I’ve asked this question of myself many a time. The first time I heard this statement was in my car, listening to Deepak taking on stress and struggle. I was driving between Cardwell and Cairns, north Queensland. I had to rewind the messages I was hearing, they were so valuable and I believe shaped many decisions I made around building resilience and getting through whatever life dished up. If you click on the Link Reinventing the Body you will hear the master speak.
Just a note about Deepak Chopra, he is an Indian-born American author and public speaker, who was born in 1946. Deepak has always inspired me. He is a prominent figure in the New Age Movement. Through his books and videos, he has become one of the best-known figures in alternative medicine.
Chopra studied medicine in India before emigrating to the United States in 1970 where he completed residencies in internal medicine and endocrinology. As a licensed physician, he became chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH) in 1980.
When I think of the struggle and stress I have experienced over the years, I take heart in knowing that there are always people doing things tougher than me, people who have incredible burdens they must carry and seem to just get on with it, and work through their struggles, and dealing with the associated stress. Another one of Deepak’s quotes says it all really, “Don’t try to steer the river.” I have found that when I have pushed and tried to steer something along that clearly gave me more grief than it was worth, this was another opportunity to learn. But how much struggle does one have to experience before the message sinks in? The whole ‘Prisoner’ of the past sentiment becomes an anthem in my head, especially if I find myself getting upset over the same things that got me rattled before. I do a weekly call with a lovely business mentor ‘Rochelle’, she reminded me to focus on what I can control, rather than what I can’t. I love that, because there are things I can control, and rather than getting caught up in territory that I know will come to nothing, it is far more productive for me to be present with what I can do.
So when I get into stagnant energy or lethargic behavior, I declutter! Yes, I sort out things! This activity is not to avoid what ‘I must do‘, but to prepare an environment that supports what ‘I will do’.
Currently, we have a project in play. I call it our ‘Dam Beautification Project‘. We are on acreage and it’s an area of land surrounded by Camphor Laurels (they border the fence line). It’s beautiful, however, there are areas on our land that require attention. So we can use our land more effectively, there needs to be some tree felling, log removal, dam repair, and excavation work to create a picnic area. I see many activities happening around the dam that adds to relaxation, visualization, and creativity.
Once this task is complete this will be an area we can walk around, relax by the dam with the lilies blooming purple, watch the birds, and be in nature. The part of the property where the dam is located is quiet, private, and very sheltered from the elements. For example, if it’s blowing a gale up on the ridge, down by the dam it’s calm and still. We intend to add rocks and improve the whole look of our humble little dam. It will be magnificent! This is just one of the projects that I’m working on, as a project makes for a beautiful focus taking my mind off other pressures.
The Dam Beautification is also something I can get my teeth stuck into, I can control some or all of its development, which is satisfying. I’ll have pictures when it’s complete.
The moral of the story is, when you find yourself dwelling on the past or worrying about something, mentally take inventory of what you can control, what you can change. This is a far more effective way of healing yourself and using your time more productively.
Check out our many workshops and retreats and place yourself in an environment that enhances your wellness journey.
MORE DEEPAK CHOPRA QUOTES
- “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”
- “Love doesn’t need a reason. It speaks from the irrational wisdom of the heart.”
- “The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.”
- “If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.”
“Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance.”
When it’s all said and done, there are some things just require you to simply accept, this can reduce stress very