Deepak Cho­pra’s no-fail med­i­ta­tions

Los Angeles Times - - SATURDAY - — Mary MacVean

Un­plug, a med­i­ta­tion stu­dio on L.A.’s Westside, was packed. And no won­der. The leader for the med­i­ta­tion ses­sion was Deepak Cho­pra, a doc­tor and a su­per­star of the med­i­ta­tion and al­ter­na­tive medicine worlds.

He was do­ing Dad’s duty; the event marked the pub­li­ca­tion of a book by his daugh­ter, Mal­lika, called, “Living With In­tent: My Some­what Messy Jour­ney to Pur­pose, Peace and Joy.” And af­ter she talked, her fa­ther sat on the small stage and led the au­di­ence of more than 100 through a med­i­ta­tion of about 20 min­utes.

He re­as­sured the room that there’s no fail­ing at med­i­ta­tion. “If you’re do­ing it, you’re do­ing it right,” said Cho­pra, who also ex­plained var­i­ous strains of med­i­ta­tion, in­clud­ing mind­ful­ness, which has be­come popular in busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and among many Amer­i­cans seek­ing re­lief from stress. But the goal, whether any­one gets there, is en­light­en­ment, he said.

Dur­ing the med­i­ta­tion, Cho­pra asked peo­ple to fo­cus on their breath; to no­tice any noises that could be dis­cerned; and to no­tice our es­sen­tial pres­ence.

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