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


“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats

Today’s meditation is about the power of our perceptions. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but so are love, self-esteem, truth, happiness, and optimism.

When your perceptions shift, your story shifts. You have this power to transform and have always had it. At any given moment, when you apply a negative tag to yourself, you are missing the opportunity to shift your perceptions. Instead, apply a positive tag and that will help change the value of your perception.

“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 see myself as a being of light.

SANSKRIT MANTRA: Ravaye Hum (I am the radiance of supreme light).

1.) Put your attention on something or someone you regard as beautiful. Describe in detail the positive things you associate with this person or object. Also note how you feel about each quality.

My cousins right year old son is extremely beautiful to me. He has a light in his eyes that reflects curiosities about the world and the people in it. His heart is big and at a young age he is extremely and oddly spiritual. I noticed these things in him early on and I chose to help him cultivate them as much as he would like. He meditates with me, he prays on his own, and he’s into learning about the moon and the stars. One of my greatest joys is to watch him when he’s unaware and fully tapped into his imagination. I never miss an opportunity to instill in not only him but his sister as well that having an imagination is important and putting that imagination to use is essential. When I am down or lacking the energy that I know I am capable of radiating, I can count on him to fill me up with love and to brighten my day. His heart is pure and his love for his family runs deep. He isn’t perfect but none of us are. Considering the things that he has had to deal with at an early age I think that he is absolutely amazing.

2.) Now write down how you see these same qualities in yourself. If you feel inhibited, describe yourself as seen through the eyes of someone who really loves you.

Per My Cousin’s Son:

  • Nice
  • Helpful
  • Adventurous
  • I share my things and my adventures with everyone

3.) Fix your attention on someone you feel negative about. How would this person be seen by someone who really loves them? Allow this shift in perception to sink in as you write.

Naturally we all tend to see the good qualities in those that we love. People often misconstrue the fact that loving someone unconditionally does not mean that you are not responsible for keeping them honest and aligned. I’m pretty sure those that I have negative views about are loved deeply and unconditionally by others out in the world. I think that those that love you but fail to call you on your bullsh*t are doing you a great injustice. I guess coming from a family where your flaws and mistakes are constantly laid on the table, I don’t understand how people can support and encourage fu*kery on a regular basis. Some of the most life changing moments for me have come when the people who I know love me the most have called me out on my sh*t. Yes, our loved ones are supposed to protect us, encourage us, and support us. However, true and real love is about honesty and accountability. I cannot for the life of me grasp how some people parade and bask in foolishness, deceit, and drama publicly and never be held accountable. I hope that everyone has people who genuinely love and care about them. But I also hope that these people start holding their loved ones accountable.

4.) Daily Reflection:

My perception is my reality and that does not necessarily mean that it is the reality of others. However, some things just are what they are and as opposed to passing judgement I choose to be indifferent to those things and people that stir up negative feelings within me. I choose to focus on the beauty and love that surrounds me. Just as I would want someone to correct me when I am in the wrong or making a fool of myself, I choose to do the same for those that I love. In doing this I pray that I do so in a loving way not making them feel chastised causing them to shut me out. I pray that I am open to the criticisms that come my way from those who have the place to do so. Keeping one another honest and focused can only help us as a collective in the long run. My perception of self is one of the most important tools that I possess, I pray that it remains pure and radiates into all that I do.


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

About The Author