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10 Quotes to Inspire Your Spirit of Adventure

When was the last time you took a risk? Or when was the last time you tried something different just for the hell of it? We are big believers in having a sense of adventure. Trying new things, especially if they scare you, is the best way to grow as a person. Life lessons are absorbed the best when we put ourselves out there and go for it. Go for the gold! (Are Olympic puns passe already? I think we still have a few days.) In the spirit of going out there and conquering new terrain we’ve gathered up a few quotes to inspire your spirit of adventure!

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Stop Being Afraid of Change and Go with the Flow

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 12.38.35 PMWhy is it that change gets some of us so worked up?

My mantra to my son is “change is good for me.”

I guess it’s the fear of the unknown that creates fear in us, the what if’s, I don’t know how to, what if they don’t like it/me, what if I’m not good enough?

Whether we are changing jobs, countries, homes, new schools or simply a new brand of pasta, it is still change. Some of us face it head on and others take the longest route via procrastination to get there because change can be a scary thing!

Even though I have moved countries a few times, I am still faced with that familiar pang in the inner recesses of my solar plexus! How will I find my way along that new road, what if I get lost, I don’t know how to speak that language, I feel exhausted just thinking about how my brain picks and re-picks at the same saga. At these times I try to remember Louise L Hay’s words; “It is only a thought and a thought can be changed”.

I have had to learn to face it more truthfully since having children. If I tell them “change is good for me, well then I better demonstrate it myself! Children in themselves bring remarkable change to us and in doing so teach us to observe ourselves more authentically and with more awareness. I have come to understand that it is just my fear that holds me back. One of my most well etched memories of “practicing what I preach” was at a library where they had a conservationist bring harmless snakes for the kids to see and touch. I told my son who was afraid of the snakes, “the snake won’t bite it’s a harmless brown house snake”. I then had to put my fears aside and hold the snake so that he could see that it wouldn’t bite me. So I did, and overcame my fear of them too. I have to say that some fears are easier to overcome than others and it differs from person to person.

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym.

The easiest way to embrace the mantra “change is good for me” is to let go of your fears and your inhibitions and go with the flow of where life takes you. We have to start trusting ourselves, although it might seem difficult, trust is all about surrendering. You might find that when we are not trying to control every aspect of our lives, we invite opportunity, interesting experiences and change happens almost seamlessly, it’s as though we begin to see things more clearly, differently with less trepidation. I have come to understand that when I coined the mantra to help my son it not only served him, but it taught me to go with the flow too.

Meditate with Deepak Chopra and friends

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Monday for our live Google + Hangout. And thank you to the thousands who have tuned in to our channel, since, to watch the recorded conversation. This landmark, virtual event brought together Deepak Chopra, Gotham and Mallika Chopra, author Paulo Coelho, journalist Lisa Ling, former president of Mexico Vicente Fox, actress Fran Drescher, social media guru Eric Handler, Ashtanga yogi Eddie Stern, and Life Camp founder Erica Ford with a group of New York City teenagers  in a conversation on meditation, personal growth, and world challenges.

It is a rare treat to find great minds from such diverse fields together in one venue. Leave it to the Chopras and their extraordinary community of influencers, leaders, and thinkers to bring such a unique discussion to the homes and computer screens of thousands around the world.

As Deepak says, technology is benign. It’s what we do with it that counts. With their new premium YouTube channel, The Chopra Well, Deepak, Mallika, and Gotham are making the most of the technological resources available to them. For many longtime Deepak fans and wellness seekers, YouTube may seem an unlikely forum in which to explore personal transformation and global change. But The Chopra Well defies all concerns in this vein – starting with Monday’s live event.

Witness a rich, hour-long conversation between brilliant thinkers, leaders, and artists. Witness a frank and casual discussion on the challenges of social media and the necessity of personal growth for global transformation. Experience a guided meditation, led by Deepak, and begin to imagine the world you want to live in. And continue doing all this and more as you tune in to The Chopra Well for the latest shows, humor, and thought-provoking wisdom.

It is no secret that one of Deepak’s greatest passions is meditation, which was the inspiration for one of the channel’s first daily shows, The Meditator. Viewers are encouraged to join the meditators as they sit, breath, and visualize their life purposes. Locations change every day to add flair and lightheartedness to a practice that daunts many. To dive deeper into meditation, The Chopra Center offers a 21-Day Meditation Challenge – participation is free, and the rewards are priceless.

You have options. If personal growth and self-care are on your agenda, resources abound. If meditation is on your list, then look no further. Below we have transcribed the meditation Deepak led during Monday’s hangout. Read through the meditation, do it once, do it twice, then sign up for the 21-Day Meditation Challenge and visit The Chopra Well every day for a slice of peace.

Here is Fran Drescher meditating alongside Deepak, Mallika, Lisa Ling, Eric Handler, Eddie Stern, Erica Ford, and a group of New York City teenagers.

Do the meditation yourself!

Guided Meditation by Deepak Chopra

You can keep your eyes open or close them.

Put your awareness in the area of your heart.

Ask yourself one question: What kind of world do I want to live in? See what comes up.

What kind of world do I want to live in?

Ask yourself: How can I make that happen? What is my role in helping create that world?

And now, keeping your awareness in your heart, experience gratitude for all the wonderful things that you have in your life right now that would make you feel grateful.

The experience of gratitude opens us to what can only be called “abundance consciousness,” the source of our own being. The fact that we exist, what a wonderful mystery. What are we going to do with that mystery?

Now for a moment close your eyes. Whisper to your heart: peace, harmony, laughter, love.

Peace… harmony… laughter… love.

Seven Pounds of Alchemy

A story that has deeply moved me already some years ago and every time since I read it since, is the one of the shepherd Santiago who sets out to literally follow his dreams.

I can truly say that I owe Santiago. Or better, I owe the author of his story, Paulo Coelho, who wrote  “The Alchemist”.

When we first met personally a couple of years ago, there was a chemistry or magic between two like-minded men, that is hard to describe but has fueled my energy every day since then; a chemistry that made Paulo change his busy schedule for the day then and there in Hamburg, just to meet longer. A chemistry that is truly magic and I can feel every time I type an email to Paulo, still today.

What happened there and then and I called chemistry, would originally, a couple of hundred years back, have been called “alchemy”, in the sense of an “instinctual attraction or affinity”.

According to that definition is why Santiago, of the story, could be called an alchemist. Throughout his journey, he is learning to trust his instincts and follows his dream, being attracted to his highest good, succeeding over all circumstances and hindrances.

Like Santiago, so did Paulo follow his dream – and so did I and many others. And just recently I learned, that also Will Smith does so… calling “The Alchemist” his favorite book and himself an alchemist: “The Alchemist – that’s me. I am Santiago,” Smith says. “That book so illustrates something that I’ve felt innately my whole life: It’s better to die chasing your dreams than to live a comfortable life that is like a page-a-day inspirational calendar.”

Santiago is the main character in this story, illustrating that one can really have and be everything in life – by following one´s dreams without compromise and persistently. Then, as Paulo puts it, the whole universe conspires to help you get it…

This doesn’t always mean it is going to be easy. For Paulo it meant overcoming severe obstacles, like for example being institutionalized during his youth and being imprisoned by a so-called government in Brazil.

Also for the “Prince of Bel-Air” it took quite some sweat to grow from his humble childhood as the son of a school administrator and a refrigeration engineer into a global superstar.

What their stories have in common, is that they took a conscious decision to dream about a goal and follow that dream no matter what and deal with whatever comes up. Like Santiago in the story.

Other than persistence, what surely helps is a certain degree of flexibility and being able to work with what you have at that very moment. Or, as Will says: “I am so connected to symbolically being able to turn lead into gold. My grandmother used to say, “Life gives you a lemon, you go ahead and make lemonade.”

Like Paulo, who traveled quite a bit early on in his life through South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe, Santiago the shepherd spends several years traveling through Andalusia in southern Spain, enjoying the life of a pilgrim. He had fallen in love with the beautiful daughter of a merchant in a town he is soon to visit again. After only having spent a few hours talking with this girl, he could not forget her anymore. It even made him question his life as a shepherd and consider a more settled life.

Shortly before he arrives in the town where the girl lives, he decides to go to a gypsy fortune-teller to help him decipher a recurring dream that he had been having. He dreamt twice that a child is playing with his sheep and then takes him by the hand and brings him to the Pyramids of Egypt to show him the location of a hidden treasure. Always just before the child is going to reveal to him the exact location of the treasure, Santiago wakes up.

In short, Santiago did not have a clue of what the dream is he was going to pursue, he just had “this feeling” that there is something and was trying to figure it out. Ultimately, he decides to to sell his sheep and start a journey into the unknown with many events, finally reaching the pyramids. The story doesn’t end there and has a lot more details to it – the point I’d like to make is: you don’t need to have an immediate, crystal clear vision of what your dream is, what your purpose is, what your life is going to look like… on the contrary: I believe that you are finally on the right way, when you have this feeling of “going for it no matter what” and no matter the circumstances.

Same like Tim Thomas.

Well, maybe his determination is a bit farther out there than for many of us: Tim is the main character in Will Smith’s movie “Seven Pounds.” He had caused a car accident and seven people died, six strangers and his fiancée – so he decides to make up for it by drastically improving seven other lives. In the end, he gives his life, in the form of literally giving his heart (the organ!) to the woman he loves.

A mad man – of course!

Fiction – agree!

But: he is a person, persistently driven to accomplish his goal and overcomes all resistance and hurdles to accomplish it. You could say, he got to know his dream and lives it – even if in some rather morbid way.

For many (if not most) of us, it takes some form of crisis or catastrophe to realize that we are running into the wrong direction with our life or that we are not leading one at all, being on some weird kind of autopilot without purpose.

An early teacher of mine often even said: “we Humans only learn through catastrophes or deep thinking.”

If these are the alternatives, I’d love to invite all of you to simply close your eyes for half an hour once or twice a day – regularly. Call it meditation, call it getting self-centered – call it as you wish, but do it regularly, get to know yourself (or: “your self”?) and get an idea about this seed of a dream that is inside of you. In other words: become the alchemist!

In this context, you might want to have a look at Max Simon’s new website, especially if “meditation” always had a rather abstract meaning to you; to get a taste of his guided meditation, sign up for his newsletter and download for free: www.getselfcentered.com

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