Deepak Chopra is synonymous with mind-body medicine. He has brought words like mindfulness, yoga and ayurveda into everyday language. He continues to be a prolific writer, over 70 books, researcher and sought-after lecturer. And he lives in my hometown of San Diego.
When the USCD Integrative Medicine engaged him as a speaker, my thoughts of budget flew out the window, and I just had to see him in the flesh. And it was worth the 75.00 entry fee to hear him talk for an hour.
And what does he have to say about the future of medicine? What he’s been saying for over thirty years, but now researchers are listening and working with him and his world-renowned retreat, La Costa.
Want to live a happy and healthy life? The prescription is easy, but not simple to follow. Even Deepak has extra weight in his gut, which secretly makes me feel relatable, as I struggle with my own weight. Irregardless of his own personal success, the success of his wellness community, his books and as Oprah’s pal, gives him room to have a belly. Though I do wonder how someone with every advantage still struggles?
Here’s what we need to do to be happy and healthy. Find a job that we love and one in which we are commended for our efforts. Fail to do this and you will likely be struck down with illness with months. Forgive your enemies and wish them well. You don’t have to see them, unless you live with them, but here again. The consequences of poor relationships directly affects your health. Make sure you eat for your body type, and get a pal to work on this with and you will have improved your chances up to 80%! If you go it alone, you have a 30% chance at success. Here’s the easy part, meditate everyday and exercise. The next life may depend on it, too. But this life is made exponentially better by mindfulness meditation and conscious choices. Superstars also volunteer and give back to the community. It doesn’t count if you are paid for it or it’s relative. You have to do that also, but seva is a form of selfless service.
If you are already making progress in these areas, you are way ahead of the pack of Americans who are obese, stressed out, sleep deprived and lonely. I think the Chopra Center at La Costa will be in business for decades, just with the backlog.
Yes, this slightly sacrastic and bit rude. Mostly, its my own frustration at attempting to live within these principles and find peace among the mass of everyday destruction in the newspapers and the erosion of the principles I was taught as a child. Really, they weren’t so different, just the language and packaging. I am still a recovering Catholic.
I remain devoted to Deepak, his brilliant mind and his tireless advocacy. I hope to get to the Chopra Center, even for a visit!
It’s time for my mirror talk and my yoga practice.