By Deepak Chopra, Will Ackerman, Paul Avgerinos
These are troubling times: hate is threatening to rip apart our national fabric. As our cultural conversation and political climate becomes saturated with xenophobia and divisive rhetoric, it’s not only incumbent on our civic leaders to stand up for what’s right. America’s creative community can also play a significant role by serving as activists.
As our country enters an era of fear and anxiety, we believe that many can find solace in the “New Age” movement, of which we have been involved for decades. More specifically, we are resisting the recent political developments with what we call “spiritual activism.” Spiritual Activism means speaking up for what is right on a deeply fundamental level: supporting and encouraging tolerance, acceptance, kindness, compassion and empathy. What’s more, spiritual activism can involve focusing the New Age aesthetic sharply on the challenges of our time.
Arguably the most pressing issue of the day is immigration. We are concerned about the isolationist, anti-immigrant trend in our country, and we wanted to make a positive creative statement that reminds our fellow neighbors and citizens that diversity is one of the hallmarks of our country. Our statement has taken the form of Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome, a book of poems and album of songs inspired by American immigrants. In essence, we channeled our frustrations into creating poems and songs, hoping that art can enlarge the empathy of our fellow citizens.
Here is how each of us thinks about spiritual activism and music:
India has a very long history of sacred, deeply spiritual music spanning at least five thousand years. The ancient rishis learned the essential vibrational power of music, mantra and devotional singing and its ability to transform, heal, uplift and transcend human suffering and limitation. The true beginnings of today’s ‘New Age” music may be traced to this ambrosial well of pure consciousness. To help heal our fractured hearts and minds I can think of no better remedy than uplifting thoughtful words and music. This is the power of poetry and music. Art can be used as a tonic to heal our wounds.
I have a very personal reason for being a spiritual activist. When I was twelve, my mother committed suicide. I was sent in the summer into the mountains of Yosemite to build and maintain forest service trails there. It was the most healing experience of my life, and I have always sought strength in the power of nature. At the same time, I discovered that music was deeply healing as well. Hearing Eric Satie changed my life. His music moved me with its heart and intimacy. I founded Windham Hill Records to explore this powerful gift of music. By simply putting music into the world, it can bring peace, hope, and beauty to a troubled world. Our “Home” project is a natural continuation of this desire to comfort and heal a suffering world with a message tailor-made for the issues of our day.
I am rarely politically active but the dangerous developments of this past year compel me to exercise my civic responsibility as a patriotic American and engage in Spiritual Activism. Being the son of an immigrant taught me not to take our American freedom and prosperity for granted. My father helped to defeat the Nazis in World War II, and I will do my small part to defeat and transform the culture of hate in this current age. Like Will, I also discovered the deeply healing power of music to comfort and uplift at an early age. Music saved me from depression and existential dread, giving me a deep and abiding sense of comfort and true joy.
We hope that more can turn to music to find peace during these difficult times. May our humble offering help to awaken the spiritual activist in you.
About the authors:
Deepak Chopra is the co-founder of the Chopra Center. Paul Avgerinos is a Grammy Award winning New Age artist. Will Ackerman is also a Grammy Award winning New Age artist and legendary producer of New Age Music. Chopra and Avrgerinos created Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome, which is produced by Ackerman.
Sages & Scientists is a place to come together to learn and connect. To help modern society realize where science and spirituality meet, where the “current” conversation around conscious evolution is at, where the differences are, and where the conversation is going. To connect with other people who are interested and involved in this knowledge – and in sharing it. To unite with a conscious community so the power of the collective can be harnessed to activate change. To know what to “do” to help our planet and each other heal – having receiving the guidance from a trusted source.
At Sages & Scientists Symposium, Deepak Chopra will share the benefits of the Lovetuner with tuning sessions throughout the event. The Lovetuner is a small single tone flute, which can be worn as a necklace – calibrated to the frequency of 528 Hz – the so called “Love Frequency.” The Lovetuner has a profound effect on the body, mind and spirit. Designed for all ages, it allows individuals to reduce stress and anxiety within seconds. Just like darkness can’t exist in a room of light, stress and anxiety can’t exist in this frequency. Tuning is a very simple and easy way to practice mindfulness through deep breathing exercises. It connects your brain with a low volume audible sound and the healing frequency of 528 Hz. When played together it allows people to experience the feeling of equality and unity.
“We want to inspire a global community to come together in harmony for a more loving togetherness,” Sigmar Berg (Co-Founder)
“Tuning in with the Lovetuner you are inviting Love in your Life, you are coming to the present moment, you are taking a breathing break, you are increasing the lung capacity and you are increasing the coherence of the bio field around you. A lot of people tuning together can change the bio field of the surroundings. This is why I’m so enthusiastic about the Lovetuner,” Deepak Chopra.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Sages & Scientists Symposium 2016 visit: http://www.chopra.com/programs/sages-scientists/sages-scientists-2016
About Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P., 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.
Chopra is the author of more than 80 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times best-sellers. For the last three years, Greatist.com has recognized Dr. Chopra as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.” The World Post and Huffington Post’s global internet survey ranked him as the #17 most influential thinker in the world and #1 in medicine. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” For more information visit http://www.deepakchopra.com.
About The Chopra Foundation
The Chopra Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness and promoting world peace to all members of the human family. As an extension of its mission, The Chopra Foundation provides education and resources to advance the physical and spiritual health of disadvantaged individuals and communities, including at-risk children, low-income women and teenagers, and prisoners. Through its fundraising and research initiatives, The Chopra Foundation also supports the scientific and experiential exploration of non-dual consciousness as the ground of existence. For more information visit http://www.choprafoundation.org.
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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the premier conference that brings together international leaders to positively shape the future of the wellness industry, kicks off Day 1 with a welcome from Mexico City’s Minister of Tourism and a wide range of provocative keynotes: from new Global Wellness Institute research on the “Future of Wellness at Work” to global economist Thierry Malleret on the “Outlook for a World Where Wellness May Become Mandatory.”
The first-ever GWS to take place in Latin America also boasts its largest number of delegates ever, including more than 50% that are new attendees to the Summit.
Over the course of our 3-day event, we will be immersing more than 450 delegates from over 40 countries in the latest developments and innovations in wellness, a sector the Global Wellness Institute values at U.S. $3.4 billion.
“We’re thrilled to have our Summit in Mexico City this year, one of Latin America’s greatest cities, and look forward to elevating the ‘wellness’ topic to an entirely new level internationally. And I am delighted that this will be our largest – and broadest audience ever,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “Over the course of our 3-day event, we will be immersing more than 450 delegates from over 40 countries in the latest developments and innovations in wellness, a sector the Global Wellness Institute values at U.S. $3.4 billion.”
Mexico is a global and regional powerhouse in one of the fastest-growing wellness sectors—wellness tourism—ranking #1 in Latin America and #11 worldwide; with a market more than four times larger ($10.5 billion) than Brazil, and number two in the Latin American region. The country also attracts almost 1 in 2 wellness tourism “dollars” spent across the whole Latin American/Caribbean region ($10.5 billion out of $25.9 billion).
Miguel Torruco Marques, Mexico City’s Minister of Tourism, said: “Healthy populations and the growth of the wellness industry are critical to every nation’s economic performance, and are especially important to Mexico as we create new ways to encourage citizens to actively participate in health and wellness programs. We appreciate that the Global Wellness Summit chose Mexico City for its 9th annual conference, which brings together global industry leaders to create greater awareness of, and new directions for, wellness worldwide.”
The GWS and its delegates will be tweeting throughout the Summit, making it possible for everyone to follow the information and insights being presented (#GWS2015). A centerpiece keynote will be Dr. Deepak Chopra’s presentation entitled “The Future of Wellbeing: A Conscious-Based Approach to Health and Wellbeing,” taking place Sunday, Nov. 15, the last day of the conference.
About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.4 trillion global wellness industry. Held in a different location each year, the Summit attracts delegates from over 40 countries. Previous Summits have taken place in the U.S., Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India and Morocco.
Giving thanks with family over a holiday feast is therapeutic, according to Deepak Chopra. Charlotte Alter, writing for Time, quoted Dr. Chopra in an article about the power of gratitude. Here are some highlights…
Don’t stress too much about those Thanksgiving calories, because the emotional work you do at the dinner table could be good for your spiritual health. At least that’s what physician, holistic medicine expert and bestselling author Deepak Chopra says.
Chopra, who most recently wrote The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times, says expressing gratitude on Thanksgiving isn’t just tradition—it’s also good for the body and spirit. And in a month when many Americans may be feeling worried or disappointed (about everything from the severe weather, to the unrest in Ferguson and the disturbing allegations against Bill Cosby), an effort to be more grateful can help get rid of those “toxic” feelings, if just for one night. “Anger and hostility can be inflammatory not only in your mind but in your body,” he said. “Gratitude is healing. It expands your awareness and shifts your focus from something that’s actually hurting you to something that is healing.”
But it’s not enough to just gorge yourself on sweet potatoes and bicker over the drumstick– you have to actually deliberately practice gratitude in order to reap the spiritual benefits.
You can read the complete article online at http://time.com/3606692/deepak-chopra-gratitude-wellbeing/
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