Well my class has finally started! I began my course Monday morning waking up at 6am with the expectations of this class being completely different from what it was. I opened up day one to the class “Finding the lightness in your life- A personal journey”. The class began with Oprah’s voice in a very calming tone, as if she was right there to embark on this journey with you. She explains, how mediation is centering with your inner self, with no distractions. Oprah tells us that our course will be guided in the beginning by her and then followed by the voice of Deepak for a deeper meditation.
Deepak began our meditation with breathing exercises something I do often for my anxiety, something different I learned from Deepak from this experience is to “center your breathing.” When Deepak speaks of centering your breath he means to make your self aware. So right now take 10 seconds to make yourself aware of your breath, you can feel your self starting to calm, and be more present in the moment. Deepak sent us into a meditation moment for 17 minutes, this seems very short I’m sure, but imagine 17 minutes with no distractions , no one talking , no outside sounds, no phone just you and your space and finding your inner peace.
Through my first days of meditation I am slowly learning how to connect myself to my inner being, I use my meditation to just let go of all my worries and anxieties of anything that’s going on I use this time to just reflect for 20 minutes out of the day to prepare and tackle anything coming ahead.
I didn’t expect for this to be my third day in the class and to already feel a sense of calming, I see several people commenting in the class yet on Facebook who are using the class for multiple reasons. There is a mixture of men and women which I enjoy seeing. I think mediation doesn’t have a gender, I believe it’s okay to want to find a sense of peace at any age or gender.
I am looking forward for the next 2 weeks, to see where this journey brings me.
As I have been preparing for my O course on meditation, I have done some research on what I need to start doing to prepare myself for a successful meditation journey. The first thing I have decided to do is change my eating habits. I have bought fruits, trail mixes and veggies. Instead of having a bag of chips for snacks I indulge in one of these healthier choices. Many people assume because I am a small frame and don’t pick up a lot of weight then I am automatically healthy. This Idea is false; I have to be even more careful at times because the foods I eat aren’t visible on my body it just affects my health.
The Second thing I have started doing is buying an excessive amount of yoga pants, I already have a slight obsession with leggings but now I have a ligament excuse to over buy yoga clothes. I have brought a pair from every major workout brand from Lululemon to Kate Hudson’s brand (which by far is the best brand ever). You can basically call me the workout clothes connoisseur. I think the clothes that can be worn to school and straight to working out are the best and definitely worth the buck.
The last thing I have been working on is breathing exercises with my mom, which has actually helped with a lot of initial anxiety that I deal with on the daily basis. I typically just get very frustrated and end up just being very anxious until what ever is causing my anxiety is over, but lately I have been attacking the issue by typically just taking deep breaths and addressing the issue.
I can’t wait for my class to start, I am going to try to different methods and stick with whichever one works best. So the first one I will be trying is waking up early at 6am and completing the course before classes. The second one is I will be completing the class during the early evening after I get home from classes.
Oprah and Deepak Shedding the weight: mind, body and spirit, is a 21 day meditation course on Oprah.com. When selecting my O course, I read through each course and how that particular course would help me overcome or challenge something in my life. When I came across the meditation course I instantly knew it was the course for me. I enjoy yoga which is a form of mediation to relax your body and good way to exercise. I am also very spiritual so using my time of meditation could also go into the time I use during the day to say my prayers and grow my spiritual connection with God. I also chose this course because a few years ago I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder
is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear strong enough to interfere with one’s day. When I began suffering from anxiety people often would just tell me to do breathing exercises, which would often help but I believe using the methods of meditation may be a better solution.
Meditation is thinking deeply for a period of time, in silence or with aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. Meditation is practiced around the world by people of every background. This 21-day course is led by Deepak Chopra who is an author and public speaker. He is an advocate for alternative medicine he combines his principles of Ayurveda (Hindu traditional medicine) and main strain medicine and incorporates practices of mind-body and spirit approach.
During this 21 day course, I am going to challenge myself to wake up earlier, eat healthier and begin my mornings with meditation for Dr. Deepak and Oprah. I look forward to you all reading about my journey throughout this course.