Chopra Center University Teacher Feature
We like to say that no one comes to the Chopra Center “by accident.” Instead, people are drawn to our timeless teachings through synchrodestiny, the meaningful coincidences, encounters, and clues that lead us to the fulfillment of our dreams. Some come to the Chopra Center for the first time as a guest at a program or workshop, and they end up staying for years, becoming a volunteer, an employee, a certified educator – or all three. They discover that their dharma or purpose in life aligns perfectly with the Chopra Center’s mission to help people experience balance, healing, transformation, and the expansion of awareness.
In this month’s newsletter we are pleased to feature Micole Noble, who first came to the Chopra Center for a yoga retreat, then became a volunteer, and is now a certified master educator and Chopra Center staff member. We invite you to enjoy Micole’s inspiring story.
My Teachers Path
by Micole Noble
In 2007 I knew I had a lot to be grateful for. I had two amazing healthy young boys (who are now thirteen and ten), a wonderful marriage, and a great job as a corporate recruiter. Yet I felt lost and unfulfilled. I longed for a life of time freedom and fulfillment in my career. I finally decided to leave my job, eliminate the energy drains in my life, and begin a journey back to myself.
For many years, I had explored a variety of self-development paths but it was the Chopra Center’s teachings that resonated with me the most. I’d been reading Deepak’s books since I was nineteen, and I’d long wanted to attend a Chopra Center event. So I planned and saved and treated myself to the Chopra Center Yoga Retreat in 2009. During the retreat, I realized that I wanted to become certified as a Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga instructor; I just wasn’t sure how that was going to happen.
For the next couple of years, I continued to meditate and also began my journey to learn more about Ayurveda by becoming an Independent Executive with Zrii, a company that produces Ayurvedic products endorsed by the Chopra Center. I became more and more interested in the teachings of the Chopra Center and knew it was my dharma to work with this organization at a deeper level.
Acting on Intention and Desire
Last year while luxuriating with an Ayurvedic massage treatment at the Chopra Center spa, my inner voice clearly said, “Volunteer here.” Thankfully, I listened to that voice and soon began volunteering to help the Events team a couple of hours a week. One day, I asked the volunteer coordinator if I could give her my resume “just in case part-time job opportunities ever came up.”
One thing led to another and I was soon working with the Program Consultants and marketing team on a short-term project. I had no idea how long I’d be working here; my only intention was to be of service. I expressed my interest in Chopra Center University’s Teachers Path and was so overwhelmed by the Chopra Center’s encouragement and generosity in helping me begin my journey to become a Vedic master.
I soon completed two core requirements for the Teachers Path, attending the Journey into Healing workshop in September of 2011 and Seduction of Spirit meditation and yoga retreat in October. I was honored to be able to learn from Deepak Chopra (of course), John Gray, Marianne Williamson, and also co-founder Dr. David Simon − a person I had admired from afar but hadn’t been able to experience in person before. What a master! It was unbelievable to me to be in that space at that time, learning from such amazing teachers. I was on the path to become a teacher, and my own practice was deepening as well.
The Gifts of Teaching Meditation
The Primordial Sound Meditation training I completed in May was incredibly deep, grounding me in the foundations of the Vedic tradition and this unique mantra-based meditation practice. I have such a deep appreciation for Deepak and David for re-invigorating this beautiful technique that reconnects people to their soul or essential nature. I am now leading guided meditations at the Chopra Center, as well as teaching guests at the Perfect Health program their Primordial Sound mantra. Each time it’s such a beautiful, heart-opening experience, and I am clear that teaching is my dharma.
I am also teaching meditation in the community. I offer meditation classes out of my home and organize gatherings of women in our community for support, opportunities to bond, and FUN! My belief is that if something isn’t fun, what’s the point?
Living Perfect Health
After completing the Perfect Health teacher training certification last month, I feel fully prepared to guide people to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle, restoring and maintaining balance and wellbeing in their lives through daily practices of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. I feel healthier and more in balance myself than I ever have by being committed my own yoga and meditation practices as well as to Ayurvedic principles such as including the six tastes in my daily menu (learn more about the six tastes here). This has also had an effect on my children and their own consciousness around nutrition. (A mother’s dream!).
I am eagerly preparing for the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga teacher training, which begins this month. I am now fulfilling the intention I set in 2009, and I feel deep gratitude for all of the opportunities that have unfolded along my path. Deepak teaches that our intentions have infinite organizing power, and I have experienced the truth of this principle. To be on the Teachers Path and work at the Chopra Center is a dream come true! I feel so blessed to be doing what I love, in a place I love, and with people committed to making a difference on our planet.