Deepak Chopra suggests: Go for the fun
By ADRIENNE GIBBS Staff Reporter November 8, 2013 12:34PM
AN EVENING WITH DEEPAK CHOPRA
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress
Perhaps you’re amongst the 1.6 million who follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter. In that case, you might already be enlightened and aren’t in the market to see him Tuesday at the Auditorium Theatre. But then again, maybe you want more spiritual cleansing than 140 characters can provide.
Chopra is ready to help. His newish focus is on self-healing by treating all parts of the body with respect. In so doing, we can release our parking ticket anger or better embrace January’s cold snap. When asked how we can do this in three steps or less, Chopra is astoundingly brief. And funny.
“Feed your body with healthy food,” he says. “Fill your heart with love, compassion, joy and empathy and feed your mind with knowledge. Then, feed your soul with lightness of being. How’s that? We got four instead of three.”
If we can do that, we might make it through the winter feeling more refreshed rather than plain old ornery. We might even heal ourselves, says the author of the newly released “What Are You Hungry For? The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul.” Even though he has 21 New York Times best-selling books under his belt, Chopra’s carefully pruned ego won’t allow him to boast of moving the spiritual needle on what he describes as “Cosmic Consciousness.” But he will affirm that he’s trying.
“I hope that I am,” he says. “But it doesn’t matter. I’m like the guy in the bathroom singing the song and some people like the song, that’s all. I just do my thing.”
Which is? (Be prepared, he likes lists.)
“I ask myself three questions: Is it fun, are the people I’m doing this with fun to be with and is it making a difference? If the answer is yes, I do it. If the answer is no, I don’t do it. Don’t waste your time doing things that aren’t fun and aren’t making a difference.”
That kind of selflessness could come hard for folks who think nothing of running red lights on North Avenue or speeding down the Dan Ryan — all examples of selfishness, per Chopra’s line of thought. To counter those baddies, here’s what we all can do to bring more balance to our town, he adds.
“Sit down for five minute, close your eyes, watch your breath and ask yourself: ‘Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I want? What am I grateful for?’ If you live those questions your life will change.”