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The Equanimous Mind (2nd Edition) chronicles the author's first ten-day Vipassana meditation camp experience at the end of 2010 and the life-changing impact it has had on his personal and professional life since that time.
This new second edition comes at an important milestone in Manish's journey as ten years have passed since that first ten-day retreat. A new epilogue in this 10th anniversary edition has been expanded and enriched with updates on his progress since the journey began a decade ago.
The book describes a ten-day Vipassana meditation course in the tradition of S. N. Goenka from the standpoint of someone encountering meditation for the first time. It contains a detailed, journal-like narrative of the rich and complex sequence of events that unrolls during the retreat. The author's capacity to recall and sequence vivid details by the hundreds gives the book the feeling of an experience rather than merely of a recounting. The reader feels as if he or she were right there, accompanying Manish in this breakthrough moment.
Stepping forward with an act of daring confession, Manish Chopra tells us in detail what was wrong with his life, and how, by learning Vipassana meditation, he reoriented every waking moment to be in greater harmony with himself, life, and truth.
The Equanimous Mind has a particular heartwarming quality because of the earnestness with which the author seeks to grow into being the best possible person he can be. Many people will benefit from this volume of clear sentences, deep feelings, and important messages.
Out of gratitude for the benefits the author has received from the practice of Vipassana meditation, he will be donating the proceeds from this book to spreading awareness about the technique, so that others can draw value from it as well.
Manish Chopra's insightful book not only describes his personal journey through Vipassana meditation but opens up the path for all of us to practice mindfulness as leaders. Following his example on your own mindful journey will enable you to become a more authentic leader and lead a more fulfilling life.
—Bill George, Harvard Business School senior fellow, former Medtronic CEO, and best-selling author of Discover Your True North
THE EQUANIMOUS MIND is an autobiographical telling of one man's experience into the world of Vipassana (insight) meditation. Manish Chopra writes in an engaging way that gives the reader a peek behind the curtain of silent meditation retreats. It is great reading for anyone curious about the benefits of meditation.
—Sharon Salzberg, insight meditation teacher and NYT best-selling author of Lovingkindness and Real Change
Not often does a person find something that dramatically changes their life for the better. This book describes how Vipassana practice that can do exactly that. Manish went into it hesitantly, as we all do with something outside of our comfort zone, and came out of it with techniques and thoughts that forever made him calmer, more introspective, more grateful, and more successful.
—Mike Kaufmann, CEO of Cardinal Health (Fortune 20 company)
Believe there is a further shore reachable from here," the poet Seamus Heaney writes. This is a brave, generous, and thoroughly practical book! A modern man meets an ancient practice and discovers the currents to take him to his further shore. Get ready: As you are carried away on these pages, you may be tempted to dip into these waters yourself!
—Robert Kegan, The Meehan Professor of Adult Development, Harvard University; co-author of Immunity to Change and An Everyone Culture
Meditation. That "exotic, enlightened practice," which I couldn't possibly be capable of doing. Or so I thought before Manish Chopra invited me on his journey in THE EQUANIMOUS MIND. I am grateful to Manish Chopra for acting on his vision to share his journey giving the key to a door that some of us thought was locked.
—Jane Gladitsch, artist and entrepreneur
Full disclosure: Manish Chopra's writing changed my life. This is an intimate account of learning meditation that goes to the heart of a very personal journey. It inspired me to learn Vipassana and has impacted my life for the better! A compelling read.
—Mark Clifford, former executive director of Asia Business Council, and author of Greening of Asia
Authentic, compassionate, practical. The Equanimous Mind is the work of Manish's brilliant and compassionate mind which wishes every person to partake in the journey he took from struggling to healing, from human doing to human being. Manish has done a great service to humanity by humbly, lucidly, and with great integrity, sharing how he cultivated an intentional and deeper presence, and a resilient mindset.
—Dr. Amit Sood, executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing, and author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living
After more than a year of pandemic and in an ever-unpredictable world, The Equanimous Mind brilliantly brings us back to the fundamentals. The power of Vipassana meditation becomes even more evident through Chopra's captivating story. This book is a precious heart, mind and soul lesson to face our own personal and professional challenges and unleash our invisible power.
—Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay (global chemicals and solutions company)
Sharing his deeply intimate ten-day awakening experience in THE EQUANIMOUS MIND, Manish reminds us to slow down and reflect on what is truly important in life as we search for answers to the unprecedented global turmoil marked by a healthcare pandemic and crisis, a social injustice crisis, an economic crisis, and a mental health crisis. His meditation journey to a closer state of equanimity is a gift for us all an elixir that heals and nourishes the mind and body as we each find our way forward.
—Richard J. Liekweg, President and CEO, BJC HealthCare
A vivid, up-close and heartfelt account of a personal transformation. Startling and inspiring, this is a must-read for all who aspire to explore their inner selves.
—Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor, Straits Times, Singapore
THE EQUANIMOUS MIND makes a compelling case for all of us and especially business leaders to explore the benefits of developing a meditation practice. In healthcare, we are increasingly understanding the benefits of mindfulness and Manish's inner journey and transformation is inspiring.
—Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health (largest New Jersey health system)
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