Oprah and Deepak

Next Monday, the 21st of March, Oprah and Deepak start one of their many 21 day meditation courses.  Entitled, "Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit."  If you hesitant at all about meditating this is the course for you! Oprah and Deepak make sure their meditations are for any level of meditator. From the, "I don't know how to meditate," person to the seasoned practitioner.  Where ever you are on the experiential spectrum, Oprah and Deepak have you covered. If you are at all interested, sign up here: https://chopracentermeditation.com/.

You have nothing to loose (it is free) and a lot to gain.

Kendall

Eating Meditation: Hara hachi bun me

Hara hachi bun me is a Confucian (551-479 BCE) teaching that instructs people to eat until they are 80% full.  

Practice saying, "Hara Hachi Bun Me," before you begin your meal. Then repeat the mantra quietly to yourself throughout the meal.  Notice what shifts for you.



Each Day, Find Something You Haven’t Used in a While and Give It Away

Simple Instructions:

  • Find something in your house that you haven’t used 2 years.
  • Once you’ve identified the item, ask yourself if the item brings you joy.
  • If it doesn't, give it away.

Why Is This Practice Important?

Letting go is hard. We all have things we hang onto for various reasons.

But unnecessary clutter clogs the brain so that the present moment cannot be utilized, noticed and sequestered. It is difficult to cultivate present moment thinking from a foundation of past memories related to objects.  

The benefit of the present moment can be found in the peace you, generally, have in the present moment. If you notice, while you read this, the past does not exist and the future does not exist. All that exists is the moment right now and in this moment, things are, generally, peaceful and calm, right? 

Does that make sense?

By decluttering our lives we establish a womb of calm and peace rooted in the present moment. By practicing present moment thinking we take the calm on the outside and draw it into the inside. We see the same thing. A calm, peaceful present thought rooted in a calm, peaceful, present moment, rooted in a calm, peaceful present home. 

Practicing this leads to a more calm, peaceful, life. 

A Daily De-Clutter Practice = lightness, freedom, ease, efficiency, and breath.

 

Meditation: Some of the Benefits

A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including:

  • Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
  • Lowered cholesterol levels
  • Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
  • More efficient oxygen use by the body
  • Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
  • Improved immune function
  • Decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia

 

Why meditate?

Why not?  The world needs meditation. 

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

So many of us are sick, angry, depressed, uncentered, unfocused, stressed, and unhappy. Meditation change that. The simply act of sitting quietly can alter your entire perception of life creating a calm, centered, happy being. That is how the Global Meditation Project came about.

We can all see it. There is no denying it. Societies, especially western ones, are getting sicker and unhealthier by the day.  From war, to obesity, to unhealthy economies, to overconsumption, to disease, we need meditation and we need it now.

Meditation manifests deep rooted positive changes in people.  Time and time again we see, the simple act of sitting quietly, a few minutes a day, can alter a persons perspective of the world.  People say how much meditation has improved their entire way of life.  How they can sit with the children at the dinner table and not get angry. How they can sit in bumper to bumper traffic and just relax, how they can deal with any number of uncomfortable situations in a calm manner, how they slow down, how they become more grateful, how they step back into grace...the list goes on and on.  

Regardless of what the medical studies say or don't say (that is besides the point), the people who practice meditation find they experience a increased level of wellbeing. 

We, at the Global Meditation Project, want to give you access to meditation. Whether you are seasoned practitioner or a beginner, we have it all.  We want to give global citizens access to some of the best meditation teachers in the world.

By starting with our inner selves, we effect how we see and interact with the world.  One person at a time we can change the world for the better. Take a few moments a day to sit quietly. You never know, you might become well, you might become a better friend, a better spouse, a better child, or a better person.  Your families and communities will thank you for it.  We promise.