At the beginning of this year I set out with a promise. One to prove that you CAN do anything and specifically that I could not shop for clothes or shoes for one year and instead invest in my head, heart, body and soul ~ and of course, write about it each day, for 365 days.
If you would have told me back in January that I would be sitting in the same room with Deepak Chopra on Day 261, I would have been surprised.
But, it’s no surprise to me now.
For I know that once one sets an intention even more amazing-than-our-own-minds-could-dream-up stuff happens, including surprises.
As soon as the gates opened the mad rush of early birds waiting to be enlightened trampled to the stage at the Jacob Javitz Center.
I was one of them.
Let me be clear here: I have never been one of THOSE people.
Deepak Chopra may be to me what Pearl Jam is to Justin, or your favorite hero/musician/artist/speaker/thinker/guru is to you: just who is worth getting up early for, skipping breakfast for and waiting in line for an hour to be guaranteed a good seat?
As the stage sat empty and the room filled to the rim with more people and much anticipation, it occurred to me that I didn’t want to be disappointed. I have read and listened and meditated with Deepak on many virtual levels and now, the real life version was about to take the stage.
I didn’t want it to be let down, bubble burst.
Like the time I met “Rocky” otherwise known as Silvester Stallone and realized I was so much taller than the larger than life actor that I could pat him on the head if I really wanted to. It permanently rearranged how I viewed the Italian Stallion and Rocky series forever more.
(Just for the record, I did not pat Silvester Stallone on the head.)
But, today, I was not disappointed.
I was inspired.
Deepak arrived in all his synchrodestiny glory and shared both good stories and good ideas from which any of us could find inspiration.
Here are the ten questions he posed to the crowd today, call them The Deepak Top Ten List if you will.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Who am I?
2. What do I want?
3. What is a peak experience for myself?
4. What is my life purpose?
5. What kind of contribution do I want to make to society?
6. What meaningful relationships do I have?
7. How do I contribute to the relationships I have?
8. What are my unique skills and talents and how do I use them to serve humanity and the world?
9. Who are my heroes?
10. What is my story?
And, there you have it.
The Deepak Top Ten.
They are all simple and complex. Easy and ethereal. Straightforward and meandering.
Here’s the — Surprise!
These questions do not need answers.
Deepak encouraged everyone to come up with no answers, and instead just ask the questions — to yourself everyday. Just ask the questions. That is the only work to do.
All to ponder. None to answer.
And, I have to admit, I like that line of questioning.
(There was much more to share, which I will write about tomorrow, including the question that has stumped me most: what is the soul?)