Contemplative Questions to Wander and Wonder

As I’m taking a deep dive into certain areas of my life, why I do, what I do, who I’ve become, and who am I becoming — I’ve been asking myself some questions in different contexts such as vocation, love, and relationships, friendships, podcast, etc. These questions can be applied in any context I believe. I’m glad to share those questions in this post. If you think these are irrelevant to you, please disregard them, and you might reconsider these at a later point.

The quality of our life depends on the quality of questions we ask ourselves. When we listen to life, when we listen to that softer inner voice — we usually listen to the calling, the unanswered questions, the unexplored territory. Listening to life is a lifelong practice and requires cultivating moments of silence.

I heard these questions in moments of hope and despair. These questions created a tingly feeling inside me and I couldn’t resist capturing them. Some of them came through when I was talking to Amanda Tempist Jade recently.

Here’s the list:

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Self-Reflection Questions in Dating and Relationships

Below are some questions that came up in my coaching session with Amanda Jade. I absolutely adore her. Amanda has been on my podcast, I reached out to her to coach me when I was going through some anxiousness in my dating and relationships with women.

These are powerful questions to contemplate and wanted to share them with you. There is no right or wrong answer to these questions. My answers will evolve over time as I change and grow.

For simplicity, I’m using the pronoun “her”, and you feel free to use whatever pronoun is aligned with you.

1) What are my expectations of her?

2) What part of me says YES or NO to her?

[This question arises when I am absolutely attracted to her and when I am not.]

3) What am I learning about myself?

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The Place I return to Myself

When I write, I feel compassion for myself. When I write, I feel love for my inner child, my younger self, and my older self.

My writing is a refuge where I find comfort in.

This is the place where no one judges me.

This is the place I can share anything openly — I can share all my hurts, sadness, and Joy.

This is the place where I celebrate myself, my inner being, my life, and my friendships.

This is the place where I return to myself — my home, my heart, and my soul.

This is the place where I let my imagination go run wild without any fear.

This is the place my soul cries for the deepest desires to come to fruition.

This is the place where everything comes together and sometimes everything falls apart.

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Do you have a desire or do you have a longing? (there’s a big difference)

Words longing and desire have been used interchangeably. These are similar and yet not the same. One morning, on my quest to understand the difference between longing and desire, I started to read a bunch of articles. The reason being is to understand is if I am longing to attract a loving partner or I am desiring. I wasn’t sure what it is.

I came across a fantastic article from Janelle Hardy. The article connected with me so deeply that I took the print-out and read it about a dozen times. Later, I reached out to Janelle Hardy to see if I could share that article on my website. And, she said yes. I also subscribed to her newsletter. I’m sure that this article will connect with you at some level. I loved this article so much that I shared the link in one of my Friday Newsletter. Below is a short bio of Janelle Hardy and then the article begins.

If you enjoy this post, please share it with others. Thanks so much. Last but not the least, I subscribed to Janelle’s podcast the Personal Mythmaking Podcast and it’s very calming and heart-touching.

Janelle Hardy is a writer, artist, host of the Personal Mythmaking Podcast and the creator/teacher of a transformational memoir-writing course called The Art of Personal Mythmaking. She’s been working as a trauma-informed bodyworker in the hands-on healing arts fields for 13+ years and as an artist (writing, painting + dance) for 17+ years. Throughout that time she’s taught adults out of her living room, arts centers, universities, and community colleges. For the past 5+ years, she’s integrated all of her expertise, including a BA in Anthropology, an MA in Dance, and a Diploma in Structural Integration, into supporting people in their creative healing work via the alchemy of transformational memoir-writing.

Enter Janelle:

Desire. Desiring. Wanting.

I desire many things. Intensely deep, rich, dark, tarry chocolate. Exercising till I sweat rivers down my back, between my breasts, into my eyes. Soulful conversations that draw me into a deeper understanding of my rich friendships. Belly laughs that turn contagious and nonsensical, ending in fits on the floor, alternating sighing and laughing until fatigue burns through the impulse. Butter that is cultured and snobby, tasting of so much more than just butter, melting on my mouth as my eyes roll back. Losing-my-head sex. Dinner parties with friends, finished off with my mother’s glorious devil’s coffee.

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Feisal Alibhai — Book Recommendations on Meaning, Purpose, Innovation, Business, Money

I’ve had the honor of connecting Feisal Alibhai over the video for about 3 hours and I am thrilled to learn about his life and story. How we connected – that’s a separate story! Life always flows in synchronicity and I am grateful to connect with him. This post illustrates books he recommends to his mentees and others. I’ve already read some of them and now plan to revisit them in the near future.

Feisal Alibhai: As a 35-year-old 3rd generation family business entrepreneur with over 10,000 employees in 15 countries, Feisal received a wake-up call one day with the news that he had stage three cancer. He felt his life was over, but when he was unable to visualize saying goodbye to his two toddler sons, he chose to do whatever it took to transform cancer.

To maximize his odds of survival, he turned to functional medicine, integrative doctors, and beyond, building a team of world experts to support him. Seven years later, with his cancer in remission and feeling he had moved through the worst, he received what felt like the harshest blow of all, his wife proceeded with a divorce. 

Looking back, he recognized all the warning signs he had missed and spent the next seven years helping his family and friends to prioritize what matters most. In 2013, Feisal founded Qineticare, the world’s first family health office. Qineticare’s mission is to empower individuals and families through an integrative wellbeing journey of self-discovery to transform their way of being to live a meaningful life.

Feisal is also the author of ‘Four Steps to Flow: Living a Meaningful Life Head and Heart United

Connect with Feisal: LinkedIn, Quineticare

Book Recommendations: ( The first 3 books are on my personal list to read soon)

1) Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance by Bob Buford

2) The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature by Robert Greene

3) The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time by Jim Mckelvey

4) Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

5) The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

6) As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

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My Personal Favorite Podcasts from 2021 and 2020

Whenever people asked me what my personal favorite podcasts are, I always struggled to answer this. I always responded with a smile — “how can you differentiate among your children, who’s your favorite and who’s not?”

I found myself repeating the same and realized that it’s time to write about it. When something keeps appearing in life, it’s a sign from life telling us something. Better to listen to life as one of my friends says life gives you a curriculum. Well, I finally decided to write about it rather than dodging this question every time.

Yes, every podcast episode is very dear to me as so much work goes behind the scenes. To shortlist my favorite ones was challenging and I had to think about some criteria to limit the list.

The criteria are:

  • I’ve become friends with the guests.
  • The podcast did exceptionally well beyond my expectations and self-judgments.
  • The podcast was very self-satisfying to me even though it didn’t do very well in terms of downloads.
  • Guests introduced me to their friends for future guest potential. Therefore, I’ve interviwed 185+ experts from different areas.
  • They have coached me in some capacity.
  • Guests promoted the hell out of the podcast on their social platforms and newsletters.

Below is the list of podcasts. This list is in the decreasing order of publishing date. It’s not in the order of my favorites.

1) Mo Edjlali — Inner state of being, Mindful Leadership and Contemplative Practices, Uncovering Unconscious Beliefs, Processing Grief and Sad Emotions, and More (#176)

2) William Richards (Bill) — The Promise of Psychedelic Substances, Studying with Abraham Maslow, Psychedelics and Mystical Experiences, Administering Psychedelics Psychotherapy, Origin and The Future of Psychedelics, End-of-Life psychedelic Psychotherapy, and More (#174)

3) Rhonda Magee on Inner Work and Healing Ourselves, Mindfulness in Race and Justice, Resolving Conflicts and Handling Difficult Conversations, and More (#172)

4) Denise Shull — The Role of Emotions in Decision Making, Resolving Mental Blocks, Performance Coach to Professional Athletes, Understanding the Feelings, Experiencing Peak Performance, and More (#169)

5) Dr. Romie Mushtaq — Optimizing Brain Health, Cure for Busy Brain, Restore Sanity, Sleep, & Sense of Connection, Wellness Paradigms, Connection with Divine, Root causes of Depression, and More (#167)

6) Raj Sisodia on Wholeness and Healing, Spiritual Journey in the Himalayas, Mind Maps for Writing, Ayahuasca Experience, Feminine and Masculine Energy, Conscious Capitalism, and More (#159)

7) Ora Nadrich — Questioning your Thoughts, Transformational Thinking, Cultivating Calm and Relaxed State, Mindfulness in Motion, Dream Work, Live True, and More (#158)

8) Debbie Millman on Deep Relationships, Creativity and Growth, The Importance of Therapy, Hope and Resilience, and More (#154)

9) Sarah Sarkis on Mastery, Psychological Flexibility, Emotional Skills and Self-Regulation Practices, Relationship with Risk, Sense of Wellness, and More (#153)

10) Jeremy Hunter on The Quality of Life and Attention, Meaningful and Engaged Life, Why Moments Matter, Japan Bathing Culture, and More (#152)

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The Top 30 Episodes of The Nishant Garg Show from 2021

Thank you to all of you to make The Nishant Garg Show successful and take it to the next level. It would not have been possible without your support. I hope this mission will help you live mindfully and learn new habits and routines to live with abundance and manage the struggles and challenges of life.

The Nishant Garg Show has listened in to 32 countries based on Spotify statistics.

Here is a list of the Top 30 episodes downloaded/listened to in the decreasing order of the downloads in 4-5 weeks of publishing an episode. Each episode is unique and dear to me. I owe a huge thank you to all the listeners and guests on the show.

Please enjoy!

#1: Denise Shull — The Role of Emotions in Decision Making, Resolving Mental Blocks, Performance Coach to Professional Athletes, Understanding the Feelings, Experiencing Peak Performance, and More ( Episode #169)

#2: Sarah Sarkis on Mastery, Psychological flexibility, Emotional Skills and Self-Regulation Practices,   Relationship with Risk, Sense of Wellness, and More (Episode #153)

#3: Loch Kelly on Awakening, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, Creating Spaciousness, Meeting with Anthony de Mello, and More (Episode #146)

#4: Jeremy Hunter on The Quality of Life and Attention, Meaningful and Engaged Life, Why Moments Matter, Japan Bathing Culture, and More (Episode #152)

#5: Ruchika Sikri — Head of Well-being Learning Strategy at Google (Episode #133) 

#6: Debbie Millman on Deep Relationships, Creativity and Growth, Importance of Therapy, Hope and Resilience, and More (Episode #154)

#7: Ariel Garten — Co-founder of Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband, Meditation Practice, Kill Your Inner Critic, and Much More (Episode #136)  

#8: Ora Nadrich — Transformational Thinking, Dream Work, Questioning your Thoughts, Cultivating Calm State, Life Gazing Practice, and More (Episode #158) 

#9: Dr. Dan Tomasulo — Learned Hopefulness, Science of Happiness and Hope, Cherishing Relationships, The Craft of Storytelling Writing, and Much More (Episode #131)

#10: Dr. Maria Sirois  — Overcoming Victim Mentality, Happiness in the Darkest Times, Finding Meaning in the Suffering, Lessons Learned from the Hospice Facility, and More (Episode #129)

#11: Dr. Ronald Siegel — Full Catastrophe Living, Escape vs Engagement, Restoring Moments of Sanity, Healthy Romantic Relationships (Episode #132)

#12: Marisa Porges, Head of The Baldwin School — The Power of Connection, Military Veteran, Building Adaptability and Courage, The Habit of Obsessive Note-Taking, and More (Episode #151)

#13: Kelly Boys — The Blind Spot Effect, From Autopilot to a Life of Insights, Developing Intelligence, Stepping out of Lifelong Patterns, and More (Episode #126)

#14: Raj Sisodia on Wholeness, Healing and Spiritual Journey, Mind Maps for Writing, Ayahuasca Experience, Feminine and Masculine Energy, Conscious Capitalism, and More (Episode #159)

#15: Della Duncan on Right Livelihood, Relationship with Money, Reducing Suffering, Sexual Violence Prevention, Buddhist Economics, 5Rhythms Dance, Finding Moments of Happiness, and More (Episode #160)

#16: Terri Lonowski — The Maven of Soulful (Episode #156)

#17: Jordan Harbinger — The Maker of The Jordan Harbinger Show and The Larry King of Podcasting (Episode #145)

#18: Dr. Susan LaCombe — Coping with Trauma, Emotionally Available Therapist, Somatic Models, Connection of Trauma with Nervous System, and Much More (Episode #135)

#19: Hunter Clarke-Fields on Raising Good Humans, Healing Childhood Trauma, Mindful Parenting, Doing the Inner Work, Expect Humanity and More (Episode #161)

#20: Cindy Vuu — Meeting with Dalai Lama, Foundation of Happiness, Living a Good Life, Interdependence and Impermanence, and More (Episode #155)

#21: Bryan Robinson on Work Addiction Recovery, Internal Family Systems(IFS) Therapy, Helping Recover Alanis Morissette, Why Relationships Fail, Doing Nothing, and More (Episode #165)

#22: Maureen Healy — How to Build Resilience in Children, Emotionally Healthy Child, Emotional Self-Regulation, and More (Episode #157)

#23: Dr. Romie Mushtaq — Optimizing Brain Health, Cure for Busy Brain, Restore Sanity, Sleep, & Sense of Connection, Wellness Paradigms, Connection with Divine, Root causes of Depression, and More (Episode #165)

#24: Nina Paul — Calming Anxiety and Distress,, Emotional Resilience Work, Emotional Freedom Tapping(EFT) technique, Therapy and Healing Modalities, and More (Episode #166)

#25: Michael Ostrolenk – The Emergent Human, Exploring Optimized Mind, Body, Health, Embodied Spirituality, Transcend Limits (Episode #141) 

#26: Wendy Quan on The Calm Monkey, Beating Cancer, Taking a Leap of Faith, and Much More (Episode #137) 

#27: Dr. Jacinta M. Jiménez — ‘The Burnout Fix: Overcome Overwhelm, Beat Busy, and Sustain Success’, Science-backed steps to address Burnout and increase Resilience, and More (Episode #168)

#28: Judi Miller  — Healing Inherited Trauma from Ancestors, Forgiveness Recipe, Past Life Connections, 90 seconds rule, Reflections to Open Your Heart, and Much More (Episode #128)

#29: Daphne Rose Kingma — Finding True Love, Coming Apart, Why Relationships End, Living Through Crisis, and More (Episode #150)

#30: This place has ties between the two below episodes as they’ve got the exact same # of downloads.

Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion Programs at LinkedIn on Full Body Yes, Changing Work from the Inside Out, Creativity, and More (Episode #147)

Kristi Roe — Lessons learned from 9/11, Creating Shared Meaning, Building Organizational Resilience, Handling Difficult Conversations, and Cultivating a Greater Sense of Purpose (Episode #130)

Please enjoy. Thank you so much for all your support. Your support drives me to do the work. This belongs to you all.

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Friday Newsletter Snapshot – This is How it Looks Like(with examples and resources)

This post highlights a few samples of new newsletter emails I send out every Friday to all the subscribers. You can find the newsletter link here. The email contains details about what I am learning new, recent podcast updates, things I am experimenting with, books I am reading, or anything. It could include details on Mindfulness practices, Happiness, Psychology Mental Health, and much more!

This podcast has been listened to in 32 countries per Spotify in 2021. I’ve interviewed “185+” world-class experts in the last 23 months(as of writing this post) and you will have the access to their tried and tested knowledge that stands the test of time.

Life can be hard at times. It can be hard to cultivate peace and calm when there is a lot going on with work, family, kids, and the world. Healing is possible. My mission is to help people get in touch with their emotions and feelings and be a source of healing.

Below you’ll find 6 different examples of emails I’ve sent out this year. As I am evolving as a human being, my learnings tend to differ from week to week.

Let’s begin and please enjoy. If you like this list, please share the newsletter link with your friends or whoever you think might benefit from it. Thanks in advance.

Newsletter #1:

NEW podcast #177: Karen R. Koenig — The Psychology of Dysregulated Eating, Steps Towards Ending Emotional Eating, The Rules of Normal Eating, Improving Relationship with Food, and More 

NEW blog post: Ora Nadrich — A life Unexamined is Not Worth Living

This post is a selected excerpt from my interview with Ora Nadrich. I read the whole transcript and highlighted the important sections that I personally want to read and revisit. For my own convenience, I decided to put the highlighted sections in this post so that you can also learn something new or remind yourself of the things you already know.

Below are some of the things I am learning and enjoying:

a) Podcast I am listening to Aubrey Marcus The Sacred Masculine Archetype with Erick Godsey & Kyle Kingsbury This is a long-form podcast episode and I am sure you’ll love it.

b) Sadhguru on Striking a Balance between Masculine & Feminine Energies Sadhguru shares his views on ‘Striking a Balance in Life’ – the need for ‘masculine and feminine energies to be in ‘harmony’ – a marvelous insight.

Newsletter #2:

NEW podcast #173: Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray — Movement–Based Therapies, Restoration and Healing, Ceremonies for Healing, Somatic Psychology, Journaling for Processing Trauma, and More

Listen to this episode on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcheror on your favorite platform.

NEW blog post -> Reflections on Relationships, Childhood, Healing, Clarity, and More. In this post, I mention some of the things I wrote in the mornings – these cover healing, inner-work, my childhood realizations, relationships, and more.

NEW blog post -> Payal Nanjiani: Globally Acclaimed Leadership Expert — Sharing Short Advice and Experiences Payal Nanjiani is a top leadership speaker and one of the world’s renowned leadership experts who to date has helped a million people and numerous organizations lead and succeed against all odds. Her work is embraced by Fortune 500 companies, large 0rganizations, government officials, and many celebrity CEOs. 

Below are some of the things I am learning and enjoying:

Music I am listening to in the background: Sensual Mix | Slow, Sex, Chill

My Morning starts with these:

a) Alan Watts ~ How To Enjoy Life

b) Wayne Dyer On Failure: You Can’t Fail At Anything ~ Ask This Question Instead 

c) Alan Watts Law Of Attraction Most EPIC Speech Of All Time By Alan Watts

Podcasts I am listening to:

Marketing legend Seth Godin with Guy KawasakiSeth studied Computer Science at Tufts University, followed by obtaining his Masters in Business Administration at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As a champion of talent, Seth is the ultimate advocate for the global conversation on business and marketing. Seth leads the marketing conversation and pushes it forward with his ideas.

Josh Waitzkin and Tim Ferriss on The Cave Process, Advice from Future Selves, and Training for an Uncertain FutureMost of the great performers that I’ve known or competed against or worked within different fields just had this beautiful connection between their areas of dysfunctionality and brilliance. Sometimes the very thing that helps them excel in their professional life, or their artistic life, or their competitive life, is something that in their personal life can be a little bit awkward.

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