Day 2 – Why Do We Get Stuck? [Oprah and Deepak Chopra Teachings]
Getting Unstuck – Creating a Limitless Life – Oprah and Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditation Experience
These are amazing notes – not transcripts – from Deepak and Oprah’s meditation challenge, Getting Unstuck, Creating a Limitless Life, written by DoinTheGratefulDance . I have enjoyed several of the meditation series Oprah and Deepak Chopra have shared. I am not affiliated with them – just a grateful listener too and wanted to share these wonderful notes. I couldn’t have done a better job! Thanks for sharing these notes!
Day 2 – “Why Do We Get Stuck?”
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, let the mind remain in the present moment.” – Buddha
Day 2 shows us that being stuck means we’re letting our awareness move from the present to either the past or the future. Being aware and living in the now is never stuck, never limiting. To release blockages and frustration, we must learn to see our true self and live in the present moment. “I am never stuck when I live in the present”
Om Hreem Namah (sounds like Ohm Hreem Nah-Mah)
– Life is one unified wholeness”
That when we find ourselves repeating the same words, feelings, opinions and phrases – that’s our “Stuckness” speaking. When we find ourselves in “automatic mode”, stop and ask, “Am I disconnected from my calm, centered self?” Be silent and regroup, allow myself to reconnect with the Source – the creative energy that is always flowing within me. That’s when the magic happens. Experiences begin to reveal my expanded potential for change in unimaginable ways – It’s almost like magic. Oprah says, ” As you tune into the powerful vibration of possibility, life just opens up wider and deeper and with more wonder and beauty.” Deepak is going to show us some simple tools to help us get unstuck whenever we need to, ways to nudge ourselves into the present moment. When we are in the present moment we can shift to joy, growth and goodness every single day.
What is it like to be stuck? We limit ourselves every time our attention moves from the present to the past or the future. We are never stuck when we are living in the now, the present moment, where and when life is actually happening and where we can make choices that really make a difference.
Old choices hold on to us, old wounds are painful, old habits take the joy out of life, makes it dull and monotonous. When we are distracted with these situations, we are not focused on making new decisions. When we are in the present moment, we are not distracted – our mind is calm and centered. Meditation is practice for creating a calm, centered state of awareness anytime we want when we sit quietly, close our eyes, take deep breaths to “reset” ourselves. No matter what we see when we open our eyes, if it causes a reaction, don’t react – just consciously return to the present moment. This is being “Unstuck”.
Deepak says, “The challenge is that going back to a stuck position can happen very quickly and when old thoughts familiar feelings and stubborn conditioning return, so does stuckness”. When this happens, we tend to repeat ourselves – the same words, opinions, likes, dislikes and reactions – we’re “stuck” again.
The good thing is that it’s easy to tell when we’re unstuck because we feel happy, fresh and excited, rejuvenated and worry-free. That is our goal – we want to return there as often as possible. This is the way of being that you want to maximize. Deepak says, “You will be really unstuck when you know every day that you’re becoming the person you want to be and doing what you want to do”. This is our goal.
Listen to some relaxing music, breathe slowly and deeply, more and more relaxed, and meditate for about 10 minutes using the Sanskrit mantra, Om Hreem Namah which opens awareness to the eternal present that exists in every changing moment- fluid, open consciousness. When distracted by thoughts or noises return to silently repeating it…
Om Hreem Namah
Om Hreem Namah
Concentrate on the centering thought: being fulfilled and being who I want to be and repeating that I’m never stuck when I live in the Now, the present moment.
Reflections on Day 2 – write about the following…
- What are the three most distracting things in my daily life that keep me from living in the present
- For each distraction, write down one thing I can do today to improve, even if in a very small way
- How can I find my calm, centered place within myself today – and in fact every day. Be specific…. Closing my eyes, breathing deeply, experiencing a few moments of nature?
Oprah lessons written by by DoinTheGratefulDance