Sphere of Self-Management
In his latest book, the Sphere of Silence (2005), Vijay Eswaran, executive officer of the Q1 Group advocates an hour a day of silence as a means to getting to know and like oneself better. Ultimately, says Vijay Eswaran this leads to better productivity and he understands productivity as a direct outcome of spending time with oneself as a time for reflection on things that matter to oneself. Sphere of Silence has been called a meticulously powerful book leading a person to a method of tranquility.
Practice of Silence
The practice put forth in the book is for a person to spend time in self-reflection daily, which Vijay Eswaran witnessed while he was staying at a Franciscan Monastery in Italy when a youth. But it wasn’t only the example of the Franciscan monks that inspired him to the sphere of silence, but it was his grandfather, who was very instrumental in his upbringing to be encouraged with this idea of the healing qualities of spending time of silence daily. According to Vijay Eswaran this time of putting self in an atmosphere of silence, where no talking or listening to music is for self-managing purposes.
Silence in Noted Leaders
Vijay Eswaran notes many. leading historical figures in his book who used silence as a self-managing practice: Gandhi, Picasso, Mandela, to name a few. The silence is not meant to be used in growing one’s legs in a lotus position since that would be Vedic yoga, but this sphere of silence is meant to be for recapturing the joy of being oneself, rather than expending oneself for others without exercising self-control and motivation that comes from deep within oneself.
Sphere and QI
Vijay Eswaran recommends his method of self-control, self-management and inner guidance of using silence to start a day to his associates throughout his organizations, which is the QI group of companies he has founded and acts as the executive officer. One of the amazing things about the method of the sphere of silence is the powerful force it has on this new generation who Vijay Eswaran, believes spend more time in service to others than the previous generation, called baby-boomers, yet are left with less meaning in their lives when it should be otherwise.
Breaking the Habits that Bind Us
According to Vijay Eswaran, we become bound by the boundaries we set, which are boundaries that others have set for us and we grow up to accept them without questioning them. The Sphere of Silence is meant to give each person a set of tools to use to begin proper self-management again, to question the habits that bind us to value, rules, and regulating behaviors that do not ring true with our deepest self. In the wakeful state of inner silence and external silence, practiced daily, we can return to values that we freely choose and practice rather than to be swept away on the moral platitudes fed to us by society or the pressure groups, fads, and isms that produce a wealth of attitude but often do not free people to be themselves. Vijay ultimately would want this for everyone, but to those who are part of his QI Group, he would ask them to adopt these methods to free themselves to be the best they can become in their works.