Meditation Challenge


I have been doing the Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Challenge (link to pic above) and while I have never been a fan of guided meditations, these ones have been very beneficial to me and I will tell you why.

Like many alcoholics / skeptics, I didn’t think that sitting still, in my own skin and focusing on either nothing or a mantra, would do anything for me.  I hated being in my own skin, and now I am asked to sit there and do what?  I resisted for many months.  I felt that prayer was enough, and that should count towards my conscious contact with my HP.

My sponsor suggested lighting a candle and using that to focus.  I tried it a few times, and it was ok.  I would meditate maybe once every two weeks.  I didn’t last more than 3-4 minutes without being self-conscious and uneasy.  But as I realized that it energized me, it kept me grounded, it kept me still and at peace – all the things that I didn’t have in my alcoholism, I found a new release, a new outlet.  I don’t feel that I need to be on the go all the time.  When I seek answers, they almost always come during meditation.  It brings me down when I am up in arms in my own head.

Now I can do about 20-25 minutes at a time.  But I sometimes fall asleep…so I have some work to do!  But with the guided meditations, they gently lead me, and give me enough space to find my spot, that place where I am neither fully awake nor dozing off, but caught in that fleeting moment of sheer serenity.  It’s like trying to catch the wind, and when I get there, it’s magical.  But short lived.

So as the week finishes up, and so does the challenge, I am left to wonder how it will change my practice.  I will probably go back to my quiet meditation, but I am glad I took the challenge and opened my mind to different ways of doing it.


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