(Graphic from Chopra Center Meditation)
Hope is a very important feeling for me. It is something I never lose, hope! In Spanish we use the word ‘esperanza’ for hope. There is a popular saying Continue reading
(Graphic from Chopra Center Meditation)
Like other things in life, meditation takes practice. It is one of those things we (I) wish we had more time to do. But, meditation can actually take as little as five minutes a day. In the past two years, I have meditated on and off. In addition to helping me through a tough experience I Continue reading
In the past, I have written about how I have learned to meditate and how helpful it has been for me. I haven’t shared much about a very difficult and emotional experience I had last summer, but I will share that Continue reading
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During the summer, I started meditating and find it helps me relax, reflect, feel centered, and sleep better. I wrote about how I became interested in meditation and the free 21 Day Meditation Experience – Expanding Your Happiness offered by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra. I did that guided meditation every night. It also helped me learn how to meditate on my own. I would meditate for ten minutes every morning. It was hard to stay focused at first, but as time passed and I practiced it more often, it became easier.
Well, Oprah & Deepak are offering it again, for FREE! This time it is Manifesting True Success – 21 Day Meditation Experience. I registered on-line, it is easy and did I mention it is free? Well, it is FREE! You can listen to the guided meditation in the comfort of your home or use the APP to listen to it on your mobile device from any location.
I am going to start it tonight. What worked for me last time was to find (make) the time at night, to meditate just before I went to sleep. I used my iPad to sign-in to the site, put on my earphones, an eye mask, turned off the bedroom light, and placed the IPad next to me (I closed the iPad cover to avoid the bright light). It was very relaxing and I am looking forward to getting into meditation zen this time as well! In addition to the meditation time, there is a positive audio messages shared by Oprah & Deepak in the opening of each meditation session. Each session is about 20 minutes and there is a theme for each day. The meditations include relaxing nature music which soothes my mind after a busy day! I feel like I am at a spa….but I am at home, meditating!
You can still sign up – for FREE here! Each meditation theme stays posted in the site for five days. You can sign-in to do the daily meditations at a time in your day that is convenient for you. I have really enjoyed learning how to meditate!
Hope you sign up and enjoy it as much as I do! You deserve to dedicate 20 minutes in your day to your well-being! This meditation practice brings me peace every night and is the best way to end my day in relaxation!
Do you meditate? Are you going to sign up for this free guided meditation?
Namaste friends (& hugs too),
PS – You can read about the Expanding Your Happiness Meditation Experience I did in August here. Did you know that Deepak has a location here (in Carlsbad)? It is called The Chopra Center, you can find more information here.
Super Soul Sunday on OWN is one of my favorite shows. Every Sunday morning I look forward to watching it. The shows are inspirational, thought provoking, and positive. They often make me reflect on my own life. Oprah Winfrey hosts the hour long show, and interviews one person on each program, usually an author, athlete, business leader that has gone out of the box, poet, guru, musician, or actor. Each one of them has an inspirational story to share.
Recently, Oprah interviewed Deepak Chopra on the program. During a commercial break, I saw a promo regarding the Oprah & Deepak Expanding Your Happiness – 21 Day Meditation Experience. I went on my iPad and looked it up on the OWN website, made a note of the date and later registered on-line. Did I mention, this meditation experience (guided meditation) is FREE? It is FREE!! Oprah & Deepak have partnered in the past for free on-line meditation programs, but this is the first time I was aware of the dates and signed up to participate. I didn’t know what to expect, but being a fan of both of them, I knew it would be good!
The meditation started a few days ago. I’ve been doing it for a week now and love it! I find (make) the time at night, to meditate just before I go to sleep. I use my iPad to sign-in to the site, put on my earphones, an eye mask, turn off the bedroom light, and place the IPad next to me (I close the cover to avoid the bright light). It is very relaxing! I am able to meditate, to listen to the positive messages shared by Oprah & Deepak in the opening of each meditation session. Each session is only 20 minutes and there is a theme for each day. Below are samples of themes thus far. The meditations include relaxing nature music which soothes my mind after a busy day! I feel like I am at a spa….but I am at home, meditating!
You can still sign up – for FREE! Each meditation theme stays posted in the site for five days. So you may miss only a few of the starting days, but no worries, you can start on the first day available on the site. You can sign-in to do the daily meditations at a time in your day that is convenient for you. I promise you, it is wonderful!
Hope you sign up and enjoy it as much as I am enjoying it! You deserve to dedicate 20 minutes in your day to your well-being! This meditation practice brings me peace every night and is the best way to end my day in relaxation!
Do you meditate? Have you heard of this Meditation Experience with Oprah & Deepak? If you are already signed-up for it, what do you think? Are you enjoying it?
Namaste friends (& hugs too),
Learning new things and about other cultures is fascinating to me. I believe in personal growth and continuous improvement. Over the past years, I have learned from my experiences, and have become a more positive, balanced, and reflective person. Guess it comes with age – and experiences (good and bad experiences). To a certain degree, I have also become a calmer person, a more understanding and accepting person. I work everyday on trying to be appreciative and demonstrate gratitude for the many blessings I have, to let go of the things I cannot control or change. In the past few years, I have adopted the motto, “As long as someone is not hurting me or affecting me (or a loved one/others) in a negative way, then I just let it be and focus on the positive things in my life.” I can only control my words and actions, not those of others. Life is short, I try to enjoy it and am trying to live in the moment, which can be hard to do with my type A personality.
In the past, I have practiced yoga and found it to be relaxing. Lately, I have had so much on my mind and find it challenging to turn off my thoughts even during yoga. My thoughts just enter my mind a thousand miles a minute, making it difficult to get into my “yoga relaxation zone.” Sometimes, it is exhausting to have so much on my mind. Exercise and yoga have always helped me de-stress, and I am hoping to get back to that place soon – where I can clear my mind and make the best decisions.
I had read about meditation before and have been reading more about it in the past few weeks. I have become very interested in the subject and am trying to learn how to meditate. The first meditation technique I learned during a class was from Brooke Bunge, yoga instructor, at Calistoga Ranch. Brooke told me to relax in a comfortable position, focus on my breathing, and either to repeat a word of choice or to count my breaths. By word of choice, she meant a word that applied to the moment, if I wanted to relax to repeat that word, if I wanted change to repeat that word, if I wanted clarity, to repeat it, you get the drift.
Since we returned from Calistoga, I have tried to meditate every night before I go to sleep. I start by laying on my back (in bed) in a comfortable position, then repeat the word “peace.” Or, if I have had a very hectic day, I repeat “relax”over and over. I place my hands on stomach so I can feel the breathing and be aware of it. I start with deep breathes and then gradually more relaxing breathes. Many thoughts drift through my mind (mostly my “to do” list, or things that happened during the day, or thoughts of things that are months away), I just try to keep repeating the word and visualizing what “relax” represents for me. At some point, when I am ready to go to sleep, I turn on my side because I can’t sleep on my back. Then, before I know it, I feel relaxed and fall asleep without the hundreds of thought continuing in my mind.
I have also tried meditating at the gym as part of my cool down after exercising. I’ll share more about what seemed like loooong 10 minutes of meditation in one of my next posts. I have also found some interesting materials to read and a meditation that will be done globally. Oprah will also be hosting a free 21-day Meditation Experience, along with Deepok Chopra. I signed up for both. I’ll write about these soon!
Have you meditated? What do you think of meditation?