Deepak Chopra is one of the self-development worlds’s most recognizable faces. A former doctor who became disenchanted with Western medicine’s fixation on short-term fixes at the expense of holistic well-being, Chopra left a promising role as chief of medicine at a New England hospital to pursue his exploration of alternative healing methods.
As an author, journalist and public speaker, Chopra has published 14 international bestsellers and 86 books in total, and has been a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where he has done much to popularize Eastern approaches to holistic health and wellness. Chopra can be credited with bringing this once-marginal message to the masses, spreading awareness of how a focus on mind-body health can serve to complement the illness-centered approach of conventional medicine.
In June 1999, Time magazine named Deepak Chopra the “poet-prophet of alternative medicine” and one of the top 100 heroes of the 20th century. Here are our Top 44 Deepak Chopra Quotes to Inspire Your Inner Wisdom.
Top 44 Deepak Chopra Quotes to Inspire Your Inner Wisdom
The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.
Love doesn’t need reason. It speaks from the irrational wisdom of the heart.
Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go and it will be yours forever.
If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.
I’ve worked all my life on the subject of awareness, whether it’s awareness of the body, awareness of the mind, awareness of your emotions, awareness of your relationships, or awareness of your environment. I think the key to transforming your life is to be aware of who you are.
Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.
We must go beyond the constant clamor of ego, beyond the tools of logic and reason, to the still, calm place within us: the realm of the soul.
Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively.
Meditation makes the entire nervous system go into a field of coherence.
The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.
Don’t try to steer the river.
The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity.
I was very afraid at the beginning, until Master told me that pain isn’t the truth; it’s what you have to get through in order to find the truth.
Sex is always about emotions. Good sex is about free emotions; bad sex is about blocked emotions.
Walk with those seeking truth… Run from those who think they’ve found it.
In a person’s career, well, if you’re process-oriented and not totally outcome-oriented, then you’re more likely to be a success. I often say ‘pursue excellence, ignore success.’ Success is a by-product of excellence.
Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.
There is just no getting around that turning bad things into good things is up to you.
You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.
You alone are the judge of your worth and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.
When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.
Everyone is acting from his own level of consciousness. This is all we can ask of ourselves or anyone else. However hurtful someone is, he is doing the best he can, given the limits of his consciousness.
The real key is to live in an environment where the mind feels free to choose the right thing instead of being compelled by habit and inertia to choose the wrong thing.
No solution can ever be found by running in three different directions.
If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.
Wealth is the progressive realization of worthy goals, the ability to love and have compassion, meaningful and caring relationships.
The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.
I dislike the word ‘self-help.’ Self-awareness, yes, but not self-help.
People need to know that they have all the tools within themselves. Self-awareness, which means awareness of their body, awareness of their mental space, awareness of their relationships – not only with each other, but with life and the ecosystem.
You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.
Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.
But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you.
There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.
Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you.
There is no separation between mind and body… Self and other co-arise and fall away all the time.
All of us are living with dogmas that we accept as truths. When one of these is overturned, there’s an initial gasp, soon followed by a rush of exhilaration.
A risk-free life is far from being a healthy life.
Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.
Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy.