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21 Day Meditation with Deepak Chopra (Day 9): Learning to make smart choices everyday

Note: If you missed the first week of my meditation experience, scroll through the home page to review.

In Day 9 of the Meditation Experience, the Centering Thought is focused on making smarter choices everyday.  The intention of this is to go beyond the boundaries of our thoughts and decisions by mentally stretching them (mental yoga) before coming to a final decision.  It’s knowing that each choice you make in life, the universe will give back to you tenfold every time.

Each of us have had to make a super tough decision (or two) at some point in our lives.  In my last post, I’ve always been a “just do it” type of girl.  However, in the last 6 months, my mental awareness has shifted dramatically to really focus on each part of the decision making process before coming to a final conclusion (when it’s a tough decision).  Learning to be 100% honest with myself, diving into how I really feel, and understanding my own emotions all became a part of this new process.  It helped to build a level of confidence I needed, in order to make better decisions for myself now and in the future.

In one of my posts, I talked about my decision to move back to D.C.  Even though San Diego is beautiful and makes me happy, it just didn’t feel quite like home.  It took several methods (and months) of decision making AND the universe reaching out to me, to finally feel comfortable with my decision to move.  The point is, instead of just following my usual mantra of making rash decisions, I had to look at this decision from every angle: Who would the decision affect?  What financial impact (if any) would it have on me?  What are the long-term implications? How would I feel 3-6 months from now, being back in my hometown for good?  Is this really home for good?  Am I running from something?  Am I bored?  I had to journal this, write down the pros and cons, talk to friends and family and ultimately, I needed to release this dilemma back out into the world, to see what was going to come back to me.  Once it was released, the answer came.  I was confident in the ultimate decision because I left no “what ifs”.  I had done everything I could do before making that final decision.

The beauty of this process of decision making is that it: 1. Allows for us to be continually more self-aware and more confident in what is right for ourselves and 2. Allows us to trust ourselves more.  The aura you create with this radiates to others.  People start to see you as a leader, a trusted advisor, and someone they can look up to.  It allows you to regret less and live more.  It allows for more internal and external success.  Ultimately, it leads to a more balanced and fulfilling life.