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conversation now through the ecosystem, which is our collective brain which is also the internet and
media, hopefully we can bring more awareness."
BALANCE also suggests there is evidence that says by us all doing our bit, we can have a positive
impact. And Deepak agrees. "Yes, but we have to not only have the creativity which we have. Human
beings have the creativity to repair the ecosystem to not only slow down climate change, but reverse it.
But we need more than just creativity; we need the collective will and desire and compassion for a more
peaceful, healthier and joyful world. If we do that and engage through media, the internet, education
and entertainment, then we can tell another story. Ultimately, the world is our collective story."

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One of Deepak's biggest successes has been taking meditation to the masses. Indeed, his audio series
with Oprah Winfrey has reached an audience of a remarkable seven million. BALANCE asks the author
about its importance, and he segues into his own "Six Pillars Of Wellbeing" which, as a long-time fan, is a
treat. "As we explore the future of wellbeing, it becomes obvious that there are certain things that assure
a longer, better quality of life. These include sleep, managing stress, exercising, breathing techniques,
emotional wellbeing, nutrition and grounding/earthing." Yup - that's the big six. "Of these equally
important modalities, stress seems to dominate because it's the No1 epidemic of our time.
"Many people only think of meditation when they get sick, if someone in the family is diagnosed
with a disease, or they're getting older and facing infirmity: then they think about it. If they'd started at a
younger age and made it part of the ritual, like brushing your teeth, or taking a walk, or having breakfast,
they would really benefit their quality of life. In fact, the people who say they don't have time to meditate
are the ones who are most in need of it. Sooner or later, they will pay a price either in physical or
emotional health, or jobs and work performance.
"There are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of studies that show the benefits of meditation,
not only biologically, but emotionally and also in social wellbeing and the quality of life. Not only for
prevention of chronic disease, but one of the most important things that you can do to manage stress and
enhance your capacity for insight, intuition, creativity, vision and performance."
As a British title, we ask Deepak for guidance on Brexit. Is meditation the answer? "Everybody needs
to ask themselves: is the future of the world being in isolation, or is it becoming obvious that everything
in the world is interdependent, including economy? Just look at the tiff the US and China are having on
their trade wars; it's affecting the whole world, including all the stock markets.
"Unless we recognise the interdependence of human beings as we move into the future, we are
actually regressing and going back to a fear-based way of the world and meditation helps us go beyond
the fear."
So, is Deepak an optimist? Can we really all turn this ship around? "I'm a realist," he retorts. "You have
to look at the dark side of humanity and realise that you cannot fight darkness with darkness.
"But if you can share the light of empathy, compassion, joy, love, peace, creativity, insight, intuition
and imagination, then it's not too late to reverse what we have done." B

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Visit summit.healthoptimisation.com for more info

COVER
DEELIGHTFUL

CONNECT
WITH
DEEPAK
Want more Chopra?
You're in luck...
Perhaps unsurprisingly for
someone who passionately
believes in the importance
of connectivity, there are
myriad ways to get more
Deepak Chopra...
1 Text him (yes, really) on
+917.444.5838. OK, it's
not one if you're in a pub
quiz and are desperate
to know who played Cliff
Barnes in Dallas, but more
for seeking answers to
life's bigger questions. (Oh,
and it was Ken Kercheval)
2 He's at Sages & Scientists
(sagesandscientists.org)
in Bentonville, Arkansas
from 14-17 November.
The three-day conference
covers the future of
wellbeing, humanity
and the universe, with
scientists, thinkers and
humanitarians sharing
their wisdom
3 Via two terrific podcasts:
Infinite Potential (Deepak
chats with people from
wellbeing and beyond),
and Daily Breath (our
host reminds us to
pause for 5-10 minutes)

WE HAVE TO REALISE
WE CANNOT
FIGHT DARKNESS
WITH DARKNESS
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