Resetting Yourself… But how?

What do you do when your smartphone is working very slow when your applications are either not getting opened or are slower than a sloth? What do you do? You reset your phone and the moment you reset your phone, your smartphone starts working back to normal.


Similarly, in our lives we have situations that break us down, slows us down or maybe we felt pathetic after saying a silly thing in a work meeting or you have done some past mistakes and you need to start things fresh. But what do we do? We keep blaming ourselves, we keep regretting our decisions, we shout at life and cry over that thing.

Just like you can reset your smartphone, you can reset your life. Yes, it is possible. How? When you are in control of yourself when you are in control of your mind. Again, not controlling life, but controlling your emotions, your state of mind, your feelings. You cant control life because it is unpredictable, however, what you do with that unpredictability is something you can control.

When you are in control of yourself and mind, you gain the ability and awareness to reset your actions, reset your habits, reset your life.

But how to reset yourself? How to control yourself? Through your Breath. Your breath contains immense power to control and manage your mind. So many researches have happened/are happening which all say how through breath this is possible. Breathing techniques help you to get rid of that stress that we carry in our mind which doesn’t let us reset ourselves.


It is very common to use our breath to reset ourselves. As an example, you might have heard someone getting angry and someone saying, “Take a few deep breaths in and out.” And as a result what happens? It helps you reset your life at that moment.


In my life, I have learned this technique where using my breath I can reset any component or moment in my life. For me learning and practicing Sudarshan Kriya has been a big big big game-changer. How easily I get an ability to change the state of my mind, how easily I get the ability to change my sadness into happiness, how easily I can change a negative feeling or thought, into a positive one.

We all need that button in life to reset our life. We all carry that button in our life, but we do not know how to use it. Sudarshan Kriya is something that enables you to do that.


I am teaching one of those programs called Happiness Program where you learn this powerful breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya in November 2020. You can come and join to learn this technique to enable yourself to reset your life whenever you want to.

Happiness Program November 2020: https://www.artofliving.org/ca-en/program/6224

3 Reasons to Meditate Now

World is now realizing the need for “Mental Health”. Do you know why there is a need ? It is because of the growing stress in our lives. Fortunately, the world is now adopting the ancient way of getting rid of stress i.e. Meditation. One of the fact that I loved while researching more is that the people meditating in the USA tripled from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017. (Source https://www.nccih.nih.gov/). Isn’t that incredible ?

Apart from reducing the stress and boosting your mental health, below are 3 reasons why you should meditate right now:

  • Satisfaction: When we were studying in school/college, we were instilled with the idea that earning money will make us satisfied. But even the people with millions of dollars suffer from dissatisfaction in their lives. Where money, relationships, partying does not give us satisfaction, Meditation comes with promising results of inner satisfaction in life.

“Satisfaction comes from deep rest, by reposing deep within oneself. When you get established within your Self, then there is contentment. The satisfaction you think that comes by doing some work is very temporary and lasts only for a short while.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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  • Meaningful Relationships: Ups and downs happen in every relationship. Arguments on the smallest things to the biggest thing happens often in a relationship. Guess what, most arguments start because of our inability to listen(mindfully). After every resolution, we say “I will understand you in a better way.” When you promise that you will understand what you are trying to say is I will listen to what you are saying in a better way. Meditation makes your mind empty of unwanted thoughts. Less the thoughts in the mind, better you listen, lesser the arguments and your relationship blooms.

“The key to a happy relationship is based on how we handle our mind. We must learn how to calm our minds and relax, for a few moments every day.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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  • Freedom: With the luggage of stress that we carry around our whole lives, we tend to lose our freedom. How can one be free if his/her mind is each moment occupied with thoughts which he/she does not even want? Meditation takes away your stress. It brings back your naturalness. And when you are natural, you are free.

“Meditation, indeed, is an amazing path to experiencing freedom. Meditation offers a “freedom from” and “freedom to” in both business and personal life.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

So, if you are not meditating, start from today, rather sit back now and meditate using the below link.

If you are already meditating, awesome, share your joy with others.

Conversation with a Buddhist Monk

After reading ‘My Journey Home’ by Swami Radhanath, an American Swami, I was very keen to know more about the hidden yet profound wisdom witnessed by many great people on their spiritual journey. My perception towards such people has immensely changed from being sympathetic to the one who carries pearls of wisdom.

I was traveling from Texas to Philadelphia where I was stopped at the security checkin. (Their scanners always get confused when they see a harmonica case). After 15 minutes when I started walking towards my gate, I saw a guy wearing orange robes with a strong presence. I was very curious to speak to him and wished he was in my flight. Though not completely, but my wish was half fulfilled. His gate number was 50 and mine was 49 since he was traveling to Washington DC. After introducing myself to him (Master Lim), I asked if we can sit together and contemplate. To that he nodded with approval.

When we sat he saw my Yoga mat(I usually carry it with me when I am traveling) and asked me “Do you meditate ?”. To which I nodded with a broad smile. He told me he had been meditating since 40 years and is a follower of Buddha. He spoke about his spiritual journey with great enthusiasm. Though he was old in age but his undying smile and simplicity touched my heart.

The discussion moved on to Buddha to which I mentioned about one of his teachings – Nothingness. With great excitement and love in his eyes he started describing about Nothingness. He said “Nothingness means everything in this world is impermanent. The cloth, the carpet, this body, even this cell phone, everything in this world is impermanent”. I felt aligned with his words. He continued “Though everything is impermanent but it does not mean that you should not have a desire to have it. If you desire something, work towards it but do not run behind it. When you madly run behind something, you go far away from nothingness”.

After that I introspected my life in a series of events. I could actually relate each event to what he mentioned. I could see how I have been running behind things with hunger and madness.

He asked me about my Master and I showed him Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s picture on my phone. Out of curiosity he almost snatched my phone and told me “You are in safe hands. Congratulations, you have found your Master”. I nodded in agreement with gratefulness. We heard an announcement calling for Gate 49 which meant I had to leave. But before that I asked him for a picture and he happily agreed.

Before boarding the flight I just looked at him and he was sitting there being Nothing.

Who is in charge?

We in our day to day life try to control as many things as possible. Be it situations, people, relationships, work or even the results of our actions. We want to be the boss and want to control everything. When we fail to control things, emotions like anger, anxiety, feverishness and sadness etc. arise. Instead of you controlling the situation, now the situation controls you.

Isn’t that interesting !

A week ago, I was working with my colleagues and there were several major disputes that were happening among them. This created a lot of chaos. I was just a silent observer and took a deep breath as such things happen in every sphere of life. After couple of days from being a silent observer and not being influenced from the event at all, I started getting caught up in the event and I realized my feverishness, anxiety, anger levels were going up. I was completely not in charge of the situation. The event took over me and was bossing around me like a ruler does it to a slave.

This time I wanted to understand the origin of such emotions. The best way to do that was to reflect in the inner world. I sat down on my yoga mat, closed my eyes and started meditating. During the meditation, this is what I realized. Initially, when I was just a silent observer, I was simply being a spectator of the ongoing tornado of emotions. But when I got caught up in the event, the negative emotions increased inside me and I was no more a silent observer. This was the moment when I became free because I understood ‘the cause’. And now, I was again a spectator to the chaos.

Understanding who is in-charge and who is controlling the event is extremely important. Being centered is what helps one to pass through the ocean of negativity.

Water droplets: An analogy

While driving in the rain, I saw little droplets of water striking the wind shield. Amidst this moment, a thought came to my mind. This rain drops were falling right on the wind shield at different intervals. I could completely relate this analogy to my life experiences. Just like this drops, problems appeared in my life at different intervals and each time I was hit with a hard blow and was shattered on the ground.

I observed that each time the water droplets on my wind shield blurred my vision, the wipers helped me to get a better picture of what is ahead of me. Just like in life when each time my vision got blurred due to the problems, I had something which helped me to move on and to see what is ahead. That was meditation, which has been a key to clear my vision and to wipe/go beyond the problems which impacted me deep in my life.

It is said that “Every one is fighting their own battles”. But does that bring peace and happiness ? Maybe yes, maybe no. But what keeps me going during my battle is Meditation. It helps me face my battle with a smile on my face, grit determination and peaceful mind.

I personally feel very fortunate to have learned this tool to combat the problems life has offered me to fight.