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Today is Tuesday, so I will meditate once today using my practice and at least one other time outside of my practice with a guided meditation or still meditation. I think it’s important to have some structure and some spontaneity in your meditation practice, but please try different things and do whatever feels right to you. Having a theme for each day of the week helps to ensure important thoughts and ideas are brought to the conscious level on a regular basis.
The theme for Tuesday is Karma & Conscious Choice-Making. Most people think of Karma as the Universe’s way of paying us back for both good and bad deeds. If I do bad things to people, then bad things will happen to me. If I do good things to people, then good things will happen to me. I don’t disagree with the simplicity of this concept, but I think the bigger question is HOW? Deep within our Soul, I believe we are all capable of good deeds…to the extent that we are filled to the brim with the potential of positive energy just waiting to flow outward on to the world. If you believe in Karma, then you think it would be easy to do good deeds, but still many people struggle. During this meditation, we drill down step by step on this process of Karma and Conscious Choice-Making and then meditate on a more global aspect of the concept. The first step is to understand that if we are making conscious choices, we are likely to have great Karma. Most of the time, when we do things we are ashamed of or we do things that are mean, we aren’t making those choices consciously. If every decision we made was with full awareness, we would never harm anyone or do anything mean to another person. We would be nice, kind, caring and loving with our words and deeds. This is why the key to Karma is conscious choice-making.
Our centering thought for today is “Conscious choices happen only in the present…”. This is the next step. From understanding Karma by definition, to understanding conscious decisions will create good Karma to now understanding how to make conscious choices. If you are fully present, in the moment, you will make conscious choices. You won’t be responding to life with a conditioned reflex or reaction. You will be making decisions from a state of full awareness. Consider this throughout the day and use it as a check-point to ensure present moment awareness. As we have just drilled down, it’s present moment awareness that leads to conscious choices and therefore great Karma.
The meditation mantra I will use today is “I choose my destiny…I choose my legacy…”. I prefer to use a mantra in close connection with my breath during meditation. However, if that’s too difficult or uncomfortable for you, then find a way that’s more comfortable and do it that way. Being comfortable is more important than anything else for your meditation. When I breathe in, I will mentally say “I choose my destiny…”, then as I exhale I will mentally say “I choose my legacy”. On the exhale, you should experience the feeling of effortlessness come over your entire body. Try not to alter your breathing frequency, but if you can’t help but think about it, try to breathe just slightly less often than you normally would. If you want to set a timer, feel free to do that. I would recommend no timer and just stay in your meditation until you feel it’s naturally time to come out. It may be 12 minutes later or 37 minutes later. Whatever your body-mind needs, listen to it.
In this meditation, the mantra will remind me of several important aspects of Karma that I want to plant in the fertile soil of a silent mind. The mantra says “I choose” because it reminds me that I have a choice. Everything we think, do, and become is a result of our choices, which is why the in-breath is “I choose my destiny”. On the out-breath, “I choose my legacy” reminds again of the fact that it’s a choice and also asks a question at the same time. What will be my legacy? I don’t mean how much money will I be leaving to my heirs or will there be a Library named after me, not that legacy. What legacy means here is, what kind of ripple am I leaving in the Ocean of life? What will my existence mean for Humanity and the World? This is also closely related to the choices we make and the Karma we create. Following this meditation practice once a week has been really helpful for me to stay tuned-in to the concept of conscious awareness and thoughtful choice-making.
Happy meditating and I hope it helps! 🙂