This might be the most vulnerable and potentially embarrassing thing I am going to share with you here, and that is saying a lot, but I started Day One of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge today, and I am unapologetically excited about it.
This month’s theme is Desire and Destiny:
Follow your passion. Find your purpose. Discover true freedom.
Join us for Desire and Destiny, a transformational 3-week journey toward living with passion and abundance! Uncover your creative brilliance, connect with your deepest desires, and tap into to your pure potential. Then watch your soul’s purpose and true destiny emerge, opening the door to living a life in which all things are within reach and dreams transform into reality.
I want to roll my eyes, yes, but I also want to discover true freedom!
This theme is only a little bit more embarrassing than the one they did in August called “Miraculous Relationships,” which I fully participated in and fully loved. I had never meditated regularly before, but I did do almost every day of the last ‘challenge’ and it ended up being a really good start to my day and I got weirdly addicted to meditating, which unfortunately goes against the whole point of meditating but what are you gonna do? Then at the end of the 21 days, as soon as I was truly hooked, they gave us a bonus day or two and then tried to sell everyone $100 meditation packages. I was tempted (I felt so good! So centered! So miraculous and in love!), but instead I downloaded a free meditation app on my phone and then obviously never meditated again.
But now the dream team of pseudo-spiritual entrepreneurs are back, and they are going to help us bring about our destiny and live in abundance as fonts of divine creativity, FOR FREE. There is a lot to be critical and dubious about here, granted, and there are surely better guides out there, and teachers who are perhaps less photoshopped and more faithful to actual tenets of meditation practice, however! This one is here, and it’s free, and they email you every day and bug you about it. So if you have been at all curious about getting a meditation practice going, and if you are at all able to turn off the critical parts of your brain, and if like me, completing little structured programs helps you form new habits, I think this is a good way to start.
Although if anyone can recommend a better class, or guide, or program, I would love to hear about it! And if I achieve my creative destiny within the next 21 days, I will be sure to let you guys know, and I hope you’ll do the same.
Photo: Drab Makyo