5 Insights from Deepak Chopra

Oprah's The Life You Want Tour

It’s almost Thanksgiving. Although I fret, gripe and grumble about the insignificant things in my life, the humid weather, too much work, not enough freedom, I’m always conscious of how lucky I am to be able to grumble about such things. In fact, if I were to spend even a minute consumed in how much I actually have to be grateful for, I would turn into a big soppy mess.

One of things I’m currently still grateful for is Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend tour to San Jose. I’m still reeling from the high from being the presence of her and her spiritual teachers including Deepak Chopra. Speaking of which, he shared 5 life changing lessons that I’m excited to share with you here.

1) Look at the world as the reflection of your inner state.

Things that set off a fire in you, good or bad, are personal. When something someone says sparks anger or passion, take time and ask yourself, “Why?” When you figure out that whatever is going on outside is a reflection of your own inner world, he says, your world will shift.

2) Understand the essence of relationships.

There are people we like and people we don’t like. Chopra says that the things that bug us about the people we dislike always has to do with something we need to recognize within our self.

3) Make sure your intention is not just for yourself, but for the common good. Not just you, but us. 

How can your dreams serve others? How can what you most want for yourself, also help the world? This, Chopra and Oprah, says is the key to true happiness, success and fulfillment.

4) Increase your energy through love and compassion.

The fastest way to change your mood, health and your life is by raising your energy through joy and compassion.

5) Free yourself from emotional toxicity.

When you feel separate, and isolated, that’s a sign you’re disconnected from source (e.g. God, universe, nature, spirituality, etc.). In a profound statement, he reveals what most negative emotions really mean:

Fear – is anticipation of the future

Anger – remnants from the past

Hostility – desire to get even and the most dangerous emotion

Guilt/shame – directing fear onto one’s self

Depression – depletion resulting form all of the above

Presence and connection, he says are key to healing all types of negative energy.

 

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Using Art to Move Your Life

{Not all sharing is a good thing. An alley wall full of chewed up gum.}

I’m currently taking Brene Brown’s The Gift of Imperfection Life Class. That along with twice a day walks, listening to Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s free Destiny meditation and cutting out refined and processed carbs has completely changed me inside and out. It’s slowly lessening the gap between who I am on the inside and the me I show the world.

One of the things that has specifically shifted is my intention of being authentic, expressing my true self and using artistic expression and creativity to push me forward. That sometimes means dragging a paintbrush across a canvas, decorating a room, or writing down a poem. Sometimes I share it here. Other times I hide it away in a book.

When do you share and when do you keep things to yourself?

In Brown’s class, she discusses what it means to be vulnerable. Sharing what we feel is vulnerable is one way we release shame. {Kind of like this poem I wrote here.} The difference with sharing too much and sharing enough depends on your ability to be okay regardless of the feedback.

The same thing may happen if you’re deciding whether to share something deeply personal with the world. Maybe it’s a dream, a secret, a trauma, an amazing accomplishment, a fear…Whatever it is feels terrifying to share. But secrets can eat you up from the inside. The only way to freedom is through reaching out. The key is to be very discriminative about who you choose to share what to.

I’ve made this mistake too many times in entrusting my precious thoughts, feelings and dreams to people who couldn’t hear it so they a) criticized it b) tore it apart c) told others about it. In the end, expressing my dreams felt dangerous and left me feeling wounded. What I learned in the process it that if I could use art and creativity to work my way through what felt hard and personally dealt with it, then I had the inner strength to share the work with those I loved, trusted and felt safe around. And that in return, felt wonderfully healing.

These days, social media makes sharing all too easy. When we’re pissed at a friend, a relative or a boss, it’s so easy to vent but so hard to take back what’s been sent.

Here’s my suggestion.

The next time you’re going through a rough situation. Put a pause on blogging, updating and tweeting to the world. Instead open up a journal, write down your thoughts or take a pen, crayons, pencils, paint and draw it in on a canvas. Then when you’re ready and not depending on what others have to say about it, share it with those who are near and dear to your heart.

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Gratitude Even If You Don’t Like It

Water or…

waterfall. Photos by The Inspiring Bee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been listening to Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge (By the way, it’s free. You can sign up for it here). Just this morning I listened to Day 12: The Gratitude Heart. In it, the speaker says, “We can be grateful for a situation even if though we don’t like everything about it allows us to be thankful for the opportunity to learn something new.”

It’s something we all know logically, but rarely do we choose to live our lives this way.

There is so much abundance in your life. There is so much wealth. If you allow yourself to truly see what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t, you will let in more things to be grateful for.

In my own life, it reminds me that I control my mood and my days on this earth by what I choose to bemoan or to view as a gift.

Hearing today’s meditation I realized that you don’t have to wait for life to be perfect to be grateful. You can still be searching for the right job, the right mate, the right place and have every right to say, “Thank you!”

In fact, it would serve you (and me) to do so.

That means I can temporarily forget that we still haven’t been able to use our car (that got a little worse for the wear on the ship over here), have yet to find a comparable gym or zumba class or additional writing gigs to jump for joy over.

What I can say is that I’m grateful that the warm sun and slower paced of living has physically healed me, reduced my sugar levels and mellowed me out. In writing about it, I realize the latter is so way more important than the former.

The other things will come in time. I guess the point is to grab what’s gratitude worthy now and be mindful of it. Be mindful of all the things you’re loving in your life because they won’t always be there.

No matter what you’re going through, I hope you can find something fabulous about your life, search for it in the clouds, in a field of flowers, in your child’s smile, hold them close, embrace it and say, “Thank you!”

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