Talking to Neha Phull!
1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.
A: In my late 30’s, I have had a over a decade long stint in the corporate sector, half a decade of entrepreneurship experience and now completely absorbed into self-discovery. I love to travel solo and love to see the world in a different lens through these travels.
Quirk: I am an obsessive dog lover. I fall in love with every dog I lay my eyes on 😉
2. How did the idea for your book come about?
A. In this journey of self-discovery, from hitting rock bottom to rising again, I finally understood it is all the mind’s play – what we feel and react to! I began conversations with my mind and it helped me immensely. I wished to share those candid experiences with the world.
3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?
A. The book was not planned at all. No structure, no outlines. I acted purely on intuitive inspiration. This was the most exciting as I did not know what would come next and also the stressful part as I did not know what I am going to write next 😉
4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?
A. My husband. I regard him as my honest critic and also a cheerleader.
5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?
A. I already have a fictional story written. I am editing it at present.
6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?
A. Love. I am a hopeless romantic.
7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?
A. Not at all. It was the global lockdown in 2020 which brought about this desire within me.
8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?
A. I loved to read a few of them – Ruskin Bond, Jeffery Archer, Ayn Rand, Richard Bach
9. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
A. I am an ametuer myself. Only thing I can say is write from the heart, the rest will follow.
Conversations With Myself: Empowering Through the Art of Mindfulness is a candid narration, beginning from the path of negotiation leading to inspiration, all for the sake of loving thyself by Neha Phull. It’s a combination of a self help book and a glimpse into the author’s own journal as she details her journey on reconditioning her mind to help her open up and learn new things through personal development.
One of my favourite tasks that’s she did was stay silent for 48 hours both online and offline. It seems like a subtle act that will not cause a huge difference but when you realise how much the simple act of talking affects your day to day life do start to understand the importance of what you are saying and whether you have taken the time out to articulate your thoughts before you make a statement.
There’s also the process of ‘unlearning’ which is one of the most difficult things to do since we have all grown up learning that things are done a particular and we are taught to accept it just as they are. For e.g. from a young age we might be conditioned to believe that some groups of people are better than others. When we are young we do not think much about it but as we grow older some of us will ask ourselves why were we told these things. During these times the the process of unlearning becomes helpful because you have to recondition your mind to understand that just because we were told to accept a certain situation as is it might not always be the case and we need to make those decisions for ourselves.
The mind is complicated, and learning to open up your mind to not only accept new teachings but also how it can be used to help your own personal growth is very important. How we condition our mind to process our feelings and emotions not only affects our mental health but also affects the people around us and our relationship with them. Take for example, thinking before you speak. Many of us speak without a filter but if you just take a few seconds to think before we decide what to say there would be such a huge difference as we go ahead with any of our relationships with their friends, family or partners.
Overall, this is a very insightful book and I think this is one of the longest rivers I have ever written for a non fiction based book because I was so enthralled by how meaningful it turned out to be even though it was only around 100 pages long. Because of of the the way the author has written the book as partly as a form of a journal it gave a personal touch because most of the entries are written in the moment so so you want to read on to know more and to hear how her experiences with mindfulness have affected her life.
Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/catalyst_for_growth?utm_medium=copy_link
Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/dp/1639045473/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_03TS6097KS1V3W50VJF2
Talking to Neha Phull!