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What does it mean to live your values?

What does it mean to live your values?

We read everywhere that we must know our values and live our values—but what does that actually mean? Is it about having a moral compass, or is it something deeper? And what are values anyway? Values are the core principles, beliefs, and ideals that underlie our thoughts, actions, and decisions. They are the fundamental elements that define what is important …

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What does it mean to live your values?

Higher Mind — The Master Key of Personal Development

I’ve been exposed to hundreds of different ideas, systems, and techniques in my decades of study of personal and spiritual growth—through the lenses of meditation, wisdom, philosophy, and psychology. In my effort to simplify things, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what the essence of it all is. I knew that the essence had to be simple; otherwise, …

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7 Steps for Building Habits the Mindful Way

Building good habits and breaking bad habits are important parts of self-discipline—although not the whole of it. Unlike many of my peers, I don’t see habit-building as a replacement for willpower and self-control but as an aid. First, what are habits? Habits are automatic behaviors. We call them good habits if they are aligned with our goals and values, and …

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Shakti—becoming immune to anxiety and depression

If we look at anxiety and depression as states of mind, then there are two ways we can overcome them. One way is to work on removing their causes—psychological and physiological. The other way is to cultivate qualities that are incompatible with these states. We can remove the darkness, or we bring in the light and the darkness will disappear …

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Peaceful Power, Empowered Peace—The Purpose of Meditation

Most people associate meditation with calmness, acceptance, letting go, and living in the moment. This is the peace aspect of meditation (shanti, in Sanskrit). Yet meditation is also about focus, self-mastery, willpower, and energy. This is the power aspect of meditation (shakti, in Sanskrit), not as widely appreciated. Both are true and both are important. Depending on how meditation is …

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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 5 — Taking Action Consistently

Living your aspirations involves taking consistent action that affirms your core values and moves toward your goals, day after day. Action is how we manifest our vision into the world. It is the bridge between imagination and reality. Action is an expression of the willpower element of self-discipline, because every action requires some effort, and it’s often easier not to …

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