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Going Within to Find Where I'm Headed

Going Within to Find Where I’m Headed
By Jean Harper

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
~Mahatma Gandhi 

Early morning is my favorite time of day.  I spend my first hour reading and reviewing my spiritual lessons and going within through meditation. I heard someone refer to their time of meditation as the hour of nectar and I have adopted that title for my own precious hour.

What do you do when you find yourself pushing and nothing is happening? Fortunately, when life isn't flowing, I know what's needed for me. It's time to let it all go, and focus on what's really important. I go within. That doesn't mean that I'm instantly relieved from my irritation, but it does mean that I stop focusing on the irritation. Instead, I put my attention on what's inside.

What's so significant about going inside? There are so many important things that have to be done and so little time to do them. Why should I spend my time "going within" when there are bills to be paid, meetings to attend, and other work to be done?

Deepak Chopra teaches that you can look at yourself today (both physically and mentally) and realize what you have been thinking about in the past. The good news is that you can change by starting today to change your thoughts. You’ve heard “thoughts become things” and nothing is truer than that statement. You might compare your outside to a flower and your inside to the root. When you water your root (by paying attention to it, appreciating it, thanking and loving it), then your outside blossoms. But lose the focus on the inside and the flower starts fading away. 


What do you find when you go inside? A rich world, streaming with thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories, hopes, wishes, dreams and fears. No one is immune to the magnetism of this world. Everyone has a different approach and interpretation to meditation. I sometimes combine meditation with prayer even though they are different.

On a recent morning walk on the beach, after a longer than normal meditation time, I found a shell that seemed to call to me. I picked it up, and couldn’t help but feel it pull me inward.  I received a message, from the experience with the shell, to keep going within for the answers I needed.  I guess we can find what we are looking for if we just look, listen, keep going within, and be patient.  The photo at the top of the page is the same shell that you see in the adjacent photo.  If you stare in the center, can you feel it draw you in? Sat Nam!

 View Video Below by Deepak Chopra on Meditation


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