“For how long?”
“A long weekend.”
“Wait… where are you doing this?”
“At the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.”
“Why?” — Believe it or not, that is the question no one asked. Whether they wondered it or not, after the logistical questions were answered, it was “Whoa! That’s awesome! You have to tell me how you enjoy it!” or something of that variation.
I attended a basic Meditation Weekend at the Chopra Center to recharge, enhance my practice, and receive my own mantra. I attended lectures by doctors and talented business people who have changed their lives by incorporating mindfulness into their day. I tried various types of yoga including “chakra toning” using sounds which create balancing effects throughout the body.
With over 70 participants from all over the world, I met all types of cool people! One awesome chick from Brooklyn works at the United Nations and connects generous celebrities with global non profit organizations to donate their time and money. We traded yoga studio names in New York and became fast friends. She was there because after 15 years of working at the United Nations, she was ready to make a big career change and this time away provided her with the clarity to get real about those decisions.
Meditation allows us to pause, step back and ask questions. Look at our actions and make choices. It allows us to detach from our robot-like behaviors and change our conditioned minds. We can re-connect to our true gifts and remember our purpose. This practice provides countless health benefits including lowering blood pressure and decreasing stress hormones. For me, it is extremely centering and provides a solid foundation for the entire day.
After the weekend, I felt centered, balanced, and clear. Whatever I was doing, I was fully present for it. When I went back to work, I was completely in the moment while talking to clients and coworkers. I was not simply going through the motions but listening with my full presence.
When is the last time you took some time for yourself? I’m not talking about some solo Netflix, I’m talking about really giving yourself a break. It doesn’t have to be a weekend away. A walk outside, reading a book in a coffee shop, getting a massage, journaling, yoga, painting, gardening, fishing – when is the last time you stepped outside of the routine and made sure you are feeling balanced and happy?
With the New Year right around the corner, this is the PERFECT time to set new habits centering around YOU. Create new rituals just because! You don’t owe anyone an explanation. When you take care of yourself, others will see the benefits in time.
Peace & Love,