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By the end of January, the first month of my blog, I realized that I’d have to at least try meditation. Dr. Oz recommends it as a healthy way to de-stress, and you know I’m all about what Dr. Oz tells me to do. Well, I won’t be cooking with coconut oil – because it’s not healthy, but I have been doing my best this year to follow him down that yellow brick road. I finally worked up to trying meditation for the first time in my life in April. I blogged about it for the full 21 days of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s (affectionately known as Doprah to me) Meditation experience. If you recall, I loved listening to Deepak and sometimes even Oprah, but mediation proved very difficult for me. My mind wanders too much…I worry too much that I’m turning into one of those people that I regularly make fun of, sometimes to their faces…and most of all, the perfectionist in me was worried the whole time about “doing it right and write”. Right in the sense that I was going to be a great at finding my inner Om, but really it was more like a big Um to me. The other part of “doing it write” was that I had to do each mediation twice. Once to do the actual meditation and once to transcribe it for you.
I liked listening to Doprah enough to do it again, but I’m still not very good at the whole thing. I signed up for their latest meditative exercise – “Expanding Your Happiness”. This time, I decided not to blog about it except for one or two “revisits”. Every night at bedtime (still too late to be Oz approved), I bust out my iPad and listen to that day’s musings. Every day like clock work, as soon as Deepak – we are on a first name basis – signals it’s time to begin the meditation, I’m out like a light until he comes back on to signal that our time’s up. It’s like the best nap this almost reformed insomniac has ever had! The only problem is that I’m missing out on the important part of the practice – meditating. Maybe the whole point of it this time is just to take what I like from the whole thing and stop stressing over not doing it the right way. I think I came to the same conclusion when I finished the first experience.
Tonight, I’ll be sleeping through – I mean doing a meditation about feeling hope. It’s very timely since it’s all feeling a little overwhelming right now. I don’t lack hope -and I’m pretty sure that things will get better. Having hope has gotten me through quite a few crises these last few years. Right now, I just need a little reminder from Deepak that every cloud has a silver lining, it’s always darkest before the dawn and all dogs go to heaven (just checking to see if you were paying attention). I do have a lot to be grateful for. Monday, for example was a good day. I got a free coffee at McD’s – the best coffee in Toronto as far as this tea drinker is concerned. I bumped into my former cube neighbour at the office on my way into work yesterday (after she called “Schneidy” about 27 times to get my attention). She made me laugh and reminded me of how glad I am to have her back even if she doesn’t sit next to me anymore. I had a new employee start who seems lovely. I got to watch Bachelor in Paradise and make fun of my niece for being pretentious. Last but not least, I had a fun idea for a post that I think will teach us all some important life lessons…sort of like what we learned from darling Gwyneth Paltrow – just a reminder in case you missed some of my thoughts on the lady : ) https://jillschnei.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/plop/ and https://jillschnei.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/plop-part-deux-dos-due-zwei-twee/
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