How Meditation Can Change Your Life, According to Oprah and Deepak Chopra
For thousands of years, people have used meditation to experience inner quiet and expanded awareness. As an ever-growing body of scientific data shows, meditation has the power to heal our bodies, calm our minds and even rewire our brains for greater happiness, creativity and love.
For over 30 years, Deepak Chopra has taught countless people throughout the world how to meditate, all while maintaining his own daily practice. Now, with more than 90 books translated into 43+ languages on the topic, including numerous New York Times bestsellers, he has been recognized not only as a pioneer in the field but as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century by TIME Magazine.
When Deepak first began writing about mind-body health and meditation, he was invited to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss his new book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. The year was 1993, a time when the mind-body connection and holistic healing approaches were largely rejected by the scientific community. Oprah's audience was deeply engaged by the interview, however, and bought more than 100,000 copies of his book that day—helping to launch Deepak on his path as a best-selling author and world-renowned authority in integrative medicine.
In the 25+ years since that pivotal interview, Deepak and Oprah have continued to teach, inspire and help people transform their lives by moving beyond limiting beliefs to experience greater happiness and fulfillment. In 2013, they joined forces to create the 21-Day Meditation Challenge, which has gone on to become a global phenomenon with millions of participants and meditation groups around the world. The library of albums now includes 18 titles designed to help listeners leave anxiety and unhealthy habits behind in order to achieve purpose, balance and whole health.
Those who join the 21-Day Meditation Challenge will be guided to develop a daily practice that allows you to respond to potentially stressful situations or encounters from a place of calm, centered awareness. If we want to create a more peaceful, just, sustainable and happier world, Deepak believes it begins with each of us choosing to heal and transform ourselves. "We need to create a critical mass," he says, "and it is my personal mission to influence 1 billion people to be the change they wish to see, by inspiring them and sharing tools for personal transformation."
In a world as hyperactive as ours, it's difficult to overstate the benefits of stillness, which meditation provides. For Oprah, it has been a life-changing force—"your recharge" and "your breathing space," she calls it—not to mention a therapeutic and grounding daily ritual. "I promise you'll feel better just making the commitment," she says. And, if meditation is new to you, that's all the better reason to join us, as Deepak's gentle guidance makes the 21-Day Meditation Challenge a perfect way to begin.
Interested in learning more? Access the entire library of 21-Day Meditations now by visiting chopra.com/oprah.