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Listen to Your Body

Listen to Your Body

Your first and most reliable guide to happiness is your body. The body is designed to support the mind, and working together they create the state known as happiness. When you’re deciding whether or not to act, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends back a signal of physical or emotional distress, reconsider the action.

If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed. Together, the mind and body form a single field. It is artificial to separate them as we usually do. Every experience has a physical component. If you’re hungry, the mind and stomach are hungry together. If you have an incredible spiritual experience, your heart and liver cells share in it. You cannot have a single thought, sensation, or feeling without your body responding.

The first key to happiness tells us that by being aware of your body, you are connecting to the underlying field of infinite possibilities. Why do mind, body, and spirit feel separate when they are not? Because of lack of awareness. Awareness has tremendous power. It tunes into every cell. It regulates the body’s countless interactions. Awareness is the invisible, silent agent that lets your body know what your mind is thinking, and at the same time it sends feedback from the body so that the mind feels supported and understood.

Ideally, when you experience being loved, your mind will grasp that you are loved, your cells will be nourished by that love, and your soul will rejoice that you have reached deep enough to find the source of love. Every good thing in life saturates your whole being.

Signs of the absence of harmony are discomfort, pain, depression, anxiety, and illness in general. When mind, body, and spirit are in harmony, happiness is the natural result.

Adapted from The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).

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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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1:08PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you.

5:48PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Cool suggestions.

4:42AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

I always listen to my body, and I am exercising it more in anticipation for my Viking River Cruse in Europe this summer.

12:03PM PST on Feb 12, 2013


8:28AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thank you.

8:48PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

I separate mind, body, and soul, when I am not being present.

11:50AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Thanks for the article.

2:53AM PST on Jan 31, 2013


2:22AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

thank you

9:40PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

It is not easy, thanks anyhow.

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