It’s day twelve of the ‘Oprah & Deepak 21 day Meditation Experience’. I have only done the first nine days so far; each daily meditation is available for five days total–the day it is released plus four extra days thereafter. It is nice to have that flexibility, though I am not pressured or worried. In the end if I happen to have missed out on any days, then so be it.
The theme of the series is ‘Manifesting True Success’. The practice opens by impressing the thought that we ‘create success from within’ and Deepak suggests that we choose a worthy goal to focus on. I feel most successful when creatively expressing myself through sharing and teaching others, typically skills that will enable them to make something that benefits their overall joy and well being. So that was what I chose to focus on during these meditations.
The week continues by exploring the strands of ‘within’ where success is created. In paraphrased summary, they offered these thoughts…
Day 2-Love What a great place to start! The centering thought was ‘I am here to bring more love into the world’.
–Have a passion for what you do everyday.
–Feel an emotional bond with everyone who shares your passion and is helping you to succeed.
–Love the planet enough that you will help conserve it and do nothing to spoil it.
Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” –David Frost
Day 3-Creativity This day’s practice was about harnessing the creativity flowing through you. With each breath, each sensation, you’re ‘creating and recreating yourself in divine rhythm with the very moment you are living’. The jist of this day was the more you are present, the more fully your creative spirit thrives and doors open for you to grow and evolve towards your goal.
I took a walk on the beach. 330 metres long. Could I walk the length with my eyes closed? I attempted three times. The first time I opened my eyes after ¼ distance. The second I completely veered off to the right, opening my eyes when the texture beneath my feet changed. Ugh! The turn was obvious if I had been listening to my surroundings, the ocean no longer to my left, but my mind drifted off to other than there. The third attempt ended the same as the first.
Day 4-Body Another brilliant meditation…’align the body and spirit in harmony’
–Every success story includes support from other people, otherbodies
–Bring your body into your overall intention to be successful–NOT in the future, but in the present moment.
–Do not view your body based on outside standards, consider this instead–Is how you view your body adding to your well being and success?
Your body is a friend, an ally, not just a sleeping eating machine.” –Deepak Chopra
Day 5-Mind ‘Trust the thoughts that uplift you, bringing you fresh and inspired insights’.
–Every problem created by the mind can be solved by the mind.
–Dare to stop and say ‘no’ to repetitive routine thinking, then give your mind new material to think about.
–Ask for and expect better ideas from yourself, then have the patience to wait for them.
The corner I envisioned as my retreat in the polytunnel is now clear. I’ve been walking in and looking at the space with half intention ever since we transplanted the unintended birch tree that grew there. I drew the ‘Retreat’ angel card after yesterdays meditation practice and am now thinking I’ll make a better effort here, with full intention. Maybe then I will be inspired.
Day 6-Emotions ‘Emotions are our most intimate ally’.
–Our emotions connect us with our spirit.
–We are not our emotions, we are the awareness behind them.
–You must be decisive to be successful.
Today I drew the angel card ‘Balance’. Afterwards, I took a walk to the swan lake. There is where I’ve found all my heart stones. The one pictured above is the size of my opened-wide hand. Through a conversation with a friend, I began to collect worry stones. No, I don’t have that many worries, but collecting stones at the beach aside the lake is something I’ve always enjoyed, finding it meditative and soothing. Here is a picture of those I have gathered thus far. They were once all the same shade of gray. It is obvious which spend the most time in my pocket and in my hand. The round ones are about 1 ¼”.
Day 7-Wholeness This practice wove all the strands-love, creativity, emotions, body, and mind-together as being the ‘wisdom, serenity, and grace of one being’. Viewed separately through the week, today they were joined together as a singular path to a ‘successful divine wholeness’.
Day 8- Choices To be continued…