I had the fortunate opportunity to spend time at The Chopra Center in Carlsbad California in August 2013 for a 3 Day Primordial Sound Meditation Retreat. Deepak Chopra personally taught 2 of the sessions. It opened my eyes to a beautiful and easy practice of silent meditation using a personal mantra (primordial sound mantra). The practice suggests 2, 30 minute meditations - morning and afternoon/evening.
So, to assist everyone (and myself) to implement a 30 minute (x2) daily meditation practice in their lives, we are providing a free space in the Aura Room to join in this life changing practice.
Tuesday - Friday
9:15 - 9:45 am and
3:00 - 3:30 pm.
(We are going to try this out and see if the times work. Please stay connected to Meetup for any changes and RSVP if at all possible. Thank you!)
If you have already taken this course through the Chopra Center or one of their certifies instructors, you will know what to do. If you have not and you want to start a practice, there are several simple steps.
1.) Relax, sit on a chair with feet flat on the floor or sit on the floor comfortably in a cross legged position, with your hands in your lap palms facing up.
2.) Take several deep, slow, cleansing breathes. Settle in.
3.) Ask yourself three questions: Who am I? What do I want? and What is my dharma (life purpose)? As the answers flood in or don't...you release them and begin to internally chant your personal mantra or one as simple and powerful as "OM". Continue to chant your mantra quietly in your mind, allowing for thoughts to come and go.
A pre-recorded guide by Deepak Chopra will assist you on the time watching so that you can relax, and you know when your 30 minutes is complete.
Thank you for joining in with us on this amazing and simple meditation practice.
Beautifully written explanation from The Chopra Center regarding Mantra Mediation: Thank you Deepak! http://www.chopra.com/
The word mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
According to the Vedic tradition, the ancient sages were able to hear the subtle vibrations produced by everything in nature―the sounds of the wind, thunder, butterflies, rushing rivers and all other creations. They recognized that these sounds are the manifestation of spirit into matter. They identified “Om” (or aum) as the most elemental sound, representing the infinite universal consciousness. For thousands of years, people have used this mantra to expand their awareness of the divine.
The ancient seers also identified all the primordial vibrations or mantras that make up the universe, and these were eventually recorded in the Vedic literature―the four texts that form the basis for the Hindu religion. You can actually hear all the mantras yourself if you sit quietly. You’ll notice a background hum in the air, and as you practice focusing on that hum, you’ll ultimately hear every mantra the sages recorded long ago.
Silently repeating a mantra as you meditate is a powerful way to enter the silence of the mind. As you repeat the mantra, it creates a mental vibration that allows the mind to experience deeper levels of awareness. As you meditate, the mantra becomes increasingly abstract and indistinct, until you’re finally led into the field of pure consciousness from which the vibration arose. In the deepest meditative state, all thoughts and worries drop away and you experience the quiet that always exists beneath the noisy internal dialogue of the mind.