Awareness vs. Consciousness

One of my online course meditation students asked about the difference between awareness and consciousness. I’m glad the student posed this question. My guru answers this question in the best way possible. He says “Consciousness and awareness are the same when awareness is totally identified with and attached to that which it is aware of.”…

Overcoming Anxiety

I’ve taken a long hiatus from blogging. My apologies. The last few months have been filled with speaking engagements around the world and working on a few important projects including the development of Siva Ashram, our retreat center in Costa Rica. I hope to update you on some of these things in the coming weeks.…

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Slow Down or Simplify

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Berlin where I gave a keynote titled “Mastering your Mind” to a group of people involved in Private Equity and Investing, an individual said to me after my talk “I really need to slow down my life. My whole family needs to slow down. It’s just…

Memory and Awareness

A few days ago one of the students of my 12-week online course “Introduction to Meditation” asked the following question on our online forum. “How are memories and awareness related?” Here’s my response to him which I wanted to share with you as well. Memories are experiences that have emotion attached to them. These memories…

A Distracted Subconscious

The subconscious is built on patterns and impressions. If the patterns within the subconscious are distracted of nature then the subconscious is naturally distracted. In order to meditate, patterns of concentration need to be created within the subconscious. Thus it can be concluded that both the subconscious and the conscious mind need to be concentrated…

Be Specific

It is that time of the year when most people are absorbed in talking about and creating new year resolutions. January 1st brings with it a wave of hope to people allowing them to believe that they can create and manifest the changes they want in their life in the new year. People busy themselves…

Undivided Attention

I’ve experienced a few times when the person I’m with picks up their phone during a conversation to check a text message or answer a call. To me, this is plain rude. If I’m taking time out of my life to spend time with you, then I expect your undivided attention as well. I have…

My Environment Shapes Me

The goal defines the path and the path defines the surroundings. Let’s elaborate on this. The first step is to figure out the goal, then comes outlining a clear systematic path that leads us to that goal. Once this is done, we need to establish our surroundings. Our surroundings are the people, things and environment…