Wow…an entire day to do with what I choose…bwahahahah! Seems I forgot to leave February 29th out of the scheduling. It had, by early this morning, become just another day.
But my day starts differently nowadays. I have re-instituted an old pattern that was life-changing in the beginning and has not lost its power.
Many years ago my husband and I found the value of Transcendental Meditation and paid (in those years) a lot of money to learn it and introduce it to our young children. In those years, well before the widespread introduction of Buddhism into our culture and before the Beatles joined the movement, this was considered to be “out there”.
It worked for us. We each noticed a difference in the other when we were practicing. I found TM to be almost magical in those years. As a young mother I was burning the candle at both ends. Meditation soothed me. I imagined that 10 minutes of my mantra made up for a missing 5 hours of sleep. No problem. And then I let time and tasks intervene.
Yet for years I have intermittently tried to keep meditation in my life. I listen to Pema Chodron and realize that there are lifelong practitioners who have the same problem I have; an overactive mind. Too much of my meditation time has been spent planning dinner and torturing problems that can’t be solved.
Last fall my daughter-in-law asked me to join her in a free 21-day Meditation Challenge from Deepak Chopra. A guided meditation was posted each day on the website for the Chopra Center. I immediately loved it. Being talked into and guided through 12 to 20 minutes of mindfulness and mindlessness fit me perfectly. With the exception of a few days, I have followed this practice daily since that introduction.
This morning during the meditation (did I mention that my mind is still overactive?) I thought…”Why, am I not spreading the word?”
So here it is. 21-Day Meditation Challenge. Click that link and change your attitude. This is a free program. And it’s not too late! (This challenge began 10 days ago but you are allowed to access 10 past days worth of daily meditations so it isn’t too late. Also, the concept is to create a habit in 21 days, so if you have to repeat one day in order to complete the challenge…that works.)
I know. This is weird. I don’t usually promote anything on my blog. However, I’m a believer. I’m not going to belabor you with how it has changed the way I move through my days. I’ll let you find that out for yourselves.
After all, you have an entire extra day to get started! On your mark, get set…