Deepak Chopra – Sacred mantra and life transforming meditation

Published on Jun 6, 2016

Deepak Chopra Sacred mantra and life transforming meditation

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non fiction categories.

10 Powerful Mantras to Stop You from Judging People

When we are judging everyone and everything, we are learning nothing.

One of the most incredible changes I’ve made in my life, which has undoubtedly made me a happier person and a better friend, is learning to let go of judging people.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I don’t ever judge others – we all have a tendency to do so by default… it’s a human instinct, and I’m not the exception. But I have learned to catch myself, and to recognize how judging is harmful.

Notice I say “harmful” instead of “bad,” because instead of judging myself, I’d rather observe that the act of judging causes harm.

What underlying harmful conditions are indicated by my tendency to judge people? It varies, but in many cases these points apply…

  • I don’t know everyone’s full story and I’m therefore ignorant of what most people are going through.
  • I have unrealistic and unjustified expectations of people.
  • I subconsciously believe that I’m somehow better than the people I’m judging.
  • I’m being a bit self-absorbed and egotistical.
  • I’ve lost sight of being grateful for my own blessings and compassionate to those who aren’t as fortunate.
  • I’m not being curious or willing to learn, but instead I’m judging and rejecting people who are different than me.
  • I can’t possibly help the present situation from a place of judgment.

How Judging Someone Transpires

Let me give you a personal example of how judging someone plays out so we can see how the harmful conditions above transpire:

I visit an old friend who is actively neglecting his own health – he is overweight and has extremely high blood pressure, and yet he eats junk food every day and never exercises. I know he can improve his health by changing his daily decisions. So I judge him for what he’s doing, get irritated with him, indirectly insult him with my opinionated commentary, and then dismiss him when our conversation turns sour. This kind of situation occurs all the time in relationships all around the world – just tweak the details a little and then substitute my old friend for someone’s husband, wife, father, mother, colleague, friend, etc.

Now, lets take a closer look at what’s really going on in my situation…

First of all, I’m a bit ignorant of what my old friend is going through, as I don’t fully understand his point of view. The truth is, he has been deeply depressed about his poor health, feeling ugly, unwanted, scared, and untrusting of himself to make better decisions. Because of his depression, he desperately tries to avoid thinking about anything related to his health, and therefore makes himself feel better through snack food, binge-watching TV shows, and other unhealthy distractions. He’s just trying to cope. And in fact, I have done similar things many times in the past… I have failed. I have dealt with hardship. I have felt depressed. And I have comforted myself in unhealthy ways. So I’m not really any better than him, even if I believe I am.

What’s more, I’m being ungrateful for the amazing human being he is, despite his health issues. He truly is wonderful – which is precisely why I’m friends with him – but by judging him, I’m not appreciating him at all. Instead, I’m being self-absorbed by focusing on how much “better” I am, how I think he “should” be, how he’s irritating me, how my irritation is more important than all the pain he’s feeling inside. I’m not being curious about what’s really happening in his heart and mind, and what he’s going through and why. Instead, I have simply judged him. And from this position of close-minded judgment, I can’t help because I have stopped communicating effectively, and have dismissed him as unworthy of my effort.
How to Stop Judging Once You Start

First and foremost, you must bring awareness to the fact that you’re doing it. Doing so takes practice, but there are two crystal-clear signs of judging to look for in yourself:

  • You feel irritated, annoyed, angry or dismissive of someone
  • You’re complaining or gossiping about someone

After you catch yourself judging, pause and take a deep breath. Don’t berate yourself, but simply ask yourself a few questions:

  • Why are you judging this person right now?
  • What unnecessary or idealistic expectations do you have of this person?
  • Can you put yourself in this person’s shoes?
  • What might this person be going through?
  • Can you learn more about their story?
  • What’s something you can appreciate about this person right now?

Once you’ve done that, offer your kindness and compassion. Perhaps they just need someone to hear them, someone to not judge them, someone to not control them, someone to be present without an agenda…

But in any case, remind yourself that you can’t help them at all from a position of judgment. And you can’t help yourself either… because judging people is stressful.
Mantras to Stop You from Judging

Since I intellectually understand everything I’ve discussed above, but often forget when I’m in the heat of the moment, I’ve implemented a unique strategy to help me stop judging people. In a nutshell, I proactively remind myself NOT to judge. Anytime I’m heading into a social situation where I feel the itch of judgment stirring inside me, I read the following mantras to myself before I leave the house…

1. Look within first. When two people meet, the prize always goes to the one with the most self-insight. He or she will be calmer, more confident, and more at ease with the other.
2. Don’t be lazy and make judgments about people. Be kind. Ask about their stories. Listen. Be humble. Be open. Be teachable. Be a good neighbor.
3. There is a story behind every person. There is a reason why they are the way they are. Think about that, and respect them for who they are.
4.The way we treat people we strongly disagree with is a report card on what we’ve learned about love, compassion and kindness.
5. Do your best to maintain sincere love in your heart. The more you see the good in other people, the more good you will uncover in yourself.
6. Be present. Be kind. Compliment people. Magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses. This is how to make a difference.
7. We all take different roads seeking fulfillment and joy. Just because someone isn’t on your road, doesn’t mean they’re lost.
8. It’s OK to be upset. It’s never OK to be cruel. In disagreements with others, deal only with the present situation. Don’t bring up the past or any other form of drama.
9. The most memorable people in your life will be the ones who loved you when you were not very lovable. Remember this, and return the favor when you’re able.
10. No matter what happens, be good to the people around you. Being good to people is a peaceful way to live, and a beautiful legacy to leave behind.

This article has been republished from Marc & Angel

The 10 Stages Of Awakening ~ Tanaaz Chubb

by Tanaaz: After experiencing my own awakening, I started encountering many others who were just starting to go through the process…

In fact, it seemed that everywhere I went I started encountering people who were on the brink of awakening.

It has happened so much over the years that I can’t help feel that it is part of my purpose to help people through their own awakening process.

After going through my own awakening and seeing the awakening of many around me, I have noticed a series of stages that a person seems to go through.

I do not believe awakening happens in stages, however there is a common thread or flow to the events that awakening brings and how it starts to slowly transform a person’s life.

Looking at the awakening process in stages can help to simplify things and understand the journey ahead.

Here are the 10 stages of awakening I have observed through others and through myself. I share them in the hope that they can bring clarity and peace to those going through an awakening.

The 10 Stages of Awakening

Stage 1:

You are despondent about life and are unhappy with the current state you are in. You feel unsupported or frustrated by life or those around you. You start feeling the desire take your power back and make changes. You feel the desire to take your life into your own hands and take responsibility for it. You no longer want to rely on others or external events for your happiness. Just setting the intention to claim your power back helps to activate your energy, your chakras and your soul. This causes you to open your eyes. Awakening has begun.

Stage 2:

You are able to see life in a whole new light. You experience a sense of bliss, euphoria and freedom, but there is also a pain. Suddenly, you are confronted with all sorts of emotions surrounding your past and how you have chosen to live your life. You start to question everything. You start to challenge everything.

Stage 3:

There is a push-pull between staying awake and closing your eyes. There is a fear of what will happen if you continue on the path of awakening. You are at the point of taking a leap into the unknown. Things around your start to crumble. Your beliefs, the way you have lived your life, all start to become meaningless or mistaken. You start to feel stuck and bewildered. The ground you are walking on suddenly feels shaky, you know if you continue it will implode. At this stage, many people go back to sleep, but those who continue, begin to transform.

Stage 4:

Everything has crumbled and you are in the dark, but you must be in the dark in order to understand the light. You look around and are perplexed by the state of the world. The poverty, the greed, the state of the environment. You wonder how this has been allowed to happen. You feel depressed and wonder how you will integrate into society. You have a desire to be a hermit, to be alone, to be with nature. The people around you can’t understand, they think its a “phase”. Suddenly there is no satisfaction in your life. You feel alone and lost, you start to question- “Who am I?”

Stage 5:

You realize that you don’t need to change the world. You start looking within and realize that through changing yourself you will automatically change the world. You start feeling a greater sense of connectedness to the world. You start focusing your attention on love and gratitude. You may even start studying or researching spirituality or all things metaphysical. You slowly start changing your perception of the world and realize that you are on this earth for a reason.

Stage 6:

You start to really feel and see the inter-connectedness of all things; nature, animals, the stars. You see that we are not in the Universe, but part of it. Your consciousness expandsand you start seeing the world on a deeper, more connected level. Your intuition and psychic gifts expand and you see that we are all equal and one of the same. Your life starts showing you signs of synchronicity. You start realizing that your thoughts, emotions and feelings shape your reality. Your lifestyle slowly starts shifting and changing to support this.

Stage 7:

This new awareness allows you to feel one with the Universe. You start understanding your purpose. You start shifting away from the tangible and instead, realize the greater power of energy and intention. You start seeing that all you need to do to start walking the path of your higher purpose is to be your true, authentic self. You realize that your authentic self is what you have come to this earth to share.

Stage 8:

You begin to align with your true, authentic self. Ideas burst out of you like seeds. Inspiration follows you. Things start unfolding, your destiny becomes clearer. You start attracting abundance into your life through your creations and ideas. Your life is very much transformed and the people around you and experiences that you have, reflect your current state of higher consciousness. Challenges are still presented to you, but you are better equipped emotionally and spiritually to deal with them.

Stage 9:

As you pursue your path you realize that you are co-creating with the Divine. You realize that when you surrender to and work with the Divine, things are better, bigger and have more flow. You start working alongside Source energy and understand that you will always be guided. You may even start connecting with your spirit guides, guardian angels or higher self. Your intuition and psychic gifts may develop to be even stronger.

Stage 10:

As you work alongside the Divine, you start to align your energy with that of unconditional love. You are love, you radiate love and you feel love. You realize that this life is temporary and simply an experience to enjoy. You understand that the entire awakening process has simply been to make your life easier, more peaceful and more secure.

There are probably more stages along the awakening path, but these are the most common ones that I have been able to identify and experience for myself.

Source: Forever Conscious

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