“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today we have a new opportunity to cleanse the lens of perception and see ourselves as we really are: completely loved and completely lovable.
Despite what you may have been conditioned to believe, there is nothing that you have to do or achieve to be worthy of love. Your true self is pure love and you are already infinitely precious exactly as you are. This awareness of who you really are connects you to your true self-esteem. This esteem is solid and unwavering. Your soul loves you unconditionally. The approval rating of your ego, in contrast, is fickle and forever shifting. Your ego may approve of your performance one day and then the next day judge you as inadequate or lacking. As we shift from identifying with our ego’s insecurities and fears, we open to the gifts of the soul. It all begins with self-awareness. Each day as we spend time in the inner quiet of meditation, our awareness will expand and awaken us to love.
Our centering thought for today is:
“I am a perfect, divine creation.”
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“Om Bhavam Namah.” I am absolute existence. I am a field of all possibility.
Make it your practice for today to cultivate self-awareness and self-love. No matter how much you have suffered, your soul sees you as whole. When you feel out of balance, anxious, or alone, pause for a moment and take a deep breath. In the quiet moment of a pause you can assess the gentle refuge of your heart. Take a few moments to close your eyes and sit quietly, feeling your heart as a soft, warm enclosure. Let your attention settle there and rest as long as you wish. -Deepak & Oprah
With today’s meditation practice, I could not help but to smile by the end. I was filled with such joy at every repetition of “Bhavam,” it was like I was saying “hello” to an old childhood friend I had lost long ago as the rains are tapping the roof.
Ever since I was a child, I have struggled with self-esteem. My family did not make that a thing they fostered. I excelled at school, but even that did not seem to pride them very much, it was simply a given that I would work hard at school and that was that.
Now having since moved away from home and out of my parent’s house, I have been able over the years to not only develop a sense of self, but to develop a deeper self-esteem.
Self-esteem. How we perceive ourselves, and how we perceive others perceive us. It is all about Self-image. Ego. It feeds on the approval and security of others. Our job now is to go beyond ego.
As Deepak said today, “who you are is so much more than the image of others. Open to your divinity. Your creativity. Your potential. Live from your high Self.”
Through all of this I hope you know that you are more than the image of others’ perceptions. You are beautiful. You are a creation of untold beauty. Every cell of you shines with life. Believe in it. Yours is a choice to live in harmony with your higher Self. If you look in the mirror and are ashamed, do what must be done to correct it. Forgive your Self and move on. Honour your Self.
Because your existence will make way for the path of so many others. Find peace in your heart & love thy Self.
Om. So hum. Sham. Om Vardhanam Namah. Om Bhavam Namah. Namaste.