Doctor Oz had Deepak Chopra, author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You, on his show to teach us about the power of the mind. Deepak Chopra was called by Time Magazine, the Poet-Prophet of Alternative Medicine. Deepak was born in India in 1942 and got a medical degree in India. He then came to America to further his medical studies, and in the 1980’s he discovered that his true passion was alternative medicine. Chopra has sat on panels at the National Institute of Health and has been empowering humans all over the world.
Deepak Chopra said that when you feel happy, it is not just an internal state of euphoria- serotonin, oxytocin, opiates and other chemicals are released inside of your body which increase your self esteem and confidence. One of the biggest misunderstandings is that if you think happy thoughts, you will be better. If you give that advice to someone with “karmic baggage” (as Chopra put it), then they will just get stressed out. First, a person has to get rid of emotional toxins and then you should introduce positivity.
Deepak Chopra said that people want instant gratification. For example, if you are about to eat a piece of cake and you know it could result in diabetes or a heart attack in 20 years, you will likely eat the dessert. So you have to ask yourself how do I want to feel tonight? How do I want to feel in an hour? Meditations is the number one secret to allow your mind to get in touch with your consciousness.
Deepak Chopra gave a quick primer on how to start meditating:
Deepak Chopra’s Primer to Start Meditation:
1. Sit comfortably with your feet on the ground.
2. Put your hands on your lap with your palms facing up towards the ceiling.
3. Close your eyes and watch your breathes. Feel your body. Have no expectations.
Deepak Chopra gave a few videos to Dr. Oz to help everyone learn to meditate too!
Chopra started to teach his kids to meditate when they were 5 years old by having them it in silence for 5 minutes. At 6 years old, they had 6 minutes of silence a day, and so on. By the time they were 10 or 12 years old, they really wanted to learn about meditation.
Someone from Doctor Oz’s audience asked Deepak Chopra what she can do about her sleep issues. When she closes her eyes at night, her head is just going a million miles a second, so she doesn’t even feel like she is sleeping. Chopra said that when your eyes are closed, even if your mind is going fast, you still reach metabolic rates of almost sleeping. Do not worry about the sleeping issues, or it will make it even harder to fall asleep. The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to fill your day with very interesting activities and be full of exercise and movement, then you will sleep well at night.
On a completely separate note, Deepak Chopra had the coolest glasses I have seen in a long time! His glasses were a dark, midnight blue that sparkled, did anyone else pick up on them? I wonder who makes them!