I have written a few posts about the 21-day meditation challenge offered by The Chopra Center. It is a great way to begin a routine to practice slowing down the fast-paced mind and remembering what is important to you. This challenge spans for 21-days and takes approximately 20 minutes per day.
So how does it work? Well, I have added the link to the website at the end of this post. The link will send you to the registration page where you can provide your e-mail address, or sign-up via Facebook. Then each day, The Chopra Center will send you a special guided meditation to listen to when you take a break from your busy life.
Go ahead and give it a try! Think about it; the worst that can happen is NOT RECEIVING 21 free, guided meditations. But if you are still uncertain about finding time to devote to this challenge or whether meditation is for you, just sign-up to receive the e-mails and decide later.
Here is the link and enjoy the challenge. ~Christine
I have been an advocate for the 21-day meditation challenge that is provided by The Chopra Center. On March 11, a special challenge will be offered with special guest, Oprah Winfrey. I am incredibly excited to take part in this meditation, and I encourage all readers to try this out. When you click here to read my previous posts about this fabulous meditation challenge, you will learn how little time it takes to clear your mind. Just a small amount of time dedicated to yourself will help make the rest of your 16 hours in your day better.
Please click on this link to join!
by C. Funk Markowski
At the end of each year, I go back through my planner and photos because they capture events in my life. These events occur often; and since time consistently goes on, life feels like it flies by. But when I’m looking through a planner and photos, time seems to slow down; I can re-live experiences for another instance before the year is over. And yes, I re-visit all memories, whether these events were filled with successes or failures. This is reflection and it gives me a sense of closure.
I read through my planner, month-by-month, then day-by-day, to see what I wrote down. From dinner parties, Reiki groups, vacations, “To Do” list items, and events that remind me of personal frustrations; all of those memories reflected upon, now become lessons learned. These lessons prepare myself for what I want to do in the upcoming year. I want to create another good, or even yet, a better year. So, I keep in mind of which activities brought me the most love and joy, and plan to do more of that activity in the future.
If you don’t have a way to create closure to 2012, I hope you try this approach. From reading your July calendar with the words ‘Starbucks 3:30’ that sparked a memory of the best coffee you ever had, to seeing a blank December weekend which sparked your memory of a lazy weekend, these events and joys may be reasons you enjoyed 2012. Be sure to count even the slightest blessings that happen in your life, and go create more in 2013. For today is the first day of 2013, welcome!
~May you make each day better than the previous; and may you not let yesterday’s defeats ruin today. ~Christine
Although I am a Reiki Master and have realized this energy healing technique suits me, I am also open to trying different techniques. One such technique and healing modalities is called meditation.
Last week was the beginning of the 21-day meditation challenge offered through the Chopra Center. I have introduced previous 21-day meditation challenges on my older posts. But tonight, I was reminded that I needed to create a new post inviting readers to register for this challenge. Although the meditation challenge is currently underway, I believe you still can register to begin your own challenge even if you didn’t start during the official Day 1.
The current meditation focuses on love and the heart. And so far, I feel the positive effects more than I have before. Register for this challenge, it only takes 15-20 minutes a day.
During the 21-Day Meditation Challenge offered by The Chopra Center, there was one specific meditation that impacted my thinking. It was a meditation where I focused on my ideas of “owning”. The main question that I “lightly” thought about during the meditation was, “what do I own?” The answers could be tangible and intangible objects; materials, emotions, characteristics, responsibilities, roles, etcetera.
I focused on the material objects because the physical objects are easiest for me to describe. In my head, I went from room to room in my house and visualized looking at all of my belongings. As I was visualizing this, another question was, “why do I own these items, and do those items still serve that purpose for me?”
As I ended this meditation, I had more respect and appreciation for myself, my hard work (which has helped me pay for the items), and each item.
Today, I will be going through each room in my house and gathering all those items that are not serving their purpose for me anymore. What a great way to Spring clean my house and my soul.
I want to invite all of you to take the 21-day Meditation Challenge from the Chopra Center. I registered for my first one last Summer 2011 because I wanted to learn how to meditate. I have attempted to meditate a few handful of times, but was not sure if I was properly meditating. It was not a routine in my life, either. I felt that meditation took a lot of time from my already-busy day. But when I received an email for this challenge, I thought that it would be a great guide for me. It was a great guide.
Each day during my lunch break, I sat in my car and listened to the recorded email I received by my smartphone. Most sessions took an average of 10-20 minutes; this left me with time to prep myself for the second half of my work day and eat my lunch. What I learned, too, was that the “ohms” commonly connected with meditation is a great focusing tool. On a daily basis, my mind races around the To-Do lists I have to complete, even while meditating. But when I sing or hum “ohm” a few times, my mind thinks about making the noise and NOT my lists.
Give it a Try! I found myself excited about receiving these emails for 21-days. I hope you do, too.