Deepak Chopra, M.D.

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Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P.  is the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, the founder of the Chopra Foundation, and a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, and metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and a clinical professor in the Family Medicine and Public Health Department at the University of California, San Diego.

He is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His recent books include You Are the Universe, co-authored with Menas Kafatos, Ph.D.; and Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. Learn more at www.deepakchopra.com.

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Articles by Deepak Chopra

Joy is a divine quality of our true self, which is inherently lighthearted, playful, and free. The path to joy is a return to wholeness. It's about shifting our perspective from ego to spirit. If you want to cultivate more joy, creativity, and love in your life, here are eight principles that will help you shift your internal reference point from the limitations of the ego-mind to the freedom of spirit.Read More
In Ayurveda the fall season corresponds to two major doshas or mind-body principles: Pitta and Vata. ( Learn more about doshas here. ) Autumn is considered Pitta as long as hot weather prevails, and Vata as it becomes cold. Late fall and winter are known as “Vata season” because they are marked by...Read More
Lack of vital energy is a problem that usually defies conventional allopathic medicine. In most cases, if you go to a doctor complaining of nagging fatigue and flagging enthusiasm for life, you will have a series of blood tests to rule out the diseases that sometimes cause these symptoms. The...Read More
“ When we are firmly established in non-violence, all beings around us cease to feel hostility.” ~Patanjali A few years ago a friend of mine was walking down a street in a big city he was visiting, and on impulse he went into a fancy bakery, enticed by their extravagant window display. As soon as...Read More
Do you love your mind? For many people, the answer is “no” or “not all the time.” They often feel trapped inside their thoughts and emotions, at the mercy of a host of uninvited guests – the fear that roams the mind at will, the dark depression that takes up residence and refuses to leave, the...Read More
We have all experienced loss, heartache, and sorrow. Nobody wants to go through emotional pain, but it is an inevitable human experience. Freeing yourself from this emotional baggage is crucial because dwelling on the past prevents you from participating in the present, which is the only place in which you can experience love, happiness, fulfillment, and miracles. Here are seven steps to help you release the past and return to love.Read More
Most of us do not believe that we live in mythic times, and we look back on such times – when knights sought the Holy Grail and Icarus flew too close to the sun – through a thick haze. Why is myth relevant? Why bother? At best myth flickers in and out of modern life, making it hard to tell whether...Read More
If you want to create a compelling new chapter in your life, the first step is to do away with all of the labels that you habitually use to identify yourself, such as titles, roles, possessions, and external attributes. They become limiting boundaries, and the real you is unbounded. Try these exercises to shift your perspective from identifying with the self-image to seeing your true self.Read More
As we have explored in the first week of the 21-Day Meditation Challenge™―Miraculous Relationships, our essential nature is pure, unbounded spirit. We are born as radiant beings of love, and we are here to be the presence of love in the world. Early in our lives, however, many of us had experiences...Read More
Most of us did not receive formal instructions on how to love. In fact, most people have a fairly undeveloped emotional skill set. By becoming more conscious of the principles and patterns that drive emotional responses, we can learn to recognize and express our feelings in healthier ways, expand our sense of self, communicate with more consciousness, and cultivate stronger relationships. Here's how.Read More
There is a center in the body where love and spirit are joined, and that center is heart. It is your heart that aches or fills with love, that feels compassion and trust . . . that seems empty or overflowing. Within the heart is a subtler center that experiences spirit, but you can’t feel spirit as...Read More
For many years I wrote a column called Ask Deepak, answering questions about personal dilemmas that people sent in from all around the world, including India, China, the United States, Canada, and many countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Yet in a sense, everyone was...Read More
Have you ever felt stuck or suffered from a problem that seems to be recycling through your life? As the physicist Albert Einstein famously said, “No problem can ever be solved at the level of awareness at which it was created.” Find out what Deepak has to say about the three levels of awareness, and how a limited level of awareness might be keeping you from the living the life you want to live.Read More
If you were to ask me what the most important experience of my life has been, I would say it was learning to meditate. Meditation has been the key to my creativity, wellbeing, and happiness. I have enjoyed it in my own life, and it continues to be one of the most powerful healing tools we offer at...Read More
In Ayurveda, sensory impressions are considered crucial to health. Just as the food we eat creates our bodily tissues, our sensory impressions determine the quality of our thoughts and emotions. To achieve optimal physical and emotional well-being, follow these tips to use sounds, feelings, sights, tastes, and smells to balance and heal.Read More
Even though we all have genetic predispositions, our health and aging aren't predetermined. By making conscious choices in our behavior and where we focus our attention, we can transform our experience of our body to decrease our biological age. These seven steps are practical ways to tap into your inner reservoir of unlimited energy, creativity, vitality, and love.Read More
We are the only creatures on the planet who can change our biology through our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. When we fall in love, positive thoughts and emotions course through our body and strengthen our immune system. On the other hand, the dark thoughts and feelings of depression can leave...Read More
One of the keys to harnessing the unlimited power of the mind is to expand your level of self-awareness. When your awareness is contracted, the flow of energy throughout your body-mind is hampered. When you expand your awareness, your energy flows freely. You're more balanced, creative, and are open to new possibilities. At this level, you have all the power you need to create a new reality. Follow these 11 practical principles to help you expand your awareness.Read More
It is not news that depression has become a kind of invisible epidemic, afflicting approximately 121 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization ranks depression as one of the world’s most disabling diseases, and our best estimates from population studies show that approximately twenty...Read More
Old habits are hard to break. Our society has a magic bullet fixation, waiting for the next miracle drug to cure us of every ill. Doctors receive no economic benefit from pushing prevention over drugs and surgery. Rather than feeling gloomy, Let's focus on enabling you, the individual, to take charge of your own wellness.Read More
Perhaps the greatest gift of meditation is the way in which it cleanses the windows of perception, allowing us to experience our natural state of simple and open awareness. When we’re awake to our essential self, we feel happy, light, and at peace. In contrast, unhappiness is a state of...Read More
During each 21-Day Meditation Challenge , we receive questions from participants who are curious about the sensations they experience during meditation, including everything from tingling feelings in the body and sleepiness to the desire to cry or laugh out loud. Although there are a variety of...Read More
Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a...Read More
Dear friend, I hope that this email finds you feeling balanced, centered, healthy – and happy. Here at the Chopra Center we are excited about the launch of our Workplace Wellbeing program, founded on the principle of wholeness. As the world’s great wisdom traditions teach, wholeness is our natural...Read More
In the past forty years, meditation has entered the mainstream of modern Western culture, prescribed by physicians and practiced by everyone from business executives, artists, and scientists to students, teachers, military personnel, and – on a promising note – politicians. Ohio Congressman Tim...Read More
It is with deep sorrow that I share with all of you the news of Debbie Ford’s passing. Debbie and her sister, Arielle, have been a part of my family for over twenty years. We have shared together much of our growth – our joys and our sorrows. Needless to say, Debbie will live on as part of us for...Read More
Our work is an act of worship; and that's why both of my main headquarters embody the principles of healing. As a child my parents emphasized a few very important principles regarding work. They are summarized in the following aphorisms: Your work is an act of worship. Pursue the goddess of wisdom...Read More
Commitment is the ultimate assertion of human freedom. It releases all the energy you possess and enables you to take quantum leaps in creativity. When you set a one-pointed intention and absolutely refuse to allow obstacles to dissipate the focused quality of your attention, you engage the...Read More
We are all born as infinitely creative beings. As children, we freely used our rich imaginations to create entire worlds, whether we were building sand castles at the beach, playing “house” with a collection of dolls, or pretending to be our favorite superhero. As we become adults, many of us...Read More
In a world plagued by food shortage that are reaching crisis level, carbohydrates are the easiest salvation and yet the greatest temptation to abuse. Ironically, the same is true in prosperous countries but for opposite reasons. Where food is desperately needed, vast portions of the ecosystem are...Read More
What are your deepest dreams and desires? What do you really, really want? The fulfillment of all of our dreams begins with intention and desire.Read More
When people hear the word yoga, they usually think of the physical postures or asanas, which offer so many profound benefits for our body’s flexibility, strength, and balance. Even if yoga only enhanced physical fitness , the time spent in practice would be fully justified, yet yoga offers much...Read More
The highest aim of any spiritual path is surrender. Although you may associate the word surrender with defeat or weakness, it is the most powerful spiritual action, offering you infinite freedom and possibilities. Surrender is trusting that God , the Universe , or a higher intelligence can...Read More
In an earlier age the poets and sages knew that falling in love is an experience of the Divine . When two people become enraptured with each other, they feel ecstasy and the delight of a timeless state of being. Any sense of isolation, pain or anxiety dissolves into the bliss. The Sufi poet Rumi...Read More
Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. Here are five steps for harnessing the power of intention to create anything you desire.Read More
Life is a story we weave together from the thoughts, feelings, and emotions we experience each moment. Yet we live the majority of our life in the memories of our past and the expectations of the future. Meditation is one tool to help us live in the purity of the present and discover our true selves.Read More
Question: I came across an article that you wrote about meditation in which you said that to to be content in life spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally, you should ask yourself three questions everyday before you meditation and wait for the answer: “Who am I?” “What do I want?” and “...Read More
Question: I learned a mantra-based meditation practice more than thirty years ago. Meditation has been wonderful for me until several years ago. For some reason it does not work anymore, there is no joy and nothing happens and when I try to meditate my mind just does not want to meditate. What has...Read More
Question: I’m relatively new to meditation and am still finding my feet. I deeply want to discover my true spiritual self, yet I have so many material desires that I want fulfilled as soon as possible. I’m looking for miracles that I trust will happen. My concern is that I don’t want to lose the...Read More
Question: How can meditation help me with releasing emotions? Deepak responds: The practice of meditation is a powerful ally when it comes to relieving emotional distress such as anxiety, depression, and anger. As many scientific studies reveal, when you meditate, breathing slows, blood pressure...Read More
Dear Deepak, Lately, out of my insecurities, I have been toying with the idea of doing plastic surgery for my nose. Yet at the same time, I am aware that I want to develop my spiritual life (I have been practicing yoga for 11 years and I’ve been teaching it for the past three years) in more depth...Read More
In a world plagued by food shortage that are reaching crisis level, carbohydrates are the easiest salvation and yet the greatest temptation to abuse. Ironically, the same is true in prosperous countries but for opposite reasons. Where food is desperately needed, vast portions of the ecosystem are...Read More
At one time or another the misery of lower back pain is felt by everyone, which is no surprise. Our upright spine is as unique to being human as having an opposable thumb. But where anyone can see that using our hands involves every aspect of life, we don’t say the same about our backs. But it’s...Read More
Asthma is one of the most common diseases in the world, with as many as 300 million sufferers. We’ve all seen what an asthma attack looks like, the typical symptoms being shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. Because natural breathing is something most of us take for...Read More
The whole issue of fat in the diet should be simple, as it once was. Doctors followed the dictum of “fat puts on fat,” assigning blame for overweight on a fatty diet. Of the three major sources of calories – fats, proteins, and carbohydrates – the one with the most calories per gram (8) is fat. It...Read More
A basic outline for prevention has existed for more than thirty years, but wellness has had a hard time making real headway. Old habits are hard to break. Our society has a magic bullet fixation, waiting for the next miracle drug to cure us of every ill. Doctors receive no economic benefit from...Read More
Modern life has been hard on sleep. Millions of people resort to sleep aids, either over the counter or by prescription, in an effort to pass the night without insomnia or disrupted sleep. But as common as it is for us to complain when we didn’t get a good night’s sleep, there’s a very common...Read More
Type 2 diabetes has become an increasing problem in modern America. Because it is chiefly linked to obesity, as more people become overweight, and as the age of gaining weight reaches down into childhood, a largely preventable disease turns into an epidemic. The litany about such lifestyle...Read More
The term “lifestyle disorder” had to be invented to describe hypertension. Almost no aspect of daily life – diet, sleep, exercise, work, and stress – can be implicated. Your blood pressure responds to these things quite sensitively. This implies an optimistic attitude, because for many sufferers, a...Read More

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