Deepak Chopra

Your True Essence

true essenceToday we’re going to look at the things that make us the person we are, the  essence of what we really are. Is it possible to get in touch with with our  essence, and if so, how can we do it? How can we tap into the quiet place  between our thoughts, which is where the connection lies?

According to Deepak Chopra, the answer is to be found by doing three specific  things:

• First you should meditate. Meditation takes you to that quiet place within and is the  path to getting in touch with your true Source. By being in touch with your  essence you have the ability to improve the things in your life.

• The second thing perhaps the hardest thing to put into practice. It is  being non-judgmental. Because we often hang onto the painful memories of our  past, non-judgment is very hard for us.

Some believe that we are fashioned by three things: We are the sum total of  all our experiences: another part is made up of how we believe ourselves to be  as seen through the eyes of others; the third part is made by the way we see  ourselves.

Therefore it’s not surprising that we live our lives surrounded by a lot of  predetermined ideas. The very first thing we do when we see someone is to judge  them, even if we’re not aware of it.

Non-judgment isn’t just about negative judgment, it’s all judgment, because  positively or negatively, we can’t help but judge others.

When we think: why didn’t she carry a blue purse to match her shoes, or why  didn’t he put the file in a certain way in the drawer, we’re making judgments,  perhaps not bad ones, but something that we should acknowledge we are doing.

Each time you judge, say “next”.

Judgment is looking at others and measuring them by our own standards, or  deciding their lives for them, and we have to avoid doing this, by taking a step  back and being the observer of the observed, to help us understand that the  judgment we make, must be the right one.

Get into the habit of saying every morning: “Today I won’t judge anything”.  It won’t be easy to live up to, you’ll find yourself slipping up all the time;  but each time you do, you make yourself more aware of it, especially if it is a  negative judgment.

• The third thing we must do is to get back in touch with Nature. We have  created so many external things in our lives and have surrounded ourselves with  technology; so it’s hardly surprising that we’ve forgotten how to connect with  the Source.

We are wrong to believe that we should be connected to the gadgets we have  created. Our true Source is to be found through being in harmony with the animals and the birds, the air we breathe and  the beauty of the trees and the plants and by observing the stars.

Our five senses show us that there is  so much more to connect with than the technology in our immediate reality; they  show us that we should be connecting ourselves to our spirit.

If we can go back to keeping in touch with Nature, we can be reunited with  our true Source, having access to who we really are; then we become humans  capable of manifesting with ease.

Don’t forget these three things: meditate everyday, practice non-judgment and  say “next” when you slip up and keep in touch with Nature. They will make a great difference to your life.

Dr. Ken Onu – About the  Author:

Dr Ken Onu is the CEO and founder of Attract Freedom. A growing community of  like minded persons with the sole purpose of empowering each other to personal  and financial freedom. An Ophthalmologist by profession, he helps people SEE  beyond their veil to eradicate inner blindness-Possibility blindness™.  He  is a keen speaker, coach, communicator, entrepreneur and author. Learn more at  http://www.attractfreedom.com

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation ~ Meditating on a consistent, daily basis shouldn’t be viewed as “taking time away” from your schedule. Rather, it’s an opportunity to honour your life by devoting the time needed to centre yourself every day so you can face the obstacles around you with a vivacious, courageous spirit.

Meditation for Beginners

Meditating on a consistent, daily basis shouldn’t be viewed as “taking time away” from your schedule. Rather, it’s an opportunity to honour your life by devoting the time needed to centre yourself every day so you can face the obstacles around you with a vivacious, courageous spirit. It’s just as important in your life as eating and sleeping. Let’s look at what meditation can accomplish for you, and how you can start meditation today.

*Benefits of Meditating on a Consistent Basis

*Experience peace of mind (reduce mental chatter)

*Increase your ability to focus and concentrate

*Improve efficiency while reducing anxiety

*Measurably decrease stress levels

*Lower your blood pressure naturally

*Reverse the aging process

*Increase your energy level

*Enhance your intuition

Basic Instructions for Meditating

1. Make a decision to schedule your meditation on a regular basis, allowing 20-30 minutes in the morning and afternoon or early evening.

2. Try to sit in the same place as often as possible, even if the morning and afternoon locations are different.

3. Eliminate as many disturbances as possible: shut off phones, give your children an activity to do, put pets in a place they will not disturb you, and let people know when you expect to be finished.

4. Set a timer and muffle it if the alarm is a jarring noise. Sit up straight with your eyes closed, your feet on the floor and your hands unfolded resting palms down on your lap. If you’re more comfortable on the floor, sit cross-legged on a comfortable pillow or zabuton.

5. Gently and calmly focus your attention on your breath.

6. Every time your attention drifts away from your breath to a thought, feeling, sensation in the body, disturbance in your environment or a vision, gently return to focusing on your breath.

7. At some point, you will have no thoughts and the awareness of your own breathing will fade. This is magical! You are wide awake, totally alert, conscious and aware, but not of anything in particular. You have experienced what it is like to simply BE. Remember, we are human beings, not human doings!

What to Expect During Your Practice

You might become restless and bored; this is all the more reason to sit and concentrate.

You might fall asleep, in which case you should search for the reason behind this reaction.

You will arrive at the time where you have no thoughts or awareness of breath, although you won’t realize you are in this place until after you have your first conscious thought.

Once you’ve begun practicing meditation consistently, you’ll be amazed at how your day-to-day life runs more smoothly than before. Taking the time to honor the life and energy inside you will have a profound impact on both your own existence and your surroundings.

Writte by Laura Nash

Laura Nash is a mentor and teacher guiding both individuals and groups within organizations to attain their goals using a surprisingly simple and effective vehicle: peace of mind. Trained and certified by Deepak Chopra, Laura is a well-established teacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. She offers meditation seminars to the general public as well as private mentoring for groups or individuals. Visit her website at http://lauranash.com.

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