Oprah Winfrey Free Meditation Program

 In Health, MOM

It’s 1:30 p.m. The girls are both in their rooms (angels sing) — one in nap time, the other, quiet time. The choice is mine. Do I check items off my to-do list or veg on the couch with Elementary? Usually, I admit, I take the opportunity to indulge in the mindlessness that is Netflix. But in the next few weeks, I will be more mindful. I’ll use the girls’ quiet time for my meditation time.

Oprah and Deepak Chopra offer, from time to time, a free, three week meditation program. The next one begins Monday and I plan to take part, as I have half a dozen times over the past few years.

It can be a little painful to give up the sparse pockets of freedom to sit quietly and listen to recorded enlightenment. But as an anxiety mom, and someone who is truly interested in meditation, I know that this time spent is a trade-off worth making.

I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to be disciplined when so many other things require my time. I can’t consistently sit in a designated zen corner of my apartment every day, twice a day, for 20 minutes to two hours, but I can try to set my daily grind aside for 20 minutes — whether it’s before the girls get up, after bedtime or somewhere in between. I can do this more easily when there’s a program to follow. I am reminded with an e-mail and know I have only five days’ wiggle room in the program, so it feels a little bit like homework, like I’m accountable to someone to listen. It may sound strange but it motivates me when I feel like putting it off, again.

Some days I don’t make it through a whole recording without interruption. Sophie likes to share her experiences from time to time, even if she’s supposed to be playing by herself. “Mommy, my butt just farted!” I said excuse me and you forgot to say: “You’re excused!”

Oprah Winfrey Free Meditation Program

But I’ve long since left behind the notion of absolute silence. Some days I get it and rejoice. Some days, not so much. Whatever happens, I always feel like I’ve gained something. The meditations are split into three parts: It begins with a few observations and thoughts from Oprah. Part two moves into some food for thought from Deepak. Finally, it finishes with some calming music for your own meditations. If you’re an overachiever you can use the online journal to write out some thoughts based on each day’s topic.

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for maintaining health, helping with sleep, easing anxiety and helping us to stay grounded. While I know this, and have practiced it off and on for quite some time, I have never developed a consistent practice. I have, however, been able to grab hold of these little opportunities and find that every little bit helps.

This is most definitely not an advertisement for two people who need no help from me. But it is a call to anyone out there who could use a little help finding time to get grounded. This is a free way to dip your toe in.

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