What My Year of Unemployment Taught Me

I took every ounce of my year of unemployment as an opportunity for personal evolution, and came across with these major realisations.

To clarify that I did not get fired, rather that I resigned from the corporate world because I had other career plans for myself. But, those plans didn’t happen on my timeline. As a consequence, I lived with my parents and had zero active income for nearly 1 year!

That being said, I took every ounce of it as spiritually beneficial as possible, and came across with these major realisations.

#1 – Whatever resources I need, will come to me exactly when I need them.

I’d heard a lot about the abundance mindset that is promoted in the spiritual community, but this became my first-hand experience.

The first concern people have, is the loss of a security net. Though I lived with my parents, there were some financial expenses and assets that I continued to take care of independently.

There was a certain amount of money I needed to complete my pending investments in the upcoming years, but being unemployed, my savings were not fitting.

It might sound unbelievable, but the truth is, as soon as the next instalment would come around the corner and my account was depleted, I received the financial support I needed through a gift, older investment maturing or returns from tax.

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This happened on several occasions and now I have a safety net big enough to even generate some savings, too. 🙂

#2 – You get to choose your story.

I often got judged, hard. At first, I used to try to invoke sympathy by saying that I was fed up of my job and that it wasn’t my thing, and this and that… but later I realised, I was only trying to seek approval and second-guessing myself every time gave me that look of disappointment.

My story is as simple as this, now. I’m transitioning into a more fulfilling role. And in the process, I’m building my presence as a writer. 🙂

#3 – Other people’s success does not mean I’m failing.

I was always somewhat proud to say that I’ve never felt envious before. Until the day my best friend started getting back-to-back job offers and I sensed a tinge of envy.

He took it really well, held compassion and even admiration that we could be so honest with each other. This became the opportunity for me to see that my life is succeeding in other spaces.

#4 – Unemployment doesn’t equate to purposelessness (I spelled that right on the first shot, phew!).

I used to work 5 days a week, now I work 7.

Building a morning and evening routine for myself was the best decision I could have ever made, and I’m only sorry I waited 25 years! I am able to do EXACTLY what I want to do with my time. And this has improved my mental health in ways I cannot even begin to describe!

#5 – You learn how to un-workaholic yourself.

Like I said, post leaving my job, I became occupied around the clock. Even if they were meaningful ventures, it took me a lot of patience to undo my need to work too much.

I started balancing myself. I became active, but not necessarily productive, in business terms. I wasn’t a couch potato, infact I only watched a few minutes of comedy at the end of every day, but the rest of my time was devoted to my well-being and spreading the Light.

#6 – It is lonely.

I love being alone, it’s my comfort zone, to be honest. But even to me, it became quite lonely. When I was working and constantly surrounded by people, I always craved solitude. I spent whatever time I had after work just soaking in my own energy and trying to experience ‘freedom’.

Now that I had it unbarred, it taught me so much about the need for companionship. I began to appreciate group meditation, workshops and even collaborations with people for my blog.

It taught me a big lesson – we aren’t meant to live life on Earth alone. We just need to learn to live it with detachment and compassion. As my husband puts it, inter-dependent versus co-dependent.

#7 – Balance is NOT effortless, atleast not at first.

In the truest sense, unemployment taught me to balance myself in a way, that no job can teach anyone. When you are fully accountable of yourself, it can be daunting. Full accountability means being able to make small choices at every awake moment.

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Do you spend your day sleeping because you slept late at night? Do you take a shower the first thing in the morning or skip a few days at a time? Do you spend time reading a book, or in front of the TV?

It calls for the need to have certain routines, to keep growing, educating yourself and moving forward even if not in terms of a paid career.

And most importantly, my unemployment taught me that my job doesn’t define who I am.

I define who I am.

And I am a little more awesome, every single day! 😉

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Being Spiritual Everyday : 8 Books on Practical Spirituality

Realising the necessity for Practical Spirituality when it comes to problems at work, in relations or financially, here’s my list of recommendations that will add value to your daily life.

I was watching a stand-up comedy show some time back, when this Indian guy Abhishek Upmanyu, was brilliantly throwing one punch-line after another, and he came to the topic of the ‘universe’.

What he said was funny, but also hit home. When we are struggling with the basic problems in life like a job, relationship or health, we don’t want to know that ‘we are made from stardust’, ‘we are facing a past-life karma’, or any other mystical, mysterious wisdom. We want something concrete.

In the past I’ve recommended many books that talk about reincarnation, the afterlife, remembering past lives, etc. They are good for anyone that’s interested in proof or those specific subjects.

However, now realising the necessity for Practical Spirituality, here’s my list of recommendations that will add value to your daily life:

#1 – Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette

This was the first book I read of its kind, (i.e. “sixth-sensory”), somewhere at the end of 2017.

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When you’re having Spiritual experiences, the one thing we fear is being called crazy, and therefore, we avoid sharing what we’re going through with anyone. This brilliant piece of writing helped me come out of my isolation, by showing me in many ways, that these experiences are NORMAL and must be shared with our ‘tribe’.

Being a long-serving healer herself, Sonia also provides a comprehensive list of things she does on a daily basis, to keep her energy levels high and healthy. It also talks about intuition (thus the title, ‘vibe’), and how spirituality can be gently introduced into our families.

There is a great deal of insight to take away for budding spiritualists and healers. Till this date, I flip through this book and am reminded of something that helps me.

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#2 – The SURRENDER EXPERIMENT BY MICHAEL A. SINGER

Usually, Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment stories are fun to read but they become unrelateable as soon as the person says that they didn’t do anything to get there, it just happened.

Michael, on the other hand, set out to attain Enlightenment. For most spiritual practitioners, there are several elements in his book, that will help them in their own journey regardless of how recent or long back they started, such as –

  • wanting to stay in isolation but finding ‘obstacles’ on the path’ that stir them away from spiritual practices;
  • trying to avoid people/events but instead attracting more of them;
  • trying to live a life close to monkhood but being unable to escape relationships, material jobs and desires;

Michael, through his inspiring story reveals 40-years of living in the forest, setting up a spiritual temple, working with jail inmates, running a business, getting married and much more. Spiritually, being the keyword.

In the truest sense, this is as close to exemplified Practical Spirituality, as you can get. He is the beacon of Light, that proves you can be in the world, and be a part of, yet not be attached to it. Without being a monk. 🙂

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#3 – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I have mentioned this book over and over again, for various reasons. In terms of Practical Spirituality, what I can say, is that it helps dissolve fears and helps you become a more unapologetic, authentic version of yourself. It’s not a quick fix, but if you keep at it – amazing things will begin to happen.

Cameron helps bring out the inner Artist in every being through 12 weeks of fun exercises. She believes that God loves artists, because whatever we do creatively, is an expression of God!

P.S. Long after I’ve finished the book, one of my favourite daily practices remains the Morning Pages, which I’ve talked in more detail about, in 7 Daily Habits that Bring Results Immediately.

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#4 – Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

This is a dense and incredibly insightful book about how we can understand the balance or imbalance of Chakras in our daily life.

There are countless stories of how relationships are resolved, wounds and traumas are healed, chronic diseases and pains go away, simply by examining our body and its pains. She strongly emphasises on analysing our body and energy centres, to enhance our wellness.

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One of my favourite examples was when Caroline shared the story of a person who healed their chronic foot pain, when they realised they ‘didn’t like going to a certain place’. The person’s feet would hurt whenever they tried leaving their home!

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#5 – The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A short and handy book on producing inner joy and freeing ourselves from self-deprecating thoughts. The four agreements are –

  • Be impeccable with your word,
  • Don’t take anything personally,
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best

Reading these, you’ll wonder, “BUT HOW?”. And for that, the Toltec wisdom in this timeless bestseller will answer all your questions.

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#6 -The Heartfulness Way by Daaji

One of the best things to have happened to me after Hypnotherapy, is The Heartfulness Program. It is a simple yet effective 3-step technique to a holistic well-being, being taught worldwide at no-cost.

Selfless volunteers, called preceptors, sit on a weekly basis in group meditations, and become windows to Pure Light received from Divine Source itself, called a Yogic Transmission.

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My personal experience has been, that I’ve felt subtle changes at first that have had a rapid, ripple-effect over my life. Give it a try (their website will help you find and schedule a free session with a preceptor closest to you).

But what really made another impact in my daily life from a practical standpoint, was the answers to questions in their book The Heartfulness Way, such as –

  • Why should we focus on the Heart in meditation?
  • What is the right posture for meditation?
  • Should we meditate at night or in the morning?
  • What are the various stages of meditation that we experience?
  • Is what I am experiencing in meditation right or wrong? And much more!

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#7 – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

What seems like a poetical fiction, is actually 26 short prose poetry fables (that are easy to understand, don’t worry) on every aspect of life, ranging from love, marriage and children, to crime, work, death and more.

Gibran, in very simple prose, explains how we must perceive life. I can’t summarize how this book is practical merely by talking about it, so I will quote my favorite verses to give you a taste of the spiritual guidance you can use from this work, on a daily basis.

  • On Love & Marriage

Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

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  • On Jobs & Working

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work and sit and the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

  • On Crime & Punishment

Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you,
but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.
But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

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#8 – The TAO OF POOH BY BENJAMIN HOFF

The last to be added on my list, but perhaps the cutest, sweetest and most heart-touching of them all. I just finished reading it, and can’t wait to revisit it already!

Remember the childhood classic, Winnie the Pooh? Imagine that Pooh (and all his other friends) came back to life, and alongside the author, could explain the principles of Taoism, the Chinese spiritual philosophy to you?

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I have tried reading the Tao te Ching and couldn’t make much sense of it, so for me, this was a simplified, joyful experience. I took away quite a lot, and feel like the audiobook version is even better, if you can get access to it!

It was also helpful in helping me understand a broad difference between the Confucius, Buddhist and Tao philosophies. Good stuff!

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5 Spiritual Books with Scientific Backing

If spirituality isn’t a hoax, where’s the proof? I hear you. And I want you to give such questions a true chance to be answered.

“If spirituality isn’t a hoax, where’s the proof?”

“Where is this heaven you all keep talking about?”

“Karma? Prove it!”

I hear you. And I want you to give these questions a true chance to be answered.

So here are 5 books with compelling insights into spirituality. Don’t believe me? Read them for yourself.

#1 – Return to Life, by Dr. Jim B. Tucker

Over fifteen years of research was put into this book. Hopping from one country to another, Dr Jim B Ticker alongside Dr Ian Stevenson, scientifically investigated the ‘strange’ phenomenon that children still have memories of their past lives.

Funds were raised, documentaries were made; this book felt no less than a thriller! There are stunning evidences, such as famous people being reborn, humans being ‘possessed’, animals being reborn as humans, psychic powers, near death experiences, and much more.

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#2 – Many Lives, Many Masters, by Dr. Brian Weiss

First published in 1988, this book on Past Life Regression still hasn’t been ‘debunked’. Infact, many organisations have went ahead to set up their own practices and teach regression to the masses. Dr Brian himself continues to conduct past life regression on countless audiences and leave everyone stunned.

What starts off as a case of clinical psychology takes a fun twist of fate, not just because Dr Brian’s patient, Catherine is supposedly seeing her past lives, but also because the Masters from the ‘beyond’ start talking through the Catherine to Dr Brian, providing shocking evidence of the proof of their existence.

There is a lot more to take away in terms of healing and embracing our life in a new way, and it was this book that inspired me to get my own past life regression done. More on that, another time!

Also, there are several books to follow his works, but this is his first and perhaps the most unconventional.

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#3 – Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander

While other books talk about others’ experiences, this is actually the account of a doctor who had a Near Death Experience. And not on some casual level – the doctor’s illness had led him to his deathbed and his treatment was failing him. Other doctors had given up.

We’re all looking for a true ‘miracle’ and in today’s age and date, this might be the miracle that changes your worldview for good. How is this scientifically backed? Because the healing that he underwent and his recovery has no explanation in medical science, till this date.

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#4 – Journey of Souls, by Dr. Michael Newton

Another psychiatrist set out to explore what happens between lives, or “after-death”.

This is a complimentary yet distinct study from Dr Brian’s works. You will find heavy introspection (at times, intimidating) for profound questions like – what happens after we die? What happens before we’re born? Why we have challenging lives and how we actually opt for them, how soulmates find their way back to each other, what ‘heaven’ looks like, the truth about spirit guides, etc.

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#5 – Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murphy

It is one thing to say we are in control of our destiny, but it is another to prove it. Decades of case studies and a life-changing explanation are provided on how you too, can manifest the kind of life you want regardless of the extent of your current problems.

I have read many books of Law of Attraction and manifestation, but this was the only one which brought results. The techniques are thorough and require not much investment, other than a couple minutes before bedtime.

Another unique thing about this book is, it approaches the Subconscious Mind through psychology, but if you are observant enough, you will notice the subtlety with which Dr. Murphy integrates spirituality into his practice.

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This list is not limited to these publications only, ofcourse. There are countless research papers, and other great books going deeper into this thing called ‘Spirituality’. This is just the beginning.

Even if you aren’t completely convinced, it is my truest belief that you will be stirred and given something new to think about.

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