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The easy meditation method – a simple way to start and maintain your practice

My consistent meditation practice started in 2007–and I have a US customs officer to thank for that. I know–that sounds kinda weird, so I’ll share the story 😉

I was crossing the border from Canada to the USA and a routine question from the officer was “What’s your occupation?”

When I told him a Yoga Teacher, his reply–in a raw serious tone was “Is it true a zen master needs to meditate 10 hours a day?”

I was taken aback by his unexpected sense of humour, but all I could mumble was “um….I don’t know” He flashed a smile and let me through 😉 Certainly, one of the best, and most memorable US-customs interactions I’ve had.

And that was the day it hit me–despite having wonderful experiences with meditation, especially while attending an intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico the year before, I had not established a consistent practice. And I knew it was time (and the officer’s comment the sign!) to begin a consistent practice.
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What The Buddha told me in Sedona (Take 2)

Last year I had the fortunate experience to go to Sedona Arizona for the first time. After going to the many vortexes, including the Amitabha Stupa I wrote a post called “What The Buddha Told me in Sedona” (if you missed it you can read it here)

Well, I returned to Sedona about 2 weeks ago (maybe this will end up an annual event!) and I returned to the Amitabha Stupa. This time I went up to the Buddha Statue and said “Ok, what have you got for me this time?” 

Buddha

This is what I heard:
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Visualization and Visioning: What’s the Difference?

Visualization versus visioning: what’s the difference when creating your vision for your business, project or achieving your goals?

Well, every project begins as an idea—a vision.

Before the first airplane was built, there was a vision for it. Before the light bulb was invented there was a vision for it.

Every great idea begins in the mind and then manifests into form.

There’s no doubt that having a vision is cornerstone to any business, project, or goal you want to achieve.

However, there’s a difference between visioning and visualization. Both are helpful and serve different purposes.
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The Power of Focus in Business

For some reason I’ve always been a basketball fan. I’ve loved playing it for as long as I can remember and it’s the one sport I really enjoy watching.

I’ve never played with any team, and I’ve never gone to an NBA game, but I love basketball all the same.

Despite this love, years of my life went by without playing.

A couple years ago I remembered this (have you ever forgotten or put aside one of your hobbies?) and decided it was time to get a B-ball. I went down to the courts by my house, which are conveniently overlooking the ocean, and started to play.

My game was rusty as hell. So I went on the good ol’ YouTube and started watching videos on how to make a shot.

Focal Point is Everything.

Where your eyes go the ball goes.

I was fascinated by this.

The next day I went on the court and I did a little experiment. I’d aim and shoot without focusing on the net, and I missed.

I’d give the same amount of aim and shoot and add pure dedicated focus to the net and I scored.

It was amazing—I almost couldn’t believe my own eyes.

Was it that simple? How did my eyes have that power!?

It was as if there was a magnetic pull from my eyes straight to the net that got the ball through. It felt like pure magic.

What else is fascinating is at that time I was teaching yoga and leading yoga teacher trainings and retreats, and in the yogic philosophy they talk a lot about the power of focal point.

When you are practicing a pose, there is often the teaching to “focus your gaze” and in some traditions there is even a specific place to gaze towards.

The reason for this is The Power of Focus.

The quality of focus is like a muscle. It needs to be trained.

In yoga, the poses are like a warm up for getting focused to quiet our mind and move into a meditative state so that we can clear out the clunky murky thoughts so that clarity can arise.

After all enlightenment simply means turning on the light, and in the darkness of muddled thought it’s hard to see the light (aka clarity).

This is why quieting our mind facilitates the light to shine a little brighter—inviting our mind to see more clearly after actively taking time to practice meditation. (p.s it’s impossible to do meditation wrong. If you wanna read more about that, click here and read point #3).

So in the yoga, we train our “focus muscles” while in the poses.

In meditation we are training our focus muscles. We often focus on the breath to help quiet down our thoughts.

In basketball, like all sports, in order to be a pro you need to have dedicated focus—and this is a muscle that strengthens over time.

And in the game of B ball through focusing intently on the net, you increase your odds of scoring (in my experiment those odds rose to 100% – It felt great to make that many shots 😉

In the game of business the power of focus can make or break you.

We live in a scattered time. There has never been so many gadgets and demands that are dividing our focus. Our attention span has decreased, and current technology isn’t helping.
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3 Ways to Boost Your Creativity Today

Have a project to work on but feeling blank?

Here are 3 ways to boost your creativity now:

  1. Add Color

The next time you get started on a project, mapping out your ideas or brainstorming some big event—get out the markers and colored pens. Seriously, it sounds simple but color invites creativity to spark.

  1. Spend Time in Nature

Getting outside, breathing in fresh air and awakening to the natural beauty around you invites a state of presence. When you are fully immersed in the moment of beauty, it helps our thinking mind quiet down so that our creative mind can wake up. The next time you are stuck trying to figure out a problem, or find yourself staring at a blank screen—go outside and see for yourself the magical power that nature ignites.

  1. Meditate.

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Why Eating Healthy is Important to Making Dreams Come True

Eat Think and Live RichHappy October!

Before I get into today’s post I have the most exciting news to share. I’ve been waiting over a year to share the news that my book is now available! Simply click HERE to get your copy now. It’s available on Amazon.com and soon, in select bookstores across Canada.

This is beyond a dream come true. My dream is to share health, wellness, and spiritual fulfillment & connection with others, and this book is my way of sharing this.
You can now get your copy and get copies for friends—it makes the perfect gift to support others in living a happy, healthy, and rich life.

Now, on to today’s post! Let’s talk about WHY eating healthy is so important to making your dreams come true.

I’ve been pretty passionate about health my whole life. Specifically, about how it gives you the energy to take action on the burning passions inside.

You see, I believe we all have something significant to create, share and do. Whether that involves writing a book, taking a trip, starting a business, taking on some athletic endeavor, or fill-in-the-blank—we all have a flame inside that wants to be unleashed.

However, if we don’t feel good in our physical body, our attention will be so focused on our limited energy that we either 1. Won’t be able to take on our dreams or 2. Won’t even recognize those dreams exist.
When you feel lousy, all your focus is on feeling better. Can you recall the last time you had the flu or just felt zapped of energy? If you recall this, then I bet you will agree that dreams were certainly not on your mind…Or if you had a dream it was probably focused in simply feeling better!
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