Can you keep an open mind and will you listen to reason? If you are not sure how to answer these questions, Deepak Chopra initiates test questions for you to answer. Based on the numerical value of your answers, you can find out if you can benefit from self therapy or if you need to seek professional help. If your mind is not open to change, then you will not be able to help yourself. I found out that I am able to benefit from self therapy.
In Reinventing the Body Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra explains the normal way that we think about things and how we look at the world. The brain retains information even if we don’t want it to. According to the brain, fear is an automatic reaction. What if we could retrain our brain to no longer react to certain fears?
Anxiety and fear exists because we are not accepting our emotions but fighting them. We spend so much time trying to fight these emotions, instead of embracing them and letting them go. How many times have you sat with a friend smiling, looking interested in the conversation, but deep down you are fighting anxious thoughts? Our brains react to the energy that we give it. If we don’t supply the energy, the brain will not react. I found this to be a very important concept.
Throughout his book, Chopra discusses his beliefs and goes into detail by citing personal and third party experiences. So if you find yourself saying “huh” when reading Chopra’s theories, don’t worry he will explain everything in detail.
Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You is a must read for anyone with anxiety problems. This is the type of book that can be read over and over again and still gain some new insights. I keep it on my night table and if I need motivation or inspiration I pick up the book, read a chapter, and feel that I can overcome anything if I set my mind to it.
Chopra does a great job explaining how to retrain the brain to have a different mindset. Anxiety does not have to run our lives. It takes time and effort but, with Chopra’s guidance, I have already noticed a difference. Situations that used to cause intense anxiety now have this reaction:
“Hello anxiety, I know you think that I need help right now. But, I don’t. I appreciate you coming by to check up on me but, there is no danger and I can handle this on my own.”
It’s a great feeling to let anxiety know that it’s not needed and feel it actually leaving my body!