One Powerful Life

A recent study[1] by the University of Virginia concluded that most people are not comfortable sitting alone with their thoughts for even 15 minutes. In this study, 67% of the male participants and 25% of the female participants would rather give themselves an electric shock as an alternative to continuing in silence.

The mind is like an unruly child that never stops talking. It is constantly telling us what we need to do, how to act and how to think about ourselves and the world around us. It uses the information that it has received over the years from our physical senses to determine how we should show up and conduct ourselves in a physical world.

Most of us are guided through life using the unconscious conversation going on from our minds to ourselves every minute of the day.  However, due to its illusionary nature, the mind can trick us.

When we are disconnected from our inner truth, we are trusting the illusionary mind to guide our lives.  This leads to all sorts of behaviors that are not really who we are or who we want to be.  The good news is, there is a better way.

To live a life free from greed, hate or delusion is called Bodhi. In ancient times, and even today, to achieve enlightenment, people would separate themselves by going to the wilderness, on sabbatical or joining an ashram. There is nothing wrong with that and in fact, has changed many lives for the better.

But not everyone is called (or able) to up and leave town, head over to India and spend a year in prayer and meditation. So what can you do in the meantime? Modern Bodhi is a resource that can lead you towards living a more powerful life in a practical way.

The first step is understanding why you, if you are one of the many, are unable to sit in a room, in silence, for 15 minutes. Or, better yet, why you would want to. By learning to separate what our mind is saying to us from what our self desires to say to our mind, we learn a more powerful way to live.

No longer are we dictated by endless mind chatter. Instead, we find inspiration from the wellspring of our hearts. By living a heart-centered life, we become more open to the possibilities of  more positive outcomes. No longer are we striving to get ahead and pushing others behind. Our hearts begin to understand that when we can pursue what is best for us, rather than worrying about other people do (that includes those you work with, live with and drive on the roads with 😉 ). This can lead to a more peaceful, loving and happy existence[2].

If you are ready to lead a more powerful life, please contact me about upcoming workshops, seminars and programs. They’ll be posted here on the site soon!

 

 

 

[1] http://news.virginia.edu/content/doing-something-better-doing-nothing-most-people-study-shows
[2]  http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858

 

 

 

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