Welcome to the mindful fire podcast, where we explore living mindfully on the path to financial independence and beyond I'm your host, Adam Coelho and I'm so glad you're here.
On today's episode. I'm joined by my friend Ruchika Sikri.
Ruchika is the founder of Mandala Ventures. After a successful corporate career of 25 plus years at Google, Microsoft and Cisco, she was following her life's purpose and mission to create a better world by supporting globally accessible mindfulness, compassion and wellness offerings.
Ruchika's inspiration to do this work comes from leading wellbeing and mindfulness learning programs and strategy at Google for eight plus years out of her 15 years at the. company.
Ruchika has successfully architected, facilitated and curated several wellbeing and mindfulness programs for over 120,000 employees at Google. She helped establish a self-sustaining culture where tens of thousands of Googlers regularly practice mindfulness for better wellbeing, healthy interpersonal relationships and sustainable high performance.
Outside of Google she's activating communities of wellness and mindfulness learning and practice in workplaces by accelerating growth of wellness, innovation, and good for humans technology and by cultivating physical and digital spaces for human flourishing and healing.
Ruchika is a board member and advisor to several nonprofits that empower women living in shelters, support mental health of at-risk students and provide a safe home to orphan children around the world. She also advises the founders of wellness technology and conscious living startups.
Ruchika is also a mother of two loving kids and lives with her wonderful husband and the Bay area of California.
In today's episode, Ruchika and I explore her journey through life, which started in India and led her to the United States and ultimately working for Google. And she shares how she came to find out about mindfulness when she really needed it after finding out herself, working 15 to 16 hours, when Google was just a small, fast growing company of around 5,000 people.
She shares how following her interest in this area ultimately led her to getting a job leading wellbeing and mindfulness programs at Google.
In this conversation, Ruchika also share some very practical tips on how we can start to bring our own passion and purpose into our workplaces to create our own programs that can impact the wellbeing and lives of those who we interact with and work with on a daily basis.
I've seen this in my own life. Getting involved in these programs has really allowed me to have a deeper sense of purpose at work beyond just the normal job aspect of things.
You can find the full show notes for today's episode, including any links, books, or resources mentioned in the episode at mindfulfire.org/28.
I really enjoyed this conversation with my friend Ruchika Sikri, and I hope that you enjoyed as well.
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