Deepak Chopra’s no-fail meditations
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.