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Overcoming Chaos – A Free Workshop

At times it feels as though our minds are on auto-pilot and thoughts swirl in chaotic whirlwinds. Meditation can help us calm the storms, centering and connecting us with the present moment.

Deepak Chopra is currently offering a free, four-week workshop called, “Overcoming Chaos” starting in 21 days. In this programme, Dr. Chopra will show you how to reconnect with your essential self, melt away stress and anxiety, and learn how to navigate through the inner chaos of your mind.

Need a little shelter from the inner storms? Try “Overcoming Chaos” with Deepak Chopra!

 

Overcoming Chaos

Deepak Chopra is again offering a free on-line event, this time on “Overcoming Chaos.”

This programme offers four sessions that include:

  • Resolving Conflict from Within
  • From Stress to Stillness – 7 Tools for Inner Peace
  • How to Instantly Calm the Anxious Mind
  • The Science and Magic of Primordial Sound Meditation

Every learning opportunity is a chance to grow. You pick out what makes sense to you, and leave behind what doesn’t. May you enjoy this programme, and add another step in your journey to peace!

 

 

 

Making Every Moment Matter – 21 Day Meditation Experience with Deepak Chopra

There is so much internal and external pressure to do more, more, more that chronic stress has been become an epidemic in our modern society. How do we find a way to “make it stop” and acquire the ability to be “in the moment”?

To be honest, do you feel like, “Who’s got time to be in the moment when we have to think  about what needs to get done?”??

Dr Deepak Chopra is offering a free 21-day meditation experience that speaks to this issue.  “Making Every Moment Matter”is a way to help us stop the headlong rush into the next moment and instead, focus on what is happening “right now.”

If you enjoy having a short talk and a guided meditation, you may find that this is a wonderful opportunity to take back your life, and learn to be present in the moment. After all, that is all we really have!

Here is the link to “Making Every Moment Matter”

 

 

A Gift of Mindfulness from Dr. Rick Hanson

scroogeT’is the season for peace, joy and love….as well as expectations unfulfilled, relationships that wound and the pressures of materialistic gift-giving. Whew. Small wonder so many people find this time of year to be less “Ho Ho Ho” and more “Bah. Humbug”!

For a short time,Dr. Rick Hanson is freely offering his talk on cultivating the “Green Zone” in your brain – the place where there is indeed peace, joy and love. He also talks about ways to diminish the effects of the “Red Zone” – where we typically go when we hit the wall.

He also is sharing his interview on mindfulness with Dr. Jack Kornfield, a gentle, wise soul and renowned meditation teacher (as well as clinical psychotherapist).

 

 

Five Steps To More Abundance And Less Stress

Do you long for more abundance, and less stress? This article from the Chopra Center gives us 5 tips for stilling the voices of “not enough money, not enough time” and cultivating your sense of abundance.

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Simple Steps to Cultivate an Abundance Mindset

Have you ever noticed that when you’re really worried or afraid about the things you
don’t seem to have enough of — like time or money — that it’s a lot harder to be
grateful and appreciative for what you do have?

Your anxiety is so big, it easily replaces your sense of abundance and fulfillment.
The fact is, most of us living in our modern world experience some fear around not
having enough money. You might think your fears are unavoidable and that you can’t
feel better until you have enough.

But according to world-renowned expert on mindbody science, Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, it’s actually the other way around . . . because the most crucial thing to understand about abundance is that it begins in the mind.

Think about it this way . . . do you believe you only lack something because you
haven’t yet found a creative way to solve the problem? Or do you believe there’s never enough to go around, unfair stuff happens, and there’s not much you can do about it?

Choosing a belief system that cultivates abundance is crucial, but it’s not something
most of us have been taught to do.

It is, however, something all of us can commit to learning. In fact, there are 5 keys to
cultivating an abundance mindset from Deepak in this very email that will get you
started.

The most important thing to recognize before you begin is that you are always
processing your life. There is input and output, forming a feedback loop.

Input is the term for all the experiences that come your way during the day, while
output is all your responses: your thoughts, words and actions. You are the one who
oversees both.

You sift through the input, evaluate it, and take what you like, while rejecting what
you don’t like. Nothing is more crucial than your contribution to the feedback loop:
You are the one who colors everything that comes your way, using intention, belief,
expectation, wishes, hopes, dreams and fears. No input is neutral, because you are
emotionally invested in your experiences.

At the other end of the process, when you produce output, you again color it the
same way. Your thoughts, words and actions indicate how involved you are in your
life. Thus the circle of personal reality is shaped, every minute of every day.
Abundance reveals itself when you build a feedback loop that can accept and build
upon what life has to offer.

Look at the familiar story of lottery winners who are worse off 10 years after their
sudden windfall. Why? Because they couldn’t adapt. They processed life on a limited
scale, and suddenly they were asked to process millions of dollars, massive
attention, public exposure, and the demands of people around them.

Unless you have prepared the way, abundance itself can turn into a drain on you.
The secret is to constantly build your capacity for abundance in small steps. Use
your small victories to create a new belief system, one that can accept higher and
higher levels of opportunity.

Try these 5 keys to cultivating an abundance mindset from Deepak today:

1. Turn negativity into positive action.
Take one thing today that you feel negative about. Before the day is out, take a
positive action that diminishes the negativity. That could mean standing up for
yourself, speaking your truth, fixing what can be fixed, asking for help, seeking wise
advice, walking away from things that can’t be fixed, reducing the stress, and looking
at your role in creating the negative situation. The possibilities are endless! What’s
important to recognize is that taking even the smallest of actions begins to change
the feedback you’re getting.

2. Don’t indulge the voice of futility.
“It’s hopeless. I’m helpless. Nothing will change or ever get better.” Everyone hears
these words; the voice of futility persists because we were all little children who felt
helpless and hopeless at times. If you indulge it, the voice of futility will pull you
down to its level. So reject the temptation to indulge in a defeatist viewpoint. Tell
yourself, “This negative voice isn’t me.” Gently but firmly reject the voice of futility,
and when any good thing happens, however small, remind yourself that the voice
was wrong.

3. Expand your awareness
The greatest enemy of abundance is contraction. When you find yourself in a tight
situation, feeling that there is no way out, drawing a blank when you try to think of
new solutions, or carrying around a heavy burden . . . these are signs of contraction
in mind, body, and spirit. Expansion is the great friend of abundance. It brings in the
light, opening up new possibilities. In a relaxed, open state, your awareness sees
farther, and life isn’t so confined.

How can you expand your awareness? The brain has a natural mechanism for
resetting itself and getting back into balance. Give this mechanism a chance by
setting aside time – even just a few minutes – for peace and quiet. Being under
pressure, putting up with noise and stress, and never stopping to relax are
counterproductive. Go into a quiet place and sit with your eyes closed. Let yourself
become centered again, and if you can, practice meditation.

4. Take full responsibility.
If you want a radical cure for being a victim of lack, here it is. Victims are dominated
by external forces—other people and circumstances—and since outside forces
cannot be controlled, it seems natural to give up responsibility for the bad things in
your life. “I can’t help it” is like a poisonous seed that keeps multiplying and growing.
The solution is to recognize that your situation will change only after you quit looking
outside and start taking responsibility.

In effect, you are saying something positive: This is my life. Abundance comes from
within. By taking responsibility, you accept everything, the good and the bad, as your
whole package.

5. Make full use of your successes.
While abundance means a flow of good things in unlimited supply, that doesn’t mean
it happens all at once like a thunderstorm quenching a parched land. The process of
abundance is more like attaining a skill. If you want to master walking a tightrope,
you start small and low to the ground, not big and high up. This actually ensures that
you will reach your goal.

Don’t set yourself up for failure by shortcircuiting the process of abundance. A lot of
things, including the wiring in your brain, must become organized around your goal.
Every wish brings a result. The world’s wisdom traditions teach this lesson. But they
also teach that results can be tiny, or mixed, or hidden from view because our
awareness is limited and distracted. It helps to know that the process will never let
you down—your every thought and intention becomes part of the feedback loop.

Mastering the art of cultivating an abundance mindset is just one important step in
opening to the universal flow of abundance, while following your heart and pursuing
your highest purpose.

Assorted guided meditations from the Chopra Center

Thoughts are just thoughtsLooking for some guided meditations for your home practice? Fortunately, the Chopra Center has been kind enough to post a variety of them, ranging in time from less than five minutes up to an hour, and include themes of Gratitude, Abundance, Awakening to Perfect Health, Creativity, Letting Go of Control….and many more.

Enjoy these guided meditations from the Chopra Center!

Om Satyam!

Meditation for Beginners

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I have yet to encounter a student who hasn’t said, “I can’t meditate. I can’t empty my mind and stop my thoughts. My head just keeps racing around.”

Well, join the human race! A busy mind is something we all suffer from – and we meditate to help us calm and focus our thoughts in ways that serve us rather than exhaust us. We may even begin to develop the skills to observe and step back from these thoughts, rather than engage in the whirlwind of the mind.

But how to do that? Joining a meditation group is one excellent way, but if you want to do some reading and try practicing at home first, you might enjoy this article by the Chopra Center. Like Dr Stewart and myself, the Chopra Center believes that there are different approaches to meditation. One style may fit you and your lifestyle more so than another – no “One Size Fits All.”

Meditation styles for beginners” is a short, simple article that describes a few different meditation approaches. You may find one that appeals to you, and helps you in your inner journey towards less stress, more relaxation, peace and calm.

If you are interested in joining a class, Dr Stewart and I are offering the last spring  “Introduction to Meditation” session starting on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

9 Ways to Help You Through the Hard Times

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9 Ways to Help Yourself When You’re Going Through a Hard Time

Hard Times? Who hasn’t had them? Maybe you are going through some right now.

I just read this article, and wanted to share it with you. If you are going through a difficult time in your life, see if any of these tips give you some peace and calm. Enjoy.

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