tree of success :
India > New Delhi, Oct 11 : Planting a tree is all
you need to do to succeed in life. Unbelievable? Not, if
you ask Murli Menon, a meditation master and management
guru with a difference.
"I teach managing
careers, companies and life by taking leaves out of the
book of nature," he says. "We can learn much from
animals and plants around us, and make their lives a
metaphor for our own progress."
"Planting a tree
is one such metaphor. You plant a tree and care for it
daily. Soon you will start associating the tree with
"The growth of the tree will induce in
you positive thoughts about your own self, and as the
tree flourishes, so will your life and your
"We can learn similar lessons in
management from penguins, dolphins, gulls and even owls,
After de-stressing everyone from
school students to CEOs and civil service officers, he
has come out with a book where he explains his
techniques, and the philosophies behind them, in
"ZeNLP: The Power To Succeed" is a
combination of Zen meditation methods and Neuro
Linguistic Programming, or the programming of mind using
visualisations and auto-suggestions.
holistic, in the sense that it uses exercises,
meditation and prayers to de-stress the three aspects of
the self - body, mind and soul -
ZeNLP exercises for the body are
mostly simple things anyone can do anytime of the day,
like clapping hands. For corporates, Menon even has
computer-based exercises they can practice while at
Meditation for the mind involves listening
to tribal music and basic yoga techniques like pranayama
(breath control). And prayers, for the soul, are
chanting anything in which you have faith. Thus Hindus
can chant the Gayatri mantra, Muslims their Kalima and
A fourth aspect of Menon's methods is diet
control. He believes in absolute vegetarianism. So to
follow ZeNLP, not only do you have to give up meat but
also all animal products - including milk and milk
products, honey etc.
For one, Menon knows what he
is talking about. On New Year's Day 1995, he suffered an
almost fatal accident -- suffering from brain
haemorrhage and left-side paralysis after being hit by a
Doctors had given up, but having already
learnt NLP in the US and Zen in Japan, he combined both
techniques to become fully fit in six months.
product manager then, he quit his profession to start
helping people discover their power
"People who come to me for help today are
those lacking peace of mind, lacking the security of
good family relations and suffering from tension, high
blood pressure and insomnia," he says.
special de-stressing workshops for CEOs and government
employees, but also does free courses for school
children, spastics and the underprivileged.
strongly believes in institutionalised religion - which
one you follow is your own choice.
established religion makes us feel a part of the whole.
It brings community feeling with it generating
tremendous positive energy," he says.
of life, according to him, is to discover this hidden
energy in us, and that of the world to provide us with
experiences and opportunities to do so.
Menon says, not all of us need an accident to make our
--Indo-Asian News Service
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