How To Avoid Being Dumbed Down And Stay Light

There’s a saying ‘where your attention goes it grows’. The question is, where is your attention lately?

Each moment of each day our attention goes somewhere, and where it goes, it leaves a residual effect on you for better or for worse. If you move you attention to a scary film, your body will resonate with fear; if you watch a sad news story, your body will resonate with sadness; if you listen to an aggressive song with violent lyrics it will leave aggression and a comedy film, then lightness. The question is, are we being dumbed down by society?

These feelings have a measurable vibration to them as you can see in this scale chart here. It’s easy to not notice how affected we are by the world around us and most of the time we are on autopilot reading tragic stories in the newspaper, engaging in negative gossip, or scrolling through other people’s posts on our news feed on Facebook. A lot of this mainstream content is in the lower end of the this chart.

Recently my family attended a chanting night at the Hare Krishna centre in Sydney. Ok, don’t freak out, we haven’t converted and become part of some weird cult. The Hare Krishna centre is a beautiful place open to everyone, and each week they put on a night of chanting and dinner for $10 which is a bargain night out! For an hour you chant some elevating chants about God Consciousness and then usually engage in some inspiring conversation with the community while eating healthy food. We left the event feeling high and blissed out. When got into the car to drive home, the radio immediately came on and the DJ’s were inviting callers the ring in if they have a name similar to genitalia. “Hi I’m Dick Wood.” “Hi my name is Mulva” and “Hi, I’m Eric Shun.” Yeh, enthralling mainstream radio. Immediately we could feel our attention being pulled, almost ‘dumbed down’ and it was changing how we felt. We turned the radio off, but it was interesting to note how quickly our minds attention shifted and also how we felt.
 
If we were to do an audit of our thoughts on a daily basis and then assess them we would most probably find they are not of a very high level. Think about what you thought about yesterday. Maybe pause and just right down some of the 50,000 thoughts that you had, remembering most of those thoughts were influenced by the place that your mind had been pulled into like the media, a Facebook post, or a conversation you were engaged in, ie. other people’s thoughts.
 
So the question is, how often did we think about God, the Divine, our Higher Self, Egolessness or Pure Love? Or…how often did we NOT think? Did we just sit in Being? Did we sit in Stillness? Did we spend time immersing in no thought and feeling lightness? There is a natural inclination for the mind to be drawn to the lowest common denominator. Joseph Conrad once wrote in his book Heart of Darkness that we have a ‘fascination with the abomination’. I’ve noticed that throughout my life my mind tends to go gravitate towards fear and worry. I have to practice moving it higher. It’s not a natural tendency for it to do this. It’s not like I wake up and voila, my mind is on The Higher Self or spirituality. This is our work and there are ways to avoid the mind being dumbed down.

  1. Avoid or reduce watching or reading the daily news
  2. Avoid gossip and negative talk about people
  3. Minimise social media
  4. Be selective about the songs that you listen to
  5. Be mindful of the podcasts or radio that you listen to
  6. Pause each day, re-adjust your thinking away from negativity
  7. Meditate on being light
  8. Read spiritual texts
  9. Attend satsang or spiritual talks
  10. Receive regular coaching or guidance

This is why I created the Zen Academy For Transformational Leadership, to support people to elevate their mind regularly from the menial daily thought tracks and come together as a community and engage in more uplifting discussions together. This takes place through fortnightly calls and a private Facebook group. We have people join us from all over the world come onto these live sessions.

A beautiful shift takes place when we move our awareness to the Divine, spirituality or the Higher Self…we feel lighter, joyful and love. The more we do this the more natural it becomes for the mind to go there. What a gorgeous way to spend more of our day in that space!

 

Tom is a meditation teacher, author, corporate speaker and personal coach. He provides group coaching through his Zen Academy for Transformational Leadership. To find out more about joining this global community click here.

How A Young Rich Kid Reminded Me Of A Valuable Lesson

There’s probably a good chance that you don’t quite feel you are where you want to be or that you ‘have enough’? Do you feel there is more that you could do or more that you could have? What does it actually feel like to have ‘more than enough’? It’s almost impossible to imagine right?

This is one of the most powerful forces that drives us into action and that also leaves us with a gnawing feeling of not ever truly being satisfied. The other day I was sitting at the front of the cafe having my standard cashew nut milk chai latte as you do in Bondi, when a very young man in a $500,000 McLaren sports car pulled up right out the front of the cafe. The door of his car swished open up to the sky like a spaceship, he got out of the car and walked into the cafe to order his takeaway coffee. As he stood there at the front of the cafe waiting for his coffee, I couldn’t help myself and I went up to him and asked about his car. I was curious as to how this very young man had accumulated such wealth to drive a car like this. He briefly told me that he acquired his wealth through property development and then finished the sentence with “but I wish I started when I was younger”.

His coffee was ready; he grabbed it, got back in the car and sped off down the road. I sat there thinking about his predicament…it still wasn’t enough for him. It’s not that he was a greedy human being, it’s that he suffers from the same ailment that we all do. We exist with an ego that simply is never truly content. It’s not possible for our ego to ever fully be satisfied. No matter where we are and how much we have, the ego is never truly satisfied. It always wants more and it will never have enough. Period.

Yet this is not who we are in our entire entirety. Can we feel fulfilled? Yes, we already are fulfilled. At our deepest level, in the depth of Being, we are all that there is. We are complete, whole, and there is no lack. Imagine the Divine or the Universe saying, “I need more!” It’s laughable right? Our sense of lack is a function of our disconnection to our unbounded Divine essence. When this connection becomes established and stabilised, those pangs of not having enough start to fade away and a deep sense of awe, wonder, gratitude and love flow through us. We simply Be.

Transcendence of the boundaries of individuation and separateness is key to making this connection. This is done through the art of meditation. Our unlimited Self is subtle and not found in the relative field. Cars, money, houses, partners, children, these are all very worldly tangible things. The divine, well this is very very subtle and not as obvious and easy to access than a car or a chai latte. So we seek the obvious and the most dense first. But if we ignore the subtle, then we will always be plagued with a sense of lack and wanting to fill in another hole.

Seeking is a function of the ego. Being is always there. Being is Love. Being is Stillness. Be.

Why This Woman’s Body Dissolved In Her Second Meditation

There’s no doubting the explosion in mindfulness and meditation in the last 5 years. (Yes I know it’s unusual to use the words explosion and meditation in the same sentence but its true right?!) This is a wonderful thing to see, as the world seems to be in a space where a little more calm needs to be found. But it is also creating some confusion with many seekers. It’s like when you get to a restaurant and they have 200 choices on the menu, and you just get overwhelmed with the amount of choice! Eeek, where to do I start??

So today I made a short video for you, sharing why over 20 years of researching numerous meditation techniques, that I choose to not only use myself, but also teach a meditation technique that uses mantras or sounds in it. After you watch this video you will have a deeper understanding about how to get deep quickly, so much so that in this woman’s second meditation, her body began to dissolve!

Enjoy and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.

Click here to learn more about how to meditate with a mantra.

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This One Thought Could Change the Entire Direction Of Your Life

screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-11-29-51-amYadbhavam Tat Bhavati….what we think we become.

I’m sure you often ponder the life you are living and if its where you want to be. Whether its your job, your relationships, the city you are living in or whether you are living a life of relevance or not. The big challenge for many of us is having a vision for where we want to be that is NOT determined by where we have BEEN. Yes, sounds confusing I know but stay with me.

The choices we make today (which determine our future) are usually influenced by the perception we have about ourselves. The perception of WHO WE ARE is usually determined by our past. For instance if you had a very negative upbringing with lots of abuse, then this becomes your story that you identify with. This previous experience now defines the perception of who you think you are. I’m this person or I’m that person based upon my previous life experiences. This then determines the decisions that you make which determines your future. So your future life is heavily influenced by your past.

This is why we keeping going round and round in circles reliving the same relationships, financial situations and careers over and over again because of this story we have inside our head about who we are and what level of worthiness we feel about ourselves.

How do we break this pattern? This is the exciting part! What if you had a perception about WHO YOU ARE based upon your FUTURE experiences and not your PAST experiences? For instance if you saw yourself in the future as a best-selling author, award winning film-maker, leading CEO of a company, in a loving harmonious relationship, living with affluence, founder of a charity, working in an orphanage, creating a globally successful app or whatever you imagine yourself doing, then this would change the decisions that you make today.

Think of this, the canvas of your future life is blank, and you get to fill it in with whatever you would like!! When you hold that vision firmly inside your head, then this redefines the perception that you have of yourself. This then redefines the decisions that you make and this defines your future. So your new future perception of yourself that you hold today, leads you to becoming this in the future! How cool is that? Yadbhavam tat bhavati.

The big challenge now is to not only continue to hold that firm vision of your future self but to even see it in the first place! This is where the Zen Academy for Transformational Leadership comes in. This is a 12 month coaching program where we help you find that BIG VISION of your future self, hold that vision, and then make it become REAL.

This is what some of our members have said about Zen Academy:

“Thank you Tom, this session has been awesome. I feel back on track, motivated and energised.”

“Hi Tom, firstly I want to say a huge thank you for your responses to my challenges last month!!! They were absolutely on point and have helped me get through the month and move forward!! THANK YOU!!!!”

“I feel I have re-gained my personal power, and will not be shoved around any more. Again thanks for your wisdom!!!!!!”

If you feel it’s time for you to redirect your life then lets chat about the Zen Academy by clicking here.

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Why Did This Student Feel Rage After Meditating?

When we think of meditation we think of calm, peace, and happiness. So why was it that this week I received an email from a student who felt a ‘rage’ after their meditation and wanted to punch their computer?!

How can something so relaxing make someone feel so angry?

How can the practice of sitting in a comfortable chair, closing your eyes, and quietening the mind with the repetition of a sound create a feeling in someones body that they wanted to punch a computer??

Well there is a very good explanation for this and it’s not only testament to the power of meditation, but also the key to you feeling light, happy, and calm. Find out not only why this occurred, but also how to release this anger safely so that you don’t destroy your computer or start a huge fight with someone.

This video is key to understanding your meditation practice, your body, and how to live life peacefully.

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If you don’t have a daily meditation practice and would like to start one today, click here to check out our online 21 Steps to Faster Deeper Bliss or you can email to find out about Tom’s next Vedic Meditation course in Sydney.

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5 Tips To Achieve A Regular Meditation Practice

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 9.47.05 pmI meet many people that tell me they have tried meditation but sadly they found it too difficult to continue. So I decided to put together some tips that might be able to help you establish a regular meditation practice. 

  1. Do away with distractions. When meditating, remove all possible distractions from your external environment. Choose a quiet place and dedicate that place to your meditation practice. When you are able to associate that place with meditation you will be more likely to stay on track.
  2. Make your practice your own. Some people get too caught up in what they think they should do while meditating. Believe it or not, what matters is what is going on in your mind as you meditate, not what you’re wearing or how you’re sitting or how long you can do it for. Most often those who have a deep experience during meditation go back for more.
  3. Release tension in your breath. The importance of letting go of exertion in your breath when you meditate should not be overlooked. As you deepen in meditation, your breath will become fainter. Allow the breath to be smooth and gentle.
  4. Let go of your thoughts. Ask anyone and they will tell you that the most difficult aspect of meditation is trying to ‘control’ the thoughts that enter your head. It’s only natural: you may have a clear head one minute and the next you’ll find that you’re thinking about what you are going to cook for dinner or how you have to go into work early the following morning. When it happens, let that be ok. Be aware of the thought and release it.
  5. Listen to your Stillness Sound. When you listen to a Stillness Sound or mantra, as you meditate, you connect with your mind on a deeper level. Your Stillness Sound will help you to achieve a state of relaxation right away and to start nurturing the sense of bliss that comes from your mind naturally wanting to dive deeper with that sound.

So there you have it, some simple tips to help you set up and maintain a regular meditation practice. Just as consistently as the sun rises every morning and sets every evening, we aspire to have that consistency in our meditation practice so that we can experience more bliss and calm in our lives. 

To find out more about our signature meditation program – 21 Steps to Faster Deeper Bliss – simply click here. 

4 Steps On How To Live More Spiritually

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Many people have a goal of becoming spiritual, but how does one actually go about doing it? We are all able to grow without exerting any specific efforts, because as humans we have been given the drive and motivation to evolve, overcome, survive, and ultimately thrive as we move through life. Spiritual and personal growth often happen naturally.

So, should you be concerned about who you are spiritually? Or where you’re at in your life when it comes to what kind of person you want to be?

Actually, there are a lot of reasons why you should take an active approach to your own spiritual practice:
• Developing your spirituality helps you to expand your awareness as a person and ultimately contributes to personal growth
• Spiritual growth in particular is your way of getting in tune with the larger universe and seeing life from a broader perspective – this can help you to achieve peace and contentment
• Learning about spiritual practices can help you to uncover new aspects of your personality and can challenge you to understand different ways of life other than your own

When you decide to improve upon or develop your spirituality, you are making a commitment to understanding your own inner nature. However, simply saying that you want to be more spiritual will not get you anywhere. Just like you need to exercise and eat a balanced diet in order to lose weight or maintain your health, you also have to ‘practise’ your spirituality in order to become spiritual.

Meditation and Spirituality
Meditation is becoming more and more popular as a means of helping people to nurture their spirituality. People who meditate practise getting in tune with their own inner self on a regular basis, and a spiritual presence or a feeling of being connected to the divine follows naturally.

Four Steps Towards Greater Spiritual Growth
You can use these four simple steps to get on the right track when it comes to inspiring personal growth.

1.Read spiritual texts.
Even if you’re not religious, texts like the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana, Yoga Vashishta or the Qur’an contain valuable messages that can help you to learn more about your own existence, your inner self, and the divine presence. Remember that underneath every religion is a desire to improve mankind, and although certain religious groups have strayed from that path at one point or another, you can still use religious works to nurture your spirituality.

2. Attend public celebrations of spirituality.
Once again, even if you’re not religious, religious ceremonies, group meditations and public celebrations can help you to see the bigger picture. As humans, we all have an innate desire to connect to a higher power and to find that source within our lives. When you go to a temple or attend mass with your family on a regular basis, you will feel like you are a part of something much larger than yourself. Choose a form of public worship that works for you.

3. Practise social justice.
There is nothing like spending your time helping others to make you feel more whole. When you volunteer or take some time out of your day to do something for someone other than yourself, you will stop seeing the world in terms of your own selfish needs and wants. You are able to open yourself up to new possibilities and give of yourself without expecting anything in return. Your contribution to the world doesn’t have to be gigantic, so long as at least one person is affected by your kindness and compassion.

4. Pray and meditate.
Meditation and prayer are two routes to the same goal of spiritual and personal growth. When you meditate you connect your inner self with a higher power and when you pray you speak directly to the same presumed higher power. Both of these practises can help you to focus your attention on your relationship with God and try to find contentment in your life. Practising Stillness will help you to focus on this goal through meditation.

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What is New Age Spirituality?

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New age spirituality refers to a non-unified set of beliefs and practices that emerged towards the end of the twentieth century in the western world. The foundations of new age spirituality are built upon both eastern and western religious traditions, and the belief system is inclusive to ideas from self-help books such as The Secret and the Law of Attraction, a holistic approach to health, motivational and positive psychology research, studies in both consciousness and awareness, and scientific principles such as those explained in quantum physics. “New agers,” as they are called, don’t limit their belief system to one particular doctrine.

A Sign of the Times: History of the New Age Spirituality Movement
New age spirituality started to appear in the early nineteen-sixties as people began to reject formalized institutions and question the cultural values of their parents’ generation. As the masses spoke out in favor of racial equality, gender equality, sexual freedom, and peace, there was a movement towards pluralistic religious beliefs. A number of people began to reject religious institutions in favor a personalized belief system encompassing a wide range of metaphysical ideas.

The shift represented a change in the way that people view their own spirituality. Instead of confirming to inflexible, restrictive, and outdated religious dogmas, people realized that they could take their spirituality into their own hands in order to get closer to the divine creator. Moreover, due to the inclusive nature of new age spirituality, there was a sense of acceptance and liberalism towards other belief systems and values.

New Age Spirituality Today
Today, the new age spirituality movement is still thriving. Many people choose to reject organized religions or to pick and choose the beliefs that they identify with. This method of developing one’s spirituality draws from the idea that spirituality is innate and one must find his or her own path towards spiritual nourishment.
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Meditation has become one of the core tenets of new age spirituality. With recent research touting the physical, mental, and emotional health benefits of meditation, a lot of people have opted to access this technique in order to promote their own total well-being. Even those who still identify with an organized religion such as Christianity can benefit from meditation, because it promotes relaxation and is non-intrusive to one’s pre-existing beliefs. Meditation is a way of cultivating inner Stillness and bringing oneself closer to the divine.

New Age Spirituality and You
New agers have no specified spiritual leader and no rigid belief system. As such, if you are looking to further understand your spirituality, you can adopt this worldview. Within the realm of new age spirituality you are free to believe what it is that you want to believe and engage in the religious traditions that help you to connect with God. Regardless of what you believe or what you may have been taught growing up, you’re given the freedom to understand the world from a viewpoint that makes sense to you. Instead of conforming, you choose your own set of spiritual guidelines.

Meditation is one core practise of new age spirituality that you can truly benefit from. Not only can it provide a practical solution to a hectic, stress-filled lifestyle, but regular meditation also comes attached to health benefits such as increased longevity, reduced susceptibility to the common cold and flu, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. People that meditate have also been found to be happier overall and more likely to show compassion in their day-to-day interactions with others.

The concept of Stillness is so simple but so powerful. New age spirituality recognizes this important goal and enables followers to find it through their own means. When you join the Stillness Movement you open the door to experiencing a spiritual re-awakening. You gain the knowledge and the tools you need to take your spirituality into your own hands and start nourishing your connection with your creator. If you would like to find out how to start practising Stillness, take some time to learn more about this exciting spiritual undertaking with this simple Gentle Breath Meditation here…

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The Last Thing You’d Think Would Help With Weight Loss

If you’ve tried various diets, personal trainers and detoxes trying to lose weight and just don’t seem to have any success, then you might just find the answer here in this video. This is possibly the last thing most people would think of when it comes to weight loss, and understandably so.  When it comes to weight loss most people think of reduction in food, hard physical exercise and detoxes.

In today’s clip I will share with you how STILLNESS could be the answer to weight loss.

Sounds bizarre I know. How can sitting around seemingly doing nothing help you lose weight? Well as Mr Han says to young Dre in the Karate Kid movie: “There is a big difference to stillness and doing nothing.”

Find out more in this clip and if you’ve had any success using meditation to help reduce weight, please share this with us below.

We’d love to be inspired by you.

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“I want to say a deeply heartfelt Thank you! for the 21-day meditation journey – it was absolutely beautiful and since the beginning I haven’t missed a day of meditation. During the first days and weeks I felt a strong difference in daily life – I felt more at peace and even my anxiety was almost gone. The 20 minutes are peaceful and beautiful and they help me to calm down and I feel less energy rushes and anxiety/ restlessness.
Again, thank you so much for the gift and the love.” -Sarah

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Clearing The Confusion Between Mindfulness and Meditation

Should you do mindfulness or meditation?

Should your mind be empty or your mind full?

It’s confusing right??

And understandably so.

One minute students are being instructed to ‘empty their mind of thoughts’ then the next minute they are being told to be ‘mindful’.

Well to clear up some of this confusion I have a clip to share with you that should help. Once you see this you’ll have a deeper understanding about the difference between the two. This will help you to live in the simplicity of the present moment with an open heart of love.

When you live from that space, wow, life is magnificent!

Now you may have some other thoughts about meditation and mindfulness that are different to mine, if so, please share them with us as we’d love to hear more on this interesting discussion.

Enjoy the clip and if you’d like some assistance with your meditation journey then you might like to try my 21 day meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss.

You’ll receive daily guidance from me PLUS receive 37 support videos, ebooks,  and a yoga video! By the end of this course you will be totally trained in the art of meditation and living a more peaceful happier life.

You will also receive 60 days COMPLIMENTARY access to my Inner Sanctum group coaching program.

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“I just want to mention that faster deeper bliss most definitely changed (& still changing!) my life, so thank you”. Lisa R
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