What is the Connection Between Stress and Creativity?

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 faster than normal, making it extremely difficult to stay focused and relaxed. In a way, stress is the absolute destroyer of our sanity.

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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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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You are dreaming

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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.

Mind & Sleep

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

The Art of Self-Sufficiency

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Slow Down

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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...

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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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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

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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...

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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...

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“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...

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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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“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...

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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...

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“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

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Gift of knowledge

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Forgetting the old

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 ground. Without fertile ground creativity cannot flourish; without fertile ground imagination cannot happen, because you will just be reflecting on what has happened.

Let us take an example. Imagine you are angry for some reason; there is immense anger in you and you are overcome by this emotion. If I tell you to be creative and solve a problem, will you be able to do it? Of course not, because your whole body, mind, and energy will be invested in the process of anger. Everything will be completely taken over by that anger, so how will you be able to creatively express yourself?

This is the biggest challenge people face when they want to be creative, when they want to come up with something new.  They could be a painter, a dancer, a singer, or a musician. Just ask them what their problem is with creativity. They will tell you that their problem is not to come up with something new, their problem is how to get rid of the old.  You can ask any musician and she will tell you that her problem is not composing a new song. Her problem is how to stop hearing the same old song that she already composed; her problem is that every time she tries to compose a new song, there is an existing song that interferes in her creative process.

Meditation clears the thought process and opens up a zone of emptiness. This emptiness is not negative; rather, this emptiness is filled with aliveness. It is tremendously positive, and when you touch this zone of emptiness, creativity becomes a natural consequence.

Let me give you one example. When I was in India, I used to teach meditation to music and dance schools. I have always liked interacting with individuals who express themselves creatively because they can connect with meditation very well. They have already undergone the struggle to find their zone of creativity. I met a dancer once and just asked her to describe her process of dancing to me.

She was an Indian classical dancer, which is one of the most difficult dance forms. Indian classical dance is not just a dance; it is an expression. You have to bring out your emotions, your feelings. You have to really be in the moment to be able to express yourself. Also, Indian classical dance cannot be one hundred percent choreographed, which means that the dancers learn about fifty percent of the dance and the rest is improvised during the dance. So no two Indian classical dancers will ever perform in the same way. There will always be something different either in their expressions, in the way they move, or in the ways they communicate things.

So, the dancer was very popular in her time and had been dancing for almost thirty years.  I asked her to tell me something about her dancing. She said, “Initially when I used to dance I was very self-conscious. I used to thoroughly learn the steps, but I didn’t like my dancing. I was able to perform the steps, but I was never able to bring in the rest. I was stuck with the idea of dancing, being there, and people looking at me—I was self-conscious.”

And then she said, “After a few years of dancing, after practicing, there came a moment when I realized that I was not the dancer.” From that point onward, she spoke about her experience of dancing like the way a mystic speaks about his meditative experience. She spoke like an awakened person, an enlightened person. She said, “When I enter that zone, I don’t know what is happening. I mean, the body dances by itself, it moves by itself. Initially, I can sense that there is an audience, that my body is there, I am dancing, and they are watching. Then, slowly I disappear and something in me takes over the dance. Afterward, when the dance is complete, I bow down and do the Namaste and the crowd starts shouting. That’s when I come back.” She said that all of her dance was performed by somebody else, not her.

She is telling the truth; a meditator knows this. Creativity is not something that you do, it is something that you allow to happen to you. That creative spark comes from the source of consciousness, from the source of divinity—it is not manmade. In art, music, and literature we are only vehicles. We are not the possessors of this creativity. The creativity is there. If we can just allow ourselves to be empty, then it will come flooding in.

When the dancer was not thinking about the audience, when she was not thinking about the body, when she was not thinking about the steps, she became so empty, so hollow, that this other force just came in and made her dance. It is the same with painting, music, and writing. In fact, there are so many writers who have said that the more they keep thinking about themselves as writers the more difficult it is to write. Because when they think about themselves as writers there is too much fear: the fear of rejection, not being able to express what they want to express, and the fear of not being good enough.

The moment you leave the creative process to existence and just surrender, you do not even have to do anything. This surrendering process happens through meditation. And that is why meditation connects all artists, all creative people in one stream. Meditation can take you to that zone of emptiness. From there, creativity is a natural consequence.

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, solitude and meditation. He loves people and has made his life’s mission to guide individuals on the path of meditation and self-realization.

There is hardly a topic on which Avi doesn’t speak. He is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently from the rest of us. He has access to something we all long for – A perfect understanding of Life.

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The flow of life

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 life. Creativity is the core of life. Everything begins with this creative energy and it flows outwards.

A few things are important to understand. The first is, 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. Creativity is not on the outside, but rather it is inside. 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.

So, 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. And only in that expression life becomes 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. And also there is tremendous contentment and fulfillment in expressing yourself because creativity is the very process of life. And 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.

See, Einstein used to say 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. And 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. But, imagination is totally different. Imagination is new. That 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

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, solitude and meditation. He loves people and has made his life’s mission to guide individuals on the path of meditation and self-realization.

There is hardly a topic on which Avi doesn’t speak. He is a thought leader who can illuminate any dimension of life with his extraordinary inner vision. He sees things very differently from the rest of us. He has access to something we all long for – A perfect understanding of Life.

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Slow Down

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Be careful what you ask for

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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...

If a tree falls …

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

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Don’t Throw Your Life Away

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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

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,...

Power of music

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 connected to music. Music can be used in our daily life for stress relief, relaxation and self transformation.

The whole mind and body complex functions on a delicate balance of energy flow which is controlled by our emotions. The driving force of all our actions and thought processes are emotions. The underlying emotion behind action is what determines our state of mind and eventually our life.

Music has a direct power to touch and alter our emotional states. This is the reason why music resonates within us at an unimaginable depth and intensity. Music transcends the limiting and doubting thought processes of the mind to directly touch the heart of the listener. This is the reason why even while we disagree on the benefits of music, we can enjoy its tremendous power.

“Music can heal the soul”

Besides, music is never meant for analysis and interpretation. Music is concerned with a totally different dimension of life; a dimension where our true soul and self reside. Music is probably the only language of the soul. There is a part of us that understands nothing but music.

Music can comfort us when we are alone. It can bring pleasant memories from our past. It can remind us of our pain and suffering. It can transport us to a distant past and a distant place. It can make us sing, laugh and dance. Music can give us a glimpse of a life that we all dream for. Music is truly an invitation from the divine to participate in the process of life.

We live in a world of constant change and turmoil. Amidst the constant struggle for survival, recognition, power and prestige, the part of us that needs attention the most is ignored. There is a part of us that cannot be satisfied by physical and material success alone. There is a part of us that needs music and music alone.

Let us make some space for music to enter our lives. Let us spend a few minutes every day to soak in and reflect the magic of music. Let us use communion with music as a way of knowing and understanding ourselves. Let music lead our way into the deep dark dungeons of our heart to illuminate it with light, life and joy.

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, solitude and meditation. He loves people and has made his life’s mission to guide individuals on the path of meditation and self-realization.

There is hardly a topic on which Avi doesn’t speak. He is a profound thinker who can illuminate different dimensions of life with his amazing inner vision. He sees things very differently from the rest of us. He has access to something we all long for – A perfect understanding of Life.

Mind & Sleep

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

The Art of Self-Sufficiency

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

Slow Down

Life is not all about how far we go, how many things we do, or how much we achieve; life is simply a measure of how deeply we live. This is why there are as many ways of living as there are people on this planet. There is no one right way of living and there certainly...

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,...