Monday, March 30, 2015

SPIRIT Summit CXO Dialogue in Pune, March 2015

I was in Pune last week to host the CXO Dialogue as a part of the Second SPIR-IT Summit at the Four Points Sheraton hotel on March 21st. This dialogue was sponsored by Amdocs India.

The gathering included Sister Jayanti, BK representative at United Nations in Geneva, Anshoo Gaur, President of Amdocs India, Dr Ganesh Natarajan, CEO of Zensar, Arun Wakhlu, Founder of Pragati Leadership Institute, Bala Kishore, co-founder of SPIRIT Summit, and executives from other organizations including Barclays, HSBC, Volkswagen, Zensar, Cybage and Searce.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Guidance - Guided Meditation Commentary

When you find yourself in a dilemma and cannot see through the situation clearly, when the head is muddled with many thoughts, use this short meditation to help to invoke higher guidance to help you make the right next step.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Step Into Your Pool Of Calmness - Guided Meditation Commentary

A very short guided commentary to help you return to peace and calmness.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain - Meditation Matters

Fascinating discoveries in neuroscience in the last 25 years is revolutionizing established fields like psychology, education, management, medicine and economics. This talk explores some important developments at the intersection of meditation and neuroscience. You will learn how your thoughts are shaping your brain and your life. 

In this fast moving chaotic life, human beings have lost control of their own beautiful life. To steer the wheel of the adventurous journey of life, we need to step back to observe the powerful engine inside each one of us - Our mind. Let us discover the latent potentials of our minds through the eyes of Jay.

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Cathedral in Time: Practical Silence Retreat For Urban Folk

Today is the 16th of the 18-day silence I’d mentioned in the 2014 review. I’m enjoying it thoroughly and it seems worth sharing the motivation, structure and benefits realized from it. Why 18? That’s just how long I could take off. More or less, suit yourself.

While I had many choices of places to retreat, both local and at exotic locales, I chose to spend this time in silence at home. There are benefits to retreating to a mountaintop or an ashram to be in silence. But I consider this lifestyle as one of an ‘Urban Yogi’ and I feel true practice is when it’s done exactly where you are. Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish theologian, suggested going to “a cathedral in time rather than in space”. That is, create a Sabbath from the clutter of ‘doing’ rather can mechanically making trips to an ashram, temple, a country home or an island resort.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Charge All Things With a Breath of Your Own Spirit

Over the 16 years of walking the path, I’ve often pondered on the roles of stillness and action in one’s evolution (thus, the world). If we are working faster, better and drawing bigger salaries than ever, why is there a growing sense of discontentment? On the other hand, while meditation may be the greatest tool, can it solve all of the world's problems?

I've realized that stillness brings clarity for the work to be purposeful. Stillness brings empathy for the work to be benevolent to all. Stillness instills a balance of knowing when to start and (and more importantly) to stop work. Without stillness work creates emptiness. And without work, stillness is contained.

I recently came across a poem that beautifully describes the confluence of God, the universe and love made visible (aka work).

Monday, December 29, 2014

Year in Review - 2014

2014 was a very special year. Here are some highlights.

Starting from the inside out -
  • I had an aim of sitting in meditation for at least 2 hours a day. Coming to peace with the self and listening to Guidance was the foundation of everything that manifested.
  • My favorite activity continues to be the Friday meditation meetup, a time to hold space with a random group of people each week.
  • For 16th year in a row, I spent three weeks in October on a spiritual retreat in Mount Abu, India. This is my opportunity to stock up spiritual resources for the year. One of the key realizations was from Dadi Janki - “when my focus shifts from ‘me’ to ‘you’, the heart opens up to serve unconditionally.”
  • Being at Wisdom 2.0 conference has consistently been a source of inspiration each year and a chance to meet kindred spirits from all over the world. This is a “tribe” that shares my core purpose - to transition from a life of achievement to a life of fulfillment.