Spiritual Solutions #14 – Simple and Whole


By Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Annie Bond


The Simple State

There is a state of non-suffering inside you; it is simple and open to awareness. By contrast, the state of suffering is complicated because, in its attempts to wrestle with pain, the ego refuses to see that the answer could be as simple as simply learning to be. Any steps that get you to stop clinging to complications will bring you closer to the simple state of healing. Complications occur as thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and subtle energies, meaning hidden emotional debts and resistance. By working toward a simpler state every day, you are doing the best anyone can do to bring suffering to an end by cutting out the roots of unreality.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2004).

The Simple Choice

It starts with little things. You bite into an ear of corn grown by an heirloom seed, and a symphony of sweetness and flavor bursts forth in your mouth. The taste is new to you, but you realize it used to be commonplace. While visiting a friend, you sleep in an all-wool, nothing-synthetic bed, and you wake up more fully refreshed and rested than you’ve felt in months. You switch to nontoxic cleaning products, and your chronic headache disappears.

Adapted from, Home Enlightenment by Annie B. Bond (Rodale, 2005).

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About Deepak Chopra

Time Magazine heralded Deepak Chopra as one of the 100 heroes and icons of the century, and credited him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." Entertainment Weekly described Deepak Chopra as "Hollywood's man of the moment, one of publishing's best-selling and most prolific self-help authors." He is the author of more than 50 books and more than 100 audio, video and CD-Rom titles. He has been published on every continent and in dozens of languages. Fifteen of his books have landed on the New York Times Best-seller list. Toastmaster International recognized him as one of the top five outstanding speakers in the world. Through his over two decades of work since leaving his medical practice, Deepak continues to revolutionize common wisdom about the crucial connection between body, mind, spirit, and healing. His mission of "bridging the technological miracles of the west with the wisdom of the east" remains his thrust and provides the basis for his recognition as one of India's historically greatest ambassadors to the west. Chopra has been a keynote speaker at several academic institutions including Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Business School and Wharton.His latest book is "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul."


  1. I never understood unhappiness because for as long as we are alive we always have the make another choice. I spent all weekend listening to things like hr hurt my feelings and why would he do that? I stop asking " why" when u ask why u get excuses stories and leads nowhere. Let's stop trying to figure people out, who cares and what good does that do? Follow your path, your purpose, and don't even spend one second of your time figuring out why people do what they do. Unless they are people who stand on your greatness and learning from their feedback benefits you because you grow! Be happy you deserve it! Malaica