Deepak Chopra is a renowned doctor, best-selling author, and an alternative medicine guru. Deepak Chopra was a well-known doctor in the USA but his dissatisfaction with the western medicine pulled him towards alternative eastern medicine and healing. It was in 1996 after much struggle that Deepak Chopra along with neurologist David Simon started the organization Chopra Center For Well Being, located in La Jolla in California. Deepak Chopra is known for his meditation techniques.
Chopra introduced the practice of primordial sound meditation. It is a mantra-based meditation that is taught at all Chopra centers. Deepak Chopra emphasizes that meditation should be simple, comfortable and should have results that make you want to meditate even more. He says that whatever works for you should be done. It is important to take out time and sit every day and breathe and connect with the self.
Chopra gives a depth to meditation forms:
- Primordial sound meditation – This practice uses a mantra which is the vibrational sound the universe was created at the time and place of your birth. It’s calculated following Vedic mathematic formulas and is very personal and specific to you. You have to constantly repeat your personal mantra to help you attain deeper awareness. This form of meditation has to be done sitting down.
Here are six easy steps to learn meditation:
- Choose a mantra – Choose a word or phrase that you silently repeat to yourself during meditation. The purpose of the mantra is to give you something to put your attention on other than your thoughts.
- Find a comfortable place to sit – The goal is to sit as upright as possible while still remaining comfortable.
- Close your eyes and begin by taking deep breaths – Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale out of your mouth. After a few cleansing breaths, continue to breathe at a normal relaxed pace through your nose with your lips gently closed.
- Repeat the mantra silently without moving your tongue or lips – The repetition of your mantra is soft, gentle, and relaxed.
- Do not stop your thoughts – Don’t stop yourself from wandering away. Whenever you become aware that your attention has drifted away from your mantra, simply return to silently repeating the mantra.
- Repeat mantra for 20-30 minutes – Continue repeating for at least 20-30 minutes after which stop and keep your eyes closed. Be sure to spend a few minutes relaxing with your eyes closed before resuming activity.
Deepak Chopra believes that meditation can take you beyond “the mind’s noisy chatter into the pure awareness that is the source of all your happiness, inspiration, and love.”
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