I am a fan of Deepak Chopra’s writings, and I have been trying to finish reading his book, “What Are You Hungry For?” for some time…
On page 230, I found this wonderful passage that I wanted to share with you:
“Each of us possesses an inner wisdom that isn’t reflected in our daily thoughts, which are mostly occupied with the business of living. This wisdom is rooted in the body. While human beings fight and disagree, trillions of cells synchronize every biological process down to the thousandth of a second. While the ego drives us to fulfill self-centered ambitions, every part of the body instinctively works in concert, always looking out for the whole. Cells don’t know how to be selfish, and if they happen to forget the well-being of the entire body, such cells become malignant. Pursuing their own expansion at any cost, they invade other parts of the body, only to discover in the end that their only reward is death.”
There is much to ponder when considering how our bodies continuously strive to take care of us and keep unknowable quantities of cells and processes running harmoniously despite our best efforts to the contrary. Nature has an innate wisdom which is holistic and where there is no place for greed, partisan politics, power play, or needless violence. We have so much to learn from reality. Just by observing and learning about the wisdom of our own bodies, with a little humility, we can learn how to live harmoniously with ourselves and with one another. Our societies around the world, our diet, the way we manage agriculture, our water supplies, how we police our cities and create our policies in government and the private sector are drastically out of balance. As President Obama recently noted, terrorism is a form of cancer, an out of control extremist behavior that does not serve the well-being of humanity as a whole. The darkness we carry inside of us can be brought to light. As we examine our drives for power, selfishness, greed, jealousy, we can learn to use our egos and intelligence as a beacon, shining light on the shadows of our nature. We are able to rise above our impulses, channeling them for the greater good of our own health and the health of our communities and our planet.
I feel optimistic about humanity’s ability to grow. It is a slow process, because each and every person has to take on the responsibility of his or her own spiritual growth and self-awareness. This represents a lot of work. The most primitive human societies were much closer than we are to living in harmony with nature, but we have now the challenge to be inspired by this wisdom in an advanced state of awareness.