While practicing yoga with my mom she said, "I miss Deepak!" My mom learned yoga at The Chopra Center with Dr. Deepak Chopra when she completed The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga certification years ago. She has studied Deepak's books and attended many of his retreats throughout the years. My mom taught me yoga and we've practiced together countless times and this was the first time she said she missed him.
The next day, the very first post on my LinkedIn newsfeed was an announcement for a book signing event with Deepak in Downtown LA for his new book last year, The Healing Self. I bought tickets and surprised my mom. I told her, "Remember you said you miss Deepak? You'll get to see him soon!" She was thrilled, but she wasn't too surprised.
You think about someone you haven't heard from in a long time. Then you get a text and it's that person. Seems like a small coincidence. No big deal.
When my husband and I visited Armenia a couple years ago we stayed in a hotel that was a 10-minute walk from where his parents were staying and about a 15-minute walk from where his aunt and her family were staying during our time there. We walked the streets of Yerevan all day and stopped by his aunt's place for Armenian kofe (coffee) and walked to his parent's place for tea and fresh apricots.
We had been looking to buy our first house for about 8 months. When we returned back home from our trip we continued on our house hunt. Every day after our trip we felt nostalgic and wanted to go back. One day I said, "I miss Armenia. It was so nice walking to your parent's house for tea and stopping by your aunt's for kofe. I wish we could all walk to each other's houses just like we did in Armenia!"
A few weeks later, we found and purchased the perfect house in our hometown. We were so busy with the home buying details, packing, moving, and unpacking that it took me some time to realize something very important. We had just bought our first home and it just so happened to be walking distance from my husband's parent's house and his aunt's house. We are fortunate to live minutes away from most of our family members, but the two that are closest by foot are his parents and his aunt.
The Power of Intention works when you put your attention on something. Set an intention. Then let it go. Don't be attached to the outcome. Let the Universe work out the details.
Attention + Intention + Let Go
There are so many factors to consider when purchasing a home. So many must-haves and non-negotiables. There were other houses we considered and even went into Escrow, but they didn't work out. While we were searching, if either one of us had said we're not buying a house unless it's walking distance to these specific family members it just would not have worked out, or at least not effortlessly anyway.
I've always been so amazed at my mom's incredible Power of Intention. She'll think about someone she hasn't seen in 20+ years and the same day that person will show up in her life in some way, a phone call, a Facebook request, and sometimes even in person with an unexpected visit at her bridal shop.
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire
My mom's grandfather (her father's father) was sent to India to study as a young boy. When my mom was 13 he taught her theories about the laws of the Universe. One day my mom was at Barnes & Noble and she picked up the Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra. She realized it was the first time she saw her grandfather's teachings in writing. She read the book cover to cover in the store before she bought it, as she normally would. Then brought it home and read it again and again and studied it. According to the book, Deepak instructs you to set an intention and let it go. Don't worry about the details or try to figure out how it's going to happen. Just let it go and don't be attached to the outcome.
My mom set her first intention to meet Deepak Chopra and get her book autographed. She almost asked me or my sisters to take her to The Chopra Center as a Christmas gift, but realized that was cheating, as she explained to me. That wouldn't be the Power of Intention. So she didn't mention it, but rather set her intention with no attachment. Then let it go.
At the time my mom's shop, Caprice Bridal Boutique was next to a hair salon. She stopped by the salon to chat with her friends and have kofe. Her friend was talking to the girl in the chair next to her about having an extra ticket to this conference and didn't know what to do with the ticket since the doctor she was supposed to go with couldn't make it anymore.
My mom curiously asked, "What conference is it?"
Her friend responded, "Oh I don't know, some conference about... with Deepak Chopra."
My mom asked about the ticket price. Of course she had exactly that amount in cash at her store that she was about to deposit at the bank.
When my mom met Deepak and got her book signed, she told him "I put my intention on meeting you and getting this book signed." He said, "I'm not surprised."
But there's much more to it...
At the event there was a drawing and one lucky winner would get to attend another conference for free. My mom told her friend "I'm going to win this." After her name wasn't pulled she told her friend, "I'm still going to win it." Her friend said, "That's impossible. The drawing is over. He said someone else's name. You didn't win."
A woman walks into the room after the drawing and says "That's not fair! I hadn't put my name in yet. You have to do it again." Deepak decided to give this woman a chance and said, "Ok we'll have 2 winners." He did a second drawing.
Guess whose name he pulled?
I wish I was there to see the look on my mom's friend's face!
Have you ever made a list of the coincidences in your life? Did you ever stop to think that these are not just coincidences, but that the everything is unfolding in your life just as it should?
According to the Law of Intention and Desire, "Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Make a list of desires. Trust that when things don't seem to go your way, there is a reason." (Source: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra)
Inner Intelligence Tip: Make a list of your desires and intentions. Say them out loud. Then let them go. Meditate twice a day for 20-30 minutes. Allow the Universe to work out the details.
“When our soul assumes its rightful place as the author of our intentions, we begin to hear its quiet voice whispering encouragement to make choices that bring happiness, health, love, meaning, and peace.” – David Simon, M.D.