Expanding Your Happiness Day 22: Radiating Wholeness

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“Now may every living thing be full of bliss.” ― Anonymous, The Dhammapada

‘Welcome to the bonus day of our 21-Day Meditation Experience!

Today, we offer a special guided meditation to celebrate the wholeness that is you. This wholeness, the Vedic seers tell us, is the same wholeness as the cosmos. The ultimate realization of truth we can experience is, “I am the universe, the totality of life.”

As we grow into this reality, we offer our wholeness back to the wholeness of life itself. Like a gift of a flower to a garden. Radiating our wholeness is a further validation that bliss is the purpose and existence of our life, all life, all existence.”

Today’s Centering Thought

“My happiness is the happiness of the universe”

Sanskrit Mantra

“Aham Brahmasmi.” I am the wholeness of all creation.

“We’re back for a very special extra meditation.  We reflect on our journey once more and embrace the grandness, the power, grace and joy that emanates from us all.  Welcome to Day 22, Radiating Wholeness.  What I know for ABSOLUTE  sure is that each of us feels happiness in direct proportion to how close we are to the Source of our own truth.  And that truth, I believe, is that we are all one.  The wholeness of life throughout the universe is the wholeness that lives and breathes within each of us.  It’s the same wholeness that lives within the tiniest creature, that’s in every tree, that’s in every living thing.  Being apart of that wholeness, I believe, is the secret of the purest happiness there is. Join Deepak on the purest joy ride of our journey.  Before we meditate, he’s going to guide us through the miraculous connections that show us how we’re truly all one.  Get ready.  This is going to lift you up, and will sustain our sense of happiness, renewal, and fulfillment as we meditate together once more.” ~Oprah

Today’s Notes

Aham means “I am” and Brahmasmi refers to the pure existence, or Brahman. Together this mantra means, the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.

“When you begin to know that the wholeness of life is supporting you, everything changes.  When the Vedic sages declared, ‘I am the universe’, they meant something very real.  Life is infinitely more when we realize.  Consider the image you see when you look in the mirror.  If you trust your eyes, your body is contained within definite boundaries. You are packaged within your skin and there is only a limited lifetime to spend here on earth.  But your eyes have deceived you.  Every cell in your body is made of molecules and these molecules are built from atoms and subatomic particles.  If you keep looking for the smallest thing that you’re made of, the finest particles disappear.  What is left?  The infinite expanse of the quantum field from which the entire universe emerges.

In a very real way,  you are the field.  Therefore you can trace your body to the entire universe.  There is an invisible source of the mind as well because when even the tiniest particle springs into existence, it draws upon infinite reserves of energy.  Spiritually,  this infinite potential also includes creativity, intelligence, and every other quality that makes life worth living – love, beauty, truth, compassion.  If these are also packaged inside every particle in creation, you contain the same essence.

I like an image I ran across a few years ago – that each of us is like a millionaire with amnesia.  We go through life feeling poor, having forgotten that in reality, we are very rich.  In other words, by being so convinced that we’re limited in mind and body, we’ve forgotten the true self which knows no boundaries.  It participates in the infinite potential of the universe.  The spiritual path is the path to reality.  We sometimes say higher reality but in truth it’s just reality.  It can be known as effortlessly as you know what it’s like to breathe, move your hand or kiss someone you love.

It’s a wonderful step you’ve taken to find your true self.  The soul rejoices when it wakes up and the choice to awaken it lies with you alone.

As we prepare to meditate together, let’s take a moment to consider our centering thought, My happiness is the happiness of the universe.

Now, let’s prepare for our meditation.  Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes.  Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply.  With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed.  Now gently introduce the mantra, Aham Brahmasmi.  This mantra reveals that yourself is the self o the the universe.  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.  Continue with your mediation for about 10 minutes.  Then, release the mantra.   Continue to sit restfully, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  When you feel ready, open your eyes.

As you continue with your day, contemplate the centering thought.
My happiness is the happiness of the universe.

My Thoughts & Experience

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Over the past 21-days, I have gotten some incredible insight. My energy has changed. My ability to focus has improved, and my strength and dedication to meditate everyday was solidified.

In past 21-day challenges with Deepak & Oprah, I always knew I had 5 extra days to spare before the meditations would leave the archive. This time around, I had no extra days. Coming straight back from vacation, I dove in, because I knew deep down that this would be an even more transformative 3-week process.

And I was tested.

The Universe, on several occasions, due to circumstances and lack of time, forced me to prioritize. Doing this -or- meditating. Going out with friends -or-meditating. Due to the nature of my work I either have to meditate first thing in the morning or at night after work (usually around 10pm.) So, between balancing my business and my other job and my relationships with friends, the universe really emphasized me completing this challenge.

As with all personal growth, and transformation, with any field of study; one MUST possess both curiosity and dedication. You HAVE to put the programme first. You HAVE to put your personal development above everything else. There are 24 hours in a day. I think, with this challenge at least, taking 20 minutes isn’t all that hard to do…

This process of dedication is like swimming in the rain. 

At first you get irritated, because the sun is now hidden behind clouds, but then that first raindrop falls, and the next thing you know you are engulfed in a soothing warm rain-shower. Each tiny little drop is part of a whole storm. You are surrounded by water on all sides, and yet you can still breathe. You become part of the lake and the rain-shower. You become one with the sky and nature. You become a part of the whole universe in that moment. You rejoice in this fact, and begin to organize your innocence into fun, joy, and YES, happiness.

Namaste

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