Vital Force: Ancient Energy Secrets for Modern Life
Hay House

Why do some people thrive while others just get by?

What’s their secret to peak performance and maximum happiness?

Some call it the zest, the gusto, or the extra edge in life. The ancient Indian spiritual tradition Vedanta calls it prana, or life force. We can call it vital force.

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About the Book

In modern life, we have forgotten the golden key-the higher our energy, the better our performance in everything we do.

Energy naturally impacts mind-set and moves us toward greater happiness, success, and self-awareness. This book gives you back your power with simple tools to take hold of the limitless energy of life itself-more swiftly and easily than you ever thought possible.

Rajshree Patel is a former federal prosecutor who discovered Vedanta by accident and went on to become an internationally renowned teacher of its deep wisdom and dynamic practice.

In these pages, she reveals:

  • What vital force is, how it influences every single aspect of your life, how to enhance it-and how your mind, the biggest energy hog, can drain it;
  • Tools to dial down the chatter of your racing mind and resolve your personal energy crisis;
  • Why traditional mindfulness meditation may not be your best path to inner peace;
  • Easy biohacking techniques, from breath work to meditation to movement, that reduce stress and maximize joy; and
  • Ancient secrets to fuel your purpose and performance in every aspect of your life.

The Power of Vital Force is a practical pathway to the unlimited source of energy and intelligence that exists beyond the thinking and reasoning mind.

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Advance Praise

“The book you’re holding in your hands right now contains an incredible distillation of what you might learn through years of studying many different Eastern traditions. But the single most precious thing you will get out of reading it is the knowledge that unconscious mental resistance and struggle makes everything you do harder than it needs to be.”

Dave Asprey

Founder and CEO of Bulletproof

“Human beings have labored immensely to explore the outer world; the continents, the oceans, the cosmos. Our creative enterprise and inquisitiveness has focused on the external-and we have failed to map the most mysterious terrain of all, the internal. . . . This book by Rajshree provides easy-to-use tools that actually optimize the internal landscape-our mental and emotional faculties. It provides the missing link to thriving both inside and out. It’s the simple way to switch off your busy mind and turn on your power.”

Jason Silva

Filmmaker, Futurist, and Former host of the Emmy-Nominated Brain Games

“Rajshree Patel is the ‘real deal’. If you are looking to change your life using meditation, don’t settle for gimmicks and hype. Pick up this book and discover how ancient, time-tested tools of breath and meditation can bring vitality and clarity to your life.”

Michael Edelstein

Former President of NBC Universal International Studios and Executive Producer of Desperate Housewives

The Power of Vital Force is a practical guidebook for anyone who would like to supercharge their life. The honest guidance is not only actionable, but refreshing and personable. I only wish I’d had a book like this when I started my career.”

Rathi Murthy

SVP and Chief Technology Officer of Gap, Inc.

“I had my team learn the tools to harness life energy and we found that with less effort we could achieve more. . . . High energy equals high impact. It naturally translates to greater self-empowerment, accountability, and generosity. One of the core statements at Panda is to ‘Make Happy Happen.’ The Power of Vital Force provides practical wisdom and techniques that naturally make happy happen.”

Andrew Cherng

Founder and CEO of Panda Express

The Power of Vital Force is exceptional! . . . . A true masterpiece that blends the ‘art and science’ of consciousness and what it takes to energize the human soul, to learn how to truly thrive in a way you could have never imagined.”

Peter Cooper

Founder of Cooper Investors

“In this age of rampant burnout and stress, Patel shares a refreshing perspective on how we can use time-tested practices to seriously boost our energy, vitality, and well-being. Rich, practical, and life-changing wisdom!”

Emma Seppälä

Ph.D., author of The Happiness Track

“Neuroscience is finally catching up to what the wisdom of the East has been telling us for thousands of years. Vital force is the key to wellness. This book can up your game in every aspect of life.”

Naveen Jain

Сo-founder and CEO of Viome and author of Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance

“Finally, a book that gives the how-to’s, not just what-to’s. This book is filled with tools, practical insights, rooted in timeless wisdom that can enhance the physical and mental faculties with ease . . .and Rajshree with her deep wisdom and experience is the perfect exponent of these ancient truths.”

Chandrika Tandon

Business leader, humanitarian, and Grammy-nominated artist

“A powerful guide full of actionable tools and practical timeless wisdom. If you are ready to think less and live more, read this book.”

Bernardo Bonjean

Founder and CEO of Avante and entrepreneur

“The Power of Vital Force compiles all of Rajshree’s wisdom and grace into easily applicable lessons. . . . Honestly, reading this book is the next best thing to working directly with Rajshree.”

Jeremy Larner

Founder and president of JKL Worldwide and angel investor

Vital Force: Ancient Energy Secrets for Modern Life

Special Offer

For a limited time only, every pre-order of The Power of Vital Force, gets you access to Mind Your Energy—an 11-day online course.

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About the Author

Rajshree Patel is an international self-awareness coach, teacher, and speaker.

She has taught hundreds of thousands of people in more than 35 countries the power of meditation, mindfulness, breath work, and other ancient tools for accessing the innate source of energy, creativity, and fulfillment within.

Born in Uganda and raised between rural India and New York City, Patel was working as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office when a chance meeting with the renowned spiritual master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar changed her life. She left the practice of criminal law to explore the power of universal laws. Since then, over the last three decades, she has established more than 600 meditation centers and trained thousands of instructors with the Art of Living, helping expand the self-development and humanitarian organization into a global nonprofit.

Through her unique blend of intuition, humor, and ancient techniques, Patel has guided government leaders, families, Oscar-winning filmmakers, Fortune 500 executives, and individuals from all walks of life in understanding how the mind works, how to let go of stress, and how to be more resilient and fulfilled in their personal and professional lives. She has given talks and led programs at organizations including NBC Universal, IBM, LinkedIn, Gap, The World Bank, Shell Oil, Morgan Stanley, Harvard University, IIT, the United Nations, UNESCO, and more.

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