“Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.”  – Thomas Merton

In today’s meditation, we learn that we can restore emotional balance and equanimity by returning our attention to the still awareness in the background of our minds. When we act from a feeling of lack, we remain out of balance and stuck in our old unfulfilling habits. But emotions are meant to flow freely, to rise and fall without being held. In meditation, we reach the calm, centered place inside that doesn’t hold on or get stuck to toxic habits and old memories, so shedding emotional baggage happens naturally.

“Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.

CENTERING THOUGHT: As my emotions flow freely, my life is lightened.

SANSKRIT MANTRA: Om Shanti Om (I radiate peace.)

1.) Reflect on a negative situation in the past that you didn’t handle as well as you would have liked to. Write down how you could respond differently next time.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the type of person to hold things in. As opposed to complaining or arguing I’ve always had the tendency to fight the battle internally and not express my feelings or concerns. As I’ve gotten older and more experienced in life, I now know that behavior isn’t healthy nor does it get anything resolved. As a result of my doing so I’ve either completely exploded with reckless abandonment or I’ve shut down. These days I still hold things in to a certain extent but I’ve found the safe places where I can express myself without judgement coupled with proper advice if need be. I’m also praying and meditating more, so if nothing else I always turn my concerns over to God and the Universe. As I’ve gotten better with this I’ve still had my mishaps, some of which attempt to randomly weigh me down when I least expect it. I still don’t have a knack for explaining myself and possibly still shut down without warning, only this time I’m completely unapologetic about it. I tell myself when walking your path there will be things, people, and places that no longer serve you. You have to have the courage to journey on! Some people say in order to live and manifest your dreams, you have to have a certain level of selfishness about you. The thing with life is that you show people how to treat you and what you accept lays the parameters in which people will go by. Maybe the dynamics of your relationship with someone was ideal and magical to you at some point. You saw potential and possibility in some shape or form for the vision you had for your life. The only issue is when you really start to seek a vision, I’m not talking you sitting around envisioning the THINGS you wish to have. I’m talking about when you start to tell yourself, “this is how I want to change the world.” There’s an awakening in you that happens where you begin to see things differently, you start to treat yourself differently because you begin to shift into the person that you need to be in order to accomplish your dreams. It’s then that you see people differently; you see what you settled for and it can cause great turmoil knowing that certain things have served their purpose in your life. This applies to any and all relationships; personal and professional. Not only do you see where you accepted less from others but you also become aware of those you may have shorted as well. The mind and the heart often tells us two contrasting stories. I used to always say, “go with the mind, it knows.” These days I know better, it’s not the heart that wanders, it’s the mind. These days I’m trusting myself because I’m aligned with my heart. I’m venting in my safe places and although I may make mistakes, I’ll try my best to never beat myself up over them. The bottom line is when people and situations give you a feel, go with that feel and don’t second guess it. If you find yourself in a state of indifference; know that if it’s for you, you’ll feel SOMETHING. Your heart and gut will always guide you but you have to know yourself in order to trust yourself.

2.) Describe a moment yesterday or today where you felt a sense of flow and ease. That is what a life in balance feels like.

For the first time since I’ve been working on these two projects, I feel comfortable and confident. After months of pressure being applied by myself and others, a moment of serendipity changed the trajectory of it all. I’ve now become aligned with the proper help to achieve my current goals efficiently and in the best ways possible. It’s natural to get discouraged or anxious but the trick is to not allow yourself to stay in that space. As I progress, the practice of prayer and meditation coupled with my experiences have allowed me to be patient even when it hurts. I’ve learned to stop trying to get people to buy into my vision because God has already set forth those that will be necessary in aiding me in accomplishing my dreams and vice versa. My life as a whole has been flowing freely and I’ve been feeling lighter. I know this is because of the steps that I’ve made to make changes in my life both spiritually and physically. Although I have progressed and I am thankful for where I am, I know there is a higher level and my goal is to work daily to constantly elevate until I have reached the peak that has been set before me.

3.) Write about an area of your life – such as your relationships, job, or health – where you would like to experience more flow and balance. Go on to describe how that would change your experience of that area of life.

I would like to feel more flow and balance in my work and in my health. I know that both require more action and effort on my behalf and I am consciously taking the steps daily to do and be better. With work I desire to have an insane amount of creativity and ideas that are useful to not only myself but the World. I know this will come with me centering myself and with me taking better care of myself.

4.) Daily Reflection:

I am free from the shame and guilt of my past. I am whole and constantly evolving in the present. I will be a better me tomorrow. My peace comes from expressing myself creatively, as I take better care of myself my creativity will heighten. As my creativity heightens, I pray for the discipline and productivity to see things through to completion. I am peaceful and I carry that peace wherever I go and it radiates through everything I put out into the world. With this peace, I have the ability to see and think clearly. I have the discernment to grow with the right people and walk away from that which isn’t meant for me without regret. I’m thankful for making peace with my past, walking in peace today, and doing what’s necessary today that will create a peaceful tomorrow.

“Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.

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