“If we begin to broaden our definition of success and prosperity, we realize it can include such a broader meaning than the narrowly prescribed standards of a materialism.”
Prosperity is a word that encompases many different qualities. To some, it may immediately brings to mind material wealth and riches, while to others it conjures memories of Star Trek and the Vulcan salute of “live long and prosper.” But to be prosperous from a spiritual standpoint involves an overall balance of health, wealth and happiness.
My friend who had achieved great outward success in terms of where he had attended college and the career path that followed, pointed out that success as he had always been told, is an ideal of meeting certain standards. He lamented that as much as he felt he had met the societal standards of success, inside he felt deeply lacking. What if we measured success by standards of happiness rather than material achievements, he wondered. Would we set different priorities and goals?
If we begin to broaden our definition of success and prosperity, we realize it can include such a broader meaning than the narrowly prescribed standards of a materialism. We shift our focus from bank accounts, to connecting with loved ones; from owning status symbol cars to doing kindnesses for others we realize that there is another, far more meaningful way to be successful.
Yogi Bhajan, the teacher of Kundalini yoga, offered people a deeper understanding of how to live prosperously. He led people back to the source within them. He taught that once you remember your connection to the divine, all other forms of desire become secondary because the most fundamental need is met. And from that space, all material things will flow. Because if you seek material objects looking to feel better, you will never truly feel prosperous and no matter how much you collect materially, it will never be enough.
He offered a simple meditation to connect to the flow of divine prosperity.
- Sit in easy pose (cross legged position)
- Close the eyes.
- Bring the hands flat together at the heart center so that the thumbs and first fingers touch.
- Now make a circular motion with the flat hands as if you are scooping around a softball sized ball of light at the heart center so that the edge of the palms at the pinkies touch.
- Chant the mantra “Har” (pronounced Had, like a rolled r sound) with each hand motion.
Do this for three to eleven minutes daily.