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 to stay motivated as we grow up.

There is no debate in the argument that we were a lot more motivated during our younger days. Irrespective of our age now, we can all reflect back on the time when we had more energy and enthusiasm. We can all recollect a time from our past when we were a lot more inspired and motivated.

One important reason it’s difficult for us to stay inspired as we grow up is our changing understanding of life. As we grow, our understanding of life changes and so does our attitude toward what inspires and motivates us. Since the very definition of “growing up” is a process of changing, staying motivated is a big challenge.

The trick to staying inspired most of the time lies in our mind. If we are able to understand the nature of our minds clearly, we will be able to learn how to keep ourselves motivated.

As far as the mind is concerned, motivation is simply a state. In fact, our mind doesn’t understand motivation at all. The main thing it understands and recognizes is different states of our mind; positive and negative states. Being in a positive state of mind corresponds to being motivated, and a negative state of mind corresponds to demotivation and lack of enthusiasm.

It is amazing how much time, money and effort is spent in trying to motivate people. Most people understand motivation as a surge of energy; hence they fall into the age old trap of instant energizing, only to lose their energy all too quickly.

We cannot approach our personal motivation in this manner. Rather, we need to understand it as a way of keeping our mind in a positive state of mind. The biggest secret to motivation is knowing the difference between a negative and a positive state of mind. When we know what triggers a negative or a positive state of mind, it becomes possible for us to control our motivation levels.

The easiest way to stay motivated is by listening to the continuous conversation of our minds and not encouraging negative conversation. This sounds too simplistic to work, but it works brilliantly. Just by listening to our thoughts we can weed out negative and unnecessary conversations and cultivate an internal atmosphere of positivity and energy.

Avi

Avi

Author, Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Inner-Revolution Movement

Avi's extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his personal experience and voracious reading. He loves life and has made his life's mission to help people go beyond stress and anxiety.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity.

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What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

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Throughout the day and even during the night our mind is constantly in stress. Our mind is constantly chasing something (worrying about the future) or trying to run away from something (thinking about the past). This constant running and chasing creates stress. Over many years of this constant running, stress builds to eventually become a chronic problem sapping our vital energy and creativity.

Let’s rewind our minds back to our childhood and answer one question very sincerely. Are we more creative now or were we more creative when we were children? Of course, we were more creative during our growing up years. The sheer amount of learning that happened in our early years of life is proof of this. We solved more problems during the first 5 years of our lives than in the last 25 years combined

We have gotten so used to thinking about the future and dwelling on the past that complacency toward constant stress has made it immune and strong. So strong that it is becoming more and more difficult to identify and deal with stress. We just think it’s normal.

Creativity is a natural state of the mind. When the mind is not in stress, when it is in the present moment, it wants to solve problems; it wants to use its energies to positively express itself in many ways. A stress-free mind is a creative mind.

Creativity is not a domain of life. It is an essential and integral quality of our being. Not only are we a part of the creative expression of existence, existence is also a part of our creative expression. Stress can completely drown this creative force by not allowing us to rest and relax. When the mind is racing between the future and the past it is impossible for us to be creative.

Only when we slow down, take deep breaths, and just be in the present moment, can we be creative. This moment is all we’ve got; nothing was ever created in the future, and the past is just that–it’s the past–it’s gone. Enjoy this moment and embrace the creativity that flows from being in the present.

Avi

Avi

Author, Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Inner-Revolution Movement

Avi's extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his personal experience and voracious reading. He loves life and has made his life's mission to help people go beyond stress and anxiety.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity.

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Have you ever come to that point in your life where you ask the question, “Seriously, what am I doing with my life?” I asked myself that question during my 30’s, again in my 40’s, and then again in my 50’s. The answer in my 30’s was to quit a good-paying government...

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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 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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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...

What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

What is the connection between stress and creativity? Let’s first understand what exactly stress is. Stress is a fight or flight response of the mind triggered because of fear. This fear can either be real or perceived. When the mind is gripped by fear, it can race...

Quick Pleasure or Lasting Bliss?

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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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Of all the ways to see, intuition is the best. Of all the skills to learn, effortlessness is the best. Of all the virtues to possess, courage is the best. Of all the ways to be guided by, heart is the best. Of all the things to give, love is the best. Of all the ways...

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There is a deep connection between meditation and creativity, as meditation creates the zone of silence necessary for creativity to flourish. Meditation is the process of tilling the soil and adding the manure. Creativity is the seed that you plant in the fertile...

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  “Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an isolated domain or department of...

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  Back in September we noticed a stray squash vine growing, just off the back steps, with several green squashes on it.  The fruits really couldn’t be identified as any one specific squash, as it was a volunteer plant, and squash plants interbreed very readily. ...

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“Life is much more of an individual responsibility than the church wants us to believe.” I didn’t grow up in a “religious” household.  I mean we didn’t pray before we ate, but we did the cursory “Now I lay me down to sleep” at night, and we didn’t attend church as a...

Inside the head of a meditator

  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

Happy for no reason

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You are the relationship

It is impossible to manage our relationships well if we are not able to manage ourselves. It all begins with us. Our thoughts, emotions, desires and fears drive our relationships with people around us. Not knowing enough of this inner mechanism is the root cause of...

This is the time for individual

There was a time for kings, there was a time for warriors, there was a time for governments, and there was a time for countries; this is the time for the individual.  The whole existence has been quietly moving towards this single purpose of liberating an individual....

Redefine Success

  A tree doesn’t grow tall to reach the sun, nor does it grow to compete with its neighboring tree. It grows because growing is its very nature. Growing, evolving and attaining to your true potential has very little to do with what is happening around you and has...

A day of silence

  My spiritual journey began, in a serious way, about a year ago.  When I say serious, I mean meditating for several hours a day and studying with a spiritual teacher (Avi) for guidance.  I listen to his talks twice a day and am always on the lookout for ways to...

You are dreaming

Everything you are is a thought. That is why Buddha said, “You are nothing but your thoughts.” The inquirer has not even taken birth. It is thoughts who are inquiring. That is why to break away from the clutches of thoughts you need a trick, not just effort. You need...

You are something else

Question: Why am I obsessed with my thoughts? You are actually not obsessed with thoughts. Try and understand this. You do not even know that there are thoughts. You are so far away from thoughts that you do not even have a clue that all of these thoughts are...

Gift of knowledge

The root cause of suffering is ignorance; ignorance being the lack of a clear understanding of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are. This ignorance is the single biggest reason for our suffering. On the other hand, knowledge is the light that...

Expedition in search of love

A human journey is nothing but an expedition in search of love. Everything we do is a way to move towards love. Therefore, it is important to understand what exactly love is. It is so easy to confuse love with all of the other emotions. Love seems to be very subtle,...

You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...

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 it’s internal and you know that it’s real. In this zone, the pain of the body goes away; the pain of the mind goes away, and you experience existence in its most natural state.

While you’re having sex, or when you drink alcohol, use drugs, or take part in whatever it is that you do to escape, you are basically connecting with that zone. That’s when the peace comes. You don’t smoke to be happy, you smoke to forget the pain of the body, or you drink alcohol to forget the pain of the body. Now for me, any “sudden jerk” in trying to connect with that zone–that inner zone–without a systematic process is just like smoking and drinking and having sex.  It’s like walking into someone’s house and seeing them drinking and being blissful, being happy, and then walking into someone else’s house and they are crazily jumping and dancing and speaking in different tongues. It’s the same thing. They’re experiencing some kind of joy, but once they step out of that experience they can’t carry forward that experience, so they feel depressed and sad.

This is where systematic practice is required to help you understand what mindfulness is, what meditation is, and how to gradually get into it. Life is a very long phenomenon; it’s not like you just live for 10 days. It only takes a few years to get to the point of experiencing this bliss. All we need is to develop the narrative. We need to develop the conversations. People should start talking about the scientific way of exploring the inner life and they should get into the practice of naturally touching those internal zones. In all my years of meditation I have never done anything crazy. I’ve never danced, no drama, never have psyched myself up. Once in a while I used to connect and feel all this is good, but then I quickly stepped away from this knowing that those feelings weren’t the “real thing”–They were not permanent. 

For me, I wanted to be in this zone permanently. I didn’t want to just start something accidentally. I wanted to be able to find that zone again. If you approach meditation gradually you might not experience tremendous energy and crazy things happening all of a sudden, but gradually you will experience it and enjoy it. It’s a better idea to experience gradual enlightenment because you need to know the path, you need to know how you got to that zone so that you can go back to it at will. 

Ultimately, what is the purpose? The purpose is to transcend pain and suffering. Do you want to go beyond pain and suffering for one moment and fall back into it? I mean it’s like this: Do you want to go beyond your pain and suffering completely and experience tremendous blessing one moment and then fall back into the body consciousness where the pain is still there, or do you want to gradually reduce the pain of the body, and gradually reduce the pain of the mind by connecting with that zone again and again, by going deeper into meditation? The pain of the mind reduces by understanding it, by watching the thoughts. In that understanding you grow. This is why I say the best meditation   without any doubt comes from the middle path.

When you touch the inner zone through external means such as sex or alcohol, it’s only momentary, and as soon as “the high” is gone, you’re right back to where you were, only feeling worse, because you’re not experiencing that bliss anymore.  The middle path is simply integrating quiet, meditative time into each and every day. Be mindful throughout the day, and watch your thoughts. There won’t be any “sudden light”, but the light will gradually get brighter and brighter until every day of life is full of bliss and you can live from that inner zone without external stimulation.

Avi

Avi

Author, Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Inner-Revolution Movement

Avi's extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his personal experience and voracious reading. He loves life and has made his life's mission to help people go beyond stress and anxiety.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity.

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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 truth is the best path to take, it is also one of the most difficult of paths to stick to. You can be pushed away from the path of truth very easily.

The world has become a complex and confusing place. The sheer pace at which things are changing makes it easy to get confused and lost in this fast-paced, ever-changing, shape-shifting reality. The only reliable source of strength and inspiration for the individual is the truth he or she believes in.

Now, why is it so important to discover our truth and stick with it? Apart from the moral argument that truth is right, there is also a very important practical aspect to truth. Truth provides us a sense of direction; it acts as a guiding light to help us make sense of the confusing darkness around us. The moment we decide to compromise on our truth and integrity, we simply lose the way.

Truth offers us the internal certainty that is necessary to face the daily challenges of external reality. We are living in a world where everybody is fighting for our attention. We have to constantly choose between our influences and focus on what is important to us. How is it possible to focus when we are not sure about what we want, and how we can be certain about what we want if it is not deeply rooted in the truth we believe in?

Without internal truth, honesty and integrity we are like a dry leaf that is drifting in the wind. Without this internal certainty, our future, fate and destiny are simply a matter of chance. We will not have any control over our present or the future. We will not have the necessary strength and motivation to pursue our dreams and desires.

Truth fills us with incredible energy and enthusiasm. Truth lifts us when we fall. It cushions our fall and puts us back on the path. Truth gives us meaning and purpose to our actions. It helps us to weed out unwanted distractions and helps us to stay clear and focused. Truth is the best friend who will walk with you and support you in your most challenging situations.

Just reflect on the lives of some of the most creative and successful people of history; Einstein, Da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo and so many others. What drove them towards such incredible excellence and success? The common connecting factor of their lives is truth. They were all possessed by the truth they believed in. They were guided by an internal truth that shaped their lives. Without a clear sense of the truth that we believe in, life will always be uncertain.

Avi

Avi

Author, Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Inner-Revolution Movement

Avi's extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his personal experience and voracious reading. He loves life and has made his life's mission to help people go beyond stress and anxiety.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity.

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  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

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You are dreaming

Everything you are is a thought. That is why Buddha said, “You are nothing but your thoughts.” The inquirer has not even taken birth. It is thoughts who are inquiring. That is why to break away from the clutches of thoughts you need a trick, not just effort. You need...

You are something else

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The root cause of suffering is ignorance; ignorance being the lack of a clear understanding of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are. This ignorance is the single biggest reason for our suffering. On the other hand, knowledge is the light that...

Expedition in search of love

A human journey is nothing but an expedition in search of love. Everything we do is a way to move towards love. Therefore, it is important to understand what exactly love is. It is so easy to confuse love with all of the other emotions. Love seems to be very subtle,...

You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...

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 question, when we have absolutely everything in existence happening all by itself, and you are just a small part. When you have absolutely assumed that the forest is already there for you to take a walk in, the sky is already there for you to contemplate on, and everything around you is ready-made and you’re just one person in the middle of the game of life, then that question doesn’t make any sense.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, we still ask the question, Did it fall? When you understand the nature of reality for what it is, can you understand that existence is pure perception? Without the perceiver there is no perception; without the watcher, there is no watching; without the one who is inquiring, there is no inquiry; without the one who is listening, there is no song. So, if a person is not there to hear a tree fall in the forest it did not happen.

Everything that you have perceived in your life, you have perceived through your own personal experience. When somebody says that a tree fell in the forest, you have to imagine a tree falling in the forest. There’s got to be a sound that’s already in you to be able to imagine that tree falling in the forest. If you don’t have that imagery at all, if you have never experienced it, then it is impossible to even talk to you about such things. That itself means that you supply something very important to the process of creation.

There’s a difference between your imaginary world and your real world. In your imaginary world you can create whatever you want. You can imagine a tree falling, you can imagine dinosaurs gathering themselves up from bones, you can imagine a lot of things. But for something to actually happen you need to participate in the process. To experience a tree really falling you have to be there watching and listening. The question is not about the tree, or the tree falling, or you listening to the tree falling. The fundamental question is: “Is there an independent existence that goes on all by itself whether you exist or not?” Every time you think about this, if you think that you’re just this reality or just this physical body, then you’ll miss the whole point.

Avi

Avi

Author, Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Inner-Revolution Movement

Avi's extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his personal experience and voracious reading. He loves life and has made his life's mission to help people go beyond stress and anxiety.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity.

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever come to that point in your life where you ask the question, “Seriously, what am I doing with my life?” I asked myself that question during my 30’s, again in my 40’s, and then again in my 50’s. The answer in my 30’s was to quit a good-paying government...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

What is the connection between stress and creativity? Let’s first understand what exactly stress is. Stress is a fight or flight response of the mind triggered because of fear. This fear can either be real or perceived. When the mind is gripped by fear, it can race...

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...

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...

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 truth is the best path to take, it is also one of the most difficult of...

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...

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...

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...

Creativity: The Flow of life

“Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life, the very process of creation itself. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an...

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...

Exploring Your Inner Space

As a student and volunteer at Inner-Revolution, one of the tasks I work on daily is editing and uploading Avi's video talks to YouTube. I truly enjoy listening to all of them, but once in a while one of them really resonates with me. One of the students asked Avi...

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

“You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts.” You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts. It is conflict that occupies the Self with thoughts, because thoughts try to resolve conflict....

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours. You can very much be alive and still throw your life away if you don’t know what exactly it means to be alive. Life is not just a precious experience...

Observing what you are not

I am the spark of aliveness that is making this body move--the spark that will never die. Once I began meditating, certain things started making sense--real sense, as in “why didn’t I see this before now?” sense.  The basic piece of information I've discovered is that...

From Religion to Individuality

Christianity is the last big religion Another Christianity, another religion like the way Christianity has happened, is an impossibility, so Christianity is the last big religion. Islam is also there, but Islam is still new. If one of these two religions goes away...

Detachment: The Practice of Self-Love

First, let's understand what attachment is. Attachment begins with a desire of the mind; the root of all attachments is a desire. When the object of that desire begins to manifest, either in the form of a relationship or in the form of a fulfilled desire, then the...

How to Add Meditation to Your Day

We make time for things we want to do So, are you ready to start meditating but unsure how to work it into your busy schedule? I’ve been there--corporate job, two kids, husband, daily commute--sometimes insanely long (1-1/2 hours one way) and most of the time we were...

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“Meditation exists within us--we've just got to find it" Meditation is probably the simplest of daily routines we can pick up that can tremendously increase our physical and mental wellbeing. At the most basic level, meditation is a process of consciously watching our...

Sit Down and be Quiet

Meditation isn’t anything fancy; it’s just sitting quietly How many times have you heard that in your life?  How many times have you told someone else those words?  It’s funny how the first 2-3 years of a child’s life we are teaching them to stand up and walk, and to...

What is Mysticism

“One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any...

Body and Meditation

“What you are experiencing is not a body, but a boundary” During meditation today, use your own body as your distraction. That means the space where you will move around during meditation is your own body. So, start with the breath. Just observe the breath. Be in that...

Watching the Breath–the Ultimate Meditation Anchor

“Not everyone who has a body is an individual.” An individual is an ocean; a vast, unimaginable ocean of life. An individual is aliveness; he is not what you see. A person is simply what he is.  You are simply what you are. There is a tremendous difference between the...

This Moment

Come sit by me child I want to share with you the greatest secret that has ever been shouted from the highest mountain, sung by every bird, whispered by every leaf. Falling on ears deafened with thoughts of wealth, success, fame and fortune, to be enjoyed by what?...

What is mysticism?

  “The whole journey of humanity is to understand mysticism” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any of our senses....

Liberation of the Individual

“Until an individual comes to a fundamental questioning of who he is, he is simply lost in the collectivity.” Spirituality is not an ideology, it is not a concept, and it is not a manmade dream. Spirituality is an existential longing to know who you are. That is why...

Seeking Divinity is an individual’s journey

“Not everyone who has a body is an individual.” An individual is an ocean; a vast, unimaginable ocean of life. An individual is aliveness; he is not what you see. A person is simply what he is.  You are simply what you are. There is a tremendous difference between the...

The Raindrop and the Sea

Does a raindrop know the sea? From its source it flees, But where it goes, it not knows. Afraid of what living holds. Doesn’t it know the gay streams, Bathing among golden beams? Did it forget the mighty rivers, To even oceans, an endless giver? Thinking it’s alone,...

Road Less Travelled

Of all the ways to see, intuition is the best. Of all the skills to learn, effortlessness is the best. Of all the virtues to possess, courage is the best. Of all the ways to be guided by, heart is the best. Of all the things to give, love is the best. Of all the ways...

Forgetting the old

There is a deep connection between meditation and creativity, as meditation creates the zone of silence necessary for creativity to flourish. Meditation is the process of tilling the soil and adding the manure. Creativity is the seed that you plant in the fertile...

The flow of life

  “Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an isolated domain or department of...

Chusi and her babies

  Back in September we noticed a stray squash vine growing, just off the back steps, with several green squashes on it.  The fruits really couldn’t be identified as any one specific squash, as it was a volunteer plant, and squash plants interbreed very readily. ...

Why I Dumped Religion

“Life is much more of an individual responsibility than the church wants us to believe.” I didn’t grow up in a “religious” household.  I mean we didn’t pray before we ate, but we did the cursory “Now I lay me down to sleep” at night, and we didn’t attend church as a...

Inside the head of a meditator

  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

Happy for no reason

 If there is something that distinctly stands out as a unique expression of human existence, it has to be the constant pursuit of happiness. The whole of humanity is driven by this single most all empowering desire of finding happiness. Everything we have achieved and...

Power of music

 Only those who have explored the depths of music know its enormous healing power. Lovers of music know that it can cure a sick mind, body and soul. There are very few among us who have already not experienced the tremendous power of music. All of us are in some way...

You are the relationship

It is impossible to manage our relationships well if we are not able to manage ourselves. It all begins with us. Our thoughts, emotions, desires and fears drive our relationships with people around us. Not knowing enough of this inner mechanism is the root cause of...

This is the time for individual

There was a time for kings, there was a time for warriors, there was a time for governments, and there was a time for countries; this is the time for the individual.  The whole existence has been quietly moving towards this single purpose of liberating an individual....

Redefine Success

  A tree doesn’t grow tall to reach the sun, nor does it grow to compete with its neighboring tree. It grows because growing is its very nature. Growing, evolving and attaining to your true potential has very little to do with what is happening around you and has...

A day of silence

  My spiritual journey began, in a serious way, about a year ago.  When I say serious, I mean meditating for several hours a day and studying with a spiritual teacher (Avi) for guidance.  I listen to his talks twice a day and am always on the lookout for ways to...

You are dreaming

Everything you are is a thought. That is why Buddha said, “You are nothing but your thoughts.” The inquirer has not even taken birth. It is thoughts who are inquiring. That is why to break away from the clutches of thoughts you need a trick, not just effort. You need...

You are something else

Question: Why am I obsessed with my thoughts? You are actually not obsessed with thoughts. Try and understand this. You do not even know that there are thoughts. You are so far away from thoughts that you do not even have a clue that all of these thoughts are...

Gift of knowledge

The root cause of suffering is ignorance; ignorance being the lack of a clear understanding of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are. This ignorance is the single biggest reason for our suffering. On the other hand, knowledge is the light that...

Expedition in search of love

A human journey is nothing but an expedition in search of love. Everything we do is a way to move towards love. Therefore, it is important to understand what exactly love is. It is so easy to confuse love with all of the other emotions. Love seems to be very subtle,...

You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...

Creativity: The Flow of life

Creativity: The Flow of life

“Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.”

Creativity is the very process of life, the very process of creation itself. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an isolated domain or department of life, creativity is the core of life. Everything begins with this creative energy and then it flows outwards.

A few things are important to understand: Creation is not something that just happens on the outside while you remain a mute spectator. Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside. This is the most important thing that we need to understand about creation and creativity. The human mind has the ability to imagine, create thoughts, and generate emotions. When this is projected, when this energy flows outward as an expression of the individual, it becomes creativity.

Creativity is really not a choice. It is not as if you can say, “Oh I don’t want to be creative, I’ll just go on living my life the way I’m living it. I don’t have to worry about creativity.” Creativity is what gives meaning and purpose to living, because all of us are here to express ourselves. Only in that expression does life become complete and meaningful. If you are not expressing what you are meant to express, then that means part of you always remains closed, and part of you never reaches its highest potential, its completion.

That is the reason why there is this tremendous joy in being creative, in expressing yourself. There is also a tremendous contentment and fulfillment in expressing yourself because creativity is the very process of life. Since you are right in the middle of life, creativity is inevitable. You have to embrace creativity as a part of your life. Otherwise life is going to be dull and boring, and all the time you will be searching for some meaning.

Einstein said that there is nothing that is more powerful than imagination. All of his work, everything he did, he attributed to his ability to imagine things newly, freshly. He did not just walk on the same path that the mind takes everybody. He said that all of his theories came from a zone of pure imagination. This imaginative ability of the mind, to see things that are not yet there, is the zone of creativity.

There is a vast difference between thinking and imagination. Thinking is more or less a regurgitation of what you have already acquired. You are just reflecting on what you have already done and on information you have already received. Imagination is totally different. Imagination is new. This is why you cannot imagine when you are in pain and you cannot imagine when you are disturbed. Imagination happens from a zone of silence and stillness. Only when your mind is calm and relaxed, when it is not tormented by the disturbances of thinking, does creativity arise.

Avi

Avi

Author, Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Inner-Revolution Movement

Avi's extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his personal experience and voracious reading. He loves life and has made his life's mission to help people go beyond stress and anxiety.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity.

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever come to that point in your life where you ask the question, “Seriously, what am I doing with my life?” I asked myself that question during my 30’s, again in my 40’s, and then again in my 50’s. The answer in my 30’s was to quit a good-paying government...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

What is the connection between stress and creativity? Let’s first understand what exactly stress is. Stress is a fight or flight response of the mind triggered because of fear. This fear can either be real or perceived. When the mind is gripped by fear, it can race...

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...

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...

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 truth is the best path to take, it is also one of the most difficult of...

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...

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...

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...

Creativity: The Flow of life

“Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life, the very process of creation itself. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an...

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...

Exploring Your Inner Space

As a student and volunteer at Inner-Revolution, one of the tasks I work on daily is editing and uploading Avi's video talks to YouTube. I truly enjoy listening to all of them, but once in a while one of them really resonates with me. One of the students asked Avi...

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

“You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts.” You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts. It is conflict that occupies the Self with thoughts, because thoughts try to resolve conflict....

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours. You can very much be alive and still throw your life away if you don’t know what exactly it means to be alive. Life is not just a precious experience...

Observing what you are not

I am the spark of aliveness that is making this body move--the spark that will never die. Once I began meditating, certain things started making sense--real sense, as in “why didn’t I see this before now?” sense.  The basic piece of information I've discovered is that...

From Religion to Individuality

Christianity is the last big religion Another Christianity, another religion like the way Christianity has happened, is an impossibility, so Christianity is the last big religion. Islam is also there, but Islam is still new. If one of these two religions goes away...

Detachment: The Practice of Self-Love

First, let's understand what attachment is. Attachment begins with a desire of the mind; the root of all attachments is a desire. When the object of that desire begins to manifest, either in the form of a relationship or in the form of a fulfilled desire, then the...

How to Add Meditation to Your Day

We make time for things we want to do So, are you ready to start meditating but unsure how to work it into your busy schedule? I’ve been there--corporate job, two kids, husband, daily commute--sometimes insanely long (1-1/2 hours one way) and most of the time we were...

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“Meditation exists within us--we've just got to find it" Meditation is probably the simplest of daily routines we can pick up that can tremendously increase our physical and mental wellbeing. At the most basic level, meditation is a process of consciously watching our...

Sit Down and be Quiet

Meditation isn’t anything fancy; it’s just sitting quietly How many times have you heard that in your life?  How many times have you told someone else those words?  It’s funny how the first 2-3 years of a child’s life we are teaching them to stand up and walk, and to...

What is Mysticism

“One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any...

Body and Meditation

“What you are experiencing is not a body, but a boundary” During meditation today, use your own body as your distraction. That means the space where you will move around during meditation is your own body. So, start with the breath. Just observe the breath. Be in that...

Watching the Breath–the Ultimate Meditation Anchor

“Not everyone who has a body is an individual.” An individual is an ocean; a vast, unimaginable ocean of life. An individual is aliveness; he is not what you see. A person is simply what he is.  You are simply what you are. There is a tremendous difference between the...

This Moment

Come sit by me child I want to share with you the greatest secret that has ever been shouted from the highest mountain, sung by every bird, whispered by every leaf. Falling on ears deafened with thoughts of wealth, success, fame and fortune, to be enjoyed by what?...

What is mysticism?

  “The whole journey of humanity is to understand mysticism” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any of our senses....

Liberation of the Individual

“Until an individual comes to a fundamental questioning of who he is, he is simply lost in the collectivity.” Spirituality is not an ideology, it is not a concept, and it is not a manmade dream. Spirituality is an existential longing to know who you are. That is why...

Seeking Divinity is an individual’s journey

“Not everyone who has a body is an individual.” An individual is an ocean; a vast, unimaginable ocean of life. An individual is aliveness; he is not what you see. A person is simply what he is.  You are simply what you are. There is a tremendous difference between the...

The Raindrop and the Sea

Does a raindrop know the sea? From its source it flees, But where it goes, it not knows. Afraid of what living holds. Doesn’t it know the gay streams, Bathing among golden beams? Did it forget the mighty rivers, To even oceans, an endless giver? Thinking it’s alone,...

Road Less Travelled

Of all the ways to see, intuition is the best. Of all the skills to learn, effortlessness is the best. Of all the virtues to possess, courage is the best. Of all the ways to be guided by, heart is the best. Of all the things to give, love is the best. Of all the ways...

Forgetting the old

There is a deep connection between meditation and creativity, as meditation creates the zone of silence necessary for creativity to flourish. Meditation is the process of tilling the soil and adding the manure. Creativity is the seed that you plant in the fertile...

The flow of life

  “Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an isolated domain or department of...

Chusi and her babies

  Back in September we noticed a stray squash vine growing, just off the back steps, with several green squashes on it.  The fruits really couldn’t be identified as any one specific squash, as it was a volunteer plant, and squash plants interbreed very readily. ...

Why I Dumped Religion

“Life is much more of an individual responsibility than the church wants us to believe.” I didn’t grow up in a “religious” household.  I mean we didn’t pray before we ate, but we did the cursory “Now I lay me down to sleep” at night, and we didn’t attend church as a...

Inside the head of a meditator

  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

Happy for no reason

 If there is something that distinctly stands out as a unique expression of human existence, it has to be the constant pursuit of happiness. The whole of humanity is driven by this single most all empowering desire of finding happiness. Everything we have achieved and...

Power of music

 Only those who have explored the depths of music know its enormous healing power. Lovers of music know that it can cure a sick mind, body and soul. There are very few among us who have already not experienced the tremendous power of music. All of us are in some way...

You are the relationship

It is impossible to manage our relationships well if we are not able to manage ourselves. It all begins with us. Our thoughts, emotions, desires and fears drive our relationships with people around us. Not knowing enough of this inner mechanism is the root cause of...

This is the time for individual

There was a time for kings, there was a time for warriors, there was a time for governments, and there was a time for countries; this is the time for the individual.  The whole existence has been quietly moving towards this single purpose of liberating an individual....

Redefine Success

  A tree doesn’t grow tall to reach the sun, nor does it grow to compete with its neighboring tree. It grows because growing is its very nature. Growing, evolving and attaining to your true potential has very little to do with what is happening around you and has...

A day of silence

  My spiritual journey began, in a serious way, about a year ago.  When I say serious, I mean meditating for several hours a day and studying with a spiritual teacher (Avi) for guidance.  I listen to his talks twice a day and am always on the lookout for ways to...

You are dreaming

Everything you are is a thought. That is why Buddha said, “You are nothing but your thoughts.” The inquirer has not even taken birth. It is thoughts who are inquiring. That is why to break away from the clutches of thoughts you need a trick, not just effort. You need...

You are something else

Question: Why am I obsessed with my thoughts? You are actually not obsessed with thoughts. Try and understand this. You do not even know that there are thoughts. You are so far away from thoughts that you do not even have a clue that all of these thoughts are...

Gift of knowledge

The root cause of suffering is ignorance; ignorance being the lack of a clear understanding of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are. This ignorance is the single biggest reason for our suffering. On the other hand, knowledge is the light that...

Expedition in search of love

A human journey is nothing but an expedition in search of love. Everything we do is a way to move towards love. Therefore, it is important to understand what exactly love is. It is so easy to confuse love with all of the other emotions. Love seems to be very subtle,...

You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

“You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts.”

You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts. It is conflict that occupies the Self with thoughts, because thoughts try to resolve conflict. Imagine you pick up a problem to solve and you go sit in meditation. Throughout your meditation you will only be thinking about solving that problem, and your meditation will become an intellectual exercise. You will not be able to observe your breath, nor will you be able to observe your body, because there will be a conflict that needs to be resolved and you will be completely occupied with it.

With enough meditation, you can go beyond the conflict of the mind. At one point in time, after observing your mind enough, you will know the game the mind plays with you. It becomes very clear. There is no real problem to solve; there is no actual problem. The problem that you are trying to solve in your mind is an induced idea of a problem. One moment will come, after the same problem has come up again and again, when you will simply drop it. In that moment you will know that there is no need to solve the problem.

Dropping a problem simply means shifting your awareness from the problem, from thoughts, to some other domain. That shift is very significant. As of now all of our focus is on our thoughts. We give our thoughts too much importance. By watching the thoughts enough, the shift happens from watching the thoughts to watching the body.

The body is also a form of a conflict. Just like two thoughts contradict each other, the body also contradicts itself. You don’t know this because the body has a completely different language. It doesn’t use thoughts to communicate; it uses sensations, it uses pain. The pain and pleasure that you experience in ideas is the contradiction of the mind, while the physical pain and pleasure that the body experiences is its contradiction.

Think about it: What are you doing when you try to dissolve a conflict in the mind? You are trying to move from the zone of pain to the zone of happiness. You are trying to move away from the zone of confusion to the zone of clarity. It is the same with the body. The body is constantly juggling, moving around, because it is in conflict. There is one part of the body that only wants to rest, and another part of the body that says, “If you completely rest I’m going to die. Remain alert, keep your spine erect, and don’t fall asleep!” So, there is a conflict.

After you have watched enough, you will slowly realize that the body is not a conflict that needs to be solved. You only have to let go of it. And this letting go will happen naturally. It doesn’t happen as a conscious decision. You cannot just say, “Okay, I want to let go of my body now,” because the moment that you say you want to let go of your body, it is actually the body who is speaking, not you. The Self does not speak. The Self does not articulate anything. When the Self is completely fed up with this questioning, asking, learning, meditating, sitting, and watching, then it simply drops all of this. In that one moment, without your knowledge, the body will relax so deeply that you will experience a transcendental state of blissful reality.

Avi

Avi

Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Ahamo

Avi’s extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his inner being. He speaks from his personal experiential journey into silence and meditation. He loves people and has made his life’s mission to guide individuals on the path of self-realization.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity. 

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever come to that point in your life where you ask the question, “Seriously, what am I doing with my life?” I asked myself that question during my 30’s, again in my 40’s, and then again in my 50’s. The answer in my 30’s was to quit a good-paying government...

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 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...

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...

What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

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Quick Pleasure or Lasting Bliss?

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If a tree falls …

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What Matters

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Creativity: The Flow of life

“Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life, the very process of creation itself. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an...

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...

Exploring Your Inner Space

As a student and volunteer at Inner-Revolution, one of the tasks I work on daily is editing and uploading Avi's video talks to YouTube. I truly enjoy listening to all of them, but once in a while one of them really resonates with me. One of the students asked Avi...

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

“You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts.” You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts. It is conflict that occupies the Self with thoughts, because thoughts try to resolve conflict....

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours. You can very much be alive and still throw your life away if you don’t know what exactly it means to be alive. Life is not just a precious experience...

Observing what you are not

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From Religion to Individuality

Christianity is the last big religion Another Christianity, another religion like the way Christianity has happened, is an impossibility, so Christianity is the last big religion. Islam is also there, but Islam is still new. If one of these two religions goes away...

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How to Add Meditation to Your Day

We make time for things we want to do So, are you ready to start meditating but unsure how to work it into your busy schedule? I’ve been there--corporate job, two kids, husband, daily commute--sometimes insanely long (1-1/2 hours one way) and most of the time we were...

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

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Sit Down and be Quiet

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This Moment

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Seeking Divinity is an individual’s journey

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The Raindrop and the Sea

Does a raindrop know the sea? From its source it flees, But where it goes, it not knows. Afraid of what living holds. Doesn’t it know the gay streams, Bathing among golden beams? Did it forget the mighty rivers, To even oceans, an endless giver? Thinking it’s alone,...

Road Less Travelled

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Forgetting the old

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Inside the head of a meditator

  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

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This is the time for individual

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A day of silence

  My spiritual journey began, in a serious way, about a year ago.  When I say serious, I mean meditating for several hours a day and studying with a spiritual teacher (Avi) for guidance.  I listen to his talks twice a day and am always on the lookout for ways to...

You are dreaming

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You are something else

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You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours.

You can very much be alive and still throw your life away if you don’t know what exactly it means to be alive. Life is not just a precious experience that has to be cherished, it is a once in a lifetime experience! There is no way to live this life again. If life is this precious and unique, then it has to have tremendous meaning and purpose.

It is very easy to get lost in the mundane routine of life and miss its true meaning and essence. Today’s lifestyle exists in a shallow culture, and life is the easiest thing to lose track of. The saddest part about not knowing our true purpose is waking up one day to realize that we have wasted a perfectly beautiful life in pursuit of worthless goals.

There is an ocean of difference between surviving, making a living, and living. Most people are either trying to survive or are trying to make a living. Life itself is still a great mystery for most; they have confused different expressions of life for life itself. A flower is an expression of life; when you pause and watch a flower, it becomes an experience. Knowing the difference between the expression of life and the experience of life can make all the difference to our quality of living.

In our constant pursuit to make a living, we are chasing different expressions of life. We can have the whole world under our feet and still feel miserable and lost. Life is not an accumulation of expressions; it is an experience to be lived and enjoyed. At the end of the day, all that matters is a meaningful pause to soak in the infinite beauty of life.

Life has adorned herself to entice, intoxicate and draw us into her bosom. Nothing at all has to be done to enjoy her infinite beauty and wonder. You can be rich, poor, intelligent, dumb, happy, or sad; it just doesn’t matter. Life will cradle you, for you belong to her. You are her creation and expression. What is it that you are constantly searching for? Maybe you are confused about what you want, and in that confusion you are searching in all the wrong places. Maybe there is another way to look at the experience of life.

We are running from our own shadows. There is absolutely nothing to run from or run to. We create our desires to run toward and we create our fears to run away from. Not knowing that life is here and now, we are darting here and there without rest. We are tired of all the running around, but we cannot stop, because somewhere deep down in our mind we have concluded for ourselves that the real meaning of life is in constantly chasing something.

Life waits – She has infinite patience. At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours. Just knowing how much life has already given you will bring a sense of calm and serenity to your life. We have absolutely no right to be miserable when we have life on our side. Let’s reflect and remember that we are not alone. This moment is life and She is always with us. Let’s not ignore Her and throw this precious life away.

Avi

Avi

Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Ahamo

Avi’s extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his inner being. He speaks from his personal experiential journey into silence and meditation. He loves people and has made his life’s mission to guide individuals on the path of self-realization.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity. 

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever come to that point in your life where you ask the question, “Seriously, what am I doing with my life?” I asked myself that question during my 30’s, again in my 40’s, and then again in my 50’s. The answer in my 30’s was to quit a good-paying government...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

What is the connection between stress and creativity? Let’s first understand what exactly stress is. Stress is a fight or flight response of the mind triggered because of fear. This fear can either be real or perceived. When the mind is gripped by fear, it can race...

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...

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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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...

If a tree falls …

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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...

Creativity: The Flow of life

“Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life, the very process of creation itself. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an...

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...

Exploring Your Inner Space

As a student and volunteer at Inner-Revolution, one of the tasks I work on daily is editing and uploading Avi's video talks to YouTube. I truly enjoy listening to all of them, but once in a while one of them really resonates with me. One of the students asked Avi...

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

“You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts.” You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts. It is conflict that occupies the Self with thoughts, because thoughts try to resolve conflict....

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours. You can very much be alive and still throw your life away if you don’t know what exactly it means to be alive. Life is not just a precious experience...

Observing what you are not

I am the spark of aliveness that is making this body move--the spark that will never die. Once I began meditating, certain things started making sense--real sense, as in “why didn’t I see this before now?” sense.  The basic piece of information I've discovered is that...

From Religion to Individuality

Christianity is the last big religion Another Christianity, another religion like the way Christianity has happened, is an impossibility, so Christianity is the last big religion. Islam is also there, but Islam is still new. If one of these two religions goes away...

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How to Add Meditation to Your Day

We make time for things we want to do So, are you ready to start meditating but unsure how to work it into your busy schedule? I’ve been there--corporate job, two kids, husband, daily commute--sometimes insanely long (1-1/2 hours one way) and most of the time we were...

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“Meditation exists within us--we've just got to find it" Meditation is probably the simplest of daily routines we can pick up that can tremendously increase our physical and mental wellbeing. At the most basic level, meditation is a process of consciously watching our...

Sit Down and be Quiet

Meditation isn’t anything fancy; it’s just sitting quietly How many times have you heard that in your life?  How many times have you told someone else those words?  It’s funny how the first 2-3 years of a child’s life we are teaching them to stand up and walk, and to...

What is Mysticism

“One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any...

Body and Meditation

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Watching the Breath–the Ultimate Meditation Anchor

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This Moment

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  “The whole journey of humanity is to understand mysticism” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any of our senses....

Liberation of the Individual

“Until an individual comes to a fundamental questioning of who he is, he is simply lost in the collectivity.” Spirituality is not an ideology, it is not a concept, and it is not a manmade dream. Spirituality is an existential longing to know who you are. That is why...

Seeking Divinity is an individual’s journey

“Not everyone who has a body is an individual.” An individual is an ocean; a vast, unimaginable ocean of life. An individual is aliveness; he is not what you see. A person is simply what he is.  You are simply what you are. There is a tremendous difference between the...

The Raindrop and the Sea

Does a raindrop know the sea? From its source it flees, But where it goes, it not knows. Afraid of what living holds. Doesn’t it know the gay streams, Bathing among golden beams? Did it forget the mighty rivers, To even oceans, an endless giver? Thinking it’s alone,...

Road Less Travelled

Of all the ways to see, intuition is the best. Of all the skills to learn, effortlessness is the best. Of all the virtues to possess, courage is the best. Of all the ways to be guided by, heart is the best. Of all the things to give, love is the best. Of all the ways...

Forgetting the old

There is a deep connection between meditation and creativity, as meditation creates the zone of silence necessary for creativity to flourish. Meditation is the process of tilling the soil and adding the manure. Creativity is the seed that you plant in the fertile...

The flow of life

  “Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an isolated domain or department of...

Chusi and her babies

  Back in September we noticed a stray squash vine growing, just off the back steps, with several green squashes on it.  The fruits really couldn’t be identified as any one specific squash, as it was a volunteer plant, and squash plants interbreed very readily. ...

Why I Dumped Religion

“Life is much more of an individual responsibility than the church wants us to believe.” I didn’t grow up in a “religious” household.  I mean we didn’t pray before we ate, but we did the cursory “Now I lay me down to sleep” at night, and we didn’t attend church as a...

Inside the head of a meditator

  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

Happy for no reason

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Power of music

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You are the relationship

It is impossible to manage our relationships well if we are not able to manage ourselves. It all begins with us. Our thoughts, emotions, desires and fears drive our relationships with people around us. Not knowing enough of this inner mechanism is the root cause of...

This is the time for individual

There was a time for kings, there was a time for warriors, there was a time for governments, and there was a time for countries; this is the time for the individual.  The whole existence has been quietly moving towards this single purpose of liberating an individual....

Redefine Success

  A tree doesn’t grow tall to reach the sun, nor does it grow to compete with its neighboring tree. It grows because growing is its very nature. Growing, evolving and attaining to your true potential has very little to do with what is happening around you and has...

A day of silence

  My spiritual journey began, in a serious way, about a year ago.  When I say serious, I mean meditating for several hours a day and studying with a spiritual teacher (Avi) for guidance.  I listen to his talks twice a day and am always on the lookout for ways to...

You are dreaming

Everything you are is a thought. That is why Buddha said, “You are nothing but your thoughts.” The inquirer has not even taken birth. It is thoughts who are inquiring. That is why to break away from the clutches of thoughts you need a trick, not just effort. You need...

You are something else

Question: Why am I obsessed with my thoughts? You are actually not obsessed with thoughts. Try and understand this. You do not even know that there are thoughts. You are so far away from thoughts that you do not even have a clue that all of these thoughts are...

Gift of knowledge

The root cause of suffering is ignorance; ignorance being the lack of a clear understanding of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are. This ignorance is the single biggest reason for our suffering. On the other hand, knowledge is the light that...

Expedition in search of love

A human journey is nothing but an expedition in search of love. Everything we do is a way to move towards love. Therefore, it is important to understand what exactly love is. It is so easy to confuse love with all of the other emotions. Love seems to be very subtle,...

You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...
Detachment: The Practice of Self-Love

Detachment: The Practice of Self-Love

First, let’s understand what attachment is. Attachment begins with a desire of the mind; the root of all attachments is a desire. When the object of that desire begins to manifest, either in the form of a relationship or in the form of a fulfilled desire, then the mind subconsciously attaches itself to that object. The mind attaches itself to that object because it is deriving pleasure out of it and it does not want to let go, so the mind starts to create a bond between itself and the object of pleasure.

Since attachment is so fundamental to the way we live, it is impossible to exist without being attached to something. In other words, attachment is necessary to the very process of living. It is like the web the spider weaves. Although the web is sticky, it serves a certain purpose for the spider. The spider knows the nature of the web, and it knows how to navigate through it.

Our problem comes because we are not consciously aware of the process of attachment; therefore, we do not know how to navigate through its sticky nature. We just keep weaving our web and eventually get ourselves entangled in it. On the other hand, a spider knows how to navigate in her web, since her web was a conscious process. The way to navigate through the world of our attachments is to bring in the non-stickiness of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the only non-sticky nature of our mind. When we are conscious of what we are doing, when each and every action of ours is filled with this awareness, we will not become entangled in our attachments.

There is a saying that everything idiotic in our life comes as a process of getting attached to some idea. The word “idiot” comes from the root word “idea,” and just means someone who completely subscribed to one idea of life and attached themselves to it. To understand this more deeply, we must see that attachment itself is idiotic. None of our attachments will last forever. They only serve a certain purpose in our lives; they come and go.

The moment we become attached to something, it becomes a root for our pain and suffering. In fact, there is not much other pain besides detaching from something that we are attached to. All pain is just a variation of detachment. When detachment is sudden, like a breakup or a separation from a place where you have lived for a very long time, it causes deep pain and misery. However, if detachment is practiced as an art on a daily basis, as a conscious process, then detachment itself can be very illuminating. Not only will the practice of detachment separate us from unnecessary fears, worries, and disappointments, but the practice of detachment will also lead us to a sense of individuality. Detachment allows an individual to see the separateness from everything else around them and become complete within themselves, no longer dependent on their objects of attachment. Through the practice of detachment, you become the very source of your attachment, and you become a complete individual in that process.

The best way to become detached is simply to observe the process of attachment. First, acknowledge and accept that we are attached to something and that attachment is the cause of our pain and suffering. Buddha said, “Desire is the root cause of all suffering.” The reason he said that is because we are tormented by nothing else apart from our desires, and we have no control over our desires. We have absolutely no say in which direction our desires are pushing or pulling us. A mind that is continuously tormented by desires can never find peace or happiness.

Avi

Avi

Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Ahamo

Avi’s extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his inner being. He speaks from his personal experiential journey into silence and meditation. He loves people and has made his life’s mission to guide individuals on the path of self-realization.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity. 

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever come to that point in your life where you ask the question, “Seriously, what am I doing with my life?” I asked myself that question during my 30’s, again in my 40’s, and then again in my 50’s. The answer in my 30’s was to quit a good-paying government...

The Secret of Inspiration

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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...

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...

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...

What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

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Quick Pleasure or Lasting Bliss?

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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...

Standing for Truth

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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...

If a tree falls …

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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...

Creativity: The Flow of life

“Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life, the very process of creation itself. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an...

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...

Exploring Your Inner Space

As a student and volunteer at Inner-Revolution, one of the tasks I work on daily is editing and uploading Avi's video talks to YouTube. I truly enjoy listening to all of them, but once in a while one of them really resonates with me. One of the students asked Avi...

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

“You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts.” You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts. It is conflict that occupies the Self with thoughts, because thoughts try to resolve conflict....

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours. You can very much be alive and still throw your life away if you don’t know what exactly it means to be alive. Life is not just a precious experience...

Observing what you are not

I am the spark of aliveness that is making this body move--the spark that will never die. Once I began meditating, certain things started making sense--real sense, as in “why didn’t I see this before now?” sense.  The basic piece of information I've discovered is that...

From Religion to Individuality

Christianity is the last big religion Another Christianity, another religion like the way Christianity has happened, is an impossibility, so Christianity is the last big religion. Islam is also there, but Islam is still new. If one of these two religions goes away...

Detachment: The Practice of Self-Love

First, let's understand what attachment is. Attachment begins with a desire of the mind; the root of all attachments is a desire. When the object of that desire begins to manifest, either in the form of a relationship or in the form of a fulfilled desire, then the...

How to Add Meditation to Your Day

We make time for things we want to do So, are you ready to start meditating but unsure how to work it into your busy schedule? I’ve been there--corporate job, two kids, husband, daily commute--sometimes insanely long (1-1/2 hours one way) and most of the time we were...

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“Meditation exists within us--we've just got to find it" Meditation is probably the simplest of daily routines we can pick up that can tremendously increase our physical and mental wellbeing. At the most basic level, meditation is a process of consciously watching our...

Sit Down and be Quiet

Meditation isn’t anything fancy; it’s just sitting quietly How many times have you heard that in your life?  How many times have you told someone else those words?  It’s funny how the first 2-3 years of a child’s life we are teaching them to stand up and walk, and to...

What is Mysticism

“One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any...

Body and Meditation

“What you are experiencing is not a body, but a boundary” During meditation today, use your own body as your distraction. That means the space where you will move around during meditation is your own body. So, start with the breath. Just observe the breath. Be in that...

Watching the Breath–the Ultimate Meditation Anchor

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This Moment

Come sit by me child I want to share with you the greatest secret that has ever been shouted from the highest mountain, sung by every bird, whispered by every leaf. Falling on ears deafened with thoughts of wealth, success, fame and fortune, to be enjoyed by what?...

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  “The whole journey of humanity is to understand mysticism” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any of our senses....

Liberation of the Individual

“Until an individual comes to a fundamental questioning of who he is, he is simply lost in the collectivity.” Spirituality is not an ideology, it is not a concept, and it is not a manmade dream. Spirituality is an existential longing to know who you are. That is why...

Seeking Divinity is an individual’s journey

“Not everyone who has a body is an individual.” An individual is an ocean; a vast, unimaginable ocean of life. An individual is aliveness; he is not what you see. A person is simply what he is.  You are simply what you are. There is a tremendous difference between the...

The Raindrop and the Sea

Does a raindrop know the sea? From its source it flees, But where it goes, it not knows. Afraid of what living holds. Doesn’t it know the gay streams, Bathing among golden beams? Did it forget the mighty rivers, To even oceans, an endless giver? Thinking it’s alone,...

Road Less Travelled

Of all the ways to see, intuition is the best. Of all the skills to learn, effortlessness is the best. Of all the virtues to possess, courage is the best. Of all the ways to be guided by, heart is the best. Of all the things to give, love is the best. Of all the ways...

Forgetting the old

There is a deep connection between meditation and creativity, as meditation creates the zone of silence necessary for creativity to flourish. Meditation is the process of tilling the soil and adding the manure. Creativity is the seed that you plant in the fertile...

The flow of life

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Chusi and her babies

  Back in September we noticed a stray squash vine growing, just off the back steps, with several green squashes on it.  The fruits really couldn’t be identified as any one specific squash, as it was a volunteer plant, and squash plants interbreed very readily. ...

Why I Dumped Religion

“Life is much more of an individual responsibility than the church wants us to believe.” I didn’t grow up in a “religious” household.  I mean we didn’t pray before we ate, but we did the cursory “Now I lay me down to sleep” at night, and we didn’t attend church as a...

Inside the head of a meditator

  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

Happy for no reason

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Power of music

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You are the relationship

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This is the time for individual

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A day of silence

  My spiritual journey began, in a serious way, about a year ago.  When I say serious, I mean meditating for several hours a day and studying with a spiritual teacher (Avi) for guidance.  I listen to his talks twice a day and am always on the lookout for ways to...

You are dreaming

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You are something else

Question: Why am I obsessed with my thoughts? You are actually not obsessed with thoughts. Try and understand this. You do not even know that there are thoughts. You are so far away from thoughts that you do not even have a clue that all of these thoughts are...

Gift of knowledge

The root cause of suffering is ignorance; ignorance being the lack of a clear understanding of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are. This ignorance is the single biggest reason for our suffering. On the other hand, knowledge is the light that...

Expedition in search of love

A human journey is nothing but an expedition in search of love. Everything we do is a way to move towards love. Therefore, it is important to understand what exactly love is. It is so easy to confuse love with all of the other emotions. Love seems to be very subtle,...

You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“Meditation exists within us–we’ve just got to find it”

Meditation is probably the simplest of daily routines we can pick up that can tremendously increase our physical and mental wellbeing. At the most basic level, meditation is a process of consciously watching our thoughts, emotions, feelings and desires, to understand them better. This is why sitting quiet is a very important component of meditation.

Although meditation is one of the most ancient sciences, it is more relevant today than ever before. Our lifestyles have become so mechanistic and stressful that finding a way to relax our minds and bodies is very important. Meditation helps us to reduce our stress levels significantly and handle our emotions better.

Stress is a direct consequence of uncontrolled thought process. When certain thoughts take over us fully and we are not able to find our inner silence, stress is a natural consequence. Meditation works directly to overcome stress by helping us to understand our thought processes better. The more we understand our thought process, the easier it becomes to be in control of it.

Meditation has absolutely nothing to do with sitting cross-legged, chanting some mantras or holding your breath for extended periods.  Your hands don’t have to be in any particular position. Meditation is a very natural process of sitting in a comfortable posture and allowing your mind and body to relax. Relaxation is the key to meditation. We can choose any posture that is comfortable for our meditation: You can sit on a chair or go underwater, it simply doesn’t matter; although it might be a little difficult to stay relaxed under water!

Pick a comfortable posture, but not so comfortable that it puts you to sleep. A posture that can help you to relax and at the same time stay alert is the best posture. You can lighten up the mood with some pleasant instrumental music. Assigning a designated place for meditation will work wonders in setting your biological clock to remember your daily meditations. The place itself will remind you of your meditation.

Choose a quiet place and set an alarm for the duration of your choice. To begin with, at least fifteen to thirty minutes is a good meditation duration. Sit comfortable, close your eyes, begin to watch your breath. Keep your focus on the breath flowing in and out, and watch your breath throughout the practice. With every breath, try to relax your mind and body a little more. It is amazing how much we can relax if we consciously try. That’s it, that is all meditation is – sitting quiet and keeping your focus on the breath. Meditation is within us–we’ve just got to find it!

The magic of meditation is actually not in the technique, it is in what happens to your mind while you are practicing a technique. The constantly noisy and chaotic mind will begin to settle down after few days of regular practice of meditation. This will significantly improve your clarity of perception, your ability to stay relaxed, and your ability to handle difficult life situations.

Meditation has a positive impact in many dimensions of our lives:

  • Helps us to understand ourselves better
  • Increases our self confidence
  • Helps us to stay calm and relaxed during certain stressful situations
  • Increases our ability to recollect things, which drastically improves our memory
  • Helps us to function in a more conscious way, avoiding unnecessary daily repetitions and mistakes.

There is no wrong way to meditate.  As long as you are sitting quietly, not falling asleep, and watching your thoughts, you are meditating and you will see results.  Additionally, meditation has absolutely nothing to do with religion; it is purely a scientific process. Science is all about observation and understanding what is happening around us. Similarly, meditation is all about observing and understanding what is happening within us. If external science has created such wonders, just imagine what this inner science can do for your life.

Avi

Avi

Author, Enlightened Teacher and Founder of Inner-Revolution Movement

Avi's extraordinary understanding of life comes from the depths of his personal experience and voracious reading. He loves life and has made his life's mission to help people go beyond stress and anxiety.

Avi is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently and has a beautiful vision for the future of humanity.

Be careful what you ask for

Have you ever come to that point in your life where you ask the question, “Seriously, what am I doing with my life?” I asked myself that question during my 30’s, again in my 40’s, and then again in my 50’s. The answer in my 30’s was to quit a good-paying government...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

What is the connection between stress and creativity? Let’s first understand what exactly stress is. Stress is a fight or flight response of the mind triggered because of fear. This fear can either be real or perceived. When the mind is gripped by fear, it can race...

Quick Pleasure or Lasting Bliss?

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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...

Standing for Truth

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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...

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...

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...

Creativity: The Flow of life

“Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life, the very process of creation itself. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an...

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...

Exploring Your Inner Space

As a student and volunteer at Inner-Revolution, one of the tasks I work on daily is editing and uploading Avi's video talks to YouTube. I truly enjoy listening to all of them, but once in a while one of them really resonates with me. One of the students asked Avi...

Getting Rid of Conflicts in your Thinking

“You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts.” You cannot transcend your thoughts as long as there is a conflict in your thoughts. It is conflict that occupies the Self with thoughts, because thoughts try to resolve conflict....

Don’t Throw Your Life Away

At any moment of your own choosing, you can stop running, then pause and reflect on the life that is already yours. You can very much be alive and still throw your life away if you don’t know what exactly it means to be alive. Life is not just a precious experience...

Observing what you are not

I am the spark of aliveness that is making this body move--the spark that will never die. Once I began meditating, certain things started making sense--real sense, as in “why didn’t I see this before now?” sense.  The basic piece of information I've discovered is that...

From Religion to Individuality

Christianity is the last big religion Another Christianity, another religion like the way Christianity has happened, is an impossibility, so Christianity is the last big religion. Islam is also there, but Islam is still new. If one of these two religions goes away...

Detachment: The Practice of Self-Love

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How to Add Meditation to Your Day

We make time for things we want to do So, are you ready to start meditating but unsure how to work it into your busy schedule? I’ve been there--corporate job, two kids, husband, daily commute--sometimes insanely long (1-1/2 hours one way) and most of the time we were...

Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

“Meditation exists within us--we've just got to find it" Meditation is probably the simplest of daily routines we can pick up that can tremendously increase our physical and mental wellbeing. At the most basic level, meditation is a process of consciously watching our...

Sit Down and be Quiet

Meditation isn’t anything fancy; it’s just sitting quietly How many times have you heard that in your life?  How many times have you told someone else those words?  It’s funny how the first 2-3 years of a child’s life we are teaching them to stand up and walk, and to...

What is Mysticism

“One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any...

Body and Meditation

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Watching the Breath–the Ultimate Meditation Anchor

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This Moment

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  “The whole journey of humanity is to understand mysticism” One of the most beautiful qualities of human existence is this sense of mystery, which says there is something out there worth striving towards, something that cannot be grasped by any of our senses....

Liberation of the Individual

“Until an individual comes to a fundamental questioning of who he is, he is simply lost in the collectivity.” Spirituality is not an ideology, it is not a concept, and it is not a manmade dream. Spirituality is an existential longing to know who you are. That is why...

Seeking Divinity is an individual’s journey

“Not everyone who has a body is an individual.” An individual is an ocean; a vast, unimaginable ocean of life. An individual is aliveness; he is not what you see. A person is simply what he is.  You are simply what you are. There is a tremendous difference between the...

The Raindrop and the Sea

Does a raindrop know the sea? From its source it flees, But where it goes, it not knows. Afraid of what living holds. Doesn’t it know the gay streams, Bathing among golden beams? Did it forget the mighty rivers, To even oceans, an endless giver? Thinking it’s alone,...

Road Less Travelled

Of all the ways to see, intuition is the best. Of all the skills to learn, effortlessness is the best. Of all the virtues to possess, courage is the best. Of all the ways to be guided by, heart is the best. Of all the things to give, love is the best. Of all the ways...

Forgetting the old

There is a deep connection between meditation and creativity, as meditation creates the zone of silence necessary for creativity to flourish. Meditation is the process of tilling the soil and adding the manure. Creativity is the seed that you plant in the fertile...

The flow of life

  “Creation is something that happens from the inside and flows to the outside.” Creativity is the very process of life. Everything that is happening around us is happening through the process of creativity. Creativity is not just an isolated domain or department of...

Chusi and her babies

  Back in September we noticed a stray squash vine growing, just off the back steps, with several green squashes on it.  The fruits really couldn’t be identified as any one specific squash, as it was a volunteer plant, and squash plants interbreed very readily. ...

Why I Dumped Religion

“Life is much more of an individual responsibility than the church wants us to believe.” I didn’t grow up in a “religious” household.  I mean we didn’t pray before we ate, but we did the cursory “Now I lay me down to sleep” at night, and we didn’t attend church as a...

Inside the head of a meditator

  When you observe a person meditating, all looks calm and serene.  Well, looks can be deceiving!  Unless you are looking at an experienced, well-seasoned meditator, it’s most likely not all calm and serene in there.  See, the purpose of meditation is to step...

Happy for no reason

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Power of music

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You are the relationship

It is impossible to manage our relationships well if we are not able to manage ourselves. It all begins with us. Our thoughts, emotions, desires and fears drive our relationships with people around us. Not knowing enough of this inner mechanism is the root cause of...

This is the time for individual

There was a time for kings, there was a time for warriors, there was a time for governments, and there was a time for countries; this is the time for the individual.  The whole existence has been quietly moving towards this single purpose of liberating an individual....

Redefine Success

  A tree doesn’t grow tall to reach the sun, nor does it grow to compete with its neighboring tree. It grows because growing is its very nature. Growing, evolving and attaining to your true potential has very little to do with what is happening around you and has...

A day of silence

  My spiritual journey began, in a serious way, about a year ago.  When I say serious, I mean meditating for several hours a day and studying with a spiritual teacher (Avi) for guidance.  I listen to his talks twice a day and am always on the lookout for ways to...

You are dreaming

Everything you are is a thought. That is why Buddha said, “You are nothing but your thoughts.” The inquirer has not even taken birth. It is thoughts who are inquiring. That is why to break away from the clutches of thoughts you need a trick, not just effort. You need...

You are something else

Question: Why am I obsessed with my thoughts? You are actually not obsessed with thoughts. Try and understand this. You do not even know that there are thoughts. You are so far away from thoughts that you do not even have a clue that all of these thoughts are...

Gift of knowledge

The root cause of suffering is ignorance; ignorance being the lack of a clear understanding of what we are doing, where we are going, and who we are. This ignorance is the single biggest reason for our suffering. On the other hand, knowledge is the light that...

Expedition in search of love

A human journey is nothing but an expedition in search of love. Everything we do is a way to move towards love. Therefore, it is important to understand what exactly love is. It is so easy to confuse love with all of the other emotions. Love seems to be very subtle,...

You can remake that cup of coffee

Let us, without any doubt, come to an understanding that we are not our minds. The moment we separate ourselves from our minds, we give ourselves an opportunity to learn about and understand our minds. It is impossible to be objective and learn about our minds if we...