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davidji is an internationally recognized meditation teacher, life guide, author, public speaker, and corporate wellness instructor.

A former business executive turned apprentice to Dr. Deepak Chopra, davidji is transforming the way the world sees stress management by debunking misconceptions about meditation and making it a practical tool for people from all walks of life.

davidji’s much-anticipated book, Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation (Hay House) was released in September 2012. Through his book, davidji addresses his readers’ real-life challenges and offers myriad meditation techniques for all circumstances, taking their lives to the next level.

davidji’s path to teaching is not what most might expect. He was not born a guru or raised as a monk – he arrived at his position through real-world experience. Born in Queens, New York, davidji was attending Syracuse University as a National Merit Scholar majoring in political philosophy when he stumbled into an Eastern Philosophy course and first learned to meditate. Though he experimented with different types of meditation, he never found a steady practice. After college, davidji found himself immersed in the business world, ultimately co-founding a mergers and acquisition advisory firm. Slowly and progressively, his life became a grind and he lost emotional and physical balance leaving him feeling spiritually unfulfilled.

Then, in the wake of 9/11, davidji had the first of many aha! moments while walking in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood when a homeless man grabbed his pant-leg asking him, "What's going to be on your tombstone?" This comment at this exact moment shook him to his core and put him on a path of self-discovery.

Within weeks davidji left his job and traveled to Oxford, England, to experience Deepak Chopra at the “Seduction of Spirit” meditation retreat, with the hope that the spiritual advisor would help him reconnect with his guiding source and the inner essence he once knew. Continuing on this new path of enlightenment, davidji travelled to San Diego and offered his business acumen to Drs. Deepak Chopra & David Simon, who invited him to become the COO of The Chopra Center. There he was then given the name davidji – “ji” is a term of reverence in Hindi meaning “beloved.” The lower case “d” stresses humility in that we are all beloved.

After eight years of daily teaching, and more than 50,000 personal students, davidji was appointed the very first Dean of Chopra Center University. He has recorded more than 200-guided meditations, and was the vision and voice behind the Chopra Center’s 21-day meditation challenge, which connected more than 100,000 people in more than 100 countries in 21 consecutive days of online meditation. This earned davidji the nicknames “The Velvet Voice of Stillness” and “Meditation Maestro.” In 2012, he led more than 50,000 people around the world in the Winter Feast for the Soul—40 consecutive days of online meditation.

Today, davidji has developed a solo career teaching workshops, retreats, and corporate wellness programs and continues to serve as Lead Meditation Teacher at “Seduction of Spirit,” the Chopra Center’s signature meditation retreat. He is certified to teach Meditation, Ayurveda, Emotional Release techniques, and Yoga. He is also a certified Vedic Master, a core member of the Hay House stable of authors and radio personalities, and the host of LIVE from the SweetSpot each Wednesday on Hay House Radio. His first CD of guided meditations “Fill What is Empty; Empty What is Full” has received more than 50,000 downloads on iTunes and Amazon.com

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Silence Your Thoughts With This Simple Technique

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 4:57 PM

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I recently returned from my European tour through Amsterdam and Stockholm, and I wanted to share a few timeless secrets of meditation with you.

We live in a pretty noisy world -- cars, planes, motorcycles, snow blowers, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, transmission lines,...

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5 Steps to Spark Your Mojo

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Throughout time, many have meditated using their connection to the energy centers in and outside of the body. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to awaken, harness, release and connect to your own energy, our passion, through meditation.

Our passion is the wind that flies us forward to...

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Set Your Trajectory and Trust Your Path

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:13 PM

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So many things have shifted and surfaced for me this year -- all evolutionary and many surprising! I suspect many of you feel that, too. With our eyes on the prize, tenderness in our hearts and commitment in our souls, here we are...

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Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Meditation Flow

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:33 PM

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"If you lock your meditation in like a seamless ritual, it will just flow without thought."

Ayurveda teaches that the ideal times to meditate are between the hours of 5 a.m....

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7 Steps to Finding Your Voice

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:17 AM

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People often ask me how they can tell if the "voice" they hear during meditation is the divine whisper of the universe or simply their ego. So often we drive ourselves crazy over where the voice is coming from, or with such maddening...

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Acceptance Is Not Resignation

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:51 PM

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Paul Tournier, the Swiss physician and author, said that acceptance of our lives has nothing to do with resignation; rather, it means accepting life as it comes.

In my experience, acceptance is a beautiful teaching at the root of many wisdom traditions, including...

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Making Better, More Purposeful Choices

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:57 AM

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"All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states." -- Buddha

Karma represents our choices -- the ones we celebrate, the ones we...

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Re-Awaken Love in Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 6:00 PM

"Where there is love there is life." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The theme of letting love into your heart seems to have hit a powerful chord with so many people I encounter. Opening our heart is never easy, especially when there's been a heartbreak that has shut us down and allowed...

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Fear Is Your Sweet Companion

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Fear is a universal experience, and it touches us in many ways -- physically, emotionally and spiritually. For some of us, it creates blockages and patterns that take years to overcome. Fear has been the muse of writers, poets, philosophers, musicians, humanitarians and healers, all of them engulfed by fear...

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8 Days to Living With Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Time moves so quickly. Do you ever wake up in the morning, and before you know it, it's time to go to bed again? This amazing life of ours seems to whisk by -- but that's just an illusion we have created.

Everyone gets the same 86,400 seconds in a...

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Meditation Will Enlighten Your Path

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 7:27 PM

Take just a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply and consider the choices you've made so far this year. Which events are most prominent in your mind -- the highlights, the lows, laughter-filled moments or pain points?

Reflection is powerful. It helps us see where we've come from...

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The Path to Bliss

(6) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 11:55 AM

Are you new to meditation or a crisis meditator looking for a deeper practice? You are not alone! Each day, as I teach meditation around the world, I begin my class by taking the pulse of the room. I ask how many students have never meditated, how many are on-again-off-again...

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