Deepak Chopra is a dividing figure. To many, he’s a spiritual guru with a deep understanding of who we are and how we can be happy. To others, he’s a charlatan peddling unscientific mumbo jumbo for personal profit.
Whichever side you take, it can’t be denied that Deepak Chopra has built a huge global following and his entry into using virtual reality to explore who we are, and how we can improve our wellbeing will raise awareness of VR as a therapeutic tool.
Chopra, along with his son Gotham, have teamed up with VR developer Wevr to create a guided meditation in virtual reality. The trailer is included at the top of this post.
There is an increasing body of evidence that meditation is beneficial for us in many ways, including:
- Improved immune system
- Reduce pain (to learn more about VR therapy for pain, click here)
- Decrease inflammation
- Reduced depression, stress, anxiety
There are lots of excellent VR meditation experiences available and we expect to see many hundreds more in the coming months and years. The power of VR to immerse you in a different world suits meditation extremely well because many people find it difficult to ‘switch off’ from their immediate environment.
We’re pleased to see well known personalities like Deepak Chopra raising awareness of VR outside of a gaming context, and we hope to see more high profile people doing the same.