At the time, I thought what about love? What about acceptance? But after thinking about it for a while, I realized that when you are living your life the way that you intend to, getting the love you want, getting the acceptance you need – you have peace of mind. When you are connecting with your spirit and feeling what I like to refer to as “being in the flow” – you have peace of mind. He was absolutely right. That’s all that I’ve ever tried to do – live with peace of mind. It was my motivator because nothing feels as good as having peace of mind.
I’ve been a practicer of yoga and meditation for years. It’s my religion – the way I connect with myself and with God. It forces me to shut my mind off and be present. Because that’s all we have, right? The present. The past is unchangeable and the future hasn’t happened yet so I try not to spend too much time in any of these places. I try to stay in the moment.
Meditation has affected every area of my life. I’m less anxious, less judgmental of myself and more self aware, but the biggest benefit is that it alleviates stress. As a small business owner, unforeseen things come up all the time. Meditation allows me to react to things calmly and understand that it’s just the flow of life. You have to surrender to it and move on.
Today I started a 21 day Meditation Challenge with Deepak Chopra of the Chopra Center. The theme is Creating Abundance. Now who doesn’t want more abundance in their lives? Each day you receive an email with a guided meditation. The meditation lasts about 15 minutes. If you’ve never meditated before it’s a great way to start – I got Kadi to do her first one with me back in May and now we’re both at it again – creating abundance in our lives.
If you’ve never meditated I invite you to join us on this 21 day journey. You can sign up here. You will be amazed at what happens.
Meditation keeps me connected to myself. I try to do it daily. Some days are easier than others. Some days my mind won’t get quiet no matter what I do, but instead of getting frustrated, I acknowledge that tomorrow is another day and I will have another opportunity to commune with myself because I’m not going anywhere. And just that thought alone brings me peace of mind.