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True inner joy VS fleeting bursts of externally generated moments of happiness
A powerful technique to take control of your mind and your life.
Victory implies battle—the greater the battle, the greater the glory.
How to start a meditation practice: part 1: Why. I find that it is very important, before making the decision of starting a meditation practice, to know why we need or want to meditate. Read more -->
We all have a craving, and intrinsically yearning for that theory of the unified field. We have this craving of connexion of all things, not through energy or love, but precisely because everything is made, at the source, from pure energy.
“Time is a river, the resistless flow of all created things. One thing no sooner comes in sight that it is hurried past, and another is borne alone, only to be swept away in its turn. Reflect often upon the rapidity with which all existing things, or things coming into existence, sweep past us and are carried away. Even while a thing is in the act of coming into existence, some part of it has already ceased to be.”
"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment"
You shouldn’t have a priority list because the word priority literally means: something that is prior to anything else. The one and only thing that you should get done now.
We sometimes find ourselves in a loop of automated thoughts, and these thoughts grow and never stop. Why? Because they never arrive to a satisfying conclusion. We need to learn to let go.
Here are five great tips from the Buddha himself to help us live a good life
This article aims to answer the question: What is success? Following the wisdom of Deepak Chopra and Coach John Wooden
Should you be passionate? What is passion? Is passion suffering? Today's article aims at contemplating passion.
“Reflect, then,” he said, “that your ancestors set up those trophies, not that you may gaze at them in wonder, but that you may also imitate the virtues of the men who set them up.” — Demosthenes
Every day HAS to have the same kind of urgency as if you knew for a fact that it was your last day to do your greatest work. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you will die tonight or tomorrow, although it is, of course, possible. But life brings many surprises, good and bad. Many things can happen, and make today is the last shot, the last opportunity to get this task done, to accomplish this goal.
We have lost the ability to sit back and simply observe an event, an experience, an egg roll, without engaging our ego to the occasion. And that is quite dangerous. We must learn to let go of our judgments and disengage our egos. This is a matter of sanity.
Focus on that task like it is the first task. Focus on that task like it is the last task. It might very well be so. Give it your heart, and the outside success (money, fame, whatever) will come as a by-product of your excellence, love, and commitment to your work.
It is time that we let go of the immediate yet fictional gratification that comes with external success.
You don’t have to wait until the very last moment to take a nap on your own deathbed. Reflect on your mortality today and every day.
“The risk of dying is always there; use this at your advantage” — Raphael Reiter
The reason why I am very interested in the way stoic philosophers ponder daily on their mortality is partly because when we do so, when we deeply internalize the fact that today might be our last day, and this action, this task might be the last thing we do, we completely change our mindset towards what is really important, what is really essential.
It all begins with you. That doesn’t mean that you should be centered on your ego, or self-absorbed in any way. On the contrary, it all begins with you means that it all begins with you as your naked self.
We all have our defaults, and it doesn’t really matter if they were created by us in the past or by the surrounding influences that guide us to x or y direction. It is time that we take control of our lives, starting with our decisions and our management of time and energy so that we don’t let ourselves be the victims of whatever “life” imposes on us.
You need to act with your heart, in the face of fear, to do what is RIGHT for you to do, and you need to do this, no matter the consequences.
“Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging” — Marcus Aurelius
“Aren’t you ashamed to reserve for yourself only the remnants of your life and to dedicate to wisdom only that time can’t be directed to business?”
“The human being is born with an inclination toward virtue.” Marcus Aurelius
This was not meant to be a blog article, but rather a personal contemplation on forgiving my parents. This is indeed a question that many of us ask ourselves: Should I forgive my parents? In this contemplation, we try to tap into our realization of Ego in order to establish how forgiveness should happen, and, indeed, if it should happen.
The Transcendental Meditation course is not only extremely expensive, but it also claims that it is the best and only way to meditate. This is of course, not true. I regret doing the TM course, and here is why.
But not all decisions are equal. The decision to filter time-consuming, non-essential tasks and events is one of the critical decisions to make that you should not avoid. The alternative is going to default and say yes or no to everything and anything. Instead, decide what is essential to do, and do only that.
In this article, I reflect on purpose, on false societal hierarchies, and on aiming at service when contemplating our purpose.
I am often asked about manifestation. How to, and does it work? I am not quite sure why I get so many of these questions on the law of attraction. Maybe it is because I teach meditation, and that, therefore I go into the woo-woo and esoteric category? Probably... Here is my response
I once heard that anger is like wanting to get rid of rats by eating rat poison and hoping it will kill them...
You can't be envious and happy at the same time. People who pay too much attention to social comparisons find themselves chronically vulnerable, threatened, and insecure.
"... working toward a meaningful life goal is one of the most important strategies for becoming lastingly happier."
"The master said, if out of the three hundred songs I had to take one phrase to cover all my teachings, I would say 'Let there be no evil in your thoughts."
As we prepare for a new week, I would like to share with you a few thoughts on the polarities of life and how you can work on finding Ch'an (Zen) or your center.
Tell a fish that water is part oxygen, part hydrogen, and it will die of laughter
Feed yourself with the perspective that you are infinitely small.