Deepak Chopra Notes from Super Soul Sunday

Problems and Solutions:
+ Problem means you are living in a contracted state of being (i.e. fear)
+ Solutions mean you living in a connected state of being

+ Recognizing that you are a spiritual being having a human experience –> that is the beginning of spirituality

+ We are the observer behind the thoughts, not our thoughts
+ Most of the time people are not consciously observing or thinking our thoughts. Our thoughts mainly come from our previous experiences (karma), which creates our future thoughts and creates more karma

+ The highest form of intelligence is being ability to observe yourself without judging yourself.

+ Body and mind is a projection of your soul

How do you control thoughts?
+ STOP = Stop, Take Three Deep Breaths (and smile everywhere in your body), Observe What is Happening and Proceed Now with Kindness and Compassion
+ Just say “next” if you don’t like a thought
+ Take a deep breath, since one cannot think and take a breath at the same time

+ For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
+ Ultimate affirmation of free will: the actions of the past, create the present circumstances
+ The worst thing you can say about another contains a truth about yourself
+ The more positive energy you put out there, the more you receive, the more you can put out there
+ Prison of Karma: Conditioning of the past that rules of the life.

+ What you say about others is a reflection of what you think about yourself
+ Everybody does the best they can at whatever stage of life they are in
+ When judge others, you are judging yourself
+ You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You don’t have a body, you are wearing a body.

How do you maintain positive attitude?
+ I learn from the past, I rejoice in the present, and I re-imagine the future.
+ I use memories but I will not allow memories to use me.

Be Present
+ The best way to prepare for the future is to be present now
+ Become the director, producer and hero of your own life

What are some important questions?
+ Who am I?
+ What do I want?
+ What is my purpose?
+ What are my unique strengths?
+ What do I expect in meaningful relationship?
+ When you can answer who am I and what I want without saying what you do, then you are on a spiritual path

How do you lead a more spiritual life?
+ If you want to be happy, make someone else happy.
+ If you want to find the right person, then become the right person.
+ If you want to see the change in the world, then be the change.

Where you are is the point of arrival. In the West, there is always a point of arrival in the future and because of this you are never in the present.

Source: Oprah Interview with Deepak Chopra