Daily Archives: November 15, 2012
So I’ve been chugging along with my Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Challenge. I’ve been digging the idea that “everything we want, need, and desire is already within us.” I look forward to sitting quietly in the morning and just listening. I’ve been eager to tap into this pool of unlimited happiness, prosperity, creativity, and love. I could do this meditation thing all day long!
But then on Day 9, Deepak hits me with a curve ball. The meditation is called “Abundance and the Law of Giving” and in it he informs me that if I want an abundant life I have to do 2 things. First, I have to accept life’s goodness. Second, I have to help others achieve an abundant life as well. My abundance will increase in proportion to the amount I give .
The first is doable. I see evidence of good in people and events with increasing frequency. The second, well that’s a little more challenging. You mean to tell me that if I want to be creative and successful and loved, I have to help others get these things first? That I have to leave the comfort of my family room and actually do something for somebody else? I’m no longer the center of my meditation universe? For a moment this challenge started to feel a lot like hard work.
But then I realized that this kind of help is offered to me daily. My kids help me see the world in a new light and amaze me with their ability to forgive. My parents share their experience and demonstrate their unconditional love of my children on a daily basis. My husband adores me and supports all of my creative efforts. He will stop and listen to my newest epiphany right in the middle of the football game, even when the Bears have the ball and it’s third and goal. My girlfriends have walked me through the most difficult moments of my life with a level of compassion that’s astounding. Living examples of life’s goodness surround me!
So today I will be mindful of all who help me along the way and hope to return the favor.
This is my prayer: ”Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~Mother Teresa
What will you be mindful of today?