As one of my monthly goals is to meditate every day I have signed up for a free meditation challenge with Oprah and Deepak. This 21-day challenge focuses on manifestations of success. Feel free to follow along, try it yourself and/or comment below.
Every Choice Can Be Smart
Q1) Today’s meditation teaches us the value of stretching our ideas before making a decision. Write in your journal your ideas on what “stretching” means when it comes to making smart choices.
To me, stretching means going outside of your comfort zone. That feeling uncomfortable doesn’t mean you are making a bad decision but that you doing something you haven’t done before.
Q2) Practice mental stretching with a decision that you are currently working on. Perhaps it is buying a car, in which case you consider other cars or ownership options you may not have thought of before, and talk to people who may not be car experts, but who have a point of view that could be useful. Write down how opening up to new perspectives can help you make a smarter decision.
Unfortunately, my decisions aren’t as simple as buying a car. The biggest decision I have been grappling with is whether I should move to North Carolina in June without my husband. I haven’t talked about this decision with anyone other than my husband. I have wanted to talk to my sister and know that I should but I just always feel like I’m calling her at a bad time. That feeling is me being afraid to stretch myself, isn’t it?
There are a lot of factors into these decisions and I have been going over everyone in my head for a good two months now. I have to think about money, the boys, myself, my husband (he’s kind of an afterthought though), and if this is right for everyone. It’s been hard and I think it’s time to call my sister and get some good advice.
Q3) Reflect on how flexible thinking can keep your decision process fluid and not stuck behind an obstacle. Write down an experience you had where an apparent solution had hit a wall, but your mind didn’t stop and eventually came up with a creative way around the obstacle.