Everyone in the meditation world knows the name Deepak Chopra. A new age health guru, and combined with his meditation techniques the magic happens. Deepak Chopra took the world by storm in the 1990s, through his bestseller books, courses and alternative health products. His identities are many and varied; the author of more than 70 books which have been translated into 35 languages, the Founding-President of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, the Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, The Times of India, and The Huffington Post.
During the last 40 years or so, the idea of meditation has entered typical households and modern culture. There’s plenty of ways you can get the benefits, and it’s easy to practise. If you’re new to meditation learn how you can turn this beneficial technique into a daily habit in this course. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress, check out this instructional video series which teaches how you can find balance in your life.
Mostly meditation is prescribed as a part of both mainstream as well as alternative healthcare. But that’s not all. The rest of the world uses meditation only as a treatment to handle stress, leave your worries behind and to get away from it all. According to Deepak Chopra, meditation is more about tuning in, and getting in touch with yourself. Instead of running away from your troubles, you need to realise and manage them. In his words,
“The purpose of meditation is not to handle your stress, but to find the peace within oneself that passes all understanding. Infinite possibilities, infinite imagination, infinite creativity, infinite correlation and infinite power of intention – that’s what meditation is really about.”
Deepak Chopra practices a number of meditation techniques. As follows are two of his different meditations to give you an insight in how they feel, and you can even give them a try yourself!
First is the healing meditation. The goal is to become comfortable with yourself:
Take a seated position with your back straight, and sit tall.
Keep your hands free, resting on your knees.
Look straight ahead, and repeat the words loudly: I am. I am. I am. I am.
Close your eyes and whisper the two words: I am. I am. I am. I am.
Stop whispering, but repeat the words mentally: I am. I am. I am. I am.
Make sure you are not moving your lips or tongue, and that you are only repeating these words in your mind. If you have other thoughts, or are distracted by sounds in the background – force yourself to focus! And continue repeating the words in your mind.
After five minutes, bring your awareness back to the centre of your heat, and try to see or feel your heartbeat.
Bring your awareness back into your hands, and into your fingertips. You can feel your heartbeat in the fingertips. You have just diverted your blood flow to your fingertips. Touch your fingertips to the part of your body that needs healing.
Bring your awareness back to your heart, and say these words: Peace. Harmony. Laughter. Love.
Remember, these are what we ultimately desire in our life.
Keep your awareness towards your life for a moment, and feel gratitude by thinking of all the things in life that you are grateful for. Do this for a second; then relax your body and open your eyes. You will feel healed.
The technique of the healing meditation can be easily applied to your physical body. When you feel aches and pains, they are actually signals from our body telling us that it is time to pay attention to them. Using the skills of healing meditation you can relieve migraine headaches and any other such aches and pains in your body. If you’re interested in this form of meditation you can learn about the other techniques in a course aimed at healing meditation.
The second meditation technique is the law of attraction. It allows you to manifest your intentions and to make them more powerful. It is a common misconception that people think, “I will do good and make positive things happen and all I need to do is think positively.” Unfortunately all this is going to do is stress you out! Meditation while using this technique allows you to quiet your mind, and plant the seeds of your intentions within your consciousness.
Follow these steps:
Close your eyes and put your awareness into your heart.
Think about all the things you are grateful in your life.
As you ponder your happiest moments in life, you will feel your ego slipping away.
Stay focused on your heart and ask yourself:
“What do I really want?”
“What do I really want in my life”
You will feel the answers coming from within.
Let everything go, and surrender yourself to the unknown.
Take a deep breath and repeat these two words: I am. I am. I am. I am.
After ten minutes, bring your awareness back into your body and open your eyes.
Deepak Chopra believes that this practise or repeating “I am” will interfere with the thoughts you are having. Eventually, they will form part of your core consciousness, and become extremely powerful. It’s this power that provides the chance for good things to happen in your life.
His other techniques have many practical applications. You can use his meditation to get a perfect nights sleep, awaken your creativity or follow a path to perfect health. Meditation helps you let go of all the things you are trying to control, and is fantastic to reduce stress. If you’re finding yourself too busy at work, try this course aimed specifically at entrepreneurs, it’s short enough to not take away from your day, and a great way to find your centre of calm before getting to the office!
Ultimately, meditation is about making contact with your own mind. Within your own consciousness is a huge field of possibilities, creative thoughts and unpredictability. As you meditate you learn to let go, so you feel less threatened and more rested, and overall just improves the quality of your health! It also gives you time to think outside of any limitations or risks, opening your mind up to new potential and possibilities.
Meditation is an ancient practise that aims to fulfill four main goals in your life.
Dharma, expressing your unique skills and talents
Artha, escape from the pursuit of material abundance
Kama, the relationship between all things
Moksha, freedom from the conditioned mind.
Successful meditation helps to centre your life, and achieve these four goals so you can find fulfillment and true happiness. Why not give it a try?