What is mindfulness and how do we incorporate it into our lives? Being “mindful” can mean different things to different people. Some practice yoga, others pray, others contemplate nature or do community service. Regardless of the medium, though, mindfulness is a mode of awareness that can give foundation to all the work we do, and to every moment of our lives.
Today kicks off Mindfulness Week in Google+’s #SummerRefresh campaign series, and we begin with a panel discussion on mindfulness, lead by Mallika Chopra. Join Mallika and a knowledgeable panel of experts as they look at the role of intention and other mindfulness practices in living a more meaningful and healthy life. The discussion will help answer questions about how to turn goals and aspirations into reality; understanding the difference between an intention and a goal; and the relationship between intention and other practices that lead to mindfulness such as meditation, prayer, service, and yoga.
Join us right here, where the Hangout will be live-streamed on Monday August 19th at 2PM Eastern (11AM Pacific)!
What mindfulness techniques do you practice? Let us know in the comments section!
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For the culmination of our “Aspire to Inspire” series and in celebration of National Cancer Survivor’s Day (June 2) our last hangout will be about Cancer survival. Rich and Annette Leal Mattern will be joining us from Breast Cancer Answers. Steven Callahan who survived being lost at sea 30 years ago and two years ago was diagnosed with Leukemia will also be sharing his story with writer/director Justin Rubin who lost his brother and sister on the same day, 20 years apart, from the same type of brain tumor.
We hope these stories, and all the others from the rest of our Google+ hangout series, inspired you and gave you strength if you are coping with a similar situation. Please tell us your thoughts and share your own stories in the comments section below!
Also check out these beautiful short films by Justin Rubin on his experience losing his brother and sister to the same form of brain tumor, on the same day 20 years apart:
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Our third Google+ hangout in the “Aspire to Inspire” series focuses on the crippling effects of bullying. Gotham Chopra is joined by poet Shane Koyczan, whose video for “To This Day” went viral due to it’s honest, heartbreaking prose about the lifetime effects of bullying. Other guests include: Martin Shervington who will offer insight from his experience in psychology and life coaching, Margot Leitman – a comedian who just released her first book “Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase,” and Kevin Epling, the National Co-Director and Michigan representative for Bully Police USA.
If you haven’t seen the Shane’s poignant viral video, check it out (and have your tissues at the ready):
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In today’s Google+ hangout for our ongoing series, “Aspire to Inspire,” Mallika Chopra is joined by Levi Newman, Rob Schware, and Rick Collins to discuss veterans and PTSD. Newman is a veteran with over 10 years of service and a writer for Veterans United and the Huffington Post. Schware is founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which helps soldiers returning from duty transition back to civilian life and provides resources to deal with PTSD and other mental disorders that occur after time in the field. Collins is the founder of Vet360, a charity that gives Veterans upon their return home a 30 day program to help educate, counsel and prepare them for civilian life.
Join us right here or at The Chopra Well YouTube channel for this in-depth conversation on a topic that affects all of us in one way or another. Submit your questions in the comments section below or using the hashtag #AspireToInspire!
Make sure to join the “Aspire to Inspire” community for more discussion and information on the other hangouts in the series!
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Mastering a sport is no easy business, even with fully functioning limbs and organs. Yet some athletes reach this level of physical prowess even in spite of tremendous obstacles, such as paralysis, cancer, or losing a limb. The difficulty associated with lost limbs, especially, is on the minds of many in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, which makes it all the more inspiring to see what athletes like snowboarder Amy Purdy, surfer Bethany Hamilton, and others have been able to accomplish.
Sarah Reinersten – Ironman Triathlete and Paralympian
Zach Gowen – Professional wrestler
Kyle Maynard – Mixed martial arts athlete
Bethany Hamilton – Professional surfer
Amy Purdy – Snowboarder and Paralympic athlete
Melissa Stockwell – Paratriathlete and U.S. Army Officer
In the latest episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses the seven stages of consciousness and how they lead to enlightenment. Which stage of consciousness are you at currently?
Reality is entirely dependent upon perception, and perception occurs in consciousness. That is why reality may be different in the seven different states of consciousness (the first three of which we are most familiar with):
Soul consciousness – In this state you become aware of yourself as the observer of reality. Who is listening? Who is watching? Ask yourself this right now, and see if you become aware of a silent witness: your core consciousness – or soul.
Cosmic consciousness – This is to be in the world but not of it. Your silent witness – or soul – has awoken and is alert in all states, including deep sleep and dreaming.
Divine consciousness – You witness the universal in the particular. All of existence is present in every manifestation of creation.
Unity consciousness – The personal witness merges with the universal witness, and you experience the whole universe as your own extended body. In this state, your inner being radiates passion, love, and ecstasy.
So, would you like to make the journey to enlightenment?
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How do individuals survive horrendous accidents, illnesses, and traumatic events? The resilience of the human body, mind, and spirit is truly awe inspiring, and that’s why Deepak Chopra will be hosting a Google + Hangout on Air, “The Science of Survival” on May 23 at 12PM PDT to highlight some of these incredible stories. Deepak will be in conversation with his brother Sanjiv Chopra, paralympic snowboarder and activist Amy Purdy, as well as other guests. Please join us at The Chopra Well or on Intent Blog for this one-of-a-kind event!
“The Science of Survival” will kick off our “Aspire to Inspire” Hangout series which will also have hangouts hosted by Mallika and Gotham Chopra on coping with loss, veterans, bullying and culminating with a National Cancer Survivor’s Day discussion on June 3.
Make sure you tune in for the hangout on air at The Chopra Well YouTube channel, leave questions for our guests here, and tweet with the hashtag #AspireToInspire so you can see them asked live during the Hangout!
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