Welcome to a world where joy emerges from practicing mindfulness. If you’re ready to experience the exhilarating power of meditation and unlock a life filled with positivity and well-being, then get ready for story like no other from our Happiness Squad Podcast guest who mediates nearly 2 hours a day every day before counseling CEOs and advising boards on their most strategic issues.
Manish Chopra is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. He grew up in India and attended college at IIT Delhi before completing his master’s and PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He’s lived and worked across N. America, Asia and Europe and now lives in NY with his wife and daughter. His scope of responsibility includes serving prominent healthcare institutions and leading the firm’s pricing practice.
Over 10 years ago, Manish attended a Vipassana retreat and the result changed him forever. The transformation has changed his mind, body and soul as he embraces equanimity, joy and happiness.
How? Read on or listen to the full podcast below.
Manish Chopra is a vibrant leader whose life was transformed by the practice of meditation, specifically Vipassana. While with Manish on the Happiness Squad Podcast, he shared his unique perspective on happiness, describing it as a state of contentment and joy that comes from within, not relying on external circumstances.
Four key elements contribute to his happiness:
- Meaningful work
- Fulfilling relationships with loved ones
- Physical health through exercise
- Mental well-being through meditation.
Manish’s personal journey with meditation initially faced resistance and barriers to practicing meditation due to his busy lifestyle, career as a consultant and personal habits. His life took a remarkable turn when he attended a 10-day silent meditation retreat. It was a life-changing experience that left him transformed. He felt compelled to share his story and ended up writing a book, “The Eqanimous Mind” about it, becoming part of his living history.
One of the key insights Manish shares is that the benefits of meditation go beyond just the physical. While it may not be something that can be measured in immediate tangible results, the long-term impacts on mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being are profound. Meditation becomes a way of life, a habit that brings about positive changes in various aspects of life, including relationships, work, and overall well-being.
It’s a skill that requires practice, guidance, and perseverance, just like any other skill, but the rewards are worth it. This practice is not achieved by leveraging simple platforms and programs for 5 minutes a day, rather the transformation emerges through practicing over 30 minutes – a discipline similar to those who train for marathons or triathlons by training, swimming, running, or cycling for a similar or higher duration.
Manish’s story is a testament to the holistic benefits of meditation. Like the before & after following an exercise or nutrition regimen, Manish
- Improved focus and stress management
- Enhanced his physical health
- Experienced positive changes in his speech and behavior patterns.
How did this happen? He has made intentional and conscious choices in his lifestyle, reducing alcohol consumption, adopting a vegetarian/vegan diet, and relying less on medication. Meditation has empowered him to break free from negative thought patterns and live a more intentional life.
Manish encourages others to integrate meditation into their lives with discipline and intentionality. He recommends immersive experiences such as meditation retreats or group meditation to truly experience the benefits firsthand. He highlights the importance of starting the day early with meditation and exercise, and emphasizes that meditation retreats are often free and in high demand due to their effectiveness.
Manish’s journey is a testament to the power of meditation to transform lives, boost happiness and improve well-being across mind, body, language and soul.
Are you ready to unleash joy in your life? It’s time to embark on a journey of self-discovery and well-being through the practice of meditation. Embrace the transformative power of meditation, just like Manish did, and unlock a world of boundless joy and positivity. Get ready to live a life beyond your wildest dreams and experience the magic of meditation!
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