— -- What if you could create a multi-million dollar empire simply by using the power of your mind?
That's how meditation guru Deepak Chopra said he created his estimated $80 million business.
In an interview with ABC’s chief business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, Chopra said he didn’t try to create his business, “The business got built. It’s the 'Law of Least Effort'.”
Chopra, famous for teaching household names such as Oprah, Michael Jackson and Madonna how to meditate, said those relationships helped grow his business to some extent.
“There are some people who think that I only hang out with people like that. That’s less than point zero one percent of the people that I deal with, but it gets all the attention,” explained Chopra.
Chopra explains everyone has the power to achieve success in relationships as well as with wealth, success “when we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.”
To Practice 'The Law of Least Effort' follow these three steps:
Step 1: “Practice Acceptance, meaning accept people, situations, circumstances and events as they occur. Know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be.”
Step 2: “Take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation.”
Step 3: “Defenselessness, I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open,” writes Chopra.
Whether you believe mindfulness can help you create success or not, more and more scientific studies are pointing to the benefits of meditation to reduce stress.
And while years ago if someone mentioned meditation there's a good chance you'd instantly envision a monk "ommm-ing" or someone in a cave filled with crystals, today more than 40 percent of Americans say they use this mind quieting practice as a natural way to improve health and reduce stress, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (HSPH/RWJF).
Even major American corporations, such as Google and Target are offering meditation classes to their employees.
Rebecca Javis also wanted to get to know the man beloved and respected by many in the metaphysical world so she did a Real Biz Rapid Fire.
Here are 10 Things You Don't Know About Deepak Chopra
1. Deepak Chopra’s Daily Morning Routine
Chopra wakes up at 4 a.m. after 6 hours of sleep. "I meditate then. Then I go for a yoga class from 6 a.m. to 7,” said Chopra.
“I’ve already done my 2 hours of meditation, my yoga. Now I just go with the flow,” he added.
2. Chopra’s Morning Mantra
“Restful, alert mind. Joyful, energetic body. Loving, compassionate heart. But most important...lightness of being.”
3. What Does Chopra Eat to Keep His “Lightness of Being?”
“I eat a big salad in the afternoon,” he explained.
“I have a nice early dinner with some protein like fish in the evening and vegetables and soup around 6 p.m. when I go to sleep by 10 p.m..”
4. Chopra’s Last Meal or Meal of His Dreams?
“I would fast before I die for a few days. That’s the plan right now,” he said.
5. Last Thing Chopra Listened To?
6. Chopra’s favorite music?
"The Beatles are my personal friends,” he explained. “I’m very close to George Harrison. I grew up with The Beatles’ music. That’s my favorite music. But I have a lot of fondness for classical music and classical Indian music.”
7. Last Thing Chopra bought Online?
8. Most Important Thing in Chopra’s Wallet?
New York City MetroCard
9. Deepak Chopra’s Fashion Guru?
His grandchildren. Granddaughters, Tara, 11, Leela, 9. Grandson who’s 9. “His mother by the way is Chinese American so we call him the Chinyin. And he now speaks, at the age of 5, he was speaking 4 languages.”
10. If Chopra Could Be Any Animal, What Would He Be?
“A falcon, flying away to freedom, leaving no trail and never, never, ever coming back,” said Chopra.
“To a new dimension with Infinite possibilities. Where whatever the intention is, whatever the imagination takes you, the universe will go with you,” he added.