Who says you need to move to an ashram in India to learn how to meditate? Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra are offering a quick and easy way to adopt this ancient practice that promises to improve relationships, psychological and physical health, sleep quality, and mood starting right now.
The media mogul and New Age guru have teamed up to kick off a 21-day meditation challenge, complete with emails that will guide you through a 16.5-minute daily meditation, keep you inspired, encourage you to write in an online journal, and help you pick up other life lessons when you register for the free online program.
We already know what you're thinking: How on earth are you going to stop the Twitter newsfeed of thoughts running through your head for 16.5 minutes a day? The answer is you don't.
“What many people don't realize is that the goal isn't to shut off the mind but rather to listen or observe and not be attached to answering it,” says Roberta Lee M.D. author of The Supper-Stress Solution and vice chairwoman of the department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. “This allows you to reflect from a sense of calm rather than react from a sense of fight or flight.”