Yoga Journal LIVE! presenters Deepak Chopra and Gabrielle Bernstein hosted the Global Meditation for Peace in Toronto today, the largest meditation gathering to date, according to Guinness World Records. They were accompanied by a live performance by India Arie. Bummer if you missed it, but there’s still time to ride the wave of peace rippling across the globe.
“Connecting with others’ positive, peaceful energy is extremely powerful,” Bernstein says. And Chopra says meditating in groups raises the collective consciousness. “The more people are expanding their awareness, the more we can alter society for the better,” he explains. “And since the theme of the Global Meditation is peace, we are hoping that as we focus our intention on peace in a large, cross-cultural, around-the-world group, we can reach critical mass and make peace sustainable.”
Not sure where to start? Here are Chopra and Bernstein’s top tips for getting started with meditation today.
1. Try it tonight. “Morning and evening coincide with our body’s quieter rhythms,” Chopra says. “Our body knows how to be still; we just have to give it opportunity.”
2. Make time—just a little. “The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial,” Chopra says. “Many schools of meditation prescribe 30 minutes of meditation twice a day, and as your meditation practice evolves, you can extend your time. But it’s better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week.”
3. Be consistent. “The most important advice that I’d give a new meditator is to be consistent,” Bernstein says. “It doesn’t matter how long you meditate, what matters is that you do it daily. The more often you practice the more peace you will experience and the easier it will be to sit longer. Begin with one minute a day.”
4. Get comfy. “It is preferable to sit up straight on the floor or on a chair to help cultivate alertness, but if you are ill or need to lie down, that is fine,” Chopra says. “Being comfortable is most important.”
5. Let thoughts be. “Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that’s normal,” Chopra says. “Don’t try to do anything with them—let them be. If you find yourself thinking about what’s passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra or your breath. You will soon slip into the space between thoughts.”
6. Just breathe. “When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment,” Chopra says. “In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly.”
Try it now: Bernstein’s One-Minute Breath
Practice this breathing technique for one minute daily.
1. Inhale for 5 seconds
2. Hold for 5 seconds
3. Exhale for 5 seconds
4. Hold for 5 seconds
Want more meditation tips from Bernstein? Join us for her Miracles Now presentation atYoga Journal LIVE! Florida in November.
credit to it’s owner: http://blogs.yogajournal.com/yogabuzz/2014/08/6-ways-to-meditate-today-from-deepak-chopra-gabrielle-bernstein.html
This article is a must read and this is also a good practice for everyone especially for the new ones. Even me I also do this routine in my daily life and aside from that it keeps your life much more disciplined.