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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Deepak Chopra's The Happiness Prescription

In study with a partner, we've been working with Deepak Chopra's The Happiness Prescription.  It is a 2-DVD set I highly recommend.  The first DVD is a talk with an audience.  The 2nd DVD includes practical exercises which are presented more in an introductory sort of way.

To apply and grasp each practice it's best to take notes, create cue pages for inquiry or a design journal or workbook-style formats.  Some practices ask for writing, others silent reflection.  It's fairly easy to navigate around the chapters.

This week we're working with #6, the concept of Self-Knowledge.  He offers a list of 9 inquiries, the first 2 to be reflected in each daily 2-minute practice with 1 of the remaining 7 added in as well.  It doesn't matter which of the 7 is chosen.  Below is the "cue page" with notes that I wrote out to put in front of me for the daily, 2-minute inquiry.  Without this summary sheet the DVD moves too quickly and that's okay because he's just providing an overview.


The world is a mirror of states of consciousness.  We think we're seeing the world but we're seeing ourselves as the world.

2 minutes daily: ask the first 2 questions plus one additional from the bottom 7.  It's more important to ask then to have an answer.  It's in the asking!  



What is my life purpose?

What contribution do I want to make to the world?

What creates joy for me?

Who are my heros and heroines?

What are my unique skills and talents?

What are the qualities I look for in a best friend?

What are the best qualities I can express in relationships?


I appreciate Deepak Chopra's light-handed approach.  He doesn't put forth rules or doctrines but asks that we ask... that's all he's asking.

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