Happiness, Inc: Deepak Chopra's Path to Inner Peace

PHOTO Deepak Chopra as a teenager in this undated photo in New Delhi, India.

Deepak Chopra, the thoroughly modern guru, walks through Manhattan tweeting, delivering inspirational messages in 140 characters or less. "The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness," he tweets to the more than 106,000 people who follow his updates.

VIDEO: Dan Harris tries out Deepak Chopra?s method for meditating.
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Between his tweets, Chopra blogs, has a satellite radio show, and writes books on everything from spirituality, to health, to cooking and even golf. Aside from that, he sells CDs, DVDs and has a pair of holistic centers complete with his own line of dietary supplements.

In the span of one week, Chopra shuttles between meetings with publishers, philanthropists, video game programmers and a promotional taping for his new book, and those are just some of the projects he's working on.

Chopra is also in talks to produce a television and Broadway show, and is developing an iPhone application to deliver inspirational messages to subscribers.

While Chopra's schedule sounds hectic, he maintains that he does it all, with no stress whatsoever. It's a life he describes as one of "effortless spontaneity."

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According to Chopra, one of the keys of achieving "effortless spontaneity" is to get up early every day to meditate. While meditating, Chopra pictures his mind as a rushing river of thoughts. Those thoughts include fears, resentments, hopes, dreams and to-do lists. The goal, he says, is to step out of that river and find some space between the thoughts so that they no longer control you.

While meditating, Chopra suggests focusing on a simple saying, such as "I am."

"Whenever you become aware that you have drifted away from, 'I am,' then very gently bring your attention back to, 'I am,'" Chopra says.

Chopra says he believes that after only 20 minutes of meditation, you can become keenly aware of your mind.

"The average person on the street is not aware of their mind," he says. "They're just acting out their thoughts like bundles of reflexes."

Chopra says simply being aware of the constant stream of thoughts in your head is the first step. He says that awareness is what keeps him from losing his temper.

Happiness, Inc.: Deepak Chopra's Path to Peace

"The next time someone cuts me off on the highway, instead of showing them the finger or blowing my horn, I don't react," he says. "I witness the whole thing."

From there, Chopra says he can stop the anger from welling up inside him.

However, there are times when the cool-headed guru engages in heated debate. In early 2009 ABC moderated a panel discussion during which Chopra argued vigorously with evangelical Christians, a group he spars with frequently.

Chopra says that his reaction was not one of anger, but of passion.

"To be passionate, to have discontent is not to be predictably reactive. I think without passion you'd be a walking dead person," Chopra says.

Chopra was not always able to balance detachment and dynamism. As a young physician he smoked, drank and worked too hard.

"I suddenly one day got up and it was dramatic," he says of his epiphany. "I said, 'I been there, done that. It's over.'"

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