“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
Yesterday we began to explore the difference between our true self, which is the source of all our love and happiness, and our learned self or ego, which is the source of our fear and suffering. Although the ego has a difficult reputation, our intention isn’t to judge it or attempt to get rid of it because such efforts only intensify the drama of the ego and the struggle in our lives. Instead, we want to focus on embracing all aspects of our self, letting the healing that comes with self-acceptance work miracles in our lives.
Today we will begin to let go of self-judgment as we experience the wholeness and truth of our essential nature. We will open our hearts to ourselves and let ourselves feel the love that has been there all along.
Our centering thought for today is:
“I am a wondrous miracle of life.”
Our Sanskrit Mantra for today is:
Repeating “Sham” connects us to our wisdom and inner knowing. It is also correlated to Ajna, the Third-Eye Chakra.
Begin today by putting your attention on your heart. Take time to connect with and feel how much your soul wants you to know that you are loved and appreciated. Look into your own eyes and see your timelessness. See everything—the joy, sadness, compassion, playfulness, and wisdom. You contain everything. You are whole. Each time you find yourself in front of a mirror today take a moment to witness yourself. As you look deeply into your own eyes, hold all aspects of yourself in loving awareness, silently repeat these words three times, “I see you, I accept you, I love you.” Carry this practice through your day and witness your heart gently open to yourself and others.
-Deepak & Oprah
“When you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you.” ― Lao Tzu
As I sat there today meditating, I could feel my Ajna opening. My fingers and palms tingled as I sat in peace. My heart opened. The wind blew through the window carrying the fresh morning breeze. Birds and wind chimes sang. As a practitioner, I know it is important to do these things for myself on a daily basis. But this third day, wow, it fills me with such joy because, honestly, I NEVER have given myself time to just meditate, truly, for more than 5-minutes at a time before. My daily solar and lunar meditation posts are more of a reflection with me lighting a candle and incense with words just popping out of the ether. Today, I will begin meditating for longer periods of time before I begin to write. I think this will do wonders for the subject material and for me to trust my muses will stick around rather than being fleeting thoughts.
Today’s meditation was all about self-acceptance and love. It makes sense. If you can honestly look in the mirror and look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself, “I forgive you. I love you. You are worthy. You are grace. You are a miracle.” Then you will not put up with and cease to surround yourself with others who do not feel the same way. They will fade out of your life much like the fading of a ripple on a pond. Instead, you will attract others who will forgive you, who will love you . Who will think you are worthy. That you are grace. That you are a miracle.
If you can do that, if you can accept your true-self, then there will be nothing that can bring you down. No matter the mongers, because you will know the true truth. And you will be able to smile knowing that they are silly fools.
So today, “I choose to sit quietly and open my heart to myself, expanding until my being fades into the infinite.”
Today, “I behold myself and know deeply that my capacity to love others and for others to love me is directly connected to the capacity to love myself.”
Today, “I choose love.”
Om. So hum. Sham. Namaste.