Virtual Home to Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, and Dean Ornish: Q & A with Kyle Widner of Wild Divine
Kyle Wild DivineIf you're looking to bring Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, and Dr. Andew Weil into your home, then Kyle Widner is your manKyle is the CEO of Wild Divine,a company whose relaxation products help get you started with meditation and breathing techniques that will help you uncover your body’s natural ability to reduce stress.

We liked their product Healing Rhythms so much that we put it in our 2009 Gift Guide.  Healing Rhythms is the first guided meditation training program that brings together the most prominent leaders in the field of health and wellness: Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, and Andrew Weil. It's truly interactive (it comes with finger sensors) and is the best interactive tool we've seen to get you started on mind/body wellness.

I had the opportunity to chat with Kyle Widner, the man behind Wild Divine.  Kyle is a great guy who practices what he preaches -- a true conscious capitalist.
MindBodyGreen: What advice do you have for someone who wants to get started with personal growth/self help and/or spirituality but doesn’t know where to start? 

Kyle Widner: Simple meditation, 15-20 minutes in the morning, and then again in the evening. Place no expectations on yourself, don’t fold yourself up into any uncomfortable positions, and make it a part of your day, like brushing your teeth. Sit quietly with your eyes closed, watch your breath, and try to find the gaps in your thoughts. Focus on these gaps, those brief but precious moments that carry no judgment or evaluation. If you hear cars, dogs, planes overhead, lawn mowers, don’t react to them, let them pass by without judgment, and return your focus gently back to the gaps. Simple mantras, like Ohm, or So Hum, that create a vibration in the vocal chords can help as well.

MBG: You’ve met some inspiring people – has there been anyone in particular who’s inspired you? 

KW: In my own spiritual and personal development, Deepak Chopra. In business and balancing life and business, John Assaraf. Genpo Roshi, and the work of Gay Hendricks. Joan Borysenko.

Kyle with Rita Chopra
(Kyle pictured with Rita Chopra in India's Spice Route)

MBG: Who haven’t you met that you’d like to meet? 

That would be a long list! Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, and Wayne Dyer would be three that spring to mind.

MBG: What does mind/body/green wellness mean to you? 

Taking consistent steps to increase the percentage of time we spend in a state of coherence, those times when our mind, body, thoughts, and emotions are aligned with the situation. Realizing our mental, spiritual and physical well-being is innately connected, and by properly nurturing ourselves at the root level, we’re contributing positively to everyone around us.

Where is your favorite place to meditate?  

KW: Our backyard. We have an outdoor room we call the Morocco Room. One of my favorite meditation experiences occurred in Israel. A small group of us were traveling with Deepak Chopra. One night, we had a group meditation in a Wadi under an ancient Acacia tree in the middle of the Judean desert, beneath the ruins of a 1st century Roman fortress. We settled into the mediation in that quiet desert, the birthplace of all three monotheistic religions, and the mix of the historical presence, the exotic smells, soft warm breeze, all combined with the power of the group was simply amazing. 

MBG: Favorite getaway? 

KW: The Well Spa, in Indian Wells, near Palm Springs.

MBG: Favorite quote? 

KW: "Who is there that can make muddy water clear? But if allowed to remain still, it will gradually become clear of itself." ~ Lao-Tzu

MBG: Favorite Book?  Last great book you’ve read? 

KW: Michaal Singer’s The Untethered Soul is an incredible read. It’s a personal exploration guidebook that takes you in a directions you don’t expect. Favorite Book is Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth.  Book that had the biggest impact on my world view was Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, which if you think it’s about money and material wealth, you need to read the book.

MBG: Guilty indulgence?  

KW: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

MBG: If it was your Last Supper, what would your last meal be? Where would the meal be? Who would you like to be there (past/present/future)?  

KW: My wife Jean, and my mother, Dora. Old Venice Italian restaurant in Point Loma. They’d have to let our dogs in, though, or we’d carry out. I’d have my usual, cilantro pesto shrimp. 

Tell us more about Wild Divine and why we need to check it out?

KW: Wild Divine is a technology company in the personal development field. We use biofeedback to help users explore their mind/body connection, and improve their mental and physical well-being. It’s the fastest way to learn to meditate or relax, and spend more time in a state of coherence.  Combines the great wisdom traditions with cutting edge western technology. We have a new project in the works for 2010 with Deepak Chopra, tentatively titled “Deepak Chopra’s Secrets of Meditation”, and we’re very excited about it.

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