VIRTUAL EMDR BLOG

Deepak Chopra Lists 4 Life-Limiting Questions to Stop Asking Yourself


30 May 2018

Tag:

Blog image

I found an amazing short interview between personal growth guru Deepak Chopra and media giant Oprah Winfrey. In it, Chopra explains how constantly asking yourself these 4 negative questions may be responsible for draining the joy out of your daily life.

  1. What's wrong with me?
  2. What's going to happen?
  3. How will I ever get out of this?
  4. Where will the money come from?

Read the article and learn how to stop this. 
 
“Making these thoughts go away is extremely difficult. They are persistent and never seem to resolve themselves. The solutions we try to find don't work either,” Chopra said.

“It's necessary to try a new way, one that allows our mind be our friend and not our enemy. To do that, we have to move from the level of the problem to the level of the solution,” he adds.

“The first step is to take an honest look at what the four questions are doing to you and where they come from.”

A good first step in finding the solution is to make a “MENTAL HEALTH ACTION PLAN”. I recently wrote an article with instructions on how to get this done. Another good step is to take some action towards better mental health through finding a therapist, or maybe a support group, or even doing some CBT (cognitive behavioral) therapy or EMDR Eye Movement Therapy to quickly deal with bothersome symptoms of worry, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem that may be at the root of these questions. (EMDR Therapy also has a special program for addictions)
Here’s the rest of what he had to say in the interview-

1.“What's wrong with me?”
This thought arises from personal insecurity, self-doubt, and judgment against yourself. When people wrestle with self-doubt, they generally get stuck saying opposite things to themselves: "There's nothing wrong with me" one day and "I'm a mess. Everything is wrong with me" the next, as circumstances swing from good to bad. Neither extreme is true, but that's not the point. The false answer becomes a ritual, a fixed response that gets nowhere. Other ritualistic thoughts would include "I keep doing this to myself," "I'm stupid," "I'm all alone," "I never get a break" and so on.

The problem is that you're trying to answer a question that is self-defeating to begin with. Instead, you must look at why the question arose and solve that problem—which is insecurity. You are giving away your power. Security comes from being centered in the self.

2."What's going to happen?"
This concerns dread about the future. It's about lack of trust. In life, you will never know what is going to happen. Any attempt at a response is futile, since this, too, is a self-defeating question. Instead, you need to live in the present. Realize that the future is not only unknown to you—it is unknowable to anyone no matter how much you worry. Therefore, you are worrying about a phantom; fear is piling on hypothetical possibilities and worst-case scenarios. They vanish only when you place your attention on the here and now.

3."How will I ever get out of this?"
This question comes from a feeling of being trapped. To end that feeling, you must make space for creativity. It is self-defeating to block your creative juices with an obsessive repetition of doubt. Solutions don't come from panic. They come when you re-frame the situation you are trapped in. Instead of seeing it as a prison, see it as a chance to prove that you are capable of meeting reality head-on. By clearing away the fear, you open a channel for new solutions to appear.

4. "Where will the money come from?"
On the surface, this is about finances. But beneath that, this question comes from the feeling that your life can be taken away from you. You think that money protects you from total loss of control and if there isn't enough of it, unseen forces will overwhelm you. Rather than tackling the money issue, it's time to create a safe place inside you. The first step is to see that money isn't going to make you safe (unless, of course, you lack the basic necessities of food and shelter). A prudent amount of money is undeniably a safeguard, but a sense of lack is psychological. You will feel safe inside not when you have enough money, but when you can say "I am enough."
‚Äč
You can see the original article here on Oprah’s website: LINK https://www.oprah.com/spirit/deepak-chopra-four-questions-to-stop-asking-yourself/all#ixzz4vqLYmsDE

View Comments

Be the first to comment.

Add Your Comment

Related Blogs

Blog Image

University Study: EMDR Therapy Key to Addiction Sobriety

A recent scientific study reported that alcohol-addicted patients who received EMDR treatment had higher levels of sobriety six months out than those who did not.

Read more
Blog Image

10 Ways to Be Happier and Live a Better Life

Happiness is how we feel about the day-to-day things, such as feeling connected with those close to you. Here are 10 tips from Eckhardt Tolle for experiencing genuine happiness.

Read more
Blog Image

3 Short Self-Tests on Depression, Anxiety, PTSD

Are you depressed? Do you have chronic anxiety? Suffer from PTSD? These three 1-minute  self-tests on Depression, Anxiety and PTSD can tell you if you do.

Read more
Blog Image

What to Do if You Have Been Affected by a Mass Shooting

 What post-traumatic symptoms can you expect to experience if you have been involved in a trauma, such as a mass shooting? What can you do to help someone suffering from PTSD?  

Read more