I am Harry Somaraju. Of course, the first name is really not Harry but that is what I have been called in New Zealand where I lived for eighteen years and in Australia for the past two and half years.
In New Zealand I managed and owned mortgage broking and real estate businesses. Prior to that, I lived in India for the first 40 years of my life, working in and owning pharmaceutical businesses. Achieved reasonable level of success in most of what I did.
Got out of the rat race when I was 58 to study psychology, particularly mindfulness. Graduated in New Zealand and added an honours in Australia.
All through my life I have practiced different forms of meditation and for the past several years focussed on mindfulness meditation, mainly Zen and Insight meditation.
My honours thesis investigated the relationship between mindfulness and wellbeing. Currently I am pursuing a PhD degree investigating the evolution of mindfulness from its roots to the current scientific and lay practices.
I am a certified mindfulness facilitator. I have also undergone training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which was first developed by Jon Kabat Zinn apart from a few other courses that teach how to implement mindfulness in daily life. I have gained extensive knowledge of mindfulness from both, eminent teachers who are well versed in the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and reputed scientists working in famous universities.
I have completed HeartMath® Interventions Program which trains health professionals in the use of technologies and tools that improve HRV and Coherence (HeartMath Techniques). It is conducted by HeartMath Institute (HMI) which is a non-profit organisation conducting research for 30 years in the field of emotional self-regulation. HMI has developed several tools and techniques to achieve higher levels of HRV and Coherence leading to alleviation, if not elimination, of negative emotions. I am now well-versed in the use HeartMath Techniques.
Have undergone training in Positive Neuroplasticity conducted by Dr Rick Hanson, who is an author of international bestsellers and a world renowned expert in the use neuroplasticity to improve one’s psychological health. The training consisted of theoretical and experiential work.