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

“Our freedom lies in remaining open continuously, not only to life’s changes but also to the divine light within us and others.” ― Peter Santos

As life becomes richer and more fulfilling, our entire perspective shifts. We see that life itself, the simple fact of being here, is cause for celebration. We celebrate that the true self brings constant love and support. We recognize the spiritual core of every human being is freedom, love, and joy. In a world weighed down by many burdens, this is the most uplifting truth we can follow.

“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: Every day I accept the incredible gift of being here.

SANSKRIT MANTRA: Lila Hum (I am the playfulness of creation).

1.) The best person you can be, right now, is who you are, right now. What are three qualities about your present self that you admire?

  • My honesty/vulnerability.
  • My tenacity.
  • My passion/the way that I love.

2.) Freedom is the feeling that comes when you embrace the lightness and joy of your existence, right this minute. Write down how you find joy in your life, not in the future but as you are living it today.

I find joy is numerous ways, some of those ways being:

  • Doing my work.
  • Interacting with people that I love.
  • Spending time with friends.
  • Relaxing.
  • Seeing the kids that I am around eyes light up.
  • Making people happy while staying true to myself.
  • Making progress.
  • Fighting through the tough times.
  • Having faith.
  • Accepting myself.

All of these things make my days brighter, lighter, and easier. Even when things get rough and I get discouraged one of the above things pierces the darkness and lets a little light in. Once you see a slighter of light it’s not hard to breakthrough the rough days.

3.) If an angel came to you and asked how your life is a blessing to yourself and others, what would you reply?

When I read this I thought about my mom. I imagined her as I always do checking in on me from afar. This is honestly how I’ve become better at decision making, treating people better, and just being an overall better person. I feel as though I always have someone or something watching over me and I know that it has always been in my favor. Be it saving me from myself, keeping me out of harms way, or rewarding the hard work I put in to become a better person. I never aim to be perfect and I pray I always remain authentic. Being true to myself is how I am and can be a blessing to others. When I’m most authentic, that’s when I am the best me. Telling my truths is how I grow and heal myself as well as help others. I am most authentic when I am responsibly speaking my mind, giving, laughing, loving, receiving, learning, teaching, sharing, healing, and walking in my path.

4.) Daily Reflection:

The appreciation for being here is something that I think is taken for granted by so many people, self included. When I began this meditation, I was in a good place and somewhere around Week 2; everything changed. There were outward struggles and inward struggles essentially causing things to be very uncomfortable to me. There were things that I had been bottling up and there were things I were beginning to realize. The duality of these things began to attempt to manifest itself as rage and nastiness. The harder I fought, the more it grew. I tried venting, I even became a little vocal online. At some point I even became close to pursuing confrontation and it just seemed that nothing I tried would ease my mind or my spirit. Once something small turns into something big, it can trickle into every aspect of your life. We can start looking for lack as opposed to resting in appreciation. We begin to judge and criticize others and lose sight of ourselves.

I appreciate being here. I don’t like going through uncomfortable phases in my life but I appreciate the growth that I’ve experienced which has allowed me to better work through my issues. I appreciate the love I am surrounded by and the forgiveness I am shown often. I appreciate the hard times because I know that they always pass and I come out stronger, wiser, and more driven when they are over. I love the life that I am blessed to live and I wouldn’t change one sequence of events that have occurred. I appreciate the things that inspire me. I appreciate the things that motivate me. I am thankful for this vision that grows daily in my heart. I am thankful for the ability to be intently focused and driven.

I am thankful that I haven’t given up….and that I won’t.

“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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