values, and our loves. For that we must free the body from the false images the media and society tell us is the ideal body. Those external standards of youthful beauty and attractiveness are not the criteria for a successful body.
For your body to be a true ally in a successful life, it only needs to support your wellbeing. That means not only general physical health, but also a sense of energy and lightness that upholds your awareness in the present moment with alertness, receptivity, and creativity. You can have this kind of a body if you treat it as a dear and trusted friend. If you make choices for your body on this basis, your body will take care of your wellbeing and that will express itself as a successful life.
Our centering thought for today is: I gain lightness and energy from my body.
Mantra: Om Ram Ramaya
This mantra activates balance, strength, and healing in the body. The sound Ram (rhymes with mom) brings powerful balancing and healing qualities directly into your physical body, mind, and emotions. The repetition of this mantra often has the effect of creating a surge of bliss through the body.
“The key to success is discovering your innate power and using it daily.”
— Les Brown
Today’s meditation brings us deep within to the source of our thoughts, feelings, and desires. This is our creative source, the place from which we create our present experience from moment to moment. Getting reconnected to your inner self is the key to manifesting lifelong success. When you approach each moment with fresh eyes and an open heart, you are no longer defined by your past pain or your fears for the future.
This creative power of your conscious self is a new kind of creativity. It’s not limited to artistic ability or outside-the-box problem solving. It is the power of your being to recreate the unique expression of life that is you at this present moment. That is the primal creativity of Nature itself moving through you, and this is the creative power behind all success.
Our centering thought for today is: I draw from the wellspring of my creativity
Mantra: Har Haray Haree
This mantra activates balance, strength, and healing in the mind and body with the creative life force. The sounds Har, Haray, and Haree represent in sequence the creative flow of consciousness from inception, through its development, and on to its manifestation. As you repeat the mantra, see your body radiating the light of vitality. This movement of conscious energy purifies, rejuvenates, and enlivens your entire Being.
“Do what you do with love, and success is a natural symptom.”
— James Altucher
Our meditation today is about understanding the central role love plays in our success. We might think that our relationships, our passions, and caring for ourself and for others may only be a small factor in our overall success in life. But these bonds of love define our emotional core and tell us who we are and how we are connected to the world.
These currents of love, caring, and passion are what awaken our creativity and carry us forward to accomplish big things in life. By tapping into your love, you are establishing your success on your core values and truths. Living your life from that center of love, you can only be successful.
Our centering thought for today is: I am here to bring more love into the world
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.
“Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on.”
— Marlon Wayans
We warmly welcome you to another Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey 21-Day Meditation Experience, Manifesting True Success. We are so glad you are joining us. We will be looking at the idea of success in an entirely new way. Instead of seeing success as an outer goal we arrive at, we will learn to experience it as an inner state of being that we can live right now.
You are already manifesting your success because success is a creative endeavor. It is the evolving realization of worthy goals. We will learn how to align our choices and aims with the values and worthwhile goals we hold within us. The key to knowing what is important to you, and what direction you want your life to grow, is to develop self-awareness. In our three weeks together, our meditations will awaken our consciousness so that we can manifest the kind of success that is true to who we are.
Our centering thought for today is: I create my success from within.
Mantra: Sheevo Hum
This mantra helps your individuality connect with your essence of pure potentiality. The name Shiva represents the transcendent, unchanging, and formless reality. Sheevo Hum means “I am the reality of infinite possibilities.”
“Now may every living thing be full of bliss.” —Anonymous, The Dhammapada
Today, we offer a special guided meditation to celebrate the wholeness that is you. This wholeness, the Vedic seers tell us, is the same wholeness as the cosmos. The ultimate realization of truth we can experience is, “I am the universe, the totality of life.”
As we grow into this reality, we offer our wholeness back to the wholeness of life itself . . . like a gift of a flower to a garden. Radiating our wholeness is a further validation that bliss is the purpose and existence of our life, all life, all existence.
Our centering thought for today is: My happiness is the happiness of the universe.
Mantra: Aham Brahmasmi
Aham means “I am” and Brahmasmi refers to the pure existence, orBrahman. Together this mantra means “the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.”
“We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.” —Swami Satchidananda
In our meditation today, we bring our attention to the peaceful and serene influence we can offer the world around us. For our serenity to have a powerful transformative effect on others, it needs to come from our inner being, not just our superficial mood or attitude. We need to be that peace we want to see happen. We need to be serenity, and when we access this peace we naturally radiate serenity.
Peace and serenity are born from a state of inner happiness – our true self. As we live in alignment with our true self we naturally radiate our serenity in the environment . . . we are simultaneously expanding the happiness of ourselves and those around us. Today’s meditation enlivens this state of serenity within our being so that it lovingly influences each person and interaction we have throughout the day.
Our centering thought for today is: I am a calming presence.
Mantra: Shanti Vira
Shanti is universal peace, and Vira is infinite strength or power. Shanti Viranot only brings peace, but it gives you the strength to be peaceful even in circumstances where it might be instinctive to retaliate. It gives you the courage and clarity to be your true self in all situations.
“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” —George Dorsey
We value the wisdom of those who have learned well from their life experiences. Today we will learn that there is another kind of wisdom valued by the spiritual traditions of the world, and that is the wisdom gained from meditation. This spiritual wisdom is what we are cultivating during our 21-Day Meditation Experience. As we delve deeper into our awareness, we uncover greater knowledge and joy. We see our essential connection with everyone else from the vantage point of unity consciousness.
This is the level of awareness that the ancient seers prized, the joyful wisdom of the awakened mind that emanates insight, happiness, and love to all. Our meditation today will support this natural radiation of wisdom from our being.
Our centering thought for today is: My being is wise and knowing.
Veda is the unmanifest wisdom of life underlying all creation. Vedohumaffirms the reality of this infinite knowledge within our awareness and encourages it to guide our thought and action. The awakening to this knowledge brings an upsurge of bliss in consciousness.
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” —Albert Schweitzer
Compassion from the soul level happens when we spiritually embrace another soul without reservation or judgment. Compassion validates people in a profound way . . . it is a deep heart connection that heals by overcoming the feeling of isolation and separation we all carry. When we offer compassion to another, we activate a connection that tremendously expands our sense of self, and in doing so, our happiness and sense of wellbeing grows as well.
As we explore the depths of our consciousness, we come closer to the essence of our shared humanity. This private journey of self-realization actually leads us to a most intimate compassion for all people. Our meditation today takes us to that inner space of universal compassion and joy.
Our centering thought for today is: I radiate sympathy and acceptance.
Mantra: Karuna Hum
Karuna is pure compassion borne of the knowledge of our absolute connection to everyone. Karuna Hum elicits compassion for all from this place of shared consciousness in every person.
According to Wikiedia.com, compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.
Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment. There is also an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual’s compassion is often given a property of “depth,” “vigour,” or “passion.” The etymology of “compassion” is Latin, meaning “co-suffering.” More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering.
Find peace through compassion.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Today in meditation we activate the sense of service. But instead of approaching service in the conventional sense, as a sort of obligation, we will look at it from the perspective of higher states of consciousness. In this view, service is not only a humanitarian effort, it is a path of joy and self-realization. It is an opportunity to grow in happiness, not a duty.
Service is listening and acting in response to a call for the unique gifts your life offers. This call is not based on your ego needs, nor does it come from social expectations. The call to service comes from your universal self, the cosmic part of you that directs your spiritual evolution or dharma. This is why being of service to the world is really a joyful expansion of the self.
Today’s meditation brings our awareness in accord to this vision of service.
Our centering thought for today is: My soul expands when I help others.
Matra: Seva Hum
Seva is the Sanskrit word for service. Seva is action performed for the sake of others, but more specifically it is action that is not motivated by individual desire. Instead, it is action prompted by the impulse of spiritual growth and freedom. This is why wisdom traditions extol service as a path to enlightenment. Seva Hum stirs this selfless impulse and instills the joy of helping others as its own reward.
“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.