It was one of the biggest draws I’ve seen at the Long Center. Deepak Chopra, M.D., Godfather of the mind, body, medicine movement and author of more than 60 books, begins the evening presentation with an overview on the state of our “well-being”. A timely subject, considering the current state of our health care system. Dr. Chopra urges us to “shift our thinking”, to a new paradigm, that is, to take responsibility for our own health.
As a pioneer, he has carved the path for a generation of practitioners we have today, teachers, healers and medical doctors alike. I remember when his name was just getting out and his revolutionary concepts broke barriers in the medical field. Here we are today, decades later and Dr. Chopra’s insights continue to prove true. Being a yogini, I was thrilled to hear affirmations of my beliefs.
Dr. Chopra explains, if we look at our “physical body as a process” rather than solid matter, we will realize that we are in a constant state of transformation. Our body is continually re-generating. For example, our skeleton system regenerates every three months, our stomach every 6 weeks. Our thoughts, feelings, emotions effect our physiology, either positively or negatively.
From a scientific perspective, if we are constantly changing, then who are we? This is the question of all times. Scientists have no theory for this one, just yet. But new scientific studies are proving we are capable of changing our own genetic code. By intentionally changing our state of being, we can change our DNA. Powerful medicine indeed.
Having practiced yoga (pre-revolution), I know first hand, the transformative power of these yogic principles. We can use meditation to enter into a state of “divine consciousness” to tap our vast resources, “pure potential”, the “infinite mind”. When our mind, body, soul, spirit is connected, it brings us into a state of balance.These principles change our vibratory rate and effectively regulate our genes. Simply put, we can change what is happening in our bodies. It’s exciting to hear Dr. Chopra corroborate that the scientific community is catching up.
Ultimately, Dr. Chopra concludes, the future of well-being is in our own consciousness, this is the evolution of healing. To experience our whole-ness and interconnected-ness, he guides us in a group meditation, asks us to focus on and repeat to ourselves, “I AM”.
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