WisdomLab - An Oasis in the desert

If Livelihood is for Life, then What is Life for?
Dr Raj S. Amonkar, Sh. Deepak H Pagare, Sh. Deepak P. Chodankar

WisdomLab enables you to experience the world within...

Two decades into the 21st century, humanity is staring at what Harvard Biologist E.O. Wilson famously said that, “We are living in an age that is drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.” In other words, despite the progress in knowledge & technology, humanity is hurtling in a precarious direction. Bertrand Russel, decades ago, had expressed this concern in “Impact of Science on Society” that unless the increase in knowledge is matched by an increase in wisdom, then the increase in knowledge can only lead to an increase in sorrow.

While having the most advanced science and computer laboratories, so many people find that feelings of anxiety, emptiness, and disharmony are adversely impacting daily quality of life.  Just focusing on academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, increasing productivity, and achieving the next level of success do not satisfy the yearning for contentment and harmony in human life. The restlessness of not being enough (unworthiness) and lack of clarity on what matters most, gives rise to that emptiness of being disconnected from yourself and the world around you.

Many of us can relate to feeling this way at some point in our lives. It is through silent observation of our incessant mental chatter and insatiable consumption, we understand that we have unexplored power to be aware of our cravings, aversions and ìllusions, to accept self-responsibility in order to focus on controllable factors, and then, take corrective action to transform illbeing into wellbeing and disorder into order.

Why WisdomLab?

Let’s start with a simple definition of Wisdom. Wisdom means the expertise in the conduct and meaning of life that facilitates wellbeing of self and others through elimination of non-essentials.

Many of us feel that we can achieve mental fitness, wellbeing, and fulfilment through money, titles, or fame. We believe that external success through having a great career, building a startup, finding an ideal partner, or traveling the world will lead us to clarity, joy and contentment. We search all over for that peaceful sense of fulfilment, but we struggle to find it, because we fail to realize that it’s not outside ourselves but within us.  We all face obstacles to going deeper within our reality to take corrective action for minimizing mental chatter, fears, and illusions that sabotage our wellbeing.

WisdomLab can solve life’s most difficult problems which science and computer labs could not.  This challenge has been expressed in UN’s Inner Development Goals (IDG) project (2021) as well as in India’s New Education Policy 2020. Decision makers are looking for a credible and effective solution.

WisdomLab enables you to experience the world within (cognitive, emotional, and ethical reality) through a contemplative process of nurturing Self-leadership. For example: One can only give what one has within. This means that if you want to offer clarity, kindness, and courage, then you will first need to cultivate it within yourself. 

Once we understand the very concept of nurturing inner treasures, we can finally take the right steps to living and contributing to make a difference. We can finally start seeking approval from the only person committed to the wellbeing of self and others: ourselves.

You wonder, when will the accomplishment of your goals make your life feel complete? When will you experience the warmth of true happiness instead of the uncomfortable sensitivity or reactions to the people and world around you? When will you stop living to prove yourself to others?

The primary mission of WisdomLab movement is to awaken and inspire decision-makers in Academia, Industry, Government, Media, and Civil Society to facilitate individual excellence (qualities of the scientist and sage) and team synergy (common Purpose, Principles, and Priorities) for sustaining best version of humanity.

What is WisdomLab?

WisdomLab is an ecosystem to nurture the best qualities of a Scientist (Inquisitiveness, testing, continuous learning & improvement) and the Sage (Courage, Clarity, Kindness, Sustainable contribution for wellbeing of self & others) within every learner in alignment with purpose of education. 

In one of its several firsts, WisdomLab has pioneered “Circle of Self-Leadership”… an evidence-based transformation process that enables you to 

  1. explore your strengths, resources, goodwill and life purpose,
  2. Understand the keys to refining your mindset, heartset, skillset and toolset
  3. Recalibrate your detailed roadmap to greater personal freedom in seven important dimensions of your life that include Complete Awareness, Self-Leadership (knowing oneself), Health, Wealth, Relationships, Professional Excellence, and Life Purpose.

This Circle of Self-Leadership, though not as difficult as it may appear at the first glance, will indeed propel you into closer orbits of self-reliance and self renewal in much shorter time through precise assessment and disciplined adherence to the guidelines below.

  1. Become an Observer of Your Own Life (Self-awareness): Begin observing and understanding that your choices and decisions in life are result of your own thinking. Become curious and open-minded. Take a pause and check in with yourself. For example: Learning to observe a series of thoughts just as we observe clouds passing in the sky or water flowing in the river. Instead of acting without thinking, or doing whatever feels good at the moment, wait and observe your breathing patterns and learn to calm yourself in the present.

  2. Self-assessment and taking self-responsibility are keys to sustaining wellbeing: Use a scale from (1–Some of the time), (2–Less than half the time), (3–More than half the time), (4–Most of the time), and (5–All of the time) to assess your present state of wellbeing and understand areas for further improvements.
      1. I have felt cheerful and in good spirits. 
      2. I have felt calm and relaxed.
      3. I have felt active and vigorous.
      4. I woke up feeling fresh and rested.
      5. My daily life has been filled with things that interest me.
  3. Know your Authentic Self: Do you have the habit of telling people what they want to hear, instead of being upfront and honest with your thoughts? This form of people-pleasing will ultimately negatively affect your relationships.
    1. Make an effort to become more aware of the things you think, say, or do to gain acceptance from others. Hiding from your true self is a heavy burden for anyone to carry. You won’t feel close to many people, and casual interactions with others will leave you feeling drained. 
    2. It takes a lot of energy to constantly play a role and try to make others happy with you. In fact, most people who go down the road of seeking worthiness from outside sources become completely exhausted by the constant need to satisfy their unquenchable desire for worthiness. When they get burnt out by it, different areas of their lives begin to fall apart. 
    3. Start noticing that the more you try to be accepted by people, the more you push them away. By becoming aware of how your desire to be accepted began, and by seeing how much of what you say is inauthentic, you’ll have an easier time speaking the truth.

  4. Power of response vs reaction:Do you regularly become reactive, loud, and threatening anyone who upsets you, but have no idea why? Are you particularly sensitive to any form of perceived criticism? Do you blow up and get defensive?
      1. It’s time to explore the powerful effect of finding the space between stimulus and response by practicing slowing down your responses until you gain more clarity, at which point you can choose a much healthier response. 
      2. Start to slow down your inner processing system whenever you experience real or perceived criticism. This gives you the space you need to choose how you want to feel about the situation, instead of falling into an instinctive reaction. 
      3. Your reactions may be coming from a place of inadequacy, based on assumptions rather than facts. You might be confusing what you think of a particular situation with the actual truth.
      4. If you don’t slow down, you’ll continue to overreact to situations and make unhelpful judgments. By giving yourself space to assess one situation at a time, you will be free to bring your rational mind into the picture and come up with more helpful responses.

  5. Self-renewal is the core of wellbeing: Become capable of counting your blessings every week, being kind to yourself and being in relationship with others without needing to always do and say what they want. We can’t reach any depth with others that we haven’t reached within ourselves. Self-caring and self-acceptance need to be cultivated before it can be offered to others in a sustained manner.
    The more you accept and love yourself, flaws included, the more capable you will be of accepting and loving others, even with their faults. Work on staying focused on yours as well as others’ needs even when others are disapproving or critical of you. Find a way to respect others, without necessarily feeling like you need to give in to their demands. Let people know that you appreciate their input, but you can make your own decisions.

  6. The Benefits of Delaying Gratification: Are you the king or queen of using temporary forms of instant gratification to ease discomfort, regardless of the consequences? Do you desperately want to learn how to tolerate the uneasiness you feel whenever you delay gratification in order to achieve an important goal? Is it important for you to practise resisting urges to check social media, drink excessively, or eat unhealthy foods.

  7. 7-dimensional Living, Learning, Listening, and Letting go/Letting in: Living from within means living more intentionally. Many of us live on autopilot, reacting to our circumstances instead of making decisions based on assessing what matters most to us. This leads us to be discontent, never satisfied, unaware of why we aren’t happy.
    1. If you want to live from within, keep making decisions based on what will make you happy, instead of basing your happiness on outside circumstances. Work on knowing your true intentions by developing self-awareness so you can start living a more authentic life that aligns with your values. This shift will improve your health, relationships, and life in extraordinary ways. 
    2. Write a list of your strengths, resources, beliefs and values to refer back to whenever you feel lost or impulsive. By having a clearly written purpose and making decisions in alignment, you will finally take ownership of your life. 
    3. Feeling healthy, knowing your worth, managing your emotions effectively, and enjoying your personal relationships are what living good enough for life is all about.