In Case You Ever Wanted To Try Meditation . . .

There is a FREE three-week meditation program, starting today, that I am doing and I wanted to share it in case anyone else had an interest in meditation.  You can sign up for it here:  https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience  and get started!  This is a great way to start, or return to meditation if you haven’t done it in awhile.  I like the idea of doing something collectively, like people all over the world are doing this at the same time!  If you’re interested, give it a try!  Meditation has been shown to help with depression and definitely has beneficial effects on the brain.  Have a great day!

I Choose Love

My favorite meditation on my Deepak Chopra Living in Love app on my iphone is called “I Choose Love.” That is the mantra that is repeated throughout the meditation. Most of the time when I’m meditating, my mind is just wandering around the universe, wondering if I have any yogurt in the refrigerator? Did I forget to pick up a prescription at Walgreens? Is it time to get a new pedicure? If so, what color?

For the first time today when I was meditating, I was actually able to focus on and experience the mantra “I Choose Love.” A chill went through my body as I realized that when it comes to Love, my cup runneth over. I am so incredibly blessed with this huge, and hugely supportive family of parents, brothers, sisters, brother and sister-in-laws, and dearly precious nieces and nephews, not to mention cousins, aunts, uncles, and some very rockin’ friends. I am blessed and I am grateful.

In my last post I mentioned that my ECT doc suggested that I may need to do ECT once a week for life. In talking to my therapist about it, she thought that notion was completely ridiculous (thank you therapist!!) and she also pointed out that there is a BOATLOAD of evidence showing that meditation, yoga and exercise help create new neural pathways in the brain, and they all strongly aid in the reduction of depressive symptoms. So, I’ve decided to keep up with the daily meditation, yoga, exercise, and supplement taking (as well as psychiatric meds) and I called and cancelled Friday’s ECT appointment.

I choose LOVE, including self-love (no I’m not talking about masturbating) as my primary treatment for depression. I believe!! Click here for my favorite most uplifting song regarding believing. I’m no bible thumper (you may have noticed my fantastically foul mouth) but one thing I really DO love is gospel music. I love to sing it too!! It can really spank my mood into submission.

On a totally unrelated note (hold on, I’m hitting the brakes so I can flip a bitch!) I am going to the Broncos game tomorrow!!! I am SO EXCITED and I pray that we smash Seattle into the ground!! GO BRONCOS!!!!! I’ll see ya on the flipside. PEACHES!!

The Abundant Om

Good morning and om!  I am doing a 21-day meditation here, in case you’re interested, it is called 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey with Deva Premal and Miten.  I love to do these 21-day meditations because they’re such a good shot in the arm.  Then I heard on NPR last night that meditating can actually enhance frontal lobe activity and for someone with ADD tendencies or just plain ADD, anything that can increase my frontal lobe stimulation is a WIN!  When I used to be sober and a member of AA I was a pretty steady daily meditater and I’m wondering if that’s part of why my life used to look better than it does now.  Some of you may be experiencing a big DUH on that last sentence, like, DUH maybe you should just be sober again, and maybe I will be someday, but not today.  Still, I will go for the meditation.  This one includes chanting, which I like, because it occupies me, rather than sitting passively trying to clear my mind.  The flapping of the mouth serves to clear the mind for me better than sitting quietly.  Today’s meditation was on abundance.  After yesterday’s abundance of devil dust, today we are seeing blue skies, yeahhhh boy!  Hope everyone enjoys an abundant day, in the best way.