An Exercise Instead of Meditation

The past is layered in to us in many intricate layers. Your inner world is full of complex relationship, for it contains the past not only as it occurred but all the ways in which you would like to revise it.

All the things that should have turned out differently do turn out differently in that place where you escape into fantasy, revenge, yearning, sorrow, self-reproach, and guilt. To get rid of these distractions, you need to realize that there is a deeper place where everything is alright.

In Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse writes, “Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” This sanctuary is a simple awareness of comfort, which can’t be violated by the turmoil of events. This place feels no trauma and stores no hurt. It is the mental space that one seeks to find in meditation, which I believe is one of the most important pursuits anyone can follow.

However, if you do not meditate, you can approach this place of calm with the following exercise: Write down this affirmation:

I am perfect as I am. Everything in my life is working toward my ultimate good. I am loved and I am love.

Do not pause to analyze the statement, just write it down. When you come to the end, shut your eyes and let any response surface that comes to mind, then write down the first words that come to you (write this response directly under the affirmation).

Your first thought is likely to contain a lot of resistance, even anger, because no one’s life is perfect and it is hard to believe that everything is working out as it should.

Now, without pausing, write the affirmation again, shut your eyes, and once more write down the first words that come to mind. Do not stop to analyze or dwell on your reaction. Continue the exercise until you have repeated the affirmation and your response twelve times. This exercise allows you to eavesdrop on the innermost levels of your awareness.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1998).


Tonya Freeman
Tonya Freeman3 years ago

Yes I AM! I give thanks.

Jane H.
Jane H6 years ago

Thanks and thank goodness came to my mind on the first writing

Jewels S.
Jewels S6 years ago

I cried just reading. I will try the writing exercise later. Thanks.

Valerie Hammett
Valerie Hammett6 years ago

i love using the time before i fall asleep to do these exercises. theres nothing like defeating another day and having your safe warm bed to feel safe in. best place for me to meditate =D

Carolyn Dakin
Carolyn Dakin6 years ago

It sounds like something I would like to try

Jake Cohen
Jake Cohen6 years ago

Will defianatley try!

Marieanne Phillips

Meditation is not an exercise I do on a regular basis. However, i have found myself in that space without trying too hard in moments in my life. This exercise sounds good, it offers a challenge to allow oneself to really have a deeper relationship with oneself, especially with the external pressures of life.

Susan N.
Susan N6 years ago

Good post.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago