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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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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 7 — Determination is the Key

The three pillars of self-discipline—Aspiration, Awareness, and Action—culminate in determination. That is their essence and their ethos. With determination you naturally have focus, confidence, and power. It is the synthesis of motivation and commitment. What exactly is determination? It is a strong decision, made calmly and purposefully, that you hold on to no matter what. Borrowing terms from the chariot …

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There is more to life than just being in the moment

One of the most popular teachings in meditation and mindfulness circles, now widely adopted by our culture, is the recommendation to live in the moment. When we are able to do that, most of our mental and emotional pain disappears—we are not anxious about the future, nor re-living past pains. We also enjoy our sensory experiences more; we get to …

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