Do you want to learn how to meditate but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you tried to develop a regular meditation practice in the past but got distracted, busy, or stuck?
In Basics of Meditation with Deepak Chopra, world-renowned meditation teacher Deepak Chopra makes meditation easy, sharing simple techniques and meditation basics that will allow you to start experiencing the benefits with your very first practice.
The Basics of Meditation course includes:
Twelve audio teachings from Deepak Chopra
Guidance in creating a daily meditation practice
Meditation instruction and other mindfulness practices that will help you experience greater physical health and emotional well-being
Six guided meditations led by Deepak as well as by his daughter, Mallika Chopra
Answers to the most commonly asked meditation questions
Lifetime access to all the lectures and course resources
The Basics of Meditation is your opportunity to be guided in the foundations of this timeless practice by Deepak Chopra, who has more than thirty years of experience teaching thousands of people throughout the world to meditate.
In this beginner-level course, you’ll discover how simple meditation really is. When you meditate consistently and regularly, for just a few minutes a day, you will begin to experience the benefits in every aspect of your life. As a growing body of scientific research shows, these benefits include:
Reduced feelings of stress and increased feelings of relaxation and peace
Lowered blood pressure and hypertension
Decreased inflammation in the body
Increased levels of the enzyme telomerase, which helps slow the aging process
Downregulation (turning off) of genes that contribute to diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune illnesses, and some types of cancers
Upregulation (turning on) of genes that are responsible for good health
Improved immune function
Decreased depression, anxiety, and addictive behavior
Better sleep and deep rest
Increased focus and concentration
While the benefits of meditation are profound, the practice is simple and effortless. As Deepak shares in the course, meditation is the natural state of the mind when you let go and stop trying. What a relief to know that you don’t have to try to stop your thoughts or achieve instant and total present moment awareness. You don’t have to sit in a lotus position, hold your hands a certain way, or change your diet. All you need is to dedicate a few minutes each day to sitting in inner quiet and becoming aware. And as your awareness expands, you will experience the greatest benefit of meditation: awakening to who you really are – your true, unbounded self.
Let’s get started and enjoy the basics of meditation together!
In this introductory course, Deepak Chopra reveals the simplest way to learn to meditate and gives you glimpses of the powerful benefits of meditation—and how it can transform your life. The Basics of Meditation course makes it easy to learn and practice meditation, with short lessons that you can easily weave into your daily schedule. You will experience guided meditations led by Deepak as well as by Mallika Chopra, who is a Chopra Center certified instructor as well as Deepak’s daughter.
As you meditate on a regular basis, you will awaken to expanded creativity, compassion, happiness, peace, and love. At the deepest level, meditation is a path to discover who you really are—your true self.
Let’s get started and enjoy learning the basics of meditation together!
Deepak reveals that meditation is the natural state of the mind when you do absolutely nothing. When you’re not trying to do anything and you’re not thinking about the past or the future, your mind will naturally and spontaneously settle into the inner silence of meditation.
The purpose of meditation is to be here now, in this moment. It doesn’t require a special diet, effort, or concentration. All you need to learn to meditate is to let go, stop trying, and understand that meditation is effortless.
Deepak explains what draws people to meditation and what purpose meditation can have in their lives.
Begin to learn how meditation allows you to anchor yourself in present moment awareness and become aware of your soul.
Deepak answers the question "How do I become aware of my soul?"
Deepak shares three simple tips to prepare you for a guided meditation.
When you meditate regularly and consistently, you experience the full benefits of meditation in every area of your life, including greater physical health, emotional well-being, relationships, and spiritual awakening. Meditation will help you answer the most fundamental question: Who are you?
Deepak shares how the practice of meditation is a powerful ally when it comes to relieving emotional distress such as anxiety, depression, and chronic resentment or regret.
The ultimate purpose of meditation is to experience core consciousness, which awakens your dormant potential. Meditation is also a practice that helps you fulfill the four goals of life described in the ancient tradition of Vedanta: Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.
Dr. David Simon, neurologist and expert in Ayurvedic medicine, reflects on the question "How do I find more fulfillment in my life?".
Please prepare to ask yourself: Who Am I?
Join Deepak for a guided meditation.
The benefits of meditation go beyond the simple relaxation response. When you meditate consistently, you cultivate a deep state of restful alertness in which your mind and body are completely rested yet you are alert and feel fully alive. Watch as Deepak explains the many profound benefits this state of restful alertness can have in your life.
Deepak answers the question "How does meditation improve my health?"
In this lecture, Deepak describes how sleep is a return to your soul or the state of timeless, spaceless being. Deepak also explains the two main cycles of renewal you experience throughout the night: dream state and deep sleep.
Deepak answers the question "Will I need less sleep when I practice meditation?".
Join Mallika for a beautiful guided meditation in which you will put your attention on your heart and expand your experience of these qualities:
Deepak introduces you to the ancient mantra So Hum, which means "I am."
Deepak teaches the basics of meditation and reminds you that there is nothing to do. The only requirement to go deeply into meditation is to come to the practice with an inner attitude of surrender.
Deepak answers the following frequently asked questions:
Instead of judging your experiences during meditation, Deepak suggests using two important measures for success that he introduces in this lecture.
Deepak answers the question "How do I know if I'm meditating correctly?"
Join Deepak for a short, instructional meditation using the mantra So Hum to experience a deep state of restful alertness.
The key to meditation is to be effortless. Instead of trying to force the mind to concentrate or focus, be gentle. Whenever you notice that your mind has drifted to a sensation, sound, or thought, gently return your attention to your breath or your mantra.
As you continue to meditate, you will have moments in which all sensations, sounds, and thoughts disappear and what is left is you—your true self or pure spirit.
Deepak answers the question "Is it okay to change my position during meditation?".
Deepak explains how the benefits of meditation go even deeper than stress management.
Deepak answers the question "How do I develop a consistent meditation practice?".
Join Deepak for an extended So Hum meditation. This beautiful meditation ultimately allows you to breathe in life-force energy and release whatever is no longer serving you.
In this final section, Deepak offers encouragement to approach meditation with innocence, letting go of expectations and knowing that each meditation is unique and will offer you exactly what you need at that time. He also summarizes the keys to the basics of meditation.
Deepak answers the question "Are thoughts a natural part of meditation?".
Deepak encourages you to let go of any concerns about whether you’re meditating correctly or doing it right because there’s no such thing as a correct meditation. As long as you’re taking time each day to meditate, your life will transform.
Deepak answers the question "How can I stop procrastinating and start meditating?".
Join Deepak for a final guided meditation on true abundance, which is an experience in which all of our needs are easily met and our desires are spontaneously fulfilled.
About Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. is a best-selling author, teacher, and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and an adjunct professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, a senior scientist at the Gallup organization, and a clinical professor in the Family Medicine and Public Health Department at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences.
For more than a decade, he has participated as a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine, an annual event sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
About Amanda Ringnalda
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Amanda Ringnalda is a Vedic educator at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and serves as a host for many of the Center’s large live events. She has studied closely under Chopra Center co-founders, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon, and gleaned wisdom from many other luminaries. She has completed three Chopra Center teaching certifications (Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle). She has also completed both the 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher certifications from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers.
Amanda’s first yoga class in 1996 inspired her with a deep recognition of these timeless teachings and a desire to spend the rest of her life practicing and sharing them in order to help others find what she had found—a truly peaceful and love-filled life. Another way she expresses that intention of purpose is in her leadership role as the Chopra Center’s vice president of Client Services and Operations.
Mallika Chopra is a mom, entrepreneur, and the author of several books, including 100 Promises to My Baby, 100 Questions from My Child, and Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy. She is the founder and CEO of Intent [dot] com, a website focused on personal, social, and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities, and the planet. Mallika is also the co-founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel that she launched with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra.
Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world at venues like TEDx, Ideacity, the California Women’s Conference, and Prevention’s R3 Summit. She has degrees from Brown University and the Kellogg School of Management.