Mastering Your Emotions

tumblr_ncurib3wwK1rwdi8so1_500“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” –Howard Thurman

Hello Spiritual Warrior! And welcome to another Life Tool – Mastering Your Emotions.

TTleaderboard2We live each moment of our life through the ebb and flow of emotions. It’s almost as if each beat of our heart, and every breath we take, move us in one direction or another. The phone rings – a feeling sparks, and a thought pours in; someone says something to us – suddenly our mood shifts and our face follows; we feel the sun on our cheek and the wind in our hair – and as memories awaken, a sensation ripples through us. We are a bundle of conditioned emotions that are primed to respond to the momentary assessment of whether our needs have been met or not.

Simply put emotions are subjective, conscious experiences that link our interpretation of a given moment to a biological reaction creating a particular mental state. Have you ever yelled at someone -after having a tough time or a difficult encounter- over something that had nothing to do with them? Psychologists refer to this mis-direction as “emotional leakage.” When you suppress emotions, you’re likely to express them inadvertently in other avenues by being snide, sarcastic, snarky, retaliatory, biting, harsh, or downright mean to people who had nothing to do with your initial frustration. Suppressing our feelings is now scientifically proven to lead to poor memory, relationship challenges, and deeper health issues as our body is influenced so strongly by our subjective conscious experiences.

We can rise above the constriction by heightening our emotional intelligence, known as EI in many leadership, psychology, and philosophy circles. EI is essentially our ability to “own” these four capabilities:
1. Correctly perceive emotions
2. Retrieve and produce emotions to assist thought
3. Comprehend emotions and understand them, and
4. Effectively adjust emotions to promote personal development and growth

If you don’t know how you feel or why you feel a certain way, you will experience emotional overwhelm or confusion and won’t be able to communicate effectively, meet your needs, or resolve disagreements. But if we master our emotional intelligence, you will flow with less stress, more grace, and greater ease. And, the more successful we are at heightening these core skill sets, the happier and more fulfilled we will be.

The beauty of EI is that it’s not a function of simply being born with a high EQ; emotional intelligence can be learned, developed, and mastered. Although daily intelligence is important to succeeding in life, emotional intelligence is key to achieving your goals. Remember, EI is an awareness of your actions and feelings – and how they affect those around you. It also means that you value others, listen to their wants and needs, and are able to empathize or identify with them on many different levels. In this process, YOU WILL MEET MORE OF YOUR OWN NEEDS!

After teaching more than 200,000 people the secrets of emotional awareness, I began integrating these teachings into all of my workshops and Teacher Trainings. I encourage you to join me at one of my retreats, workshops, or Teacher Trainings & in the meantime, start to meditate with me each week and together we will transcend the emotional turbulence in our lives.

I’ll see you on the gap!! Peace. -davidji

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Leading with Love Meditation

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“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” John Lennon

Happy weekend spiritual warriors!
Let’s lead from a place of love. Everything we do. Everything we are. Everything that we believe in. Let it all come from of place of rooted self-love. When we love ourselves, we love life.

Sometimes it is necessary for us to make the room to find ourselves again. Unplugging from our daily routine opens us up to self-reflection, self-love, and organic transformation. My events are intimate and take place in nourishing settings. If you feel that you are ready for personal growth, gained wisdom, and feelings of clarity and fulfillment, then please join me at one of my experiences. It would be an honor to have you there.

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Turning on the Lights in the Darkness of Your Loneliness

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“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”
-Henry Rollins

Hello Spiritual Warriors! And welcome to the human race where it is natural to feel lonely sometimes. When it is a positive feeling we call it solitude… when we are suffering from being alone, we call it loneliness.

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When you find yourself there, remember there are three aspects to moving beyond your loneliness:
1) Embracing & enjoying your solitude
2) Comforting yourself & easing your pain
3) Making the shift to connect with something bigger than yourself

First we need to embrace our emotion of feeling alone. There is nothing wrong with solitude, wanting to be by our self, or even enjoying being alone. Alone time can be helpful, beneficial, even enjoyable. If you are going to choose being alone, then do something amazing with it. Take advantage of this special moment and play big, learn something about yourself, or take the time to grow in your aloneness. Learn a new skill…work on your body, explore areas of life that you have neglected. Go to youtube and learn to play guitar, paint, draw, dance, take pictures, make movies, Go to grokker.com and start taking online yoga classes. Sign up for the Masters of Wisdom & Meditation Teacher Training and spend 4 months with me online. Nourish yourself, pamper yourself, and cook for yourself. Prepare the most amazing day for yourself as if you were to prepare it for someone else. Stretch outside your comfort zone…pick an activity you have been putting off or fearing. Take the bold step into your magnificence.

Remember that the darkness of loneliness cannot be fought directly. You have to give yourself permission to turn on the light through embracing your loneliness, comforting yourself, and forging connections with something bigger than yourself. And be gentle with the process. Bean by bean the bag gets filled!

Watch this week’s video – SHARE IT WITH SOMEONE YOU BELIEVE IS SUFFERING in their loneliness; and join me on Hay House Radio where we’ll go deep into the three aspects of transcending loneliness and taking your life to the next level. In the meantime, keep meditating, and I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -davidji

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Discovering Your Dharma Meditation

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy weekend warriors.
Let the dharma discovery continue!
Peace.-davidji

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Are You Living Your Dharma?

tumblr_ncrhk1tP5C1s32n6do1_500 “When you look at where you are right now in your life– ask yourself, “What is my purpose?” Look at your unique abilities…your special talents and see how you can help others using them. Most likely THAT’S your purpose for the time being. Remember, your dharma will continue to evolve throughout your life.” -davidji

Hello Spiritual Warriors! This week we explore the timeless question, “Am I Living My Dharma?”

In many Eastern philosophies, there is a term for purpose in life – known as dharma or dhamma. The word dharma (pronounced dar- mah) comes from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit and literally means “pillar” — that which upholds. There are hundreds of definitions for this word which is now part of our lexicon thanks to a TV show that aired in the late 90s called Dharma & Greg… but going back a few thousand years, dharma referred to the fundamental laws that govern and sustain the universe. So in a sense when we look for purpose and meaning, we are seeking the pillar that will uphold our life – the foundation from which all actions flow. According to these ancient teachings, every being on the planet has a unique gift or a special talent that creates his or her path of purpose. This talent of ours allows us to touch others or heal others or help others or serve others. Each year, I offer a discover your dharma workshop for those who want to explore and awaken their purpose with me in the SweetSpot. We’ll be announcing this transformational workshop in a few days – but I wanted to let you know first with a special tuition before it was oversubscribed. You can find out more here.

Dharma Evolution
Throughout our life, what we think is our purpose or our dharma may change, shift, transform, and evolve. Maybe the vision of what you’re trying to accomplish doesn’t change but the methodology does. For example, maybe you were very athletic as a child and that was a way for you to express your unique God-given talent. But it’s a few years later and you’re not so limber anymore. Maybe now you express that by writing about sports, or by broadcasting, or by sharing your insights, or by coaching, teaching, or practicing yoga. Maybe you are helping others achieve that same level of fulfillment you once experienced. And so the same vision is there but through a different methodology. When you’re doing that one thing that you love to do -the activity that feels so right- that you feel it’s what you were put on earth to do, you’ll know it. Time stands still, you’re filled with joy, filled with happiness, you’re deeply fulfilled, and when you’re expressing that divine gift, the expression of that special talent takes you into the oneness, into bliss.

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When you look at where you are right now in your life– ask yourself, “What is my purpose?” Look at your unique abilities…your special talents and see how you can help others using them. Most likely THAT’S your purpose for the time being. Remember, your dharma will continue to evolve throughout your life.

Maybe you thought you were living your purpose but you lost your job or left it for some reason. And now you feel clueless, anxious, or hopeless. That’s because most likely…you are pointing at external forces when the solution rests within. So first you must heal your heart – you must nourish your core needs of love, belongingness, attention, affection, appreciation, and acceptance. Dharma can wait until you are feeling confident and more connected to your inner voice. Whether or not you have the dream job, you still have the tools to center yourself and follow your passion. The answer rarely rests outside. You know the saying, “Happiness is an inside job.” Once you feel more secure emotionally, then your purpose in life will begin to unfold. Join me on Hay House Radio this week and we’ll take it deeper!!

In the meantime, keep unfolding your dharma & I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -davidji

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Weekend Meditation – Five Realms Transformation

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Happy Weekend Warriors!
Looking at ourselves through the lens of the five realms will help us gain clarity on our needs, our desires, on what we’re holding onto that no longer serves us, and what we can bring into our lives that will nourish and affirm us.
See you in the gap.
Peace.-davidji


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Meeting Our Needs

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.” – John Muir



Hello spiritual warriors!!! And welcome to a new week of Life Tools!! This week, we explore meeting our needs. Since one of the most popular definitions of stress is how you respond when your needs are not met, if we can figure out more effective ways to meet our needs, we will have less stress.

Just putting some attention on these life tools will quickly make a difference in how we feel in each moment and ultimately how we feel about our life in general. In-the-moment tools that I have shared such as 16seconds will quickly shift your stress response. But it’s the deeper work –specifically, the mastery of our needs- that shifts us internally so we have fewer unmet needs. Fewer unmet needs = less stress, which applies directly to our interpretation of life and our perception of stress.

What Are My Needs?
Each of the eight billion people on the planet have eight billion unique interpretations of life, eight billion unique combinations of needs & desires, and eight billion unique expressions of reality through our thoughts, words, and actions. Yet, with all that uniqueness and individuality, all eight billion of us seem to share the same basic categories of needs.

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In the 1940’s, the American psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote A Theory of Human Motivation, in which he outlined five universal categories of human needs that all individuals possess – a set of motivation systems unrelated to rewards. These basic needs are said to motivate people toward fulfillment when they are unmet. And the longer they are denied, the more we are motivated. (For example, the longer we go without water, the thirstier we get!)
He prioritized the various categories of universal needs based on the importance each of us organically places on fulfilling them. And, that our lower order needs must be fulfilled before higher order needs can be realized.

Envision a pyramid with five levels. At the base of our needs “pyramid” are our survival needs – what we need to stay alive. These are our basic physiological needs of breathing, drinking, eating, sleeping, peeing, pooping, and having sex. Once we meet those basic biological needs, we can aspire to meeting the next set of needs in the pyramid – our safety needs. We need to be able to have a roof over our head to protect us from the elements; we need to know we can go to work without being shot at; we need to feel that our possessions are safe; and that we are protected by some social codes or laws.

The next level is our social needs, which include belongingness, love, our relationships, and all that comes with that, essentially the needs of our heart – attention, affection, appreciation, and acceptance. Once this core group of needs are met, we can move on to a more evolutionary grouping of needs known as our esteem needs, which include personal self-esteem, status, titles, prestige, positions, achievement, managerial responsibility – even mastery of our chosen field. And lastly, once these four sets of needs are met – survival, safety, social, and esteem – we are primed for the fifth and final stage in the hierarchy – self-actualization.

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Meeting our needs
All the levels of needs are interrelated rather than sharply separated, which means we can work at fulfilling multiple levels of our needs simultaneously. So this week, pick an unmet need of yours, and place your attention on fulfilling it. Start small – remember bean by bean the bag gets filled! And please let me know how meeting your need is easing your stress and what it has empowered you to do. Keep meditating and your needs will unfold with greater clarity and join me this week on Hay House Radio and we’ll take it deeper.

In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap!! Peace. -davidji

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Edge of the Earth Visual Meditation

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“The one ‘I Am’ at the heart of all creation, Thou art the light of life.”
The Upanishads

Happy Weekend Spiritual Warriors!

I am blessed to be in the crest of my Masters of Wisdom and Meditation Teacher Training this week – here in the SweetSpot of the Universe. I thought I’d share one of the many beautiful “sweet sunsets” with you. Please get comfortable, gaze softly at the sunset, and let the bowls of Damien Rose lull you into a state of restful awareness. No matter where you are in the world, take a trip to the edge of the earth with me and, together, let’s enjoy the magnificence of this California sunset.

Aham Brahmasmi – I am the Universe.

Peace. -davidji

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Aloneness & Loneliness

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“Aloneness, solitude is positive. It is overflowing joy for no reason. It is our very nature to be joyous; hence there is no need to depend on anybody else. There is no other motive in it, it is simply there. Just as the water flows downwards, your being rises upwards. Just give it a chance — give it solitude. And remember again, solitude is not solitariness, just as aloneness is not loneliness.” – Osho

Hello Spiritual Warriors!!! Welcome to another week of Life Tools. We’ve spent the month honoring the masters of ancient wisdom and this week we explore Osho…so buckle-up…he’s sure to push a few buttons. Osho was born Chandra Mohan Jain in 1931. When he turned 30, he went by the name Acharya Rajneesh; in the 70s, he changed his name to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh; and in 1989 to Osho. He died in January of 1990, a month after his 60th birthday.Teacher Training

Osho is one of the most controversial spiritual leaders to have emerged from India. His message of sexual, emotional, spiritual and institutional liberation and the pleasure he derived in causing offence ensured that his life was surrounded by controversy. Osho was known as the “sex guru” in India and the “Rolls-Royce guru” in the United States (because of his fleet of almost 100 Rolls Royces. He attacked the concept of nationalism, was contemptuous of politicians and poked fun at the leading figures of a number of religions.

Osho’s ideas on sex, marriage, family and relationships contradicted traditional views, arousing anger and opposition around the world. His movement was feared and despised as a cult; he lived “in ostentation and offensive opulence”, while his followers (most of whom had severed ties with outside friends and family and donated all—or most—of their money and possessions to the commune) did not.

During his early days as Acharya Rajneesh, a correspondent asked Rajneesh for his “ten commandments”. He noted that it was a difficult matter because he was against any kind of commandment, and any kind of religion, but “just for fun” he presented this list:
1. Never obey anyone’s command unless it is coming from within you.
2. There is no God other than life itself.
3. Truth is within you; do not search for it elsewhere.
4. Love is prayer.
5. To become a nothingness is the door to truth. Nothingness itself is the means, the goal, and the attainment.
6. Life is now and here.
7. Live wakefully.
8. Do not swim—float.
9. Die each moment so that you can be new each moment.
10. Do not search. That which is, is. Stop and see.

He underlined numbers 3, 7, 9 and 10 as the core of his belief system.

Perhaps his teachings irritate you. Maybe you find them irreverent. That was always his purpose – to allow you to reach deep within your soul and find your own constrictions – turn everything upside down and perhaps peel away one more layer of this existence. As much as Osho irritated and offended people, his message of love was the over-riding one that he taught every day when he wasn’t being interviewed or trying to stir up the world’s consciousness. This week, select one of Osho’s “commandments” and see if you can live it, own it, share it, and become it. In the meantime, join me this Thursday on Hay House Radio coming to you LIVE! from the Meditation Nest at my Masters of Wisdom & Meditation Teacher Training. We’ll go deep on Osho, Deepak, Pema, and don Miguel Ruiz – and we’ll explore the wisdom of all the Masters steps from the peaceful whispers of the ocean. You won’t want to miss this show.

In the meantime, keep meditating. I’ll see you in the gap!! Peace. -davidji

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Lean Into Your Dreams Meditation

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“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra

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Happy Weekend Warriors!
Let’s spend the weekend leaning into our dreams by practicing present moment awareness (attention), planting our dream seeds (intentions), and fully detaching from the outcome. Be free, stay positive, and remember, where attention goes, energy flows! Trust that this moment is exactly as it should be – pure, perfect, and infinitely abundant.

Saturday – Law of Dharma (what are your unique gifts & special talents?)
Sunday – Law of Pure Potentiality
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