I Tried the 21 Day Abundance Challenge and Here’s What I Found

At this point, we’ve all heard talk about mindfulness and manifesting our best lives. These practices are an antidote to the penchant we seem to have for working ourselves to exhaustion without feeling like we have much to show for it. There’s a superfluity of literature and other content out there if you want to dive into it, from The Secret to The Law of Attraction for Dummies. You may have even heard of meditation challenges cropping up. In 2003, Oprah and Deepak Chopra (world-renowned pioneer in mind-body medicine and personal transformation) started introducing a series of meditation experiences. One of these experiences was the 21 Day Abundance Challenge, which I recently gave a go…



The Concept
This particular challenge is all about clarifying your beliefs and attracting abundance into your life. Members of your groupchat receive a reflection task from the host of the group and have to complete it by a certain time each day. Once the task is completed, you simply state to the group that you’ve completed it. If you don’t state that you’ve completed the task, the host will remove you from the group, as to the keep the energy flowing properly. These tasks are accompanied by a short daily meditation, about 15 minutes each. By the end of the 21 days, you should feel more equipped to harness an infinite source of abundance with just your thoughts, allowing you to lead a more prosperous life. 

The Reality
On Day 0, I was added to a group by our lovely Anjé CEO. She set the intentions of the group and explained that there was no heat if we didn’t want to commit to the challenge. Saying that I’m a meditation rookie would be an understatement, so this was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I decided I’d give it a try anyway!
 

I did Day 1’s meditation on my morning train ride, still half chewing my breakfast sandwich. The task required us to write a list of at least 50 people who influenced our development, which I did with ease as soon as I got into the office. This might not be so hard after all!  



Day 2 involved another meditation (also done on the train) and the task of writing out all of our debts and monthly payments. It was satisfying to have my debts and payments laid out in front of me like that. It gave me good perspective on my financial situation. I noticed, however, that meditating on a rush hour train was a truly testing endeavor…yet I persevered.

Day 3’s challenge was to draw anything that would help to pay off the debts that were listed from Day 2’s exercise (please don’t judge my lack of artistic direction). Day 3 occurred on a Friday, which meant I had to force reluctant friends to do the meditation with me since I was meeting up with them right after work. This proved to be even more distracting than the train...



By Day 4 I was starting to get into a rhythm, but maybe only because it was a Saturday. I did the meditation comfortably on my bed and thoughtfully wrote my task for the day – a list of people I consider to be prosperous. 

Day Five’s challenge was to create and host a group of our own…which threw me for a loop. I was already struggling to allocate the time to keeping up with my current group. How would I be able to run my own? As I bustled about my day, I wondered who I should invite to the group, or when I could really put aside time each day to conduct it. Before I knew it, the deadline came and went, and I was graciously removed from the groupchat.

The Verdict
So I only made it 4 days in, but I’m glad I gave it a shot! In trying out this 21 Day Abundance Challenge, I realized how much I rely on multi-tasking (or doing multiple things at the same time poorly.) If you’re going to try meditating, make the extra time for it! I was also reacquainted with the importance of visualization. Having a clear picture of your goals can help keep you focused on them #visionboards people 😉! While this structured meditation program didn’t do it for me, I can see myself incorporating meditative practices and reflection exercises into my over-abundant schedule…just not on the train this time.

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Have you ever tried one of these meditation challenges? What are your thoughts on manifestation? Lay it all on us by commenting below!


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23 comments

  • It’s really a pity you have been removed from the group on day 5. I don’t think this is the purpose of the group sharing. I staid in the group, but created my own group only on day 7 and when i sent out to my group day 5, i changed it a bit. I asked them to complete as usual the meditation, but i let them free to decide if they wanted to create their own group or not and when to create it. By day 20, all people in my group created their own, all in different days when they felt it was meaningful for them and not as a sort of obligation or a stupid chain. I told them that they could leave the group in any moment if they didn’t feel like continuing, but i would never have removed any of them! This is a very positive, sharing, inclusive experience that can benefit people generally not used to meditate to approach the concept, it’s not a challenge or a competition! I honesty suggest that you try it again. You can find all the 21 days meditations in youtube! Or if you like i can share it with you! Have a nice day.
    Sabrina

    • Sabrina
  • In my group no one was thrown out for not doing the Day 5 assignment. But we didn’t know that until most of the day had gone by. The point of being asked to start your own group is (1) to help you decide how seriously ready you are to committing to a prosperity mindset and (2) to become aware of how resistant you are to accepting abundance (no one will join, no one likes me, I don’t have time, I’m not spiritually evolved enough … ). In truth, all of the written material is given to the moderator, and it takes about 10 minutes a day to send it to the members. For those who don’t want to do it as part of a group, the meditations, which each start with loving, enriching comments from Deepak Chopra, are available on YouTube. But you won’t get the assignments and additional support of other members, which are equally important parts of the program. It costs nothing. It has totally changed my life.

    • Linda
  • Today is my 21st day- when the group task came up I felt the same many of you did; little like a pyramid scheme and wondered if it was a scam. I felt tricked in a way (and worried if I would be tricking others) but really wanted to give a go and decided to push through, create a group and see what happened. I had a small group (2) and they didn’t make it to Day 1! For me it was trying something new without worrying about the results. (I wasn’t kicked off of my group and was never asked how that went). There were some tasks that resonated more than others and some things I just didn’t do. I stuck with it because I wanted to start a meditation practice and starting looking forward to receiving the daily text! You can find each meditation (free) but the group setting kept me accountable. I recommend it…

    • Holly
  • I’m glad I read this thread, because I too stop at day 5, I had a total red flag and followed my inner belief that something wasn’t for me. The idea that something that is uncomfortable is for your own growth also throws me, trust your gut it knows best. If something doesn’t fee right don’t force yourself. The idea that your growth must also be thrust onto someone else doesn’t sit right with me either. Mixing this pyramid type stuff with meditation really has put me off Deepak (once I thought he really had something to say, but now I totally suspect he doesn’t have the right moral code for me), but won’t stop me believing in abundance or meditation, just choose a different path for me. happy lives people, peace. :)

    • Virginia
  • interesting that people are here on day 5.. today was my fifth day too and i was threw off with the task.. i am not creating the group but just commented on the group that day 5 meditation done.. lets see if the host is going to kick me out of the group.. probably not because i am only one other than the host..

    • vishal