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Empathy exists in all human beings, and possibly all sentient beings, as a core emotional trait. But more importantly, empathy can be enhanced and put into improved practice for the betterment of employees, customers and, generally speaking, the society at large.

While the breadth and depth of human experience surely hold multiple ways to express empathy, here are three simple ones.

👟 First, remember the shoe analogy: only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. This is arguably the gold standard when it comes to empathy. After all, we do repeat it so often in our conversations: “Just try and…


Shelf with books and a pair of cute Finches
Shelf with books and a pair of cute Finches

When it comes to books, many of us will identify with Francis Bacon’s famous saying, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” But there’s no denying that for those who “just love books,” they hold enormous power over us.

To this day, I have not come across a higher tribute to the power of a book than this line in Talks on the Gita by Vinoba Bhave: “I have received more nourishment from the Gita than my body has from my mother’s milk.”

The sheer love that Bhagavad Gita…


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I began this piece by contemplating on why I want to write about contemplation and also thinking about what to write. My Twitter handle is Wordant (for the love of words, of course) but of late, I have realized that while words are useful tools when writing or conveying something, it is the underlying meaning that is far more important. After all, you can convey a lot with a smile, a spark in the eye, a touch…without using a single word.

Nevertheless, given that here I’m not allowed to touch you and must use my linguistic repertoire, let’s look at…


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In the vast expanse that is yoga, there’s a mountain I believe shines above everything else. Like the Himalayas, for instance, which rise above the surrounding plains and valleys in a way that has been beckoning explorers for ages.

That majestic mountain I’m pointing to is meditation.

For the past seven years that I’ve been meditating (in my modest room or the local park, not in a cave), it has steadily grown as a rock-solid anchor in my life. And while I’ve written a few posts on meditation before, it’s a topic I can return to, again and again.

In…


Site where George Floyd was arrested and killed. Pic by Fibonacci Blue under Creative Commons license

Just when we thought the world was in the grip of the novel coronavirus and the virus alone, out poured news, pictures and videos of protests across the US.

Elsewhere in third-world India, the constant stream of weary, hungry and impoverished migrant workers continued their long walk to their respective home villages.

“I can’t breathe,” the choked words of George Floyd from under the knee of Derek Chauvin on a fateful May day in Minneapolis continue to haunt me as also, I’m sure, millions of humans across the globe.

#BlackLivesMatter was trending once again, but not before Floyd succumbed to…


Can you recall a teacher you have studied under or met in your life whom you can call a true guru? One who not only taught a subject — but guided you through the ups and downs of life? Do you know someone who is up there among the highest mortals, imbuing you with their intelligence and helping you grow some of your own?

In the ancient Indian culture, the Sanskrit word ‘guru’ means one who shows you the light.

Some traditional pictures depict gurus sitting under the banyan or peepul tree, surrounded by ardent disciples listening intently to the…


When John Galt, the brilliant protagonist of Ayn Rand’s powerful book Atlas Shrugged, resolutely said that he would “stop the motor of the world,” neither he nor his creator Rand could have imagined living in the times of novel coronavirus.

And as billions of people across the globe remain locked down in homes and shelters, the virus does seem to have turned John Galt’s fictional words to reality — albeit with different philosophical connotations.

The world’s motor is sputtering, if not completely halted.

In the middle of a lot of human misery and thousands of deaths, the lens through which…


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Do you feel restless only after a few minutes of sitting down to meditate? What determines the success of a session? Read on for some tips…

Sometime back, I had written a post titled How to Sit Down in Meditation. Well, I tried following my own advice — and discovered that I was able not only to sit down in peace but do so for a longer period than before.

I understand that a lot of people do take the plunge into meditation but find it difficult to sustain their poise. They either get distracted easily, become fidgety after only…


I’m re-posting this at a very difficult moment in history when a virus, the novel coronavirus or SARS-Cov-2 as it is known, has confined the biggest mass of humanity to their homes. Ever. Work from home, WFM in short, has become the new mantra for companies and employees who can make do with it. All of a sudden, cities upon cities are under lockdown. Being at home is of life-saving value. Stillness, rather than movement, is the key to survival.

So, as people across the globe look around in bewilderment and struggle to cope with this new reality — in…

Sanjay Gupta

Author of Strings of the Soul on Kindle, I write on tech, meditation and the human condition

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