Day 4 – How to Be Renewed Each Day [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 4 – “How to Be Renewed Each Day”
Not every day is a perfect day, but every day is a miracle… every day is a start of something beautiful.”
Message of the Day:
“I can hardly wait for tomorrow, it means a new life for me each and every day.” – Stanley Kunitz
Today’s meditation is about choice. We have choice. We can stay stuck, living familiar repetition in a stale, uninspired life full of powerless and blame, or we can live in the present moment and experience limitless potential, fresh and new possibilities where our natural state of renewal becomes easy and natural. Living in the Now. “I embrace the newness of this day”
“Om Sarvatva Namah (sounds like Ohm Sahr-vaht-vah Nah-mah)
The wholeness of the universe is my true nature”
One of her all-time favorite quotes is by Eckhart Tolle, “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you’re having at the moment.” He says the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but our thoughts about it. It is what it is – always neutral. We need to separate our thoughts from the situation and when we change our perspective, we change our situation.
When we are conscious that we are stuck and view it as an opportunity to open ourselves to changing our perspective, we could essentially live without feeling limited or constrained. We can use it to create a new and deeper understanding of who we really are and who we really want to be – and the universe is there to work on our behalf when we’re living in the moment. It requires a shift in perspective.
Being unstuck equals creative living in the eternal now, the present moment and that provides us with infinite possibilities. Sometimes we miss the possibilities because in our “stuckness”, we see limitations as real instead of merely a perspective that we can choose to change. If we pay attention to those around us, we’ll see that the very flaws, weaknesses, challenges and handicaps we use to keep ourselves stuck, somebody else has used to achieve. Bottom line…don’t blame my situations for holding me back.
We are told that for most people, half of the thoughts we have today are the same that we had yesterday. It’s a mind thing to stay stuck and accept repetition in our lives. For instance, in relationships where we live with repetitive rituals that don’t nurture love. We decide we’re “right” and so does the other person, creating an impasse that stops the freshness and comfort of a loving relationship and friendship. The longer we hold that position, the more we are contributing to our “stuckness” – the other person and the situation may be contributing to it but not causing it. Repetitive reactions.
Deepak says the rule for any kind of stuckness is that something has to give. It starts with taking responsibility for our choices and behaviors. It becomes a joyful choice when our perspective changes from thinking of it as surrendering or losing and instead choose to see it as creating and growing, using it as an opportunity to try something completely open and new – renewing ourselves in the process. Effortless renewal is the rule of nature – life, and it comes naturally when we’re unstuck.
Listen to some relaxing music, breathe slowly and deeply, become more and more relaxed, and meditate for about 10 minutes using the Sanskrit mantra,
Om Sarvatva Namah
Om Sarvatva Namah –
The wholeness of the universe is my true nature.
Repeat it silently to yourself and if distracted by by thoughts, etc, return to silently repeating it…
Om Sarvatva Namah
Om Sarvatva Namah
Continue with the meditation for about 10 minutes and then release the mantra. Concentrate on the centering thought: being fulfilled and being who you want to be and repeating
“I embrace the newness of this day.”
Reflections on Day 4 , Write about it…
- To make something new happen that accomplishes what I need and want, I have to drop something old that hasn’t work anyway. Choose 3 things I do repetitively that I want to change.
- Imagine how it will feel when I choose to let go of them. Mentally let them go. Write what it feels like to be free of them.
- Reflect on what new opportunities will arise from this change – think of some options that will accomplish what I want and how/who I want to “be”.
Oprah lessons written by by DoinTheGratefulDance