“The more I love and embrace change, the more my life unfolds easily and effortlessly.”
“Change is a natural part of life, and most of us are continually making small adjustments that reflect our changing needs or interests – trying a new restaurant, learning a new sport, updating our wardrobe, or finding a more efficient way to do a task at work. How we react to a change may depend on the results we think it will bring. We may feel excited about change that involves a gain, such as a new baby or a promotion, but we may worry about a change that involves a loss, such as a divorce or a move to a new place.We love changes when we are the ones making
the decision, but we don’t usually love changes imposed upon us from outside sources. We usually view them as challenging; the familiar becomes a false sense of security even if it is a bad habit or a behavior that doesn’t serve us.Fear us prevents us from moving forward.The “what if” questions arise: What if it’s the wrong decision? What if I’m not successful?What if it doesn’t work out?What if they don’t accept me?
When your present moment is continually generating signals of discomfort, listen to that information, and use it to make positive changes.We can actually look forward to change when we trust that the universe is presenting us with new experiences for our highest good.When we are able to understand change in this way, we can find something positive in it. There is a perfect quote about change written by the author C.S. Lewis; he wrote, “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird. How could it learn to fly while remaining in an egg? ”We are like eggs at present, and you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.Looking back at our lives, we can see that most changes were not only for the best but moved us into the next level of our evolutionary process.It’s time to step out of the ego-mind, embrace change, and leap into the uncertainty of the future knowing all is well. Whatever change is imminent trust that it is part of our evolutionary process.Let us practice loving all parts of ourselves - the familiar and that which evolves and changes. Life is ever-changing and no two moments are the same. Our bodies are different from one moment to the next, so why would we want to keep things the same? French philosopher, Henry Berkson, wrote, “To exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” Change can bring us new opportunities to reveal strengths we didn’t know existed.New experiences can bring us greater knowledge and problem-solving strategies that allow us to hone our skills.Change can surprise us with inspired moments of creative genius.Change can help us focus our priorities and give us new perspectives of ourselves and others. Change can make us more empathetic, understanding, and loving. Once we accept change and the natural order of the universe, we can learn to love change and be grateful for all the gifts it continues to bestow upon us.Allow this message to settle into the deepest recess of your consciousness."
~ Gabrielle Forleo, Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation Challenge
“I love and honor myself, just the way I am.”
In The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra provides the guidelines for building and living from self-love. He writes, “Self-love grows when you trust that the universe is on your side, form your desires from the heart and watch the higher Self carry them out, believe that you are enough in and of yourself, heed the tenderness and sweetness of your love for others, put your attention on positive energies in every situation, honor your own needs without having to seek outside approval, and cultivate the peace of inner
“When we speak about loving our self, we’re referring to that self which lies deep within the very core of our being. This is the self that’s a safe-haven - a place of love, joy, peace, and contentment – our real self. In this space we carry sweetness, love, tenderness, and every other quality of a loving spirit.Deepak teaches several steps on the path to loving our higher self.He says that self-love begins with believing that we are enough – degrees, accolades, money, and earthly treasures are here for us to enjoy; however, we’re so much more.We were created by the infinite intelligence of the universe, born to be loved, loveable, and loving, embeaued with seeds of greatness, seeds of personal, universal, and divine love.Loving oneself begins with putting our attention and positive energies in any and all situations. Everything that happens brings with it some kind of gift or lesson. Siddhartha author, Hermann Hesse, said, “Whatever may come our way, we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of great value.” Let us learn to look for the good in all things, trusting the universe is forever on our side. Forgiveness is a step to achieve and maintain a state of well-being. Forgiveness begins with oneself. We all do the very best we can based on our level of consciousness. As Buddha taught, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ”Love grows on the basis of giving; give to yourself daily, replenish yourself, be gentle and loving with yourself. Care for yourself the way you would nurture a newborn, a puppy, a seedling, or any precious creation. The last and most important step in loving ourself is to cultivate the piece of inner-silence.In our daily meditation, we can leave the outside world (the physical realm) and go within. There, we reconnect with our essence which is pure blissful love. In the words of Eckhart Tolle, “Something inside you emerges: an innate indwelling peace, stillness, aliveness.It is the unconditioned, who you are in your essence.It is what you had been looking for in the love object. It is yourself.” Loving oneself is the gateway to loving others and loving the world.”
~ Dr. Tim Brieske, Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation Challenge
“The universal law of attraction says that we will attract into our lives the things we think about and focus on. Since this is true, wouldn't we want more of what we are thankful for?
When we are consciously aware of our blessings and are grateful for them, we are focusing more clearly on what we want in our lives, and as a result of our gratitude, we attract more of what we want and experience greater abundance.
According to Thornton Wilder, 'We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. 'Maintaining a grateful attitude positively affects our physical, emotional, and mental well being. Studies have shown that people that practice gratitude are more optimistic than those who do not, and optimism improves our immune function. Other scientific studies link daily gratitude with improved sleep, better productivity, and improved relationships.
Think about those people you know who are most appreciative of you and kindly let you know it; how do you feel about them? How does it make you feel to extend your heart-felt-gratitude to someone? No matter what life brings us, being grateful reduces negativity ad can transform our experiences. Naturally we are bound to face challenges in our life; that is part of living on the physical plane, making choices, and learning lessons. Being grateful in a situation even if we don’t like everything about it allows us to be thankful for the opportunity to learn something new. One of the fastest ways to improve our mood or outlook is to count our blessings.We are so proud when children remember to say thank you, so let’s remember to say thanks to others every day. Thanks for being in my life, thanks for helping with dinner last night, thanks for being who you are, thanks for your help… we can always find reasons to be thankful. It brings such peace and contentment to be grateful for what we have, the warmth of the sun, the beauty and sounds of nature, the love of family and friends, abundance, health, life itself. Let us commit to having a prayer of gratitude in our heart first thing in the morning and lastly as we fall asleep at night.Reviewing a list of things we’re grateful for before bedtime is shown to induce a more restful sleep…”
~ Danielle Mika Nagel, Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation Challenge
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