Global Well-Being Takes a Big Step Forward
By Deepak Chopra™ MD, Gabriella Wright, Poonacha Machaiah and Michiel Rauws
Mixed in with its devastating negative effects, the COVID pandemic had at least one positive effect: The world felt united as never before. If this feeling of unity continues, huge challenges can be met together. One that touches me personally is the drive to democratize well-being — the gap between haves and have nots is physical, mental, and spiritual, not just economic.
By Deepak Chopra™, MD
After decades spent ignoring the whole issue of consciousness, recent years have seen a boom, or at least a boomlet, of scientific interest. So it wasn’t entirely a breakthrough when the July 10 issue of the popular weekly New Scientist devoted its cover article to consciousness, posing “the ten biggest questions about the greatest mystery in the universe.”
The headline is meant to be provocative, but the vast majority of scientists won’t be interested in consciousness, and their indifference can be simply explained. When conducting an experiment in the laboratory, the air in the room is…
Transformation Is Better Than Change
Deepak Chopra™, MD
Life is nothing but a series of choices, and if you make good choices, your life will improve. That’s a brief, rational statement that everyone lives by, since the opposite — improving your life by making bad choices — isn’t much of a plan. Making good choices should bring the good things in life — but what if it doesn’t?
This is actually one of the most profound questions posed over the centuries. The obstacles to achieving a good life turn out to be powerful. They include
· Catastrophic accidents
A Better Way to Find Lasting Happiness
Deepak Chopra™, MD
Because everyone has self-awareness, human beings know what it means to be happy or unhappy. This feeling is so basic that seeking happiness comes naturally. Yet for some reason happiness proves elusive, and feeling that you can find permanent happiness can seem futile.
If we look closely, however, there are three ways to be happy. The first two arise in everyone’s life; the third is rare. But the third way is the only one, after centuries of seeking, that has stood the test of time. …
Finding Personal Peace in Your Life
Deepak Chopra™, MD
The balance of peace in the world can seem overwhelming, as if huge forces outside our control are in charge. But you can take a different perspective, setting yourself the goal of creating peace all around you. The source of violence, war, discontent, rebellion, and unrest lies inside each of us. When you become a unit of peace consciousness, exemplifying the quality known as Ahimsa (harmlessness) in Yoga, you have added in a unique way to bringing the world to a state of peace.
In the coming week, you can develop…
Deepak Chopra™, MD
The search for a higher reality has brought out the spiritual yearning of countless people. This was true many centuries ago and is true today. Following your own spiritual path amounts to a mass movement that grows one person at a time. Each seeker defines a personal goal reflecting deep wishes, dreams, and ideals.
But what happens when the path itself has lost its hold on reality? I’ve read scattered stories about the yoga community that links some members, the smallest of minorities, that resist being vaccinated against Covid-19 and buy into conspiracy theories like QAnon. …
The Mind-Body Connection and Mental Health
By Naveen Jain and Deepak Chopra™, MD
In very important ways mind and body are being connected as never before. The separate specialties that modern medicine is divided into are blurring around the edges. This is particularly true when it comes to mental health, which has long been outside the skill, or interest, of M.D.s who are not psychiatrists.
As mental health is increasingly connected to the body, it is becoming clear that a faraway region like the intestine, and its population of micro-organisms known as the microbiome, plays a major role in a…
In these difficult times the issue of vulnerability needs to be addressed directly, because so many people feel powerless and anxious, and the social trends that undermine personal power only seem to grow stronger. It’s crucial to find a way to secure in your day-to-day life.
Let’s clarify what being secure isn’t. It isn’t achieving a confident self-image and suppressing what you feel inside. Also, security isn’t something that can be created through externals like money, status, possessions, or any other material surrogate. There are countless people sitting in the lap of luxury who feel even more insecure than…
One Thing Modern Medicine Got Wrong: The Human Body
By Srinivasan S. Pillay, M.D. and Deepak Chopra™, M.D.
A strange fact that nobody seems to act upon is this: The body you see in the mirror isn’t your real body. The image you see is of a solid physical object, stable and fixed like a table or chair. But in reality your body is fluid, constantly changing, filled with numerous spaces, and the host of trillions of bacteria. All of this is more you than the you see in the mirror.
The old saying, “What you see is what you…
How to Heal Psychological Lockdown
By Uma Naidoo, MD and Deepak Chopra™ MD
While the physical pandemic has gained all the headlines, and people are coming out of lockdown with renewed optimism and energy, everyone needs to come out of the psychological pandemic that has gained much less publicity. What makes the emotional costs of this “parallel pandemic” worse is that it potentially affected everyone who was in lockdown.
Research shows that Americans have suffered emotionally during the pandemic, and you didn’t have to catch the virus to feel anxious or depressed. Both have dramatically increased around the world. …