Challenge your Perception of Reality

Challenge your Perception of Reality

I’ve always loved engaging in a psychologically-stimulating discussion with someone. Thinking “outside the box” should be a regular practice to keep ourselves from getting stagnant. Once you step outside, you’ll realize just how small our boxes are. Since I’ve become...

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“The Silent Path” – An awesome book review!

“The Silent Path” – An awesome book review!

We recently received a professional book review from Midwest Book Review. The review will be published in the May issue of their publication, Midwest Book Review.  The review is a great summary of the key points of Avi's book, pointing out what a reader can expect to...

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Jumping off the Train

Jumping off the Train

Isn't it kind of a revelation to know, “Wow, there is something real?” We don't know it, because we're distracting ourselves with so many other things. We can all get something from the beautiful passage...

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Creativity: The Flow of Life

Creativity: The Flow of Life

When we talk about emotional intelligence, we’re talking about a higher form of intelligence. It is not only higher when compared to other animals, it also has a hierarchy within the human race itself. Most people actually don’t exercise this ability to watch their...

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If a tree falls ….

If a tree falls ….

The fundamental question is: “Is there an independent existence that goes on all by itself whether you exist or not?” If a tree falls in the forest and nobody was around, did it really fall? That’s a very fundamental, existential question. Why do you ask such a...

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Meditation is like a Diet for your Mind

Meditation is like a Diet for your Mind

When I meet people here and there and the conversation always turns to meditation (usually prompted by “what have you been doing lately?”), I’m often asked questions like “What is meditation? What do you do while you’re sitting? What do you think about while you’re...

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Standing for Truth

Standing for Truth

When you are confused, always take the side of truth. Nothing a human being has ever done matters more than this. Truth is, was and always will be the yardstick on which we are measured. While the truth is the best path to take, it is also one of the most difficult...

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Don’t Worry About What you can’t Control

Don’t Worry About What you can’t Control

…why not just live in the present moment and enjoy life as it comes? I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this remembers where they were and what they were doing when 911 happened.  I had just walked into a conference room at work to attend an all-day “Stress...

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Quick Pleasure or Lasting Bliss?

Quick Pleasure or Lasting Bliss?

“The purpose is to transcend pain and suffering.” What is meditation? What is the message of Jesus? What is the message of Buddha? Their message is that there is a zone within us; a zone where there is peace and tremendous joy. When you touch this joy, you know that...

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What matters

What matters

I’ve never climbed in the Himalayas but I’ve read a lot about those who do. And it is there climbers encounter above twenty-five or twenty-six thousand feet a place known as the Death Zone. It is so named because at that altitude there is a variety of conditions that...

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Has the Older Generation Screwed up the World?

Has the Older Generation Screwed up the World?

https://youtu.be/FIFlc-ujiAA (Full transcription of video) There is a popular wave among young people that seems to have taken hold of their minds and imaginations, and it’s shaping the way they are looking at the past and the future of being a part of the human...

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Your Mama was Right!

Your Mama was Right!

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all! Ever look back at all the things our mothers told us when we were growing up? I know I do. Some of it didn’t make any sense at the time, but by revisiting what she said, I can see the relevance to making life...

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The Mind Game

The Mind Game

I had a boss years ago who used to say, “If you don’t want to know the answer to the question, then don’t ask the question.” At first, I thought that was a stupid saying but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Let’s say for example that you ask your...

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Plant, Animal, or Human?

Plant, Animal, or Human?

Our lives aren’t so much different from that of animals, or plants for that matter. Think about it: When you pick a plant or pull a leaf off a tree, within a short time it withers, dies, and decomposes. That spark of life has been severed and survival is no longer...

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The Secret of Inspiration

The Secret of Inspiration

Why is it difficult to stay inspired and motivated all the time? What is it in the nature of life that makes it so hard to keep our motivation going? Let’s try to understand the science of motivation. More importantly, let’s try to understand why we lose the ability...

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The Art of Self-Sufficiency

The Art of Self-Sufficiency

Many years ago I was at a job interview and the interviewer asked the question, “What are your goals?” By that point in my life I was getting weary of the 8-hour-per day grind, listening to employees whining and complaining about everything, and just feeling like I...

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Mind and Sleep

Mind and Sleep

All of us at some point in time have had trouble sleeping. No matter what we do, the body wants to sleep, but the mind says, “No way!” Why does this happen?  Sleep is our birthright! Sleep doesn’t just happen (or not happen) during the night. How you sleep is affected...

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Why Meditate?

Why Meditate?

I keep sharing snippets of Avi’s upcoming book, but it just can’t be helped! Avi’s talks are so interesting that I know the information will help everyone, so here it is: A piece from “The Mind” chapter of the nameless book.  “As of now, the mind has become so...

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Is there a wrong way to meditate?

Is there a wrong way to meditate?

If someone was meditating incorrectly could it be harmful to them? There is no incorrect meditation; either you are meditating or you are not. It’s black and white. There’s no gray area because if you’re incorrectly meditating – it’s wonderful! You’re still...

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The Present Moment

The Present Moment

In the most simplistic sense, life is too short to be fighting with and changing every behavior of ours. The choice you have is simple: Either you can make this very moment a celebration by accepting yourself fully, or go on battling internally with what is right and...

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Frequently asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions

We get lots of questions from our program participants, blog readers, and website chat visitors, and we welcome them! Getting questions helps us fine-tune the topics for our blogs and online content toward what you are interested in hearing and learning about–keep...

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Are you Emotionally Intelligent?

Are you Emotionally Intelligent?

When we talk about emotional intelligence, we’re talking about a higher form of intelligence. It is not only higher when compared to other animals, it also has a hierarchy within the human race itself. Most people actually don’t exercise this ability to watch their...

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The Magic of Meditation

The Magic of Meditation

There are many ways to end up at the doorway to meditation. You might be questioning the religion in which you were brought up, looking to find your own answers. You might be curious about who you are, what you are, and why you are. You could be looking to quiet the...

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Virtue of Silence

Virtue of Silence

Waking up to our true nature is simply to realize that we are dreaming all the time. Dream is not some isolated phenomenon of life; dream is life. Everything we dearly call life is a part of our dream. The reason why it is so difficult to see this is that we are...

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What is Happiness?

What is Happiness?

There is a deep connection between the nature of the mind and the nature of happiness. Mind, by definition, oscillates between the past and the future, so where is the experience of happiness? We know that happiness exists—it is something that we experience all the...

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Enhance your Yoga Practice

Enhance your Yoga Practice

Yoga is a complex practice with challenging physical and spiritual aspects. It’s not hard to master the basic poses, but it does take time and effort to rise from beginner to expert yogi. Learning from an experienced teacher at a local studio can help you level up and...

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Do you Know What “The Present Moment” is?

Do you Know What “The Present Moment” is?

In the most simplistic sense, life is too short to be fighting with and changing every behavior of ours. The choice you have is simple: Either you can make this very moment a celebration by accepting yourself fully, or go on battling internally with what is right and...

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Finding a Meditation Teacher

Finding a Meditation Teacher

As far as beginning a meditation journey is concerned, you don't have to worry too much; just begin. Listen to videos, start practicing it. Just try it out on your own. In the journey, in the process, you will connect with some teachers. You will connect with people....

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