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Friday, 11 September 2009

Deepak Chopra Shares His Secrets for Transformation at Kripalu

Written by Rachael Repoff
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I Drove from Boston to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts filled with excitement and anticipation; I finally arrived at Kripalu, a well-known center for yoga and health. I was attending a three-day intensive yoga retreat combined with a four-part lecture series given by Bestselling author, New Age guru, and pioneer of mind-body health, Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Deepak Chopra Shares His Secrets for Transformation, Rachael RepoffI Drove from Boston to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts filled with excitement and anticipation; I finally arrived at Kripalu, a well-known center for yoga and health. I was attending a three-day intensive yoga retreat combined with a four-part lecture series given by Bestselling author, New Age guru, and pioneer of mind-body health, Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Three hundred people were confirmed to attend the weekend retreat, I was fortunate to get one of the last spots before they sold out.  I would be sleeping with 21 other women in a large room with no air-conditioning during a heat-wave in mid- August.

When I arrived Friday night, I had just enough time to throw my belongings on my bunk-bed, before attending the first lecture.  Once Chopra took the stage and began speaking, not one of the 300 attendees moved a muscle.  Everyone was immediately captivated by him and simply absorbed his presence. The atmosphere reminded me of something I’d once read; that when you’re in a room with certain people ‘you just know you’re breathing in good air’.

I was surprised to discover that Deepak Chopra is cool. He didn’t have that ‘I’m an enlightened guru, I’m better than all of you’ preciousness about him.  His glasses were brightly colored with large rhinestones on the sides, part nerd/part rock star.  He even spoke twice about his friendship with Michael Jackson.

Once the lecture began you could hear nothing in the room except Chopra’s voice and the sound of pens feverishly writing.  I’m a very solid note taker, and even I had trouble following his train of thought as he threw out facts and figures.  He has a non-linear understanding of the world.  Chopra is a philosopher, with an alchemic mix of physics, Eastern and Western medicine and insights about infinite possibilities, along with the science to ground his beliefs.

The first night he discussed change, letting go and that everything in life is intention and detachment. “Everything Changes” Chopra declared.  “Suffering comes from holding onto the idea of permanence.  We must accept the fact that everything changes.  If something is in the nature of arriving, it is also in the nature of subsiding.”  He reminded us that everything recycles, even life recycles.  The next thing he said resonated deeply with me, as I’ve never been good at accepting big life changes.  He said “Transitions are inevitable, but how painful we make them is up to us.”

The discussion moved to the concept of letting go.  He instructed us to “Learn to forgive ourselves and our past mistakes.” He added, “The universe is infinitely merciful; it’s ready to begin again.”

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