If you are looking for a good guided meditation, then this is the review for you. The Chopra Center Meditation site often has a free 21-day guided meditation with Oprah & Deepak. They also sell their guided meditations on their site so you can do them whenever you want, but the free ones are exactly the same, you just can’t do them whenever you want. I’ve been doing these guided meditations for years, and I got my mom hooked on them as well. Would they benefit you? Here’s what I’ve learned about them and how I feel about them.
All 21-Day Guided Meditations Are Focused On One Subject And Each Day Focuses On One Aspect Of That Subject
Oprah and Deepak’s meditations are not just about closing your eyes and being quiet. They are focused on various topics that impact all of our lives.
For instance, the latest free meditation was focused on ‘making every moment matter’. It focused on leaving the stress behind and making time for what really matters in life. I think that’s something we can all benefit from!
Other guided meditations from them have been focused on things like:
- Desire and Destiny – Finding your purpose in life.
- Hope in Uncertain Times – Learning to leave fear and anxiety behind and embrace hope.
- Shedding the Weight – Learning to shed the heaviness that holds you back.
Each day of the 21 days includes a specific focus that builds upon the last. For example, in the Making Every Moment Matter meditation, day 1 focuses on where time goes, day 2 focuses on the biology of time, and day 3 focuses on recognizing and healing time dysfunction.
Oprah Talks Then Deepak Talks Then You Meditate
These guided meditations are neat in that, before the actual meditation, Oprah gives a lesson on the subject at hand and then so does Deepak. So, if the meditation is 22 minutes long, you will spend about two minutes listening to Oprah and then a few minutes listening to Deepak before you actually start meditating.
This really allows the message that you are meditating on to sink in before you get started. I mean, we all know how good of teachers both Oprah and Deepak are.
All 21 Guided Meditation Days Have A Centering Thought
Each day you will listen to the lesson and then focus on a centering thought around that lesson for the rest of the day.
For instance, day 1 of Making Every Moment Matter focuses on ‘The best time of my life is now’. This is a thought that you are supposed to contemplate for the day after you finish the meditation.
I love this centering thought idea. It really helps you live out the rest of your day in the state you were in during your meditation – peaceful, reflective, and observant instead of reactive.
All 21 Guided Meditation Days Have a Mantra
Each guided meditation is not just about closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. You also repeat a mantra to yourself that goes along with the lesson of the day.
For instance, day 1 of Making Every Moment Matter focuses on the mantra ‘So Hum’ which means ‘I am.’
You repeat this mantra to yourself over and over again for the duration of the meditation.
There two benefits I’ve found using mantras during these meditations is that:
- Mantras help you vibrate at a vibration level that is beneficial to you. In other words, you get out of fear or worry and you find yourself in a better state of being where you can relax and enjoy the meditation.
- Mantras help you stay focused during your meditations. This is because you need to repeat the mantra over and over again as you meditate.
What Is A Mantra?
This is a great explanation of what a mantra is and, if you are like me, it will make you want to embrace mantras into your life.
All 21 Guided Meditation Days Have A Journal
We all know that Oprah believes in the power of writing things down and journaling. I’m not sure if that’s why the journal is included or not, but I’m just glad that it is included.
Usually, there are about 3 questions that you have to reflect on in your journal. And, then there is a fourth space to write down any thoughts or feelings you have for the day.
Don’t worry, even though these answers are stored in an online journal in your account, nobody else can see them.
All you do is go to ‘journal’ in the top menu and you will be able to see all your days of the meditation and what you have written down during them.
All 21 Guided Meditation Days Have A Message That You Can Read And Reflect On
Don’t worry if you don’t completely hear everything Oprah or Deepak says during the meditation experience because there is a message of the day that you can click on afterward and read to drive home the point of the day if you didn’t fully get it.
The Facebook Plugin On The Site Keeps You Connected
There is an app which you can use to listen to your meditations and do all of the above things. I use it and it works great. I’ve had no problems with it.
But, if you go to the actual site, you can also read the comments from people on Facebook who are also participating in the current 21-Day meditation experience.
The comments help you feel connected and more engaged in the meditations. Plus they often teach you things or give you things to think about. So, you may want to go there at some point during your day and check out what’s being said.
Don’t Worry If You Miss The First Day Of The 21-Day Meditation
Another thing I like about this meditation experience is that even though it starts on a certain day, you have 5 days from when the meditation is released to listen to it. So, if it starts on October 30th, you have until November 3rd to listen to the first one and start your 21-day meditation.
If You Are Looking For A Great Guided Meditation, This Is It!
I recommend these meditation experiences to all my family and friends because I think they are so beneficial. My mom really likes them, and she usually has a hard time sitting down and concentrating for meditation. She says that the mantras in these guided meditations are what helps her the most.
Not all the meditation experiences from Oprah and Deepak are going to be what you need, but sometimes it will be exactly what you need at the right time. That’s the case for me in this Making Every Moment Matter meditation experience.
In any case, if you don’t like the free guided meditation topic, don’t do it and wait for the next one. I’ve noticed they put out about three per year. (It may be four, I can’t recall how many I’ve done this year.)
To be notified of the next free 21-Day Guided Meditation Experience, go to the Chopra Meditation Center site and register for an account. Then just wait for the email that another experience is happening, mark it on your calendar, and get started within five days of the first day.