I have just completed a 21 day abundance challenge with Deepak Chopra. And, firstly, I want to say, it is just that, a challenge. My initial reaction to the invitation with its rules and regulations, was mixed, and I know with hand on heart at any other time in my life, I would have immediately declined. I certainly have a pace and way of doing things in my life. My structure, or lack thereof was being challenged right off the bat. I usually attach a ‘I like’ and ‘I don’t like’ to something that challenges the way I work, I get stressed and overwhelmed, smashing the ‘I have no time for this button’, coupled with a big middle finger. SUCK IT. Not for me, don’t push me.
And so I decided; not this time, I want to challenge that part of myself, and really let go, and try it, with an open mind and heart. Traditional seated meditation has never been my forte. Most of my meditation is done out in nature, where I find it easy to tap into my peace centre, relax and just be. Guided meditation turned out to be a really nice structure for me to experience a consistent seated practice, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing so every morning. After the 21 days I literally thought to myself; why isn’t this a forever day abundance challenge? DAM IT! Ding ding and my penchant for morning rituals lights up.
Honestly though, some days it was really tough, tough in the sense of feeling pressure from myself to efficiently complete the day’s challenge. But every task attached to each day’s meditation was incredibly fruitful and freeing, so with patience and compassion for myself I took each day as it came. It delved into areas I did not know I held tension or negative beliefs. Questions that hit hard, especially after seeing my answers spill out. At times the weight of those beliefs were made so small and insignificant when viewed on the page. Surprising things or realisations, that were emotionally charged, yet many other times watching my knowledge and inner wisdom pour out onto the page made me feel so, so liberated.
I can positively say over the three weeks, that many opportunities, joy, connection and healing came into my life in such a short space of time. And the best part! The best part is, I have it all down in a journal to remind myself to keep asking those questions, to keep connecting to my intuition, to trust in myself and in the universe. To be able to open my eyes more to what is abundantly around. To quit the neighsayer mentality, to believe more in what is out there for us all. That opportunity and possibilities are everywhere, we just need to trust and allow ourselves access to them and truly see ourselves with them. To connect to that vision for ourselves, and not be scared to see good things for ourselves in our lives. Let go of the meekness, the smallness, really embrace what is abound.
If you read my blog, it’s quite clear that I focus on perspective and self belief. I am passionate about finding tools, and methods to empower myself and others to be the person they want to be, to allow themselves to accept, delight, embrace, and love all of who they are, who they were and who they will be. How not to let past patterns, hurts and traumas overshadow the light naturally wanting to shine through, the light that seeks to merge, to connect to the beaming energy that is good and nurturing in the great vast ocean of energy in this world we all live in.
For anyone curious about trying this program, know that it is work, but it is good work. It is freeing work, it is a great tool to spring clean, and clear out any sticky unserving patterns that may go unnoticed, and ultimately block or obscure your path. It uses meditation, journaling prompts and affirmations as its structure, a powerful combination.
It made me realise how aligning these methods with one clear intention for the day, was something I was missing in my personal practices, it’s what I would like to work on, and one of my biggest takeaways from this. When we get caught up in the doing and doing of things, we lose sight of the why of it, and oftentimes the benefit is lost, and it can morph into a stressor. It’s important for us to spring clean, clear out, question and reassess our daily routines and rituals. You know? In the fog of all this doing, and without us even realising it’s happened, we so easily fall foul to the monotony trap, losing clarity on the things that are important in our lives.
If you fancy a little refreshing mind spritz, maybe some clear spectacles to view your place in the world more wholly? Or to rediscover and reconnect with yourself, with the things you are passionate about, and remember what is important again to your heart and soul? To step ahead a little lighter, a little freer, a little more excited for the possibilities that lay all around you? 21 Days of abundance may just be the gateway you need to see what is abundantly already there for you, so you can celebrate by living your life just the way you were always meant to live it.
I believe that my friend brought me this opportunity at the right moment in my life, and so maybe you too can use this tool and see what fruit it may bear for you, and feel comfort in knowing this challenge is here ready and waiting for you if and when you want it.