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November 13 2012

Developing Spiritual Muscle

Written by Oprah Winfrey for www.huffingtonpost.com

It is not too late to participate in our FREE online Meditation Challenge. You can still sign up here: http://chopracentermeditation.com/deepak

A week ago, many of you started our 21-Day Meditation Challenge with my friend, spiritual wisdom teacher Deepak Chopra. With 14 days to go, I want to encourage you to stay with it. My first attempts years ago were start-and-stop, and I kept thinking, "I must be doing this wrong, 'cause my thoughts are speeding up rather than slowing down." "Let's meditate" felt like an invitation for my mind to go whirly-dirly. The chatter and thoughts were incessant; the more I tried to concentrate on a mantra or my breath, the louder and crazier the thoughts. Like CRAY-CRAY crazy (flying elephants and birds with toes, to name a few). That happened every time for about the first week. When I stopped fighting the thoughts -- let them be, come and go, didn't resist, and didn't TRY to do anything or have any expectation -- it gradually got easier.

 

 

I've since learned that the more stressed we are, the more forceful the chatter. It's like energy being released through the noise of your mind. Stay with it. With practice, like developing a muscle, your ability to BE STILL and BE ONE with the STILLNESS will come.

 

My life is better when I get still regularly. Call it meditation or call it quiet time -- doesn't matter. The benefits are the same. If you stay with the practice, it's like developing spiritual muscle. I promise you will become less stressed, more focused.

 

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Top comments

  • Thank u for all your help u give to us..I hope to learn who to come still,,,thank u

    Mindy Rolfe // 2012-11-14 13:34:36 // //
  • Say something about the change, dear Deepak!!! We can't sit still and watch this world getting destroyed any nore, can we???

    Nevenka Milosevic Efstathiou // 2012-11-13 16:38:02 // //

 

 

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  • So true...nameste

    Lee Cleveland // 2012-11-26 22:35:41 // //
  • Dear Nevenka, if more of the world would sit still there will be less destruction in ourselves, and thus in the world.

    t // 2012-11-15 21:03:20 // //
  • very true...god bless..

    kajal // 2012-11-15 13:50:11 // //
  • thank you for your motivation and guidance....gob bless

    kajal // 2012-11-15 13:45:40 // //
  • true.....thxs ji...

    Kajal Chopra // 2012-11-15 13:36:20 // //
  • simple & brill:)

    Agata Teleżyńska // 2012-11-15 11:53:27 // //
  • Thank u for all your help u give to us..I hope to learn who to come still,,,thank u

    Mindy Rolfe // 2012-11-14 13:34:36 // //
  • thanx ji...

    Ree-Roshan Ros // 2012-11-13 23:20:41 // //
  • Very true---your prayers and our practice will lead us to the destination.

    Shahida Sahib // 2012-11-13 22:05:27 // //
  • enjoy!

    Desiree Veehof // 2012-11-13 19:15:11 // //
  • Very true.

    Tasha Blair-Fisher // 2012-11-13 18:47:56 // //
  • concise

    Steve Chaszar // 2012-11-13 17:49:45 // //
  • <3 :-)

    Nataliya Valentinovna Ladokhina // 2012-11-13 17:46:43 // //
  • nothing...without the spirituale guide.... :)

    Magda Peereboom // 2012-11-13 16:42:47 // //
  • Say something about the change, dear Deepak!!! We can't sit still and watch this world getting destroyed any nore, can we???

    Nevenka Milosevic Efstathiou // 2012-11-13 16:38:02 // //
  • Maravilloso... gracias Deepak... me siento como cuando te escuché en la conferencia del 26 de Mayo en Buenos Aires... Argentina... un honor escucharte... Namaste mi maestro...

    Isabel de Abajo // 2012-11-13 16:24:34 // //
  • Positive energy. Positive light. :)

    Victoria Freedom // 2012-11-13 15:57:42 // //
  • Cocreemos juntos una Vida Mejor para TODOS Dando, Recibiendo, Compartiendo, Sirviendo, DISFRUTANDO!!JQ

    Jairo Quiceno // 2012-11-13 15:56:06 // //
  • It's easy to bulge this muscle if you read Deepak Chopra frequently

    Nadeer Kadan // 2012-11-13 15:26:47 // //
  • Thank you deepak for making my world a more peaceful and quieter place..you are an inspiration! Because of your meditation challenges I can now sit for an hour a day in silence and I am home on my cloud with the divine:) namaste

    Rachel Lee Cronin // 2012-11-13 15:20:12 // //
  • kristal gold

    Davino Labriando Fantastico // 2012-11-13 15:17:53 // //
  • I truly believe this to be the case as when I was practicing it was beautiful!

    Marie Antoinette Truoccolo // 2012-11-13 15:14:05 // //
  • What if your brain can do both at the same time. Is it necessary to slow the body down In that situation?

    Rebecca Mae Evans // 2012-11-13 15:11:05 // //
  • Thanks for sharing ...gf.

    Gisela Farias // 2012-11-13 15:04:40 // //
  • I love the "spiritual muscle" analogy.

    Robin Dosanjh // 2012-11-13 15:04:34 // //
  • good afternoon

    Eleni Solange // 2012-11-13 15:04:03 // //
  • be still and be one with the stillness: all the essense of spirituality!!!! wonderful quote! i am practising also...

    Ioanna Chourdaki // 2012-11-13 15:03:49 // //