What is driving us as we look towards the future? Is it fear of disaster or is it a spiritually inspired motivation to create a better world? This past Sunday, December 5, EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen joined Deepak Chopra for a discussion of these questions and others in a public dialogue hosted by New York’s Urban Zen Center (founded by Donna Karan). Moderated by political commentator Arianna Huffington, the wide-ranging conversation was a tremendous success and offered a compelling exploration of the role of Spirit in today’s world. If you missed the live event or webstream, you can now watch the 2-hour video recording for free online (scroll down) and you can also read a summary of the event by Alison Rose Levy on The Huffington Post (her post includes photos as well). Here’s an excerpt:
“We’re in a time of transition. One culture is dying. Another is being born. How do we move from struggle to grace?” Arianna posed the question to Chopra and Cohen as an audience of several hundred people gathered in Karan’s welcoming Urban Zen Center in downtown Manhattan, with other participants watching via live stream. “Let’s focus on what brings us together rather than what tears us apart,” she urged.
Arianna revealed that she had her own moment of truth when long work hours and too little sleep blended into a state of bone-deep exhaustion that lead her to nod off and fall face forward on her own desk, smashing her face. After the broken bone mended and the stitches healed, Arianna recognized the wake-up call and turned to yoga, longer hours of sleep, and mindfulness in order to help her to “get enough rest and enjoy life while achieving.”
Arianna recalled the words of her late mother, who once took her to task for opening her mail while speaking with her children, emphatically saying, “I hate multitasking.”
Deepak Chopra pointed out that all of us are multitasking all the time, navigating the four levels of ourselves: being, feeling, thinking and doing. Doing it consciously makes all the difference.
Andrew Cohen, the founder of EnlightenNext took up the question of how to live in the midst of great change, saying, “Our shared values all too often propel us towards competition, aggression and narcissism. The rate of change is not slowing down. The traditional solution offered by spirituality and meditative practices, offered a safe haven of calm and primordial peace.” . . .
The goal, he felt, was not to use meditation to escape from the world but to connect with it wholeheartedly. In contemplating this, he reported that he came to recognize that “saying we want to retreat reveals that we have a core ambivalence about life on earth.”
He invited the audience to contemplate the question, “Is life on earth good enough?”
Cohen pointed out that there are three possible answers: yes, no, and I’m not sure. He encouraged the participants to contemplate, get to the roots of their doubt and ambivalence, and discover the way to say a “big ‘yes’ to life.”
Read the complete post here.
You can watch the first ten minutes in the embedded clip below, then watch the full vid on Fora.tv: