How I Changed Everything in the Universe, Including Meditation

This is a true story about how I changed my meditation practice and everything else in the universe in one simple step. Well, one simple jump, anyway. In an effort to overcome fear of something entirely different, I jumped out of an airplane because I thought skydiving would be scarier. As it turns out, I was wrong: skydiving was way less scary than the thing I was avoiding. But the point is that the overarching result wasn’t what I expected. Instead of overcoming fear, I instead learned first-hand about how everything becomes different when seen through the lens of infinite…

How to Keep Meditating When You’re Angry at Social Injustice

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How do you keep meditating in the face of rage against injustice? It isn’t easy to consider anger and outrage in a meditation practice. Any meditation practice. And certainly not one in which you try to focus on universal love. I mean, who wants to love their enemy? Someone who destroys the values that you hold as important. No one, that’s who. But are the benefits worth the effort? The answer to every question is always love. I believe that, I know it to be true. But when you feel the breath of the enemy on your face, do you…

What Is Higher Consciousness and How to Achieve It Through Meditation

Have you ever wondered about higher states of consciousness? What they are, and how some people reach them? Do you ever wonder if you could reach a higher state of consciousness yourself? And if you could, what would that look like? Many people have different notions or ideas about what it means to achieve states of higher consciousness.  Some imagine yogis living high in the mountains, devoting their lives exclusively to the pursuit of higher consciousness. Others imagine it as a spiritual practice that leads to a sudden and complete awakening, or so-called enlightenment. And of course some people think…

Etiquette of the Soul

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Have you ever considered the rare and beautiful value of expressing etiquette of the soul in your daily activities? Is there such a thing as “moral manners”, or “spiritual manners”? What would they looks like? How would they feel? Let’s consider social manners first, since that’s something we’re all pretty familiar with. And then we’ll move onto to spiritual manners. What Are Social Manners? Fundamentally, social manners consist of taking into account how people feel. Not in a scary, co-dependent way, but in a compassionate and inclusive way. Showing up on time, waiting your turn, please-and-thank-you…pretty basic stuff, really. But…