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When You Meditate

When You Meditate

When you meditate, you shift your focus. Instead of paying attention to the surface of the mind, which teems with constant change, you go deeper to experience silence. In and of itself, silence is pointless. Life is about action and response, not silent detachment. But inner silence is something far more profound: It is awareness being aware of itself, also known as wakefulness, or mindfulness.

In its silent depths, your mind knows everything that’s going on. Time collapses into a single focal point, where the one unshakable thing you know is “I am.” This isn’t passive knowledge. It is the center of everything, the source of all the activity that springs forth as thoughts, sensations, and external events. Silence is the womb of creation.

Once you have authorship of yourself, you come out of silence into activity to write your own story. There is no difference between sitting in meditation and living in the world. Both are expressions of awareness, the one silent, and the other active. Now you maintain two types of attention, one devoted to change, the other to non-change. This is the shift in consciousness that allows you to live from the level of the soul.

Meditating 24 hours a day means you retain your alertness and wakefulness all the time.

Adapted from Why is God Laughing? by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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4:50AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Thanks!

12:10PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Interesting!

2:31AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Thank you :)

1:16AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Nice.

7:37PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

True.

6:19PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

suzanne l is right. shuttingoff is gud. I find it so so hard to do this. my nerves are in shreds.

6:50AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

On and off!

9:07PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Learning to be silent and still sometimes gives the nervous system a well-deserved break.

3:54PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

thk u

1:21AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

beautifully written thankyou. The Power of Stillness!

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