Mentored Deepak Chopra?
by Time magazine as "the poet-prophet of alternative
medicine", Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the founder
of the Chopra Center for Well Being in Carlsbad, California.
Born and raised in India, where his father was a leading
physician, he came to the United States for advanced
medical training. After practicing medicine in Boston,
he embarked on a mission to promote wellness by integrating
alternative healing techniques -based on Indian ayurvedic
medicine- as a complement to traditional western health
most important mentors were my parents. My father was
a very prominent physician and cardiologist. Once a
week he would see patients free of charge for charity.
And patients would come from all over the country, actually,
to see him, on trains and buses. My mother would cook
food for them and pay their bus fare and train fare.
And my little brother and I would escort the patients
in to see my father, who would not only write the prescriptions,
but pay for the medicines for them as well. And at the
end of the day, my parents would sit with me and explain
what had happened during the day. And the moral of the
lesson always was, that if you want to be happy, then
you have to make somebody else happy.
I grew up with this notion that you must always have
somebody in your life that you can trust, that you can
confide in, that you can seek advice from, and that
you can learn skills from. And the best skills come
not in school, they come from the people that you're
close to, that care about you, that you care about.
At one point in time, I have three, or four, or five
people that I am acting as a mentor for. And I listen
to them mostly. I listen to what's going on in their
life, what's going on with their friendships, in their
relationships. To be a mentor you need to understand
what's going on in a young person's life and you just
want to have an internal dialogue that says, "How
can I help? Because I really care."