By Deepak Chopra, M.D.
The word holistic has come to refer to everything from organic food and massage therapy to herbal supplements and Eastern healing practices, all of which are undeniably valuable and evidence of a growing consciousness that earlier generations only dreamed of. At the Chopra Center, we define holistic in its original sense – as related to wholeness. Wholeness is the union of mind, body, and spirit. It means that you are a totality, not the sum of countless moving parts. In wholeness, you aren’t divided against yourself and the choices you make benefit you at every level. Just as the quality of your food, water, and exercise directly affects the health of your body and mind, so the energy and information you take in through your mind and sensory organs influences your body and spirit.
8 Steps to Wholeness:
1. Discover your true nature- our authentic true self is pure consciousness, but until we remember that, we accept the illusion that we are our ego.
2. Listen to your body's wisdom.
3. Take time to be silent.
4. Cultivate self referral- become aware of the observer in the midst of the observation, then you go into choiceless awareness.
5. Be generous of spirit- share the real you.
6. Release grievances and forgive.
7. Practice the Law of Least Effort.
8. Nurture your intentions every day.
Practicing the steps above will help you experience your innate wholeness. When that happens, you will feel subtle changes in your feelings, and thoughts, including a feeling that all is well. You will feel a lightness in your body, deeper peace, and the realization that your internal dialog has become quieter. You may experience healing on a physical or emotional level. You may also notice that you're acting out of complete integrity and that syncronicities and unexpected opportunities are becoming more abundant in your life. These are all signs that you are connecting to your true nature which is whole, infinate, and unbounded.