How to Live a Whole Life?

posted by Deepak Chopra May 28, 2010 5:01 am
How to Live a Whole Life?

Wholeness is the result of connecting body, mind, and soul. In wholeness you aren’t divided against yourself; therefore the choices you make are beneficial at every level. Once you realize how the soul functions, there is no reason to turn back and live any other way than from the level of the soul.

Yet living without the soul has also been easy. You can ignore being divided against yourself. Life goes on without resolving that issue. Bad decisions bring pain and suffering, but people learn to put up with it. In other words, life without being whole is “easy” because of habit, inertia, or old conditioning that is hard to break.

‘Holisitc’ has come to mean organic food, leaving no carbon footprint, practicing prevention, and trusting in alternative medicine. All of those things are undeniably good – they are evidence of growing consciousness that earlier generations only dreamed of – but they won’t keep you on the spiritual path.

A holistic lifestyle should sustain the ties to your soul even when those ties feel fragile. Spiritual teachers have wrestled with this problem for centuries, wondering how they can bridge the gulf between the old life and the new. Teaching and preaching aren’t enough. Showing by example isn’t enough. Yet many human beings have crossed over to the light (call them saints, yogis, bodhisattvas, or simply inspiring examples) and what they have achieved is real.

If we distill their stories, a lifestyle emerges that applies to you and me in these times of transition. The lifestyle is simple, and can be followed without anyone else needing to know or approve.

Ten steps to wholeness: Nourish your “light body.” Turn entropy into evolution. Commit yourself to deeper awareness. Be generous of spirit. Focus on relationships instead of consumption. Relate to your body consciously. Embrace every day as a new world. Let the timeless be in charge of time. Feel the world instead of trying to understand it. Seek after your own mystery.

Adapted from Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting The Soul, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).

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