Archive for August 2008

Friday wrap up

August 29, 2008

Good Morning –

 

This week we’ve been looking at Deepak Chopra’s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” We’ve learned about the Law of Pure Potentiality, the Law of Giving and Receiving, The Law of Karma and the Law of Least Effort. Today should be a wrap up of these four laws for you and next week we’ll continue on with the final three spiritual laws. I hope you’ve taken time each day to integrate them into your life. I’ve been trying to practice some of them daily myself. This morning I noticed an inordinate amount of people out walking who cheerfully and completely met my gaze and said “Good Morning.” I think that’s a good example of the Law of Giving and Receiving because it honestly cheered me up. It’s a good example of a non-monetary gift you can give, and we are all rich enough to give the gifts of love, kindness, our time, our affection and our attention to others.

 

I’ll leave you with an inspirational thought and a wish for a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend – Yay!

 

“We shall cease from exploration and the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

-T.S. Elliot

 

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You make it easy

August 28, 2008

Deepak Chopra’s fourth law from the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is called the Law of Least Effort. The Law of Least Effort takes is ques from nature and recognizes that growth, love, abundance, and harmony happen without strain or effort in nature. Regarding this fourth law Mr. Chopra says,

 

“Grass doesn’t try to grow; it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim; they just swim. It is their intrinsic nature. The nature of the sun is to shine. And it is human nature to make our dreams manifest into physical form – easily and effortlessly. What is called a Miracle is actually an expression of The Law of Lease Effort.” (pg 52)

 

He goes on to explain that when we are making efforts based on love, then we are really “in the zone” to manifest effortlessly because love is a law of the universe. It is an energy and abundance multiplier. Some ways Mr. Chopra suggests we can learn to live The Law of Least Effort are to accept people and situations as they are (trying to change others is a waste of energy and is not living in the present –  it’s chasing an illusion), to accept responsibility for our own situation and to look for the opportunity in the present moment to be grateful and expand, and finally to be defenseless (if you have a point of view to defend all the time you are not being open to receiving new ideas or information).

 

So on this fourth day of the week, lets practice the fourth law – The Law of Least Effort. We should be having fun, living in the present, and looking for opportunities to grow and create more love.

 

Cause and Effect

August 27, 2008

Today I am moving on to the third law of Deepak Chopra’s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” This one is the Law of Karma. I think everyone knows what karma means. It’s the old saying, “What goes around, comes around.”

Mr. Chopra has some great insight to clarify this law a little better:

“The Law of Karma implies conscious choice making. When we chose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success. . . When you make any choice , ask yourself two things: ‘What are the consequences of this choice?’ and ‘Will the choice I make bring happiness to me and those around me?’ There is always one choice which will create maximum happiness for both you and those around you.” (pg 40-41)

 

So what are some ways to practice living the Law of Karma today? One suggestion Mr. Chopra makes is mentioned above – conscious decisions throughout your day that are best for you and others around you. I think this is a particularly important one to get us outside of ourselves and to remember we aren’t an island operating independently – our actions and our lives weave and intersect others and we are responsible for actively trying to improve those interactions too (not just our own!).  Another great suggestion is to meditate. By taking time out of your day to meditate and “reset” your mind. Deepak Chopra suggests meditation is like washing a dirty towel. Every time you go into and come out of meditation your mind and karma get a little cleaner. (46) Finally, let your heart and your body guide your decisions. There is such wisdom and intuition in our bodies – we need to listen to them! They are our compass for decision making. Your heart knows the truth. Your stomach will quite literally and physically lead you to a correct decision. Your body should feel calm, open and warm when you’re doing the right things, and tense, upset or disturbed when you are heading down the wrong path. Listen to your body and your heart! They usually know more then your head.

 

Today let’s create a great day and remember we are sowing the seeds of our own karma.

 

“Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom . . . Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.”

-Swami Vivekananda

 

Give to let

August 26, 2008

Today I am continuing on with Deepak Chopra’s “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” I should mention this is from the “One Hour of Wisdom” pocketbook series, so it’s the condensed version of the original full length title. Moving on . . .

 

Yesterday we learned about The Law of Pure Potentiality. That we are all created from Source. That we are Source unless we let our ego get in the way. That we belong to the same laws of nature which would have us effortlessly, grown, flow and move through our lives, creating abundance with ease. Today’s law is the second in the series, which is The Law of Giving and Receiving. This is one of the most basic laws that we should all be able to agree on whether your religious, spiritual or anywhere in between. I remember going to Agape one Sunday and listening to Dr. Beckwith giving a sermon saying, “We don’t give to get more things. We give to let.” He was basically saying that when we give openly and freely of ourselves, we just create more space for great things to flow into our lives. So we aren’t giving to “get” things: we’re giving to “let” abundance come to us and fill the open space we just created.

 

Deepak Chopra stresses that this giving and receiving is an energy exchange, and that we need to keep the flow open and not stop up the energy. This means you should be open to receiving as well as giving. I like the way he describes it, “If you want love, learn to give love. If you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent.” (31)

 

A few ways to practice The Law of Giving and Receiving today are to gratefully receive any gift you get (whether it be a compliment or a material object) and to give everyone you encounter today a gift as well (again it can be a genuine smile, a compliment, or a wish for happiness, success and love in their life). How many times have you received a compliment from a stranger and thought – that was so nice, they don’t know me, they didn’t have to say that. It really does make a difference in someone’s day, so this is often the best way to practice. It’s a simple way you can keep good energy circulating around you and bless the lives of others.

 

Allez! Create a great day!

 

You are pure potential

August 25, 2008

I thought this would be a great time to go over Deepak Chopra’s “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” With this week comes the close of summer, the end of August, the start of a fall and a great time to ring in some new practices with the new season. I love fall. Fall and winter are my absolute favorite times of the year, so I’m excited.

 

Before we go into the first law, here’s a little context from the introductions of Mr. Chopra’s book:

“Success is the ability to fulfill our desires with effortless ease. . . Success in life can be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. . . In spiritual terms, success is measured by how efficiently, how effortlessly, we co-create with the universe. . . In every seed lies the promise of a forest. Unseen energy flows into material manifestation. . . Our most cherished desires are pure consciousness seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And if we give our deeper instincts a chance, success in life is not only possible, but inevitable.”

 

That sets the background for what the seven laws are trying to help us succeed at. They are the success tools for manifesting from the source, for being conscious, for living a full life that is balanced in health, happiness, love and abundance.

The first spiritual law then, is The Law of Pure Potentiality. According to Deepak Chopra, this law means that, “Our essential state is one of pure potentiality.” (p. 17) He explains that we are source, that we are potentiality, and that when we realize this, we are living who we really are. Knowing who you really are means shedding your ego, which he describes as, “our social mask, the role we are playing.” (pg 19)

 

He introduces some practices to help us work with the Law of Pure Potentiality. These include meditation and silence (a still mind is more receptive to inspiration), practicing “non-judgement” of people, events and situations, and spending time in nature. Nature, he says, is particularly important because it is practicing creation and manifesting without effort in its purest form. Grass doesn’t struggle to grow, it just does. Trees don’t make and effort to change into their autumn colors, it’s just a process that they accept and experience. Mr. Chopra says, “Connecting with nature’s intelligence will give you a sense of unity with all life, and help you get in touch with your inner most being.” (23)

 

So today lets practice one or all of these principles and tools of The Law of Pure Potentiality. I’ll report back tomorrow on my experiences today.

 

Make it a great day!

 

The Art of Living

August 22, 2008

This morning’s thought is in keeping with the past few days of inspiration. The day to day living is what makes up our lives. Our daily choices to skip the gym (or our choice to go), to take on another work project (or our choice to let one go), to skip time with our loved ones (or to make time for them and treat it as importantly as our professional commitments), etc. are the ways we create our own life. I was thinking about that last night in French class. I really have nights I just do not want to go. But next week is the eighth class of this first series and I thought the choice to go, every week, even when I don’t want to, it what builds up and creates a vocabulary and basic understanding of French. I felt pretty proud of myself for attending every class and I realized that if I made the same commitment to every part of my life, I could really get moving on some things.

 

For me, it is this practice of showing up every day, trying to be present with whatever is at hand and working towards balance that make my life fun and interesting and worth while. So today, lets try to find some balance, to really live and not just drift through the programming of our day, remembering that it’s the daily choices that make up a life and where we are.

 

“There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living: there is nothing harder to learn.”

-Seneca

 

days of our lives

August 21, 2008

Not just a bad soap opera, it’s also part of today’s thought, Wahoo!

 

I liked today’s thought for it’s simplicity and truth. It’s the day to day living, the everyday experiences, sharing, efforts and work that make up our lifetime, our health, our relationships, etc. Lets all try to think about how we’re choosing to spend our day today, since everything that’s happening in our life is ultimately our choice. And try to notice what is getting the majority of your time and energy. Always wanted to be an artist? Then did you spend any time practicing your craft today? Want a balanced and healthy life? Then did you take time out for your loved ones? Or to go for a walk or meditate? Or did you spend all day on work? You may want to rethink whether your actions today are aligned with what matters to you (or what you say matters to you). Maybe some adjustments could be made to make space for what you truly value and want out of this life.

 

Make it a great day!

 

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

-Annie Dillard