The Chopra Center Newsletter    Mar 2011 Edition 

MIND-BODY EXPERIENCES

Seduction of Spirit

March 20–26, 2011
Evergreen Marriott
Atlanta, GA

Our signature meditation retreat. Bring a friend and save $800 on enrollment.

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A Weekend Within

August 19–21, 2011
The Depot Renaissance Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

Your gateway to higher consciousness.

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Meditation Challenge

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The Chopra Center 21-Day
Meditation Challenge™

A Message to our growing community
from davidji

In January, you received an invitation to participate in the largest meditation experiment on the planet – a 21-day guided meditation challenge. But within minutes more than 15,000 bold adventurers had registered to receive a daily guided meditation and within a few more days more than 25,000 Agni readers had expressed interest. You had no idea what it would be like. But we believe in infinite possibilities and obviously 20,000+ of you also do.

Whenever I teach a class in Primordial Sound Meditation, I encourage my students to live it for 21 days and then send me an email to provide their feedback. Some never reply, others email me every day; and the majority send me an email on the 21st day. The majority of them continue to meditate for at least a full year following the 21st day. Over the past seven years, tens of thousands of meditators have emailed me with their stories, challenges, "aha" moments, breakthroughs, and gratitude for helping them awaken to the stillness and silence that rests within. We’ve experienced a similar phenomenon on our meditation blog.

Something has happened here. Something really special beyond 50,000+ of us simply hanging out together for 21 days. We have created something – an energy, a vibration, a rippling…whatever you want to call it . . . each of us is transforming the world as we ourselves undergo a powerful daily transformation.

It's been said that 21 consecutive days of performing any behavior creates a ritual. A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for its symbolic value. When you combine the symbolism of the ritual with some sort of meaning . . . the result is transformation. We created the ritual…you gave it meaning . . . voila . . . Transformation! No other conscious collective on earth has such global reach and devotion to personal development as this tribe. More than 100 countries around the globe are represented by you – hundreds of cities within each country. Every continent except Antarctica was represented during the challenge.

This challenge felt joyous, and collaborative . . . like we were all on board a magnificent journey together – each day a different guide to move us to the next step.  The sense of community and camaraderie that has poured through these 21 days is one of the most humbling experiences of my life. And I am grateful to all of you who participated for enrichening the fabric of my life. Hopefully, you feel it too.

The Chopra Center believes that people can achieve wholeness in their lives through the fusion of modern western medicine and the healing arts of the east – through the teachings of Vedanta, Ayurveda, yoga, and Advaita . . . through the practices of witnessing awareness, conscious choice making, conscious communication, meditation, and living a heart-centered existence while discovering your purpose in life.

We all have connected in a special way. And something unique has happened to us. We have the choice of whether we want to continue and how we want to continue. But one thing is clear . . . we have ritualized our daily meditation practice and we can keep it going as long as we like.

So I invite all of those who journeyed with us to keep it alive and please consider becoming a listener on our free radio shows, attending the Seduction of Spirit meditation retreat, waking every morning to RPM, and sharing your energy with those in your life.  I’d love to connect with all of you on a webinar or teleconference. Visit us at chopra.com/meditationchallenge for tools and resources that can help your practice stabilize and grow. Please provide ongoing feedback@chopra.com. Keep meditating and your life will continue to blossom and bloom with each day. Thank you to everyone who made it possible and that includes you. See you in the gap.

Peace. -davidji

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