I have to be honest, I didn’t complete the 21 days. Life has a way of getting busy (lame excuse I know!!). This summer they are hosting another 21 day meditation on happiness and I am determined to put aside the time each day to complete it.
Essentially we are all happy beings and happiness is our true nature but when our ego, desires and other outwardly things take over, we often find we base our happiness on what we have rather than what we are.
So if you’re interested, give it a go…it’s 20 minutes each day and it started on the 11th of August (but you have up to 5 days to catch up).
On the first day Deepak Chopra explains how we all sacrifice our happiness in the name of selflessness but in fact by choosing happiness for ourselves and not feeling guilty or selfish about it, our happiness expands to all those around us. I’ve seen this time and time again. People feeling like they are martyrs because they sacrifice their happiness for others. I’ve done it myself…but I do find when I realise and remind myself that happiness is within me and actually consciously chosen by me, life gets a whole lot better! 🙂
A couple of weeks ago, my cousin Renu (who blogs at Blue Brown Soul) told me about a 21 day meditation hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. They’ve been holding regular 3 week meditation sessions routinely and I’d started one last year but never finished it. So I thought this was my opportunity to try again. The topic was Desire & Destiny. But…I forgot about it on the 11th. Good thing my dad reminded me yesterday and I started it…albeit a few days late.
It’s only 20 minutes long, of which the first 7/8 minutes is Oprah & Deepak’s soothing voices, guiding you towards the meditation and then the actual meditation. I sat in my living room on the 7th floor, the balcony door was open and there was a cool breeze running over me as I allowed their voices and the music to carry me up into the clouds.
The first day they asked us to ask ourselves “Who am I?” This is a question everyone should ask themselves, it leads to deep inner reflection. I am not just Natasha, daughter, sister, mother. I am so much more than that. During the meditation we focused on the mantra “So Hum”.
The second day we focused on choices. And how our choices affect our karma. If we want to alter our karmic path, we need to change our choices. The Sanskrit mantra we meditated on was “Om Kriyam Namah”.
It’s only 20 minutes of your day but will give you a lot more than that in peace. I’m challenging myself to get through the 21 days, I’ll let you know how I go!