April 26, 2015

I am forever centered in the heart of God.
It is right here where I am.
There is nowhere else to go, for I AM Here.
I am home here, in the heart of Love.
I am home here, in the heart of Joy.
I am home here, in the peace of the moment
There is nowhere else for me to be, but here.
I am at home in the heart of God.
And so it is.

April 19th, 2015

I am still, present and awake.
My inner ear is attuned to the Spirit within
I hear the calls of the heart.
I trust the calls of the heart.
I answer the calls of the heart.
I say YES to greater peace, presence and passion!
God is my guide, my support and my supply.
I trust in God.
And so it is.

Deepak Chopra’s Meditation Litmus Test

Deepak Chopra’s meditation litmus test is simple: “If you’re   doing it, then you’re doing it right.”<span style="line-height: 1 generic for viagra.5;”>The meditation and mindfulness guru spoke to The Huffington Post at a recent event in Los Angeles to celebrate his daughter, Mallika Chopra, who had just published the new book, “Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy.”

Later in the afternoon, Deepak led the hushed room into a guided meditation, his voice deep and calming, as he offered a seamless transition from a buzzing social atmosphere to a suddenly deeply internal one.

“Meditation is a progressive quieting of the mind until you get to the source of the mind, which is pure consciousness,” Chopra explained in an interview before the event began, his bejeweled transition glasses slowly lightening from dark to clear. “You are not your mind or your thoughts. You are the consciousness in which the thoughts come and go.”
Guests, including many of the Chopra family, packed themselves tightly into the meditation room at Unplug Meditation in West Los Angeles as Mallika told the room that her parents taught her to meditate at age nine and that she would come home from school and meditate with her mother as a way to feel close.
Chopra learned to meditate 35 years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “I was lucky enough to have Maharishi Yogi as my direct teacher. He was the teacher for the world at the time, including the Beatles” he said.
He went on to found The Chopra Center in 1996, a renowned institute near San Diego that teaches all levels of meditation. He has published over 65 books and has made a name (and fortune) for himself as a prominent mind-body spiritual guru. He and Oprah Winfrey have their own meditation alliance and host challenges in the hopes of bringing meditation to as many people as possible around the world.
Chopra says that meditation can have profound benefits for any person, depending on what they need. “If they’re very stressed, it’s a good way to deal with stress. It has immediate effects in terms of better sleep and more energy,” he said. “As you get more into meditation, you realize that there are hundreds of variations of meditation depending on what you’re wanting to achieve.”
But regardless of how advanced one gets, the ultimate goal of meditation is to look within: “Everything that we assume is our identity is really not our permanent identity. Your body is changing all the time, your mind is fickle, your emotions go up and down, your personality is hopefully not the same throughout life. So is there a part of you that is fundamental?”
The more advanced techniques of meditation that Chopra teaches privately and at his center involve what he calls contemplative inquiry: “How [do we] differentiate between experience and the consciousness in which the experience occurs?”
Referring to people who have been meditating for 15 or 20 years, Chopra says that when they get to this place in their practice, “there is a complete loss of fear of death. Because there is no fear of death, there is a loss of the fear of everything else that is impermanent. In a way, the fear of death is the fear of impermanence.”
Chopra meditates for two hours every morning and then does another 20 minutes or so later in the day.
Many meditation practices, including mantra meditation, Transcendental meditation and mindfulness meditation call for about ten to 20 minutes either once or twice a day. “If you say you don’t have time to do it once a day,” Chopra said, “then you’re the one who probably needs it twice a day.”

The Hero’s Journey Starts with Claiming Your Story

Dear Friend!

Last week we introduced the series on The Hero’s Journey. We discussed the mythology and the stories of the human soul and recognized our own stories in the great stories of heroic living.

Stories tell of the struggle to: 

 Breathe new life into a dead land,

The death of the soul and its resurrection,

The search for the beloved, and

The great wound that turns one into a great healer.

Great stories allow our lives to be written larger.  When we reframe our life story as a great story we strengthen our personal shields, we discover that which protects us from hurt, and we forge new bonds with glorious inner allies.  The name of new character we forge out of great story is YOU, and the name of the myth is YOUR STORY.  It is time to:

Claim Your GREAT Story!
How we view our life as a story often determines how life treats us.

Is your life story a

            Tragedy?

            Adventure?

            Drama?

            Does it have a sad ending?   Happy ending?

            Is it a love story?

            Is it a motivational story?  Is it a rags to riches story?

Is it a GREAT story?  Could it be?

Seeing our life as a great story can fill us with the passion for the possible, give us access codes to a new range of possibilities and grant us a mythic life.

What are the stories you tell yourself about who you are?

What are the stories you tell others about who you are?

  1.  Re-frame your story based upon higher truth.

There is a story of a family enjoying preparing a Thanksgiving meal, including two sisters and mother and grandmother.  As one sister was preparing the ham, she cut off both ends of the ham and placed it in the pan.  Her sister, watching, says, “Why do we always cut the ham that way?”  “Hmmm,” the other sister replied, “I don’t know, that’s just the way mom always did it.  Let’s ask her!”  So after asking their mom, she replies, “Hmmm, I don’t know, that’s just the way my mom always did it.  Let’s ask Grandma.”  They round up grandma and ask her, and she matter of factly says, “Oh, that’s because the pan was little and that’s the only way it would fit in the pan!”

So… what stories have we unconsciously and automatically accepted from our family history that we are just living out?   

There’s never enough money?

Duplication of unhealthy relationship patterns?

Child raising methods?

Eating habits?

Any old stories in the family history that you don’t want to live out?

WHAT ELSE IS POSSIBLE?

Write a new family story…perhaps?

You go to college when previous family members didn’t?

Raised with poverty?  You decided that wasn’t for you?

You made a choice for spiritual growth when your family didn’t?

You had not healthy relationship examples, but you grow and demonstrate one?

You had a family that was sick a lot and/or ate unhealthy and you decided to write a new story of health and vitality?

In order to consciously live the stories we want to be known by, it is important to:

  1. Understand how the Laws of the Universe Work and our Divine connection.

Understanding the Creative Law of Mind and how it works is the key to building a bigger believing and creating a greater story for ourselves and our life.  This understanding can change your story, and change your life. 

Ernest Holmes, from the Science of Mind Textbook: Page 140

“The Law of Life is a law of thought- an activity of consciousness- the Power flows through us.  The Spirit can do for us only what It can do through us.  Unless we are able to provide the consciousness, It cannot make the gift.  The Power behind all things is without limit, but in working for us It must work through us.” 

In addition, if we look at the classic stories, somewhere in the middle there was a helper, a guide, someone that represented the God of their experience, such as the Fairy Godmother, Good Witch of the North, Yoda, the Wizard… you get my point.  We need a Higher Power experience to assist us on our own Hero’s Journey.  Transformation and Victory require a Higher Power.

  1. The story isn’t over in the middle.

There’s a saying that our story will always have a happy ending, and if its not happy, its not the ending.  Our challenges, growth opportunities come in the middle of the story, as everyone’s does.  Every great story, has struggles and triumphs, challenges and transformation.  If we’re in the struggle stage, its time to call upon God to help us through it.

The story isn’t over in the middle.

  1. Tell a new story.  Make it a good one.

I remember when I was a young single mother, raising three children, working full time and in classes.  I got a lot of accalades for being such a “strong person.”  Oh yes, I loved telling my story about the path I was on, taking care of children and doing so much.  One day, I heard a talk, a little like this one, and I decided right there and then to quit telling the struggle story.  I needed a NEW ONE to take its place.  When responding to people commenting on all that was happening, I would just say, “I live a miraculous life.”  I would think, “I have a sugar daddy (God) and He takes good care of me.  That shift started changing everything!

How about telling some new stories?

  • Even though I lost everything, after turning my life over to God everything was restored and MORE.
  • Even though I experienced such heartbreak, I found my true source of internal love and am now experiencing the love of my new partner.
  • Even though I nearly died, I had a great healing and went on to encourage and help others!
  • Even though I’ve been hurt and betrayed, I changed that story and I went on to live more empowered and attract new wonderful success in my life!!!

Make a decision today to claim that your life is a grand story, a great adventure, an enduring love story, a transformational story, a dynamic success story!  Write your story the way you want it to be.  Write it your way.  Tell it your way. 

You are the author and you are the star.  Tell it vibrantly and authentically!

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With love and blessings!

April 12th, 2015

I AM the author of the greatest story ever told
This story is God’s greatest good for me.
Every sickness into health,
Every heartbreak into love
Every failure turns to triumph
I claim my good
I claim my destiny
I claim my greatest story-
My triumphant journey home is already
complete in the Mind of God.
And so it is!

Meditation would help Wall Street

Deepak Chopra of the Chopra Institute discusses the effectiveness of meditation on what call the “Epidemic of Stress” with CNBC host Erin Burnett.

Wall Street needs to start meditating, author Deepak Chopra said Monday.

The alternative medicine advocate, who starts each day with two hours of meditation, said even 15 minutes of meditation will help give financial workers the rest and focus to tackle their high-stress, fast-paced jobs.

“It makes them more productive because they’re centered,” he said during an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “They’re not distracted.”

Chopra began practicing mindfulness as a busy internist and endocrinologist, when he smoked a pack of cigarettes a day to deal with the stress of treating up to 40 patients at a time. Studying brain chemistry, he realized that consciousness and emotional states had a powerful effect on the body.

“Stress is the No. 1 epidemic of our civilization,” Chopra said. “Indirectly or directly, it’s related to things like insomnia, anxiety, fear, but [also] cardiovascular illness, inflammation in the body, heart disease, autoimmune illnesses. Many kinds of cancer are connected directly or indirectly to inflammation in the body. So meditation is a very effective way to start tackling this problem, this epidemic of stress.”

Even just 15 minutes of meditation provides more rest than deep sleep, he said. Among those who follow his work is hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones, who has his entire staff meditate daily, Chopra said.

“[It’s] just awareness of your body, of your breath, of your mental space, of your sensations, images, feelings, thoughts and also reflection,” he said. “Who am I? What do I want? Do I have a purpose? What am I grateful for?”

CNBC host Erin Burnett then pressed Chopra to describe how mediation differs from traditional prayer.

“Prayer is you telling god what to do,” he said. “Meditation is you listening.”

April 5th, 2015

Today I make the choice to SEE my
I let go of the past, the darkness
and the unreality.
I roll away the stone of misperception
I come into the Light, I come into the Truth
There is ONE Life and that Life is God,
That life is Perfect, and that Life is my Life now.
Today is a new beginning.
The past is gone and I am free.
I live in the Light, I am born again.
I Am the resurrection and the Life.
And so it is.