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Get Yourself Back in Balance

Get Yourself Back in Balance

Every living system that goes out of balance attempts to right itself. This is true of your blood pressure and your heart rate but also of the rain forest or a population of birds. Pressure on the system from one side–such as lack of food, absence of home ground, or the sudden intrusion of enemies–causes a reaction to shove the system back into balance. Violence is the most extreme response to imbalance.

When people are asked to make moral decisions, it is the emotional center of the brain that increases in activity, instead of the rational centers layered higher up in the cortex. Only after anger emotionally fires us up do we call in the cortex to fashion reasons, including religious reasons.

If you plot revenge against an evildoer, you are harming yourself: Not because the thought may come back to injure you, which is superstition, but because negative thinking reinforces the source of negativity. Darkness adds to darkness. The simple psychological fact is that the mind grows from habit and use, and as long as you habitually use those centers that send out blame, anger, retribution, intolerance, and violence, those centers will be nourished in their growth.

Nurture instead the light that you find inside. Transformation doesn’t come about by being touched with a magic wand. Habit and use apply here too. If you find even the smallest reasons for sending out intentions of love, tolerance, forgiveness, and peace, these centers will grow inside your mind. Spirit counts on this growth.

Adapted from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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6:13AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

There is so much prolific truth to this. Your mind has the power to heal and deliver or destroy and wither.

1:34PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Wonderful--I love this positive message

4:43PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

With this theory I don't know if I have ever been in balance. Thought positively for years, forgave easy. I keep trying to believe but it has not proven to be true in my life.

9:06AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Perfect to read before I go to spend Christmas Eve with my family. Thanks- Merry Merry to everyone!

9:35PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I'll have to keep reminding myself of this message.

8:02PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

thanks

5:00PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

thanks

2:58PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Thanks.

12:52PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

very good. thank you.

12:46PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

A good reminder of the law of attraction

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