Today’s news & culture update:
A pew survey discussed in a USA Today article found that young people today are significantly more likely than those in earlier generations to say they don’t identify with any religious group. 72% of millennials say they’re “more spiritual than religious.”
What does “spiritual” mean to you? Perhaps you can try the following exercise. Think of the first word that comes to you when you hear:
- spirituality . . .
- love . . .
- gratitude . . .
Deepak Chopra played this same word game with one of his young guests on his newly launched YouTube channel, “Chopra Well.” There’s a lot of content to choose from, including programs like, “Have you ever watched your health?” His goal is to “enlighten and inspire 100 million people to change the world.”
His children, Gotham and Mallika, recently joined him to talk about the purpose of the channel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” They’re hoping to reach the younger crowd who follow their father’s advice on Twitter, but have never read his books. Instead, this new generation is online looking for the same answers as everyone else to questions like:
How do I balance my life? How do I pay for school/find a job? What is spirituality? How does mindfulness relate to my well-being?
The last question is what this blog is all about. How does prayer and spirituality impact your health? And the numbers are significant with over half of the American population praying about their well-being.
Chopra’s daughter Mallika shares how as a busy working mom of two she struggles to find time to meditate/pray every day. But she says she knows how important it is and what a difference it makes with the pressures in her life, even if it’s just 5 minutes.
I liked Chopra’s reminder about mindfulness–that if you’re trying to talk to someone at the same time you’re looking at your iPhone, “you’re actually doing neither.” Being in the moment is so important.
You can watch Deepak and his children talk about the new channel here:
Check this out, too! Another website that’s reaching the new generation’s spiritual needs with inspired content is time4thinkers.com. You won’t want to miss their popular Musician of the Week feature, Radical Acts summer series, Inspiration on the Go, and a new GoVerse App for your smart phone.