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Changes in Continuous, Long-Term Heart Rate Variability and Individualized Physiological Responses to Wellness and Vacation Interventions Using a Wearable Sensor

Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, Vol. 7 – 2020

Pratap Abhishek, Steinhubl Steve, Neto Elias Chaibub, Wegerich Stephan W., Peterson Christine Tara, Weiss Lizzy, Patel Sheila, Chopra Deepak, Mills Paul J.

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Nondual Awareness and the Whole Person

Global Advances in Health and Medicine., May 2020

Paul J Mills, PhD , Tiffany J Barsotti, M.Th., C.Ht., Judith Blackstone, PhD, Deepak Chopra, MD, and Zoran Josipovic, PhD

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Integrative Health aims to treat the whole person and to do so within the context of whole systems and practices. We raise questions as to what constitutes the whole person and what must be taken into account to support the creation of optimal well-being. We propose that in order to fully account for the whole person, the transcendent aspects of human awareness, the development of which is the goal of many meditative traditions, must be taken into account. “Nondual awareness” is a term increasingly used in the literature to describe a state of awareness that is characterized by the experience of nonseparation, compassion, and love. Well-being in this state does not depend on anything being experienced per se, but it is rather an innate attribute of living in nonduality. For these reasons, nondual awareness can be considered foundational to the realization of the whole person and achieving the state of optimal well-being.

Meditation and Yoga Practices as Potential Adjunctive Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 Infection and COVID-19: A Brief Overview of Key Subjects

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, June 2020

William Bushell, Ryan Castle, Michelle A. Williams, Kimberly C. Brouwer, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra, and Paul J. Mills.

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Editor’s Note: As an acute condition quickly associated with multiple chronic susceptibilities, COVID-19 has rekindled interest in, and controversy about, the potential role of the host in disease processes. While hundreds of millions of research dollars have been funneled into drug and vaccine solutions that target the external agent, integrative practitioners tuned to enhancing immunity faced a familiar mostly unfunded task. First, go to school on the virus. Then draw from the global array of natural therapies and practices with host-enhancing or anti-viral capabilities to suggest integrative treatment strategies. The near null-set of conventional treatment options propels this investigation. In this paper, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California-San Diego, Chopra Library for Integrative Studies, and Harvard University share one such exploration. Their conclu- sion, that ‘‘certain meditation, yoga asana (postures), and pranayama (breathing) practices may possibly be effective adjunctive means of treating and/or preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection’’ underscores the importance of this rekindling. At JACM, we are pleased to have the opportunity to publish this work. We hope that it might help diminish in medicine and health the polarization that, like so much in the broader culture, seems to be an obstacle to healing. —John Weeks, Editor-in-Chief, JACM

Psychosocial Effects of Holistic Approaches to Wellbeing in Health and Wellness Courses

SAGE Journals – Global Advances in Health and Medicine, April 2019

Sheila Patel, MD, Stephen Klagholz, BS, Christine T Peterson, PhD, Lizabeth Weiss, BA, Deepak Chopra, MD, Paul J Mills, PhD

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This study documents the benefits to psychosocial and spiritual wellbeing by attending wellness courses that take a body-mind-spirit approach to healing. At the events assessed in this study, participants are taught a consciousness-based approach to healing that comes from the wisdom healing tradition of Ayurveda and are given tools and practices to incorporate into their lives. The study shows improvements in many aspects of psychospiritual health, including anxiety, depression, psychological flexibility, and spiritual wellbeing, which persist one month after attendance. By documenting the benefits of programs such as these, individuals and organizations are better able to make choices regarding participation in retreats and workshops aimed at improving overall wellbeing.

Physics Must Evolve Beyond the Physical

Activitas Nervosa Superior – The Journal for Neurocognitive Research, April 2019

Deepak Chopra

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This article recognizes Henry Stapp’s contribution to physics. Henry Stapp is a Spirit of Rustom Roy Award Recipient (2012)

Abstract: Contemporary physics finds itself pondering questions about mind and consciousness, an uncomfortable area for theorists. But historically, key figures at the founding of quantum theory assumed that reality was composed of two parts, mind and matter, which interacted with each other according to some new laws that they specified. This departure from the prior (classical-physicalist) assumption that mind was a mere side effect of brain activity was such a startling proposal that it basically split physics in two, with one camp insisting that mind will ultimately be explained via physical processes in the brain and the other camp embracing mind as innate in creation and the key to understanding reality in its completeness. Henry Stapp made important contributions toward a coherent explanation by advocating John von Neumann’s orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics. von Neumann postulated that at its basis, quantum mechanics requires both a psychological and physical component. He was left, however, with a dualist view in which the psychological and physical aspects of QM remained unresolved. In this article, the relevant issues are laid out with the aim of finding a nondual explanation that allows mind and matter to exist as features of the same universal consciousness, in the hope that the critical insights of Planck, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, von Neumann, and Stapp will be recognized and valued, with the aim of an expanded physics that goes beyond physicalist dogma.

The Nature of the Heisenberg-von Neumann Cut: Enhanced Orthodox Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Activitas Nervosa Superior – The Journal for Neurocognitive Research, April 2019

Ashok Narasimhan, Deepak Chopra, Menas C. Kafatos

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Abstract: We examine the issue of the Heisenberg-von Neumann cut in light of recent interpretations of quantum eraser experiments which indicate the possibility of a universal Observer outside space-time at an information level of existence. The delayed-choice aspects of observation, measurement, the role of the observer, and information in the quantum framework of the universe are discussed. While traditional double-slit experiments are usually interpreted as indicating that the collapse of the wave function involves choices by an individual observer in space-time, the extension to quantum eraser experiments brings in some additional subtle aspects relating to the role of observation and what constitutes an observer. Access to, and the interpretation of, information outside space and time may be involved. This directly ties to the question of where the Heisenberg-von Neumann cut is located and what its nature is. Our model is an interpretation which we term the Enhanced Orthodox Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. It does not contradict the standard orthodox interpretation, but we believe it extends it by approaching von Neumann’s work in a new way. The Enhanced Orthodox Interpretation accepts the presence of a universal Observer, retaining the importance of observation augmented by the role of information. There is a possibility that individual observers making choices in space and time are actually aspects of the universal Observer, a state masked by assumptions about individual human minds that may need further development and re-examination.