Life often demands of us that we juggle not one, but various roles at a time. When we are young, we can be both playful children and curious students. As we grow, we swing between being the supportive partner, the irreplaceable employee, and the enabling leader. Parenting, too, makes its way into life’s saga, needing all our life’s learning into the joy of raising our children. The challenge that lies ahead of us is making the right choices, balancing expectations, and finding contentment amidst the chaos. The key to a successful life is a balancing act that appears from the heart’s intelligence.
In this deeply personal series, Global Guide of Heartfulness Dr. Kamlesh D Patel, who is widely known as Daaji, takes us on an inspiring journey to lead a life guided by the heart’s authentic wisdom. Accompanying him are 13 thought leaders, including Dr. Ichak Adizes, founder of Adizes Institute; Dr. James R Doty, founder of CCARE at Stanford University; Shiv Khemka, Vice-chairman of the SUN Group; Liz Kingsnorth, International Conflict Resolution coach; and Sharon Salzberg, New York Times bestselling author, and many more; all of whom share with us timeless life lessons to lead a life in tune with our deepest aspirations: leadership, relationships, happiness and more.
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Happiness is an elusive concept, yet everyone wants to achieve it. Renowned author Dr. James R. Doty, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, takes us down memory lane, to meet Ruth from the ‘Magic Shop’ – who taught him the secret of everlasting happiness – through self-compassion and belief in self-potential. He is also the author of the book Into the Magic Shop. Accompanying him is Daaji, Global Guide of Heartfulness and best-selling author, who gently nudges us through his own experiences and wisdom into finding our peace and contentment, amidst the chaos.
As individuals, we differ in our perspectives, understanding, and approach to situations. Often, these differences lead to frictions that fracture our interactions with loved ones. At times, one finds oneself doubting one’s ability to communicate. What was the right thing to say? Why do I find it so difficult for people to understand me? Why am I unable to cultivate deep and meaningful relationships? In this episode, International Conflict Mediator and Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication – Liz Kingsnorth, and Daaji – Global Guide of Heartfulness, guide us through the art of cultivating self-empathy, recognizing emotional needs, and reconciling differences for harmonious relationships, through a heartful approach to communication.
In continuation to Part I of the series, In Part II, Liz Kingsnorth, International Conflict Mediator and Certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication helps us understand why we behave the way we do, by uncovering the needs behind our emotional reactions. Introspective and perspective-changing, this heart-warming conversation gives us a framework to empathize and respond to another person’s needs and feelings, giving way to loving, deep, and meaningful relationships.
The irony of human nature is that it is only through our restlessness to grow that we pave the way to contentment. In a world filled with choices, and where morality is subjective, how does one assess in which direction to grow? Is there a universal standard that defines growth? How does one measure growth? In this enlightening conversation, Meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts supplies insights into her firsthand experiences of discovering its true potential. As she says, the outcome of its success is in our ability to love and compassion. Complimenting her, we hear insights from Daaji on how to imbibe qualities that help on this journey of self-realization.
As human beings, we crave deep and meaningful connections with one another. Yet, we often find ourselves stumbling in our relationships, asking ourselves: are they the right person? Why isn’t this relationship working? In this heartwarming conversation, Dr. Clancy Martin, bestselling author of How to Sell, talks to us about the art of flourishing through relationships, how it takes two to make it, and the importance of cultivating solitude. We also hear Daaji’s insights on the different purposes and stages of marriage, and how we can use it as an institution to understand the true nature of love. Clancy Martin is a professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri in Kansas City as well as at Ashoka University. He specializes in moral science, existentialism, and the philosophy of literature.
In this candid episode, Shiv Khemka reminisces on his incredible childhood at Eaton, his relationship with Gandhi, the rich experiences gathered living across continents, yoga, and spirituality, and how each of his experiences helped shape him as a leader. In this episode, Khemka is speaking to us about the four principles of leadership, and what it means to put these principles into practice. Shiv Khemka is the Vice-Chairman of SUN Group, and the Executive Chairman of The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF). He leads the Russia Country Committee for the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in India.
Ravi Venkatesan, Chief Executive Officer at Cantaloupe Inc, shares his innovations in the art of Leadership. He explores the relationship between our inner environment and our outer manifestations and how each affects the other. Ravi beautifully articulates how we can transition our relationships from a world of competition into one of compassion, trust, and collaboration. Ravi is a public speaking coach. He is enthusiastic about applying meditation lessons to improve workplace relationships and productivity.
Wisdom is ‘To live as if we were to die the next moment,’ it is an adage. Yet, few understand what this means. Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes, Founder of the Adizes Institute, takes a renewed approach to time management – through the art of love. Deeply personal, moving, and perspective-changing, Dr. Adizes delivers timeless wisdom, with profound simplicity. Dr. Adizes is the founder of the Adizes Institute and creator of the Adizes Methodology for Managing Change. The Leadership Excellence magazine named Dr. Adizes as one of the Top Thirty Thought Leaders on Leadership. The Holmes Report named him as one of the best communicators for the year 2017 alongside the Dalai Lama, finding his place in ‘The Influencer 100’. We also hear from Daaji, the Global guide of Heartfulness, on designing one’s destiny and its relation to one’s time.
Parenting is a beautiful phase in life that requires our constant attention and care. In this episode, Kamlesh D Patel, lovingly known as Daaji shares profound insights on raising happy children who are resilient and ready for the world. He shares essential tools and practices that will help parents imbibe qualities of self-awareness, decision-making, and curiosity and promotes observational skills in children. Daaji is the Global Guide of Heartfulness. He has authored the best-selling books, “The Heartfulness Way”™ along with Joshua Pollock, “Designing Destiny “™ and “The Wisdom Bridge” ™. He guides millions of seekers across the globe, overseeing Heartfulness Centers in more than 150 countries. In March 2023, the Government of India bestowed Daaji with India’s third highest Civilian Award, Padma Bhushan, for his distinguished service of high order in the field of Spirituality. Brand Story has also awarded him as India’s most Admirable Leader for his work in uplifting the lives of millions in the field of spirituality by offering free-of-charge meditation training and working on projects of environmental, agricultural, and social importance.
Many times, our emotions get the better of us and cloud our consciousness. We lose our sense of clarity and the ability to tap into our wisdom – resulting in decisions that do not serve us anyway. In this profound conversation, Joshua Pollock, co-author of “The Heartfulness Way”™ speaks to us about making peace with our difficult emotions of fear, anger, and ego, but using these as tools for our personal growth. Joshua Pollock is an accomplished classical violinist, who has many performances to his credit, taught throughout the world, and has multiple collaborations with Oscar-winning film composer A. R. Rahman.
Every year on January 1st, many of us make New Year’s resolutions to begin the year and to start anew, leaving certain habits behind, and yet by February most of us are back to where we started. Habits are like rivers, which, after years of going on the same path, make it their only way; they leave impressions that, over time, begin to define our destiny. In this episode, Trevor Weltman, a communications consultant, explores the subject of changing one’s mindset to deal with our patterns of habits, managing everyday stresses, forming positive communities, and creating new habits that lead us to our best selves.
Dr. Jay Thimmapuram, a Sleep Specialist, enlightens the listeners using compelling research-based evidence to explain why getting a good night’s sleep is important. He tells us what works, what does not, and why it is not okay to sleep 8 hours, starting at 3 a.m. Dr. Jayaram Thimmapuram is an academic hospitalist in Internal Medicine at WellSpan York Hospital. Besides being a TEDx speaker, he is the recipient of various awards, like the Gold Humanism Award, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and Resident of the Year awards.
When business and relationships are happening through virtual platforms, it can be a struggle to cultivate deep and empathetic connections with one another. Erica Dhawan, Author of Digital Body Language, talks to us about simple, yet innovative ways we can embody the full potential of our humanness through the way we express ourselves, over various digital communication mediums. Erica Dhawan is a globally recognized leadership expert, keynote speaker, and the Founder and CEO of Cotential.
Mutsa Samuel, Motivational Speaker, Life-Coach and Founder of UbuntuLab, takes us on an experiential journey through the Bantu wilderness, guiding us to freedom, by letting go of our past trauma. The powerful Shona concept of ‘Kushaha’ – the urgency to act, the ‘audacity to hope beyond hope’, and ‘Praxis’ – the integration of thought and action – takes us on a moving and introspective journey to renew our vision of ourselves and start afresh.
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