Meditating With Oprah For Free

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

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7 Comments / Post A Comment

sheistolerable (#2,382)

What exactly does that program provide that you needed an app to replace? Not trying to be snarky, I’ve never meditated and can’t figure out why you’d need an app to do it. Timing?

Meaghano (#529)

@sheistolerable This is a good question! I really should have explained in the post. Shit. The short answer is you DON’T need an app at all. You don’t need anything. The app I downloaded is yep, for timing, and has some white noise or rain sounds or all kinds of hippie options. And this Oprah thing basically has a little pep talk at the beginning, then sets a mantra — in this case a sanskrit phrase you can repeat if you get distracted and find it helpful (today’s was “I am”) — and then during the meditation part (~15min) they play goofy music, which I find helpful, and then sound a bell when it’s over. So yeah, you don’t need any of it, and plenty of people would be bothered by it, but I find the structure helpful. It sets mental boundaries for me, like “Okay I am meditating now because there is fake palm tree wind playing.” But it’s different for everyone!

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

The blurb for “Desire and Destiny” sounds ridiiculous, and yet I’m tempted to try it, haha. I too need structure to do any kind of regular meditating, unfortunately. I took mindfulness classes for several weeks a few months ago for anxiety and told myself I’d continue doing the practices, but I haven’t done a single one since. C’mon, brain!

omgkitties (#206)

Oooh! I *just* started meditating a few weeks ago (mostly in the afternoons, at work, when I’d graciously cut off my pinky for a nap) and I feel SO much better after! I use and recommend a free app – ‘Take a Break’. There’s 7 and 13 minute guided meditations that can be done with or without background music or sound.

Meaghano (#529)

@omgkitties Ooh ok I will download it! Thank you!!

Kthompson (#1,858)

I love meditating. I’ve been doing it for about a year, and it has helped me tremendously. Recently I bought a CD of guided meditation by Jack Kornfield, and the first time I listened to it, I laughed. “Training your mind is like training a puppy. Sit. Stay. And then the puppy goes away. Bring the puppy back.” I mean, it does sound like a lot of New Age-y, feel good gobbledy gook, but my god, it works! Centering! Breathing! It has done wonders for anger issues, bad spending habits, and my general mental and physical health. (My god, I sleep so well these days.)

There are tons of free meditation guides and resources, plus vids on posture and technique. You shouldn’t have to pay for anything because so much of it is a free resource.

Meaghano (#529)

@Kthompson This morning (day two) my mind was going CRAZY. I was almost screaming inside and had to fight myself not to open my eyes and get up and walk away. It felt like torture, which was wild to observe. My puppy brain needs training.

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