I’ve enjoyed the free 21-day Mediation Experiences offered by the Chopra Center and recently completed one on Energizing My Life – physically (capability), mentally (understanding), emotionally (compassion, tolerance, love), and spiritually. While I am still not a convert to daily meditation, I find the messages presented each day to be a wonderful and empowering reminder of how to live life everyday. Here’s my takeaway from this experience:
This Meditation Experience was about putting intention into the life you want to lead – Intention into Reality; Plans into Actions. It included aspects of correcting or releasing old beliefs (untruths), emotional hurts, resentments, and limiting habits. It focused on accepting the uniqueness that is you…your strengths, your values, your talents, your creativity. Both messages were very relevant to my personal development at this stage of life.
Life is a joyful journey. I make conscious choices with awareness of my values, my authentic self (strengths, essential nature), and my desires (vision). Awareness is the KEY. In the (re) awakening of awareness, we activate the latent energy, creativity, and fulfillment within.
The vision is not the path. The path is not the journey.
Have the vision. Lay out the path. Live the journey.
You cannot fail at being yourself. Your whole self; your authentic self. You only need to meet your own expectations. You only need validation from yourself. This is inner freedom.
When doing things in alignment with my core values, it means I am doing what I am “supposed to be doing”! I am being me.
- Full Awareness – Focus on the now, be in the present moment. Complete tasks with confidence. Do activities with focused attention and a link to values versus as a distraction. Active journaling (self care), daily crosswords (thinking), social media surfing (connections), doing bills (financial security). Distractions simple cause avoidance of the present moment, illusion of doing something.
- No tedium, no plodding though life….thrive by living in the moment. Routine does not need to be lethargic (energy depleting)… routine can be energizing (energy enhancing). Create more healthy routines! Release the sedentary lifestyle. Channel mental energy to harness creativity within.
- Have that Planned Spontaneity list (back of the mind options on paper)! Dynamic resilience is the integration of stability (plans, routines) and adaptability (spontaneity). Listen for the inner voice that says, “try this”. Look honestly at patterns of denial and avoidance. What beliefs are underlying in those patterns?
Make sure your core beliefs are positive, life affirming, and energy supporting. You are what you think! Core beliefs turn (subconsciously) into action – what I do and what I say is based on what I believe. Do I believe life is fair or a struggle? If you think life is a struggle, it will be. Am I living in constant fear or with constant guilt? Do I accept compliments or am I self-depreciating? Do I believe I am a good friend, a loving spouse, or a responsible individual? Do I have a positive body image?
Don’t get stuck in old (repeated, negative) story lines! Create the new story and add to it everyday. Not with the weight of the past, not with worry about the future… but living your true self today. Recognize the value of my life experience – my wisdom.
A great measure of your personal energy:
On a scale of 1 to 10, do you have the energy to do everything that you need to do?
8-9-10 = Thriving 6-7-8 = Struggling 4 or less = Suffering
These 21-day Meditation Experiences are empowering reminders of how to live life day in and day out. Some of the energy enhancing activities I continue to build into my daily life:
- Find the stillness in journaling, yoga, and solo walks.
- Build & maintain a wide social support system.
- Nurture close relationships with friends, family, and my wonderful husband.
- Daily nutrition & hydration.
- Good sleep and daily movement.
- Life long curiosity and a willingness to take on new challenges.
Have you done any of these on-line meditation experiences? What was your reaction?
Picture Credit: Me, an Alaska Forest