Hay House Radio Update

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LIVE! FROM THE SWEETSPOT
has moved to THURSDAYS!!!
11a PST/2p EST
on hayhouseradio.com…radio for your soul.

Be sure to tune in today as we continue our
exploration of THE FIVE KLESHAS.

New Weekly Flow Reminder!
Tuesdays – VLOG with the Exploration of the Week
Thursdays – LIVE on hayhouseradio.com
Saturdays – weekend meditation

Until then, I’ll see you in the GAP!
peace.-davidji

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The Five Kleshas

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“Transform the world by transforming yourself.” -davidji

Hello Spiritual Warriors!! The only constant is change!!! So here’s the new weekly lineup to help you with your personal transformation.

Every Tuesday, you’ll receive my weekly blog – The Source – which will contain teachings, a video, special offers, and instruction on merging the timeless wisdom into your daily life.

Every Thursday, it’s LIVE! from the SweetSpot on Hay House Radio 11am PT; 2pm ET. This is an opportunity for us to connect mid-week and re-engage Tuesday’s lesson.

Every Saturday, you’ll receive a meditation from me to ease you through the weekend and into the new week.

Tuesday – a fresh new blog; Thursday – Hay House Radio; Saturday – Meditation

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So settle in and let’s dive into Secrets of Meditation – Exploring the Five Kleshas. When you look at all your accomplishments, successes, or celebrations in life — there are common threads that run through each. When we thrive and experience abundance, it’s because our intentions, our heart, and our actions are fully aligned with the flow of the universe.

When we stumble, feel pain, or find ourselves in suffering, there are commonalities that co-create those events as well. Those common threads that run through our non-nourishing choices, our emotional pain, & our reactive thinking have been woven through you for many years. They are part of our conditioning and self-domestication. But they are also universal – and run through all of us.

Join me in the SweetSpot! May 8 - 11th

Join me in the SweetSpot!
May 8 – 11th

These common threads were first identified thousands of years ago in the most ancient teachings of the Vedas. In Sanskrit they are referred to as the pancha kleshas – or the five obstacles – translated literally – they are the five poisons. In fact, Vedanta says that it is our un-enlightened or illusionary thinking that brings us to decisions that we regret, interpretations that limit us, and ongoing emotional pain & suffering.

The Five Kleshas are:

1. Ignorance (in the form of a misunderstanding reality) known in Sanskrit as ávidyā,
2. Egoism (in the form of an mistaken identification of the Self with the intellect) known in Sanskrit as asmitā,
3. Attachment known in Sanskrit as rāga,
4. Aversion known in Sanskrit as dveṣa, and
5. Fear of death known in Sanskrit as abhiniveśāḥ.

These are mental states that cloud the mind and manifest in unwholesome actions. Kleshas include states of mind such as anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, desire, regret, and depression, essentially non-nourishing emotions. You may want to look at each klesha and see how they are blocking you from happiness, success, fulfillment, or love.
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali teaches that: “The goal of Yoga is not to obtain something that is lacking: it is the realization of an already present reality. Yoga practice removes the obstacles that obstruct the experience of Samadhi, or the state of complete absorption.”

As humans, we all struggle with these five mind poisons. But a daily meditation practice can help you navigate through the sometimes, treacherous waters of the kleshas. So this week commit to meditating at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon – you determine what style of meditation and the length of your practice. But by simply committing to connecting to the stillness & silence within, you WILL SUFFER LESS this week.

Join me Thursday, at our new day & time on Hay House Radio & we will go deep into lifting the veil of pain & suffering. In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -d

Live in or near Denver, CO? Join me and my fellow Hay House Authors at the I Can Do It! conference and get a little higher in mind, body, & spirit!

Colorado Convention Center March 28 - 30, 2014

Colorado Convention Center
March 28 – 30, 2014

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Weekend Meditation – Svadhisthana Chakra

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“Humans are radically relational—the sacred is to be found in the spaces between us.” ~ author unknown

Join me in the SweetSpot! May 8 - 11th

Join me in the SweetSpot!
May 8 – 11th

Let’s set intentions for a weekend filled with creativity & connection.
Enjoy the meditation & I’ll see you in the GAP!
Peace.-davidji

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Maintaining the Meditation Flow

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“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

When Should I Meditate?
In the era when these ancient teachings were first made popular, almost 5,000 years ago, most people were farmers. They rose before sunrise, they washed, they prayed and meditated, and then they went into the fields at the first hint of sunrise. They worked in the fields with their animals and then they retired for the day before sunset. They meditated before dinner, and they slept as the sun slept. For more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda has taught that the ideal times to meditate are between the hours of 5 and 7 A.M. and between 5 and 7 P.M. According to Ayurveda, these times of the day are at the lightest part of the morning and evening (the end of vata time: 2–6). This, of course, corresponds to the rising and setting of the sun, which is how these ancient civilizations guided their lives. Ayurveda was developed long before Las Vegas and eBay . . . long before night shifts, nightclubs, swing shifts, and round-the-clock emergency rooms, and long before planes, trains, and buses moved through the night . . . long before nocturnal behaviors began to buck the natural circadian rhythms of nature. So this ancient guidance had little knowledge that we would be living in an age where people went out to dinner when it was already dark, and many of us rose long after the sun had come up.

Join me in the SweetSpot! May 8 - 11th

Join me in the SweetSpot!
May 8 – 11th

The Power of Ritual
So when is the right time? I used to say to myself, I’ll meditate at ten o clock every morning. But ten never comes. You know what it’s like. The phone rings. The dog needs attention. You suddenly are greeted with information that requires your care. You spend more time than you thought you would on sending an e-mail, going to a store, or dealing with a challenge. And then it’s noon, and you have a lunch meeting. You plan for three o’clock but then you get pulled away, so you promise yourself you will meditate as soon as you get home. But a friend calls and asks you out to dinner. And then you go to a movie and then to a club for dancing, and before you know it, it’s midnight and you haven’t meditated.

If you lock your meditation in like a seamless ritual, it will just flow without thought. We create and maintain behaviors by ritualizing them. The easiest way to lock in your daily meditation practice—and most important, your morning meditation—is to ritualize it. Make it part of a series of activities that you do based on each activity flowing from one into the other, rather than what time it is while you’re performing them. For example, when you wake up each morning you look at the clock—then you pee. You don’t say to yourself, “It’s 6:30; time to pee.” That happens as a natural flow of your morning ritual. Then you do the next thing on your invisible list of morning activities and then the next. For most people, they pretty much do the same things in the same order every day.

We create behaviors and maintain behaviors by ritualizing them. You don’t know what time you brush your teeth every morning, because you don’t do it based on time; you do it based on following some order of rituals you’ve created over the years. It’s only one of your morning ablution rituals. We have between 8 and 15 that we deploy in a certain sequence on waking. Sometimes we have a different ritual for the weekends and one for the workweek. They evolve over time, but each of us has this autopilot string of rituals we perform each day like clockwork.

It starts when you wake up; The next thing you do is look at the clock to orient yourself. Then you do 1 of these 15 activities in the same ritualistic order you always do, and you do them all like a prearranged dance. You wake; you pee; you wash your face; you move your bowels; you shower; you groom yourself by shaving or putting on makeup; you do your hair; you dress; you tend to your cat, dog, bird, or snake; you tend to any children or babies in the house, you interact with your significant or insignificant other; you watch morning TV; you read a newspaper; you go online; you have sex; you make coffee or tea; and you eat or serve some form of breakfast. And each day, you perform these activities in the same ritualistic order, on autopilot, every day for months, years, even decades.

The Effortless Ritual: RPM
I developed a ritual that has helped thousands effortlessly lock down their practice. It’s known as RPM, which stands for Rise, Pee, Meditate. It’s based on the fact that you wake up each day. So what time do you wake up?

It’s not too big a leap to think that within a few minutes of waking, you’re going to pee. Well, you’re two-thirds of the way there! If the very next thing you do is sit down to meditate, then within 35 minutes of opening your eyes in the morning, you’ll have a half-hour of stillness and silence inside you to greet every moment as you move throughout the rest of your day. Join me this week on Hay House Radio – Wednesday 3p PST/6p EST – and we will explore more practical tips to keep you in the meditative flow. In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap!. Peace. -d

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April 3 - 6, 2014 SOLD OUT

April 3 – 6, 2014
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Weekend Meditation

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“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

- Carlos Castaneda

Have a fantastic weekend!
Peace. -davidji

April 3 - 6, 2014

April 3 – 6, 2014

Please note that registration for Discovering Your Dharma

closes on Sunday, March 9th at 12p PST/3p EST.

May 8 - 11th

May 8 – 11th

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The Moment of Enlightenment

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“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
- Charles Darwin

Hello Spiritual Warriors!! I’ve just returned from the Galapagos Islands where I swam with sea lions in turquoise seas, snorkeled with manta rays, hung out with iguanas & turtles, meditated on the sand with students who have become life-long friends, and travelled the path of Charles Darwin. It was an amazing experience – and a powerful reminder to choose having experiences over collecting things.

We started the year Setting Our Course; last month we moved into discovering our dharma; and this month to take us to the next level, we celebrate the stillness & silence that rests within!

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April 3 – 6, 2014

In the spiritual world, we so often hear the question, “How can I become enlightened?” And sometimes in life, we can find ourselves at a crossroads where we want to have the child-like innocence of the Dalai Lama, the wisdom of the Buddha, the compassion of Jesus, or simply to reach nirvana.

We want to transcend our fears, our anger, our pain…and move to a state of bliss. The most common question I am asked by my students is, “How do I reach the GAP? or as we say in Spanish – el espacio cosmico.

Twelve years ago I traveled throughout India in search of the guru. I began my journey in the north –near the city of Varanasi- in the town of Sarnath where Buddha taught his first lesson after achieving enlightenment. Months later, my aha! moment occurred while reading The Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 2, Verse 48 as I lay in a hammock in a cashew forest in Kerala. As I read Krishna’s guidance to Arjuna, it all made sense to me: “Yogastha kuru karmani” – establish yourself in one-ness and then perform action.

It was a powerful lesson in understanding the power of the present moment. But how do we live our lives in bliss with all the issues of money, health, relationships, love, fear, success, happiness, karma, dharma, and our ego swirling through our head and impacting our emotions, our conversations, and our actions?

As long as we are sealed in this flesh casing for the span of a lifetime – living as humans on this wild and magnificent planet – the answers can seem impossible to attain. After the Buddha had meditated under the Bodhi tree for 40 days (960 consecutive hours), he had his aha! moment. He realized the one-ness of existence and touched the ground with his right hand so the earth could be his witness.

We have the same opportunity in our lives, but it requires a daily meditation practice, opening our heart, connecting to the present moment, and accepting that this moment is exactly as it should be – perfect and pure, whole and infinite.

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Communing with nature is a powerful way to experience the present moment – it takes you out of the past and out of the future so you can truly LIVE in this sacred, precious moment. Whether we are watching a sunset, riding a bicycle, witnessing an ant crawling up a tree, swimming with turtles, or walking barefoot on grass – each time we experience nature, we experience one-ness – the totality of the universe. This is a perfect starting point to begin your journey to enlightenment. So right now, take a few moments to commune with the magnificent flow of nature. Go outside…and just BE…take it all in – even for a few minutes. Breathe and soak in this magnificent existence of ours.

For the past 12 years, I have shared this timeless wisdom & the ancient techniques to transform & achieve one-ness in my weekly blog, on my Hay House Radio Show, in my book Secrets of Meditation, and in my monthly meditation & healing immersions in the SweetSpot of the universe – there’s one coming up in April & another in May. I encourage you to take a step with me online, in –person, or in print so you can connect to the path that feels comfortable right now. This is how you begin your journey.

I also am thrilled to announce that I have been invited to be The Master Primordial Sound Meditation Educator at the Chopra Center’s signature meditation retreat – Seduction of Spirit which takes place 3 times each year; and at the Center’s signature Mind-Body wellness workshop Journey into Healing which is available this March & July. Since 2002, it has been a great honor to study under Deepak Chopra – working and teaching alongside him raising the vibration of peace and higher consciousness throughout the world. With his guidance, and that of my beloved Dr. David Simon, I have taught tens of thousands around the world to use this technique and I would love to teach it to you as well!

Please visit my events page for more details on all of my upcoming events & I hope you’ll find an experience that resonates with you. In the meantime…listen to today’s show on Hay House Radio and let’s begin our journey to enlightenment!!!!! In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap!! Peace. -davidji


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Weekend Meditation

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“Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love – you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” – Eckhart Tolle

May 8 - 11, 2014

May 8 – 11, 2014

Enjoy the weekend!

See you in the GAP.

Peace. -davidji

April 3 - 6, 2014

April 3 – 6, 2014

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Where can we find the silence?

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“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Where can we find the silence?

Hello sweet spiritual warriors!! I hope this missive finds you doing well. I am on a plane right this moment heading to the Galapagos Islands and I wanted to share a few timeless secrets of meditation with you.

We live in a pretty noisy world – cars, planes, motorcycles, snow blowers, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, transmission lines, TV, radio, ring tones, trains, boats, engines running, motors humming… and that’s the non living stuff. Then there are all the human & animal sounds…and beneath all that are the natural sounds of nature – the crashing of the surf on the shore; the rustling of leaves in the trees; the crescendo of rain drops on the sidewalk…it can get loud OUT THERE.

April 3 - 6, 2014

April 3 – 6, 2014

For most of us, between the 60,000-80,000 thoughts we receive each day & the millions of vibrations that flow into our ear canal from our environment, there isn’t a lot of silence. Our minds can be consumed by the noise around us, which only revs up the perceived noise within – but the reality is that WE control the volume button of life; we control the speed at which life flows at us. And, when we connect to our most genuine Self – the part of us that rests beneath our clothes, beneath our flesh casing, beneath our physical structure – deeper still – beneath our emotions…beneath our ego…at a more subtle level than even our intellect…then we awaken a wonderful stillness…a magnificent silence…a state of consciousness that some refer to as bliss.

In this state, we experience Namaste – no judgment, no fear, no regrets, no grievances, no expectations, vulnerability, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and truth.

How do we get there? How do we connect to the silence? We can start by placing our hand on our heart, closing our eyes, and gently following our breathing in and out – feeling the universe flow into you with each inhale & out of you with each exhale.

And each of us has the ability to do this in any moment – upon waking, while showering, while walking your dog, while getting into your car, while waiting on line, while sitting at your desk or in a meeting, while reading this sentence…

Join me for some present moment awareness on Hay House Radio and at my upcoming workshop in the sweetspot of the universe.

Keep meditating. Peace. -davidji

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Weekend Meditation

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“Where there is love there is life.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Let’s keep riding the dharma wave!!!

Happy Weekend Spiritual Warriors!

Peace.-davidji

April 3 - 6, 2014

April 3 – 6, 2014

May 8 - 11th

May 8 – 11th

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Weaving Purpose Into Every Moment

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“Abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace.”
-Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita

April 3 - 6, 2014

April 3 – 6, 2014

Discover Your Dharma

Hello & Welcome to another week of dharma seeking!! We’ve spent two weeks exploring, navigating, and uncovering our unique gifts, our special talents, and answering some pretty powerful questions regarding our purpose in life.

So often, the dharma seeker searches for purpose through an intellectual process – making lists, logically analyzing core skill sets, and studying others.

For the past 4376 days, every morning & afternoon, right before I meditate, I have asked the questions: Who am I? What do I want? What is my purpose? And, What am I grateful for? I have sat and listened to what flows back and I have lived the answers that have been whispered into my heart.

At first, the responses seemed endless and powerful. And I would seize an answer, leap up, and race off in that direction. Yet, over the years – and more than 10,000 meditations later – the truest answers have come more slowly, more clearly, and with deeper profundity. Over time, the most insightful answers have encouraged me to travel tens of thousands of miles, dig down deep, awaken my courage, make scary decisions, change courses, listen more closely to my heart, trust in the divine guidance of the universe…and keep leaning forward in the direction of my dreams.

I’ve often asked myself, “If I had all the time, money, and energy in the world, what would I do?” I’ve even pushed the issue further by asking myself, “Would I do this if I had to pay for it?” And, when I was still stuck, I’ve asked, “If I was going to die in a few days, what would I regret that I didn’t do?” Some of my most dharmic choices have come from these answers and many of them have been opportunities where I’ve volunteered, donated my time, or worked for free. Your dharma does not have to be your job – it may be something even deeper than that…an over-riding way of living your life or seeing the world.

In the stillness & silence of your unconditioned self you will discover your purpose in life. But you need to give yourself permission to surrender to a daily meditation practice before you start asking questions. Meditation is the doorway to your soul. In the quietude of your mind and the silence of your heart, answers will begin to flow. A daily stillness practice will increase the possibilities of you aligning with your dharma. Coming from the space BETWEEN your thoughts will add much greater value to your life than coming FROM your thoughts.

Dharma is that sweet alignment between your soul and the universal spirit. Once you experience that TRUTH, your passion will fuel you to awaken your purpose. Join me today on Hay House Radio & we’ll explore aligning your soul with the soul of the universe. And if you’d like to awaken your dharma in person, then join me on the beach in April at the dharma life-change immersion in the sweetspot of the universe.

In the meantime, keep asking the questions. Keep living the answers. Keep meditating. And keep breathing each breath with passion. I’ll see you I the gap!! Peace. -davidji


May 8 - 11, 2014

May 8 – 11, 2014

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