Our guest today is probably the best guest I could think of to have on a day like this. It is the one and only Dr. Deepak Chopra. He’s the founder of the Chopra Foundation and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. He is a world renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, a prominent figure in the new age movement. He’s written multiple books. Dr. Chopra is also one of the best known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine.
So, how did I get this interview? My friend Kabir emails me and asks, “Do you want to meet Deepak Chopra in New York City at his book launch?” Of course, I immediately cleared my schedule and emailed him back, “YES!” Sidenote: I can’t remember how many exclamation points. Then, Kabir replied to me and said, “Do you want to interview him for your podcast while you’re here?” At that point, I nearly choked on my bagel.
You might be wondering: who is Kabir? How is he such a super power? Kabir Segal is a friend and friend of the show. He is the bestselling author of Coined: The Rich Life Of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us. He was on So Money talking about that book as well as his own money journey on episode 73. As it turns out, he’s friends with Deepak Chopra.
Most recently, he, Deepak and Paul Avgerinos released a new book called, Home: Where Everyone is Welcome: Poems and Songs Inspired by American Immigrants. It’s a collection of about 34 poems, 12 songs, all inspired by a diverse group of immigrants who’ve made significant contributions to this country. The poems symbolize the many roads that lead to America and which we expect will continue to converge to build the highways to our future. So, that’s what has prompted this meeting between myself and Deepak and hundreds of other people who came to this event. It was a magnificent event.
Before it happened, I got the chance to sit down in Deepak’s office, which is at ABC Carpet in New York and it was very surreal. We talked about the way you wear money, the way that you spend it and how it reflects your inner most values. We also talk about the guilt that we sometimes feel around making money and how that can lead to poverty consciousness.