Oprah Winfrey and her longtime friend and spiritual partner, Deepak Chopra, are launching yet another 21-day meditation challenge for their extensive fan base, and like the previous meditation challenges that have been released by Oprah, this one is also completely free.
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This is the 10th time that Oprah has worked with Deepak Chopra, the founder of the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing, and released a 21-day meditation program. This particular program is aimed at helping fans to lose weight. As the Daily Mail reported, the latest of Oprah’s meditation programs is entitled “Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit” and is a spiritual and meditative experience over three weeks that is designed to put people in the right frame of mind for weight loss.
People reports that while the program itself won’t start until March 21, 2016, Oprah fans can already register their interest. And if it is to be anything like the previous nine meditation challenges run by Oprah, there will be a huge number of registrations between now and the start of the program in mid-March.
Daily Mail reports that Oprah was inspired to create this program following her own recent weight loss in excess of 26lbs. Oprah explained that she has learned that physical weight has as much effect on someone’s mind and spiritual well-being as it does on their outer physical health.
“I have learned that weight can affect more than just our physical being, it takes on all kinds of different meaning in our lives.”
Oprah went on to explain that many times when people feed themselves with food it is not actually the food that they were hungry for. She claims that her latest meditation program will help people to identify what it really is that they are hungering for.
“This meditation will help us recognize what we are really hungry for and help us move down the path to harmony within ourselves.”
Deepak Chopra themselves told People that he agreed to do the latest meditation program with Oprah because he was inspired by her recent weight loss journey.
“I was inspired by Oprah’s dramatic weight loss and her sensible approach to it, which was getting into balance at all levels.”
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Oprah’s meditation program itself involves daily 20 minute audio meditations, which will be run by both Oprah and Deepak. The program also includes a journal feature, whereby those participating in the program can keep track of their daily progress.
The Oprah meditation challenge will be available as an app on both Google Play and iTunes.
As Daily Mail reports, some people are skeptical as to the true motivations behind Oprah’s new meditation course. Oprah is a significant shareholder and spokesperson for Weight Watchers, and there are those that suggest that Oprah’s new meditation course is simply a way for her to drive people towards Weight Watchers.
On the other hand, Oprah insists that it takes more than a healthy diet and exercise program in order to lose weight. Speaking to Weight Watchers members, Oprah insisted that she needed to “center herself” prior to embarking on each day, in order to ensure successful weight loss.
“I give myself a chance just to be centered in prayerful thought, in alignment with something bigger than myself before I step out into the day. I feel like I owe that to myself. And if I don’t do that, then I don’t feel like I’m good for the rest of the world.”
In other Oprah news, Today reports that Oprah Winfrey recently purchased a 23-acre property located between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The multi-acre estate includes several citrus trees as well as more than two acres devoted to an avocado grove. The property also includes two private wells, which are said to have functioned effectively even throughout the drought.
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