#vipassana

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do?

Imagine walking 40 km (sometimes 50 km) every night for five nights on tar roads when the weather is 40C. The heat (104F) is one reason the walking is done at night, among other reasons like traffic, etc. So, this is what I did a few years ago—walk a pilgrimage south of India. It is …

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How do you make the most of the little deaths each of us goes through?

A couple of weeks ago, we were on our way back from Montreal and got stranded in Philadelphia. Three hundred flights were cancelled, and there were no hotel rooms. After being on a tiny flight with three seats per row, circling the airport for hours takes a toll on your tolerance limits when deciding the …

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Malicious People Are Great – Why? Because they force you to be better

I am sure all of us have been in a position where we have been offended by something someone said or did—and even hours, days, or years later, we still get riled up. In some cases, we can remove such people from our lives, and in some cases, we cannot. As I mentioned in previous …

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Sometimes It’s Better To Let Things Be…Instead Of Doing

I am watching a Netflix Series called ‘Panchayat’. It is based in rural India, a bit like my ancestral village. Imagine mud huts, the Baaing of goats, rooster crowing, water from hand pumps, and people resting under the Banana tree in front of the temple. Anyways, in this series, one of the characters loses his …

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Different Ways To Let Go When You Are Clinging?

I saw this movie on Netflix called – ‘Laapata Ladies’ roughly translated into ‘Missing Ladies’. It’s about rural India in the North where women, after marriage, wear a veil over their heads, cannot utter their husband’s name, and follow their husband. Since new brides wear the same kind of veil and all they can see …

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There Is No Selfless Act – Is There, Really?

I just returned from my Vipassana course, and this time, I was a server. For those of you unfamiliar with Vipassana, it is a meditation technique taught over ten days. I have been doing it for decades, and it continues to change my life. This time, I was serving on the course, as in serving the …

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Being a rebel is pointless unless you know why.

I was a born rebel—one of those rebelling without a cause. Do not ask me why, but if you ask me to do something, my first instinct is not to do it, even though I will do it eventually. I have always been making my own rules – rules are meant to be broken sort …

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What you push away forcefully never goes away – Why?

‘If you push something away to get rid of it – you are still in touch with it’, says Ram Dass. Ram Dass was a spiritual teacher. But before he became Ram Dass, he was Dr. Richard Alpert, and you can read more about his fascinating journey at this link. In Summary, his life is very …

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Want To Know Why I Love Challenges?

I don’t remember how old I was when I decided I wanted the corner office. It was one of those passing thoughts that one does not spend another second on, but it burrows deep in your psyche, becoming a driving force without you being aware. I love challenges – there, I have said it. I …

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What Are You Ready To Share With Life?

It’s been a while since I blogged. Life got busy – after an eating binge in Toronto, we jetted off to Tuscon, Arizona for a delightful retreat with Alumni from a course I had taken at London Business School – Creativity and Personal Mastery. The retreat was like food for the soul. How can it …

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