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Why Deepak Chopra Says Burnout Can Be an Opportunity

Deepak Chopra says feeling burnout can be a sign of crisis but also an opportunity, plus details about his creativity-focused 21-day meditation challenge with Oprah Winfrey.

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With spring beginning to bloom and a return to post-pandemic life in sight, feelings of rebirth and starting anew are in the air. However, many of us are only starting to process all of the events that have taken place over the previous year. Being on lockdown has, understandably, also put some of us in a creative rut.

Cue Deepak Chopra, MD, founder of The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global. Chopra and Oprah Winfrey launched their 21-Day Meditation Experience on March 18, the final installment of the renowned mindfulness program the pair have collaborated on for over eight years. The program offers audio meditations, motivational messages, journaling prompts, educational insights, and more, and has been utilized by over four million people around the world.

This latest 21-Day challenge, titled “Getting Unstuck: Creating a Limitless Life,” seeks to release the creative stagnation many of us might be feeling from being “stuck” at home due to the ongoing pandemic. The experiences are built around the notion that it takes 21 days to form a habit. The three-week program is organized around themes, including “Creative Living Is Here and Now” in week one, “Activating Your Creative Potential” in week two, and “Living the Complete Spirit of Creativity” in week three.

We spoke with Chopra to help us understand how important meditation is right now in getting those creative juices flowing, and overcoming feelings of overwhelm. Read below.

Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey's 21-Day ChallengeYoga Journal: Do you have any tips for turning feelings of being overwhelmed into a creative catalyst?

Deepak Chopra: Feelings of being overwhelmed are a sign of burnout. If not addressed, [this] can lead to inflammation and both acute and chronic illness. The key is to recognize that they are a sign of both crisis and opportunity. For those with self-awareness, this is the moment to embrace the practice of yoga and meditation. You can move from anxiety, depression, and inflammation to an adventure of reinventing your body and resurrecting your soul.

YJ: Why should people start a meditation practice today?

DC: The reasons to start meditation today is to improve your physical mental emotions and spiritual well-being. All the science supports the biological benefits of meditation.

YJ: How can people continue to stay united with their true path after the 21-Day Meditation Experience is over?

DC: People can unite to create their own support groups or participate in ongoing activities in the Chopra Meditation and Well-Being App.

Register for the program here or through the 21-Day Meditation Experience app on the Google Play store or the Apple App store. The entire library with over 18 different programs is available for purchase here.