Taking the Challenge – Update #1

On Sunday, I had grand plans of taking Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge.

Here is how its going:

The Day 1 email did not arrive on Monday. What could I do?  I had no email.  How could I start? I did resist watching Jersey Shore, turned off the TV at 9pm (after an awesome episode of Breaking Bad) and started a really good book recommended by my friend Lizard, Cutting for Stone.  I felt a sense of accomplishment, but no meditation.

This morning, Day #2 was in my e-mail box.  I had to get to work to do two hours of prep before my 9am meeting, but I did play a few minutes of Day #2 to check it out before I headed to work .  (I debated whether I could meditate during my actual commute to save time.  I decided, probably not.)

Key takeaway: I think it might be too “new agey” for me.  Listen to this dude and tell me what you think.  I am not sure I can listen to his voice for 18 minutes.

After my 12 hour work day the first thing I wanted to do when I got home was watch Bachelor Pad.  New agey man was not top of the list.  Not surprisingly, I can write and watch the crazy pants on this show simultaneously.

That’s where I am now….who knows if there will be an update #2?

Taking the Challenge

I’ve so lost my way.  I have tried not to write whiny posts about how work has taking over almost all of my time and energy, so I haven’t been writing much at all.

I have reverted to the place where I fill my non work time with more reality TV than a person should watch.  Somehow Millionaire Matchmaker, Jersey Shore, Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, and Bachelor Pad have found there way on to my TiVo.  (Joining Big Brother of course, which I still love.)

I might need another 7 day detox.  What am I saying? I am sure I need another 7 day detox but what if, god forbid, I just worked more hours?  I would also miss out on such fine programming as Breaking Bad and True Blood.  That is, however, all of the fine programming on rotation at the moment.

The new fall season is coming and although I have not been paying much attention and it  has become less exciting for me over the years, I will be investigating the new goods to see if there is anything worth adding to the Top 10 hours. Its the closest thing I have to “back to school  in the fall” feeling which I used to love as a kid.  Buying new clothes and school supplies and heading back to see your friends.

No time like the present, pre-fall season, to try a 7 day detox, but I am having a hard time committing.  Maybe I will ease my way in to it, by just cutting out some of this reality crap. (I say some because I just can’t resist Bachelor Pad, I can’t)

I did also just sign up for Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation challenge, again.  I don’t think I got past Day 1 last time but maybe I can stick with it this time around. There has been no meditation in a while. The theme is “Creating Your Soul Profile”.  Supposedly, I will learn (in 21 days) Who am I? What do I want? What is my dharma or purpose in life?  That seems like a lot to tackle in 21 days of 10-15 minute meditations but since I have never meditated for 21 days in a row, what do I know?

I will keep you posted, and if I really discover my purpose in life, and its NOT to watch lots of TV, perhaps I will be inspired to launch the 7 day TV detox!