Stay Well Meetings Launched by Delos and MGM Resorts International

Delos, a pioneer in wellness real estate, and MGM Resorts International teamed up to launch Stay Well Meetings, or the world’s first wellness meetings experience.

Unveiled by Deepak Chopra, a Delos Advisory Board member, the Stay Well Meetings will debut at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas On August 18, 2014.

“The Stay Well experience is changing the way we travel today, and as someone who is always on the road, it’s an area of particular interest for me,” said Chopra in a report by Successful Meetings. “With the outstanding success of Stay Well at MGM Grand, I am thrilled to see these evidence-based wellness technologies will be introduced in meeting and convention spaces, one of the most important places for health and wellness. You should feel refreshed after a meeting if you set the right tone.”

The program will provide meeting rooms and spaces designed to optimize the healt and wellbeing of attendees; wellness programming and Stay Well room and suit accommodations. Wellness elements include:

Air Purification – An advanced HEPA-standard air purification system to reduce allergens, toxins and pathogens to create better air quality and breathing.

WELL Shield – A self-cleaning, photocatalytic coating applied to high-touch areas throughout the rooms to trigger a process of oxidation when exposed to light. This results in cleaner surfaces and the destruction of odors and volatile organic compounds.

Cleaning Protocol – Use of hyperallergenic products and state-of-the-art UV wand cleaning tool, which neutralizes bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

Circadian Lighting – Engineered to emulate the properties of natural light, enhancing productivity, energy and experience.

Virtual Biophilia – Biophilic virtual window lights bring an element of the natural environment into rooms.

Chromatherapy – Use of dynamic color designs allowing for themes in the room.

Acoustic Elements – The amount of noise is reduces from outside the space, allowing for an uninterrupted meeting.

Ergonomic Elements – Ergonomic furniture and elements help improve circulation and balance, reducing back stress and decreasing fatigue.

Hydration Station – Infused water strategically placed to ensure attendees meet the Stay Well Meetings App’s recommendations on water consumption throughout the day, helping to avoid dehydration.

Aromatherapy – Optional use of scent creates mood-enhancing environment

Biophilia – Natural design principals incorporated into the space create a calming atmosphere for attendees.

Healthy Menu Options – A curated menu of food, with nutritional and dietary content informed by leading medical institutions, enhances mental cognition and brain functioning throughout the day. Menu options are designated by Go! Healthy by Cleveland Clinic Wellness.

Additionally, Stay Well Meetings offers Wellness Moment Programming, which is a selection of short mental and physical activities designed to engage the body and mind. Delos, in collaboration with experts from Cleveland Clinic Wellness, selected activities proven to energize, boost creativity, relax, and focus meeting attendees, Successful Meetings reported.

These include:

Mental Activity and Brain Teasers – Mental exercises to stimulate creative thinking and strategic approaches to problem solving, as well as elements that engage the hands to foster creativity and the release of tension.

Guided Meditation – Provides designated quiet areas for relaxation and rejuvenation, along with integrated moments of silence and guided meditation, which take place throughout the meetings and convention schedule.

Digital Detox – Throughout the day, meeting attendees are given specified intervals of time to disconnect from technology.

Physical Activity Breaks – Voluntary physical activity breaks, customized to match meeting length. This allows participants to be active for a short period of time during the workday.

Wellness Moment Kit – Box of items containing a carefully selected variety of mental acuity exercises to increase attendee engagement.

Deepak Chopra Talks Meditation & The Future of Wellness

Deepak Chopra is no stranger to science. He has followed it, questioned it and even taken it on in heated debates. He also co-authored a book with prominent physicist Leonard Mlodinow titled, “War of the Worldviews: Where Science and Spiritualty Meet – And Do Not,” and he represented spirituality while Mlodinow represented science.

Science has evolved over the last 100 years, and most scientists are realists who believe the universe is all material. Albert Einstein was one of them, but there are still important questions about the universe science and the realist perspective cannot answer.

Chopra took the stage to kick off a weekend workshop at The Omega Institute in Rhineback, N.Y. this past June where he discussed “the future of wellbeing,” explaining how science views the world and what is missing from their view. He also shared new research he spearheaded, looking at how meditation effects overall wellness, including telomeres that keep the ends of our DNA chromosomes from fraying – something that is linked to aging, cancer and more.

“The two most important questions in science today – and the most open or unanswered – are ‘What is the universe made of?’ and ‘What is the biological basis of consciousness?’” Chopra told the audience. “Science has no good theory for either of those questions.”

Science can’t answer what the universe is made of because it’s invisible, says Chopra. But it generates infinite energy, galaxies, stars, planets and human life. As for the biological basis of consciousness, science refers to it as the “hard problem.” It understands that when we have an experience, something happens in the brain because it lights up on a scan, but can’t explain the cause behind it?

“Think of a beautiful sunset on the ocean,” he told the audience. “Are you having an experience? Can you see a picture? Well, where is that picture? If I go into your brain, do you think I’ll se the picture of a sunset? Where was that picture before I asked you to think of it? Did the brain activity cause the picture or was the picture causing the brain activity? Or was there something else causing the brain activity AND the picture?”

Science does not understand how we product thought, where the thought comes from before we have it, or where it disappears to after we have it. They just know what part of the brain lights up on a scan, he explains.

“When you don’t get an answer to a question that everybody is asking in the whole scientific world, then maybe it’s time to ask ourselves, are we asking the right questions?” Chopra said. “What is the universe made of? Maybe the universe is not made of anything. We are asking, what is the biological basis of consciousness, but maybe there is no biological basis of consciousness. Maybe consciousness is all there is. Maybe consciousness creates all experience, including the experience of a body and a mind.”

Chopra explained we can be sure of two things:

1. There is existence. Something does exist, and we call it the universe. What is it made up of, we don’t know, he said. But we call it the universe, and it exists, and we are all part of it.

2. There is awareness of existence. If there wasn’t awareness of existence, then we would not realize we indeed exist.

“The two go along with each other,” he explained. “Maybe they are the same thing. Maybe awareness of existence is existence.”

deepak_chopra_talk_2Meditation Improves Aging and Wellness, Study Shows
Chopra joined with 2009 Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, who co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere (located at the end of the human DNA chromosome, holding it together) to study the effect meditation has on the telomeres. The results will be published soon, he said at the workshop.

“If you want to create a new way of thinking, you have to do science the way science is doing it,” he said. “This is one of the best controlled studies that has ever been done.”

Telomeres are often compared to the plastic tips on shoelaces because they keep the chromosomes from fraying and sticking to one another, which would destroy or scramble the genetic information. Each time one of our human cells divide, the telomeres get shorter, and when they become too short, the cell can no longer divide and it becomes inactive or dies. This has been associated with aging, cancer and a higher risk of death.

The new study pulled 30 women who were new to meditation and attending The Chopra Center Seduction of the Spirit meditation retreat, and 30 women who were simply vacationing at the La Costa Resort and Spa where the retreat was being held. There were also 30 who were already experienced meditators. The resort group engaged in leisure activities, typical exercise, and a daily class on healthy living (including sleep, stress management and nutrition), while the retreat group practiced a mantra meditation, body and breath awareness and self reflection. Both groups ate an ayurvedic diet for lunch and dinner.

The researchers looked at EEG’s, blood pressure, blood tests, and more, including measuring telomeres, and after four days, those in the retreat group saw a 40 percent increase in telomeres, said Chopra. The research also showed meditation changes gene expression.

“We studied effects of cellular aging, the brain and the nervous system and gene expression networks,” he noted. “We measured everything we could measure, including response to stress, defense response, and acute inflammatory response. Everything moved in the direction of increased wellness at the cellular level, including cellular biology of aging, and everything moved away from inflammation.”

Other results for the retreat group include:

— Genes that regulate heart health in a positive direction were enriched 17 times in only four days, as were the genes that regulate homeostasis (keeping things stable and constant). This includes enrichment of genes regulating neurotransmitters, levels for heart contraction, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels and more.

— Networks of genes involved in self-regulation were activated improving overall wellness and decreasing risks of inflammation related disease disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Cardiovascular Disease, etc.

— A shift in a person’s identity from me to we in the direction of oneness

— Shift in emotions in the direction of love, compassion, joy and equanimity

— An immediate change in blood pressure, heart health and brain waves in the direction of wellbeing

“The question of science – ‘what is the biological basis of consciousness?’ – is the wrong question,” said Chopra. “Biology is an expression of consciousness. Consciousness doesn’t exist in space and time. It’s transcendent, and your soul is part of that. It’s aware, self-knowing, self-organizing and self-regulating. Consciousness as the ground of existence – that is the solution to the hard problem in science.”

Deepak Chopra & Chopra Center Release New Ananda Meditation App

Deepak Chopra and Chopra Center Meditation released a new guided meditation app called Ananda – Living in Love, available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Users can mix and match 22 guided meditations with 22 musical tracks to create 484 unique meditation experiences, and can customize the length of the meditation practice and the balance between the music and meditation.

“If you were to ask me what the most important experience of my life has been, I would say it was learning to meditate,” said Deepak Chopra. “Meditation has been the key to my creativity, wellbeing and happiness. I have enjoyed it in my own life, and it continues to be one of the most powerful healing tools we teach at the Chopra Center.

One music and one meditation track in included when the app is downloaded, and an additional 22 music tracks are free of charge. Other meditations can be purchased within the app for $2.99, and sampled for 30 seconds each, or users can purchase all 21 additional meditations at the discounted price of $29.99.

The company said two more Ananda apps are planned for this year.

How Conscious Business Leaders Deepak Chopra & Richard Branson Hire Employees

In a recent article by, both Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, and Deepak Chopra, bestselling author and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, share the way they hire employees.

Sir Richard Branson focuses on personality, according to He likes to hire people who are “fun, friendly, caring and love helping others,” he said in the article. “You can learn most jobs extremely quickly once you are thrown in the deep end,” Branson continues. “Within three months, you can usually know the ins and outs of a role. If you are satisfied with the personality, then look at experience and expertise.”

Additionally, Deepak Chopra revealed he has potential employees fill out a “soul profile,” with the following questions, according to the article:

1.What makes you joyful? Can you recall the most joyous moments of your life?

2.What is your life purpose?

3.In what way do you want to contribute to the business or organization?

4.What are your unique talents and skills, and who would benefit from them?

5.Who are your heroes/heroines/mentors in history, mythology, religion, or contemporary times?

6.What are the qualities you look for in a good friendship?

7.What are the best attributes you have that contribute to a meaningful relationship?


VIDEO: Jean Houston Joins Deepak Chopra to Teach Master Course “Summoning the Sacred”

This December 11–15 at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, Calif., best-selling authors and spiritual teachers ― Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston ― will lead the “Summoning the Sacred” course, an experiential 4-day course drawing on the power of the world’s wisdom traditions, myths, archetypes, and other timeless tools for creating a life of purpose, joy and true success, according to the Chopra Center.

“In our fast-paced modern lives, many of us are working harder than ever, and even when we achieve a degree of material success, we still may feel a deep void or emptiness – a longing to belong, to create, to express ourselves, to make a difference, and to feel connected to a higher experience of reality or spirituality,” said Chopra. “My colleague Jean Houston and I created the Summoning the Sacred course to help people find a deeper purpose, creativity, joy and peace in their lives through the power of myths. Far from being old tales, myths are the collective story of what our lives mean.”

This December at Summoning the Sacred, participants will:

– Learn archetypes to support and guide them towards actualizing dreams and wishes

– Identify thier own “Hero’s Journey” as a vehicle for personal transformation

– Advance or begin yoga and pranayama (breathing) practices

– Learn or deepen the practice of Primordial Sound Meditation

– Practice a special, chakra-centered yoga designed specifically for the course

-Develop greater awareness, inner peace and balance in life

“As Jean, who is one of the world’s recognized authorities in mythology, says, myths are codes and roads and maps. Where we wind up on life’s journey depends upon the map we carry with us, which is why it’s so important to understand our own myths and personal archetypes – and use them to awaken to deeper meaning and fulfillment,” Chopra said.

For more information or to register for Summoning the Sacred, call 888.736.6895 or visit

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Wild Divine to Host Free Online Secrets of Meditation Retreat with Deepak Chopra

Wild Divine, the creator of feedback-driven user technology opened registration to its upcoming Secrets of Meditation Retreat to be led by Dr. Deepak Chopra.

The online two-week retreat will begin on October 7, 2013 and is being offered by Wild Divine at no charge to all who register.

“The Secrets of Meditation Retreat features all new completely original content,” said Kyle Widner, president and CEO of Wild Divine. “This unique experience is suitable for anyone no matter what your level of meditative practice. And you’ll be guided through it by Dr. Deepak Chopra, one of the most inspirational mind-body experts of the century.”

The retreat can be accessed via computer or mobile device, and registration is free – sign up using an e-mail address or Facebook account here!

“Join us and start the journey of integration between your body, your mind, your spirit,” said Chopra, CEO and Founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being. “And ultimately change your relationships through this in a nurturing manner, change your environment so it becomes nurturing to you and change your experience of the world.”