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Deepak Chopra Dear Connie,
If you are struggling with meditation, then my advice to you would be to let go of all your expectations of what you think meditation should be. Your ideals of it being something that gives you instant peace and happiness can make you feel frustrated and lead you to think you are doing something wrong if you don't feel those things in your meditation. Understand that when you are doing meditation correctly, you are in the hands of your highest intelligence and guidance and everything that happens leads you to greater healing and self-awareness. And that is really what meditation is for.
Deepak Chopra Dear Tibby,
I typically wake up before sunrise and meditate for at least an hour.
Deepak Chopra Dear Aishah,
In 1988 I wrote a book called "Return of the Rishi" where I speak of my initial introduction to Maharishi and the transformative effect of his wisdom on my life and my views on health and healing. Maharishi had a tremendously powerful impact on all aspects my spiritual understanding and growth. Even today, his teachings and practices influence my ideas and inspirations.
Deepak Chopra Dear Rosa,

Habits are complicated, since all kinds of influences -from family, friends, media, and culture - go into them. But what makes habits hard to break is that the brain supports them. We want to think and behave a different way, yet it's as if our brains insist on following the same well-worn grooves.

I think a very effective way to approach any habit is by becoming a better user of our brain. It can become your greatest ally in breaking old habits once you learn how to set down new pathways. The whole process is described in my book, Super Brain, written with a great researcher from Harvard Medical School, Prof. Rudy Tanzi. We wrote it to inspire people about the untapped potential that the brain holds, especially its power to renew itself and transform the reader's experience.
Deepak Chopra

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