Making Choices | Krishna Pendyala A BLOG to explore the tricks your mind can play

  • Serenity or Anxiety – How to make the Choice clear?
    by Krishna Pendyala on August 1, 2016 at 3:08 am

      Our state of mind is a choice.  The way we go about our day and the unconscious assumptions under which we operate seem to steer our outlook quite strongly. Many of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer, originally authored by the […]

  • Once you know something, how do you ignore it? My struggle with Football: My fun connection with my Son
    by Krishna Pendyala on February 10, 2016 at 2:14 am

    From my article on the Huffington Post As part of building a digital video library at Carnegie Mellon University, I worked on a visionary video play analysis project with the NFL video directors from 1995 to 1997.  Having had the privilege of […]

  • Choose a ‘Brain Break or a Brain Brake’
    by Krishna Pendyala on November 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Having the sensation of racing thoughts while you are trying to sleep is a matter that can plague us all from time to time.  More often than not it is linked to the memories of a poor experience of the day or the stress of upcoming events such […]

  • Switching Out of Auto-Pilot
    by Krishna Pendyala on October 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    One of the most common side effects of our lives in a demanding society is the habit of living on auto-pilot. More often than not, we find ourselves being overly influenced by media platforms, social media, political, and bureaucratic forces.  […]

  • Don’t Kill the Goose
    by Krishna Pendyala on August 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    “To kill the Goose that Laid Golden Eggs” is a famous idiom from Aesop’s fables, numbered 87 and has been an inspiration for me over the years. Lately, it has gained even more of my mindshare as I reflected on it from a couple […]

  • Ebola: A flare to remind us that we are all connected
    by Krishna Pendyala on November 27, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I am indeed thankful that Ebola did not become the epidemic that some feared would happen across our nation.  While we were spared of the fatal consequences of this dreaded disease, it confirmed something that I would be grateful for the rest […]

  • Can your car run on gas alone?
    by Krishna Pendyala on September 28, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Imagine that I bought you a brand new car, filled it with a full tank of gas [petrol in the UK, as I am writing this from a wonderful retreat center near Canterbury owned by my friend Louise, founder of Mindfulness at Work] and handed you the […]

  • Our Teeth get more attention than our Brains: Dental Care vs. Mental Care
    by Krishna Pendyala on September 1, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Over the last couple of months, I have been fairly consumed with my mother’s Alzheimer’s.  She has been struggling with the disease for a few years now, but it seems to have taken a turn for the worse over the last 60 days.  It […]

  • Being Helpful–An Insight from my Father
    by Krishna Pendyala on June 16, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Just a few weeks ago, it dawned upon me that flipping my view on my father’s experience with people by 180 degrees could bring me a lot of joy and peace as I get older. My dad was extremely devoted to educating his children and even sacrificed […]

  • Illuminating Blind Spots — My post from
    by Krishna Pendyala on June 11, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Finding Your Blind-Spots (via I turn 50, my intention is to devote the second phase of my life to share my insights learned through my many missteps over the years and the introspection that followed, so that others need not go […]

  • Braces and Crutches–when do they help and when do they get in the way?
    by Krishna Pendyala on May 12, 2014 at 1:06 am

    My son hurt his ankle playing basketball last Thursday at his friend’s house after school.  My wife got the call and she took him to get it x-rayed.  The doctor at the MedExpress ruled out a fracture and diagnosed it as a high ankle […]

  • To Worry or Not to Worry?
    by Krishna Pendyala on March 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Do we have a choice?  I sure think we do.  It became a lot easier for me when I began to define worry as—guaranteed misery today for something that may or may not happen in the future. In fact, I have heard statements like 90% of the […]

  • Life – Work – Duty – Happiness: My Reflections on President’s Day
    by Krishna Pendyala on February 18, 2014 at 6:10 am

    It was today, twenty eight years ago, that I started my first real job, in a small southern town in Tennessee.  I am so blessed to be able to work even harder today, but with considerably much less stress.  It is also very auspicious that […]

  • Smart People BeAware: Don’t Micro-Manage your Life into Dysfunction
    by Krishna Pendyala on February 15, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Everything in life comes with at least two sides to it, including being smart.  Human beings are amazing time travelers, given our ability to imagine the future and ruminate about our past.  What I have noticed is that when we encourage […]

  • Ego Awareness in Mindfulness?
    by Krishna Pendyala on February 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Hope 2014 has started off well for you.  Sorry for the long silence. I have been devoting most of my attention to help launch a live virtual workshop in Mindful Leadership for Janice Marturano.  Janice, a kindred spirit, left General Mills […]

  • Out of the Holly Daze into the New Year!
    by Krishna Pendyala on January 1, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Hope you are enjoying the Holidays and getting ready for the New Year. While some may say “What’s in a year, it’s the same old thing all over again?”  That’s one perspective.  This is the time of the year to […]

  • Big Decisions or Small Choices?
    by Krishna Pendyala on December 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    You do realize that I have a bias on this topic, as you may notice based on the graphic that I chose to go with this post.  Those of you who have read my previous posts about big choices vs. small choices may not see anything new here, but I am […]

  • Mindful Choices that I will Cherish
    by Krishna Pendyala on November 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! Sorry for the silence over the last month.  When I quit my job earlier this year, I made a promise to visit my mom more often.  Suddenly, I realized the year was almost coming to an end and I was yet to make the […]

  • Did you Win or Did you Learn?
    by Krishna Pendyala on October 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Back in 1999, I was intent on meeting Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  I was very impressed with his principles and wanted to learn more about his work in India.  So, I looked up the conferences […]

  • Lifestyle Awareness: Outer vs. Inner
    by Krishna Pendyala on September 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    When you look up the Lifestyle section in a newspaper, it usually contains feature articles about entertainment, travel, fashion, cooking and other useful household hints.  When you look for a Lifestyle magazine, you end up with magazines […]