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Dr. Oz highly recommends meditation and if you are a blog devotee of mine, you know that I am attempting the Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. Here is the link if you are interested – https://chopracentermeditation.com/?utm_source=nurture&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nurture-3. It started on Monday, but in a strange, but not if you know me, coincidence, I couldn’t access Day 1! Seriously! In my attempt to be deep and at one with all things, I failed on DAY ONE!!!! It was like a sign from the meditation gods saying YOU DO NOT BELONG! Unlike Adele, you are not ROLLING IN THE DEEP. I was determined though, so I emailed my issue to their help desk and within an hour I was told to try accessing it using Google Chrome and it worked. I ended up doing it today for the first time. I literally just finished!
Each day, Doprah features a different topic to meditate about. Day One was all about finding security. It started off with Oprah’s meditation voice – so soothing! She lets you know that everything is about energy – totally fitting since this month’s topic for my blog is energy – it’s like fate. Anyway, she tells you that the energy will rise up to meet you and help you create the life that you want. Yes, Oprah can be a little preachy, but I so admire her and I buy anything that she sells me. She tells you what the next 21 days will cover and sets it up for Deepak (we are on a first name basis). He introduces the topic and the mantra that you are supposed to chant in your inside voice. By this time, I’m exhausted and soothed by his cadence. As he speaks, I relax. He then says, he’ll be back to take us out of the meditation.
For a brief moment, I worry that I won’t be able to go on without him, but for two solid minutes I thought of nothing. I thought, maybe I am meant to meditate – I am at one with my inner OHM, Lam, or whatever the mantra of the day is. Then, my arm got itchy so I had to scratch it. I went back to my mantra, but then, my other arm got itchy. Then I thought I would do better if I lay down. I snuck a look at how much time was left and there was still 7 minutes. That seemed like a very long time. As I lay back, chanting Lam, I realized that I drank a bottle of water before I started meditating and I really had to pee, but I thought mind over matter (or function). I was going to finish if it was the last thing that I did. Deepak came back on, to my relief. He told me to open my eyes, but I was already sitting up. He told you to go back to the mantra when you were having feelings throughout the day where you didn’t feel secure and that was it.
I’m going to meditate at night before bed. I think that may work better for me, but I have to admit, I feel very relaxed. I was able to tune things out for at least a couple of minutes. My advice though? Don’t drink and meditate.
Today, I am grateful that it is a long weekend! Namaste and as always, I am…