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CHAKRA HEALING SECRETS – Free Today on Kindle


Chakra Secrets Twitter coverMy life story, interwoven with the healing and balancing techniques that have kept me uplifted – emotionally, physically and spiritually, Chakra Secrets, is FREE today and tomorrow, Oct 9-10, on Amazon Kindle. I invite you to download it, give it a read, and please take a moment to say what you found interesting or helpful on Amazon reviews. Here’s what a few other readers/writers have said about it.

An Inspirational Memoir ~ R. R. Harris, editor and author of Double Take

Chakra Secrets by Becca Chopra is part memoir, part fun, part romance, part drama and pure inspiration. It’s timeless, offering a look at one woman’s path through tragedy, guilt, unhappiness and chakra imbalance, into a state of grace – happy, healthy and loved. And even better, it’s free today, October 9th through October 10th, for Kindle download to any reading device. Just go to http://amzn.to/15S76wr.

Love, sex and chakras. A great read! ~ Tom Rapsas, author of Life Tweets: Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life:

“I thought Chakra Secrets was a blast, an easy read that’s both educational and entertaining. For starters, it appears to be loosely based on the author’s (adult) life story as she moves from one relationship to another while developing an interest and prowess in the chakras. There’s love, sex, loss (the death of her wandering husband), and a foray into reincarnation–even a side story on a notorious Hollywood star and couple that are part of her life (thinly veiled, see if you can figure out who they are). While she touches on the chakras throughout, there’s also a very helpful “Part 2″ at the end of the book. It details the 7 chakras and how to tap into them, including instructions on how to cure what ails you. Highly recommended!”

Reads like a novel with a BONUS! ~ Harriette Knight, author of CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life

“Becca Chopra’s CHAKRA SECRETS is both a prequel and sequel to her wonderful CHAKRA DIARIES. What I love most about these books is that they read like a novel, and that the stories overlap. They are totally engaging and engrossing and difficult to put down. Becca’s honesty is searing. She bares her soul for all of us to see, and relate to. There is a human-ness that is shared that goes beyond author and reader. The exercises in the back of the book are a BONUS and one I have referred to over and over. I love how Becca intertwines her own journey with the teachings of yoga and the chakras. She is a gift to all of us and a voice that needs to be heard.”

I Loved This Book! ~ Marla Martenson, author of Amateur Night

“What a great read. I am a fan of memoir and I just love a true story. Becca is brutally honest in this tale of finding herself. I am also an author of memoirs and her story reminded me of myself. She went through heartbreak, confusion, adventures, and learned valuable lessons. I love her writing style, and found the book hard to put down. Becca also teaches us about chakras in the book and gives a great exercise to open them up. I am eager to try it. I have also ordered her other books. She has a new fan!”

A Mainstream Fan ~ Wendy Naarup, author of Piece by Piece

“This honest, candid story about the author’s journey to happiness introduced me to the world of yoga and chakras. I didn’t need a drop of holistic background to fall in love with the characters and empathize with their struggles, the struggles so many of us have trying to find authenticity and balance a midst the confusion and unfairness of life. The author doesn’t just share her life, she offers a path. I’m intrigued. I never thought I’d say this, but I feel like taking yoga.”

Happy reading!

Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets

www.thechakras.org

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We Are All Our Own Best Gurus


Screen shot 2013-05-07 at 7.30.58 AMLast night I watched the documentary, Kumare, on Netflix downstreaming. Vikram Gandhi, a 2nd-generation Indian man living in New Jersey wondered about religion, gurus and their authenticity. He searched America and then traveled to his ancestral homeland of India only to find what he felt were “false prophets,” espousing what he already knew. So, he decided to pose as a guru himself, learn yoga, meditation, and see if he could find a following in Arizona. Well, he did.

What he espoused was that he, Kumare, was an illusion, and that the guru was within each one of his disciples. While it almost made a joke of all things new age and spiritual, such as the psychic who saw him as a guru in many past lives, Kumare made a positive impact on everyone he met. He used age-old methods that all Indian gurus have used – yoga, meditation, visualization. And a powerful practice was having his disciples tell him what 5 things he needed to do (as if talking to themselves). Well, they all took their own advice and did what they told him to do.

When he did his unveiling 40 days after leaving the group, a few were shocked and upset, while the rest embraced him as just another fellow traveler sharing his wisdom and knowledge.

The message: We all have the power within us. We are all our best gurus.

But, watching the documentary, it also became clear that we as humans benefit from helping each other, energize each other when doing group practices, and feel happiest when in community. Vikram said he was his best self as Kumare. I think we are all our best selves when helping each other, sharing our inspiration, our knowledge, our wisdom. Because we are all on a search for meaning, for happiness and love.

FREE TODAY: My memoir of finding my own power, Chakra Secrets, is free for Kindle download today or tomorrow, May 7-8, at http://amzn.to/129rO5I

Namaste!

Becca Chopra

www.thechakras.org

A Documentary That Will Inspire You To Meditate


DhammaI usually only review books, but I was so inspired by The Dhamma Brothers, that I wanted to share it. It is a compelling documentary that follows a group of prisoners at a maximum-security Alabama penitentiary as they embark on a transformative odyssey – immersing themselves in a grueling, 10-day Vipassana meditative retreat. It was based on a model of treatment used in an Indian prison.

Despite opposition from prison chaplains, the first Vipassana retreat occurs, led by two brave teachers who have never been locked up (at least not in the walls of a prison) before. Following an introduction, the group of prisoners are guided in 9 days of Noble Silence, then a final day of discussion on how they tapped into the truth within their minds. And as they worked through the tragedies that had put them in life imprisonment, they were actually espousing love, compassion and truth. Brutal murderers were now speaking like the Dalai Lama!

We’re taken into the stories of several murderers, who for the first time in their lives, sit in silence and feel the sensations in their bodies, experience “mindful awareness” and learn how not to react uncontrollably. As one inmate expressed, “I’ve been taught to train my body, but never before did I know I could train my mind.”

Even after the success of the program in 2002, Christian groups forced the prison to stop this “Buddhist practice.” But the men continued meditating on their own, even in secret, at night when the cell blocks were finally quiet. Guards continued to notice a profound change in the prisoners who had been in the program.

In 2006, the program was allowed to begin again, and has been introduced in a second Alabama prison as well. One inmate summed up the benefits of the Vipassana meditation, saying, “It gives me freedom.” Those of us on the outside of prison walls are also locked up in our own ways. This gift of meditation is open to us all. I’m glad the movie ended early last night, so I was able to spend an hour in meditation myself.

Definitely recommended… available on Netflix streaming.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.thechakras.org

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