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Emotional Maturity

Category:  Deepak Quotes

Emotional maturity begins with knowing that thoughtsaren't actions.Having bad thoughtisn'tthe same is carrying it out. Guilt doesn't recognize the difference. Therefore, to come out of silence, you have to learn, by watching another persons reaction, that it's all right to have any thought you want.
Emotional Maturity

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  • I disagree in some ways. I think the goal is to purify the thoughts as well. I don't like the idea of who I am with thinking of having sex with someone else. What they don't know won't hurt them? Then who has your heart? No man on Earth can likely be what I have looked for. What now? I am so angry at men. They only seem to like sex. Then I don't need them. They can go do a blow up doll.

    Jennifer Renae Cosby // 2012-11-20 15:13:10 // //
  • A thought is just an opportunity to make a choice...

    Larry Wayne // 2012-11-20 19:06:23 // //



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  • I have not written in a long time, but writing out my thoughts always seems to help. I don’t even know what to write. I am so tired of failed jobs and failed relationships. I have always thought that I could overcome my personal obstacles that disable me from having the life I want to have. Let me try to list everything out. Who am I and what have I learned. My parents taught me to actively conflict with immediate family members, they learned that from their parents, the vicious cycle continues with me. I was taught to be defensive, judgmental, reactive, controlling, fearful, angry, cowardly, abusive, self-destructive, selfish, and resentful of the world for all my short comings. Before my parents assimilated me into their world of self-inflicted torture, I looked at the world through my innocent and objective eyes. I knew what I was being exposed to was unhealthy, painful, and a possibly insurmountable obstacle that I may have to carry my entire life. The fear began to creep into my daily existence; I am probably 1 years old now. I knew I had to act immediately to save myself, but I need food and shelter, which I could not procure on my own. There was no man taller in the world than my dad, nor a more beautiful and attentive mother. They were my life. I granted them every ounce of trust that I could conjure up. I became a prisoner and my parents the jailers. What does a person in jail want to do…escape. I became confused and angry. The people hurting me were the same people I belonged to. I felt sorry for them. At times, my father showed signs of love. Same for my mother, but by 2-3 years old I knew the bad out-weighted the good. Then there were the beatings. My father beat my mother like a rag doll while she lay on top of the hood on our family car. My brother and I watched from the open door that connected to the attached garage. I remember feeling like I was watching it in the third person point of view. I felt like there was me, my brother, my parents, and me again watching from a different vantage point. To this day I still remember that incident through the eyes of a person standing in a different location than I actually was. I disconnected. I became two people. I suppose I thought I the same would eventually happen to me. And if that was going to happen to me I had to be able to convince myself that I could escape. This survival technique manifested in many ways; loss of identity. Was I the terrified little boy expecting the worse to happen to me or was I a little boy growing up, learning about the world, gaining self-confidence, growing a healthy relationship my immediate family. I stayed that scared little kid. My father left and abandoned me, my brother, and my mother. Thankfully he left before he started killing people. Before I knew it my brother and I were sleeping on the floor of some strange people’s house (father sold our home) that my mother somehow knew, while our mother was 20 miles away, staying with a friend, looking for work. Then from there on, I was fatherless and to a certain extent motherless. My mother, with no financial support, was left to raise two children on what started at a minimum wage salary. That means she was never home and always working. At 6 bucks an hour a person has to work much more than 40 hours a week to supply a family of three with food and shelter. Thus began phase 2 of my life. My brother and I were now at 7 and 8 and left to begin taking on the responsibilities of rearing ourselves. I would crawl into my brother’s bed at night, when he would agree, because our mother worked night shift and we were left alone with no supervision. I was scared. I began to realize that what was happening to us was not normal in American society, it was and is happening to countless children in America, but it is not normal and/or acceptable. I was in maybe second grade. I knew our life was much different than the other kids in my class. They would have nicer cloths, two parents, be involved in extracurricular activities. They seemed to far exceed my intellect, as they completed home-work assignments and I, nor my brother did not. All of a sudden, I was being left in the dust in every possible way. I was dumb, poor, ugly, ashamed, and again terrified that I would become the people who had done this to me. Pretty much from 8 to 18 I got into trouble. Never studied, moved a dozen times. Changed high schools, began drinking at age 14, became sexual active at age 14, and while this is all going on I am desperately trying to figure out how to be a valuable and functional part of society. All I could tell was that with every passing second I was moving further away from that goal. I started thinking about killing myself when I was 12. I sat outside in my underwear during a Cleveland snow storm. No one was home, it was dark, and I came in after I couldn’t take the physical pain anymore. I could not sleep though most of high school. By 15/16 I would lie in bed at night and stare at the ceiling with all the horrors, mistakes, and fears I had experienced running though my mind. At times I thought I was going crazy. Suicide was always an option, but I always felt like I could beat this whole thing. Post high school I had believed I could adapt and overcome. I was no longer associated with people that I did not respect or trust. I was no longer them. That was it, a simple move and I had my own self. My 20’s came on like a tornado. I moved to Washington DC, worked for a Fortune 200 company and with no formal education, no pedigree, no nothing except my wits and attitude; I was offered a six figure job in Europe. I turned the offer down and thus began a new phase. The self-destructive phase. I never escaped my parents, I slowly became my parents. I entered into intense talk-therapy for almost all of my 20’s. I began making emotional maturity my only priority. The only priority was to figure out how to live a life worth living. I knew I could overcome self-destruction and move forward with my life. I shared my stories with the people around me, things got better for me and those I interacted with. There was a glimmer of hope. People thanked me. I thought I was ready to move forward. My mother grew emotionally and now we’re able to have a relationship. I am 33 now, and I still feel pain. I am still self-destructive, I have no career, I am not proud of who I am, I get angry, to a certain extent I am still my parents. I haven’t felt angry towards my parents for 5/6 years. Yet, my life is in disarray. My engagement may be broken off, I took and job at 50% less pay with an organization not nearly at my level of productivity, and I still feel like a prisoner, but of myself, not anyone else. What is next, when does the pain stop, what else must I do. I am getting close to the half-way mark on my life expectancy. Will I have to endure this hell my entire life? What will be the quality of my life? One day at a time.

    Brian Smith // 2013-06-26 13:37:51 // //
  • Hey Di!! Is Vin on that horse on left side???

    Lynn Chiappetta // 2013-05-22 18:06:34 // //
  • I disagree. The thoughts Adolf Hitler had, as well as the thoughts of others who have acted on their hateful thoughts. Without the thoughts, those things would not have happened and continue to do so. We need to be alert to our thoughts, aware of them. We need to have the courage to deal with the ones that are not in our highest good and the highest good of others in a positive enriching manner vs just beating ourself up with guilt etc.

    La Evans // 2013-05-21 09:24:21 // //
  • I don't understand the middle to last part of that

    Rowena Nina Ochoa // 2013-05-20 16:52:28 // //
  • Love this quote.

    Care Can // 2013-05-20 14:58:04 // //
  • Love it

    Happy Brain Movement // 2013-05-19 23:28:48 // //
  • just in bettween brother,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,999999999999

    Martin M Lupian // 2013-05-19 22:39:14 // //
  • We learn with our own mistakes, not from other. This is the way that Ifeel . Maybe I' wrong

    Ana Maria Guajardo // 2013-05-19 13:06:10 // //
  • Thoughts come to minds seeking engagement--"Hey wanna dance with me?" Some thoughts come around so often and for so long, you may no longer notice that you are dancing to its tune. Psychologists call these triggers. We might have an emotion flare up, such as depression, restlessness, fear, and not realize it was triggered by a thought related to some unresolved issue from the past, and there we are dancing to the tune unaware. We can choose to dance with, give positive or negative energy to a thought or recognize it as something we choose not to engage with, which will eventually lead to it coming to mind less and less. Invoke the tunes you long to dance to. Welcome the thoughts of love, grace and guidance--"follow your bliss." Let the negative thought and emotions they trigger serve only to point out the unresolved inner conflicts.

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-05-19 10:40:44 // //
  • Just ordered. Can't wait to get it!!

    Gail Robinson // 2013-05-19 07:59:51 // //
  • Every action begins with a thought!!

    Kokky Barendrecht // 2013-05-19 05:56:02 // //
  • Jus got the bk and it's worth the read !!

    Kelley Embleton // 2013-05-19 05:05:08 // //
  • ??? I don't get It

    Rocio Cardenas // 2013-05-19 02:28:18 // //
  • very importan for everyworld

    Jc Carlos // 2013-05-18 23:03:12 // //
  • I`ve given you the wind the earth and the stars, the sun in the morning, the fragrance of the flowers, friends, family and many, thoughts and ideas. In no other way can i speak to you. Who am I?

    Monk // 2013-05-18 23:02:30 // //
  • True, but actions will sometimes follow thoughts, therefore be mindful of your thoughts.

    Linda Sue Russell // 2013-05-18 23:01:34 // //
  • Emotional maturity begins with outgrowing our upbringing.

    The Soul's Answer to Why the Law of Attraction Isn't Working // 2013-05-18 22:57:57 // //
  • This is golden!

    Robin Crabtree Preheim // 2013-05-18 22:40:27 // //
  • Great.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-05-18 22:33:42 // //
  • I agree.. and what works for one, works for all..

    Rebecca Mae Lipski-Evans // 2013-05-18 22:27:11 // //
  • I don't get it

    Halina Kajfoszova // 2013-05-18 22:12:34 // //
  • its all shared reality

    Cath A Lamond // 2013-05-18 21:43:09 // //
  • Learning "from"??

    Jill Cosman Tringer // 2013-05-18 21:08:29 // //
  • psych I think he said you would feel guilt with thought or action.

    Bradley Fitzgerald // 2013-05-18 21:06:28 // //
  • you can detach from the thought...forgive yourself if are not the thought.

    Kimberley A. Brooks // 2013-05-18 20:30:20 // //
  • If a thought isn't carried out, that there should be no guilt attributed to that thought? I can't agree with that fully, because some thoughts are not things which you can ignore if they are not of character of the person who had it!

    Psychipedia TM // 2013-05-18 20:12:33 // //
  • in the flow of river the reflection of the moon is same

    Amine Akh // 2013-05-18 20:09:55 // //
  • I find this confusing

    Glenn Chase // 2013-05-18 20:09:30 // //
  • was the mistake in the first sentence intentional?

    Brianna Alley // 2013-05-18 20:05:23 // //
  • Think positive, Things grow in this world. peace and love.

    Monk // 2013-05-18 19:57:00 // //
  • i believe every thought is karma.

    Sweetoo Mehta // 2013-03-14 05:09:00 // //
  • be a first witness of" I" and "second witness" and understanding, response, compassion and forgiveness happen every moment spontaneously.

    Rohit Sharma // 2013-03-14 00:14:37 // //
  • Awearness! Is the way to start the process for the enlightent!

    Diana Cifuentes // 2013-03-13 19:07:00 // //
  • phewah..... oh yeah.

    Annie Clark // 2013-03-13 16:22:47 // //
  • gosto muito desse escritor

    Sofia Petraglia // 2013-03-13 13:44:25 // //
  • As a student of Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle I have learned that thought is driven by ego and not conscious self ... Then emotional maturation must be the path to enlightenment. I must read this book!

    Cynthia Meiri // 2013-03-13 13:37:07 // //
  • As a student of Deepak Chopra and Ekhart Thought is driven by the ego and a conscious person can separate from his or her thoughts

    Cynthia Meiri // 2013-03-13 13:33:13 // //
  • i'm not quient l am trying to respect that makes you promised

    Ardan Rodrigue // 2013-03-13 12:43:19 // //
  • Interesting.

    Jose Angel Rivera // 2013-03-13 12:36:21 // //
  • i was getting so tired of beating myself up all the time! feeling guilty if i didn't. knowing a thought is just a thought allows me to be alittle more human. i need not punish myself, nor act on every Thought.

    Linda Peterson // 2013-03-13 12:32:24 // //
  • Gracias! :-)

    M Estefanía Molina Alén // 2013-03-13 12:07:15 // //
  • Emotions are our human becomings to be spiritual

    Daniel Maitland // 2013-03-13 11:48:32 // //
  • We can not always control what thoughts come to mind but we can control how long they stay. Thoughts create energy and attract more like-minded thoughts.

    Dan Branstetter // 2013-03-13 11:40:57 // //
  • Reading Super Brain - amazing book. Love it!

    Jeanne Bullion // 2013-03-13 11:10:35 // //
  • This is very confusing to me can someone please translate for me

    Carmen McRae // 2013-03-13 10:46:06 // //
  • That why people tell us things and share their stories, and writers write to teach us things that we hopefully won't have to go through.

    Milton Lee Norris // 2013-03-13 10:37:42 // //
  • THE BUDDHA SAYS an evil thawt iz better left undone.

    Satyarishi Jeevamukti Dass // 2013-03-13 10:31:38 // //
  • Wow, this does not feel or sound right to me. It is narcissism to hold thoughts towards another in any way that interfere with the Devine knowledge that we are always deeply connected and harboring negative thoughts is and can never be anything but fleeting. It is never about me, it is about us and keeping the mind clear of the negativity is a spirit moving towards the One.

    Carol McKain Gregor // 2013-03-13 09:26:06 // //
  • Amen to this I am not my thoughts nor my emotions I am my divine self. We are all that, human beings having a spiritual experience therefore what we think & feel will surpass this soul experience once we move out of these physical bodies into the next realm.

    Asha Perera Junior // 2013-03-13 09:23:15 // //
  • Emotional maturity is the key to making and wise actions. WISDOM!

    Kathleen Ann Montagnino DeMatteo // 2013-03-13 09:23:06 // //
  • Does deepak answer questions here??

    Kathy Foulise // 2013-03-13 09:14:22 // //
  • Love this one.

    Asha Perera Junior // 2013-03-13 09:13:58 // //
  • about memes?

    Diane Belair // 2013-03-13 08:54:20 // //
  • because people have different level of conciousness towards guilt

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2013-03-13 08:32:02 // //
  • i was just wandering what kind of view of guilt that you percieve to a person's personal guilt? that makes a big difference,the guilt of a very kind or good person is so different from from a bad one..

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2013-03-13 08:29:08 // //
  • But is it not also true that as a person "thinks" so they become? Yes, you have already said this. So while we "may" think anything we want, still the wisdom of taking every thought captive stands. Yes?

    Sheri Bessi // 2013-03-13 08:22:05 // //
  • That's quite a problem to me. Have to accept the difference...

    Sílvia Castilho // 2013-03-13 08:15:59 // //
  • like

    Raju Ravi // 2013-03-13 07:26:34 // //
  • True, having a bad thought isn't the same as carrying it out. But IMO, guilt DOES know the difference. If you carry out an ACTION because of a thought... you are indeed guilty OF that particular ACTION whether you are aware of it or not. Different people have different reactions to a situation, therefore it's not absolute. People are free to HAVE any thought they want, it's what U do or don't do WITH that thought that matters!......PEACE!

    Irma Robinson // 2013-03-13 05:45:18 // //
  • We are our thoughts?

    Trudy Bendetti // 2013-03-13 04:41:19 // //
  • The Buddhist traditions, and of course Gandhi, teach us to purify our thoughts as well as our words and actions. This phrase, from your book, would seem to contest this.

    Edward H Sanborn IV // 2013-03-13 04:36:09 // //
  • X

    Tina Unger // 2013-03-13 04:30:25 // //
  • Thoughts can be equally or sometimes even more important than actions, since they activate the state of consciousness we are in and form our beliefs and from our state of consciousness and beliefs the systematic actions rise.

    Saulius J. Križinauskas // 2013-03-13 04:24:45 // //
  • Ah yes, one thing to learn is to proof-read anything before it is posted ... form vs. from.

    Debra-Jo Sujka // 2013-03-13 03:50:54 // //
  • Deepak, fire your proofreader, now!;-)

    Michaeline Montezinos // 2013-03-13 03:02:22 // //
  • They become a Politician, Stephanie L. Fox!!

    Pamela Green-Schader // 2013-03-13 03:00:21 // //
  • I am not "good at learning form." But I can spot a typo from about 10 inches away.~~Hee! Hee!

    Michaeline Montezinos // 2013-03-13 03:00:00 // //
  • This appears to likely come back to Western/Organized Religioins. i.e. to think murderous thoughts is just as much of a sin to do the action. What a load of baloney. A method to make one feel guilty, and in need of saviour. IMO.

    Babu Shunti // 2013-03-13 02:56:19 // //
  • we can control our minds but not our thoughts, but our minds can direct our thoughts, or at least I seem to have to pay attention to my thoughts alot and try to direct positive words into play to find enjoyable balance...

    Sally Johnstone // 2013-03-13 02:51:30 // //
  • What happens to the person who has not, at 50 years, learned from their own mistakes???

    Stephanie L Fox // 2013-03-13 02:43:41 // //
  • I agree with u Deepak Sir.Thought r not at all action they just reflect our action . any thought can be turned into action only when u add ur feeling, desire and strong belief. So thought backed by these 3 things can turn into action.And about good or bad thoughts,one thing is clear that Good thoughts r much much more stornger than the bad one's.

    Shilpa Yajurvedi // 2013-03-13 02:39:54 // //
  • Thanks! Yes, we DO need to hear how important our thoughts ARE because they CAN lead to actions! But many times OTHERS need to hear that thoughts are not the same thing as action and they need to get over the guilt!!! The former thought is a warning though.

    Hilda Harris // 2013-03-13 02:36:36 // //
  • alittle confused that Deepak would say this, cause thoughts create us.

    Arthur Gleizer // 2013-03-13 02:35:30 // //
  • I like it that way, not that I have violent thoughts... I just think about funny things like if elephants flew....

    Seth Keoki Johnson // 2013-03-13 02:25:35 // //
  • Yes, every day..! After all...Life is all about making mistakes and to learn from it, right.? Also from others. Unfortunately we always think we ourselves never make is always the other person. But actualy this person could be your show you who you realy are. They always say....Your Enemy is your Best Master..! If we just put our Ego aside and are willing to learn...we would become a muuuuuch better person from the Inside and create ourselves a muuuuuuch better place for all living creatures. Too bad Leaders of the world are NOT capable to see their own faults. That is why there will always be war between nations because they are not willing to learn from their own mistakes. It is sooooo difficult for them to say Sorry because the Ego has controlled their Mind and NOT the Heart..! Namaste

    Chiquira Toisuta // 2013-03-13 02:21:54 // //
  • and the hardest thing to feel is being controlled to feel and think like awesomely bad on something you are not inclined to and not aware on something applied to you..

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2013-03-13 02:20:59 // //
  • specially if frustrated efforts happens,efforts decided for the "intellectual good" for the proper cognitive healing of a person...

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2013-03-13 02:13:56 // //
  • there is always a phase between thoughts and action, a phase that crystallize either r positive or negative, it's what that phase is all about, feelings emotions ride between states,

    Edward Richardii Enguero // 2013-03-13 02:13:01 // //
  • thought does preceed action. we don't have to fear negative ideas--we simply decide to not act upon them. then instead of being things to fear--a negative idea provides contrast and clarity. our decisions and our actions become more productive.

    Kathleen Frank // 2013-03-13 02:12:09 // //
  • but having little bit contrary views on that topic, according to my perception, the thoughts also posses energy, energy is special kind of matter, when we think, we particularly take action at brain level, which gets reflect in the form of reaction as according to Newton's laws. when you think bad, all go bad, when you think positive, you get positive, then why this phenomenon is occurring, if thoughts aren't actions.

    Rakesh Kumar // 2013-03-13 02:08:19 // //
  • i will not present at the g8 on food, but by me saying it awakes many to do it in the countries we directed it at, we are called social actors...actors lol

    Lisa Chan // 2013-03-13 02:08:08 // //
  • Great! :)

    Jinwara Kitchalao // 2013-03-13 02:07:46 // //
  • but dwelling on bad thoughts leads to bad actions. We do become what we think

    Dan Branstetter // 2013-03-13 02:07:12 // //
  • not everything we say we do...we say it to awaken....and man does it work. lmao

    Lisa Chan // 2013-03-13 02:06:53 // //
  • Let the mind run wild huh, will do!

    Milakaa Merritt // 2013-03-13 02:06:33 // //
  • Book

    Laura Nonye Hayes // 2013-03-13 02:05:18 // //
  • Great boom

    Laura Nonye Hayes // 2013-03-13 02:05:16 // //
  • thanks Deepak!!! i am always glad when people "come out" :)

    Matthew Indigo Curtin // 2013-03-13 02:03:51 // //
  • great post!

    Mike To // 2013-03-13 02:02:49 // //
  • I somewhat disagree because "as a man thinks so is he". I think it is important to control our thoughts. We are encourage by scripture "to think on things that are pure, just, honest and of good report and if there be any good virtue; think on those things". I believe our thoughts do make a difference

    Jackscookie // 2013-03-12 23:23:05 // //
  • 6 MARCH 2013 Deepak Chopra ‏‪@DeepakChopra‬ Agree RT ‪@SagesScientists‬ Thoughts by themselves have the power to wound. By taking back a negative thought, you offer healing. Details

    JustAThought // 2013-03-12 22:05:19 // //
  • Is not supose good thoughts will bring good to us and bad ones will disconect us from the Source? We have to always think good things, as says in the Bible Phillipians 4:8

    Liliana Bardales // 2013-01-18 01:23:04 // //
  • thank you!

    Michelle Beaudette // 2013-01-17 07:14:19 // //
  • What if "thoughts" become "things"?

    Fattaneh Yassini // 2013-01-17 02:38:44 // //
  • Thank You.

    Ningning Guinto // 2013-01-16 23:08:45 // //
  • thank you...

    Shelley Duckett // 2013-01-16 19:07:05 // //
  • Si apenas entiendo el español y tu solo escribes en ingles!!! otros autores a pesar de ser ingleses pasan sus traducciones.

    Soley Morales // 2013-01-16 11:16:04 // //
  • Franklin, my mother used to tell me, that to think it, you may as well do it..I did, many time...Some of my best times were acting on naughty/stupid thoughts!

    Jaci Crisall // 2013-01-16 10:00:25 // //
  • Stay conscious of geometric existential truth, it is always happening in the here and now. Stay in the here and now, it is always the Truth.

    Franklin Melnick // 2013-01-16 09:38:59 // //
  • Thank you ~

    Lori Nadler-Armstrong // 2013-01-16 09:23:30 // //
  • I don't see anything new here.

    Voh Haase // 2013-01-16 05:47:32 // //
  • I've got to buy this book!! sounds amazing !

    Marguerite Heidi Roy // 2013-01-15 23:40:34 // //
  • I bought this book as a Christmas present to a relative. Can't wait to read it myself.

    Denise Mercedes // 2013-01-15 21:05:44 // //
  • Can someone explain his thought to me??? it sounds like rubbish, i want to know what he was smoking when he came up with this. Please help me out...i want to know what this means, maybe i am wrong and it is too deep for me. I challenge anyone to break it down for me.

    Glenda Smith // 2013-01-15 20:28:43 // //
  • LIKE

    B Nath Sinha // 2013-01-15 20:26:33 // //
  • Ahhh the freedom of non judgment, of others, and maybe more importantly ourselves. Very nice, thanks for sharing :)

    David Duncan // 2013-01-15 19:18:05 // //
  • What a relief!!! Thanks for the clarity of your wise words!

    Angella Corinna // 2013-01-15 17:14:06 // //
  • I don`t need to cart around guilt for weird thoughts that pass through my mind. What would be most useful is to be aware of thoughts and what values they express. Just like the adage, "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it," it is also important not to invite or welcome thoughts that you do not wish to see become desires and ultimately expressed in action or speech.

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-01-15 17:09:20 // //
  • Falemnderit :-)

    Nazmi Sejdiu // 2013-01-15 16:57:02 // //
  • Best to condition your mind to healthy reactions to peoples disrespects though...then your mind doesn't have clutter and your reaction timing is very fast......:) To potential violences...

    Lisa Whitney // 2013-01-15 16:19:05 // //
  • True dat jo I know what ya saying my friend so .......GET OUT RUN

    Spunky Bp Tuki // 2013-01-15 13:54:00 // //
  • Here's a thought. AHIMSA Non violence is the principle- Veganism is the practice. Veganism (/ˈviːgənɪzəm/) is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan. Distinctions are sometimes made between different types of vegans and veganism. Dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) eliminate animal products from their diet (not only meat and fish, but also dairy products, eggs and often honey, as well as other animal-derived substances). The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the rejection of animal products on the premise that industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.[1] The term vegan was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson, co-founder of the British Vegan Society, to mean "non-dairy vegetarian"; the society also opposed the consumption of eggs. In 1951 the society extended the definition of veganism to mean "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals," and in 1960 H. Jay Dinshah started the American Vegan Society, linking veganism to the Jain concept of ahimsa, the avoidance of violence against living things.[2]

    Laurie Lyons // 2013-01-15 13:00:07 // //
  • So profound.

    Healthy Living with Liz // 2013-01-15 12:51:54 // //
  • interesting as my understanding with spirituality is that there is no such thing as a bad thought. the light cannot exist without the dark. anyway presuming that there is such thing as bad i find sometimes i have bad thoughts however, that provides my mind understanding that i need to protected my loved ones. so the bad provides a purpose and reminder of how much i care. i never intentionally think bad thoughts which perhaps is the difference between intentionally thinking bad thoughts and thoughts drifting into existence from my sub conscious. i guess it's where and how these thoughts come to be which is the question.

    Peter Morritt // 2013-01-15 12:51:34 // //
  • TUESDAY The Law of Karma Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choosing actions that bring happiness and success to others ensures the flow of happiness and success to you.

    Maria Yolanda Garcia // 2013-01-15 12:51:07 // //
  • On this I disagree Deepak. It is my opinion that thought is quite powerful and contains energy, positive or negative. That energy absolutely manifests in cosmic consciousness either within the life and personality of the thinker or the greater world at large. Why not teach to think happy thoughts, loving thoughts, affirming thoughts and to diminish those thoughts that do not build up.

    Melanie Crabb-Murphy // 2013-01-15 12:48:32 // //
  • *posts > facebook and twitter. But the face post are best.

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:48:11 // //
  • espáñol?

    Manuel De Jesas Galvez Villalta // 2013-01-15 12:47:58 // //
  • I do like your post... They are always so good for me. Think you!

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:47:27 // //
  • is just something to think about...

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:46:18 // //
  • And do you think that the question i made is linked with yor post? maybe not.

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:45:26 // //
  • but there is some fisicists that say the brain does not recognize what we think of what we do. for the brain is the same Because if you think about a book.... The light areas of the brain are the same areas when you see the thing (book) with your Eyes. Deepak what do you think about that?

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:42:13 // //
  • That is nice..but else where you have said that thought is subtle action????confused

    Prabha Kumathe // 2013-01-15 12:41:24 // //
  • and there are certain lines of thought that say... think is equal of to do something bad . some famous thinkers say that.

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:37:32 // //
  • e existem certas linhas de pensamento que dizem que pensar é igual a agir. alguns pensadores famosos dizem isso.

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:36:39 // //
  • What we think we become - Buddha , Repetition of anything again and again becomes habit. That is why cleansing is necessary .Learning the art of witnessing thoughts .Things starts with thoughts only .:-)

    Neha Sharma // 2013-01-15 12:34:55 // //
  • pior do que um mau pensamento é a culpa de se ter um mau pensamento

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:34:45 // //
  • worse than a bad thought is the guilt for having a bad thought.

    Leonardo Salema // 2013-01-15 12:34:35 // //
  • They are not actions --- but they can to some extent influence even if not spoken

    Estrid Merete Hörup // 2013-01-15 12:28:40 // //
  • "If I only had a brain...the nerve...a heart."

    Robin Margaret Tretter // 2013-01-15 12:22:35 // //
  • Remember when Jimmy Carter said in his Playboy interview that he had sinned in his heart

    Cathy Harry-Little Nickel // 2013-01-15 12:22:27 // //
  • I enjoy Choppa's way of thinking.

    Sylvia Sammons-Spivey // 2013-01-15 12:21:42 // //
  • when you think, you can send out thoughts, which can become masked as intentions

    Lee Bee // 2013-01-15 12:20:44 // //
  • Thank you Informaton

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-01-15 12:17:45 // //
  • 100% agree!

    Laura Suero // 2013-01-15 12:17:16 // //
  • Needed it today ... Thanks

    Ritika Arora // 2013-01-15 12:14:15 // //
  • Crazy that some religions teach that if you have a bad thought, you may as well have acted upon it.

    Brandon Richardson // 2013-01-15 12:12:52 // //
  • Deffinetly getting the book :D

    Jessica Najjar // 2013-01-15 12:11:24 // //
  • woow

    Maria Antonieta Caballero // 2013-01-15 12:10:01 // //
  • Thank goodness :)

    Organic Size Me // 2013-01-15 12:06:34 // //
  • :)

    Pam Riano // 2013-01-15 12:06:09 // //
  • Super Brain.---ok

    Mansour Chaginy // 2013-01-15 12:05:41 // //
  • Sonja Oeltjendiers // 2013-01-15 12:04:38 // //
  • Really!!....any thought I would like. Why does the tree wave its branches, when I say "hello, wishing for some rain?"....on a very still dry day??....coincidence??

    Diane Christie // 2012-11-21 12:02:35 // //
  • Meditation can help get us to that point where we have a "non-attached" relationship with our thoughts. And a new study finds that meditation, of any type, can change the brain for the better: // 2012-11-21 09:25:20 // //
  • As you think so are you..thoughts are seeds that when planted will grow into actions. One must remove the thought from their mind in order to stop the growth..the only way to do this is through prayer and diligence.

    Roberta Lynch-Murphy // 2012-11-21 08:31:00 // //
  • My spiritual journey "outcoming" (The time when I finally woke up from the nightmare I was going through and allowed myself to put myself totally into the hands of y higher power" only began a few months ago. But learning and accepting this truth was one of the greatest emotional turning points for me. I now live this everyday but seeing it in writing warms my heart because I can truly say "I have come so far." Thank you <3

    Anne Skvarenina // 2012-11-21 08:17:08 // //
  • Your thoughts matter, choose good ones.

    Linda Johnson // 2012-11-21 03:36:13 // //
  • You are saying that you don't have to act on a thought and you shouldn't feel guilty for having a negative thought that was never acted upon. Yes, you shouldn't feel guilty, but shouldn't we examine our thoughts all the same because we do act on some thoughts and because our thoughts at least affect ourselves? And wasn't their a study that showed that when a certain percentage of the population meditates, crime decreases around the world? Barbara Marx Hubbard is a visionary futurist leader showing the interconnectedness in the world and the need for cooperation among the various systems of the world. We need your help to complete the next phase of our documentary on her vision, life, and journey. Join us at ♬

    Bold Mother Hubbard: The Story and Vision of Barbara Marx Hubbard // 2012-11-21 03:32:09 // //
  • Wow! Thank you :)

    Marya Dawn // 2012-11-21 00:19:15 // //
  • I love you Deepak! I am loving the 21-day meditation challenge and I am grateful for you!

    The Vibrant Yoga Entrepreneur // 2012-11-21 00:16:16 // //
  • another group of teachers teach that thought is the first action...first KARMA. And that one should watch and control ones thoughts..

    Preeti Khanna // 2012-11-20 23:58:04 // //
  • You can hurt people with thoughts. I don't agree with this. Bad action is much worse than bad thought but you can still hurt people with thoughts.

    Steve Wein // 2012-11-20 23:15:15 // //
  • Yes

    Marianaxzc Spears Jackson // 2012-11-20 20:07:59 // //
  • I totally disagree for thought is an action!

    Martuska Ouellet // 2012-11-20 20:00:18 // //
  • Yes siree Larry!!

    Kathleen Iaea // 2012-11-20 19:39:44 // //
  • A thought is just an opportunity to make a choice...

    Larry Wayne // 2012-11-20 19:06:23 // //
  • Soon as I can get to a bookstore I'm going to get that book. Thanks for writing it.

    Juanita Hawkins // 2012-11-20 18:53:37 // //
  • Have more success & much love

    Rafael Miecznikowski // 2012-11-20 18:42:06 // //
  • Fear of and resistance to "bad" thoughts gives them power. Have them, and watch them move on.

    Chip Transue // 2012-11-20 18:11:41 // //
  • Love it!!

    Andrew Gunn-Wilinski // 2012-11-20 18:00:27 // //
  • Thought is also the premature action of mind, and for this to happen the brain releases its energy ahead. Why is "thought" not an action?

    Welkin Siskin // 2012-11-20 17:31:12 // //
  • i think every moment of the day, only doing do we learn if its what we thought :)

    Ruth Favell // 2012-11-20 17:24:20 // //
  • Deepak, why are you doing these IN ALL CAPS? IT MAKES THEM VERY HARD TO READ.

    Amy Simpson // 2012-11-20 17:17:49 // //
  • The first part makes sooooo much sense, but the last bit is a bit cryptic.... Just some more conscious exercise for our brains !! Love it

    Donna Bowman // 2012-11-20 17:05:20 // //
  • Just make sure it is a supportive person and not someone who is super critical.

    Sonya Browning // 2012-11-20 16:48:44 // //
  • @melly what a great explanation! It's what I've always believed in. Thanks for taking the time.

    Desiree Campos Santos // 2012-11-20 16:38:57 // //
  • ooh, ..super brain, yeah !

    Veronica Martinho // 2012-11-20 16:28:54 // //
  • Love this

    Rune Bekkelund // 2012-11-20 16:06:19 // //
  • Whew! Yes, Melly Fay.. Wonderfully said!

    Kathleen Iaea // 2012-11-20 16:00:44 // //
  • I think what the importance of what is being said here is that, sure it is important to purify your thoughts and emotions; but, when you have what you may deem as a bad or negative thought, just witness it rather than feeling guilty about it. Guilt only furthur concentrates your attention on it. And holds you in that negativity. If you allow the thoughts to pass as they may, and see them as just thoughts, you release your attachment to them and any negativity generated by them. Often, we don't have control over our thoughts; the mind comes and goes, it fluctuates like waves... thoughts are like passing clouds. And, like anything, there is desirable ones, creative ones and there is the opposite, there is residue or garbage in the mind too. By giving attention to what you do have control over- "action" -which really has an impact, you can take control of your thoughts also. You are choosing which momentum you want to put forward and which thought process you want to act on. Then, you take control of your experience, you become the creator who says how his life goes. It's not that thought isn't important, it about your relation to thought. You can still choose more positive thoughts that are beneficient over the contrary out of the plethora out of the thoughts that occur like radio feeds; that are not your choice. It is truly that when you are putting thought to action that you are choosing the frequency you want to create every moment we are in action, every moment we are choosing creating thats where thought becomes important. But when thoughts are just occuring as they do, we should not be bothered by them, and feel guilty... they are simply occuring, it is as Deepak said it is when we choose the thought and put them into action that there is a meaning and if we didn't put them into action they remain as just that... Passing clouds infinite possibilities of an infinite potential which includes both hurtful and helpful, destructive and constructive possibilities...purposefully intending bad things is engaging the thought and of course will create a deeper physiological impact on you and what you attract however feeling guilty when you see you have done this is not helpful if you wish to change that way of thinking. and you still have a further choice of whether you want to act on that thinking or not whether you carry it out or not.... so if you caught yourself at thought and did not carry it out, don't beat yourself up, relieve yourself of incurring any more negativity from attaching to your negative thoughts, give thanks you never acted on them, and move on let them fall away, choose a better feeling thought. the most grief that happens is us attaching to the negative thoughts, making them mean something thus giving them more energy and momentum. Let go and next moment give your attention on what you want to think that feels good, to you think about what you want to create . Or jump into constructive action it still falls in line with the law of is just how you read it. If you go into just the words, it looks contradictory:) knowing Deepak would only be coming from that deeper place...this is what I got from what Deepak said. :)

    Melly Fay // 2012-11-20 15:54:28 // //
  • Alana everything happens for a reason and there aren't any coincidences :)

    Amber Lee // 2012-11-20 15:52:23 // //
  • This was right on time, I have to share this.

    Alana King // 2012-11-20 15:45:15 // //
  • Emotional maturity=knowing self. It does not define self by watching others, but, it does cause one to learn from every angle possible, so that one may be the best person possible.

    Kathleen Iaea // 2012-11-20 15:45:00 // //
  • If you find yourself watching others to define yourself and how you react, you will find yourself trying to please everyone.... and that, is impossible indeed. You can come out of silence whenever you is up to you whether or not you come out saying and doing intelligent things.

    Suzanne Munoz // 2012-11-20 15:35:05 // //
  • You may think anything you please as long as you control your actions. One doesnʻt have to feel guilty about thought. If you choose action, you learn if that action is right or wrong by the reaction of others around you...

    Kathleen Iaea // 2012-11-20 15:28:31 // //
  • I suffered with pure ocd for years and I will say thoughts DO have a huge impact. For me I suffered horrific thoughts and images. I never did carry out any of the things that were popping in my mind, but I suffered immensely. I was a recluse and was afraid to be around people because of bad thoughts. Now I see that I can think these thoughts and move on, I had to Learn this the hard way. But thoughts can created our reality, only if we let them.

    Amber Lee // 2012-11-20 15:28:12 // //
  • Totally agree, and I must read that book Deepack Choprah!!! Namaste!!!!!!!!!!

    Maria Pia Tricerri-Picault // 2012-11-20 15:26:04 // //
  • The thoughts lead to the feelings, and the feelings (emotion) are what manifest.. I also do not know exactly what Deepak means here.

    Sarajane Kostek // 2012-11-20 15:25:37 // //
  • Doesn't this contradict what the law of attraction preaches ?

    Vuyiswa Masiko // 2012-11-20 15:24:43 // //
  • Cannot wait to read this one! Thank you Deepak

    Chanel Grantham // 2012-11-20 15:21:35 // //
  • I have to admit - I am the same not sure what he means. Thoughts are the seed of the whole creation! That's what I understand at this moment. We create our own reality.

    Jyot Preet Kaur // 2012-11-20 15:19:24 // //
  • This is a HUGE one for me.

    Courtney Smith // 2012-11-20 15:18:40 // //
  • Sometimes you can't help but have bad thoughts, it's a way of expressing your anger that has to come out somehow! And then just move on : ) We are only human after all.

    Karen Ellingsen Guaragna // 2012-11-20 15:16:52 // //
  • nice quote

    Judy Trinidad // 2012-11-20 15:13:37 // //
  • Well said Ryan. But I don't think I fully understand what Deepak means here.

    Jennifer Coghill // 2012-11-20 15:13:27 // //
  • I disagree in some ways. I think the goal is to purify the thoughts as well. I don't like the idea of who I am with thinking of having sex with someone else. What they don't know won't hurt them? Then who has your heart? No man on Earth can likely be what I have looked for. What now? I am so angry at men. They only seem to like sex. Then I don't need them. They can go do a blow up doll.

    Jennifer Renae Cosby // 2012-11-20 15:13:10 // //
  • I am not sure I understand Deepak. Thoughts DO have an impact. Thougts in the Objective (conscious) affect the Subjective (unconscious) and create action within the One Mind energetically (see Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind as reference). Our THOUGHTS have real implications. Even if NOT carried out, the thought does have creative power. Right?

    Ryan Pride // 2012-11-20 15:11:40 // //
  • Now, of course, I must have your new book, Deepak.

    Annita Whisman Rackley // 2012-11-20 15:07:24 // //
  • Gonna pick this up today! Thx Deepak.

    Mike Meldon // 2012-11-20 15:07:01 // //
  • My New Audio Book i Just Downloaded xo

    Monique Lee // 2012-11-20 15:05:10 // //