Meditation may seem like a solo endeavor, but one large-scale event taking place in Toronto today aims to bring together thousands of people to get their zen on—simultaneously.
Today at noon EST, alternative medicine expert Deepak Chopra, M.D., will be joined by life coach Gabrielle Bernstein, and singer-songwriter India Arie in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest group meditation in history. To successfully break the record, the event will have to draw 15,000 participants—and it's well on the way to take the title. "We already have 50,000 people signed up, and we hope to have over 100,000 participate," Bernstein says. [Tweet this!]
The free event is open to the public, and will also be livestreamed on the Chopra Center's website, so anyone can log into the seven-minute meditation from their bedroom, yoga studio, or even from the office. Plus, Chopra and Bernstein will provide tips on meditating, so don't worry if you've never tried it before. (For further guidance, check out Bernstein's Begginer's Guide to Meditation.)
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While breaking a world record with thousands of other people may not seem exactly zen-like, Bernstein sees it a major opportunity for global healing, and says there's a broader purpose behind bringing people together for a shared intention. "Given what's going in the world right now, many people are feeling powerless. Connecting with others’ positive, peaceful energy is the best way to reclaim your power," she explains. "Our individual, personal experiences create a ripple effect. When more and more people begin to meditate, the world begins to vibrate at a higher frequency, and a shift can occur."
Register here, or simply log in at noon today to participate in the event. And even if you can't join in today, you can still reap the benefits of meditation in as little as 60 seconds. "A lot of people think you need a lot of time to meditate, but even you practice one minute of stillness per day you'll experience a beautiful change in your life," says Bernstein.