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 we surround ourselves with, and these people and things play a huge role in shaping who we are. Establishing the right surroundings is crucial in helping us stay on the path that leads us to our goal.
The constant influence of our surroundings shapes our minds and, hence, our behavioral patterns. For example, if we surround ourselves with angry and stressed people all day, it is harder to be calm and peaceful. The people around us can uplift us or bring us down, and so can the environment or things around us. A messy and cluttered house is not uplifting. It congests energy and makes it hard to think, to be creative and uplifted.
Most people struggle to reach their goals because they don’t assess their surroundings and because they don’t ask, “Are my surroundings helping me to stay on the path that leads to my goal?” If it is not, then something needs to be done about it.
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