Shiva meaning “The Auspicious One”, also known as Mahadeva, Mahesh (“Great God”) or Bholenath (“Simple Lord”), is a popular Hindu deity and considered as the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism.
Let Life Happen & Let Go
Today I will be open to the process of change. I will trust my Higher Power and believe I know that change is necessary to take me wherever I need to go.
Loving Myself Unconditionally
Today I will work at loving myself unconditionally. God, please help me let go of self-loathing and other unproductive thought patterns.
Today I will ask God to help me let go of my need to be afraid. I welcome peace, trust, acceptance, and safety into my life. I will make a point of listening to my healthy, rational fears, and will relinquish all the others.
Today I will ask God to help me begin to take healthy risks. I will ask for assistance in letting go of my fear of failure and success. I will ask for help in fully living my life so that I can start experiencing all the wonderful parts of my journey.
Taking Time for Meditation and Prayer
Today I will take a moment for meditation and prayer. I know that I’m a creation of God, and He loves me.
Today I will try to be clear and healthy in my apologies, taking responsibility for my own actions and nobody else’s. I will seek God’s help in figuring out what I truly need to apologize for, and I will do so without reservation.
Focusing on Peace
I will keep moving forward gently, not frantically. I will let go of my need to be anxious and upset and will replace these feelings with calmness and harmony.
Today I will ask my Higher Power to send me His best, and I will trust that all that is good will come to me. I will remember that sometimes we don’t get what we want because God has something infinitely better in store for us.
You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
Grasping the Beauty of the PRESENT MOMENT
Stay focused on the present moment.
If we can learn to recognize the clutter that our mind is in and learn to be more mindful of the present moment, that can be a tremendous gain in shaping our overall sense of well-being.
The distraction that can make you feel bad includes regret about the past and worry that bad things might happen to you.
A practice called mindfulness can help you reduce the clutter by keeping your focus on the present moment.
To be more mindful, begin by:
Taking in the colours, sounds, and smells that surround you at any given time.
Pay attention to your breath moving in and out of your body for a few moments.
Let worrisome thoughts flow out of your mind when they arise, rather than giving them attention and dwelling on them.
Alone can hear the divine call
It gets lost in the Supreme Self
Artha, and Kama, Goals of Wealth & Enjoyment
These two goals are mutually contributive. Wealth enables a person to enjoy “sense- pleasures” through the five senses. These in turn create the need for more and more wealth and thus is created an unending circle of wealth leading to enjoyment, thirst for more enjoyment, need for more wealth and so on.
But the thirst for enjoyments has to be controlled for the following two reasons:
These senses have their limitations and therefore overindulging in any form of enjoyment and wealth would create clashes and struggles thereby not leading to pure happiness.
Who is to control this thirst for enjoyments? None other than one’s own conscience. This is the consciousness of “Dharma”, righteousness, virtues or values.