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Day 261: do you want to meet deepak chopra?

18 Sep

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.

Surprise!
Today I found myself waiting for Deepak Chopra to take the stage in New York City at the Integrative Nutrition Fall Conference.

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?)

Day 44: baby you’re a firework

13 Feb

Well, this is embarrassing.
Last night, in the middle of watching Russell Brand’s opening monologue on SNL, the energetic comedian mentioned he was married to Katy Perry.

“Really? Which singer is she?”
I asked Justin, further proving my age is closer to 40 than 20.

He replied, “You know, she sings the fireworks song.”

I accessed the filing cabinet in my head for pop songs on the radio and came up blank.  “Um …no. I don’t know that song”

He sang a few lines back to me in perfect pitch.
I started laughing. Hysterically, laughing. Almost falling off the couch laughing.

“OH! That song!”
I knew the song. I just didn’t know the lyrics.

Turns out, I had been belting out the song, while driving in my car, as: “Baby, you’re a part of me!” instead of “Baby, you’re a firework!”

Yeah, I know. It makes no sense.
Now, I know the real words to the song and it totally changed the meaning for me. Better song now, I must admit.

The hardest part was divulging the wrong words I had been singing all along. It took me a while to say out loud, because:
1) I was embarrassed.
2) I won’t live it down. (The next time Justin and I hop in the car, is sure to be the exact moment this song will play on the radio.)

It makes me think back to the IIN Conference I attended last weekend. Dr. John Douillard shared his recipe for success. One of the most important points he made was this:

Don’t Care.
“The biggest problem we have is being concerned about what others think.” he said.

He went on to share:
* there is no way you can make everyone happy
* it’s not about you – it’s your job to give your full self
* give a deeper, more vulnerable self to those around you
* how much of you are you willing to let out on this planet while you are here
* don’t second guess your power when you let it out

I can relate:
As I was driving down the street holding a solo concert in my car at the top of my lungs, singing the wrong lyrics to that song, I was in the moment. I was bouncing away to the beat. It was lovely, I was giving fully, possibly off key, but didn’t care.

The challenge, I suppose, is applying a “no care” philosophy to more than just singing outside of the shower and outside of the car. Living out loud in every way possible, even if the lyrics aren’t quite right, is the challenge. But one I know is worth taking.

As John Douillard says:

“Do it without thinking — and without caring.”

And, as Katy Perry sings (for real):

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst

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