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Deepak Chopra to lead discussion on wellbeing in Miami

EL Nuevo Herald

Need a little clarity in your life? Of course you do.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., is just the man for the job.

The wildly popular alternative-medicine proponent will be in Miami at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a two-hour discussion called “The Future of Wellbeing” at Unity on the Bay in the Edgewater neighborhood. The bestselling author will also discuss his latest book — his 10th novel — The 13th Disciple: A Spiritual Adventure, more Da Vinci Code than self-help guide. Earlier in the day, the India-born California resident will be the keynote speaker at the Emerge Americas tech conference from 9:05 to 10:05 a.m. leading a talk, “The Soul of Leadership.” We reached Chopra in Vancouver before his cross-country trip:

Can you tell readers what to expect on Tuesday?

I’ll talk a little about my new book and the one before that, The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times. I want to talk about the research we’re doing at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing — about the effects of sleep, food, emotions on our biology. We’ll all do yoga together, some breathing exercises. I hope to end with a meditation.

What are common questions that attendees of your events ask you?

Some people are struggling to make a living. Others are struggling with relationships and to find a sense of who they are. There are those who seek success, health and what you might call enlightenment.

What is a large problem facing us today?

Our kids and grandkids have digital brains. The Internet, for example, can be distracting, or it can center you and spark your creativity and imagination. Technology is neutral but part of our evolution. We have to be very careful how we use it.

What is your latest news?

I’m co-writing three books. I do what I’m in the mood for. Right now, there’s Super Genes with Harvard geneticist Rudy Tanzi. I’m also working with physicist Menas Kafatos for Creative Cosmos, and a book about how to express inner beauty outwardly with Kimberly Snyder.

Where do you see humans in the next, say, 20 years?

My mission is that we won’t have any nation-states. There will no such thing as a democracy. We’ll all be citizens of the planet using the Internet to create a new ‘netocracy and have the possibility of eliminating injustices. The underprivileged and socially and economically disempowered will have a collective voice. In the end, what’s good slowly prevails.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up at 4 a.m. and meditate for two hours, then attend a yoga class from 6 to 7. The rest of the day I follow my schedule, whether it be traveling, attending fundraisers, charity events, speaking. After this current trip to Canada, I’ll go to Los Angeles to see my grandkids.

Info: Preferred seating for $175 is available for Chopra’s talk at Unity on the Bay, 411 NE 21st St., Miami, www.unityonthebay.org

More info on the Emerge Americas Conference: http://emergeamericas.org/.

MADELEINE MARR

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