Rakesh Nair is a yogi and life coach, who has spent over 10 years researching and developing life, happiness and wellness coaching programs and conducting various specialised courses and workshops in areas of yoga-based wellness, lifestyle, spirituality, meditation and happiness. All of his works are based on the profound Advaitic thoughts and yoga sciences. As a coach, Rakesh is both analytical and intuitive in approach, and has many years of experience teaching and counseling people. He is highly trained in the advance Hindu philosophies in India, especially in the Advaita tradition. He is also a master’s graduate in Sanskrit language and literature and speaks the ancient language well. Rakesh is the creator of the Innerlife Happiness Program.
Bridging the Ancient and Modern
“Since childhood, I was unusually reflective and inquisitive about spirituality and philosophy. I constantly felt within a yearning to seek and understand the truth about life and existence, and many questions such as, the purpose of life and who I am in reality invoked immense interest in me. From an early age, I took to the study and practice of various forms of yoga. Soon I would discover and become inspired by the profoundly rational and scientific outlook of the non-dualistic Hindu philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. Thereon I dedicated a number of years in serious study under the guidance of great scholars in various Hindu spiritual and philosophical texts.
It became evident to me that these ancient texts were truly a record of an earnest investigation into the nature of the human mind and total personality as well as the laws of nature governing life and therefore they present to us a great treasure of psychological insights – these are practical knowledge with remarkable positive value for the quality of our daily life. The Innerlife Happiness Program is the result of many years of learning, experiences and relentless effort to manifest the echo of my inner calling to develop a bridge to connect people to the ancient treasures, so that everyone may derive its benefits to support modern life.” - Rakesh Nair
1. Self Awareness Meditation
It is well recognised by countless studies, that through meditation, you can heal your emotional afflictions like stress, depression and anxiety overtime. The Innerlife Happiness Program also works with a number of meditative and contemplative methods. Among others, the Self Awareness meditation is in particular a key feature that is introduced early in the program. It forms an important basis throughout all the chapters. Although the teachings of meditation and mindfulness practices are prevalent worldwide, the Self Awareness meditation which is unique to the ancient Advaita spiritual tradition is itself not widely known. The Self Awareness meditation emphasises direct self observation and experiential understanding and realisation that leads to abidance in our authentic Self consciousness, which is always free from all the afflictions of our mind. The Self Awareness meditation does not involve control of thoughts. Through this meditation we develop greater depth of awareness and self understanding. It is also a powerful tool to help us instantly relieve from the pain and miseries of the mind. In this program you will learn the many possibilities of employing meditation as a means for therapeutic healing and promotion of mental wellness and personal growth.
2. The Prana framework of wellness
We use energy when we think, feel and perform actions. Our body uses energy to perform physiological functions. Our mind uses energy to perform its psychological functions. Therefore when our state of vitality is not optimum, our emotions, thoughts and actions are all affected negatively. This vital force that makes life possible is called Prana. We find comprehensive study of the Prana science and framework in ancient Hindu scriptures. Using this framework we can analyse the different activities of our body and gauge its overall state of wellness. In the process, you become more conscious of your well-being and its relation to all aspects of your life such as breathing, food, exercise, sex, sleep and so on and the exchange of energy between us with other people, things and environments. You will learn how to apply the necessary yogic lifestyle remedies to revitalise your whole body-mind system holistically.
3. Drifting and avoidance and suppression
Generally we tend to resist unhappiness wilfully which gives only temporary relief. We may inadvertently suppress our emotions but that harms our mental well-being. And many times we lose our attention to some other distraction and obsession, only because it gives us a way to escape our unhappiness momentarily yet our time and life drifts away into things that do not contribute to real happiness and progress.
4. Rising above the conflicts of inner duality
Our life experiences generally can be divided into those that make us happy and those that do not. No matter how much we try, it is impossible to control the pendulum of our circumstances from not swinging back and forth between what we want to what we do not want. Between birth and death, we would all have gone through countless moments of joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, success and failure, respect and insult, and so on. Duality is the nature of life. We are compelled to invest all our energy and effort to control and protect each and every outcome but unfortunately that makes life a ceaseless struggle and strain. It is also exhausting. Everything seems transient.Sometimes when your circumstances become too much to bear and you start holding back life. You find your mind is trapped and tormented at the crossroad of conflicting thoughts – each persuading and dissuading you. This creates overwhelming mental stress and emotions like hopelessness, frustration, anxiety and depression. You may even feel that whatever you have had done is pointless. You become emotionally paralysed so to speak. This chapter is designed to guide and empower you to rise above the dualities of life, break free from conflicting thoughts and debilitating emotions and recover your inner equilibrium through the techniques and wisdom of yoga.
5. Healing repetitive painful memories
Many people find that unwanted and painful memories repeat in the mind more than good ones. These repetitive memories pop up in our mind out of nowhere. Even though you do not want them, they continue to haunt and almost always succeed in holding your attention while robbing your precious time away. More critically they trigger painful emotions and influence your current actions and relationships. Memories are also connected to dreams. Many times our dreams are reflecting images from our old wounds and conveying the state of our mind. Therefore understanding both our dreams and haunting memories is a key part of creating mental well-being and promoting happiness in life and this chapter will do so through profound insights from ancient Vedic philosophy and science and it will aid you in the process of resolving and healing from tormenting memories.
6. Becoming the Happy You
Transforming how you think and feel about yourself. Ahamkara is the faculty of the mind that defines your sense of individuality. Ahamkara is the Ego centre of the mind. Ahamkara provides a sense of ownership of our mind and body and its activities. We see our self as the doer to the actions of our mind and body. This expression of ownership and doership gives rise to a set of thought that represents identity namely through the ‘I am’ thoughts. We develop these identities through the process of identification of self with the mind, body and its extensions in the environment. Each strand of ego thought (ahamkara vritti) represents an image of our self. Therefore I prefer to use the term ‘self-images’ when speaking about Ahamkara.
7. Being the Inner leader
Buddhi is the faculty of the mind that is involved in analysing thought information and determining the nature of things. The buddhi demarcates, discriminates and deducts knowledge. Buddhi is the core mechanism involved in discernment, reasoning, logics, determination and decision making. Buddhi is the higher mind. It is also the intuitive mind.
8. Recreating your life
Transforming how you think and feel about yourself.