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Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra Author. Lecturer. Wellness Authority.

Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, a best-selling author, and the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. [www.chopra.com]

PostCHOPRA

1. Change doesn’t start on the surface. It’s generated from consciousness. If both Buddhism and Christianity could begin with one person, let’s not think in terms of numbers and odds. Our strength comes from critical mass.

2. We aren’t here to make the world evolve. We’re here to evolve as individuals and then to spread that influence. We don’t have to struggle to grow.

3. Societies get into the grip of their own self-created story. We can choose not to participate in that story. Let’s not try to change anyone’s story. Let’s only notice and observe ourselves when we buy into it and then back away from participating in it.

4. Let’s not demand of ourselves that we alone must be the agent of change. In a fire brigade, everyone passes along a bucket, but only the last person puts out the fire. None of us know where we stand in line. Let’s direct our thoughts, words, and actions to peace. Let the results be what they will be.

5. Let’s realize that engagement and detachment aren’t opposite. The more engaged we become, the more detached we will have to be. Otherwise, we’ll lose ourselves in conflict, obsessiveness, anxiety over the future, and feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Our joyous moments will come from riding the wave, not asking to get off at the next station.

6. Since most misery is born of failed expectations, let’s learn to minimize expectations so that we’ll feel far less guilt and disappointment.

7. We aren’t here to be good or perfect. We’re here as antennas for signals from the future. We’re here to be midwives to something that wants to be born. As one wise teacher said, “You aren’t here to be as good as possible. You are here to be as real as possible.”

8. I know this sounds difficult, but let us try to be tolerant of intolerance. If we do the opposite – show a hard heart against those with hard hearts of their own – all we’ve done is expand the problem. Everyone’s doing the best they can from their own level of consciousness. All we can realistically do is seek openings for higher awareness.

9. Let’s resist the lure of dualities. These include us versus them, civilized versus barbarians, good versus evil. In reality, we’re all in the same boat of human conflict and confusion. Sometimes it helps to admit that the doctor is not far from being a patient.

10. Let’s create an atmosphere of peace around ourselves. Simplistic as it may sound, the male principle of aggression can only be healed by the feminine principle of nurturing and love.

– Deepak Chopra

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