Treat your awareness like a dog. I remember a few years ago I went on holidays to the Caribbean, and while I was there, I stayed with a friend of mine. He works for the FBI and is in the Canine Unit, so he has a German Shepherd. A big, beautiful dog. This dog is so well trained, so obedient, that when my friend walks, this dog walks by his side. Whereas, when I walk around New York City and I see people walking their dogs on the sidewalks, they are always desperately trying to control where their dog is going. I quite often think to myself that the dog is taking the owner for a walk. You can hear them saying to their dog, “Come back here. Don’t run there. Don’t do this. Don’t do that.” And they are always pulling their dog back with a leash. However, my friend’s dog was obedient all the time. This Canine Unit dog was standing by my friend, walking by his side the entire time.
We need to train awareness the same way my friend has trained his Canine Unit dog. Train awareness to be obedient and not go running off and getting absorbed in everything and everyone around. Don’t let your awareness be like all those other dogs on the street, getting distracted by every smell, sight and sound. It is an exhausting way to live, and what a way to lose your incredibly precious energy that you have.
Everybody and their dog has an opinion on meditation (including me). Most of these folks don’t meditate or have never been formally trained or even more so seriously committed to one meditation path. The latter truly is a telltale sign of how seriously one takes his or her meditation practice. Wh...Read More
I’m starting the year by writing a 3-part series on meditation with the goal of bringing some clarity around it and dispelling a few myths. First things, first. Let’s get clear on terminology. This is important because we want to train our subconscious to understand the specific meaning of a word...Read More
If I can accept myself for where I am in my evolution, then I can accept others for where they are in their evolution. As a Hindu and from personal experiences, I believe and subscribe to the concept of reincarnation. Simply said, reincarnation describes a belief that we are a soul living in a ph...Read More
Well, it has been a really long time since I’ve sent one of these emails out. Apologies for my hiatus. October and November were filled with events I spoke at in the US, across Europe and in India. My travels culminated with a retreat that I held in South India where I led a group…Read More