“Don’t just do something. Sit there.” ~ Sylvia Boorstein
More and more people, from all walks of life, are turning to a daily meditation practice. Whether it be long time yoga practitioners, formally drawn to only a physical practice, business men and women running billion dollar industries, professional athletes or recovering addicts, there is a place for meditation in every life.
I had the honor of speaking with Gabby Bernstein about the upcoming Chopra Center 2015 Global Meditation for Compassion. With just the right amount of style, class and spirituality, Bernstein is making her mark in the motivational speaking world. She has been coined “a next-generation thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey, the “Dalai Lama for the Gossip Girl set” by the Huffington Post and the new Carrie Bradshaw for go-getting thirty-somethings by Elle Magazine. Bernstein’s mission is to get as many people on a meditation path as possible.
When I asked Bernstein why it’s so important to meditate she gave 3 very clear and simple reasons:
1. To lower our stress levels.
2. To help open up a greater sense of intuition.
3. To develop more kindness and compassion.
She says that we live in a very stressful time and meditation can be the tool to realign our energy and reduce our stress. Bernstein says meditation can help release that need to overly achieve, or one up others, moving us into a more passive state towards more love.
Bernstein is honored to be speaking at the 2nd annual Chopra Center Global Meditation for Compassion alongside musician, Trevor Hall. She says the goal is TO BRING THE MESSAGES OF KINDNESS AND COMPASSION INTO A MAINSTREAM ARENA AND CREATE AN ENERGETIC SHIFT AT A QUANTUM LEVEL.
The event will be held on July 11th, 2015 at 9 a.m. PT in Carlsbad, California. Following her discussion, Deepak Chopra, M.D., founder of The Chopra Center and best-selling author will lead a 15 minute meditation. By creating an opportunity for the world to be a part of the largest guided meditation, we hope to create a more compassionate world,” said Chopra. “It is time to rediscover our common truth – that we are all one.”
This year’s meditation aims to increase compassion worldwide, creating a movement towards a kinder, more connected culture. The Chopra Center 2014 Global Meditation for Peace holds the Guinness Book of World Record title for the largest global meditation worldwide with 140,000 in attendance from nearly every country. In 2015 they expect 1,500 attendees at the live event in Carlsbad, Calif. and more than 500,000 participants around the globe to join the experience via livestream.
Be the change you wish to see in the world and join in on this monumental celebration of compassion.
For more information on how to sign up or to learn more, please visit: https://chopracentermeditation.com/gm
Photo: Chloe Crespi
Jenn Bodnar is co-founder of Yoga Digest Magazine and has a genuine belief that yoga can benefit everyone. She is 200ERYT having attended multiple teacher trainings, facilitating yoga teacher trainings and studying and practicing yoga since 1999. Jenn is an avid fitness professional, who has taught and managed group fitness for many years. As a former competitive triathlete, gymnast and dancer Jenn loves the balance of strength, flexibility, perseverance and freedom that a yoga practice provides. She loves being active and outdoors with her family and friends. Jenn is a self proclaimed health food chef who hopes to leave a positive footprint by inspiring others to always choose happiness. “Watching people grow through yoga is one of the most amazing miracles to witness.”