The goal of the 21-Day Meditation Challenge is to make meditation accessible to people everywhere, says Kyla Stinnett, communications editor for the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. Based on the belief that it takes about 21 days of consistent behaviour to create a new habit, the Challenge teaches people how to make meditation part of their daily routines.
Ann Dunnewold, a Dallas-based psychologist, decided to try the 21-Day Meditation Challenge when she heard about it from a friend.
Now Dunnewold meditates in the mornings and has recommended the practice to some of her patients, especially for anxiety and stress. For some, meditation is a tool for living a more peaceful, focused and content existence; for others, it’s the answer to dealing with the stresses of everyday life, or even tackling the compulsions that drive unhealthy behaviour, such as addiction.
The health benefits of meditation are wide-ranging, says Nirmala Raniga, who recently opened the Paradise Valley Wellness Centre in Squamish, B.C. Generally, the first step of the Challenge involves learning how to enter a state of “restful awareness,” where your body is resting and physically relaxed and your mind is awake but quiet.
The final stages of the Challenge incorporate a discussion of dharma — essentially, helping you understand your overall purpose in life and the ways in which you can use your unique talents to help other people.
By clicking "Create Account", I confirm that I have read and understood each of the website terms of service and privacy policy and that I agree to be bound by them. I would like Chatelaine to send me alerts, event notifications and special deals or information from our carefully screened partners that may be of interest to me. Recently on the Dr.Oz show, Deepak Chopra defined meditation, performed a healing meditation, and demonstrated the law of attraction using a basic meditation. The traditional model of sending them to Sunday school is one alternative; another is to draw the entire family into the personal spirituality of the parents, as more people turn away from organized religion to carve their own path. By being invited in and yet given the freedom to choose, a child will associate meditation with something they have control over. The greatest benefit of meditation comes when a child is able to notice actual changes themselves. I hope these points are useful, but the most important one became the theme of a book I wrote, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Parenting, which is this: If you want your child to lead a fulfilled and successful life, the best route is through spiritual parenting.
DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Deepak Chopra arrives for the first ever concert by Paul McCartney at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Monday, Dec.

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That’s the challenge renowned mind-body healer Deepak Chopra issued online for the first time last fall.
Although she’s trained as a psychologist to help clients with relaxation skills, she finds meditation works on a different level because of the spiritual aspect. And meditation helps reduce the chatter and creates awareness so you can be more present in what’s going on around you,” says Raniga. And once you’ve mastered it, the next steps in the Challenge help you progress to things like learning how to be easier on yourself, how to let go of non-nurturing thoughts and habits, how to get rid of feelings of negativity, how to embrace happiness and forgiveness and how to develop an overall intention that you can direct your energy toward. According to Davidji, completing the Challenge means you’ve set a new, more positive trajectory for your life. Child psychology studies have shown that babies as early as six months old want to help their mothers, and even infants react positively when they see good behavior and shy away from bad behavior in others.
Chopra is the author of more than 80 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. What makes Deepak Chopra number one on this list is his ability to talk about the divine and the metaphysical in a down to Earth way. When you listen to him, you feel as though you’re having a casual conversation even though you’re talking about cosmic consciousness.
And it proved to be so popular that Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge has since become a seasonal event, attracting more than 70,000 Zen seekers from around the globe. While his practice is rooted in both Eastern traditions and Western science, he is best known for an approach to healing that emphasizes the connection between body, mind and spirit.
Participants sign up online (it’s free) to receive daily email notifications and meditation audio guides, and can journal their experiences online.
She found having a daily coaching session helped her stay motivated, and she finished the Challenge feeling calmer and less reactive to the stresses around her. Health issues ranging from insomnia, high blood pressure, chronic pain and respiratory difficulties to anxiety and depression have all been effectively treated with the help of meditation, she says.

But when you focus on your breathing and use the in-and-out flow of air as an attention anchor to guide your mind away from thinking, it actually does get easier every time.
It may lead to a more peaceful and contented outlook, or even to a deeper understanding that everything in the universe is connected. Before age ten or so, I feel that spiritual parenting will have the most lasting effect if it builds a foundation in the self rather than focusing on principles.
A child who is running around or acting out needs a nap, a talking to, or some other corrective.
One of those approaches is meditation, a practice he sought to demystify through the Challenge. What kind of relationships do I want to have?’ — may actually cause the brain to rewire itself,” says Chopra.
Either way, after 21 days you’ll be more mindful and less stressed and will have a greater sense of patience, compassion, awareness and balance. Please check your email, click the link to verify your address, and then submit your comment. Thirdly, I'm going to do something really exciting -- the law of attraction and meditation. But seeing parents who are fair and kind literally trains a child’s brain in that direction. If you can't find this email, access your profile editor to re-send the confirmation email. In a recent study, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles used MRIs to compare the brains of people who meditate with the brains of those who don’t. They discovered that areas of the brain that regulate emotions are larger and more developed in people who meditate regularly.

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