Tolstoy said, "When you understand your spiritual being and live with it, then instead of despairing, you understand the joy that can never be destroyed, which always grows."
In order to understand your spiritual being, you must begin to engage your soul.
In doing so, you will see that your soul can guide you. It will show you how to live a spiritual life, a life in harmony with your soul.
Of course, you must act on the wisdom you receive from the soul. That is where your real work lies.
And if you can implement your soul's wisdom into your daily life, you will find a joy that can "never be destroyed, which alway's grows."
To be able to enter into a state of mindfulness means you have gained the ability to rise above the ego and experience the Now. To me, that is not only incredibly rare, but also a miracle.
Not everyone desires to be present, which makes you and me a minority among the masses, but people are beginning to see that living the life of the ego is unfulfilling and lacking in meaning—people are waking up.
Observing yourself through mindfulness and penetrating the Now are mandatory skills one must master in the spiritual journey of awakening.
But, what's next? What do you do when you've mastered the art of mindfulness?
If you can be present at will and sustain moments of prolonged presence, you are ready to begin the next step in your spiritual journey—moving beyond mindfulness and experiencing higher states of consciousness.
In this video, I explain how I enter into higher states of consciousness to experience the mystical states spoken of...
Events occur in our lives in which we have little control. The sun rises and sets each day. Seasons come and go. We will experience major life events—some joyful, some painful—both individually and collectively with our friends and loved ones. We will experience death.
The accumulation of events in the days, weeks, months, and years between our birth and death constitute a “life".
While many events are out of our control, at least two things are within our control: one, how we choose to respond, and two, what we choose to manifest into our life—our desires, hopes, goals, and dreams.
You possess the power of manifesting great things in your life.
Manifesting your desires, goals, and dreams is all about changing your thoughts and beliefs and living each day in accordance with those thoughts and beliefs.
Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
Change the way you look at the...
The most powerful tool the ego utilizes in its arsenal to keep us in a state of identification is imagination, specifically negative imagination.
I don't know of anyone who doesn't struggle with negative imagination on a daily basis.
However, not all is lost. You don't have to succomb to anxiety, worry or despair over something that may not have occurred and/or may never happen.
I hope you find my latest video helpful.
P.S. Do you struggle with negative imagination? If you have an example you'd like to share or a tip on how you work with it, please feel free to share in the comments section below.
In this video, I guide you through taking a conscious breath to assist you in quieting the mind, and then I invite you to be present with me for 60 seconds.
Caution, it might be harder than you think!
Be sure and note any intruding thoughts your ego may produce. Keep practicing until you can be present for 60 seconds with ease.
Then, take your practice into life and try to be present throughout your day.
The more I grow through presence, the more I see the common thread of divinity from which the earth and all its inhabitants—nature, wildlife, man—have been woven.
I see myself in the mountains, oceans, trees, flowers and clouds—in all of nature.
I see myself in birds, dolphins, elephants, turtles and deer—in all wildlife.
I see myself in babies, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged and elderly—in people of all ages.
I see myself in Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Lao Tzu and Krishna—in all the great teachers.
I see myself in Africans, Asians, Hispanics, Indians and Europeans—in all ethnicities.
All—nature, wildlife, man—are God manifest in various forms. All are in me and I in them.
And, all are in YOU.
When we abuse, disrespect or mistreat the planet, animals, and our fellow man, we also do it to ourselves.
This is why our heart aches when we see the oceans poisoned with trash,...
The spiritual journey of awakening is a journey towards Self-realization. It consists of liberation from the ego—from anger, jealousy, envy, greed, bigotry, worry, anxiety, imagination, and fear. All negative emotions pertain to the ego, the false self. The spiritual journey of awakening is one of liberation from the false self in pursuit of aligning with our true Self, the soul.
At birth we are body, mind, and soul, but in a very short time, our ego develops and we gain an identity that defines us physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.
The ego is a mask—a fragile, false identity—that shields us from our true nature. The more we identify with our thoughts, feelings, and physical characteristics, the further we remove ourselves from our true Self.
The natural process of developing an ego occurs at the expense of the soul. The power hungry ego takes control while the gentle soul slowly recedes into the background and...
If you look closely at your life, you will realize that everything happens for a reason because everything is connected. You can observe this cause/effect relationship in nature. It exists everywhere. There is a cause or reason for everything that occurs, no matter how big or how small.
If you want to understand how you became the person you are today, all you have to do is look at your past. You are the sum total of all the thoughts, beliefs, decisions, and actions you have made in your life up to right now.
Unless you are making efforts to be present, your ego is largely responsible for who and what you have become because, when you are not present, your ego is in charge. The ego wants to look and feel good about itself, and appear good to others, so it makes decisions and acts accordingly. The ego is capable of wreaking havoc because the ego generally puts its needs and desires above the concerns of others, even those you love. The...
I recently started attending bikram yoga classes. If you aren't familiar with bikram yoga, you may know it's other name, "hot yoga." It consists of two sets of 26 postures over the course of 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees with 50% humidity.
I have certainly benefitted from it in many ways, the most important being the practice of awakening via the moving center.
It has also further enlightened me on the importance of the body-mind-soul connection.
I have really begun to understand how what you put into your body/mind and how you care for your body/mind, has a dramatic effect on your ability to be more present.
But, it's not just your moving center that needs attention. It's important that you be balanced in all four of your centers: instinctive, moving, emotional, and intellectual.
That's what this video is all about...being balanced in your four centers. I hope you find it beneficial.
It's really not difficult to have a great day—a day lived with purpose and fulfillment, a day that when you retire in the evening and reflect on it, you can say, "I lived well today." In fact, it's much easier than you may think. It's all about moving your attention and intention from the head to the heart.
With 3 simple steps you can implement right now, you can help insure your day will be more meaningful and filled with joy.
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