No matter the situation remind yourself “I have a choice.” – Deepak Chopra
All great changes are proceeded by chaos. – Deepak Chopra
You are not in the world; the world is in you. – Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets
I read this quote the other night, and my mind began to ponder the mystery of life. All my life I have been a deep thinker. As a child I can recall spending countless hours deep in thoughts and lost in daydreams. I’d dream about my future. I’d think about the mysteries of the universe; about religion; about life.
Before I even met my husband, I could see him. I couldn’t see his face; yet I could see him. I knew my dream guy was tall dark and handsome. I knew for a long time it would be someone who liked motorcycles. When I first met my husband, I was in denial. He reminded me of someone else I knew that I wasn’t as fond of. Yet when I really got to know him, I fell in love.
You may think this sounds like a fairy tale. Well, it’s my fairy tale.
While daydreaming of my future, I used to ponder my life. I wanted to travel the world. I wanted adventure. I also loved the glorified James Bond and Indiana Jones movies; full of action and adventure. Yet in the end, I also longed for the family life of raising children of my own.
Speaking of children, I once had a palm reader tell me I would have at least 2 children if I really wanted them. I now have 2 children.
It is fascinating how life works. Did I manifest my husband and kids? Is it fate? Or is it simply coincidence? I believe life is a giant canvas waiting for everyone to paint their piece of the picture. We can choose how we would like our life to look. We can hold onto darkness, hurt and hate, or we can exalt in light, happiness, joy and love.
As many times as we feel we are not in control; we are always in control. If you don’t like a situation you’re in, be grateful first for what you do like, then work on dreaming up something new to change what you don’t like.
I was reminded this morning we have many purposes in life. We often times are too focused on the future and trying to figure out our grand master plan that we are often blinded to the small purposes that make up and lead up to the grand scheme. In Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s meditation experience, they reminded me our purpose in the now can be something as simple as smiling at a person as we walk past each other.
Many people say everything has a purpose, and so it does. We are always meant to be where we are at each precise moment of time. Each experience we encounter helps to teach and guide us through the maze of life. When we focus on the present we become aware of the small details. The small moments often become some of our greatest moments.
We can each make a difference. Each small act of kindness will start a ripple of kindness, just as a pebble dropped into a still lake creates a ripple.
Your purpose in life is to live each small purpose as though it is your greatest achievement. As we focus on our small purposes our grand purpose may be revealed down the path.
I started Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s 21 day meditation challenge. Yesterday’s focus was I am a radiant spiritual being. Throughout the course of the day I found it fascinating how a few different people touched my life. It seemed as though a slight glimmer of light and encouragement shone through the chaos of my life. It was enjoyable to take a break from fixing our home to enjoy time with family and friends on the weekend. As one counsellor I spoke with told me, you still need to make room for fun. Without breaks, and without moments of fun, burnouts and downward spirals can occur.
As I was pondering on what to write about this week, light seemed to be my focus.
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him. – Luke 8:16-18
Sometimes in our darkest hour we may find a light. It may lead us down a path. To what that path may have in store for us, or where that path may lead us, we cannot always control the direction it may take. We do have a choice to follow said path, and we have a choice to veer from the path. Yet if it is meant to be, the universe will find a way to steer us back in the right direction.
It is in life’s challenges where we learn our greatest lessons. It is our greatest lessons that strengthen us to who we are. We can choose to sit back and have everything taken from us; or we can choose to be grateful for what we have been given.
This past week I’ve been participating in Deepak Chopra & Oprah’s 21 Day Perfect Health Meditation Challenge. One lesson I’ve learned in this journey is to set aside your excuses. The challenge came this weekend in fitting in my meditation. All week I’ve been getting up a bit earlier so I could meditate. The weekend comes, and even though events allowed me to be up, I choose to crawl back into bed to sleep. I certainly needed the sleep as I had two very long naps this weekend as well. Although, I did manage to find the time to meditate later in the day.
The key is if something is important enough to you, you will set aside your excuses and reach your goal. Stop making excuses. One of the greatest challenges remains is taking that first step. Once the step is made, you’re that much closer to your goal.
I read this last night in Deepak Chora’s book The Seven Spiratual Laws of Superheros.
There’s a saying in the East: “Reality is an act of perception.” When we become mindful of that perception, we gain control of our reality. The ability to steer our own perception-or point of view-is the art of shape-shifting, a core quality of superheroes, but also something we are all equipped to do. – Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes
Once we realize we control our realities, we can achieve anything.