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Posted: Tue 11/06/2012 08:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah and Eckhart Tolle are reuniting for an hour of enlightenment and discussing how best to live in the present moment. Before then, read on and find out how to arrive at a new clarity when we're standing at one of life's crossroads.
Photo: David Ellingsen
One scenario: Due to budget cuts, you may—or may not—be losing your job, and you're not sure if you should take the much-lower-paying job at another company or just stay where you are in case things work out. Another: With the birth of your new baby, you need to move, and you can't make up your mind between the neighborhood with the good public school and the one where the houses are actually in your budget. Yet another: After seven years together, your marriage has turned into a relentless series of bitter arguments, but you're not certain if you should try to reconcile or finally end the relationship.
All of us have had these kinds of experiences—times when we have to decide something and we just don't know what to do.
The first step is usually to collect information. You have to look at the facts of the situation: What's for and what's against. But even then, you still may not be able to come to a conclusion. For example, if you're choosing between two three-bedroom houses, and they're just about the same price, and they're in just the same kind of neighborhood, you're not going to get very far. Pros and cons are one level of decision-making but not the most vital one.
When we can't make up our minds, it's because of our minds, or what I call "the voice in your head." Many people don't even know they have this voice. But it's talking away, creating a never-ending inner monologue. Sometimes the voice is even engaged in a dialogue, because it splits into two and you start talk to yourself. The chatter is so incessant it's like having a continuous humming sound from a refrigerator or an air conditioner in the room with you and after a while, you don't hear it anymore.
During tough choices, this voice isn't very helpful. Often it criticizes, keeping a running commentary about you and all the things you did wrong or you just didn't do. It criticizes others as well. It's like living with somebody who can't stand you, much less anybody else. You wouldn't want to live with a person like that. You would walk out of the relationship. But since you can't get free of your mind, you're stuck. The result? You get discouraged. You can't see the positive side to what might come from your decisions.
The voice in your head also creates a huge amount of problems that aren't really problems. They're just things that haven't happened yet, things that could happen tomorrow or next week. Listening to unreal problems has another name: worrying. That's what the voice in your head does. It what-ifs. It frets. It agonizes, and you can no longer sense the joy of life.
What to do when the voice in your head begins to complain >>
Posted: Sun 11/04/2012 02:00 PM
We wanted to know what your most burning questions about meditation. Now, Deepak Chopra is answering them himself. Watch to get the answers about everything from how you should sit to the best time of day to meditate.
Deepak shares his top 8 tips, based on your questions:
Find out how to assume the proper meditation position:
Posted: Sun 11/04/2012 02:00 PM
Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that continues to play a important role in improving health and happiness in modern day life. Spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra says he started meditating 40 years ago to relieve stress and kick his smoking habit—and hasn't missed a day since.
Now, during his Meditation 101 discussion with Oprah, he's opening the door on this sometimes misunderstood practice. Watch on to learn more about the basics of meditation and find out how you can start today!
What is meditation and why should we try it? Find out how 20 minutes a day can change your life:
One common misperception about meditation is that it is a form of prayer. Find out why Deepak says meditation and prayer are two entirely separate things:
When Oprah interviewed rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, she was suprised to find out he meditates with a mantra Deepak gave him. Watch to see why Deepak says a mantra is like taking a cab to your inner self, and find out which mantra you can start using today:
Posted: Fri 11/02/2012 12:00 PM
In his new book, Super Brain, co-written with Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra explores how to use the power of the mind to improve health, happiness and spiritual well-being. Part of bettering your mind, body and soul comes down to expanding your consciousness. We caught up with Deepak backstage, and he shared five simple steps to increase your own awareness. Watch the video above to find out what they are, plus the telltale signs you're on your way to living a more present life.
Tune into "Super Soul Sunday" this week at 11 a.m. ET/PT for Meditation 101 with Deepak. You can watch it on OWN—or streaming worldwide on Oprah.com or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday. Deepak is also offering a special 21-day meditation course in which he'll be your teacher. Sign up here!
Posted: Thu 11/01/2012 03:00 PM
They're three of the moments that shone brightest during Oprah's conversation with thought leader Deepak Chopra. You'll get to see them all on the season premiere this Sunday, but until then, start reflecting on these thoughts.
Click here to get three notable quotes
Watch Meditation 101 with Deepak Chopra Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN—or streaming worldwide on Oprah.com or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
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