Readers Club

As a writer, am I not expected to have a book club? My READER’S CLUB enables me to share with you all the books, articles, journals etc that I am currently reading. I will also share the theme and how it is changing my life. What I learnt from the material and what I will do differently after the material. I will bring you guys in on all the fun. You ll love reading even more than ever before

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience- Day 12 Inspired Me

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Day 12
Inspired Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

I am inspired. I am unstoppable.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Varunam Namah
My actions are in alignment with cosmic law.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

When we follow our hearts, we make life choices that seemingly open doors for us without force, we are then aligned with our inner knowing. The path is revealed with ease. Other times, we may “over-think” our decisions, choosing the guidance of the mind over the messages of the heart. We may find that in these moments, our paths become filled with obstacles that hinder us at nearly every turn.

In today’s meditation, we will connect deeply with our hearts, our most trustworthy inner guidance system. As we relax into our heart-center, we access the wisdom of the whole universe and the blueprint for true happiness. The invitation is to silence the chatter—to gently release thoughts, judgments, distractions, and pressures—in order to truly hear our hearts’ desires and messages. Only then can we source our inner inspiration and realize not only our dreams, but our destinies.
Mindful Moment

Gift yourself by dedicating time today to check your “heart center pulse.” Pause several times over the course of the day, place your hand on your heart and breathe. Close your eyes and spend time noticing your natural breath. Feel the easy flow of breath coming in and going out. Stop to feel your heart, allowing your senses to feel the rhythm of your physical heart and the pulse of your intuitive feeling heart. Just feel, connecting with your center, just be.

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience. Day 11- Inspired Me

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Day 12
Inspired Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

I am inspired. I am unstoppable.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Varunam Namah
My actions are in alignment with cosmic law.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

When we follow our hearts, we make life choices that seemingly open doors for us without force, we are then aligned with our inner knowing. The path is revealed with ease. Other times, we may “over-think” our decisions, choosing the guidance of the mind over the messages of the heart. We may find that in these moments, our paths become filled with obstacles that hinder us at nearly every turn.

In today’s meditation, we will connect deeply with our hearts, our most trustworthy inner guidance system. As we relax into our heart-center, we access the wisdom of the whole universe and the blueprint for true happiness. The invitation is to silence the chatter—to gently release thoughts, judgments, distractions, and pressures—in order to truly hear our hearts’ desires and messages. Only then can we source our inner inspiration and realize not only our dreams, but our destinies.
Mindful Moment

Gift yourself by dedicating time today to check your “heart center pulse.” Pause several times over the course of the day, place your hand on your heart and breathe. Close your eyes and spend time noticing your natural breath. Feel the easy flow of breath coming in and going out. Stop to feel your heart, allowing your senses to feel the rhythm of your physical heart and the pulse of your intuitive feeling heart. Just feel, connecting with your center, just be.

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experince. Day 11- Intentional Me

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Day 11
Intentional Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

I create my reality.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Aham Brahmasmi
I am the universe. I am absolute existence.

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” Rumi

Over the past several days, we have defined what we want in life, responded to our heart’s deepest dreams and desires, and opened to the many opportunities that arise in the present moment. Today, we will learn more about developing clear intentions for our lives.

We believe that attention energizes and intention transforms. We are the masters of our own lives, our realities, and the universe offers us what we ask of it. Therefore, as we place our attention on what it is that we want, we set our intentions to orchestrate everything in our lives to help us achieve our goals. As we become receptive in this way, the universe conspires to support our every step.
Mindful Moment

Before you enter your meditation, take a moment to set one intention for today. Perhaps you would like to share kindness during your travels, or maybe you would like to integrate peace or joy into your day. Take a moment to clearly identify this positive intention. As you close your eyes for meditation, let everything go. In this way, you plant your intentions in the womb of creation and allow the universe to orchestrate the details.

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience- Day 10- Passionate Me

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Day 10
Passionate Me
CENTERING THOUGHT
Now is my time.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Vardhanam Namah

I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius

It is not uncommon to set a goal and then push forward with our eyes so fixed on the destination that we become unaware of the terrain on which we travel. Today we will practice navigating the path toward our destination with fluidity and balance, remaining attentive to our goal with present moment awareness. As we do so, we take a powerful step toward realizing our dreams and living our destinies.

In our passionate pursuit of our life’s purpose, our destination, we have the choice to stay present in the now, which increases our awareness of the many supportive cues and opportunities that arise along the path. Staying connected to the present enables us to enjoy every moment of the journey—the people we meet and the experiences we can enjoy with them—enriching us as we live out our deepest, most heartfelt desires.
Mindful Moment

Sometime today, when you catch yourself projecting into the future, take the time to practice 10 rounds of conscious breathing. Close your eyes and begin to witness the breath as it flows in and out of the nostrils. If it is helpful, count as you practice this, inhaling for a count of five, holding the breath, and exhaling for five. After you repeat this exercise 10 times, notice if you feel more grounded in the present, better able to seize opportunities as they present themselves in the here and now.

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience- Day 9- Focused Me

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Day 9
Focused Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

I am focused upon what I want.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Varunam Namah
My life is in harmony with cosmic law.

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”
Henry David Thoreau

It’s difficult to arrive at a destination if we don’t know where we are headed. This is equally true for our life’s journeys. In order to realize our deepest desires, we need to identify exactly what we want and stay focused on that intention with single-pointed awareness. At the same time, this practice requires us to let go of attachment to any single outcome, opening us up to abundant possibility.

Today’s meditation centers on bringing our heartfelt desires into crystalized focus and putting our attention on what we envision. In this way, we align ourselves with the universe to reach our intended destination, clear on what we hope to achieve and open to all opportunities that help us realize our dreams.
Mindful Moment

Before we meditate together, take a minute to notice if you have any attachments, expectations, or fears about your life’s purpose. Just notice and allow yourself to be curious about whatever is present for you in this moment. Inhale deeply from your belly, allowing your breath to carry through your entire being. When you exhale, release anything that isn’t serving you in this moment. Invite your inner knowing to be with you as you meditate today.

Developing Selfless Compassion

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Developing Selfless Compassion

‘So if we love someone, we should train in being able to listen. By listening with calm and understanding, we can ease the suffering of another person.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh

By Leo Babauta

While the idea of being more compassionate is appealing to many people, what stands in the way is that we get irritated by other people, often actually strongly disliking them.

How can you be compassionate with others when they irritate you, rub you the wrong way, make you angry?

It’s difficult. I have a hard time with this fairly often, so I’ve been studying it inside myself. What’s really amazing is how much we get in our own way.

My “self” is the thing that stands in the way of true compassion, I’ve been learning.

And my “self” is almost always putting itself in the center of the universe, demanding things, and becoming angry when it doesn’t get what it feels it deserves.

I’m really blown away by how much I think about myself, and how often I believe (without admitting it to myself) that I deserve to be treated a certain way, that others should act the way I want them to act.
Watch Your Selfish Thoughts

Try monitoring those kinds of thoughts in your own head:

When someone irritates you, your “self” is angry because they aren’t acting the way you want them to act. You think you’re entitled to quiet, entitled to being treated fairly or with respect, entitled to have the world behave the way you want it to behave.
When someone doesn’t clean up after themselves, you get irritated because you think you’re entitled to everyone acting the way you want them to act (being clean and considerate).
When someone gets in your way or cuts you off in traffic, you get irritated, because you think they should not be in your way. Maybe everyone should watch for where you’re going and clear a path?
When someone else needs help, you think first about how it will affect you, rather than how it will affect the other person.
When something unexpected happens at work or in your personal life, you think first about how it will affect you.
When people are talking, you think about how what they’re saying relates to you, how you’ve had a similar experience, what they’re thinking of you.

There are many other variations, but you get the idea. These are self-centered thoughts. I have them all the time — way more than I would have believed before I started monitoring them.

It’s natural for us to have these self-centered thoughts. When we are kids, we believe we’re the center of the universe. When we grow up, we mostly still believe this, and it’s probably a self-defense mechanism to create a universe where we’re at the center of it, entitled to what we want.

But it gets in the way of compassion. Let’s see what happens when we remove ourselves, get out of the way.
Selfless Compassion

Compassion starts with empathy — imagining putting ourselves in the mind of another person, and imagining what they’re going through. We are probably wrong about what they’re going through, because we can’t know, but without this imaginative process we can’t have compassion.

Once we’ve empathized, and feel their suffering, the second half of compassion is wanting to end that suffering, and taking action to ease that suffering in some way.

So empathy is incredibly important, but if we are thinking about ourselves first, and only ourselves, we can’t empathize.

We must get ourselves out of the way, and think of the other person. When we think about how we should be treated, what we want, how something will affect us, we cannot also be thinking of the other person and how something will affect them, how they should be treated, what they want.

So to empathize, we must get out of the way. Be self-less rather than selfish.

How do we do that? Honestly, I’m still learning.

The first step for me has been to become aware of my selfish thinking. And it happens all the time.

The next step, when I recognize this selfish thinking, is to pause, and try to put my mind in the mind of the other person, to empathize, to try to understand what they’re going through. To feel their suffering, and then to want to end it.

And then ask, how can I end that suffering?

Get yourself out of the way, so that compassion becomes possible.
Habits of Entrepreneurs: Jennifer Pattee of Basic Training

I’m happy to share the latest video interview in my Habits of Entrepreneurs series: Jennifer Patee, founder of Basic Training in San Francisco. Jenn started Basic Training in 2008 with the idea that the best workout program is the one you actually want to use. And so she has turned working out into a social, fun, incredible experience that people keep coming back to.

You can watch the short-version of the video below (about 3 mins) for free or get the full version (nearly an hour), along with show notes, by subscribing.

In the full video, Jenn shares her amazing personal story that got her from unhealthy to healthy … thoughts on keeping people coming back to work out consistently, working out in a healthy manner, making health and fitness social, running and eating healthy. It’s a great interview!

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience- Day 8- What Do I Want?

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Day 8
What Do I Want?
CENTERING THOUGHT

My heart knows the answer.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Varunam Namah
My life is in harmony with the universe.

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”
Native American Proverb

Welcome to the second week of our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Desire and Destiny. Last week, we focused on understanding who we are, connecting with our essential nature and divine essence. Today, as we invite abundance and clarity into our lives, we begin to explore what it is we really want in this lifetime. This awareness guides us to the steps on the roadmap toward living our destinies.

We may carry long-held beliefs about our identity and character that were given to us by others. These ideas influence our perceptions about what we want in life. Today, as we meditate together, give yourself permission to let go as you sink into the meditation. Let your heart and soul speak to you as we travel within to hear our inner song of truth. Breathe deeply and receive on this day filled with transformational opportunity. Today we let our hearts lead the way for all of the answers we seek live within—all we have to do is listen.
Mindful Moment

Spend some time today closing your eyes, connecting with your heart, and repeating the questions, “What do I want? What do I really want?” Be open to whatever answers come to you. After a few minutes, open your eyes and write down what you envision. Look at this list each day before you go into meditation and see how these things manifest in your life.

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience- Day 7- Fearless Me

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Day 7
Fearless Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

I am free.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

So Hum
I am.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop
to look fear in the face.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Congratulations on completing the first week of our journey together! During this time, we have taken the important first steps toward initiating transformation by going within to connect with who it is we really are. Our awareness has expanded and we have opened to our authentic and divine nature. We have learned to honor our passions and long-held dreams while freeing ourselves from the limiting thoughts and beliefs that hold us back from the life we desire. We are now more open to our infinite potential, our destiny.

Today, we embark on a powerful journey designed to help us gently release our fears, clearing the way to greet each moment with a sense of strength, connection, wonder, and freedom. As we experience this special guided meditation, we encourage you to connect with your True Self and the deep understanding of your abiding relationship with the infinite.
Mindful Moment

As you prepare for today’s meditation, take a moment to become conscious of your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. Begin to imagine the breath as a tool for cleansing and letting go of all that is not serving you in the moment—a tool which allows you to gently observe the state of your body, mind, and spirit. Conscious breathing is a simple technique to transform and release feelings of fear, anxiety, and tension as you come into the present moment. Give yourself permission to relax into your breath as you begin to enter more deeply into stillness.

Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Experience- Day 6 Resilient Me

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Day 6
Resilient Me
CENTERING THOUGHT
A gift resides in every moment.

SANSKRIT MANTRA
Om Vardhanam Namah
I nourish the universe and the universe nourishes me.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln

Within each perceived failure or difficult life passage lives the seed of opportunity, but so often in life when we experience a setback, we have difficulty seeing the true blessing enveloped in this disguise. Through the sustained practice of meditation, we begin to clear away ego thoughts connected with success and failure and begin to understand that the universe must have much grander plans in store for us that we can only begin to fathom.

Each step along the path of life, regardless of the destination, is an exciting part of the adventure. The moments themselves are the gift, the journey itself, the rich reward.

Mindful Moment

Use today to experiment with perception by tapping into the power of your thoughts, intentions, and the resilient strength that is always with you. As you travel through the day, any time you feel a sense of struggle, or you hear your inner dialogue sending you messages that cause you to feel you have failed or that you are less than, take a moment to pause. Stop what you are doing and allow yourself to take a deep breath. Then re-write the story of your inner response. Take time to identify the opportunities before you as a result of this perceived adversity. Give yourself permission to be in gratitude for the opportunity to learn and grow.

Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. Day 4- Conscious Me

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Day 4
Conscious Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

Abundance surrounds me.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Aham Brahmasmi
I am the universe.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust

All around us are messages that lead us to believe our lives are ones of scarcity and lack, and that competition with one another is the only way we can truly succeed. However, when we begin to witness the world—whether standing in the middle of a majestic forest or scanning the shelves at the grocery store—we come to understand that the entire universe presents itself to us and is ours to enjoy.

In order for us to truly experience everything the world has to offer, we must first come to appreciate all that we already have. By being truly grateful, we open the door to all the power, wisdom, and creativity of the universe, connecting ever more deeply with pure consciousness and its ability to usher anything we can envision into our lives.
Mindful Moment

Today, no matter where you are or what you are doing, take notice of the abundance that surrounds you. Abundance may appear as a loose penny in the parking lot, a warm hug from a friend, or a plentiful display of produce at the supermarket. Consider how effortlessly and easily these gifts and signs of abundance showed up in your experience and give yourself permission to feel authentic gratitude for these blessings. You will be surprised and delighted by the multitude of gifts that continue to appear throughout your day and for days to come.

Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. Day 3- Confident Me

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Day 3
Confident Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

Abundance flows easily and freely to me.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Sat Chit Ananda
Existence, consciousness, bliss.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

The Spiritual Law of Least Effort tells us that we can do less and accomplish more, an idea that seems at odds with what many of us have been taught throughout our lives. In general, we hold the belief that success is the result of hard work, struggle, and sacrifice.

As we’re learning through our time together, the universe has infinite organizing power and as conscious beings, we have ready access to this realm simply by spending time in stillness and silence. The same consciousness that orchestrates the myriad rhythms of the whole world dwells within each of us. By aligning ourselves with consciousness, connecting fully with the present, and staying open to the many opportunities life offers, we have the power within us to realize all our dreams with effortless ease.
Mindful Moment

Just for today, make the decision to practice defenselessness. When you find yourself involved in a discussion in which you feel compelled to take one side over another or express your opinion in order to sway that of another person, instead, gently let go of the need to defend your point of view. Make a commitment to follow the path of no resistance in other ways throughout your day. Witness how effortlessly your day unfolds as you practice letting go and accept things just as they are.

Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. Day 2- Empowered Me

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Day 2
Empowered Me
CENTERING THOUGHT

I am a powerful creator.
SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Kriyam Namah
My actions are aligned with cosmic law.

“Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.” Chief Seattle

Today we explore the concept of karma, the ebb and flow of energy in our lives. We will discover that with awareness, we have the opportunity to mindfully harness this natural current to create a life where our dreams and desires open with effortless ease.

So often we hear about good karma and bad karma, but in reality, karma is simply a reciprocal exchange—what we give, we receive in kind. Through meditation, we connect more deeply with the present, increase our awareness of “what is,” and emerge from the silence with a sense of balance and a desire to make right, conscious choices in our lives. In this way, we begin to recognize our own undeniable role in creating the story of our lives and begin to align ourselves with those choices that are the most nurturing for ourselves and everyone around us.
Mindful Moment

Take a moment to observe one choice before you today. Prior to making a decision, check in with your inner voice and ask yourself, “Is this the most nourishing choice for me and everyone around me?” If the answer does not feel right to you, then consider making another decision. If when you check in with yourself, your choice feels right in your heart, then proceed with abandon.

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