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Dear Beloved Extended Chopra Family:

I and my personal family ― Pam, Max, Sara, and Isabel ― would like to express our profound gratitude for the love and support you have been infusing into us. Despite the turbulence and uncertainty this challenge has swept us into, I feel deeply established in a state of peace and acceptance that life, as always, is unfolding perfectly. I was out of the hospital within 48 hours and after a couple weeks of recuperation, anticipate beginning my medical treatments, which fortunately are generally benign.

Because my thinking, speech, and functioning are fine, I intend to stay fully involved in Chopra Center activities for the foreseeable future. I am speaking and meeting regularly with my core team, and we are confident that the programs, workshops, seminars, trainings, and certifications will continue without interruption. I intend to continue teaching and fulfilling my clinical and executive duties. I am particularly enthusiastic about seeing you at upcoming seminars where we can create our beautiful consciousness-expanding communities.

As I consider the meaning of this experience, I can only share with you that everything we have been exploring together on the journey into healing, transformation, and awakening seems more important and relevant than ever. I’m not accessing a whole new field of thoughts, but rather my past ideas have been taking on a deeper sense of authenticity. Healing is about returning to wholeness and I am experiencing an effortless flow into deeper connectivity with my family, friends, community, and nature. The peace that pervades the cells in my body and the thoughts in my mind is succulently luscious and supports a sense of appreciation for every moment.
I encourage you to share this reminder of the beautiful delicacy of life with me. Take a few minutes today to feel the sun on your face, wiggle your toes in the grass or inhale the fragrance of a summer flower. Tell someone in your life that you love them unconditionally. Take a few moments to do something creative that brings you a wave of joy. Prepare yourself a delicious colorful meal, and savor it. Struggle less today and celebrate more.

I look forward to seeing and speaking with many of you soon. Although I have not yet been able to personally respond to the thousands of love-filled notes from around the world, know that my family and I feel and cherish your support.

In love,

Bliss_Shake_SmallIn this month’s Agni newsletter we discussed the 7 steps to reaching your ideal weight, including eating for your individual mind-body type and becoming more aware of what and how you eat.

According to Ayurveda, breakfast should be a light meal, with lunch as the most substantial meal of the day. However, if you are looking to reach your ideal weight, breakfast can help you reduce the tendency to “snack” your way to the lunch hour. Studies also support the idea that our brains and our bodies need nutritional support in the morning for energy and clear thinking.

This delicious Morning Bliss Smoothie recipe can meet all your morning nutritional requirements while also being easy on the digestive tract. The aloe vera juice is also helpful for digestion, and soy powder gives a big protein boost. 

To receive more recipes and tips for getting into the best mind-body shape of your life, sign up for the Chopra Center’s free online newsletter by clicking here.

Recipe for Morning Bliss Smoothie

Serves 1
5 whole almonds, with skins, soaked overnight in ½ cup water
2 teaspoons organic raw honey or maple syrup
1 ounce soy protein powder, plain or vanilla flavored
1 pinch cinnamon
1 medium banana, peeled and sliced (for a creamier shake,
peel, slice, and freeze the banana in advance)
1 cup low-fat vanilla soy milk
1 tablespoon aloe vera juice

Drain the almonds and discard the water. Place almonds in a blender, add the other ingredients, and blend until smooth. Use as a morning protein supplement and digestive aid.

Tip: If you soak the almonds overnight, they will be softer and easier to digest.
Nutritional information per 1¼–cup serving:
Calories 424
Total fat 6.8 g
Saturated fat 2.8 g
Carbohydrates 61.3 g
Protein 29.8 g


This issue of Agni Light features a free guided meditation podcast that will help you identify where you are stuck – then let go and take a leap towards your deepest dreams and desires!   Open this month’s Agni Light here.

Question: I’m 58 years-old and I started meditating about two weeks ago. But a part of me feels like it is too late to achieve anything of significance in my life. People I
have spoken to say that it can take years to have the experience of being in the gap [the experience of pure awareness, peace, and silence].
What is your advice?

Answer: Just starting meditation is a significant emotional, physical, and spiritual step, so you have already accomplished something important. Depending upon the
meditation technique  you learned, you have probably already had a glimpse of the gap even from the first few days of meditation. But the most profound benefits of meditation occur when we are awake living our lives each day. By touching stillness and silence during our meditation practice, and bringing it into your daily world you achieve everything you could ever want from meditation.

Try not to be fixated on getting into the gap – or on your chronological age. Your
biological age is more important – and meditation will help to keep you growing

Also, there are no hard and fast rules about how long it takes to attain a level of
spiritual growth, because we are all at different stages of growth and experience.

Another person may need 50 years of meditating just to get to where you are starting from. Again, the important thing is that you are meditating now. Remember,  meditation is present-moment awareness and a way for you to live in the now – right now.


Meditate with Deepak this March! If you are looking to begin or deepen your meditation practice, join Deepak, David Simon, davidji, and other members of the Chopra Center staff in the inviting sunshine of Marco Island, Florida.

Experience a week of deep meditation, heart-opening yoga ,and other practices for  tapping into your hidden creative potential and opening yourself to new levels of  inner peace and expanded awareness.  Learn more here.

Meditate-HomeWe received many, many inspiring responses to our December Blog post inviting you to share your commitments for 2010. Now, one month later, we invite you to check in and look at the ways in which you have moved forward on your commitment.  What specific steps have you taken? What have you discovered so far? What obstacles have you encountered along the way, and what actions have you taken to overcome them?

This is an opportunity to share your experiences, get inspiration, and if you like, ask for support and ideas from the extended Chopra Center community. Whatever commitment or goal you are working on, it’s highly likely that at least one person in this global community has encountered similar challenges and may be able to offer some valuable feedback.

Dr. David Simon will be appearing throughout the Bay Area at lectures and book singings to introduce his proven process for emotional healing.

Upcoming Bay Area Events

Free To Love, Free To Heal Book Signing
February 12, 2010
Commonwealth Club
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 597-6700
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program
Cost: Members free, $15 for non-members To find out more information, please click here.

Free to Love, Free to Heal Book Signing
February 12, 2010
East West Bookstore
Mountain View, CA
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 day of event To reserve tickets online, please click here or call 800-909-6161.

Free to Love, Free to Heal Lecture and Book Signing
Featuring “The Love Study” with Special Guest Cassandra Vieten, Director of Research and Development at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
February 13, 2010
First Unitarian Universalist Church
San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-776-4580
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Cost: Admission is FREE and registration not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Free to Love, Free to Heal Book Signing
February 13, 2010
Book Passage Bookstore
Corte Madera, CA
Phone: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: Admission is FREE and registration not required. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, please click here.

Free to Love, Free to Heal Lecture and Book Signing
March 15, 2010
Copperfield’s Bookstore
Montgomery Village
Santa Rosa, California

ION Dinner Salon, Featuring Dr. David Simon
March 16, 2010
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Petaluma, CA 94952 USA
Time: 5:30 – 8pm For more information, please click here.

National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Featuring Dr. David Simon
April 16, 2010
The San Mateo Marriott
San Mateo, CA
For more information, please click here.

Sages & Scientists is an event focused on the intersection of perennial wisdom with cutting-edge science…where consciousness makes the impossible possible… where Spirit meets manifestation.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

HaitiOn February 4, 2010, The Haiti Food Project, presented by MAZON, invites you to an event setting the stage for Haiti’s stability beyond emergency relief.

On Join our panel of inspirational guest speakers and performers in their support for Haiti.

Live Performances By:
Master of Ceremonies, Beverly Todd – Actress, writer and producer
Lou Gossett Jr. – Academy Award winning actor
Deniece Williams – Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer
And many more…

Motivational Words From :
Deepak Chopra, M.D. – Author and poet – prophet of alternative medicine
Her Excellency Geri Benoit – Ambassador of Haiti to the U.N. World Food Program
Robert Wexler, Ph.D. – President of the American Jewish University

Light food, refreshments + complimentary parking

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