Dr. Deepak Chopra, author of Abundance: The Inner Path to Wealth, sits down with host, Taryn Winter Brill to talk about his latest book which is about the seven levels of fulfillment, money being one of them. The “wealth” described involves material, emotional, spiritual, and relationship wealth and the combination of all areas is what creates a sense of well-being. Throughout the book, there is a constant connection between wealth and yoga. Chopra argues that yoga has four goals – money, pleasure, purpose, and freedom, all of which also relate to money. As a long-time yoga scholar, he says that if you connect with yourself, you have infinite creativity, abundance, and are capable of finding opportunities even in the midst of distress.
Chopra says the book took root in a Bob Marley lyric at the beginning of the pandemic, “some people are so poor, all they have is money.” That resonated with him and made him examine all the wealthy people he knew and how many did not feel safe and secure in their current environment despite having plenty of financial wealth. Money is the biggest source of stress for most people because “they spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things that they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like.”
Chopra explains how the key to wealth is being in your ‘dharma’ – which stands for meaning, purpose, and passion. He adds that people will know when they’re ‘on target’ when they get a PHD: Passion, Hunger, and Drive. During this interview, the best-selling author also delves into the formula for happiness, why “abundance is a state of awareness,” the two choices we make every single day, and whether our personalities are shaped by nature or nurture.
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