Commitment vs. Commandment - A New Book Questions the Foundation of Judeo-Christian Values

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In the spirit of both Eastern and Western tradition, a New Book "The Ten Commitments" shows how changing our mindset from commandments to personal commitments can help us make the life transformations we have always wanted.

"Commitment implies action. When you make a commitment, you dedicate yourself to a course of action that you believe will result in the expansion of happiness and wellbeing. Commitment means moving through a door of change through which you do not intend to return."

-Deepak Chopra

A commandment comes down from an outside authority. A commitment, on the other hand, arises from within you. That’s one reason why David Simon, MD, cofounder of The Chopra Center, believes that a commitment is a more powerful catalyst for change than a commandment.

In a new book, The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intentions into Great Choices (Health Communications Inc., May 2006), Dr. Simon has created a ten-step primer for practical change. Instead of preaching "Thou shalt not," he introduces ten positive calls to action—with concrete ways to jump-start personal growth and achieve a new level of happiness and fulfillment.

This concise and elegant little book dedicates a chapter to each commitment, with the idea that readers can practice them one by one until new behaviors, feelings, and attitudes become natural and feel automatic. Illustrating his principles with the real-life stories, myths and parables from Eastern religions, and even observations from the world of neurobiology and physics, Dr. Simon offers readers a new perspective on what it means to make a contract with yourself.

To help readers put their personal commitments into practice— whether it's losing weight or getting along better with a prickly coworker— he offers tips and practical tools, step-by-step strategies, original short exercises, inspirations, and useful activities that transform ideas and intentions into actions and behaviors. In the process of pursuing loftier goals, readers will acquire a surprising number of practical skills, including:

How to break a habit, completely and finally

How to tolerate and process uncomfortable feelings

How to unburden one's brain each night

How to sleep better, and have more energy during the day

How to completely let go of long-held grudges

How to release toxic emotions such as anger and betrayal

How to use sexual energy creatively

How to get used to feeling satisfaction and contentment

Intended to be used like a workbook, The Ten Commitments is the perfect guide for anyone wants to be happy, know love, feel vital, and find meaning and purpose in life, but isn’t quite sure how to get there.

The 10 Commitments:

I commit to freedom.

I commit to authenticity.

I commit to acceptance.

I commit to relax.

I commit to wholeness.

I commit to forgiveness.

I commit to love.

I commit to abundance.

I commit to truth.

I commit to peace.


Dr. Simon, MD, is a trained neurologist who has been instrumental in pioneering a new model of health that integrates body, mind, and spirit. As Medical Director and Cofounder of The Chopra Center, he has worked closely with Deepak Chopra to forge a new synthesis between Eastern and Western thought, including coauthoring many of their best-selling books.


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