Last week, a United passenger exited a plane in perhaps the most humiliating way. As videos emerged of a bloodied, screaming, and disoriented man being forcibly removed from a seat he paid for, shock and horror consumed us all. There was no corporate empathy from United for David Dao as he was manhandled from the plane waiting at the gate, and visibly injured in the act and no crew intervened. Continue reading How can the United Debacle Inspire a Growth Mindset
We all know that Yoga and Meditation have serious benefits for our health and overall well being. But for pro athletes competing a high level, playing the game with Mind Control can be really rewarding. Super Bowl champion head coach Pete Carroll, who is in his seventh year as a head coach and executive vice president of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, requires that all of his players take yoga classes during the season and even credits the Zen practice for relaxing his players and keeping them focused on game day. Continue reading Mindfulness and Yoga in Sports
Our work places usually consume a lot more of our energy and emotions than we ever realize. Thanks to burgeoning technology, spending more than 10 hours at the job is the norm these days and more so with self-employed folks and entrepreneurs, who literally never seem to take a break from their work. If you identify yourself as one of these types, here are a four tips on how to do better at work and succeed with Mindfulness.
In the past three years, most important habit I’ve formed is Meditation. Hands down, bar none. Ripple effects of Meditation have shown up on many other aspects of my life, abandoning a few bad habits, becoming more peaceful, getting my attention back from non stop outflow of various media and most importantly ability to sit quietly in a room alone.
Look around, the entire city — country? world? — seems to be infected by a disease, harbored on by a deluge of technology. The constant demand for our attention, our need to look fabulous and important, apps with notifications on, games which lead you on to infinite levels — each person we see today is inadvertently hooked onto their smart phones.
Steve Jobs, who was a master of mind control and living and working purposefully, learned to seize control over his success and his life by asking himself one important question in the mirror every morning:
If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ If the Answer is ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Did you set a resolution for 2017? If yes, be honest with this question:
Talk of the town today – Mariah Carey on-stage fiasco at new year’s eve could have been avoided with some ace mind control techniques on her part. Carey, one of the top selling recording artists of all time and a five time Grammy winner while performing at Times Square in NYE, faced a technological breakdown which led to her song lyrics getting whacked out of sync which in turn let to her storming off the stage in a huff.
The Everest, highest mountain on Earth is also the biggest achievement that an Alpinist can get. Many people have tried conquering the Everest Summit and many have failed. The ones who made it to the top mention precise planning, accurate forecasting and unflinching teamwork in almost all cases. Similar to conquering Everest is achieving your Goal in life. If you aren’t aware of different stages of either of them, you can’t make it to The Summit. Here’s a brief look at how things stack up for Everest climbers and Achievers in Life. Continue reading Stages of Conquest – The Everest Summit and Our Life Goals
Russell Brand is a British comedian, stand up artist, actor turned an anti-drugs activist. With a past of troubled childhood, tumultuous youth and career fame, it was easy for him to fall into a life of easy-money, drugs, sex and flamboyance. Brand has described the concept of fame “like ashes” in his mouth. Over the years though Russell has changed his lifestyle into one of spirituality, meditation and fondness for Hare Krishna Movement. Let’s take a brief look at his life changes and how he became a spiritual success story, at least in our eyes.
“I like threesomes with two women, not because I’m a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I’m a romantic. I’m looking for “The One.” And I’ll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”
We live in a materialistic world where it seems that money, fame, and luxury are the most important things in our lives. Sometimes we tend to lose ourselves chasing these outer things rather than following or discovering our true purpose. We’re are not saying you shouldn’t go after the luxury of a nice house with a 65 feet yacht parked outside, a beautiful woman by your side, or being known and recognized for your biggest achievements. But as has been discovered by many celebrities, getting rich beyond imagination is almost never enough.
Ahhh …. only if we knew for sure! There’s prevalent white noise about healing powers of gemstones and crystals, hence follows the obvious question – do gemstones really work? And the answer is of course, as is with all alternative healing aspects, it can’t be proved. But then … your heart still believes. And that my friends is the perspective.
Our typical understanding of a Spiritual person is someone who is devoid of ambition and lives a life of peace, calmness and easy path of life. But that can’t be further from the truth. Think of any great personalities through history – Moses, Mother Teresa, Yogi Iyenger and Gandhi. Continue reading Badass AND Spiritual …?
The purpose of our lives is to be happy ~ Dalai Lama
I went on trip to India recently with a single intention of finding out what exactly spirituality is. Its easy to assume its meaning Continue reading Spirituality ..? First, Love Yourself
All our lives, right from our childhood to youth and then well into adulthood, humans aim for various things which they believe will lead them to the ultimate goal – happiness. Dressed up in many forms e.g. a new phone, a new car or a great job, our goal as humans is to just somehow acquire that one thing which will make us happy. And so on it goes…
I remember at a very young age of 6, wanting a dress similar to one worn by my friend so badly. I would pray for it, whine to my mom about it and in general be obsessed with it for hours at end. Those were the days when mom still stitched at home, and somehow by miracle of manifestations, I did get that dress made out for myself. Now, it would be normal to assume that happiness at acquiring that much wanted dress would last for a while. But not so, within 2 days of getting that dress, my friend had a shiny new pink bike which became my latest object of desire and ultimate happiness.
Recently, I found myself introspecting about this particular incident and I realized things haven’t changed for me so much really. I have been wanting one thing after the other, a dream vacation, a well behaved child, a home as clean as a picture or maybe just a great sunset view while on a trip to the beach. But as soon as that moment is over, irrespective of fact whether I got what I wanted or not, my heart starts to want the next thing. Sounds familiar?
This unsettling feeling resonated with me so much that on my next trip to India, I spent some time in holy city of Haridwar trying to figure out what I really wanted from life. Surely, it had to be something beyond material possessions, or someone else’s behaviour, or someone else’s achievements which would make me happy. In fact by this time I was even wondering if true happiness really existed or was it just a metaphor we are made to believe in to keep functioning.
In Haridwar I met a Shaman (native healer) sitting on the steps of river Ganges during evening prayer times. There was unending peace and compassion in his eyes and I put up this question to him. And his answer did and did not surprise me at the same time. He said, this unsettled feeling comes from the fact that I am following and chasing the wrong thing. It is not happiness that I should seek but Peace. That moment is etched crystal clear in my mind to this date. Suddenly it seemed like the mist had cleared and sun had shone through bright and shiny. I spend more than three hours with him that evening, taking in the beauty, the noise and the lights of the ghats by ganges. My discussion with Shaman changed my entire life purpose, and it seemed I did get my answers that evening.
Seeking of happiness is a futile and indeed a metaphorical exercise. This is because happiness lies in material things and feelings. If we change our focus on achieving peace, our outlook towards life and our relations takes a 360 swing. We start spending our days not focussed on being happy but focussed on being peaceful and spreading peace around us. Here are my biggest learnings from that evening and I sincerely hope they will help you in someway.
- Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil your present
- What others think of you is none of your business
- Time heals everything – so give the time, some time
- No one is the reason for your happiness except you, yourself
- Don’t compare your life with others, you have no idea what their journey is all about
- Stop thinking too much, its all right not to know all the answers
- Smile, ’cause you don’t own all the problems in this world
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Style Statement of the moment or rather movement seems to be Spiritualism – and with good reason. Be it yoga, meditation, clothing or jewelry, spiritualism has transcended from a fad and has now become more Continue reading Why Spiritualism is the New Black