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Seeking Calm and Reinvention During a Pandemic: A Conversation With Dr. Deepak Chopra

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What happens next? 

With so many of us hunkered down in our homes, and so many others battling Covid-19 on the front lines, it’s the question on everyone’s mind. It’s also a question that’s hard to answer. 

But in a wide-ranging conversation with Bentley de Beyer, Goldman Sachs’ head of Human Capital Management, Dr. Deepak Chopra offers a hopeful view. 

“I can guarantee you right now that smart people are looking at developing new technologies and new algorithms that will correlate our mental, emotional and biological states with our distancing in the real world and our access to creativity,” Dr. Chopra said, while documenting the long history of technological advancements following crises. “Because the worst use of imagination is anxiety. And the best use of imagination is creativity. And we are going to develop techniques to enhance that. It’s happening right now.”

But dealing with fear and anxiety in the short term, according to Dr. Chopra, requires something else – a quiet mind. In these moments, a quiet mind can be infinitely more powerful than a positive mind, and recognizing and accepting feelings of grief and loss today is more important than trying to remain positive all the time. 

“Feel the fear and move through it,” Dr. Chopra said. “The only way through this fire, is through the fire. Not around the fire.”

Whether you have all the time in the world right now, or can’t even find the time to shower, try to carve out a few minutes to watch the video above. 

“When we come out of this, can we create new businesses and technologies and invest in things that help us create a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier and joyful world,” Dr. Chopra pondered. “If we don’t do that, we will have missed the opportunity.”

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