April 26, 2021
Below is a lesson from Deepak Chopra, MD on how to live a conscious lifestyle, as well as our key learnings.
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The Path to a Conscious Lifestyle
By Deepak Chopra™ MD
Becoming more conscious will make you more successful in every area of life. that’s the theme I proposed in the first post of this series. This is an area that is vastly neglected by most people. They approach life on a day-to-day basis doing three things: 1. Following a set routine 2. Coping with challenges as they come up and 3. fulfilling short-term desire.
These three things fill everyone’s day is roughly the order listed. Routine dominates. Even the thoughts we have today are generally the same thoughts we had yesterday. Next come the everyday obligations and duties of life, punctuated by challenges, big or small. Last comes desire, which usually means eating when you’re hungry, looking for a little bonding with someone else, whether as love, companionship, or sex, and distracting yourself in order to wind down.
If your day follows this profile, there’s nothing bad going on (one hopes), but not much consciousness is involved. The hidden potential that doesn’t get expressed likes in only one place: your awareness. As you open your awareness, life opens its possibilities at the same time. Routine is replaced by new input into the brain. There is less need for distraction. When the fulfillment of desire comes, it sinks deeper and gives you more satisfaction.
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- Most people approach life on a day-to-day basis doing three things, which is nothing bad but there isn’t much consciousness involved. The three things are:
- Following a set routine
- Coping with challenges as they come up
- Fulfilling short-term desire
- The hidden potential that doesn’t get expressed lives in your awareness — as you open your awareness, life opens up possibilities: routine is replaced by new input into the brain, there’s less need for distraction, when the fulfillment of desire comes, it sinks deeper and gives you more satisfaction.
- Consider these three things carefully, because that is how you bring awareness to a situation that is on autopilot.
- My routine – write down the most boring, unsatisfying, and mechanical parts of your daily routine. Think of three specific ways to improve those areas. Key is inertia.
- My coping skills – how do you deal with every day challenges? Examples of bad coping mechanisms: denial, avoidance, procrastination, blaming others. Good coping skills examples: take responsibility, listening to others, asking for help, consulting wise advice, being objective, controlling emotional impulses, making a sound plan to follow. Look at where you are weak in this areas and write down alternatives to your present coping pattern.
- My desires – write down what you want to achieve for yourself as a person (not a goal in your career). The key is to tune into your core self. Write down the qualities of the core self that you want to tune into and make these your priority from today onward.