By Deepak Chopra, MD, and Jordan Flesher, MA Psychology
Two views of the universe have been contending with each other to explain why human beings exist. The first view holds that human beings are not special in any way. We evolved through random events that have accumulated over time, taking 13.7 billion years since the big Bang to arrive at the most complex structure in creation, the human brain. This view, long established in physics and biology, constructs evolution in the absence of mind. Matter came first, and mind emerged very late in the game.
The contending view, held by every wisdom tradition, holds that mind came first. The universe is a field of consciousness, which made it inevitable that conscious creatures would evolve over time. Using our self-awareness, humans recognize order, harmony, beauty, truth, love, balance, equanimity, creativity, and the other qualities essential to consciousness. Over the course of our evolution as a species, we have come to embody these qualities. Therefore, the link between humanity and the universe is intimate, to the extent that the only creation we experience is the human cosmos. Continue reading →
Today is National Sibling Day!
You get to choose a lot of things in this life, but your family is not one of those things. Still, family requires intention to become strong, listening and loving. Continue reading →
“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.”
We all know how possible it is to be completely surrounded by people and still feel alone.
Physical proximity counts for a lot less if that presence isn’t felt through knowing and being known. At the same time, our brains are receiving and processing information lightning fast. Out attentions dart from a person to our phone to the car driving by to the sound we heard behind us. Listening takes focus. And because of that, listening can be one of the best and easiest ways to convey that you care. Continue reading →
About two years ago, I approached my father (Deepak Chopra) with a confession. I told him I was generally exhausted, over caffeinated and my sugar addiction was out of control. I realized I was overscheduled trying to balance my role as a wife, mom, and entrepreneur with Intent.com, my start-up social media company. I felt bloated and had a lot of body pain. I hadn’t been meditating or exercising much, and at night I was having trouble sleeping. My father looked shell shocked, and it took a few moments for him to transition from concerned father to Deepak Chopra, the person that thousands go to for health advice. Continue reading →
It won’t make a difference anyway, and the end result, which is really the only result, will always be exactly where it was meant to be, even before you knew it would be there.
And this is not about giving up, conforming, confirming or conning you. But rather, it is about the thing that you know makes you tick, like a clock, and part of the new stopular culture that is the real deal.
Meditation may be entirely foreign to you.
You may have started a practice years and years ago.
Either way, we invite you to sit and pause with us for a moment and refocus on living a life with intent. Continue reading →
Everyone has had a meaningful coincidence happen to them–the classic example is thinking of someone’s name and the next minute that person telephones, or seeing an unusual word in your mind’s eye and then running across that word the next time you open a book. It’s spooky that the outside world can be synchronized with our inner world, yet the bigger question is about reality itself. Synchronicity, the common term for meaningful coincidences, doesn’t tend to change anyone’s life–but it could.
Instead of passing off such experiences as incidental, what if synchronicity is telling us something crucial about reality, linking the inner and outer worlds because in the long run, they are completely unified? If inner=outer, a tremendous shift in the Western materialistic worldview would follow. Let’s see how far the trail of clues takes us. Continue reading →
Being really alive.
As springtime arrives and the earth is waking up from a long sleep, we’re reminded of what it means to really live, to really bloom and grow. Everyday you have the option to put yourself on autopilot, to check out of everything happening around you. But what if you really embraced being alive? What would it look like?
Gabby Bernstein is a jack of all trades. Thought leader, yoga and meditation expert, speaker and author, the essence of that best friend you call who always knows what to do and always found wearing a big, beautiful smile that can change the mood of a room, Gabby is a person who has been living with intent for a long time.
Life gets busy and the demands on your time can be endless regardless of where you live, station of life, season. So how does one stay plugged in and listening to themselves?
Mallika Chopra got to sit down with Gabby Bernstein and talk about what it means to stay out of the craziness and focused on the direction of your aspirations and dreams.
Wind. The powerful and invisible force that comes and goes whenever and wherever it wants. It shows up in your life and it shakes things up. Sometimes it’s a welcome break from the heat and sometimes it’s the disruption that whips around us, stopping conversations and carrying on. It can be wonderful and it can mean destruction. Continue reading →