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They say that it takes at least a year to heal from serious heartbreak.

I’ve found this to be true… but only initially.

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Recovering from my first long-term relationship was rough. Like most people suffering from heartbreak, I carelessly allowed my imagination to spiral out of control. My mind would create hurtful thoughts that were never based on facts, but on pure speculation. For example, if a picture of the ex with some new guy popped up on Facebook, my mind would instantly trigger jealous thoughts and begin to dream up scenarios of what could have been going on behind my back. Life loses its magic when your own mind starts cutting you down.

Our minds truly are double-edged swords. During happy times, it will make you believe that you’re an invincible king, but when disappointment shows up, it will backstab you with doubt, unnecessary suffering and self-hatred. Clearly, our minds are not always acting in our best interest, so it’s a good idea to not attach your identity to it. The good news is that we are not at the mercy of our minds, but rather, it is at the mercy of our will and attention. We are always free to let go of old, destructive belief systems and replace them with positive ones that will help us grow. Although most people operate on thought-autopilot, we are actually in full control because only we can choose where we place our mind’s focus. Our minds can only create painful thoughts and a negative reality when we give it the fuel and permission to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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What you can expect to happen:

As you practice Anapana Meditation, you will notice that it will be very difficult to stay focused on the simple task of observing your breath. Thoughts will spontaneously pop up and beg for your attention. Your mind will wander towards past events, or things that you anticipate happening in the future.

This is normal. This is the nature of the mind that we are all born with.Buddha_Homer-876x1024

What to do when your mind won’t shut up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anapana is a simple meditation technique. All you have to do is stay focused on your breath. Sounds simple enough, right?

Getting started:

  1. Find a quiet space and sit in a comfortable, upright position. No need to be in Lotus position; a chair is just fine.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Begin breathing through your nose.
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Vader is Zen.

How to meditate: 

  • Breathe normally without trying to regulate it in anyway.
  • Put all of your attention on the sensations of inhalation and exhalation through your nostrils.

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Experiencing more creative bursts.

Being joyful is the best way to increase instances of creative moments. Joy is our optimal and natural state of being. This is evident by how dramatically our perception of the world changes when we are joyful. Our confidence peaks in this state. Life feels effortless and abundant. We feel invincible. Everything seems possible. Maintaining this inner state assists in the creative process because it heightens our awareness of the present moment. This alertness allows for the spirit to be receptive to the all channels of inspiration without judgment (a direct thought, a coincidence, noticing something for the first time etc.). Joy accelerates flow.

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Ask and Receive

Just as with seeking creative solutions through dreams, the first step in receiving meaningful messages is to ask for an answer to a specific question. Continually hold onto this intention with patience and with NO EXPECTATIONS of how or what the answer may be (expectations allow the influence of the egoic mind to creep back in with its obsessive need to control with its plans). In time, an answer or sign will present itself. If it feels like inspired thought, accept it with gratitude and begin making plans to take immediate action. This process should be exciting, but in an effortless manner, like a kid who accidentally discovers his first egg during an Easter Egg Hunt.

Start today!

Start making a conscious effort to identify the activities that bring the highest amount of joy in your life and make a continual effort to remain fully present as often as possible (I’ll be posting about developing mindful presence in the future). These two steps are the foundation to release your creative potential. Creativity is innate. Each person has infinite creative potential and the desire produce something of value. Genius is simply in a dormant state for most people. However, in time you may begin to surprise yourself with flashes of brilliance. Once this happens, make sure to use those moments to fuel greater belief in your abilities and continue to grow in greatness.

 

The world depends on you to discover your heart’s path and to share your talents to the best of your ability.

 

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The origin of creative thought is a mystery. While creativity seems to arise spontaneously like a flash of lightning, the creative Source can actually be accessed at any time.

Inspired thought cannot be manufactured by the analytical mind, it can only be received by the spirit. Collecting data and trying to fit the pieces together like a puzzle will not result in an original idea. While gathering information is important, the creative thought that connects everything together in a meaningful way can only be received when in a state of no-mind, or no thought.

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Too much thinking shuts off creative flow. This happens for three main reasons:

  1. the mind loves to judge and categorize thoughts and experiences as good or bad, right or wrong, smart or dumb.
  2. the mind tends to over-analyze every detail.
  3. the mind obsessively creates plans, makes assumptions, and stubbornly adheres to them. The ego loves to stick with only its plans, because the unknown cannot be controlled and is therefore perceived as a threat.

Each mental tendency contributes to the same result– the building up of mental resistance to any idea judged as unworthy or foreign to the ego. Dependence on our ego’s judgments and plans cuts off our connection to the creative Source and our ability to perceive the infinite avenues by which a solution may present itself.

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The Solution:

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