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Discovering happiness in gloomy times – Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra with daughter Mallika

I can think of no better New Year's resolution than to answer the question, "Who am I?" In other words, to find happiness in gloomy times, start your own journey inward. There are dozens of ways to begin such a journey, through books, teachers, meditation, and your own inner guidance.

What it takes is desire and a focused intention.

No one can walk this path for you, which is why many people would rather listen to someone they think is wiser and more experienced than themselves. But once you set out to meet your true self, which lies beneath layers of old conditioning, doubts, and beliefs, nothing is more fascinating.

Countless saints and sages, both East and West, have promised that inside each of us is a core of peace. Our true selves are free from anxiety; they open the doorway to joy and fulfillment. But the only way you'll find out is to begin your own journey. I hope you will. Gloomy times are stressful for everyone, yet they also serve as a starting point for personal transformation if you set your mind to it.

~ Deepak Chopra (An excerpt from abcnews.go.com)

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