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 7 – Opening the Doors of Perception
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” – William Blake
Message of the Day:
Todays meditation is about changing our experience of life in the moment by changing our perceptions of the world around us and our personal experiences. This is when life will flow instead of being stuck. Self-awareness transforms our perceptions and keeps us from being stuck.
“Today I am creating a better version of myself” “
“Om Hreem Hoom (sounds like it’s spelled) I am silent awareness transforming itself”
“This mantra opens our awareness to continuous transformation from the limitless creativity of our true self.”
Having explored pushing the boundaries of the present moment – the moment from which all creative energy flows, we have opened up to the present and can go even further into our history, beliefs and attitudes to see if they’re keeping us stuck or setting us free.
One of the greatest powers we all have available to us is to shift or change our perceptions. We’ve all had those “AHA moments” – ‘I never thought of it that way before’ – miracle moments that guide us towards our higher selves. Being aware of how we perceive things – and that we can change how we perceive things – can powerfully change our lives – and those around us as well.
We all have different reactions to experiences – the same news can evoke responses in everyone differently. One person may take it with grace and dignity while another experiences hopelessness, resentment or anger. Some people may get stuck and others use the same moment to make changes and change their way of navigating through life.
Our perceptions paint our reality. We can be the author of our life and re-write our stories by changing our perceptions. That’s the key to getting unstuck.
We’ve learned that living a creative life can only happen by living in the present moment. These moments happen. We create the meaning purpose, flavor and direction with our perceptions – by how we perceive and experience our life. Some people wallow in difficult news, moments and events and others use them to make a better version of themselves. Depending on how we choose to perceive things, they can look dark, light, happy, sad, promising or hopeless – not because that’s the reality but because we decide to make it that. Moments have no meaning until we give it meaning. No one else can color our situation except us. Yet it’s easy to conform our perceptions to how others view things – or how they think we should.
Millions of people have an ‘us versus them’ way of thinking during a crisis – immediately look for someone to label evil and blame. We all carry hidden beliefs and attitudes that color these perceptions. Looking for an alien group to blame or label as evil. We can change this by choosing to be open-minded and allowing our awareness to expand. Not looking for approval from others but facing the fact that perceptions are very powerful and are a choice.
I quote Deepak…”Human beings are incredibly sensitive to meaning. Someone can say a single word and we interpret it as loving or hostile, selfish or caring, empathic or indifferent. When you become aware of how your perceptions paint your personal reality, your wonderful insight dawns – you are the painter and you can change the picture any time you want.” In the next week, he will show us techniques for creating the reality that we desire.
“Today I am creating a better version of myself
Today I am creating a better version of myself”
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 Hreem Hoom” I am silent awareness transforming itself”
Continue meditating 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:
“Today I am creating a better version of myself.
Today I am creating a better version of myself”
Reflections on Day 7, write about it…
- Remembering that how I perceive myself determines my reality, choose 3 of the most positive perceptions I have about myself and reflect on how they bring light and positivity into my life.
- Now list 3 self-critical perceptions I have about myself. Think of someone I know who sees my perceptions differently – positive – and detail why I believe my negative perception is right and why the other person is wrong.
- Compare the lists and see if I can begin to shift from my negative perception about myself to how others see me in a positive way. How can I make this shift (positive self-talk? – Discuss with someone who sees me in a positive way?)
Oprah lessons written by by DoinTheGratefulDance