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Deepak Chopra: How Do We Relieve Existential Suffering?

We’ve all experienced the fear and pain that can come from considering our own demise. What is the meaning of life, and how do we rise above the uncertainty of it all? In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra discusses suffering related to our sense of identity in relation to the world – also known as existential suffering.

Does existential suffering arise from awareness of our mortality? What are the causes and how can we remedy this type of suffering? Looking at Vedantic traditions, Deepak’s list of five reasons that lead to existential suffering can be overcome by understanding that our fear is largely a projection of consciousness. True consciousness is an infinite field of creativity, much grander than the confines of our projected reality.

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Thursday Morning Melody: Pretty Face

A beat is laid out, hesitantly moving along at first, then careering, taking off; soon sepia-toned clouds of piano gather overhead, shimmering, turning darker and richer, and then Sóley raises her voice – a voice that, until five years ago, she didn’t even consider a proper ‘singing voice’.

This is how Icelandic singer/songwriter Sóley Stefánsdóttir describes her work – and the impression given is uncannily accurate. Hailing originally from the seven-piece indie folk group, Seabear, Sóley began as a pure instrumentalist, only coming into her skin as a singer in 2010. And how lucky we are that she did! True to the quote above, her music is more atmospheric than it is melodic, though that shouldn’t keep you from singing along. Instruments, voice, and lyrics come together with gossamer beauty, seemingly ephemeral in their dreaminess. Enjoy the misty tune, “Pretty Face,” off Sóley’s second album, We Sink, and see if you can detect its subtle meaning.

I see my pretty face in his old eyes
I listen to our blood run side by side
I throw my hands to you and run away
It’s so cold, so dangerous that I can’t stay

I ran away from you
into your dream
the one
That I was in when you
told me
That I could never meet
my friend
again

I thought I had touched them but I can’t feel
I’m in your dream
They want to take me but I will hide from them
Tonight I’ll take your life and throw it far away
I’ll use my pretty face to find my way to him

I ran away from you
into your dream
the one
That I was in when you
told me
That I could never meet
my friend
again

“Will you be my friend in my dream?
take that pretty face off show me
will we ever have that baby?
just take your pretty face off, show me”

are you my friend?

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This post is part of  our Thursday Morning Melody series. Every Thursday we feature the music video and lyrics to a song that touches us deeply. If there’s a melody you wish to share with the Intent community, please share it with us in the comments below! Click here to listen to past Thursday Morning Melodies.

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