"There are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. ...But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well-being, and peace of mind." ~Deepak Chopra
Since an early age, society has defined success to me as getting good grades, making the honor roll, being in the top 10% of the class and going to college. Then when I entered the workforce, success was about making money, excellent evaluations and promotions. But with age and a meditation practice, I view success differently now.
I view success as being happy with who I am and living in the present moment. I am grateful for all that I have and it is enough. A daily meditation practice has helped me to live from a place of peace, follow my dharma and express gratitude. Meditation has lowered my blood pressure and provided more stability in my life especially when challenges occur. I am much less reactive and my stress levels are lower. I appreciate my body even with its aches, pains and problems. When my arthritic knee acts up, I send it love and healing energy. I know that I am part of the healing process in my own body.
Success also includes fulfilling relationships and I am blessed to have many close friends. I spend time and energy cultivating relationships that further my spiritual and creative being. In addition to spending time with friends, I also spend time in silence connecting with my inner self. From this place of emotional and psychological stability I have more to offer my friends and family. I love life. I know I am more than my grades, accomplishments and the things I own. I am blessed to be successful in a myriad of realms.
How do you view success?
How can you foster more success in your life?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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