What is success? From childhood, it was ingrained in me that the word “success” equated with earning an abundance of money (beyond my wildest dreams) and being able to buy more material possessions along with a large home and sports cars. I think that this definition of success resonates for most of humanity.
When I move to Los Angeles in 1999 I was introduced to yoga for the very first time in my life. I was 25 years old and finally learned what it meant to sit still and ponder and reflect inward while stretching and breathing. Trust me, it did not come easy for a mover and a shaker like myself. I was constantly hustling and running through life trying to earn money to pay my bills. Embracing stillness, spirituality and understanding the true meaning of success took the better part of 20 years.
In the last 2+ years I have been meditating with the words of Deepak Chopra. My business coach introduced me to a very simple meditation starting with five minutes a day and then hipped me to a 21-day challenge with introductions by Oprah Winfrey and meditation with Deepak. It changed my life. Ever since, my daily routines start with meditation. I’ve gotten so much better at sitting still and listening to my inner voice, nurturing my inner child, and understanding what success is for me: Experiencing the expansion of happiness and achievement of worthy goals.
RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else!” AMEN!!
I know NOW what matters most to me is self-love … which leads to inevitable happiness and joy all around. And this leads to more effortless achievement of goals, such as writing and recording new songs that I’m so proud of! More on that later.
Today’s meditation, Deepak talked about the shift from external to internal values. The first law of success is the Law of Pure Potentiality. Dive into meditation. Even if you only start with a short mantra and say it with your eyes closed for 5 minutes (or even less), such as “I love myself so I can be better at loving those around me.” No pressure!
If I can do it, literally anybody can! I believe in you. Be free my little birds.