Book Review — Search Inside Yourself

I was doing a kind of meditation exercise for the last many months and I had seen a positive impact of the same on me especially while handling stress. I am calling it as “a kind of meditation ” because I was not doing it as per any book.

Mine was a very simple version i.e. sit comfortably and just concentrate on your breath for 5–10 minutes. It was tough to concentrate initially, but slowly I could take control. I don’t remember how did I start, but I got positive results early on especially that I was able to start understanding my emotions even under tough conditions.

Recently I read the book Search Inside Yourself. And it answered my question towards simple techniques to achieve calmness, happiness and being relaxed almost all the time.

Anything can be achieved through practice

This is emphasised throughout the book i.e. anything can be achieved through practice. Anything includes:

  • Self-awareness
  • Attention
  • Empathy
  • Listening
  • Compassion
  • Letting it go
  • Kindness
  • Resilience

There are separate practices for each of these mostly requiring just 2–5 minutes of investment.

And the book also connects it to how you can be a Level 5 leader [as mentioned in Good to Great] those with Great Ambition and Personal Humility.

Meditation and World peace

The author, Chade-Meng Tan — an ex-Googler, started a course at Google called Search Inside Yourself. He was an engineer @ Google, later changed to People Operations to run the Search Inside Yourself program. Now runs this institute with the same name (SIYLI, pronounced “silly”).

His goal is to create world peace through Meditation, as he believes happy and enlightened mind creates inner calm which results in world peace.

The vision is very inspiring and I’ve included a few of the above exercises in my routine. I can see a lot of inner calm, still a lot to improve. Definitely am able to handle Crucial Conversations and able to convert Self-Consciousness into Self-awareness. Why not do it more if it results in a better world?