Deepak Chopra needs no introduction. He is one of the best leaders in quantum healing evolution and his best wishes for the whole world are that we all should meditate on a regular basis.
But the problem with that is that most us have no clue about what meditation really is. There are some folks out there who think they know it all but most probably, they got it all wrong.
So does that mean that you should quit on your quest for the real truth of yourself with meditation? Hell No!
Deepak Chopra comes to rescue and impart us all with the wisdom on where to begin.
This should be able to clear up all your concerns, questions, confusion or any thoughts about the meditation.
Please read through and let us know what you think.
What is meditation?
Deepak Chopra: Meditation is the progressive quieting of our mind, until we reach the source of thought, which in wisdom traditions are the realm of our soul and spirit. In this domain of awareness there is infinite creativity, synchronicity, the power of intention, and freedom from limitations.
What would be an easy way for someone try meditation? Can anyone just sit down and close their eyes and do it or do you need special training?
Deepak: Anyone can do simple forms of meditation. One can sit comfortably with your eyes closed, put your attention in your heart, ask yourself the following four questions:
1. Who am I?
2. What do I want?
3. What is my purpose?
4. What am I grateful for?
You don’t need to seek the answers, but just be aware of any sensations, thoughts, images that come to you. Effortlessly observe your breath for 10 minutes and you will come out refreshed. In addition you will start to experience synchronicity and coincidences in alignment with your life purposes and what you want.
Will meditation work on anyone?
DC: Meditation will work on anyone who has a functioning human nervous system. All you need is the intelligence to follow simple instructions. Even children as young as 4 and 5 have been taught to meditate successfully.
How about someone with stress and anxiety who can’t even fathom having a “clear mind”?
Chopra: Such a person needs meditation more than anyone else because they are headed for a crisis. If stress and anxiety are so great that you can’t even imagine a calm clear mind, that indicates you are reaching your coping limits, and need to begin something like meditation just for the stress reduction benefits.
How often do you have to meditate in order to reap benefits?
DC: The ideal is twice a day but even once a day is a great start.
And for how long?
DC: When you are starting out with meditation, begin with 15–20 minutes each sitting. As you continue, you may gradually increase your time, if it is comfortable and you find it easy to integrate the effects of meditation into your daily life.
What do you say to someone who claims to have tried meditation but it “didn’t work” because they “had too much to think about”?
DC: They should persist as they need it most. The other choice is to settle for a stressed life, crisis, and illness in the future.
Does my posture effect meditation?
DC: To a small extent. It is better not to lie down as that increases the tendency to fall sleep. Otherwise a comfortable upright sitting posture is good enough. In the case of people in hospitals, meditation can be taught sitting up in bed.
Is there an ideal time of day to meditate?
DC: The best time to meditate is early in the morning after getting up and before sunset.
Can you meditate to your favorite pop song or music video or is that too distracting/not the point?
DC: What you are suggesting might be relaxing or enjoyable, but it would not be considered meditation, because there is no procedure there for experiencing your true self.
Are there any negative aspects of meditation that people should be wary of?
DC: Meditation itself does not have negative effects, but if someone has a seizure disorder, or severe mental illness, they should consult their doctor before practicing meditation.
If this were The Idiot’s Guide to Meditation, what three things would you want us to take away from this?
3. Push the pause button before reacting.
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