Brad: Tangential Topics like Deepak Chopra, High Jumping, and Longevity (Breather Episode with Brad)
By Brad Kearns
I start talking about the life changing insights from the great Deepak Chopra, and end up going off on numerous tangents, crossing over the Breather show barrier and into a full length show. I mentions the benefits of maintaining passionate competitive goals throughout life. Of course there are periods in life where you are totally consumed with athletics, your heavy metal band, or building your business. These are healthy phases to strive for your absolute potential, but when life moves into other phases it’s essential to adjust your goals based upon your life circumstances and your advancing age. I mention how today, on the other side of the big 5-0, I want my athletic goals to promote health and longevity, rather than compromise them as my professional triathlon career most certainly did. I cover highlights from a wonderful podcast with Dr. Chopra on the MindBodyGreen channel. Chopra, the most peaceful of humans, manages to get in some choice digs about the current US President. Deepak observes that we are living in “collective insanity,” best characterized by the fact that a “dysfunctional narcissist” is able to win the Presidential election. Deepak speculates we are in an age of excessive violence at all levels: from global conflicts to emotional violence in interpersonal relationships. It’s interesting to think of violence in this perspective, since we usually associate violence with the narrow definition of physical violence (guns, war, police brutality, etc.) Deepak says humanity is on a time clock to extinction if we continue at our current pace of dysfunction. However, he sees potential if the “collective consciousness” progresses as we see signs of today (especially people who are listening to cool podcasts, you know?). Deepak mentions how he starts every day by reaffirming his “4 Daily Intentions.” This stuff is solid gold – please consider integrating it into your consciousness. Follow Deepak on social media and check out the MindBodyGreen podcast too. Here are Deepak’s four daily intentions: 1. Joyful Energetic Body: No toxic people, jobs, or substances. 2. Loving Compassionate Heart: People want attention and acceptance as they are. EvenTrump, Deepak says, speculating that Trump didn’t get that necessary attention as a kid. 3. Reflective Quiet, Alert Mind: Deepak says this is how you access intuition and the creative flow. This is different than forcing positive thoughts, which can be merely another form of stress. 4. Lightness of Being: Appreciate the present; no anticipation, no regrets.