The Chopra Center Newsletter     August 2011 Edition 

SPECIAL RETREAT
with Deepak and guest
Marianne Williamson

SEDUCTION OF SPIRIT
October 23–29, 2011

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher and author. Marianne is the best-selling author of many books and audio programs, including Meditations for a Miraculous Life, Return to Love, Meditations for Weight Loss, and Everyday Grace.

At Seduction of Spirit, Deepak and Marianne will lead a powerful exploration of meditation and its life-transforming energy.

NEW FROM DEEPAK

Deepak Chopra has collaborated with THQ on a groundbreaking interactive experience. Much more than a game, Deepak Chopra’s Leela helps players let go of their stressful lives and take a relaxing journey of mind and body using Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and Nintendo Wii™.

Experts in meditation have created an innovative game concept inspired by the ancient system of chakras – the body’s seven energy centers – and challenging players to achieve a peaceful and focused “flow state.”

As they make their way through a visually stunning environment, players practice playful yoga-inspired activities, breathing exercises, and meditation. Their journey is set to mood-enhancing, original music and infused with Deepak’s powerful teachings and philosophies.

With Deepak Chopra’s Leela, in as little as two minutes, users of any skill level can play to help bring focus, energy, and balance to their lives.

Leela will be available on November 8, 2011!

Be the Change

Never have we needed enlightened leadership more than we do now. While humankind has faced wars, economic and social injustice, natural disasters, and terrorism since its earliest days, for the first time in history we have the technological capacity to obliterate our existence and life on the planet. At this critical juncture, we can’t depend on the government, no matter how well meaning, or anyone beyond ourselves to come up with solutions; each of us must step into the role of the leader and, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, become the change we wish to see in the world.

We can begin by asking ourselves the foundational questions that give life meaning:

Who am I? What are my deepest desires and intentions? How can I fulfill my life’s purpose to make a difference?

These are known as the soul questions and are the theme of the Chopra Center’s Summer 21-Day Meditation Challenge, which begins August 15. If we really want to make a difference in the world, we need to explore and answer these questions to the best of our ability, because being in touch with the soul is the secret of inspired leadership.

The power base of great leaders doesn’t come from other people, titles, or financial resources, but from their very being. They know their core values, are filled with passion, and are dedicated to a personal vision or purpose. True leaders, or what I refer to as successful visionaries, don’t have to seek followers because as they put their vision for a better world into a tangible form, other people naturally turn to them for guidance and leadership in the way forward.

Living and Leading from the Soul

Our soul offers us the highest inspiration in every moment. While our mind may be mired in confusion and fear, our soul has clarity and love. Until we turn to this infinite source of quiet wisdom, we will keep falling back on old habits and stale answers. But as we cultivate access to our soul’s awareness, creative new ideas, opportunities, and possibilities will spontaneously reveal themselves. We will be connected to our own inner guide that will help us choose the most evolutionary path among the many possible paths available in every moment.

Awareness is the source of insight, nurturing, creativity, intuition, inspiration, and transcendence – qualities that every successful visionary possesses and which are available to you, too. Wherever you are starting from, the path to higher consciousness is always open to you. While there are many ways to expand consciousness, I have found that one of the most powerful yet simplest practices is meditation.

When you meditate, you connect to the source of your awareness and the birthplace of all possibilities.

You go beyond the mind’s internal dialogue into the realm of pure consciousness. And the qualities of pure consciousness are the ones that structure the infinite diversity of the university, including pure potentiality, freedom, acceptance, peace, love, coherence, flexibility, unboundedness, and bliss.

As you meditate with regularity, your experience of these qualities will expand in your daily life and will ripple out to affect the consciousness of everyone with whom you come into contact and beyond. In this way, you will serve as an inspired leader whether you are working “behind the scenes” or have a more visible public role. If you follow the inner path using truth and clarity as your compass points, the outer world cannot help but respond to your intention.

Love,
Deepak


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