I'm really conflicted about The Chopra Centre - there's no doubt they do amazing work, and are well intentioned to help people improve their lives through meditation (and I believe that it's true that you can do this, undoubtedly, and I want to do this!).. but they are hardcore SELLERS man.
I've just spent 45 minutes listening to their live online 'event' .... a chat with Deepak Chopra and Roger Gabriel about how to incorporate meditation into a busy stressful life... and by the end of it I WAS feeling motivated to resume my meditation and I WAS feeling more energetic about walking the dog this afternoon (silly example but the truth) and I WAS feeling interested in the differing forms of meditation/mindfulness and thinking I would research more about them...
... and then they launched into this HARD SELL about a 6-session course that they've designed to do all that they discussed in the talk. And WOW it's 6 sessions to take me through everything they just promised and YES I want to do that but it is a LOT of money and I don't know why but I just feel a bit annoyed that it had to come to this.
Is that bad? Should they offer it for free or really cheap and not hundreds of dollars? I think of my beloved Tara Brach who offers SO MUCH material free every single week on her website.
I'm conflicted. I don't want to criticise these dudes but they have left me feeling a bit sucked in and deflated because I wasn't expecting their online event to be an advertisement, and I am not in a position to spend hundreds of dollars on their 6-session online course (Mr D would have my guts for garters if I did that).
So instead I will go walk the dog with a positive spring in my step. And I will start sitting and meditating regularly to try and achieve some of the positive benefits of it. And maybe I will do some of my own research on different types of mediation.
So I won't leave today's experience negatively, I did get a lot from their free web event - thanks guru dudes - but I won't be signing up to your very special offer today.
Love, Mrs D xxx