Today I got some up close and personal time with the one and only Dr. Deepak Chopra at KLRU studios at the University of Texas. Chopra made a special visit to Austin to talk spirituality, science, well being and his new book- Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges.
If you don’t know Dr. Deepak Chopra, let me school you for a minute. Chopak is a prolific author of 60+ books, humanitarian, global leader, physician and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine. Through his Chopra Center programs, retreats, and workshops, he transforms the way the world views the connection between body, mind, spirit, and healing.
I’ve been following and reading Chopra for quite some time, and I was flattered to be in his brilliantly peaceful presence. During his interview with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune, I couldn’t help but notice the zen in the room. Chopra has a way of making everyone around him feel calm and at ease, similar to floating on a cloud… although I’ve never been on a cloud ;-) Let me just say, it felt good. If you were looking in from the outside, you might assume that we all drank the kool-aid, but that wasn’t the case. We were just living in the moment and soaking up every second of it.
Not only does Chopra talk the talk, but he walks the walk by “being, feeling, thinking and doing”. Chopra believes that true spirituality is the act of helping others. He spoke candidly about the negative state of the world and insisted we need to have a positive collective consciousness to change things.
When asked about Twitter and other social media outlets, he clearly stated: “Social media is a result of our technology, so it’s unstoppable. He went on to explain that he uses Twitter to “spread a pandemic of happiness around the world.” That really touched my heart. We need more Deepak Chopras in the world!