Day 7 – Feeling Complete

Centering Thought: I am wholeness

Today is day 7 of our 21 day happy adventure together.
So what is a happy adventure? I’m taking Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra’s FREE 21- Day Online Meditation Experience. You are welcome to join anytime by clicking on the link above. You can check out the first blog post here.

Is meditation difficult? 
Meditation is both hard and simple at the same time. It is similar to the difficulty I encounter with exercising in that ultimately I just have to simply set aside some time and simply “do it.”The first few times I tried to meditate it was difficult to concentrate but it has definitely become easier for me the more I’ve practiced it. The simple part about meditation is that there is not a “wrong” way to meditate and it is beneficial to the body no matter how much it is practiced. Here’s a nice summary on meditation.
Here’s a few tips I’ve learned to make meditating easier:
• Try a guided meditation that you can listen to. Here’s a free sample that you can immediately try.
• Meditate in a quiet area where you are free from distraction (turn off your cell phone)
• If you get distracted keep trying because even a few minutes can be beneficial

 

Meditation Lesson Day 7 – Feeling Complete

Today we completed the first week of meditation and our happy journey together. During today’s lesson Deepak shared with us the following:

  • True happiness isn’t gained by status, money, position, or power; it is attained through inner fulfillment, which depends on being whole.
  • When we feel complete we don’t have empty spaces inside us that need to be filled.
  • People can find long term happiness when they accomplish something they really value. Typically when they set goals that take years to accomplish. Also,  when they devote themselves to a higher set of values, whether it is with god, compassion, giving, service, or humanitarianism.

 My Reflection

I listened to today’s mediation a few times because I was trying to grasp Deepak’s message on how to remain whole and fill all the empty places inside me. My analytical mind immediately wanted to itemize the empty spaces within me and create a list on how to fill them.

  • What type of activities do I need to do? Exercise, meditate, read, write, create artwork…
  • What long term goals should I achieve? Write a book, travel, volunteer, learn more / teach…
  • How can I devote myself to a higher set of values and contribute to the world?

For today’s artwork, I decided to share with you a page in one of my art journals. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and Close to My Heart Stamps.

The page is titled: “Happiness Lives Here” 

“I love making artwork! It centers and calms me. Sometimes I forget this simple fact because I get so excited and caught up in the moment. All I really need to do is BREATHE and let my creative muse handle the details!”

Happiness Lives Here

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