About Giovanni Dienstmann

Giovanni Dienstmann is a self-mastery coach, meditation teacher, and author who focuses on the intersection between wisdom, peace, and empowerment. He has over 12,000 hours of personal meditation practice, having kept the daily habit since March 21st, 2000.

Through his books, blog, and app, he teaches an awareness-based approach to self-development called The Higher Mind Method. His work combines insights from mindfulness, wisdom traditions, personal development, and psychology to give you a practical and comprehensive roadmap to personal growth.

As a meditation teacher, Giovanni founded LiveAndDare.com, which for years was among the top five most-visited meditation blogs on the planet, with thousands of raving fans. He wrote Practical Meditation, a book that was popularly called “The Meditation Bible”, and was translated into seven different languages. 

During this time he also created multiple meditation and wellbeing programs in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, downloaded by more than 50,000 people around the world, and became a sought-after consultant to award-winning meditation apps.

As a self-mastery coach, Giovanni runs HigherMind.com, a website focused on helping people develop self-discipline, confidence, and focus, through the power of the Higher Mind Method. He wrote the books Mindful Self-Discipline, which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller across several categories, and Wise Confidence, recently published by SoundsTrue.

Giovanni has helped executives, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, traders, and pro athletes to live a more focused and purposeful life. Since 2014, he has been helping people to overcome distractions, procrastination, fear, anxiety, and self-doubt, so that they can achieve their goals and be the person they want to be.

Empowered Peace

I have been actively seeking personal growth, self-mastery, and a deeper meaning in life since I was a teenager (I’m now in my late 30’s). Even though I learned from many sources and systems, what I was seeking was always the same: empowered peace.

Yes, I wanted to experience peace of mind. Because with that comes a sense of freedom, of not being disturbed by anything. With peace also comes confidence, emotional balance, and clarity.

Peace is the foundation of wellbeing and contentment in life.

But not the peace of the graveyard! Not a peace that is passive, or weak. I was searching for a peace that is empowered—full of energy, dynamism, and focus.

Empowered Peace— that is my personal anthem, and the transformation that I seek to facilitate for you. This is the reality I now live in, and grow in, day after day.

And here is where my work is different from that of many other respectable meditation teachers. For me, meditation is not only about acceptance and letting go, but also about empowerment.

Meditation is not only about loving what you get, but also about getting what you love.

My Journey

I was not born peaceful.

Quite the contrary, as a teenager I was restless, and couldn’t really manage myself. My mind was always busy, full of thoughts, never content. I was easily disturbed, and would often panic and overreact when I felt triggered. I also experienced being bullied at school and at home, and had to find my ways around those challenging experiences.

Things started to change for me when I found meditation—and all the wisdom teachings that come with it—as a 15-year-old. I fell in love with the feelings of peace, centeredness, and freedom that came with the practice.

Throughout my life, I have invested a lot of energy, study and experimentation on optimizing my mental and emotional states—and overcoming all limitations, especially those imposed by fear, anxiety, and self-doubt, has been an area of focus for me.

All this practice, learning and training has radically transformed my mind and view of the world. As a result, I now live a fearless, peaceful, and anxiety-free life.

And so can you.

That is why I am here. And I think that is also why you are here.

Meditation Background

My personal training in meditation:

  • Practiced meditation daily for the past 24 years
  • Over 12,000 hours of practiced
  • Tried 70+ different techniques
  • Studied 300+ books on the topic
  • Was formally initiated into four different meditation traditions (Zen, Advaita, Raja Yoga, Mantra)
  • Spent 10 weeks training in a Monastery in France
  • Nearly became a monk twice in my journey
Giovanni Dienstmann photo with shaved head and Zen buddhist clothes

My work as a meditation teacher:

  • Certified meditation teacher with the Meditation Association of Australia
  • Completed the Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training with Satyananda School of Yoga (Level 1)
  • Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner (strength-based coaching)
  • Trained in Neurocoaching
  • Experience leading retreats, workshops, and group classes
  • Taught mindfulness at a master’s degree program in a prestigious Australian university (Torrens)
  • Have spoken about meditation at schools, hospitals, non-for-profits, and spiritual centers
  • Worked as a consultant to award-winning meditation apps, including creating custom scripts
  • Taught thousands of people how to meditate through my online courses
  • Appeared in several podcasts and radio interviews
  • Featured top meditation coach on Coach.me, and top meditation writer on Quora.

Academically-wise, I have a bachelor degree in Law and Social Sciences, a post-grad in IT, and may soon start a PhD in philosophy or asian studies.

Finally, some fun facts about me:

  • I don’t have any social media apps on my phone.
  • Apart from meditation, I’ve had a series of obsessions in my life: Kung Fu, magic tricks, chess, Japanese language.
  • Every day in my life starts exactly the same: wake up 2:30am, have some tea, take a cold shower, practice 3 hours of meditation, and do some Kung Fu exercises.
  • I fast 18 to 19 hours every day.


I believe in giving back, and am particularly moved by the cause of ending child trafficking. As such, I donate 10% of the monthly revenue of the Higher Mind app to SharedHope International, a charity that is doing amazing work in this space.

If you are a member, thank you for joining me in this cause!


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May you live a life that is calm, centered, and focused!

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