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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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Emotional Self-Mastery, Part 1: Awareness

At the core of both personal development and meditation, there is the concept of self-mastery. To be “the master of yourself” means that you are fully grounded and centered—you are not controlled by your thoughts, emotions and impulses. You have the ability to change your inner states. This is what I call internal self-discipline—the cultivation of the higher mind. It’s …

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The Four Types of Mental Shortcuts

Mental shortcuts can save you energy, enhance your willpower, and help you stay aligned with your goals and values. Let me illustrate this by sharing a little story with you. One of my clients was struggling to do her daily journaling exercise, which is part of her alcohol recovery program. That particular exercise was somewhat lengthy and painful, involving deep …

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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 6 — Overcoming Obstacles

Whatever the goal you are pursuing, in any area of your life, one thing is certain: you will be tested. You will meet obstacles at every step of the way. If you have the right tools and mindset you’ll be able to overcome them and fulfill your aspiration; if not, you will eventually give up. By finding and embracing your …

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The Aspiration-Driven Life: Part 4 — Living with Awareness

At the heart of self-discipline there are two elements: awareness and willpower. These elements have been considered essential for growth, well-being, and achievement by many authors in the fields of personal development, psychology, and meditation. In fact, many say that willpower is the father of all virtues; if that is the case, then awareness is the mother. Awareness and willpower …

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Don’t remove darkness—bring in light

Breaking bad habits, and learning how to resist temptation, is an important aspect of the path of self-transformation and self-mastery. Whether you are trying to break the habit of consuming a given substance, gossiping, complaining, eating junk food, watching junk videos, indulging in negative emotions, excessive gaming, or whatever it is, the process is always the same: it’s about learning …

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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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