The Equanimous Mind
This has got to be one of my favourite books in the yoga/meditation book club. The author, Manish Chopra, is a Senior Partner at McKinsey and knows all about having a stressful job. In 2010, he decided to go on a Vipassana retreat in India where he cannot talk for 10 days, has to give up his phone, spends the majority of the day meditating and lives a simple monastic existence.
The book records his experience, the chatter of the mind, the emotions and the challenges of just staying still and being quiet. The retreat profoundly changed him, and the way he deals with every day challenges. “Vipassana” means ‘to see things as they really are’ and it is a pre-Buddhist which was taught in India over 2,500 years ago. There are no charges for the retreat, not even for food or accommodation. Often participants at the end of the course make donations so that other people can benefit from the experience.
To me, Manish Chopra is a wonderful example of how a successful professional, father and husband makes space for a daily meditation practice. As well as working at McKinsey he gives talks to professionals on meditation. I would love to attend one of his talks one day! He also has some great tips on email usage. If you are one of those people who checks emails first thing in the morning or last thing at night, I encourage you to check this link: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/manish-chopra-my-phone-certainly-does-not-sleep-with-me-ebebd7c20ac5
I passed this book to my husband who doesn’t practice meditation regularly and he was hooked. One day we would each like to go on a Vipassana retreat – you don’t have to go as far as India, there are even a few in the UK.
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