Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.
~Native American Proverb
In today’s guided heart meditation, from the series, Desire and Destiny with Deepak Chopra and Oprah, I asked myself, what do I want? This is my second time with this particular question in meditation. The second of two questions that are at the very heart of my journey to joy. Who am I? and What do I want? In the beginning, I focused on Who am I? Learning about my connection to everything else, to source energy, to my inner self. What I call my true north. Examining, connecting and getting comfortable with who I am has introduced opportunity, abundance, clarity, purpose and yes, joy into my life. I’ve grown since I first asked these questions last year. Asking them again, is opening up more, letting more in, bringing greater discovery and with it purpose and more joy. It turns out that who I am is closely linked to who I was, my inner being and my true north is also my inner child. A child full of wonder, creativity, a passion for learning, connected to source, full of passion, energy, enthusiasm, love and life. I love this joyful me.
The second heart meditation question that Deepak has asked me to consider is what do I want? While there is nothing wrong with wanting to be happy, to achieve goals, work less, play more, to have a lovely home, a nice car and to jet off on fun holidays, the question remains unanswered. What do I want?
Ok, so I want to be happy, to be healthy, I want my loved ones to be happy and healthy, I want to take care of my family, I want security, gun control and world peace. I want to save the elephants. I want people to be kind to each other. I want to be kind, compassionate, loving and good. The question remains unanswered. Still, what do I want?
As I sat down to this heart meditation, I considered the question and then, the centering thought. My heart knows the answer. My heart knows the answer. My HEART knows the answer.
MY HEART KNOWS THE ANSWER.
Using the Sanskrit mantra for this meditation,
Om Varunam Namah, ‘My life is in harmony with the Universe’
I followed my heart and listened. I gave myself permission to let go of limiting beliefs and perceptions about identity, character and expectations that were given to me by others over time. The beliefs and perceptions that took hold and grew strong in the years since childhood and replaced my inner child’s dreams and desires with adult should-do and must-dos. In this meditation I simply created stillness for my mind and spirit to let go of what limits me and no longer serves me. By opening and letting go, I created space for my mind and spirit to re-connect with my heart. Letting in love and shining the light on all the big dreams and desires that live in my heart.
My heart knows the answer. All I have to do is listen.
My life is in harmony with the Universe. My only job is to let go and let in.
I am still a bit of a newbie in my meditation practice. Sometimes I hit the cushion and follow a 20 minute guided meditation. Sometimes I do it as a form of prayer before I fall asleep. Sometimes as morning gratitude and affirmations in the shower. It is part of my journal process as well. I don’t always achieve a deep meditative state. Sometimes I may only be totally still and thought free for a minute or two. I’ve learned not to be too hard on myself and accept whatever the results are in a particular instance. I’ve found, no matter the platform, no matter how I am practicing – on my journey to joy – everything counts. There are no mistakes.
As always, thanks for coming along with me on the journey.