On my lunch break, I completed my first meditation in the Deepak Chopra & Oprah Winfrey 21-day Meditation Challenge. I set a personal intention for my own journey towards cultivating miraculous relationships in my life, and then took ten minutes to sit in stillness, focused on a silent chant of “Om” that helped to move my entire body from a state of unease and tiredness, into a state of complete relaxation.
I can’t say I feel instantly happy, of course, but the unease I felt today re-shaped into a more manageable and almost bittersweet feeling of melancholy, because just moments before the meditation ended this thought occurred to me…
† I want to attract people into my life who have experienced a similar path to the one I’ve traveled thus far, and who themselves are also moving into the place I’m feeling drawn towards.
It has become clear to me that some of the pain I’ve been experiencing recently is because I have been afraid of letting go of old relationships and friendships that no longer serve me.
This is why the melancholy feels bittersweet. It’s because it’s difficult to let go of the things and people that used to mean so much to me. But with today’s inward look I’m able to see that letting go is the only way I’ll be able to move forward.
As I grow and change, the people that used to fit into my life are not all going to fit anymore. And continuing to attract and spend energy on people and relationships who are remaining in a state or stage where I am moving away from will only continue to cause friction and anxiety for me.
That being said, I don’t want to lose the ability to connect to the emotions I felt as a previous version of myself. I want to be able to recall those feelings with some of the people in my life – a sort of shared nostalgia. This is where the desire to attract people who have traveled a similar path comes in.
I repeated this meditation again tonight and used the time to focus on my personal intention while opening and expanding it inside my heart. I like practicing two times in a day because I find that I’m able to sink deeper into the calmness on the second go round.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
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