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Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

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ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

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GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

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“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

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Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
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Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

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December 09 2012

How to Inspire Your Brain (Part 2)

Category:  SF Gate

By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), co-authors of Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being. (Harmony)

Evidence is gathering by the day that the brain isn't really an object but a continuous and active process. Thoughts and experiences create new pathways in the brain. They even affect the output of genes. What this means for the individual is extremely important. The control center for the brain's constant shaping and reshaping is you, the person who is using the brain. Although there are many brain processes that run on automatic, they too are highly influenced by experiences - that's why, for instance, the automatic rise and fall of blood pressure during the day is highly responsive to all the things that happened to you during the day.

Brain health comes down to a simple-seeming formula: maximize the positive input and minimize the negative input. The result will be positive rather than negative output. To some extent the difference between positive and negative input isn't hard to define:

It's positive to maintain balanced diet, negative to eat an imbalanced one.
It's positive to take regular exercise; it's negative to be sedentary.
It's positive to have good relationships, negative to have stressful ones.

Anyone who has kept pace with the public campaign in prevention can make the list longer; the risk factors for a healthy lifestyle are well known. But this is where the difference between positive and negative get trickier. Information isn't the same as compliance. That Americans are getting more obese and sedentary while consuming massive quantities of sugar and fatty junk food isn't due to lack of information. Non-compliance is about inspiring your brain to function in a better way. This is a role assigned to the mind; the brain can't inspire itself.

In our book Super Brain we focus on how to you can best relate to your brain on the basis of more positive thinking, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs. In that regard we are running counter to the prevailing trend, which sees the brain as an organ that needs to be maintained the way one would maintain the heart of stomach. Of course the brain is an organ, but far more importantly, it serves the mind. Therefore, everything you think, say, and do depends on aligning the brain with your desires, intentions, and the vision you have of your life. The brain keeps a constant feedback loop going with the mind and body; if you were to fall into a coma, it can sustain life.

But only you can sustain meaning and purpose. For all of its brilliant discoveries, neuroscience can't give your brain meaning, and if you feel that you lack purpose, there is no drug or surgery that will bring it back. At present the main breakthroughs in neuroscience are medical. Curing organic disorders like Alzheimer's and depression are urgent goals since they undermine anyone's chance to find meaning and purpose.

But our emphasis is to raise the everyday functioning of the brain to a higher level. The baseline brain, as we call it, passively handles everyone's life given the input that is provided. Super brain, on the other hand, goes beyond the baseline brain to actively optimize what the brain can do - it brings to life hidden potential that exists in everyone's brain. To give a sense of what we mean, here's a quiz to test how much of your brain's potential you are presently using.

Quiz: Baseline Brain versus Super Brain

Look at the following list and place a check beside each sentence that describes your behavior at least some of the time. Don’t be judgmental or hard on yourself. Simply mark the items that honestly seem to apply to you.

I don’t ask myself to behave very differently today than I did yesterday.
I am a creature of habit.
I don’t stimulate my mind with new challenges very often.
I like familiarity. It’s the most comfortable way to live.
I’m not that excited with the work I do.
My relationships follow pretty set patterns.
I should pay more attention to my weight.
I don’t exercise regularly.
I can be impulsive and then regret it later.
I have certain habits I just can’t seem to break.
I look at my past and see major regrets.
I know that I have missed some major opportunities.
I’m only fair at making decisions.
I’m aware of having inner conflicts.
I worry about aging, particularly memory loss.
I’ve had much better times in my life than now.
The future fills me with uncertainty.
I need to be in better control of my life.
I wonder what my purpose in life is.
I wish that my emotions were more valued.
I rarely read inspirational stories, poetry, or scriptures.
I feel that I deserve more appreciation.
I don’t see my life really getting better.
I have a hard time getting a good nights’ sleep every night.
I don’t feel that great about my body.


Total Score __________

Analyzing your score: Every item on the list describes the baseline brain. Its attitudes, beliefs, and habits are self-limiting. They aren’t bad or wrong – this quiz isn’t about judging yourself. It’s about the habitual way that you relate to your brain. The point is to assess where you stand in relation to your hidden potential.

18 – 25 points. You are not sufficiently proactive as you relate to your brain. Much of the time you allow inertia to creep into your daily life. You let old habits and beliefs hold power over you. When something goes wrong, you tend to let it slide. You don’t believe that you can change your life at every moment, significantly. It’s good that you see yourself realistically, because each item that you checked off can be improved, as you will discover reading Super Brain.

11 – 17 points. You know that your life could be better and have a good appreciation of your limitations. You have spent some time trying to change, either through therapy, self-help, or spiritual pursuits. You may consider yourself a seeker. Even if you don’t, you would welcome positive change. Looking back at your past, you know that you had more potential than you have fulfilled so far. It’s good that you are so ready to change. Every page of Super Brain will speak to you personally and help you to get on the path to fulfillment.

5 – 10 points. You are a self-aware person who has been interested in fulfilling your potential for a long time. It’s likely that you are very familiar with therapy or the spiritual path. You value yourself and don’t easily accept limitations. You are ready to turn the rest of your life into a rising arc. You are already so proactive that Super Brain offers fulfillment at an unusually high level. The possibility of reaching higher consciousness and calling on the higher brain to get you there is very real.

0 – 4 points. Either you are astonishingly self-aware or you didn’t take the quiz seriously. Please take it again without fearing that you will make yourself look bad. The quiz is about an objective assessment, not about judging against yourself.

In the next post we'll discuss the implications of turning baseline functioning into higher functioning.

Read Part1 ofHow to Inspire Your Brain

(To be cont.)
How to Inspire Your Brain (Part 2)

Top comments

  • What is important: do not judge yourself. It is all good because life is a process in which you evolve naturally. Don`t believe you have that much influence. You have some but it grows naturally during your life. You cannot provide the ultimate solution instantly. No one can. The ego is the only one who thinks it can :) That`s why the world is still suffering....

    YourSoul // 2012-12-09 17:23:37 // //
  • Well I`m f///ked nup I have been spiritual fodder for the grist mill God help me and have mercy

    salmo // 2012-12-10 20:02:49 // //

 

 

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N54_Q75L8Gk

    Art House // 2012-12-16 09:48:40 // //
  • Good article

    Barbara Sommers // 2012-12-12 13:47:41 // //
  • are you promoting your book for profits or to help inform and CURE?

    Michelle Ann Schilling // 2012-12-12 00:56:36 // //
  • Ends whit all criticisms and judgments about oneself and others and to love unconditionally

    valentine // 2012-12-11 21:03:57 // //
  • :-)

    Marianne Kandelin // 2012-12-11 18:05:06 // //
  • The quiz is fun : )

    Sarah Jordan // 2012-12-11 17:17:19 // //
  • Buena foto

    Sandra Vicky Catalan Torres // 2012-12-11 16:54:58 // //
  • Maestro

    Mayela Sandoval // 2012-12-11 16:26:56 // //
  • will do

    Jacqui Adams // 2012-12-11 16:02:31 // //
  • Are you kidding? This is a blatant advertisement for your new book -- each score "level" basically says reading Super Brain will help. Anyone with half a brain can see through this advertising guise

    Jobu // 2012-12-11 15:50:13 // //
  • awesome read

    Cheryll Bradley // 2012-12-11 15:40:32 // //
  • No such thing as 'nothing'!

    Keith Morant // 2012-12-11 15:40:21 // //
  • I find a lot of people don't have very much respect for nothing. That thing that is left when they take everything away, but also that thing which somehow connects everything together. There is actually a lot more of nothing in this Universe than all that other stuff you people hoard as if the one thing you could not imagine was no possessions. Nothing ventured nothing gained.

    John E. Chadwick // 2012-12-11 15:24:03 // //
  • I would like some references to support the arguments in the article.

    Martynas Karys // 2012-12-11 15:20:35 // //
  • This relates directly to the Whole Mind education process. He is one of my mentors in the field. His investigations are so helpful for all of us regardless of what tradition you are.

    Lama Naljorma Yeshe Khadro // 2012-12-11 15:18:01 // //
  • Dee, come get this tattoo mantra

    Damm Nice // 2012-12-11 15:18:00 // //
  • the brain is only part of the Consciousness of Moving Life.

    Johnny NatureHack Merrill // 2012-12-11 15:17:54 // //
  • http://www.facebook.com/ArtizenKavneetAggarwal...like this link to get free vaastu and feng shui tips.....Artizen is into vastu and feng shui paintings

    Kavneet Aggarwal // 2012-12-11 10:01:47 // //
  • handsome

    Eleni Solange // 2012-12-11 04:56:20 // //
  • Love, love, love this book!

    Simplicity of Beauty // 2012-12-10 21:46:42 // //
  • In Brief: The proverb says, as a man thinks ~ so is he. My interpretation of this is that as one interprets and responds to life experiences...so is he. My life has been full of tragedy after tragedy. My coping mechanism turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. I learned to find and focus on The Other Side of Ugly (a book I am now writing). To find beauty from tragedy isn`t easy, but neither is it impossible if I remember that everything that comes my way can either grow me or destroy me. It doesn`t mean I don`t hurt or feel pain. Of course I do. Rather it simply means I chose to allow the life experiences to enlighten me. And now this is so ingrained in my mind that my brain is always thinking this thought...BE the light you already are Sheri!

    Eternally Me // 2012-12-10 20:49:39 // //
  • Well I`m f///ked nup I have been spiritual fodder for the grist mill God help me and have mercy

    salmo // 2012-12-10 20:02:49 // //
  • its a process ofcourse !

    Marita Jertfelt // 2012-12-10 13:14:14 // //
  • I am born. I come with a brain equipped to take care of my existential needs that my DNA partly ensures since my mother`s diet during my pregnancy also affects my development who too came equipped with a brain like I am to take care of my existential needs. I begin to learn about the world and then I begin to learn about the human social world - and my brain begins adapting itself. However the language I learn and my social world is not what my brain came equipped with - and I find certain dissonances as well as a certain harmony with my original condition that I was born to be in (it does not mean that I was meant to be born in a cave in some forest). The dissonances begin to seem greater and my adaptive abilities are challenged. They call it alienation after I have grown up enough to read such literature as this and others. I recognize what they talk of partly and recognize the same dissonances too and the effort to get over them! Yet they lead to the first question that I had when I faced the dissonance. Now I call it as `I` and function largely without thinking if it is my brain that does this work or about my gross motor movements and their synchronizations! But I like reading The Little Prince and I like reading The Prophet as I like reading so many stories of those kinds. Often I wonder if this is right or that is. I seek the original equilibrium that many mistake to be the original condition of the womb - for which I was born in most senses to be in and grow further. But now the lesser aspects mark the most and I am an alienated individual - in having adapted to my social world that I find differs across the globe. I discover in this the reasons for the invention of religion. I also discover that helping one is this journey to regain one`s original equilibrium back also means a lot of money and one is back in one`s wonderings! Of course there are not many people like me who remember the original condition of the equilibrium that was to be my foundation for my growth when I was born. I doubt if my mother too thought like me or if my father too ever wondered like I do or recognize that what I am doing here? I am in India and an alien. Suddenly I am so proud of it and so happy about it! I suppose that my brain has finally registered a small fact that usually go unnoticed in democracies and human societies elsewhere including non-human societies too! But what was the original condition that I was meant to be born into? And why such differences? Perhaps it helps to be able to read and even type since I know that I am not bound by my gross motor movements. There is a famous wheelchair bound scientist in the United States of America who writes books upon the universe and other sciences that so deal with the external physical world who is a famous scientist despite his disability and not because of it. I wonder...still about the original condition that my brain came hardwired with. But did my mother also wonder as I did and took care of her diet to help me in my natural growth? I do not know. But I type this.....wondering!

    Lawrence // 2012-12-10 10:15:39 // //
  • Great article!

    Free Secrets for Success in Life and Wealth // 2012-12-10 07:33:07 // //
  • Dr Chopra: thank you for advertising my country to the world! Be sure to visit Peru!

    Dan-Maria Dempsey // 2012-12-10 03:33:04 // //
  • Wish you were here at our Earthkeepers event in Little Rock. ;)

    Mona Delfino // 2012-12-09 23:57:07 // //
  • Yeah he's in S.F.!!

    Marva Lutich // 2012-12-09 22:29:47 // //
  • is that a freemason tower in san francisco ? looks similar to that one in frankfurt germany city center....the rooftop ....in wonder if that red light is blinking nighttime the same like a eye of horus....the illuminati sign....hope you have nothing in come on with those NWO deciples

    Peter Ravasz // 2012-12-09 22:24:06 // //
  • its disturbing

    Kathy Wetter Cohn // 2012-12-09 21:52:11 // //
  • why do you takie so many pics of your self

    Kathy Wetter Cohn // 2012-12-09 21:51:55 // //
  • Deepak you are SO cool! Love your article. Thanks for sharing!! You are such an inspiration.

    The Mind Body Soul Project // 2012-12-09 21:45:22 // //
  • LOVE♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    Patricia Rodríguez Niño // 2012-12-09 21:42:08 // //
  • Melanie Love // 2012-12-09 21:29:27 // //
  • Mr. Chopra i admire you from long while but I admire you even more you wearing the marca PERU t-shirt and that's why I feel more proud of my country now and thank you for all your work.

    Juan A Sanchez // 2012-12-09 20:41:14 // //
  • a vida, só e´chamada vida ,quando outra vida esta está envolvida em outra ,se não existe temos procurar

    Marcos Oliveira // 2012-12-09 20:16:41 // //
  • °° It's tricky.... "The brain is a continuous and active process" I would think that it's also the processer....Because if " "The brain keeps a constant feedback loop going with the mind and body" it's charting and governing.....Are habits formed by not using the brain or not using it wisely? Should one use the mind to correct bad habits that the mind and body have grown accustomed to? OR should the mind and body demand the brain to rectify the issues? Could there be some sort of a brain in all the organs of our body that we haven't yet discovered? And lastly, I think SUGAR should be classified as a DRUG by the FDA (lol) And should not be blindly added to food by the discretion of food manufacturers °°

    Norman Échavarria // 2012-12-09 20:11:29 // //
  • since i scored an 11, i read statements for both 11-17 and 5-10 ... i always enjoy what you have to offer Deepak ... thank you. : ) please keep up your valuable work ... bright blessings ~ ilona

    ilona watzlawick (on fb) // 2012-12-09 19:57:57 // //
  • I really enjoyed seeing you for the first time in person in Portsmouth New Hamshire last week, you are very inspiring. My wife and I are excited to read your new book Super Brain!

    Bernard Djevalikian // 2012-12-09 19:56:24 // //
  • The brain, the heart, the mind, heaven and eternity are all continuous, active, even incessant processes. Not only is the brain not a thing, but heaven is not a place, and eternity has nothing to do with time.

    The Soul's Answer to Why the Law of Attraction Isn't Working // 2012-12-09 19:31:22 // //
  • Peru loves you!!!!!

    Ana Caro Cárdenas // 2012-12-09 19:28:08 // //
  • So good to know...

    Jane Davis // 2012-12-09 19:17:29 // //
  • Peru en el pecho...bien Deepak!

    Silvana Espejo // 2012-12-09 18:33:33 // //
  • @peru , love my country too, gracias!!!!!

    Wieslawa Tomasevich // 2012-12-09 18:31:22 // //
  • Muchas Gracias, saludos Desde Buenos Aires...

    Claudia Christin // 2012-12-09 18:26:58 // //
  • Guapooooo!!!!!!!

    Martha Sacoto-Navia // 2012-12-09 18:22:47 // //
  • Mr. Chopra I love your T-shirt .... Loving Peru!! my country yeah!

    Patricia Chiroque // 2012-12-09 18:20:47 // //
  • Mind-boggling stuff !!! Sxx

    Sole Segura // 2012-12-09 18:18:27 // //
  • The red has regained a new vibrant color on you, Sir.

    Diksha Beesoondoyal // 2012-12-09 18:15:37 // //
  • Pontif

    Skye True-Hagenstein // 2012-12-09 18:14:33 // //
  • nice T-shirt Deepak

    Juan Pablo Peche // 2012-12-09 18:08:34 // //
  • Brain"? or is this just about positive thought,which is of course good ,but not particularly new discovery.

    Michael A Bartholomeau // 2012-12-09 18:03:16 // //
  • choprak

    Vilma Velazco // 2012-12-09 18:02:42 // //
  • So has anyone and I mean anyone developed a "Super

    Michael A Bartholomeau // 2012-12-09 18:02:18 // //
  • good writing

    Ayaz Uqam // 2012-12-09 17:51:11 // //
  • I am listening to Super Brain on Audible on my way to and from work each day. It'

    Wenda O'Neill // 2012-12-09 17:46:50 // //
  • <3 Perú

    Liliana T Vivanco // 2012-12-09 17:36:02 // //
  • I AM gonna get Deepak's, "Super Brain" !

    Martha Guyer // 2012-12-09 17:32:15 // //
  • Come to Perù :)

    Liliana T Vivanco // 2012-12-09 17:32:09 // //
  • Its like the universe, limitless and always expanding.

    Jay B. Lawrence // 2012-12-09 17:29:46 // //
  • Jose...he`s our guide!!

    Diane Belair // 2012-12-09 17:28:07 // //
  • :) Pretty your shirt !!

    Stefany Lòpez Ch // 2012-12-09 17:25:13 // //
  • What is important: do not judge yourself. It is all good because life is a process in which you evolve naturally. Don`t believe you have that much influence. You have some but it grows naturally during your life. You cannot provide the ultimate solution instantly. No one can. The ego is the only one who thinks it can :) That`s why the world is still suffering....

    YourSoul // 2012-12-09 17:23:37 // //
  • Why does your picture have to pop out when something unexplainable happens in my life, who are you in reality?

    Jose E. Ortega // 2012-12-09 17:17:50 // //
  • must pick up a copy the Book! :D

    Marcel Mateo // 2012-12-09 17:16:25 // //
  • nice shirt ...wish i could read the word on it

    Georgiana Holmes // 2012-12-09 17:16:23 // //
  • Love your book super brain

    Janet Savage Valadez // 2012-12-09 17:16:08 // //
  • http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151219067004633&set=a.10151082936239633.447225.528289632&type=1&theater

    Marcel Mateo // 2012-12-09 17:16:03 // //
  • Deepak el Perú es mágico. Tierra de Castañeda!

    Martín Junco Andrade // 2012-12-09 17:14:38 // //
  • I love your shirt :)

    Cecilia M Gonzales // 2012-12-09 17:14:02 // //
  • Love the red T-shirt!

    Michelle Ann Schilling // 2012-12-09 17:13:03 // //
  • I would say so Deepak here ... I keep typing away on all this to show how all this is real with the BRAIN ... Red and white here I just looked at here ... Amazing how one brain here can connect to so many brains here all over the world here ... whose post do you want I got any country here posting on my screen ... You always know how to brighten up my computer screen here ... where are you at now here ? Love you Deepak.. I have 3 friends here Deepak I am noticing from Minnesota, India and Thailand ...

    Marlene Wood // 2012-12-09 17:12:57 // //
  • Dee!! Loving your t-shirt!! Viva Perù Btw, can't put your book down #SuperBrain, everyone needs to read this book!! Thank you!! Xo

    Josselin Lowell // 2012-12-09 17:12:50 // //
  • ''I seem to be a verb.'' ~ R. Buckminster Fuller :)

    Thomas Graves // 2012-12-09 17:11:55 // //
  • very very handsome !!

    Cheri Cook // 2012-12-09 17:11:19 // //
  • Are the mind and brain is the same?

    Orville Grant // 2012-12-09 17:11:03 // //
  • <3

    Tere Medina // 2012-12-09 17:09:55 // //
  • Rainy Waters // 2012-12-09 17:09:09 // //
  • Love You and your t-shits also. LoL! ♥

    Nani Díaz Bedregal // 2012-12-09 17:09:02 // //
  • ~Shared with love and light Susan~

    Susan Brandt // 2012-12-09 17:07:05 // //
  • Thanks Dr Deepak seeing you every day refresh my soul!! love you!!

    Luz de Angelis // 2012-12-09 17:06:55 // //
  • Funny how the word 'plastic' can refer to the brain's flexibility and ability to constantly recreate itself but now the word plastic connotes a hard petroleum based material. Ahhh words!

    Dudley Evenson // 2012-12-09 17:06:23 // //
  • aho <3

    Andreea Serban // 2012-12-09 17:06:17 // //
  • cool ^^

    Nisrine Humaine // 2012-12-09 17:05:32 // //
  • Viva Peru!

    Jacqueline Martinson // 2012-12-09 17:03:29 // //
  • Great news! Canpt wait to read Super Brain!

    Lw Hancock // 2012-12-09 17:02:43 // //