“Congratulations! What a blessing to have shared this three-week journey with you. As we complete our Meditation Experience, it is appropriate that we arrive at a state of fulfillment, feeling a sense of completion. During our time meditating together we have located the seeds of happiness deep within our spiritual self, we nurtured them in our minds and hearts, and then shared that happiness with the world. This journey fosters outer fulfillment, which in turn creates more inner happiness – so the cycle of joy becomes self-perpetuating, going on and on.
In our meditation today we will honor the expanding circle of happiness that we generate from our silent self, which effortlessly radiates to all the world.”
Today’s Centering Thought
“I walk in the light of my fulfillment.”
“Purnamidam.” I feel fulfilled.
“Welcome, Our Dear Friends, our meditating tribe. Today is Day 21, Radiating Fulfillment. It’s hard to believe our happy journey is coming to a close. Over the last three weeks we’ve made some time to connect with our innate sense of wonder and play, love and joy. We slowed down, at least for these 20 minutes each day, going deeper, transforming that wonder, that play and love into purpose, contentment, kindness, gratitude, passion. We’ve tapped into the energy that allows us to be in harmony with the energy of source. Yes, we have. With each meditation, we have expanded our connection to the wholeness of the universe…the captial “C” of contentment…the source of true happiness…that place which is a constant wellspring of effortless fulfillment and satisfaction. Take that in, My Friends. This is what you did for you these past three weeks. In this journey, we’ve arrived home where we know, to our core, that we have all we need. It starts within. Now that is the ultimate happiness and Deepak and I are so glad to arrive at this place with you. Let’s really enjoy this last meditation together and feel blessed for the happiness we shall share in the world and continue to expand for ourselves.” ~Oprah
Purna indicates the fullness or entirety of creation. It is a fullness that means Nature is inexhaustible no matter how much it gives or creates. The mantra Purnamidam reveals that this fullness of Nature exists within our essence. We are that same wholeness of Being.
“Radiating fulfillment is the final stage of the expansion of your happiness. It happens all by itself once you have the self recognition that there is nothing else you need to seek. You have arrived home after your journey. Yet the spiritual path unfolds a strange journey because you don’t travel any distance. You end up where you started, with yourself. But the self you knew at the start isn’t the self you know at the end. Yourself at the end is fulfilled. It has learned that life requires no struggle, fear or resistance. You only need to Be.
I like the simplicity of the following saying, ‘To become enlightened, you stop running all the time and begin to walk. Once you’re walking, you slow down and stop. Once you stop, you see who you really are’.
The whole journey, then, is a process of relaxing and letting go. There’s nothing to study, memorize, learn or live up to. There is only experience. To the experience of the true self, even for a moment, switches on that feeling of Aha. So this is what I’ve been looking for. Put into words, the separate self has been looking for a home. Fragments have been looking for wholeness. Anxiety has been looking for peace. An emptiness inside has been looking for fulfillment. All of these are found in the self. This is the ultimate spiritual secret, repeated for thousands of years in every wisdom tradition.
The journey we’ve been on together doesn’t cover distance and also takes no time. Every meditation brings you home. Every dive within meets your true self. The only difference between you and an enlightened master is the expansion of this experience. The Vedics compare it to a candle sitting in the sun. The sun’s blinding light makes the candle flame invisible. Yet, without a doubt, both emit light. In spiritual terms, it’s the same light and now it shines from you, dispelling the darkness around you. To know that you walk in the light, that you are the light – this is the greatest fulfillment.
As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought. I walk in the light of my fulfillment.
Now, let’s prepare for our meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and just breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the manta, Purnamidam. This mantra affirms that we are full and complete within ourselves. Repeat it silently to yourself. With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts, noises or physical sensations, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra. Please continue with your meditation for about 10 minutes. When you feel ready, open your eyes.
As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought, I walk in the light of my fulfillment. I walk in the light of my fulfillment.
My Thoughts & Experience
Flexible. Clean. Wet. Soapy. (In shower)
Relieved. Anxious. Ready.
Awake. Open-hearted. Spirited.
Today, I did this second to last day (Oh yes, there is always an extra bonus Day 22!), in the shower. As the water ran down my skin, from crown to toes, I repeated the mantra.
My mind was brought to what Deepak said about having the same light as an enlightened master. Even if I am only just a candle, my light is still there and the same in the sunlight.
I was shown that even though I keep feeling that I am not yet ready, that I am. I have all the tools necessary. Sure there will be more books to read, and more experiences to have; but I need to stop doubting myself. I need to stop comparing myself to the masters and just be a master. Because I may be a candle, and a master may be the sun, but even the sun is one out of many that make up the light of the galaxy, and the lights of all the galaxies make up the light in our Universe. Internally, we too may be a spiritual candle, but our own cells give off light and charge. It goes in both directions.
We have galaxies and starlight within us.
We are fulfilled. At this very moment. What we think we do not yet possess. We already do. What we are is the peace. What we are is the joy. What we are is the serenity. What we are is the happiness. We ARE.
So walk your path of light my friends. Walk it, and make it work!
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