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Self-help guru Deepak Chopra talks to Al Arabiya about inner wellbeing

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“We spend money we don’t have, to buy things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like,” renowned self-help guru Deepak Chopra told an audience of hundreds in Dubai on Tuesday.

The author of more than 70 books, of which 21 have reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list, told Al Arabiya that he does not espouse any particular religion when teaching his methods of attaining inner peace.

“I try to stay away from religious language, although I do use the poetry of Rumi sometimes to make my point clearer,” he said, referring to the celebrated 13th-century Persian poet.

Self-awareness is the key to ensuring emotional equilibrium, which in turn leads to physical health, said the Indian-born Chopra.

People need to have more faith in their own judgment when it comes to illnesses, he said, adding:

“There’s more information available now on the internet to a patient than their doctor has.”

It is important for people to know that they have almost “infinite potential within themselves,” as well as “infinite creativity, love, compassion, joy and fearlessness,” he said.

The Indian- born self-help guru identified several conditions of human suffering that, according to him, prevent people from attaining inner balance. These conditions include fear and the failure to understand the “nature of reality.”

Chopra, a neurologist, notes that the qualities of self-awareness, self-reflection, transcendence, creativity, and intuition are cultural, not necessarily spiritual, attributes which anyone can possess.

Chopra held two workshops in Dubai, one on the soul of leadership, and the other on the future of wellbeing.