Deepak Chopra, Daily Inspiration 7/08/17, Chopra.com
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there, buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
Turn within, dear hearts. Your peace, love & compassion dwell there.
In the book of Matthew, chapter 5, there is a verse that says
Therefore, you are to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.
Deeply committed Christians have used this verse form generations to judge themselves and one another. I was a bible teacher for many years and studied this verse at great length, plumbing the depths of its meaning. What I discovered liberated me and shocked my students into being set free themselves.
The word “perfect” was used in the earliest translations of the originals texts and does not convey the deepest, and most spiritual, meanings of the original word. A truer translation would be “come into fruitful maturity.” A simple example is a fruit tree. Fruit trees have to mature before they can produce, sweet, nourishing, edible fruit. And not all trees produce the same fruit.
Therefore, dear hearts, think on this idea:
Grow up into the Truth of who you are – a spiritual being learning to be human. Mature spiritually, emotionally, and mentally so that your purpose is fulfilled…so that you produce the fruit of your True Self, your Divine Essence: love, compassion, peace…
Are you content with the state of your life, your family, your world, our world? If not, I invite you to think on these things:
What am I doing to enhance peace in my own heart and mind?
What am I doing to create peace within my family? Am I expressing love and understanding? Am I owning my “stuff” rather than behaving defensively?
Do I contribute to peace in my world (family, friends, work, church)?
What am I doing to find peace with those around me who may look, feel, think differently than I do.
I was thinking about the Golden Rule the other day. When I was growing up, all of us, no matter what church we attended, were taught this simple truth:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
As I walked and thought about this, I realized that this is something worth exploring. It feels powerful to me to evaluate what I am experiencing in light of what I am thinking and doing rather than focusing on what someone else is not doing or might be thinking.
If I want anything in life to be better, the best first step is to look at my part in the situation or relationship. Am I honestly doing my part? Am I showing up? Am I?
Today, may I live in and from the Love and Peace of my Soul, forgiving myself and others.
Today, may you live in and from the Love and Peace of your Soul, forgiving yourself and others.
Today, may we do no harm, no violence, to ourselves or another.
From David Simon, Chopra Center:
When we spend time in silence, we can hear the voice of our soul whispering it’s secret message and encouraging us to make choices that bring us more happiness, health, love, meaning, and peace.
Please offer this blessing to yourself.
May my mind and heart be open.
May I be here now.
May I know the wholeness of all that is.
May I continue to unfold into the Truth of who I am, finding my peace within.