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


“Each one has to find his peace from within.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

We all know the peaceful, settled contentment that comes from being fulfilled. Today we learn that peace comes first. It isn’t the result of fulfillment, it’s the source of fulfillment.

In meditation we discover that peace is our true self. In that state of peace, there are no cravings and no lack. Needs are life-affirming and arise not out of lack, but out of abundance.

In reality, our true self is simple contentment.

“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: I am living the way of peace.

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

1.) Write down three simple ways you can bring more peace into your life. For example, you could enjoy 5 to 10 minutes of downtime twice a day, or walk outside in the fresh air and sunshine during lunch.

  • Renouncing the feeling(s) of always having to be right; picking & choosing my battles wisely.
  • Taking time to myself when I need it, meaning confidently & comfortably saying “no” when necessary.
  • Exercising to relieve stress and unwanted pressure.

2.) Write down three everyday things that annoy or agitate you, then list the simplest ways to improve them. For example, you can walk away from stressful situations or join a carpool if your commute brings up frustration and irritability.

  • When people talk to me while I’m on my computer or phone.
  • When people dump on me, especially when its matters that don’t even pertain to them.
  • People who don’t value or respect my time.

I honestly have implemented ways that I feel would improve these things. However, there will always be people who don’t respect your boundaries or wishes. I’ve come to find that this isn’t something that you should take personally. How can someone respect and value your time when they don’t value their own? The boundaries you then set for your well being become things that others take personally and internalize. I’ve learned to be more unapologetic for doing what’s best for me even if I feel residual guilt.

3.) Reflect on and journal your ideal vision of a friendship that is comfortable, easy, filled with light and laughter, and consoling when you are down. List ways that you could make a current friendship closer to your ideal. For example, you could listen and sympathize more.

An ideal friendship is one that is filled with honesty and respect. One that allows you to speak your mind but rest in the awareness that we all make our own decisions and deserve to have those decisions respected. An ideal friendship is one that is not just self serving but full of reciprocation and not solely based on what we can do for one another. It also is based on the quality of time that can be spent without partying and/or turning up. An ideal friendship is one that is supportive & pays attention to detail. Ideal friendship is about being there but more than anything.

4.) Daily Reflection:

My peace is not contingent on one isolated thing. My peace comes from choosing to accept the way life unfolds and rolling with the punches that it may throw my way. I choose to bring peace to the life of others as I would have them to do the same. Anything that does not contribute or add to my peace is undeserving of a place in my life. If I don’t bring peace into the life of any individual I pray the understanding and respect for any decision they may make in regards to my place in their life. I choose peace when it gets hard. I choose peace when it hurts. I welcome peace in all forms into my life and into my work.


“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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