We now interrupt this meditation series for a book recommendation….
The timing seems quite appropriate, actually. My primary meditation mentors are Drs. David Simon and Deepak Chopra, co-founders of the Chopra Center.
While you may not be familiar with Dr. Simon (who is at least as amazing as Dr. Chopra and will be discussed in later posts for a number of reasons), you’ve probably heard of Deepak Chopra. He’s nearly a household name, having appeared on Oprah, CNN, and loads of other television shows. He is also somewhat of a physician to the stars, as many celebrities and politicians look to him for holistic health advice.
Deepak has written well over 100 books, including his classic The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. Each of the seven laws corresponds to a particular day of the week, so a great practice is to read the day’s chapter every morning. Sunday starts the week going with The Law of Pure Potentiality. You can figure out the rest from there. :) I make it a habit to read the day’s law after I’ve completed my morning meditation and have found it to be a very rewarding process.
I’m very excited about Deepak’s newest release, War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality. Deepak co-authored this book with Dr. Leonard Mlodinow, a physicist from CalTech. Here’s the description of the book from Amazon.com:
Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious—but respectful—clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.
In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.
How did the universe emerge?
What is the nature of time?
What is life?
Did Darwin go wrong?
What makes us human?
What is the connection between mind and brain?
Is God an illusion?
This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive?
Sounds like quite a compelling conversation, doesn’t it? Very nourishing for the spirit. It’ll be on my bookshelf soon.