Today is the first day of the 21 day abundance meditation challenge being run by @plantstoplanks in the @naturalmedicine community. These meditation sessions are led by Deepak Chopra, and incorporate ideas of manifesting abundance through intention and giving back into the world what you want to get out. This will be the second time I've completed these meditations in the last two months as I joined the December challenge.
So why the reload?
Due to various issues I wasn't really able to fully engage in the daily tasks last time around. It was in the run up to Christmas, my chronic illness was kicking my ass energy-wise and to be completely honest, I was drinking too much.
What has changed?
I'm currently 5 days into the keto diet, and have completely removed all sugar, alcohol and caffeine from my diet. I'm still feeling the strange effects of keto flu... but I'm very hopeful that these changes might help me to heal my liver and gut conditions. If you want to read more about how these conditions effect me, and my research into healing them, please check out my recent post...
It is partly because of these changes I've made in my life, and the positive affirmation that meditation provides, that I'm much more hopeful of manifesting my goals of an abundance of health and wealth.
Today's Meditation - Behold the Abundance in the Wolrd
Today's meditation is like a primer; it sets the intention for the whole 21 day challenge. Without that coat of white beneath the vibrant blue on your wall, that color wouldn't shine out as much. So it is with this beginning meditation.
Deepak Chopra begins by disusing the idea that abundance is our natural state.
What is true abundance? True abundance is the experience in which our needs are easily met, and our desires spontaneously fulfilled. We know true abundance when we feel joy, health, happiness, a sense of purpose and vitality in every moment of our existence. An overflowing fullness that infuses every facet of our lives. We never need to seek abundance, we simply need to notice and open up, to what is already there, and allow the bounty of the universe to flow through us. Each of us experiences abundance every day. In the unbounded joy of a child and the bright sunlight that fills the room as you open your eyes to a new morning.
Deepak Chopra from day 1 of the meditation challenge
This is something that I agree with and think that many people misunderstand. We move away from seeing the abundance in the world when we start looking at it through the smudged lens of our ego. We trace ideas over the world based on what we've been taught and how situations throughout our life shape us. To differing extents, people forget to see the abundance of joy in this world.
In the meditation Deepak Chopra reinforces this by highlighting the simple things that manifest abundance external to us, such as nature - 'vibrant fields of wildflowers, majestic mountain peaks, lush and fragrant forests and the richery of wildlife that thrives on our planet.'
The meditation culminates with a focus on breath, using a sanskrit mantra to focus the mind. Finally, after the breath work, Deepak asks us to observe this abundance throughout our day by sharing the daily affirmation:
Today, I behold all the abundance that surrounds me.
I love this as it is the exact way that I naturally center myself when I'm taking on too much of the world's heaviness. This is the way I find peace in my environment - by focusing on the things of constancy like the clouds, the sway of trees outside my window and the sound of the river lapping at the shore. These aspects of nature never feel a lack of abundance!
There is still time to join this challenge today if you're quick! If you want to join us in this journey to an abundant life, please drop into the natural medicine discord and ask for @plantstoplanks.