What Deepak Chopra Taught Me About Stress, Seven Pillars And Our Power To Thrive

by | Jul 25, 2023 | Stress

I’d been waiting for years to hear Dr. Deepak Chopra speak live and in person. I finally had my day in the sun in March of 2023. As I sat on the edge of my seat listening to every wise word he spoke, the decades of my deep study, practice and work crystallized in way that blew my mind. Optimism and purpose washed over me as Dr. Chopra shared the latest medical science proving the correlation between stress, disease and the power we hold to be well. I scanned the few hundred faces in the packed auditorium and thought to myself, “Everyone on the planet needs to know this.”

Dr. Chopra shared that stress is the #1 health epidemic we’re facing today. He described it as “resistance to existence.” His lecture, entitled “The Future of Wellbeing” focused on the science of the mind-body-consciousness connection, the power we hold to be well and these (7) pillars that are critical in combatting stress to optimize our overall well being: 

  1. Sleep
  2. Meditation/Stress Management
  3. Movement/yoga/pranayama
  4. Emotional regulation
  5. Nourishment
  6. Bio rhythms/grounding 
  7. Self awareness and self realization

Dr. Chopra discussed the latest science that supports why each of these pillars have a positive impact. It was empowering to learn that less than 5% of the chronic illnesses we suffer from are genetically determined and 95% are influenced by epigenetics. We have the power to positively impact the other 95%.

I picked up on two overarching common denominators across the (7) pillars:

  1. Each pillar improves health by lowering stress that causes inflammation and disease.
  2. Anyone can choose to make these pillars part of their lives, if they have the information.

Dr. Chopra talked about the link between choice, awareness, self realization and ‘flow’, a state we experience when our nervous system is finely tuned. As he did, the critical role that mindfulness plays in overall wellbeing was underscored. I read through my notes and reflected on his words into the wee hours of that night. I woke up understanding that my mission as a mindfulness coach had never been so clear or validated. I grabbed my journal and jotted down these three truths:

  • When we have knowledge, understanding and awareness we have the power to choose. I help people develop awareness through knowledge and practice that empowers them with choice.
  • Stress overtakes us if we allow it. I empower courageous people to reset from stress, tune into their potential and thrive.
  • The connection between body, mind and consciousness is ours to optimize and activate. By making that choice, we have the power to control how well we are and how well we live. My work helps people optimize their mind-body-consciousness connection.

Four months later, all of the scientific data points he shared are still here, at the forefront of my mind. Dr. Chopra’s lecture was a bucket list item for me. I am changed by what he shared. I am emboldened by the power we hold to be well and thrive. I am optimistic as I think about the profound capacity awareness and choice hold to change our health and the way we experience our lives.

*If you’re ready to step into your power and change your life, let’s talk. 

Cole Baker-Bagwell

Master Certified Professional Coach

Recent Posts

Feb 28 2024

How To Start Manifesting Your Dreams And Goals To Change Your Life

This week, I’m connecting you with the power you have to change your life- starting with one...
Feb 21 2024

Feeling Good From The Bottom Up With Andrea Balboni

This week, Andrea Balboni is back to talk about feeling good from the bottom up by listening and...
Feb 21 2024

How To Ignite The Best Love Affair You’ll Ever Have

This week, is about unconditional love and admiration-claiming the woman you are to ignite the...
Feb 12 2024

What To Ask Before You Hire A Life Coach

Life coaching can be a life changing experience. It can also be an epic fail. Here are a few...
Feb 07 2024

How To Get Off The Guilt Train To Start Living Your Best Life

This week’s topic is guilt: how to understand what’s underneath it to reframe your...
Feb 01 2024

Nourishing Sex, Love, & Relationships With Andrea Balboni (Part 1)

This week, Sex, Love, and Relationships Coach, Andrea Balboni, joins us to talk about living into...
Jan 24 2024

Getting Out of Your Own Damn Way: How to Recognize What’s Really Holding You Back

This week, is about blockers that may be holding you back so you can recognize them, get out of...
Jan 22 2024

Improving Self Love By Recognizing Her Nemesis, Self Sabotage

I coach women from all over the country- each with unique goals. They have one thing in common....
Jan 17 2024

Rebecca Fernandez on Authenticity, Growth and Claiming Herself

This week, Rebecca Fernandez joins me to explore authenticity, growth, and the she-power that...
Jan 10 2024

Moving From Self Sabotage To Self Love With Three Mindfulness Practices

This week, I revisit self love, it’s arch enemy self sabotage and share 3 practices to help...