In February, a text message from a dear friend ringed s asking me to be a part of Deepak Chopra’s 21 Days of Abundance Challenge meditation group. A couple of things ran through my head…
1) Is this a scam and did I just get a text from somebody that hacked my friend’s phone?
2) I am totally into Deepak Chopra but sometimes think that he is so marketed that the origin of the message gets lost.
3) If this really is not a scam, will I even have enough time in my already hectic day to do this?
After a little research, to determine it was NOT a scam, I blindly accepted the challenge simply due to the fact that my best friend was pregnant at the time and I wanted to be part of something spiritual with her during such a time of abundance.
21 Days of Abundance Meditation
In the 21 Days of Abundance meditation challenge, Deepak Chopra reveals the secrets he believes will help people to harness the powers of attention and intention in order to manifest their dreams and desires. Are you searching for more love, happiness, wealth or anything else? Mantras, meditation and spiritual homework are your tools to acquire the perspective needed to transform your thoughts and see your reality of abundance.
Every day there is a different message on the theme of abundance. Chopra attempts to release our past conditioning and to shift how we perceive abundance, including letting go of the concept of scarcity. One can go through the 21-day experience on their own or be invited by someone to join in a group. If you are someone that may not be so keen on meditation, opting for the group route will definitely help you feel more accountable.
My experience with the meditation challenge
Some days were more challenging than others and reoccurring themes kept surfacing for me. The first being: I have a weird relationship with money. I found it difficult opening myself up to attracting money as a desire for abundance. On one day, our spiritual homework was to rewrite a long message 10 times. Besides being tedious, I could not wrap my head around writing the statement for the simple reason that I did not agree with it. Mind you this was only Day 5 and I was already contemplating quitting.
One of the phrases is “money is good, pure, useful and necessary for my prosperity and growth, for my satisfaction and my abundance.” As I continued to reread the message, I understood why I had such an adverse reaction to it. I have seen first hand how money has ruined my family, so to think money was good was absurd to me. My experience, influenced by my parents,grandparents, and ancestors has programmed my beliefs about money. After acknowledging this skewed perspective of money,I turned my thoughts towards my son. All the help I try to give him would not be possible without money such as therapy to help him grow into his full potential. This is not solely possible with capable therapists, but the money to pay them. Not until this reasoning was I able to continue with the task.
Our final task was to record or write our takeaway of the experience. My response was a flood of emotions. Since I started this challenge around the idea of celebrating the abundance of being a mother, I centered my manifestations around love. The power of the love a mother has for her children is so abundant, but I believe that you don’t have to necessarily be a mother to feel this abundance. Allowing yourself to care for somebody else transcends the sheer excess of love you can have for them. It is motherly care but even care and love for yourself that creates abundance.
While I am still a bit skeptical of the financial gain of these meditation experiences – that are no longer free and rather expensive to download – the actual process and bond that grew from this were worth it. Those that I may have met a few times and had rather superficial conversations with, now feel like a spiritual family. I felt accountable to fulfill the daily challenges not only to not let yourself down but also not let the group down. This alone allows for a connection that you may have never been exposed to otherwise.
Two members of our ATPB flock have also participated in the 21 Days of Abundance Meditation Challenge experience:
Neya Richards, digital creative, consultant, stylist
I first started Deepak Chopra’s 21 Days of Abundance meditation last August and I have done it a handful of times since then. I found it when I was looking through my Apple Music for guided meditation options. Having recently returned to New York from Italy, I was looking for abundance meditations in particular to manifest a fruitful trip. I’ve meditated for years now, some stints I practiced every day for months, others, once a week when I remembered and knowing the benefits meditation had in my life when done regularly, I was eager to fall back into the practice.
Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day appealed to me as he’s an Oprah approved life guru rockstar, and the 21 Day Challenge offered me some accountability. My partner joined me and I absolutely loved it. When I was back in Milan in the fall, a new friend and I were discussing meditation and she mentioned regularly practicing the 21 Day Challenge with a WhatsApp group, with exercises that help the meditations to resonate. The energy of the group was palpable and again, I loved us reinforcing each other and the exercises’ ability to get me to stop — I started the day with at least 15 minutes of reflection.
Recently, I was offered to join another WhatsApp group and simultaneously lead my own, which I did on IG Live every day and loaded onto IGTV in the evenings. With the current state of the world, I couldn’t think of a more fitting time to practice abundance and come together to do so. With so much doom and gloom around us, the collective positivity, “we will get through this” in both the group and my IGLive audience was moving. I felt purposeful bringing people a little peace of mind every day.
Grace Davin, associate editor ATPB
I have practiced meditation over the last decade solo as well as with in-person group sessions and Headspace courses. I was eager to try something new when a new friend in Milan invited me to join her 21 Days of Abundance whatsapp group last year. Each morning she sent an audio meditation along with an encouraging message also containing daily exercise prompts. The format provided an element of independence along with the opportunity to connect with others in the group – the best of both worlds.
The challenge came at a welcome time in Fall 2019 and though I completed the exercises with honesty, there was still some hesitancy. I repeated the challenge when the lockdown went into action here in Milan as an anchoring moment to share with my boyfriend each morning. The familiarity of the process the second time provided me the comfort to push a little further.
Overall, both experiences were very therapeutic and calming (something about the new age-y background music?!). Through the first round of exercises, I was able to acknowledge barriers I’d created within myself which were not serving me, but the actionable steps were more concrete the second time around. The centering thought from day 6 – “Everything I desire is within me” – was particularly encouraging for me both times. My mind operates, as I imagine many of ours do, as though what I need to fulfill myself exists outside of me and often out of reach. This discounts everything inside of us, diverse experiences, inspiring people, natural talent, intentionally-developed skills, and so on. Each day brought thoughtful gifts like this.
Though there were no earth-shattering, epiphany moments for me to share, I continue practicing and seeking. Which reminds me of a Ken Kesey quote that I discovered in high school and have copied down somewhere in almost every journal I have:
“The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking, But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”
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