“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love Emerson. I discovered Ralph Waldo Emerson and Transcendentalism when I came across his essays back in high school. He led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. A champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays. Emerson wrote on individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world.
That brings us to the above quote and today’s meditation experience. Whatever we believe rules our life and our existence. When you take responsibility for your belief, the world around you changes. When you react with peace and calm to outside circumstances that are upsetting you write your own destiny. You have the power over your life. The closer you are to your core or true self the more power your core beliefs will have. The true self is quiet and we have to learn to get to that point.
Today’s Message of the Day:
“We learned over the last few days how powerful core beliefs are when they spring from your true self. In today’s meditation, we discover that this power and dynamism come from the stillness and silence of our true self. If our beliefs are compromised and not having the effect we hoped for, then we need to return to the stillness of our true self to rectify the belief.
For instance, if the second core belief “I am worthy” is compromised, you may not see this belief reflected back to you by being listened to and held in regard by others. Instead, you might find others are disrespectful or don’t take you seriously. Rather than reacting to their behavior, you can bring attention back to your silent core – your true self – and align with the truth of your sense of worth and value.”
The CENTERING THOUGHT for today’s meditation experience was:
“I cherish my true self in silence.”
The SANSKRIT MANTRA used in the meditation:
(I am perfect contentment.)
This mantra reveals that our silent self is pure consciousness and fulfillment. This ties back to the core beliefs leading to quiet and peace within one self.
Today’s four journal prompts were:
- Take a moment to reflect on a time in meditation where you felt that love, self-worth, feeling secure, and feeling whole is possible, easy, and natural. Write down how this feels compared to your daily life outside of meditation.
- In the area of self-worth, note the outer reflections you are getting – or not getting – in your daily life. These reflections could be centered around respect, appreciation, valuing the work you do, being listened to, being considered competent, changing other people’s minds, or being considered important and valuable.
- Looking at both your positive and negative reflections, for each one think to yourself, “This is about me and my beliefs. My true self has total worth. The more I believe this, the more positive my outer reflections will become.” Now, write down your feelings about this thought for each reflection.
- Use this space to reflect further on your experience today.
Today’s journal prompts focus on the core belief of self-worth. Your core beliefs are serving you if they bring fulfillment and you spend much less time reacting. In daily activity we should pause before we react. We should only react to a situation when we are calm. Because you are worthy at your core, your self-worth gently expresses itself in every moment.
May your evenings be peaceful and your days energetic!