Great Books of the World – Part 15

“Every action generates a force of energy
that returns to us in like kind…..
What we sow is what we reap.
And when we choose actions that bring
happiness and success to others.
The fruit of karma is happiness and success.”

Deepak Chopra

The writer whose work I am covering today is a well-known Indian-American doctor who is devoted to promoting alternative medicine, and has been involved in the Transcendental Meditation movement for several years now, after meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1985. During my research, it became clear that all the writers about whose teaching I already have written, have a different way of presenting their views but a very similar spiritual understanding of what will provide a successful and happy life. There is a universal truth in what is the unquestionable set of moral principles.

Today’s author is Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Dr. DEEPAK  CHOPRA

Born 22 October 1946 in New Delhi. His father, Krishan Lal Chopra, was a prominent cardiologist in New Delhi’s Moolchand Khairati Ram Hospital.

Moolchand Hospital, New Delhi

As a child, Deepak attended St. Columba’s School, a highly acclaimed Christian Brothers institution. Amongst the best schools in the country, it is widely known because of its prime location in the very heart of Lutyen’s Delhi, because of its long list of distinguished alumni, because of its dedicated staff, its exuberant present students and its leadership in education.

St. Columba’s School, New Delhi

His further studies were at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

After graduation, he spent his first few years in rural India. Chopra’s interest in the workings of the human brain compelled him to study endocrinology, particularly neuroendocrinology, in order to find a biological basis for the influence of thoughts and emotions.

The Indian government had banned its doctors from sitting the exams needed to practise in the USA and for that reason Chopra had to travel to Sri Lanka to take them. After he passed the exams and having got married, he moved to the USA and started working at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, New Jersey. This was the place where doctors from overseas were recruited to replace those serving in Vietnam.

Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey

Shortly after meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, he left the official post and established the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center for Stress Management in Lancaster, Massachusetts, shown below:

Chopra’s beliefs attracted a huge following and he was interviewed on many shows, including Oprah Winfrey’s, Larry King, and Good Morning America.

Deepak Chopra (left) and Larry King (centre), the famous American television and radio host, and Sanjay Gupta (right)

Chopra’s teachings are controversial and criticised by the medical profession for joining Ayurveda with quantum mechanics. He believes that an individual can attain “perfect health and live free from disease and can avoid aging.” The human body is “undergirded by a quantum mechanical body compass, not of matter but of energy and information,” that is why according to Chopra, “human aging is fluid and can be changeable, could be even reversed or stopped.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and further down below with The Beatles

To put these beliefs into practice, Chopra set up his own Center for Wellbeing in California, shown below:

It is understandable why so many people find his teaching seductive, as most people dread old age and would pay anything to stop it, preferably forever.  There are many cases in history that tell of the powerful and rich employing alchemists, lately even scientists, to discover the secret of staying forever alive and healthy. So far to no avail. While we cannot live forever, there are things that everyone can incorporate into their daily life, and this is the topic of Dr. Chopra’s bestseller book, “The Healing Self,” written with Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. The two bestselling doctors write about the supreme importance of protecting our immunity in order to ensure lifelong health. They also provide compelling evidence that ultimately, we are responsible for our own health, and not the doctors or pharmaceutical industry, on which many of us rely. The book covers many aspects of achieving a healthy, satisfying, and happy life, and is one of the best that I have read. Highly recommended.

Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi

I will concentrate here on both of Chopra’s teachings – health, and more accessible and easier to practise spiritual rules to obtain fulfillment and success through spirituals laws of nature.  Deepak Chopra, M.D. is one of the world’s bestselling authors, and his 85 books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, and were translated into over 43 languages. He has appeared on many major American shows and was the subject cover story in Time magazine, where he was described as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” His book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” is a No.1 New York Times Bestseller.

In his bestselling book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Chopra explains in 7 chapters what the rules are:

The Law of Pure Potentiality

The Law of Giving

The Law of “Karma” or Cause and Effect

The Law of Least Effort

The Law of Intention and Desire

The Law of Detachment

The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life

 

To illustrate Chopra’s way of explaining his rules, I will give a few extracts here:

“You can use the ‘The Law of Karma’ to create money and affluence, and the flow of all good things to you, any time you want. But first, you must become consciously aware that your future is generated by the choices you are making in every moment of your life. If you do this on a regular basis, then you are making full use of the Law of Karma. The more you bring your choices into the level of your conscious awareness, the more you will make those choices which are spontaneously correct – both for you and those around you.”

“I will put the Law of Karma into effect by making a commitment
to take the following steps:

1) Today I will witness the choices I make in each moment.
And in the mere witnessing of these choices, I will bring
them to my conscious awareness. I will know that the best
way to prepare for any moment in the future is to be fully
conscious in the present.

 

2) Whenever I make a choice, I will ask myself two questions:
‘What are the consequences of this choice that I’m making?’
and ‘Will this choice bring fulfillment and happiness to me
and also to those who are affected by this choice?’

 

3) I will then ask my heart for guidance and be guided by its message of
comfort or discomfort. If the choice feels comfortable, I will plunge
ahead with abandon. If the choice feels uncomfortable, I will pause
and see the consequences of my action with my inner vision.
This guidance will enable me to make spontaneously correct choices
for myself and for those around me.”

From the Law of Intention and Desire:

“On the material level, both you and the tree are made up of the same recycled elements: mostly carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements in minute amounts. You could buy these elements in a hardware store for a couple of dollars. The difference. therefore, between you and the tree is not the carbon, or the hydrogen, or the oxygen. In fact, you and the tree are constantly exchanging your carbon and oxygen with each other. The real difference between the two of you is in the energy and in the information.

In the scheme of nature, you and I are a privileged species. We have a nervous system that is capable of becoming aware of the energy and informational content of that localised field that gives rise to our physical body. We experience this field subjectively as our own thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, memories, instincts, drives, and beliefs. The same field is experienced objectively as the physical body  – and through the physical body, we experience this field as the world. But it’s all the same stuff. Your body is not separate from the body of the universe, because at quantum mechanical levels there are no well-defined edges. You are like a wiggle, a wave, a fluctuation, a convulsion, a whirlpool, a localized disturbance in the larger quantum field. The larger quantum field – the universe – i.e. your extended body.

From The Law of “Dharma” or Purpose in Life:

“Everyone has a purpose in life, a unique gift or special talent to give to others. Dharma is a Sanskrit word that means “purpose in life”. The Law of Dharma says that we have taken manifestation in physical form to fulfill a purpose. The field of pure potentiality is divinity in its essence, and the divine takes human form to fulfill a purpose. According to this law, you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world – and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence.”

“The third component of the Law of Dharma is service to humanity  –  to serve your fellow human being and ask yourself the questions, “How can I help? How can I help all those that I come into contact with?” When you combine the ability to express your unique talent with service to humanity, then you make full use of the Law of Dharma. That is the real way abundance is achieved, not by asking the question, “What’s in it for me ?”  Discover your divinity, find your unique talent, serve humanity with it, and you can generate all the wealth that you want. When your creative expressions match the needs of your fellow humans, then wealth will spontaneously flow from the unmanifest into the manifest, from the realm of the spirit to the world of form. You will begin to experience your life as a miraculous expression of divinity- not just occasionally, but all the time. And you will know true joy and the true meaning of success – the ecstasy and exultation of your own spirit.”

There is quite a large part of Chopra’s writing dedicated to yoga and meditation. He explained the remarkable benefits of yoga, which include improved flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance, and vitality, only hinting at the extraordinary power of this deeply spiritual practice. When adhered to and practised mindfully, yoga can unlock your full creative potential, your capacity for love and compassion, and your ability to find success in all areas of life. Yoga provides you with breathing exercises, meditation techniques, mantras, and much more enlightenment. This applies only to those who are spiritually connected with yoga. Others, especially in the Western world, who practise yoga for a health benefit or because it is a trendy thing to do, will not experience anything close to Chopra’s prediction of enlightenment. An example would be the celebrity actress Gwyneth Paltrow selling her Goop heated gemstone-embedded yoga mat for £700.

Extract from Dr. Chopra’s book “The Healing Self”:

“The total immunity is the measure of holistic health.

Benefits of the Healing Self

• It is non-invasive and involves no reliance on external therapies.

• It maintains natural balance and boosts your immune system
through lifestyle choices.

• Lifestyle choices can prevent many forms of cancer and hold promise for
preventing Alzheimer’s disease and even reversing symptoms of dementia.

• Successful aging will consist of a long healthspan as well as a long lifespan.

• Drug dependency is staved off because healing occurs before the stage of symptoms begins. The vast majority of drugs are prescribed late in the disease process, a stage you don’t have to reach if you act early enough.

• This is true for almost every lifestyle disorder, including heart disease, and other disorders that create the strongest need for drug treatment.

All living things need to repel outside threats to their DNA. Modern medicine recognises two types of immunity, passive and active. As the term implies, passive immunity is beyond our control, being genetically based. The other kind of immunity, active immunity, fights disease organisms (pathogens) directly in the front lines. All living creatures above a certain level have innate, or inborn, immune defenses, including plants, fungi, and multicelled animals. The innate immune system is very general. It can detect that a pathogen is invading the host and then release chemicals to fight back. But active immunity in higher animals, including humans, has evolved far beyond this stage. We have specific immune cells (for example, T-cells and B-cells) that have evolved to a nearly miraculous capacity for responding to invaders.

An extract on diet:

“Foods That Fight Inflammation

Fatty cold-water fish ( such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring)

Berries

Harvesting cranberries

Tree nuts ( such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, but not peanuts and groundnut)

Seeds

Whole grains

Dark leafy greens

Soy (including soy milk and tofu)

Tempeh

Mycoprotein (from mushrooms and other fungi)

Low-fat dairy products

Peppers (bell peppers and various chillies)

Tomatoes

Beetroots

Tart cherries

Ginger and turmeric

Garlic

Olive oil

On Harvard Medical School’s recommendation, also:

Cocoa and dark chocolate

The healthy way to indulge!

Basil and many other herbs

Black pepper

other additions:

Cruciferous vegetables ( cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower)

Avocados

Carrots

Cucumbers,

Turnips

Zucchini

Leaving aside their anti-inflammatory effects, these are all healthy whole foods, and making them a mainstay of your diet can only be beneficial.

The last extract is interesting to those who love coffee:

The coffee connection

“Many studies have validated the health benefits of drinking coffee, and quite often the mechanism is unknown. A 2015 study of more than 200,000 subjects whose health was assessed for thirty years found a 15 percent lower risk of mortality among those who drank 1 to 5 cups of coffee a day. We’ve used this as our guide, but drinking at the higher end (four or more a day) seems to increase the benefits. There are improvements in the risk for type 2 diabetes (perhaps connected with coffee’s ability to lower blood sugar), heart attacks, and strokes (probably linked to an anti-inflammatory effect), liver cancer (cause unknown), suicide (cause unknown), and disorders as diverse as gallstones and Parkinson’s.

Because the most probable link with living longer is reduced inflammation, we’ve chosen this as the best reason to drink coffee. For longevity, it doesn’t seem to matter whether the coffee is caffeinated or decaffeinated. Since coffee drinkers are more likely to smoke, it is important to note that increased longevity applied after removing smoking from the equation. Also, tea and especially green tea are claimed to have broad health benefits, most likely due to an anti-inflammatory connection, but research is less extensive and conclusive than for coffee. Rather than jump on coffee as a magic elixir, you should add it to the list of beneficial foods while keeping the broader picture in mind.”

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102 thoughts on “Great Books of the World – Part 15

  1. Deepak Chopra is AWESOME!! He’s also written this amazing book called Metahuman. I think you’ll like A Crown of Thorns by Kalpish Ratna as well.
    Great post, Joanna!

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  2. Thank you very much. It is a difficult choice when there are over 80 books to choose from. I like the Health Bible.

    Joanna

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  3. My Dharma is working for good and the people’s welfare. My karma lies in other’s happiness. So, I don’t know the magic. I want to live my life in it’s best, I want to be a part of someone’s journey. People have forgotten living their life, I encourage them.

    Each book of Dr Chopra and his spiritual movement has a great significance. He succeeded to sell millions of copies of his 85 books in 43 languages. I am proud of his work.

    And the way you presented his work is systematic, comprehensive, interesting and useful. Those who have an interest in spirituality will get a broader understanding and more benefits. Thank you for the post, Joanna. You are achieving the milestones every time.

    Take care. I will wait for your next post(yes, I’m reading your previous posts ). 🤗

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  4. Thank you again.

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  5. Thank you, Loku, for your generous comments. I think, that reading so far the spiritual teachings of three gurus, I found this something special that makes them so influential and readable and this something is the reason why they are all very wealthy. Next week I am writing about the one, you have asked me to cover.

    Joanna

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  6. Thank you, much appreciated.

    Joanna

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  7. Another beautifully researched and presented post Joanna.

    When I was working on my self development a couple of decades back I was greatly influenced by his work. Then for a while I was disappointed when I found out that his Seven Spiritual Laws of Success was based on mere one lesson of my guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. But later I got reconciled to the fact that each of us have a different and unique way of presenting the same truth. And if it helps others it is worth the effort.

    Stay blessed. Stay loved

    Ashok

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  8. Thank you, Ashok, for your, as always, very kind comment. We are in agreement on the point you made, as I came to the same conclusion after reading the leaders of the three posts, but also after reading or listening to motivational speakers, and that is only one true set of moral values but presented by each of them in a uniquely individual way.
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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  9. Thank you again, much appreciated.
    I found your book “4 Pillars of Abundant Life” very interesting, but what is exceptionally remarkable is how much help, financial or otherwise, you have given to others, judging by all the testimonials. You are a role model to follow.

    Joanna

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  10. I think you will particularly like my next post.

    Joanna

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  11. My pleasure entirely Joanna. So true 😊

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  12. You are so kind Joanna.

    I believe the whole purpose of life is – Service 👏

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  13. Shall look forward to it 😊

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  14. Wow I have never seen a picture of cranberry being farmed and how they fit in with the topic. I also have a question how long does it take you to write a blog because it seems you put loads of effort into it.

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  15. Thank you, Ben, I take it that you have found parts of the post’s fascinating. The cranberries are washed this way, then the water is drained. It looks unusual, and it is! As I publish every Saturday, with your mathematical ability you can deduct that it can take from 3 to 4days, depending on how many books I have to read. But don’t forget that reading books and writing is my profession.

    Thank you, Ben, for your kind comment.

    Joanna

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  16. Thank you, greatly appreciated.

    Joanna

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  17. Thank you, Joanna, for highlighting another wonderful person! An uplifting post! Even I have read a couple of his books; I might have to re-read the book of Seven Spiritual Steps! Thank you, Joanna 💝

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  18. Wow! Great! My favourite writer, Dr Deepak Chopra. I immensely liked this post as you have beautifully brought out the concepts of Karma, Dharma, Intention and Desire.

    Dr Chopra is not only a prolific author, but also a thought leader and management guru. I had read his book, ‘Ageless Body, Timeless Mind’ long back.

    There are lots of things about him. Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, who had introduced Transcendental Meditation to achieve a sense of peace and calm, had definite imprint on Dr Chopra’s thought process. I had seen his videos on self healing meditation, mindfulness meditation, anxiety meditation etc.

    Whether it is Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, or his other books, his views appear to be irrefutable, as he combines his thoughts with the scientific facts.

    As regards aging, I had seen his video stating that aging is a mistake, a misconception. He was of the view that people die of diseases, not of old age. If toxins are removed from the body and stress is managed through meditation, with proper food and lifestyle, the biological metre of aging can be reversed. The interesting part of his statement was that aging is not universal. Micro-organisms like protozoa and hydra have a mechanism to respond to biological clock. Incidentally, a research is probably going on in Horward as to whether it is possible to revert some cells to ‘youth’ by resetting the epigenome.

    Finally I had read about his lessons on management, e.g. time management, stress management etc. His tips for business success were quite popular as management lessons.

    In all, it is an excellent post with plethora of aspects of well-being. And yes, it will also make me a fan of coffee.
    Thank you!

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  19. Dear KK, thank you for such wonderful, illuminating comments. I agree with his mantra, mine too, that prevention is better than cure. Eating masses of vegetables and fruit, garlic, no processed food or meat must help people to live longer and in good health. I am not sure why is this so difficult to adopt? I specially put all the pictures of veg and nuts to seduce the reader’s senses and, perhaps even convert one or two….
    Thank you and greatly appreciated..

    Joanna

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  20. If there is one niggling discord, it is a regret that ALL the gurus, those and others, leave India and go for the wealth and luxury of the USA.
    Poor India.

    Joanna

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  21. Thank you, Ashley, very kind. I think the Health Bible is the most comprehensive. What he calls Dharma, I call the Life well Spent, the meaning is the same: highly moral and in service to others.
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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  22. Great article on Deepak. He is such an amazing person and so many great books. I have not read them for a while but I am definitely going to pick them up again. Starting with The Healing Self … thank you!!

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  23. You are welcome, Joanna! Your post may encourage readers to follow a discipline in food habits. Appreciable indeed!

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  24. I differ here. India is not poor, if we are exporting our people to man and head big corporates across the globe. They don’t discard Indian ways and traditions in new abodes. Recently, Kamala Harris also started her first day in office with chanting of Mantras of Hindu Dharma.

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  25. Thank you for your kind comments. I like The Healing Self book as it is in many parts based on science.

    Joanna

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  26. This is an awe-inspiring post. I don’t know how you get time to do such an extensive research and present an impeccable article. It just shows your passion to read, analyze and write. God bless you.

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  27. Thank you, Ramya, your appreciation means so much as you are talented and wise in equal measures. And you are right, I write with a passion as not to do so would be an insult to the readers.
    God bless you.

    Joanna

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  28. Thank you again, Ramya, next week will be a real challenge as I have to read 9 volumes of works and a biography of an author who is the most revered in India. Wish me luck!

    Joanna

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  29. And correction here, KK, India isn’t exporting these people, they leave.!
    My apology, for disagreeing so passionately, while I am not even Indian myself, but I wrote so much about India, loved Tagore from my childhood, that I would wish the very best for your special country.

    Joanna

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  30. I got it, Joanna. No issue at all. There is nothing like mine or yours. We are in a global village and must appreciate good work of people irrespective of caste, religion, gender or nationality. I respect your concerns as well as love for India from the bottom of my heart. You are a gem of a person. Thanks and regards!!

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  31. Dear KK, thank you for being such an understanding person! I was almost having palpitations thinking that I might have upset you!

    Joanna

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  32. Not at all, Joanna, we are now good friends. Nothing should upset either of us. Best wishes!

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  33. You are welcome!

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  34. Lovely post on a lovely man, Joanna. His teaching are foundational to my belief system, having read his books and seen him speak a few times over the decades. I also took a yoga class at the beautiful Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. I have put The Healing Self on my must-read list, thank you. As for the “haters,” I don’t believe there’s a one-size-fits-all for anyone or anything; we experience, take what we need from it, and let go of the rest. I still think about some of the things he’s said and written, and cannot yet see how they apply. But, other parts of his vast knowledge has definitely enriched my life. Thank you for sharing his background, which I knew little about. I appreciate all the love you pour into each of your posts. It is truly inspiring. By the way, are these food photos from his book or did you shoot them?? 🌞

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  35. Excellent! I like how you went through some of these big concepts. The idea aging is interesting. I think we have the possibility of slowing down the process through positive thinking and healthy living. There is a true age and then a number age, perhaps. It’s interesting to think of stopping the process completely. Perhaps in the future. I could imagine this possibility in that maybe we haven’t tapped into our full potential of our bodies. I did read of being able to reverse aging cells scientifically years ago but that is a much different concept in some ways.

    The Law Of Karma here is, likewise, intriguing. I appreciate the concept of thinking how each moment or big decision could effective ourselves and others. It’s a very altruistic way of thinking through things. And thinking these things through can lead to eventual spontaneously correct choices” (that’s what we all want, I think!).

    And lastly I can agree with this after not being to eat for almost four years until I started taking ginger everyday: “Leaving aside their anti-inflammatory effects, these are all healthy whole foods, and making them a mainstay of your diet can only be beneficial.” A healthy diet and natural cures and foods can be even more effect than modern medicine.

    Very well done! I never know where you’ll go next but it’s always somewhere fun and interesting and thought-provoking.

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  36. Thank you, Lisa, I thought that you might have a good knowledge of Chopra teachings. Everything in his Health Bible, as I call his book, is scientifically based. The pictures are from my three posts about the foods that are essential for us and what makes them so,
    they are called The Pharmacy 1,2,3. I agree with you on taking what we feel comfortable with, it is the case with all religious teachings, except for the orthodox, others are a question of interpretation.
    Thank you, Lisa.

    Joanna

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  37. Joanna,
    What an article and what a man!
    What I like is his holistic vision, the idea that well-being is a whole, health itself a whole, we are a whole, so unique and constitutive of a whole. We are linked to the living, we are the living and as we think too much and often wrongly we believe that we are above or outside everything that surrounds us. Hence the ecological damage, I believe that human beings do not understand the part that they represent in this balance and how, through unconsciousness, cynicism or laziness, they constantly shoot themselves in the foot.
    It is a pleasure to read you talking about the Dharma, it brings me back to old memories, when I discovered these themes and these foundations that have so often helped me in life and on which I rely again and again. I feel so much closer to all of this thought. It’s quite personal, besides I don’t tell my family about it, I try to practice it.
    I love yoga, but I think I told you before, it’s a passion. This discipline should be taught much more in schools. Meditation arouses a real craze, but yoga needs to dig its furrow better (in the West too many people try to make it commercial, do business with yoga, that annoys me …). And then it is not always very well taught. Some teachers can easily fall into the ego, I came across some very bad ones, including one who one day triggered an epidermal reaction to me, she was so mean and unpleasant …

    Yoga is the most beautiful thing in the world.

    In France there is a big school of yoga called The School of Yoga of Energy “, I have done many internships in this school. Understanding and feeling energy is a fascinating adventure, you discover your body in a any other dimension, it is a dazzling. I lived incredible sessions, and I cannot tell you everything here, because it would take too long to tell ….
    I love this phrase from Patanjali “creating the conditions, the state of yoga sets in”. I find this sutra very powerful, it inspires me a lot.
    I really like your whole approach to food, it’s the base. “You are what you eat” …. it’s true, and the repercussions of a poor diet are undeniable. I would add that for our country in addition to being a rich country which of course suffers as elsewhere from the misdeeds of “junk food”, we are in the world the country the largest consumer of anti-anxiety drugs … c is terrifying
    I am not taking anything, and my doctor once remarked to me, he said to me “you know in my patient, it is rare for someone of your age who does not need medication for endure life “… sad observation.
    Thank you for this brilliant article Joanna, you are sowing good things, excellent energies, good seeds by making discover this great man and his works which have become a good for humanity!

    Love,🌹🕊💖
    Corinne

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  38. What a pleasure you coming in what here is an evening, and writing such a wonderful, always detailed review. Your comment on Karma and Dharma in our parts of the world translates as Life Well Spent, altruistic, and in service to others. As to healthy foods, it is so simple, vegetables, fruits, pulses, nuts, and specifically the anti-inflammatory – ginger, turmeric, garlic, used to be used as an antibiotic before they were discovered. Plenty of herbs. I am glad that you have recovered and can eat well now. It works for me, as I look young enough for the Ocado delivery man, addressing me today as “my lovely”!
    Thank you, Benjamin, I think, that after reading so many books on leading your life morally, I have now decided to write my own book what should be a path to Life Well Spent, and become revered as a guru. At some point, I might be even residing on top of the mountain. Only joking! About the mountain, not the book.
    Thank you, Benjamin.

    Joanna

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  39. My Dear Corinne, what a lovely end to the day! I knew that you have an excellent understanding of yoga and no doubt eat “clean” food. I share your horror of taking ANY drugs, not even aspirin, as I have never had a headache in my life. The pollution from drugs finding their way to rivers and oceans is as destructive to fish, coral, and plankton as it is to us. A vicious circle.
    You do lift my spirit, Corinne!
    By the way, I looked at your engraving site, it is so impressive. I also saw the Gallery of paintings, excellent idea! I cannot imagine how do you combine all the activities!!
    Thank you.

    Joanna

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  40. Thank you and greatly appreciated!

    Joanna

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  41. You’re welcome. “Life well spent”: that makes so much sense. We’re all one community that needs to live for the one and the all mutually. Yes, turmeric and garlic are good too. Sounds like a nice compliment you received. Love inside and out, for sure. Your own book! Nice. Good luck with it. Sure turn out great, I’m sure.

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  42. Thank you, Benjamin, very kind, I love your poem, whoever it might be directed.

    Joanna

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  43. lovely Quotes and write up by a profound teacher and man Joanna! ❤️

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  44. Thanks again and welcome again!

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  45. Thanks joanna,
    For our business, yes you are right, we are very busy with everything there is to do. In addition, there is a commercial approach that you have to know how to nurture as finely as intelligently. The world of wine is a particular environment, but it is also an environment where we meet a lot of people passionate about their profession, and since they are passionate, they become fascinating!
    I love discovering the history of the châteaux, the specificity of the terroirs, the challenges at each season, the families who make the vineyard and the history of wine, it is endless as with all refined dishes, I think the tea, coffee, spices are also cultures that hide stories, terroirs and people …
    I don’t write an article on this topic, I wouldn’t want customers to feel hurt if they found out that I was talking about one and not the other;). But I assure you there would be some exciting articles to do. I am not an expert, but I am learning a lot.
    It is my husband who takes all the photos, it is of high quality, it highlights our work and the image of the cleint. My husband is passionate about photography and he is very talented. He takes wonderful photos, and especially incredible portraits. I can’t put them on the blog, I don’t want to go into it, we don’t know what some people would do with them.
    Thank you for your article Joanna, I read it 3 or 4 times before taking the time to write to you.
    well done, you cultivate a healthy life, it is not always easy, and then it is not a baggage that we inherit from parents, often it is a journey and discoveries that we make alone throughout throughout his life. I try to give my daughters some feeding advice but the message is struggling to get across, so “I sow seeds” and I keep my fingers crossed that.

    Kisses Joanna

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  46. I know about the vine making families from wonderful documentaries, and the people are fascinating. It is their passion, as you said, it is catching. Both my parents were not very healthy, and it put me off medication of any kind for life. As to children, if they are given just fresh, preferably organic food, it will be so much so under their skin (!) that they will not want to eat rubbish, especially if they know why things are good or bad for them. I just love talking to you, it is a shame that my French now is so bad, because I would phone you now and then, when convenient, and you would tell me about your adventures. Thank you and Good night.

    Love & kisses.

    Joanna
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