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 8 – Let Your Awareness Do the Work
“Because everything happens in the moment of Now we also happen in the moment of Now: continually, effortlessly, truly.” – Joseph Rain
Message of the Day:
We have usually been taught that life is a struggle, that we have to overcome obstacles and push and fight our way through life. This is living in limiting awareness and is not a solution. Today’s meditation teaches us that when we fully realize that our higher self is not only unlimiting but is creative, powerful and intelligent. If we learn to live in our true being, our essential self, this organizing power will effortlessly find choices and solutions for us.
“I am aware of being cared for and supported”
“Om Kamakshi Namah” (sounds like ohm Kah-mahk-shee Nah-mah )
“My true self nurtures and supports life”
Oprah and her friends and loved ones live by one word – “flow”; they’re either in or out of the flow. She says, “When you’re in struggle, having physical, emotional or spiritual stress, your life is speaking to you and trying to tell you you’re out of flow. When you’re energized, engaged and firing on all cylinders, you have that deep knowing in your own body and mind. You can almost feel the hum. That’s what it’s like to be in flow.” Athletes call it being in the zone.
A practical way to find our flow is to be conscious and aware and the natural momentum takes over and our consciousness can powerfully reorganize our reality. Meditation helps us find the relaxed, open place within where we can let go and find our flow, a place of powerful ease, inner awareness.
“Any area of your life where you have to struggle is a sign of stuckness.” Our bodies are good indicators – do we have muscle tension, headaches, knots in our stomachs, nausea, fatigue and susceptible to illness – colds and flu? There are always physical, emotional and psychological signs of being stuck. When we free our bodies from stuckness – stress and strain – we are more relaxed and open which improves our emotions and we move into a calmer, more settled place.
We use needless energy trying to overcome obstacles and fighting resistance because we don’t know there is a better way. World Wisdom Traditions have taught for thousands of years that awareness can do that work for us. We need to use our conscious minds rather than our bodies. There is deep intelligence in awareness that can handle far more than we ask it to. Our higher selves always connect intentions with results, problems with solutions, wishes with fulfillment. We just need to connect to our essential self to be in the flow so that this can happen effortlessly.
When we meditate, we connect at a mind level where consciousness has the power to organize anything and everything in our lives. It just needs to be uncovered. When it is, we will no longer need to struggle, worry and stress to achieve our desires.
Stuckness contributes to the bad habit of struggle, reacting in the same frustrated ways over and over but it’s futile to keep doing something that didn’t work in the first place. This is an area where the spiritual approach, meditation practice, can help us tremendously in practical ways – help us take a more relaxed and open attitude so that awareness can start doing the work for us in the field of infinite possibilities – our true home. Awareness has the power to organize the reality we want in our lives.
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 Kamakshi Namah” (sounds like ohm Kah-mahk-shee Nah-mah ) My true self nurtures and supports life”
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:
“I am aware of being cared for and supported
I am aware of being cared for and supported”
Reflections on Day 8, write about it…
- Since stress often shows itself physically, close my eyes and feel my body, mental scan for areas where I feel tension or discomfort. Feel the effect of these stresses and write about them.
- What are 3 ways I can free my body of this stress and strain – muscle tightness, headaches, nausea, susceptibility to illness, etc. (How can I use what I’m learning about awareness and meditation to change my thinking about how I see resistance and obstacles?) How can I reduce daily stress, resistance and obstacles?
- How can I relax and be more at ease today? List a few practical steps (take some silent time..take a walk outdoors, separate myself from stressful situations and people as soon as possible)
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