Even if it seems as though our lives have been reduced to ashes, hope persists. New and more powerful life is still possible. “What does not kill me makes me stronger,” declared Nietzsche with his customary indomitable defiance of misfortune. In other words, if you’re still standing, if you’ve been thrown into a crucible of struggle and you haven’t perished, then, if you did but know it, you’re much stronger than before, a person who knows how to survive. Now you need only make that inner strength explicit. Dominate the world. Don’t let the world dominate you.”
― Michael Faust
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
~ Sharon Salzberg
WELCOME TO DAY 18!
Today I am in deep reflection on how drastically life has changed in the past year. The world is realigning, we are being forced to revert to a more simpler, gentler and conscious way of living.
We are having to adjust to a life that calls for us to embrace things like contentment, joy, gratitude, meaning and commitment as we stand no longer for the ‘Me or I’ but for the ‘We’ because ‘We’ are now having to pool our resources for the survival of ‘We!’
We as asking ourselves, will we find that calm in the storm? And, greater still, how can we each find some inner strength during this time and carry it forward to light the path ahead of us?
We are presented with new opportunities for how we will show up, what choices we will make. Even in this vortex, we must keep committed and find that precious, expansive space of abundance in our lives.
Remember: Energy flows where attention goes! Be aware of all of the ways abundance shows up around you.
Write this phrase of the day in your notebook and reflect on it throughout the day.“I celebrate my unity with all life, knowing we are all one.“
MEDITATION & MANTRA MEDITATION LINK:
This is the Sanskrit Mantra you will repeat during meditation: Tat Tham Asi
Do the Meditation first before writing your letter (below).
Write a letter to your country of origin, expressing all your feelings about it.
Remember that all of your feelings are valid and appropriate. Write everything that arises.I remind you to write down the meditation phrase in your notebook and keep your attention on it throughout the day.
Live in unity
In today’s meditation, we will talk about unity as the basic truth of all that exists.
As individuals, we are not alike. We have different lifestyles, beliefs, and perceptions; however, these differences exist only in the physical plane.
At the molecular and spiritual level, we are actually all one and are connected with the universal primary source. When we begin to fully understand this concept of life in unity, the idea of a personal “I” gives way to the image of a universal “I.” The concept of rivalry and competition disappears.
This relationship contributes to deep love and empathy for everyone who surrounds us.
QUESTION 1: How would you define unity?
QUESTION 2: What do you think of diversity?
QUESTION 3: How did meditation help you realize the idea of living in unity?