cover image Abundance: The Inner Path to Wealth

Abundance: The Inner Path to Wealth

Deepak Chopra. Harmony, $27 (272p) ISBN 978-0-593-23379-5

Bestseller Chopra (Metahuman) presents an engaging guide meant to “transform consciousness into wealth” through yoga and meditation. Chopra opines that because the human mind invented money, “money is actually the coin of consciousness.” He outlines the “inner path” to wealth and offers a seven-step plan to improve one’s “money karma” by taking such measures as seeking downtime when feeling anxious, reflecting on such questions as “Can I be more open to new choices?” and acting on one’s answers. The author encourages an “attitude of abundance” that rebukes austerity and privileges spiritual needs over material concerns. Easy-to-follow exercises, yoga instructions, and self-reflection questionnaires appear throughout, including, for instance, a set of questions intended to evaluate one’s attitude toward “lack,” and a controlled breathing activity to help one reach “simple awareness.” However, Chopra’s omission of supporting evidence sometimes undermines his claims, such as when he muses on the neuroscience of “mind over matter” and the relationship between consciousness and entropy. Though unlikely to convert skeptics, this will please the author’s fans. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)