“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
– Charles Darwin
Hello Spiritual Warriors!! I’ve just returned from the Galapagos Islands where I swam with sea lions in turquoise seas, snorkeled with manta rays, hung out with iguanas & turtles, meditated on the sand with students who have become life-long friends, and travelled the path of Charles Darwin. It was an amazing experience – and a powerful reminder to choose having experiences over collecting things.
We started the year Setting Our Course; last month we moved into discovering our dharma; and this month to take us to the next level, we celebrate the stillness & silence that rests within!
In the spiritual world, we so often hear the question, “How can I become enlightened?” And sometimes in life, we can find ourselves at a crossroads where we want to have the child-like innocence of the Dalai Lama, the wisdom of the Buddha, the compassion of Jesus, or simply to reach nirvana.
We want to transcend our fears, our anger, our pain…and move to a state of bliss. The most common question I am asked by my students is, “How do I reach the GAP? or as we say in Spanish – el espacio cosmico.
Twelve years ago I traveled throughout India in search of the guru. I began my journey in the north –near the city of Varanasi- in the town of Sarnath where Buddha taught his first lesson after achieving enlightenment. Months later, my aha! moment occurred while reading The Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2, Verse 48 as I lay in a hammock in a cashew forest in Kerala. As I read Krishna’s guidance to Arjuna, it all made sense to me: “Yogastha kuru karmani” – establish yourself in one-ness and then perform action.
It was a powerful lesson in understanding the power of the present moment. But how do we live our lives in bliss with all the issues of money, health, relationships, love, fear, success, happiness, karma, dharma, and our ego swirling through our head and impacting our emotions, our conversations, and our actions?
As long as we are sealed in this flesh casing for the span of a lifetime – living as humans on this wild and magnificent planet – the answers can seem impossible to attain. After the Buddha had meditated under the Bodhi tree for 40 days (960 consecutive hours), he had his aha! moment. He realized the one-ness of existence and touched the ground with his right hand so the earth could be his witness.
We have the same opportunity in our lives, but it requires a daily meditation practice, opening our heart, connecting to the present moment, and accepting that this moment is exactly as it should be – perfect and pure, whole and infinite.
Communing with nature is a powerful way to experience the present moment – it takes you out of the past and out of the future so you can truly LIVE in this sacred, precious moment. Whether we are watching a sunset, riding a bicycle, witnessing an ant crawling up a tree, swimming with turtles, or walking barefoot on grass – each time we experience nature, we experience one-ness – the totality of the universe. This is a perfect starting point to begin your journey to enlightenment. So right now, take a few moments to commune with the magnificent flow of nature. Go outside…and just BE…take it all in – even for a few minutes. Breathe and soak in this magnificent existence of ours.
For the past 12 years, I have shared this timeless wisdom & the ancient techniques to transform & achieve one-ness in my weekly blog, on my Hay House Radio Show, in my book Secrets of Meditation, and in my monthly meditation & healing immersions in the SweetSpot of the universe – there’s one coming up in April & another in May. I encourage you to take a step with me online, in –person, or in print so you can connect to the path that feels comfortable right now. This is how you begin your journey.
I also am thrilled to announce that I have been invited to be The Master Primordial Sound Meditation Educator at the Chopra Center’s signature meditation retreat – Seduction of Spirit which takes place 3 times each year; and at the Center’s signature Mind-Body wellness workshop Journey into Healing which is available this March & July. Since 2002, it has been a great honor to study under Deepak Chopra – working and teaching alongside him raising the vibration of peace and higher consciousness throughout the world. With his guidance, and that of my beloved Dr. David Simon, I have taught tens of thousands around the world to use this technique and I would love to teach it to you as well!
Please visit my events page for more details on all of my upcoming events & I hope you’ll find an experience that resonates with you. In the meantime…listen to today’s show on Hay House Radio and let’s begin our journey to enlightenment!!!!! In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap!! Peace. -davidji