Talwinder Terry Sidhu was introduced to meditation, in the Sikh tradition, and yoga at a young age by his Mother as a means to cope with bullying. He has now taught over 200 clients how to meditate in the past two years, including kids.
Through teaching meditation, he has helped over a hundred people manage their mental health without medication. Additionally, he has helped clients get out of unhealthy relationships and into healthy ones, launch their business, start their careers, and explore their inner spirituality.
All of his endeavors with his clients, audience members, and readers are to help them realize they can learn to meditate, which will improve their life. When he isn’t working with clients, he enjoys writing, hiking, meditating—especially when he has a weekend to do a tantric ritual—and discussing and debating solutions to life’s biggest problems.
In today’s episode, we have a deep discussion about how the mindfulness and meditation-related practices of the east and west differ from each other, essential aspects of meditation, practicing yoga, maintaining your mental health, and more. Ultimately, we work our way through Terry’s book: Meditate: Breathe into meditation and awaken your potential.
Terry grew up in England in a community of immigrants, as his mother and father had emigrated from India. Our conversation begins with Terry’s background, what it was like to grow up in England, the culture, and the challenges he had to face in his school years. Terry was introduced to yoga and meditation at a very young age by his mother as a means of dealing with bullying. We also talk about the tactics Terry’s mother used to get little Terry to practice yoga and meditation.
As a young adult, Terry moved to Canada and fell into a different path filled with thrilling experience until one day, he realized that he needed to make a major pivot in his lifestyle. A few years later, Terry started his coaching practice, where he experienced burnout after being somewhat consumed by his work. We talk about the challenges that came with building his business and how he resolved them.
Diving into meditation, we talk about the meditation and mindfulness practices from the eastern and western cultures, their differences, similarities, and how the two cultures approach mental health. Another area we cover today is the five keys for meditation, where Terry dives deep into the concepts of breath, position, lock, meditate, and integration. We also talk about yoga practices that help us improve our physical health, time management for meditation and the usage of psychedelics.
I hope you enjoy this deep conversation with Terry Sidhu.
[01:33] Childhood in England – Terry’s grandparents immigrated to England from India, and that was a huge life change for Terry’s grandparents and parents. He talks about what it was like growing up in England.
[06:04] Yoga and Meditation – Terry got an opportunity that most children don’t have, where his mother taught him yoga and meditation at the age of 9. We talk about how Terry’s mother influenced him to learn yoga and how it improved his life.
[08:29] Dealing with Bullies – Being unique in many ways caused Terry to be bullied at school. We talk about what that experience was like for Terry and what he did to deal with it.
[12:23] Moving to Canada – When Terry moved to Canada as an adult, he got into a radically different life path. He talks about the lifestyle he adopted and what happened after he realized that he needed a big shift in his lifestyle.
[19:31] Life Coaching & Burnout – At the age of 25, Terry started a life coaching practice. We talk about how the work of the new business led to burnout and what Terry did to overcome it.
[25:46] Curiosity – Why people lose their desire to be curious and observant as they grow up.
[33:04] Mindfulness – Terry shares perspective on mindfulness, the way it’s practiced in the western culture versus the east, how we can use it to improve our lives.
[43:16] COVID & Mental Health – Terry shares his take on how lockdowns, isolation, financial anxiety can negatively affect people’s lives and what we can do to mitigate these effects.
[54:01] Psychology in the East and West – How the approaches to psychology from the two civilizations differ, what they share in common, and what good practices we can extract from both cultures.
[58:00] Meditation Best Practices – Terry shares several tactics you can use to improve the quality of your meditations in the early stages of the meditation journey as well as advanced stages.
[1:02:00] Five Keys for Meditation – Terry talks about five key aspects you should improve to make your meditations more effective; breath, position, lock, meditate, and integration.
[1:06:00] Breathing – Breathing is an important element of meditation. We talk about a few different types of controlled breathing, the practice of breathing consciously, and how it helps you in life.
[1:15:19] Yoga & Body – Terry shares his perspective on types of yoga practices that help us work on our health.
[1:19:00] Meditations & Time – Terry talks about why trying to meditate for as long as you can do not constitute a good accomplishment and how to approach meditation in a way that actually benefits us.
[1:35:55] Psychedelics – Terry shares his take on how psychedelics affect our minds and why meditation is more of a mindful practice.