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

“We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” 

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

In today’s meditation, we learn that recovery is a healing process. As we enter into the process, we act as both the healer and the healed simultaneously. Your mind and body want to be restored to a state of dynamic balance. So if you begin any kind of healing, the inherent intelligence of the mind-body system   immediately responds. Thus you heal and become a stronger healer at the same time. Knowing that you are the healer gives a sense of power and fearlessness.

When fully embraced, healing is a joyful process.

“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 embrace my role as both healer and healed.

SANSKRIT MANTRA: Har Haray Haree (My healing intention manifests).

1.) Think back to a time in the last few days when you felt tempted to indulge in a bad habit. Note the struggle inside as one part of you fought with another part. How did this inner struggle make you feel?

Sometimes in the past when my mental space gets cloudy, I would seek to self medicate. This could be in the form of partying, excessive drinking, etc. As I’ve not only grown but gotten older, my tendency to do those things have diminished. I’ve naturally or progressively gotten to a point where I don’t drink as much or often as I once did. Even when I do hang and drink, my consumption as well as my tolerance has lower. As of late when I find myself in uncomfortable situations or situations where I feel torn about things, my old habits tend to try and rear their heads. The internal battle is present and I become anxious at times. A strong part of me is encouraging me to go hang and drink but the more sensible part of me knows I don’t have a desire for that type of environment. I also know that it only trickles into the next day throwing my focus and priorities out of whack. The inner struggle is uncomfortable but choosing to experience those feelings of anxiety and/or angst and allowing them to pass through me always makes me feel better the next day.

2.) Explore in your journal simple ways you can diminish this inner conflict. For example, you could stop labeling one part the “bad” you and the other part the “good” you.

I think that this inner conflict isn’t overwhelming, it’s just a thing. Something that I experience. I always know where my desire lies but the mind will take uncomfortable feelings and lead you to believe that you have to do something about them. This could be dumping them on others, suppressing them, or numbing them. Experience and time has shown and taught me that acknowledging them is the first step in addressing the conflict. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable and the first thing we look to do is run off and let loose. I don’t think the inner conflict will ever go away because throughout life there will always be some sort of inner conflict, the source of said conflict just has the ability to change. However, acting irrationally will feed the issues as opposed to helping diminish it. Conflict is best dealt with when thinking rationally, so I feel my most effective way of diminishing my internal conflicts are choosing to keep a level head and not placing myself in situations or places that will feed into the negative feelings that I may be experiencing.

3.) Now, expand on at least one way you can avoid the self-judgment that creates inner conflict. For example, you could walk away from a situation filled with conflict or temptation, giving yourself a few moments to find your center and calm down.

One way that I find helps me to avoid self judgment and diminish my internal conflicts is to simply get in my car and go for a drive. This is something that I have been doing for years and it has progressively come to be a place of comfort where I can feel free. Sometimes I listen to music, other times I ride in silence. Either way I give myself the space and time that is necessary to sort through my thoughts, cry if need be, scream if need be; all without feeling judged or being questioned about my current state of being.

4.) Daily Reflection:

As I heal myself, I naturally grow into the ability to heal others. When I feel whole and complete, I am able to give sound advice or listen to others wholeheartedly without passing judgement. Internal conflict is natural and nothing to be ashamed of, I choose to work through my internal conflicts in effective ways. I choose to not dump my internal conflicts on others by passing judgement. I also choose to not feed my internal conflict by indulging in self defeating behaviors. I know my limits, my boundaries, my desires, and where my peace lies. I choose that peace over chaos repeatedly & habitually.

“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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