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The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 4

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 4 »

One day he compiled a list of activities that defines him- things that helped him connect deeper to himself and contribute to others’

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 3

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 3 »

Avoid the ‘Should’ and ‘Should Not’ language

When a friend in our monastery tried the basket exercise, he wrote a lot of things

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 2

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 2 »

What’d happen if the teenager puffs his bubble beyond a certain size? It would explode and fall on his face. He’d then clumsily

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 1

The ‘basket’ in the mind- Part 1 »

“Happiness is a state of activity.”

–    Aristotle (Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist)

Kevin Carter’s photographs shook the world.  In particular, one image of a

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 5

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 5 »

There’s a lot that people speak even when they say nothing. A successful leader of one community told me, “If a person never

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 4

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 4 »

When I know you understand me, I feel happier than when you merely appreciate me. When I hear sweet praise, it tickles my

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 3

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 3 »

The first step of this journey is listening. Steven Covey explains in his famous work, ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People’ that

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 2

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 2 »

The third layer of emotional existence- that may now seem a far-fetched possibility is when we take our appreciation to the next level-

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? –  Part 1

Appreciate or understand- what’s more important? – Part 1 »

Listen, or your tongue will keep you deaf.”

–     A Native American proverb

In a particular situation, if you had only one choice of

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 6

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 6 »

The king of demons, Hiranyakashipu and his son Prahalad are a contrasting case. The father practised strict austerities, but with an intention to

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 5

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 5 »

Improves relationships

Recently I helped a few friends resolve their differences. Their misunderstandings had grown deeper, and I feared their relationship would strain.

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 4

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 4 »

The quiet power of self-control

The temptations and distractions are many and relentless in this world. We imagine that freedom to let go

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 3

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 3 »

Discipline- external or internal?

Some people practice strong determination in some areas and may even achieve success externally. But on their internal journey

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 2

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 2 »

Self- control gives happy rewards

If you ask any successful sportsman or a student about their strict schedules, you’d likely hear them confess

The Culture Shock – Part 4

The Culture Shock – Part 4 »

“No,” my friend said reassuringly, “He has designed food to open up from a basket at home that’s monitored through a remote in

The Culture Shock – Part 3

The Culture Shock – Part 3 »

I tried to appear unaffected. “Well, this is common in India as well. We accept it as part of our life” I said,

The Culture Shock – Part 2

The Culture Shock – Part 2 »

“My daughter is a serious concern; I need guidance on how to deal with her” Paula said, while Harry nodded.

The Culture Shock – Part 1

The Culture Shock – Part 1 »

“The bird that would soar above the plain of prejudice must have strong wings.”

–    Kate Chopin (American author of the nineteenth

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 6

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 6 »

Although I was sorry that they had to suffer so much, my initial sympathy transformed to awe and humility when

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 1

‘No’ to pleasure and ‘Yes’ to Happiness – Part 1 »

“I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.”

–    Pietro Aretino (Italian author, playwright, and poet of the sixteenth century)

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 5

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 5 »

He not only offered prostrated obeisances to them on their arrival, but also credited their presence to their kindness, and

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 4

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 4 »

The lesson I learned from Aki (and followed in Deepak’s case study) : whenever confused, ask – What’s the principle

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 3

Don’t search, but choose your Truth – Part 3 »

Principles – the truth in a false world

Mark Twain wrote that often we protect ourselves through specific weakness

Don’t search, but choose your Truth- Part 2

Don’t search, but choose your Truth- Part 2 »

Later I reflected: maybe, Deepak’s happiness is transitory, and probably it’s true he’s happy because he just cleared his stomach,

Don’t search, but choose your Truth- Part 1

Don’t search, but choose your Truth- Part 1 »

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.”

–    Oscar Wilde (Irish

Are you angry when despised? –  Part 5

Are you angry when despised? – Part 5 »

Modern examples of transcending enmity

Coming back to recent history, we have Booker Washington, the leading voice of slaves

Are you angry when despised? – Part 4

Are you angry when despised? – Part 4 »

Lessons from Srimad Bhagavatam

India’s immortal classic, Srimad Bhagavatam begins with the episode of a bull that resisted the

Are you angry when despised? – Part 3 »

From ‘Grief’ to ‘Grace’ space

Once, an acquaintance spewed venom on me in a WhatsApp group. He accused me, besides questioning

Are you angry when despised? –  Part 2

Are you angry when despised? – Part 2 »

“That’s generous of you” I replied, “I mean, I can never do it.”

“Yeah, to see others empathically, we

Are you angry when despised? –  Part 1

Are you angry when despised? – Part 1 »

“We hate some people because we do not know them, and we’ll not know them because we hate them.”

Redefining the phrase ‘Do Your Best’ – Part 2

Redefining the phrase ‘Do Your Best’ – Part 2 »

The joys and pains of ‘I’

The ‘I’ is a painful state of existence if we focus on what the ‘I’

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 5

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 5 »

Human society has made incredible strides in science and technology yet in spite of what appears an unstoppable success march, a

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 4

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 4 »

If Lokesh had the passion for a living or if some values defined him greatly, then bad habits wouldn’t have

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 3

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 3 »

One of the founding fathers of U.S.A, Benjamin Franklin, a legendary scientist, philosopher, writer – a polymath, wrote to one

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 2

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 2 »

Everything comes with a price – even what you think is free has an invisible price tag attached. The only way

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 1

The myth of Free Wi-Fi and Social Network – Part 1 »

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”             ― Charles Darwin (English

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 4

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 4 »

One day during a light-hearted conversation with Rajesh, my old saintly and joyful ashram friend, I was surprised by his

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 3

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 3 »

You know it’s the silent scream for love when instead of addressing their anguish people launch an attack on

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 2

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 2 »

Coping with Pain

If you break your leg while playing football, years later when you watch a football game,

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 1

Do you blame others for your Emotional Pain? – Part 1 »

“We make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity;

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