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Live Powerfully and Soulfully Every Moment

93apulakThe myriad and most profound lessons of my life I owe to decades of personal study with the multi-gifted and remarkable Guru Sri Chinmoy. Among those lessons I try to recall through daily meditation is one I reflected on today.

Live powerfully and soulfully every moment.

Living powerfully is engaging with all of yourself and staying laser focused on the (immediate, short, medium or long term) goal 1000%. When that occurs a “Higher Energy” can channel through you.

Living soulfully is consciously feeling and “knowing” that you’re merely an instrument for the activity occurring through you. And in that consciously soulful state, that higher energy “Voice” expresses itself through whatever you’re doing – inventing, creating, thinking, aspiring, speaking, dreaming.

“He who soulfully listens can powerfully speak.”
-Sri Chinmoy

San Francisco is such a hot tech town for innovation, invention and sheer brilliance, seeming to manifest in all its aspects. I was feeling today many of my friends who are drawn to and living here and how they are nurtured by this unique spot on the planet. They really thrive here and I’m understanding how I do, too. And I wondered how much of it is because unconsciously or consciously, so many are living powerfully and soulfully — often at the same time — and success simply comes to them.

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Bloggers Burning Out? Balance is Key

21062633I often preach to my staff and consultants the importance of quickly moving from idea to implementation. And I do see a spark of divine illumination in those who can see and feel ideas and immediately move them into manifestation. When that process is spiritually based, it’s often stress-free. When it is forced, it can be highly stressful.

That said, there is a core spiritual awareness that is fundamental to one’s peace of mind while working in a high stress world. In my case, I developed a deep inner connection to and I was blessed to spend some three decades meditating with and learning from Guru Sri Chinmoy. Among many illumining things, I discovered how and why Spirit can energize and replenish my physical, mental, intuitive and creativity being, and balance the 24/7 nature of my work these days.

Even, so, it’s a daily challenge balancing the insane pace of my own business and creative life with time for meditation and strengthening my own inner faith, spirit and awareness. There is a choice at every moment to sustain or burn out.

So I was not surprised to read Matt Richtel’s story in today’s NY Times about a burnout occurring among bloggers. The 24/7 nature of the always-on Internet and blogosphere combined with competition among leading technology sites for the ‘exclusive story,’ in particular, has affected the well-being of some leading writers like Om Malik and Michael Arrington, who report high stress, unhealthy lifestyles and heart attacks.

The issue here is one of balance: how do we balance the need to deliver to loyal readers and monetize our lives, with the need for peace of mind, health and wellness?

Spirit Fulfillment – from whatever your Source – is key. Maybe that’s the love of your family. Maybe it is a particular religious faith. Maybe it is atheism as a belief system. Perhaps it is studying meditation with a spiritual Guru. Maybe it’s Bikram Yoga. Or a nature hike. Or sky diving or surfing. However you get there, it’s important to try.

Exercise is instant wealth. Work out, walk, run, swim, cycle, and regularly. Exercise will energise and awaken you in every way.

Diet is key. Cut out the sugars, caffeine, processed foods, wheat, and meats and replace them with green foods. Drink wheat grass juice once a day. Go meatless and organic.

Discipline. Stay on whatever program you come up with and integrate it into your life, one day at a time.

Ultimately, by balancing through spirit, exercise, diet and discipline, your work-life will be enhanced, your stress will be balanced by all kinds of good stuff, and you’ll live long enough to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

For more ideas on health and wellness, visit Dr. Mark Laursen’s website.

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In the Shadow of the Moon

Caught this incredible documentary presented by Ron Howard about the Apollo astronauts who visited the Moon between 1968 and 1972 and the 400,000 scientists who came together to make this happen.

The movie opens with the bold vision of President John F. Kennedy in the early 60s to land a man on the moon and return him safely back to earth by the end of the decade. The profound feelings he evoked reminded me of the days when I was far more proud of our President and the choices of my government than I am today.

Kennedy’s Vision was transcendent and at the moment this mission was realized, the world came together as one. What an incredible moment. You contrast this with Bush’s vision of destruction that, in the course of only seven years, has plunged the world into increasing imbalance and turmoil.

These guys were drawing on pure ingenuity and God’s Grace to achieve the incredible things they did. In terms of the technology available at the time, my iPhone probably has more computer processing power in it than the lunar lander did. In 1999 I had a chance to work with Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell on a project for Sprint. That’s as close as I got to NASA outside a visit to Cape Kennedy in the early 70s.

If you want to see real heroes, the movie is full of them. If you want to relive history, watch a preview.

Click here for a detailed exploration of Apollo moon landing hoax theories and analysis.

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How Do We Know an Idea is a Good One

image001You get an idea and you’re inspired by it. So how do you know if it’s a good idea that will lead you forward?

That’s a great question. I approach ideas as gifts. When I play the guitar extemporaneously, the music comes through me as free flowing ideas; I rarely have my mind turned on…I just play.

Ideas can feel right on, but there are shades of grey, too. For me the key to knowing is in the stillness of a moment when I’m not thinking – I’m feeling an idea’s essence. If it inspires me, it’s good.

Ideas drive almost every aspect of my life and being. So how does one feel and access ideas?

STAY IN THE MOMENT – Give full attention to each moment. You will hopefully get into a quiet, profound space where in the quietude of your mind, ideas emerge as pure inspiration. Quite often I see an idea and its full implementation side by side, at the same time. I can then explore the idea virtually in my higher mind, and get a sense of how the idea might feel and play out. It is then fairly easy to reverse engineer the path to its full realization.

– Even if you feel an idea is awesome, others might not. Non-supportive friends can diminish ideas for any number of reasons and cause insecurity. I say hang with people you trust , who nurture and support you, and who believe in you. With that kind of support your ideas can blossom and one can achieve anything. Get to a point of Trust with yourself, too and the possibilities are unlimited.

SUCCESS BRINGS MORE IDEAS – Every time you succeed with an idea, you expand the idea pipeline and create the possibility for more ideas. So keep dreaming and doing and work very hard.

FINDING AN IDEA IN THE PIPELINE – The pipeline is a direct connection from your intuitive mind to a higher world of ideas. The best way to foster a personal idea pipeline is put yourself in environments that nurture the flow. Meditation helps alot. For me it is the best pathway to feeling, knowing and experiencing ideas. Nature hikes (see pic of me — small blue guy on left), swimming, blogging, writing music, playing guitar, piano and flute, and working up successful strategies and solutions for clients and friends: these all open up my idea pipeline. Stay active because ideas can be hard to find or get stale unless you’re constantly working at it.

GRATITUDE – Be thankful for the ideas that come to you and through you. They are true gifts and blessings.

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Spirit: An Inner Journey

spirit-of-space-iii_1024x768Since the passing of my spiritual teacher, Guru Sri Chinmoy, many of my close friends have been devotedly exploring the inner connection with Spirit through meditation, for that is the place where we can now find our Guru. Over the past several weeks, my own quiet explorations take place early in the morning – between 3:30 am and 6:00 am. For now, I’m just going with it. Given my schedule and business life, the challenge is sleep and I’ll cover that in another blog post.

Mediation for me has been a deep source of personal learning and satisfaction. I began over 30 years ago learning from Sri Chinmoy and the early results were more light, peace and personal calm. Over many years, I sought to absorb, understand and internalize his teachings on aspiration and the spiritual journey of life. Today, as a result, I find myself exploring more deeply my own self-awareness and aspiring for a deeper God-awareness. One could say they are two sides of the same coin, and one blends into the other. But being consciously earth-bound, self-awareness is akin to knowing myself in ways that engender a more soulful and conscious expression. And God-awareness is the silent journey into higher, deeper Cosmic Realms and to places far beyond earthly, mental perception.

What is terrific about inner discovery is that so many people are doing it. These beautifully God-resonant people live in God-resonant places like Sedona, Arizona, Maui and elsewhere. Some have been blessed by spiritual teachers and others explore and discover on their own. And many of these terrific souls often spread what they have learned and experienced.

My amazing spiritual brother Ashrita Furman breaks Guinness World Records to inspire us to self-transcendence. The luminous Mia Margaret Angelica spreads ‘light’ through a deeply inspired life as an author, photographer, and harpist. Self-help gurus Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and others, share secrets to success and personal satisfaction. Oman Ken, Bruce BecVar and Lani Star, all deeply soulful musicians, express spirit by composing and performing soul-elevating songs. An incredibly visionary artist, Trea Christopher Grey, paints spirit effortlessly and writes inspirational poetry. Swami Swaroopananda has created Heaven-on Earth through an 11-acre spiritual sanctuary and meeting place he developed on Maui.

During a life just passed, my own teacher, Sri Chinmoy, was prolific as an author, poet, composer and painter. He left us with a vast body of work that will take many lifetimes to fully explore, understand and manifest. And I have been fortunate to witness my own spirit come to life as a business person, composer, musician, author, and peace advocate.

Spirit is truly an inner journey and once we start exploring, it’s fun to share through our good works and meet others doing the same. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with you somewhere in the Cosmic space or at a God-resonant spot on Planet Earth.

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Vaughn Williams – The Lark Ascending

When hearing the sound of music lifts your soul, it is a miracle of awareness and cosmic connection. Vaughn Williams’ piece, “The Lark Ascending,” has always moved me in a deep way for it is both deeply evocative of nature and meditative. And I am often profoundly satisfied in nature and meditation. When both are mixed through music, something happens to me.

Barbara Heninger wrote a beautiful set of notes on this marvelous piece:

“In The Lark Ascending, Vaughan Williams found inspiration not only in English folk themes but in a poem by the English poet George Meredith (1828-1909). The composer included this portion of Meredith’s poem on the flyleaf of the published work:

He rises and begins to round,
He drops the silver chain of sound,
Of many links without a break,
In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake.

For singing till his heaven fills,
‘Tis love of earth that he instils,
And ever winging up and up,
Our valley is his golden cup
And he the wine which overflows
to lift us with him as he goes.

Till lost on his aerial rings
In light, and then the fancy sings.”

A personal romance I have with this particular work composed in the early 1900s. You can find several performances at iTunes. The London Philharmonic performance conducted by Bernard Haitink, with Sarah Chang on violin, is my favorite version. See if you can find it online. You might cry while immersed in this miracle of celestial beauty like I have done so many times before.

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