Category Archives: Chopra Centre 21 day challenge

…………..day 21

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Dear Gia

 

I have got to day 21 of my meditation, it has been great! I will make it my goal to continue to have at least 15 minutes a day to spend in “the gap”. I know that sounds perfectly reasonable, considering we have 24 hours in a day, about 15 of them awake, that takes me to 900 minutes. Asking for only 15 to have to myself sounds easy, doesn’t it? I do know that I need to take these 15 minutes as early in the day as possible as the 845 minutes just whizz by and another day has begun.

M, A and I are off to Germany tomorrow, where we will be visiting family. G has to work ūüė¶ so it will just be the ¬†3 of us. I will be driving, the first time I will be doing this journey on my own. I look forward to it, lots of stops on the way as we have no time pressure. We are staying with my cousin and then will be taking my aunt up to the North Sea to a 3 house town (town?) called Sielmoelken where we will be staying for a week. My aunt is not very well and the North Sea has been a favourite holiday destination for her. I’m sure that we will have a great time and if I may believe Mr weather forecast we might even catch a few rays of sun.

On the way back we will stay over in Brugge for one night, this will break up the journey as well as give us the opportunity to see a little of Belgium.

Did you know that during the night from August 12 to the 13th we will ¬†have the chance to see one of the rarest meteor shower. During the night we will be able to see thousands of these falling starts ¬†until August 23rd, however the night from the 12 to 13th will be the best with about 100 meteors per ¬†hour. As we will be in the middle of nowhere I’m ¬†hoping for us to get a really good view. It will have to compete with the closing ceremony of the Olympics……… actually I think nature will win gold for this one.

As we will be in the middle of nowhere we will have no access to the internet, what a lovely thought.

I hope you are well and enjoying the snow…… I have just seen a picture of the snow in Johannesburg, are you having snow in Cape Town too?

 

Lots of love

 

E x

Day 14, 15….

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Dear Gia

I’m still doing my meditation, don’t worry, I’m just ¬†not managing to write about it every day.

Yesterday we were “healing the heart” “I am open and ready to give and receive more love than ever before

I like that very much!

Today we are living from love : “As I notice love all ¬†around me. I look for more ways to love.”

I like that too!

The girls, some friends and I went berry picking yesterday. We do this every year and absolutely love it! I got so excited, it is better than any visit to a sweet shop. I have never seen such beautiful red and black currents and in pure abundance. Delightful!

Even more exciting is tasting while you are picking, you need to make sure that the fruit is good ūüėČ and then to get home and convert all these lovely fruits to jams, cordials and a few left to eat just as they are.

Love Ascot in the summer

Love

Ex

day 11, 12, 13…….

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Dear Gia

 

you must think that I have fallen off the bandwagon, and I have a bit.

What is it about the school holidays, I have even less time that during term time. The girls keep me busy and then of course we have the Olympics.

Wow, how lucky are we to be a short train ride away from London!

We had tickets to watch the mens gymnasts on Saturday at the Greenwich stadium. It was amazing!!! There is no other way to describe it. We spent the rest of the day in London and had a really good time. Once we were home G went straight on line to see if we could ¬†get some more tickets. The website keeps saying there are tickets available, but when ¬†you try and confirm your choice they are no longer there. Very, very frustrating, especially as we had seen how many empty seats were left in the stadium. So we tried to get tickets for the Paralympics and yes managed to get some! This will be so exciting to see, and our tickets are in the main stadium which is a real treat. I’m not sure if I mentioned, there was a competition at M’s school, the children had to design a poster and M’s groups poster was chosen and is displayed in the stadium. We just have to ensure we get to see it.

Anyway while we were looking to buy some further tickets, G suddenly said: Oh there are tickets available for the diving!”

A had just entered the room and hadn’t realised we were back on the Olympic site for the current games and not on the Paralympics. She looked a little confused and said: ” So what part of the body needs to be broken for you to do the diving?”

I love her to bits.

 

Back to my meditation, I did laps on the weekend, however have got back into it. Is this allowed? I will try and catch up. It seams the only way I can do this is first thing in the morning, as the day takes over and I cannot settle back into it. I’m still focusing on love and how to find the gap.

 

Hope you know where the gap is too

 

Love

 

Ex

Day 10

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Good morning Gia

 

How are you?

Early  morning again for me today, even though the girls are not here. I managed to do my meditation and am preparing for some friends to pop in for a Thermomix demonstration. Do you know about Thermomix?

It is a super, duper kitchen machine, which weighs, chops, stirs, cooks and steams. We have had one for over 3 years now and I would not want to be without it. You can get them in SA too, do have a look.

It was a lovely morning, with lots of ideas and of course at the end of it, lots of food to try.

Now we are preparing for our trip to London tomorrow to go and see the Olympic male gymnasts. I have bought train tickets for the girls and me, G has his monthly ticket. The Olympic tickets actually come with a free travel card, so we only need to pay from Feltham a few stops from Ascot. I’m really looking forward to see it all and will report back.

 

Coming back to my meditation, it is still about the heart, but the giving heart:

“Today and ever day I find simple ways to give to everyone I meet”

Sounds like a good idea, don’t you think?

 

Lots of love

E x

Day 9

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Dear Gia

Believe it or not another beautiful day in Ascot and with one day to go till the Olympics, temperatures are running high. So many Londoners are complaining about the additional traffic, road closures to be used for olympic traffic only and so on. Well, they cannot complain about the weather at the moment so they have to find something else.

I  say: Bring it on!! Stay at home if you like, but we are going this Saturday to watch the mens gymnastics, exciting, he? I cannot wait to be part of it and we are all really looking forward to it too. We were lucky to get the tickets, but then again we applied fro them and we paid for them too.

I doubt very much that I will be living so close to a city which will be hosting the Olympics in my lifetime, so I intend to embrace it all! Do watch it on tv as we will be waving ūüėČ

My neck has beed painful for about 3 weeks now, so I made an appointment with an acupuncturist today and have had my treatment this afternoon. It was my first ever time and it feels good. We will have to see how it develops, but I’m looking forward to waking up with NO pain in my neck tomorrow.

 

G and I have a date tonight :::—))), the children have been invited for a sleep over and as the weather is so great, I will join G on the golf course ¬†for 9 holes and then we will go out for dinner. The last time I was able to accompany G on the golf course was when I was pregnant with M so far to long ago. It will be lovely to literally walk into the sunset.

 

I have done my meditation this afternoon, we are still focusing on the heart, your intuitive Heart.

More and more I learn to trust the intuition of my  heart.

 

Hope you are well too

 

Love

E x

Day 8

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Good morning Gia

 

I hope you are well. We are having another glorious day hear in Ascot I wish you were here too.

I have had my breakfast and enjoyed my meditation.

Today we are focussing on the heart centre, did you know that the mantra for the heart is yum?

My thoughts were all over the show, as I kept thinking of links to yum.

Yummy was the first to come to mind, and there is a saying in German, love goes through the tummy. I’m a little obsessed with food and eating at the moment. The only reason for this is that I’m trying to loose a few pounds, my jeans feel rather tight around the tummy. Whenever I try to shift some weight I get like this, I think about food constantly.

Never mind, my hummus is made and we are off to have a picnic with some friends in the beautiful Savill Gardens.

Hope your day brings you love too

 

Love

E x

Day 7

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Dear Gia

 

good morning, today I chose to start my day with the meditation. Lovely!

We are enjoying the most glorious sunshine at the moment and after having had my breakfast outside, listening to the birds, feeling and smelling the beautiful sunshine I sat down at my computer, wrote a great update to my team at Temple Spa and then enjoyed my time with meditation.

I feel like I’m breaking out of a mould and running free (if only my legs would carry me). I love the thought of leaving the past behind and loving the new.

“today I commit to giving and receiving love in its full power and glory”

 

Love

Ex