In his latest book, The Future of God, Deepak Chopra asks, Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? He tackles these issues with eloquence and insight and proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. Therefore, any person can find the God within that transforms everyday life.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re thrilled to share a series of spiritual practices from The Future of God. We’ll feature one exercise a week from November 11, 2014 to December 23, 2014. Be sure to come back every Tuesday for the next exercise!]
From The Future of God by Deepak Chopra
Below are seven strategies for processing the subtle world. Each one focuses on a different exercise to make you feel comfortable with your inner world. Be easy with each exercise, repeat them over a period of time, and you will witness a genuine and lasting change in your consciousness.
Day 1: Be Generous of Spirit (below)
Day 2: Be Loving and Lovable
Day 3: Let Go
Day 4: Find Your Fulfillment
Day 5: Enable Your Healing
Day 6: Raise Your Expectations (available on December 16, 2014)
Day 7: Let It Be (available on December 23, 2014)
Day 1: BE GENEROUS OF SPIRIT
Old pathway: Holding on to what is yours
New pathway: Sharing yourself
Exercise: Today be aware of old habits that cause you to react with “me first.” Watch yourself holding back instead of giving. If you see hints of selfishness, greed, fear of lack, fear of loss, and other kinds of contraction around giving, stop and take a deep breath. Cut off the reaction, and go back on the self. Wait and see if a new way of responding comes up. It’s okay if it doesn’t. Just stopping the old reaction is a step forward.
To lay down a new pathway, look for one opportunity today where you can be kind, affectionate, or appreciative to someone. Anticipate someone’s need before they ask. See what you can do to go out of your way to help. Ask what it means to be generous, and see yourself in that role. Act on your generous impulses instead of shrinking away from them.
Excerpted from The Future of God by Deepak Chopra. Copyright © 2014 by Deepak Chopra. Excerpted by permission of Harmony, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.