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Life is full of challenges, both big and small. Spirituality is here to offer solutions.

Over the course of his career as physician, teacher, and bestselling author, Deepak Chopra has received thousands of questions from people facing every kind of challenge. They have asked how to lead more fulfilling lives, how to overcome relationship problems and personal obstacles. Wh
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Audiobook, 204 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Random House Audio (first published April 5th 2011)
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Angela
May 12, 2012 added it
I love Deepak Chopra. However, I just wish I could really start applying this stuff. It makes so much sense, but not so easy to do. I'm just so hard on myself, but I'm learning!!! This is a book I probably just need to read over and over until it gets through to my thick skull! Ha ha
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Dylia Klatt
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: tabled-it
Deepak always worthwhile. Not his most stellar work but worth the read. His best, in my opinion, remains The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire. Now THAT'S a multiple read classic. ...more
Alexandre Lapointe
It is always good to come back on earth
Glass Half Full
Sep 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolute-trash
There isn't much to say here really. Often, I bear a hatred for self-help material and flaunt it too, but not when it is founded upon good philosophy, and not when the physician-author presents anything beyond a blur and with respect to underlying evidence with regards to the subjects in which his terminologies encroach upon. Most of those subjects he bears no reputable authority, not even a sliver of hope that his quotable quotes would ever be factual or ever be more than beautiful metaphors (i ...more
Christina
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A helpful and interesting take on what Deepak Chopra describes as the three levels of awareness and when and where problems arise. He describes one's awareness on three levels (1) contracted (2) expanded and (3) pure.

According to Chopra, problems arise in the first level, which is called the contracted state. This is a state of being in resistance, being tense, and defensive. This is also described as a level of awareness where one's fears take over one's actions and in many cases cripples a per
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Kayla
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book while driving. I liked the first half of the book and heard a lot of good information. "You're a soul first and a person second." The examples in the second half ran a little long and I started to lose interest. ...more
Crystal Hunter
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting, pleasant read with good information.
Hariprasad Vijayakumari
good set of questions responded by Deepak succinctly in the book.
Allan Van
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Kinda 'meh'.. But his voice is good to fall asleep with. Obviously this applies to the audiobook edition. ...more
Deborah
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional book with thought provoking questions and ideas presented in a simple, understandable and relatable way.
Karl
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is very refreshing to find a book in the spiritual genre that provides real solutions to everyday, universal problems that are impacting so many of us on this human journey. Many books provide relief to the reader in the form of long-term practices that are meant to help the individual evolve their consciousness, which of course is of great benefit; however, being human means that we sometimes need immediate, easy to apply solutions as well.

In Deepak’s book, “Spiritual Solutions” we find some
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Vimal
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Dr. Chopra examines various messages and letters which were sent to him by people from all over the globe. With many answers and solutions to the problems and daily conflicts which these personalities encounter, Deepak Chopra tries to adopt simple strategies in tackling with such issues. The author suggests many alternatives towards approaching problems in a comfortable manner. Spiritual Solutions is a book which is well written as it has some very valuable messages in the techniques and strateg ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it was because I read this book in a time just before my oldest daughter's marriage and my youngest daughter buying a house, or during a yoga retreat, or just because Deepak's insight is so keen that this book hit on all burner=s with me.
His philosophy of being grateful for what you are and have, and to try to find ways to better yourself and get along with others is something we can all live by.
Looking at life as a gift and being happy as you are rather than resentful for what you are or
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Jantine
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a true eye-opener! It made complete sense and was recognizable, while a lot of stuff was new to me. Life changing in that I now look differently to problems and solutions.
"The secret is that the level of the problem is never the level of the solution.”
Chopra describes how approaching problems from a contracted awareness leads to more problems and that developing expanded awareness, and finally reaching pure awareness, is a lot more constructive and let you grow in all areas of you
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Barb
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've read many of Deepak Chopra's books. This is one of the least satisfying. He analyzes many of life's challenges: relationships, health, success, etc... and tells u the pitfalls we often fall into. So far so good. However the solutions to the problems are contained in a paragraph or two and contain such trite sayings as "understanding yourself completely" or "live from the level of the self that is always present". Maybe this book is for more enlightened souls than myself, but, for the first ...more
LemontreeLime
Deepak does something a little different with this book, he plays the part of a spiritual 'Dear Abby...' (a newspaper column where people write in their but-what-shall-i-do questions). He does a good job, but at times, it feels very odd. Like running into a neighbor who has decided to start wearing dutch wooden shoes, unexpected but not crisis inducing. ...more
Larkyn Rhea
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of his best!! Deepak is such a favorite author of mine and has helped to shape my spirituality. A book like this is a gift to society. I preordered it this year before release date!! He's always worth reading. Its a comfy read and the perfect "pre-bedtime" devotional (for lack of a better term). ...more
Leticia
I attended the NYC launch of Deepak Chopra’s new book, “Spiritual Solutions, Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges.” In this, his 65th book, this prolific author describes the three levels of awareness and how we can expand them. He also responds to some of the many letters he’s received from people dealing with issues involving relationships, money, health, spirituality, etc.
AliceinWonderland
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
- Not too bad, but not my favourite among Chopra's multiple spiritual books on a similar subject matter.
- However, I did like the letters he provided near the end of the book, along with Chopra's responses. They were astonishingly honest, and at times, seemingly harsh, but probably necessary for those people who really need a shake-up from their lives.
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Bridget
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deepak explores the 3 levels of awareness and explains how all of life's "problems" can be eliminated if we allow ourselves to rise to and function at the highest level of awareness. Plain language and easy to understand. ...more
Julie
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Please, take the time to read this very wise man's words. It's deep, but, clear and simple. If this turbulent world full of egos would read, practice and live this-consciousness would make the world a fabulously peaceful place to live!
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Melody
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This book was really impressive. The begining gives a great overview of why we have the issues we do. Then in the back he gave a bunch of examples of how and why the issues show up in the lives of people. Each example is followed up by step to take to fix it.
Bradoicich
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked the part where he read letters from his reader's asking for advice. His responses showed a depth of understanding about the human condition. In the end though, I don't know that I found solutions. ...more
Metzi
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Deepak's voice would not be my choice for an audiobook, but the message was on point. He guides you to desiring to reach a higher spiritual level than where you presently are. No excuses, no illusions, just raw honest assessment. ...more
Anita
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very user friendly guide to finding a direction for your life. If you are at a crossroads, this book will help. Some of his books can be too scientific, but this book was written for the everyday reader.
Chris Joseph
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
First half of the book is great for those wanting a good base in how to get beyond a lower level consciousness to deal with every day problems/challenges in a spiritual way. Lots of good practical situations.
For me the second half was harder to grasp. Gets a bit more deep.
Marie-e
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Deepak's perspective. He highlights ways to deal with difficult situations in a more wholesome way. I find it useful, wise, kind, and helpful. ...more
Aminah
May 17, 2012 is currently reading it
I just began this book last night and it was so difficult to put down! More outpourings lata... ANOTHER GREAT ONE BY DEEPAK!
Kelley Chrisman
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love his books! Everything is easy to read and he does a great job of simplifying concepts.
Rita
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Really like his approach to dealing with life's problems and issues. ...more
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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