We might also ask, Wouldn’t you rather be peaceful, centered, and awake? Meditation is a time-honored practice for accessing a deeper state of pure awareness, beyond the noisy mental chatter that so often dominates our experience. Meditation is effortless, silently dissolving old conditioning and restoring our inherent state of balance and wellbeing.
For thousands of years, people have used the mantra So Hum to contact the stillness that is the source of awareness. So Hum is an ancient Indian mantra that can be translated as I am. In the audio recording below, you will be guided in a simple meditation using the So Hum mantra.
Dr. Valencia Porter is the Chopra Center's Integrative Medicine Director and a Vedic Master. Board-certified in both General Preventive Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine, she has an integrative approach that incorporates many areas of health and healing, including Ayurveda, medical acupuncture, biofield (energy) therapies, and functional medicine.
As a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, she began to explore complementary and alternative medicine. After training in pediatrics and child neurology, she completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at U.C. San Diego as well as a master's degree in public health focusing on Environmental Health at San Diego State University. Dr. Porter also completed a fellowship as a Bravewell Collaborative scholar at the renowned Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil. Before coming to the Chopra Center, Dr. Porter served as a physician and researcher at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego.