Swallowing my own medicine: non-negotiables and meditation

Meditation. It’s such a loaded word. It’s associated with hope and fear, enlightenment and darkness, pain and happiness. Like anything I believe it’s the “starting” that’s the hardest. Everyone says all you need to do is start with 5-minutes, “Just give it 5-minutes. 5-minutes of being still is all it takes to get started,” is what my good friend Tim once told me. And even though I preach to my clients about creating your non-negotiables and the power of meditation, I just haven’t been able to really start a true “practice” of meditation. Something always gets in the way – an early morning meeting, sleep, the dog, a run – mainly I think it’s my own fear of what I might discover. But really? What am I afraid of? Why am I so afraid of uncovering my light and giving myself some space and time to just BE – to be ME!?!?!?

Recently I realized I need to get out of my own way. I need to get over this crazy fear, and I just need to start. But of course, starting is a process for me, so I’ve been writing in my morning pages about my desire to start a meditation practice and I’ve spoken about it several times even within the last few days with friends, all in an effort to put it out there that I’m readying myself for what I’ve created as this big leap into meditation. I’ve even drifted off to sleep “dreaming” of my medication practice several times in the last few weeks. But, alas, the fear and my ego have got such a tight hold and I still have not taken the plunge.

Until just moments ago. I just love it when the universe listens to you and delivers exactly what you need. My good friend Tricia just sent me an invitation to Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge that starts on November 5. I didn’t even have to think twice. I clicked on the link and went right in and signed up! Whew!

With this 21-day program (they say it takes 21-days to create a practice), each day you have the opportunity to listen to a 15-minute guided meditation. And of course, as part of the program there are all sorts of other inspirational tools and help, including an online journal where you can capture your thoughts and feelings about your personal practice.

I couldn’t think of a more significant sign, or a greater teacher, when it comes to meditation than Deepak Chopra. If you’ve ever had the privilege to see Deepak or hear him speak, it really is a magically soothing experience. He just has this way.

So on the morning of November 5 you’ll find me committing to my meditation non-negotiable on my rooftop deck, facing west towards the ocean with my earphones in, and giving myself the time to BE ME!

Where will you be on the morning of November 5?

Peace, Love & Health – Mel

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2 Comments on “Swallowing my own medicine: non-negotiables and meditation”

  1. November 6, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    Melissa, I was so inspired by this post! I’ve always wanted to try meditation, and even signed up for a 2 class intro session once. I ran late leaving work and stress and worrying turned into no meditation class! Deepak’s 21 day challenge will be great for me. I can do it on my own time, when it feels right for me in my day. I did day one just a bit ago, and it was beautiful. So calming and peaceful and lovely to be in a moment all for myself. Thank you for the inspiration, Melissa.

    • November 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s so amazing just to have a few moments to let go and enjoy true serenity. We’re always asking for more, but we never create the space and the time for it, this is a great way to do that. Thanks for the reading, and thanks for the post!

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