Desire & Destiny Day 10: Passionate Me

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“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”  —Confucius

It is not uncommon to set a goal and then push forward with our eyes so fixed on the destination that we become unaware of the terrain on which we travel. Today we will practice navigating the path toward our destination with fluidity and balance, remaining attentive to our goal with present moment awareness. As we do so, we take a powerful step toward realizing our dreams and living our destinies.

In our passionate pursuit of our life’s purpose, our destination, we have the choice to stay present in the now, which increases our awareness of the many supportive cues and opportunities that arise along the path. Staying connected to the present enables us to enjoy every moment of the journey—the people we meet and the experiences we can enjoy with them—enriching us as we live out our deepest, most heartfelt desires.

Our centering thought for today is:

“Now is my time.”

Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:

“Om Vardhanam Namah.” I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.


Sometime today, when you catch yourself projecting into the future, take the time to practice 10 rounds of conscious breathing. Close your eyes and begin to witness the breath as it flows in and out of the nostrils. If it is helpful, count as you practice this, inhaling for a count of five, holding the breath, and exhaling for five. After you repeat this exercise 10 times, notice if you feel more grounded in the present, better able to seize opportunities as they present themselves in the here and now.

Passion. What is passion?

“This word gets thrown around a lot. Well, it isn’t always a fire that blazes hot.  Rather, it is the power and joy that gets sparked by being present in every moment. It’s getting up each day excited about what lies ahead. It’s having faith in the unknown eager to embrace anything that comes our way. It is loving the journey. The one you’re on right now. We all set goals and have dreams, but true abundance reached beyond the goals we set for ourselves. Exist more profoundly in this moment that this one, the one you’re in right now, is really perfection. You are right where you are supposed to be. Choosing to embrace the fullness of this moment, finding love and opportunity where you are right now is choosing the most powerful way to live. It puts each of us squarely in charge of our own journey and of course our destiny. As Ernest Henley said in his poem Invictus, “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” Enjoy this moment and begin to live a life filled with passion.” – Oprah

Today, Deepak taught us that each morning that we are given the chance to admire yet another rising sun is an extraordinary gift.

From the moment we open our eyes, exquisite blessings surround us ready to be witnessed.  All we have to do is gaze upon them. As the years of life pass, it is quite common to keep our eyes upon the horizon in our quest to survive and succeed. We look ahead of what often is just out of reach. Our next goal. The new career. Our pay raise we are waiting for. The relationships we are dreaming of. Maybe even the weekend fun we have planned. Focused on the destination. The great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “if life’s journey be endless, where is its goal? The answer is: it is everywhere. We are in a palace that has no end, but which we have reached by exploring it and extending our relationship with it we are ever making it more and more our own.”

Very telling words that we are in a palace with no end. But yet we have reached that palace. It is ours to explore and experience. Regardless of where we are in this journey of life, or where we aspire to be, we are exactly at the place we are supposed to be. Each choice you have made throughout your life has brought you to where you are today. This very moment where absolute perfection lives. Today, we set the life changing intention of finding peace in the moment, and loving the journey, the miraculous journey.

This journey can be similar to dancing with a partner. You take a few steps forward then back. Your eyes taking in that is all around you and gently closing as you drink in the music and trust the movement of your partner. The most important and most magical part of the dance is embracing its rhythm. As you embrace life knowing that there is no where and yet everywhere to go with your partner’s arm around you. There is nothing with which to be concerned, your mind absorbed in the wonder of the dance.

This life is a great adventure. And your partner in this life is Spirit. All the steps, twists and turns may surprise you, but when embraced they keep you excited and interested. Enjoy the journey. Move easily through your days declaring “I can hardly wait for the next turn! Something amazing is awaiting me around the bend.” In the words of the American born author and spiritual teacher Ram Dass, “Be here now. Love the journey. Love the moment. With peace and love, just be here now.”

 Let’s consider our centering thought, “Now is my time.”

Now is my time.

Find a comfortable position with your hands gently in your lap and close your eyes. In this moment go within. Go to that inner place of quiet where we experience our connection to the higher Self. Let go of all thoughts and begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breathe. With each breathe allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable and more at peace. Now gently introduce today’s mantra.

“Om Vardhanam Namah.” I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.

Repeat the mantra silently to yourself. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, feelings in your body, or noises around you; simply repeat the mantra until you are finished.

What were your impressions of today’s meditation? 

I nourish the universe, and the universe nourishes me.
You can nourish the universe, and the universe can nourish you.


now is my time


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