ZeNLP, The Power to Relax— Tribal Meditation for Stress Management
New Delhi: New Dawn Press, pp 115, Rs 125
ZeNLP is a combination of Zen which means meditation or
improvement and NLP -Neuro Linguistic Programming. The origins of ZeNLP
can be traced to the Rig Veda. Neuro is derived from nerves (which
represent behaviour) Linguistic is derived from Language, (which means
structure) and Programming is borrowed from computers (which means
creating change). Thus, ZeNLP creates structured behavioural changes in
your attitude. It improves conceptual skills, analytical ability and
stress management skills. The human brain can be programmed using ZeNLP
software to relax the body, mind and soul. ZeNLP researchers have
discovered that people perceive the world based on their unconscious
maps — visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
Murli Menon, the author, met with an accident when he was 28 years
old. He was declared a vegetable for life as he had slipped into a coma.
After about a week he regained consciousness and began practicing
ZeNLP. He recovered in a short span of 3 months. The author realised
that he had been given a new lease on life and decided to dedicate it to
the cause of environment and human protection. He is now the President
of phenoMenon consultants Inc, Ahmedabad, which conducts stress
management workshops based on Buddhist, Zen and Tibetan scriptures.
Repeated journeys were made to some of the most interior and
inaccessible tribal areas to learn stress reducing techniques. Murli
Menon visited the Simlipal forests of Eastern Orissa to study the
indigenous healing techniques and shamanic rites of the primitive
tribes. These tribals live inside the perimeter of the Tiger Reserve
which is a malaria endemic zone. There are no roads in the forest and
the nearest hospital is 100 km away. Despite the harsh environment these
tribals are amazingly stress free. They have learnt to exist in harmony
with nature. The author emphasises that organisations are similar to a
collection of tribes who have come together to achieve a common
objective. To learn how to relax one need not visit expensive resorts
and spas; the techniques of chanting, clapping etc. have been there for
centuries. It is just that we have to rediscover them.
Each chapter contains a thought provoking anecdote. I particularly
liked the one about a Kohl tribal carrying two pots of water everyday.
One of the pots had a crack and the pot was only half full when it
reached the master’s house. The cracked pot felt ashamed of its flaw.
The pot carrier showed him the flowers which had bloomed on his side of
the path and said “your crack made it possible for these beautiful
flowers to grow.” All of us have our flaws, each one of us is a cracked
pot. It is the ability to convert obstacles into opportunities which
improves the quality of our lives.
The author advocates a vegan diet which is a zero stress and high
power diet. All products of animal origin (such as dairy products), salt
and sugar are taboo. To learn how to relax one need not visit expensive
resorts and spas; the techniques of chanting, clapping etc. have been
there for centuries. It is just that we have to rediscover and practice