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September 20 2013

Meditate On It

Category:  Ask Deepak


I often hear of people when they have a dream or something they want to manifest they say that they "meditate on it," and I'm not sure what that means. In meditation we move away from activity so does this mean they are creating a mantra based on an affirmation of what it is they are trying to manifest, and using that as their mantra?


It can mean many different things to different people, but I admit that I haven’t heard it used as a way to meditate with a mantra based on an affirmation. Usually if people say that want to meditate on something, they want a period of silent mind and clarity for insight and a broader perspective to emerge on some issue they are pondering. This understanding can come after meditation itself, or during meditation if it is a contemplative practice.


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  • ken je van 30 jaar terug met man hele sessie was nog kwaad ook hij vond het leuk ik niet ze verraden mij meditatie woord aan hem per ongeluk nou het was herim

    Gerda Osinga // 2013-09-21 23:42:08 // //
  • en nu weet iedereen het

    Gerda Osinga // 2013-09-21 23:42:34 // //



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  • Maybe what this person really wanted to say was to decree on something?

    Paulina // 2013-09-24 00:25:30 // //
  • pade

    Deepak Panchal // 2013-09-23 03:41:30 // //
  • tau kuch pase pade he ke pa

    Deepak Panchal // 2013-09-23 03:40:58 // //
  • whatever works for them is ok

    Sonia Finnen // 2013-09-22 17:47:44 // //
  • When I want to do something, I simply go out and do it. Simple. It doesn't matter to me what others do to achieve their dreams, whether they meditate on it, or meditate and then pray or create mantras while they pray or after they pray. What is all this nonsense people are creating in their minds? Life is simple. If you want to do something, go and do it. Why cloud your mind with academic discussions on whether others pray or mediate or pray and meditate or create mantras? I don't mean any disrespect but to me this is sheer stupidity.

    Carole Marchelsea // 2013-09-22 16:47:42 // //
  • Absolutely right sir thanks for enlightening us god bless you

    Anil Zalpuri // 2013-09-22 09:50:05 // //
  • Thanks sir.

    Anothai Chaiyanunt // 2013-09-22 09:33:12 // //
  • Dreams..........just a haunting in your sleep.....nothing else........wasting time in meditation.....not a good answer.....wast of time.......

    Dorethy Kinny // 2013-09-22 01:30:38 // //
  • good boeks

    Gerda Osinga // 2013-09-21 23:43:50 // //
  • heb geen ander woord bedacht en ook geen tijd om te mediteren maar je boeken vind ik wel heel tof

    Gerda Osinga // 2013-09-21 23:43:41 // //
  • en nu weet iedereen het

    Gerda Osinga // 2013-09-21 23:42:34 // //
  • ken je van 30 jaar terug met man hele sessie was nog kwaad ook hij vond het leuk ik niet ze verraden mij meditatie woord aan hem per ongeluk nou het was herim

    Gerda Osinga // 2013-09-21 23:42:08 // //
  • Thank you, Deepak. I love you back.

    Jo Ann Zahradnik Walker // 2013-09-21 22:55:03 // //
  • You and people like you continue to theorize and write books and make a pile of cash....enough...unless you really know and your are god or something like is time that we finally see him/it/her and get the changes on this earth instead of the suffering we are all experiencing!

    Joey Paonessa // 2013-09-21 21:30:54 // //
  • In meditation there should be no activity except breathing & listening to God / Spirit...*

    Rebecca Bledsoe // 2013-09-21 21:30:49 // //
  • I don't know but I'm pretty fed up with the analyzing, the theorizing and the faith.....I'm at the point where action is what should be NOW!

    Joey Paonessa // 2013-09-21 21:28:22 // //
  • Chop wood. Carry water.

    Michael Adams // 2013-09-21 19:25:01 // //
  • Eso si que es cierto

    Paulo Fernandez // 2013-09-21 15:15:01 // //
  • Beautifully said!

    Jeanette Kramer Sandor // 2013-09-21 13:31:53 // //
  • It's like a new life thank u

    Weasam Mansour Hamadi // 2013-09-21 11:01:53 // //
  • Thank you Deepak. You always explain things in such a simple, easy to comprehend manner. I'm doing your 30 day Creating Abundance Mediation series now and absolutely loving the positive effects!! :) x Kelly

    Project Me for Busy Mothers // 2013-09-21 10:37:24 // //
  • Great clarification!

    Philpott Seminars // 2013-09-21 09:41:57 // //
  • I regard that as contemplation, not meditation.

    Anne Lee // 2013-09-21 07:37:44 // //
  • My understanding is that, meditation is a process by which we attain near nothingness in our thoughts. Mantras or affirmations are used to focus our wavering mind to a single pointedness and ultimately to attain nothingness. Thank you Deepak for the guidance.

    Jeyakumar Natarajan // 2013-09-21 04:24:53 // //
  • <3

    Filomena Pavese // 2013-09-21 03:05:31 // //
  • When I meditate I access source through 3rd eye. I ask and don't try to answer. What I need comes <3.

    Corinna McPherson // 2013-09-21 02:44:57 // //
  • as a child i have worked all my life to control my heart and mind for a very long time this start out as a game but now i find win i get sick from a head ack i just got this way of shunting down and bring every thing in to control.

    Kevin Parker // 2013-09-21 01:53:07 // //
  • Meditate is to just rel x and control the body completely to all so bring you heart too all most not beating of no detection .

    Kevin Parker // 2013-09-21 01:48:16 // //
  • <3

    Diana Kirova // 2013-09-21 01:47:20 // //
  • When I meditate it is for peace, serenity, physical, cleansing of negativity, and spiritual bliss with God. Often it is in praying that I move from prayers to enlightened simplicity of no thoughts at all. I can only liken it to a state of floating or sometimes flying. It is wonderful when and if I can attain this because normally I live in constant pain of different levels depending on if I am having a flare up due to the pain caused from fibromyalgia

    Catherine Contreras // 2013-09-21 01:20:33 // //
  • <3

    Renee Renn // 2013-09-21 01:15:27 // //
  • Be grateful God says no sometimes. God/ higher power has a path for you. Have you ever looked backed after being told "NO" and could almost get on your knees and say "YES"?

    Carla Stroud // 2013-09-20 23:53:23 // //
  • My dreams aren't always good! I try to figure them out but I don't meditate on them! Meditation to me is peaceful!

    Katherine Wilkinson // 2013-09-20 23:51:44 // //
  • nice

    Aizaz Khalid Qureshi // 2013-09-20 23:35:28 // //
  • I do it 4 my inner peace....n to feel free...!

    Deepak Moirangthem // 2013-09-20 23:21:28 // //
  • Por favor escriban en español !!! GRACIAS

    Mirtha Alvarez Valdes // 2013-09-20 23:04:42 // //
  • Meditate listen to the answer the timing and package may not be what ego sees

    Jackie Boykin // 2013-09-20 23:00:27 // //
  • <3

    Elena Carrion // 2013-09-20 22:55:20 // //
  • i meditate to breakthe the cycles of my past, to erase the subconcious taking over.

    Judy Hines Box // 2013-09-20 22:55:17 // //
  • bellissimo amigo!!

    Maria Das Graças Machado // 2013-09-20 21:22:31 // //
  • Every thing we aspire for already exists within us . When we meditate we go to that very place to bring what desire into life.

    Hasnaa Ezdeen // 2013-09-20 20:42:45 // //
  • Silva mind control method provides a techniques to visualize during meditation your dreams and desire so you will be able to see the opportunity when it be comes available. One has to see your self being what you want and accepting it to make it real. Love bruce

    Bruce Allan // 2013-09-20 20:37:00 // //
  • Been in the physical form we are limited, meditation allowed us to detached, the material world fates away...we can breath...

    Katy Powers // 2013-09-20 20:31:58 // //
  • Enjoy your dreams. Discard those that disturb you. Certainly you meditate for peace of mind do the same with your dreams.

    Shelly Wolf Taylor // 2013-09-20 20:26:59 // //
  • Saludos te admiro

    Irma Reyes // 2013-09-20 20:13:14 // //
  • As a católica I meditate on anything even a leaf I ask God what that means in my life, I ask myself what I answer to God, and I define it's purpose

    Monica Maruri // 2013-09-20 20:06:48 // //
  • I really need to learn benefits of meditating to quiet thinking.

    James Linekin // 2013-09-20 19:50:30 // //
  • I meditate to escape my thoughts

    Belinda Rumble // 2013-09-20 19:26:17 // //
  • I meditate to break cycles that my compulsive thinking had created and completely connect with the universe.

    Lawson Lisa // 2013-09-20 18:53:06 // //
  • Cool. When the dream time speaks to us loudly enough we cannot help but listen.....what then is a mantra?

    Linda Brinkmeyer // 2013-09-20 18:38:57 // //
  • Two thing.Meditation for material life ..or maditation for spritual life..dosen't matter during or after...

    Laxman Khatri // 2013-09-20 18:26:00 // //
  • We meditate to hear God.

    Maria Nancy Salazar // 2013-09-20 17:53:26 // //
  • you have to be active in order to manifest dreams...we are co-creators or our wants,dislikes, needs and wishes.

    John Hanley // 2013-09-20 17:34:05 // //
  • I do not meditate I gravitate towards greatness

    Barbara Guthrie // 2013-09-20 17:03:41 // //
  • Thanks Deepack. I just feel after the medittion...your thougths slow down and the brain ..calm from the your Dreams are more connected to what your Body and soul need..and creativity flow...being in this paceull felling inside you know better what is that you really want.?

    Margarita Oliveros // 2013-09-20 16:20:53 // //
  • Some people call conscious intention meditation..when they hood a thought in their mind to command the universe to do my opinion meditation is shutting down the internal voice and noise completely for a while..

    Henry Castleberry // 2013-09-20 16:12:03 // //
  • Try to focus on one thing at a time to allow your goal or dream to manifest, synchronisity and destiny will do the rest whatever the outcome is what or where you are meant to be all for your highest good. Trust. X

    Karen Pritchard // 2013-09-20 16:03:12 // //
  • I love every word which was said!!!I have been listened music based of Deepak Chopra and every time it brings me up...can not be described in words. I can only say: NAMASTE!

    Cristina Vioreanu // 2013-09-20 15:48:03 // //
  • That sounds great. What if there are so many issues that demand your meditation . Where do you start, especially when you have physical hurdles to jump before you take on the other overwhelming appearances?

    Joe Monroe // 2013-09-20 15:39:36 // //
  • I say if you have any dream which fascinates you,,, to live in that feeling is meditation, no matter where you are or doing any thing not related ---

    Manohar Arora // 2013-09-20 15:22:04 // //
  • Thanks for the clarification. Many BLESSINGS sent your way.

    Kathryn Weide // 2013-09-20 15:18:49 // //
  • going to the place, i am of that...

    John Burkett // 2013-09-20 15:14:38 // //
  • Thank you for your continuous work. The first book I ever read of yours was " Seven laws of Success" and I remember reading it and not really understanding what you meant. It makes more and more sense with every time I reread it now. I wish the yoga center remained opened. I used to go there.

    Anna Elizabeth // 2013-09-20 15:08:16 // //
  • Bennett intuition pumps (ego I presume). Eagle eye truth knowledge wisdom-take no heed from these live love passionately like the falling leaves with no needs for trees.

    Lenny Supak // 2013-09-20 15:02:53 // //
  • Misused use of language.

    Bron's Path To Bliss // 2013-09-20 14:58:38 // //
  • Thank you.

    Qualicare London Mader // 2013-09-20 14:58:07 // //
  • Ty for this namaste regards Linda

    Linda Spencer // 2013-09-20 14:52:25 // //
  • Sr. Deepak as suas mensagens vem ser traduzida para o Portugues, Brasil. Muito Obrigado.

    Marcos Vinicius // 2013-09-20 14:49:15 // //
  • There is a small moments between past and future i.e. Present, so live every moments of life<3<3

    Vivek Ranjan // 2013-09-20 14:42:13 // //
  • Join me to learn Laws of attraction and other spiritual help<3<3

    Vivek Ranjan // 2013-09-20 14:41:18 // //
  • I usually say, "I'll marinate in it." Haha. Like a portobello mushroom in a yummy sause.

    Cassondra Perry // 2013-09-20 14:40:33 // //
  • Thanks for this response,Master!

    Maria Paula Barros Silva // 2013-09-20 14:37:42 // //
  • Please do come in Mauritius for some programmes and meditation sessions...u will love our country

    Amal Rye Ramdhonee // 2013-09-20 14:35:06 // //

    Monia Swaans // 2013-09-20 14:34:54 // //
  • You look so amazingly good these days Deepak! Thanks for everything you have contributed and shared!

    Thomas Finn // 2013-09-20 14:29:41 // //
  • Yes. By taking a time to not seek an answer, an answer will come.

    Marilyn Blessing // 2013-09-20 14:29:10 // //
  • Deepak, I met your brother at a conference in Boston, when Thich Nhat Hanh was here. I was very happy to meet him in person and I told him I loved the book you wrote together.

    Terry Andrews // 2013-09-20 14:28:47 // //
  • Only after meditation do I feel my mind is clear enough and that I have disassociated from my ego. At this point I have my clearest thoughts and make my best decisions!

    Will Massaad // 2013-09-20 14:28:28 // //
  • Nice post Deepak, meditation brings so much into perspective....much love...doodleman.

    Derek Alderman // 2013-09-20 14:27:56 // //
  • Things can't be done nor can u focus when ur mind is all over the place. Just like solving an issue can't be done with the same mind that created it. Affirmations are strong but have to purely believe in them doesn't work to say it n inside think " oh this is dumb" as for meditation thanks to Mr. Chopra some inner peace is finally found regardless of what surrounds me daily. Be still n in peace my friends. <3

    Wazhma Aziz // 2013-09-20 14:26:34 // //
  • there are several ways to meditate like in the 'imaginal desensitisation' technique which is used in the UK with drug addicts to help the cope with relapse with good results. when our brain switches to alpha waves we come in contact with our unconscious while still having the reins ourselves. We travel in alpha state to a period past or present in our lives when we encountered some traumatic event and relive it, until the emotion comes down to zero, the we imagine ourselves responding in a way we would have liked to respond at the time. Thus more adaptive neuronal networks develop.

    Danielohim Hossgar // 2013-09-20 14:24:53 // //
  • You are so good for my soul...

    Terry Andrews // 2013-09-20 14:24:51 // //
  • Great question and honest response :-) With due respect to Deepak Chopra who is the master of meditation, Goddesses believe that to make one dreams a reality, one must empower and love oneself. There is nothing woo woo about this, it is a very logical fact. Being confident, believing in yourself, seeing the positive in any circumstance, allow you to have the strength, the wisdom and the perseverance to work to create your dreams. In a quite moment, keeping a smile in your heart and on your face, you can focus on your breathing first, and then ,when your mind is calm you can say your positive affirmations. " I speak love, I act with love, I am love :-) I can do anything I put my mind and my heart into :-) I am stronger every day :-) " It is all about self love and self confidence that allow you to be kind and have respect for others, and in the same time create a believe in your own ablities :-) Love, Joy and Equanimity, always <3 <3

    Goddesses // 2013-09-20 14:23:14 // //
  • It sounds more like prayer with those that want to manifest something through meditation.

    Lisa Gorman Carter // 2013-09-20 14:22:18 // //
  • When I have heard people say it it's more of a slang that says "time to think about it". I don't think most people who have said this actually do it. :-)

    Dontae Smith // 2013-09-20 14:19:10 // //
  • Deep and right... Deepak

    Ruben Mahakala // 2013-09-20 14:18:37 // //
  • Yes* when i clear my mind~ the right answer comes*

    Paula Anne // 2013-09-20 14:17:29 // //
  • Calm mind brightens the darkness or unknown.

    Neal Clark // 2013-09-20 14:15:06 // //
  • And then there's "walking meditation"... meditation by being in the flow of an activity, such as music or art...

    Cris Melo // 2013-09-20 14:13:59 // //
  • Great question and response ^^

    Exodia Tuskade // 2013-09-20 14:13:44 // //
  • This is similar to attempting to solve a problem at work, getting up and taking a slow walk around the block. The answer will many times just occur.

    Dodi McClellan Nolly // 2013-09-20 14:13:43 // //
  • I say this often. Before I give a answer.

    Alice Oils Etc-Mcswain // 2013-09-20 14:13:22 // //
  • would like to be your apprentice, been following u for years time to move up a degree

    Gaddiyah El // 2013-09-20 14:13:01 // //
  • I had just put this up on my wall from your book - "Imagine throwing a little stone into a still pond and watching it ripple. Then, after a while, when the ripples settle down, perhaps you throw another little stone. That's exactly what you do when you go into the field of pure silence and introduce your intention. In this silence, even the faintest intention will ripple across the underlying ground of universal consciousness, which connects everything with everything else. But, if you do not experience stillness in consciousness, if your mind is like a turbulent ocean, you could throw the Empire State Building into it, and you wouldn't notice a thing. In the Bible is the expression, "Be still, and know that I am God." This can only be accomplished through meditation. ~ I love your book, and love you ` <3

    Debra Boyle // 2013-09-20 14:12:58 // //
  • excellent

    Jayanti Namaskar // 2013-09-20 14:12:07 // //
  • Hi Mr. Deepak , before anything be sure you still have a head

    Tania Martinez // 2013-09-20 14:11:59 // //
  • Om Silence. Silence is golden. Let the mind wander for some more time.Om Shanti

    Upadhyaysir Ganesh Upadhyay // 2013-09-20 14:11:45 // //
  • When I have a dream or something I want to manifest about..I always say I will sit and contemplate on it or think about it..I never say I will meditate on it, that would take away the total purpose for meditation for meditate for me is to quite the mind, not to stir it up with all that stuff from a dream or what not!!!

    Theresa Fairbanks // 2013-09-20 14:11:18 // //
  • <3

    Nora Pop // 2013-09-20 14:10:24 // //
  • Meditation is not 'moving away' from activity, its observing it, and fulfilling it. No??

    Ron Tompkins III // 2013-09-20 14:09:59 // //
  • Saludos

    Barmar Any // 2013-09-20 14:09:39 // //