5 honest truths about mental health.

4 Big Reasons to Look at The Whole World as Your Family

My Ancestral Journey (National Geographic's Genographic Project)

My Ancestral Journey (National Geographic’s Genographic Project)

Several months ago, one of my patients, a vivacious young lady with asthma, asked me if I was related to Dr. Patel she saw when her asthma acted up during her trip to Alaska. After a brief pause, I answered, “Yes if you trace my ancestry far enough, you will find that he is related to me.”

Curious about my ancestry, that very same week I sent my DNA samples to National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 Project, where such DNAs are analyzed to track the migratory patterns of our ancestors. They have received close to a million samples already! After 8 weeks of anticipatory waiting, I got my report back. And guess what? My ancestors and your ancestors started their journey together 70,000 years ago from the same place in Africa. Some went to Europe, some to Americas, some to Australia, and others to Asia.

This proves that this whole humongous world is your family, my family, our family.

Does this really matter, you may ask? Do I really care? Why should I care? Here, are the reasons.

1. You can tap into energy of the whole world. A kid screams in Kansas, you absorb that energy just like Sulley in the movie, Monsters Inc. Teenagers around the world are energized about starting college, you too are energized. Athletes across the ocean are pumped up about playing an important game, you too are pumped up. Believe me, you will never feel exhausted again.

2. You can bathe in the bliss of the entire population. A kid in Hawaii is happy for no obvious reason, you are happy too. A woman is elated seeing her husband on his return from overseas duty, you too are elated. A businessperson is ecstatic with millions of dollars of profit, you are ecstatic too. You have never experienced this much bliss ever before, but now you can.

3. What about all the miseries and murders in the world? You have to believe this – there is and there has always been more Divine than Devil in the world. And what about your own doubts and challenges? Well, you can divvy up all your doubts, miseries, griefs, and problems amongst 7 billion people! You will make them disappear in a minute.

4. When you pray, you are praying for 7 billion people and when 7 billion people pray, they will pray for you. Wow, what an arrangement! Need I say more here?

Have I convinced you yet? Let us try it. Take a slow, deep breath and feel the energy, the bliss, and the prayer of the 7 billion family members.

Try it. You have nothing to lose.

Blessings for a blissful life.

3 Tips to Help You Meditate During Stressful Times


It used to be impossible for me to meditate during stressful times. I wouldn’t find time to meditate. When I would finally have some free time, I would be preoccupied with my workload and potential problems. These were the exact times meditation would be of great benefit, not only for my health and sleep, but also for my problem-solving skills, innovative ability, attention, and energy level.

Here, are the few tips that I have found helpful for meditating during stressful times.

1. Practice. Practice. Practice. Make it an unwavering routine to meditate whether stressed out or not.

2. Use the quietest corner in the house. Try to meditate during an early morning hours, when everyone else is asleep. During lunch hour, find a quiet corner at your workplace and meditate.

3. Do not get frustrated if mind keeps wandering. I have found that bringing the attention back to breathing works the best during such times. Try to keep an uninterrupted focus on breathing the best you can and you will see mind quietening down.

Your breathing and your heart rate will slow down.Tightness of the muscles in the neck and back will dissolve. Intrusive thoughts will disappear. Your consciousness will establish itself in the Divine within; the eternal source of energy and joy.

You feel that physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual rejuvenation. You experience the calmness of the deepest ocean. Thoughts and words you will notice come out of the Divine within and not from your worldly self. It is an exhilarating and energizing feeling, worth meditating for. So, find time and place, sit down, and meditate. It is that simple.

God Bless You.

Om Shanti.



Learning to See God in the Faces of Poor

My Monday morning at our Sneeze & Snooze Clinic started with a string of Medicaid patients.

I have always worried about the financial health of the Clinic when I see patients with Medicaid and other similar insurances, since these insurances do not pay enough to cover the cost of providing care. 

Then I remembered a word from the Sanskrit language, Daridra-Nayayan, which means “God presenting as poor.” This concept lifted the veil of ignorance.

Now, I am learning to see God in the faces of these patients. I worry less now. I talk to them with more compassion. My blood pressure and heart rate are lower now. I sleep better too.

I do still work hard and smart. I trust the Lord will keep the Clinic financial solvent. If not, I will SMS for help! 

God bless you.

The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders — PsyBlog

Mahatma Gandhi's Statue at Sabarmati Ashram. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue at Sabarmati Ashram. Photo Credit: Wikipedia


New research published in Administrative Science Quarterly once again finds that it’s humility which can produce the best performance from an organization.

The finding comes from interviews with CEOs of 63 Chinese companies and around 1,000 of their employees (Ou et al., 2014).

They found that CEOs who were humble were more likely to empower the top management team, which in turn enabled the management team to be better integrated.

The empowering organizational climate then trickled down through the middle managers which increased their job performance, commitment and engagement with work.

To read more, please click on this link

The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders — PsyBlog by Dr Jeremy Dean.



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