Create more Love, Gratitude, and Joy in 2012
Welcome, everyone, to 2012! The new year brings with it an opportunity to assess where we are and how we want our lives to unfold. One of the enduring teachings shared by Deepak and David over the past several decades is the eternal practice of conscious choice making. The foundation of this teaching – which can be the determining factor of a more fulfilling life – is the understanding of the principles of attention and intention. Attention is present moment awareness, and intention is the seed you plant in the field of pure potentiality. Your attention is in the present while your intention is in the future.
In Chapter 2, Verse 48, of the classic text the Bhagavad Gita, the god Krishna (disguised as a charioteer) counsels the conflicted warrior Arjuna with the words yogastha kuru karmani, whose literal translation is “established in oneness, perform action.” This guidance feels inherently valid and core to a life of deeper fulfillment – to make choices and move forward with our words, thoughts, and deeds in a reflective rather than reflexive way. Yet in our world of multitasking, multiple roles, and myriad demands, we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and reactive or even incapable of making any choices.
If we can establish ourselves in oneness, and then perform our actions, we will receive the benefits of more conscious choice making. We will also reap the rewards of sharing more light than darkness, more ojas (essential life energy) than ama (toxicity), more love than pain, and more gratitude than sadness.
How do we enact this guidance in our 2012 world?
The first step in this process is to cultivate our attention. We can do this by establishing a meditation practice so that we can connect to that divine aspect of our being – to establish ourselves in oneness. When we regularly spend time going into that still space that rests within, we experience some quietude, and the wild swirl of life around us slows down a bit. And from there we can see, hear, feel, and respond in a calmer and less reactive way.
This sets the tone for easier thinking as it allows us to breathe more easily, and live the moment in a more grounded way. When there’s constant noise or relentless activity, it’s virtually impossible to hear anything. We don’t trust that we are universal in nature and therefore we don’t trust our inner guidance. When our heartbeat settles down, and our mind becomes the calm amidst the chaos, quieting the constant monologue of our thoughts, finally we can hear our truest messages. We can begin to trust the divine voice whispering inside our heart; and it is then that we begin to make more conscious choices – choices that nourish us and those around us.
Begin by Doing Nothing
Over the past decade, when I found myself struggling with emotional turbulence in my life, I would seek David Simon’s counsel. Often when I would share my dilemma, he would answer by suggesting we meditate together. At first, I didn’t know what to make of it because I was in my head and I was looking for an immediate and direct answer. But over the years, meditating became our standard way of starting our dialogue. He knew it would calm me down and help remove any emotional charge that I was bringing to the discussion. And when the meditation was over, without him uttering a word, I would often have my answer . . . and it would be more expansive and creative than I ever expected. Coming from that place, I was able to make more conscious choices. I am forever grateful to him for that gift.
This practice allowed me to reinforce my belief that all our answers rest inside, if we can just step away from the perplexity, intensity, or overwhelm of the moment, and softly listen to that inner guidance. From this place of tranquility, we will witness that so many of our “challenges” seem to vanish in the mist and clarity emerges.
Choosing Our Intentions
This brings us to the second step in the process: intention. What do we really want? How do we want our world to unfold in 2012? How do we want our relationships to evolve? Our home? Our health? Our financial world? Our dharma? Our dreams? We get to choose. And when our dreams, hopes, and desires are aligned with those of the universe, we perform spontaneous right action. We do, say, and think the right thing at the right time. We make decisions that serve others as well as ourselves. We are fully present in each moment. We add more light into the world than darkness. And peace, harmony, laughter, and love grow all around us.
It all starts by having a fertile garden in which your seeds can sprout. And that garden is the stillness that rests within. If you would like help in learning some of the timeless tools for developing your garden, Chopra Center University is dedicated to helping people learn, share, teach, and master the timeless teachings of Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Ayurveda/Perfect Health. You can visit choprateachers.com to find a certified instructor in your neighborhood.
On behalf of Deepak, David, and the CCU family, we wish you a beautiful year of attention and intention. See you in the gap!
Davidji is the Chopra Center’s lead educator and the Dean of Chopra Center University. CCU is starting 2012 with more than 500 students on the Teachers Path, training to become certified instructors of meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda. Our global network of 1,500 certified instructors has a presence in more than 500 cities around the world, and we connect each day through Facebook, Twitter, choprateachers.com, and our regular webinars. The Chopra Center community is a sweet collective that spans so many cultures, ages, and individual expressions of this timeless wisdom. We are grateful that you are part of our community!