Hello, dear readers, it’s Susan, your editor in chief of SUCCESS magazine. I’ve just finished week one of the Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience, and right off the bat, I need to tell you that meditation is a wonder drug. Yes, I said drug—it’s that potent. I am by trade a skeptic, but something has changed in my brain chemistry. Despite the fact that my thoughts are impossible to turn off—IMPOSSIBLE! Arrrgghh!—until virtually the last few seconds of the meditation, I am astonished at how calm, clear and optimistic I feel just seven days into the Experience.
It doesn’t mean there haven’t been speed bumps. I skipped a day when we had five guests staying in the house for four days. Another day, when I didn’t have time to meditate at lunchtime, I tried doing it in the evening, when both my cat and my 11-year-old daughter were meowing for attention. My daughter was outside my bedroom door whining, “How long are you going to be in there?” I never for a moment relaxed. But that wasn’t Oprah or Deepak’s fault (it was Darcy’s and Sassy’s!).
The meditations start with Oprah talking about the topic of the day. I love Oprah and think she’s a genius, but at first the stuff sounded like total mumbo-jumbo. It’s all about the “true self” underneath what I guess is our phony self. She talks about the power of attraction and how, once you’re operating from your true self, your deepest desires just sort of “manifest” (it sounds like The Secret). But though it sounds like nonsense I intuitively get it. For example, if you need a job but believe in yourself 100 percent, you’re likelier to get the job than someone who doesn’t.
Next Deepak comes on, and his beautiful accent makes everything sound appealing (I love how he rolls his r’s!). He give us the “centering thought of the day,” the Sanskrit mantra that connects to that thought, and how the mantra translates. Then he rings a little bell, and we’re supposed to focus on our breaths and repeat the mantra silently to ourselves until he rings the little bell again.
The first day I meditated, I had a headache, and since I suffer from migraines, I was worried the pain was going to progress. Instead it went away—poof. It just doesn’t ever do that. (Did a deep desire just manifest? How’d that happen?)
On another day, I had a little revelation. I thought that, at my age, I had finally stopped being such a people pleaser. But guess what kinds of thoughts obsess me when I’m supposed to be thinking in Sanskrit?
Last, for probably four months I have worried about a shortness of breath I’ve been experiencing. From editing Drs. Oz and Roizen’s column, I know it’s a symptom of heart problems. I had resolved to call my doc today and get in for testing. But first, I meditated. And this time, I silenced the worrywart beast long enough to realize I was gulping in big, deep breaths.
Tune in next week to see how I’m doing on my meditation journey. Better, sign up yourself at Oprah.com/meditate or download the new Meditation Experience companion app, and join me—and Oprah and Deepak! It’s not too late: Each guided meditation is up for five days, so, if you signed up now, you would only miss the first couple of days.
Until next week…. Namaste.