The Internet to the Inner-Net: Five Ways to Reset Your Connection and Live a Conscious Life

The Internet to the Inner-Net: Five Ways to Reset Your Connection and Live a Conscious Life

by Gopi Kallayil


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The Internet has become humanity’s invisible central nervous system, connecting us at the speed of thought. More people today have access to mobile phones than have access to clean drinking water. Yet the most important technology is still the one within us: our brain, body, and consciousness. A fast-paced career in the high-tech industry combined with a deep yoga and meditation practice has allowed Gopi Kallayil—Google’s Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing and one of the leading voices encouraging yoga and mindfulness in the workplace today—to integrate his inner and outer technologies to a remarkable degree. Wisdom from his yoga mat and meditation cushion guides his professional career, and his work life provides the perfect classroom to deepen his wisdom practice. The Internet to the Inner-Net guides the rest of us to do the same. In some three dozen wide-ranging, sometimes provocative essays, Gopi shares his experiments in conscious living and offers insight, inspiration, and rituals—including yoga, mindful eating, and even napping—to help us access our own inner worlds. If you’re looking for grounded practical wisdom that might simultaneously help you become more creative, adaptable, enthusiastic, effective, or resilient, you’ll find it in this user’s manual for the technology within—along with colorful insight into the successful Google culture. In five sections, from "Log In" (which offers mindful ways of connecting and engaging) to "Clear Out Your In-Box" (shedding what doesn’t serve you to make space for what does) to "Thank You for Subscribing" (a reminder to live with gratitude), Gopi lays out practices and perspectives that you can use starting right now to live with more purpose, fulfillment, and joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401944612
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gopi Kallayil is Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing at Google, helping grow customer brands through digital marketing. In his prior roles he worked as Chief Evangelist for Google+ for Brands and led marketing teams for the company’s advertising products AdWords and AdSense. Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management team of two Silicon Valley venture-funded startups; while a consultant with McKinsey & Co., he worked on engagements helping large corporations improve performance and maximize revenues. He has also led information-technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the United States. Gopi earned his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India and received MBAs from the Indian Institute of Management and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. An avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, global traveler, and Burning Man devotee, he has spoken at TEDx, Renaissance Weekend, the World Peace Festival, Wisdom 2.0, World 2.0, Wanderlust, and Yoga Journal LIVE! He hosts a TV program on cable and YouTube called Change Makers. He founded a yoga program for Googlers, called Yoglers, and leads yoga practices every week at the Googleplex. He has also released a music album, Kirtan Lounge, that celebrates the bhakti yoga musical tradition of joyful Kirtan singing. Website:

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xxi

Part I Log In 1

Be the Bison 3

Float to the Top 7

Travel the World 11

Knock on the Door 15

Sister Madonna 21

Borders 25

Ordinary People Can Have an Extraordinary Impact 33

The Ice Cube and the Ocean 37

Part II Clear Out Your In-Box 41

Stillness in a Maddening Boomtown 43

Do One Thing at a Time 49

Gathering at the River 53

Find Meaning and Purpose 59

Focus on the Essential 69

Ten Things to Do with the Next Hour 75

Outsource Your Life, Insource Your Passion 83

Friend Yourself 89

Part III Optimize Your System 93

Your Words Have Power 95

The Practical Vegetarian 101

The Tea Bus 105

The Buddha in the Boutique 111

One Minute of Meditation, One Minute of Yoga 119

Karma Yoga and the Yoglers 125

Sleeping Your Way to the Top 131

Part IV Just Google It 137

Warmth in the Last Desolate Wilderness 139

Connecting the Dots and Getting Out of the Way 145

Climbing Blind 155

Getting to the Next Ridge 161

Expand, Don't Break 167

Hope in an Old Newspaper 171

Part V Thank You for Subscribing 179

The Interconnection of All Human Beings 181

My Cup Runneth Over 185

Attitude of Gratitude 191

Burning Man 197

The Divine Essence of the Porta-Potty Man 203

Meeting the Dalai Lama 209

Next > 215

Tech Support 217

Acknowledgments 223

About the Author 231

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