Podcast | Deepak Chopra has advice for your mental wellness

The author and doctor explains how treating the mind and the body as one can help stop humanity from sleepwalking to extinction.

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Deepak Chopra attends the Fashion Group International's Night of Stars awards gala at Casa Cipriani on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Deepak Chopra has a lot of thoughts on the state of our mental health, and they start with the idea that mental health is not a singular thing that resides in our heads. It is, rather, a problem of the mind and the body.

Chopra is a prominent figure in the alternative-medicine world who is, by turns, a practicing physician, a philosopher and the author of 93 books. His latest is Living in the Light: Yoga for Self-Realization. 

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In this, the first episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast’s fifth season, PBS NewsHour co-anchor Amna Nawaz speaks with Chopra about his new book and his prescription for the mental health crisis in America and around the globe. 

Multiple times Chopra returns to the idea that human beings are sleepwalking to our extinction.  But he also offers a tangible prescription for hope, one that he believes every person can incorporate into their daily routine.

This conversation was recorded April 19, 2023. Watch the video of the interview here

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