It’s been 21 days since I started practicing daily meditation. So why does 21 days matter, well supposedly studies have shown it takes 21 days of consistent behavior to change a habit or create a new one. So I guess I am officially on my way, sort of? Has it changed my life yet? No. But do feel more peaceful and focused in moments? Yes, and that is what I wanted and something I am continuing to work toward.
My original goal after my Primordial Sound Meditation Weekend at The Chopra Center last month was 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night. I have been consistent in the morning, but have missed many of my night meditations, especially on the weekends. It’s been hard with 2 kids, but I am committed to making meditation a part of my life. My excuse is usually that I’m too tired, but then I try to remember the fact that they say meditating for half an hour provides more psychological rest than a full night’s sleep. And who couldn’t use more rest.
You may be asking Primordial what? Isn’t meditation just sitting in a room in silence and not thinking, why do you need to go to a class? Well you don’t, but I had never really done any specific type of meditation practice and didn’t know where to start so a weekend retreat without any distractions is just what I needed.
Primordial Sound Meditation
It is a meditation technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India revived by Chopra Center co-founders Deepak Chopra and David Simon. They give you a personal mantra (sound), which when repeated silently, helps quiet your mind and get you to a deeper more peaceful place. So instead of just saying Ommm like you do in yoga the mantra you get is supposedly the vibration the universe was creating at the time and place of your birth. (there are about 180 to choose from) I know you’re probably saying really how can they figure that out, but either way it’s kind of cool.
If you haven’t heard about the Chopra Center it is in Carlsbad at the La Costa Resort and Spa. I can’t believe I’ve been to La Costa before and didn’t even know it was there. It’s the first time they offered the Meditation Weekend (8-5 pm Sat and 730-4pm on Sunday.) Many of their retreats which all include some sort of meditation are all inclusive either 3 day or week long getaways and can get really pricey, so this was a great introduction that fit into my schedule. (costs $295 vs. $375 for a normal 3 day class)
It was more class time than I thought it would be, but then again how long can you meditate and the instruction gave you a chance to understand the origin, benefits, and put together a vision for your practice. There was a group of about 50. We started with an introduction and meditation then we received our mantra individually, then had a group meditation and ended with a Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga class (great for all levels, power yoga it is not.). The next day we started the morning with a yoga class and then continued with more meditation and focused on our next steps so we would walk away with a plan. The instructors were relatable and supportive. I really enjoyed reading in the Chopra Center bookstore lounge and drinking the tea!
If you’re not in the area, they also have a Free 21 day guided meditation challenge online which starts on February 20th. It’s not the same as Primordial Sound Meditation, but great way get some balance and focus and explore meditation.
For more on the guided meditation and what led me to this place check out Project Zen: Finding Stillness.
”Namaste – may the light in me, honor the light in you…”
*The Zen Mom was not paid for this post and paid for the Meditation Weekend on my own dime.