The Light of Inner Darkness (My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 2)

Darkness has illuminated my inner world. With nothing to see outside of me, I began to see things clear within: fears I didn’t know I grappled with. My complicated relationship with love. Mysterious light visions. While I shared the physical aspects of my dark retreat experience in episode 144, in this episode I focus on …

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Do Your Inner Work At Home

Where you do your inner work matters. Spiritual trips like retreats, yoga and meditation are vacations. The real inner work is done in the every day life – in your house, with your family and especially with those people in your life who are the most inconvenient. The ones that get under your skin and …

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The Hidden Mirror of Truth

You can’t be upset with others and at peace with yourself at the same time. Whatever negative thoughts you observe about someone else or the world around you is a direct projection and reflection of something you’re dealing with within yourself. I’ve been practicing this for years, and yet, it’s still challenging to live this …

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What Is Your True Intention?

For the past month I’ve been doing a daily practice of asking myself one specific question multiple times a day. It’s a very simple question and it isn’t some magical, life-changing technique, but it has been extremely illuminating in helping me identify certain patterns in my life. The question is “what is your true intention …

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The Impersonating Mind

Listen to your heart. Get in touch with your body. Trust your intuition. All of these are easier said than done, because they require something from the mind it doesn’t like to do: relinquish control. The mind always wants to run the show, and it won’t hesitate for a moment to pretend to be all …

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Englowment: A Recent Experience Along the Path to Enlightenment?

I recently had an experience where I came close to what I believe enlightenment might feel like. This happened a few days after attending a silent retreat and going on a walk in nature—the intense state of pure love I experienced I’m now playfully going to be referring to as “englowment”. It was a beautifully …

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Discovering Silence: 7 Ways I Practice Silence Daily

Silence is an essential element of inner work. But in modern life, it’s pretty much as rare as a precious metal. It’s so easy to always be distracted, constantly consuming some kind of information or entertainment, engaging in some activity—we’ve got infinite ways to keep our minds busy. You have to consciously create silence in …

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