Friday, May 30, 2014

A Day inside the Most Notorious Prison in the US

Last weekend, I was in one of the most notorious prison in the United States, infamous for housing some of the worst criminals in the country’s history. Established in 1852, among the oldest and largest facilities in the US with 4,000 inmates (at 130% capacity), San Quentin is the only prison in California with death row. Set on the shores of beautiful San Rafael Bay, the penitentiary is spread over 432 acres and even has its own zip code. I’d summarize the experience of the day at the prison as “glorious”. Here’s why. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tuesday Talks - Emotional Intelligence by Jay Chodagam

Build the skills of Emotional Intelligence - the ability to recognize and regulate one's own feelings, be sensitive to the feelings and emotions of others, and build empathetic relationships with others. Learn how to make the shift from emotional reaction to conscious response.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Power of Belonging

Napoleon Bonaparte once said “men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.” While it may be true for some, this is in sharp contradiction to the fact we humans are a gregarious species. One of our deepest yearnings is the sense of belonging. In a recent retreat titled ‘Power of Belonging’, we explored the question, "if a person is not connected to you by birth or with pay, would you care about the relationship?” I am sharing some of discussion here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sleep Like A Champ

Some of the most useful tips I got early on meditating with the Brahma Kumaris was on optimizing sleep. In a lecture on sleep management, I learnt we all sleep in multiples of 90 minute cycles, approximately. Each cycle consists of Beta (awake consciousness), Alpha (lucid), Theta (REM rapid-eye movement), Delta (non-REM) states. The exact length of cycle may vary person-to-person and from my experience it changes over time. It has for me since having a daily meditation practice.