Whew! I haven’t posted on my website in quite some time – just three weeks shy of a year to be exact. And while I feel pretty bad for leaving you in the dark like that without so little as a hello here and there, I do have something to make up for it! Introducing my brand new e-bookThe Simple Art of Meditation.

I decided it was finally time to write down all of my thoughts, tips, and experiences with what I consider to be the best way for us to achieve a sense of happiness and purpose. After all, that’s what everyone is looking for. And while some may choose relationships, money, or material objects to get that sense of happiness, I believe (just as the ancients did) that true happiness only arises from within. And the best possible way to access that inner sense of well-being and peace is through meditation.

But most people don’t really understand what meditation is, let alone how to use it to become fulfilled. That’s the exact purpose of this guide. I take you through a step-by-step process in 66 pages where I teach you everything I know about meditation, what it actually is, and how to use it to change your life. Here’s a brief list of the main sections to give you an understanding of the flow of the e-book:

  • I. Theory
  • II. Technique
  • III. Meditation Styles
  • IV. The Science of Meditation
  • V. Common Problems with Meditation
  • VI. Reaching Higher Levels of Consciousness
  • VII. Paradigm Shift
  • VIII. Basic Spirituality: A Glossary

Each section contains many subsections that explore different topics relating to it. For example, under Common Problems with Meditation I explore astral projection (which isn’t necessarily a “problem”, but bear with me), and how I spontaneously started having experiences on the astral plane after learning to meditate and lucid dream, and what you should do if this occurs. Technique includes a nifty little hand position you can use to activate a sense of inner peace with you wherever you go. I’ve even got a section entitled How to Lose Weight with Meditation, which is grounded in science and is a lot less gimmicky than it sounds.🙂

To help explain more about the vision of the book, here’s an excerpt:

As I finished my quiet session of meditation at the park, I opened my eyes and found myself surrounded by a world much different than the one I had inhabited just minutes ago. A profound silence seemed to permeate my entire being. While it was indeed beautiful before, the foliage and natural landscape around me seemed to be painted upon a majestic tapestry by some unknown, divine force.

As I got up and walked around, I had the strange feeling of being in the climax of an amazing movie. “This is where the great triumph of the film would occur and all would be revealed with epic music in the background,” I thought to myself – or rather, felt, because my chatterbox of a mind was, at least temporarily, switched to the “off” position.

As I stared in awe at the wonderful colors, shapes and subtle details that I had never seemed to notice before, my first thought arose. I mentally noted that it wasn’t really the park that was so beautiful, or the bridge or diverse foliage. It was actually the experience within me, along with that strange, glorious silence, that created the beauty. And as that realization occurred I had my second thought: I knew I could have this new reality forever, and that what I had just experienced was merely a shadow of the things to come.

Why I Decided to Write the Book

My goal is really quite simple. Having stumbled upon not only the amazing experience I described above, but also the way to create that as a permanent reality in my life, I felt that I needed to share how to do it. But rather than make a series of blog posts which may be read out of order or only in bits and pieces, I knew I needed some sort of central work. A “guide” of sorts that people could go back to as their experience grew. So I went about creating an e-book for that purpose which gives you all the essential theory and technique you need to start on your path, as well as some really neat information about consciousness and scientific research into the nature of our minds when we meditate, and much much more.

It is my hope that you’ll be educated by the book, but more importantly that you take what you read and use it to achieve a sense of inner peace like what I described above. If you’ve been frustrated or have had limited results from meditation in the past, chances are you are over thinking it. I show a very simple way to meditate, even while I include more sophisticated techniques, that will allow you to break through barriers and truly be one with the present moment. After all, that’s all we ever have!

Get The Simple Art of Meditation Now!

As I mentioned before, it’s 66 pages. I included a couple pictures to make it pretty and explain some things, but for the most part it is straight forward text that describes what I am talking about here. After much deliberation I’ve decided to sell it for $5.00. I hope you’ll give it a shot. It definitely can change your life!

If you want a copy, get in touch with me through my contact form and we will arrange a transaction via Paypal.

Numbers Game

Lately I’ve been applying for jobs as well as using some of my free time to spice up my love life, which basically involves approaching strange women that I don’t know and getting them to talk to me. I have noticed that both of these processes have a lot in common with each other. If there was one main commonality, it would be this: it’s all a numbers game.

That’s really all it is. A lot of things in life are like this too, whether it be dating, career, or even just finding a good deal on a car. You have to learn to go through the numbers game, facing rejection after rejection until you get the required experience. And even after you get experience from some successes under your belt, you will still fail over and over. Being really good at most things just means that you fail less than the average guy. It does not mean that you will not ever fail again.

After all, the only people who never fail are the people who never try.

Learn to Love the Numbers Game

Because success in so many things in life boils down to trying over and over, you really have to learn to enjoy the process if you want to achieve your goals. This means a couple of things. First of all, you can’t be too fixated on one particular manifestation of your goal. This means that your dreams should include some ambiguity. For example, instead of your ultimate job being to work at Google, you could change that goal to working at a top-tier IT firm, which may or may not include Google. Make the goal something achievable, yet vague enough that it can be delivered in many different forms into your life.

Internalizing this concept will bring the next principle into your life automatically, which is essentially becoming immune to failure. When you value one thing very highly and fail at it, it’s likely that you’ll suffer a big ego blow. You might even become depressed. But when you play the numbers game and understand that there are a million opportunities that you will seek out after this one little failure, then it becomes a very easy thing to keep trying.

You value each manifestation of your goal less, which significantly lessens the hardship endured when you don’t get it, simply because you know that you will try over and over until something does work.

Remember to Value What You Have

This concept does not mean that you shouldn’t value what you get when you receive it. If you land a really great job or mate, you should rejoice and be happy. You can even discontinue the numbers game if you find yourself content with your current state. Just because you are casting your fishing line far and wide in the searching process does not mean that you can’t appreciate your catch. But you must wait until there is a catch to appreciate it. Avoid creating too many dreams and future plans with something that you don’t yet have – that’s a surefire recipe for being hurt.

Therefore, the optimum attitude is one of incredible abundance and lack of individual concern when going through a system that requires a numbers game. This reduces the negative psychological impact of failure while simultaneously increasing your chance of going out there and seeking after what you want. Once the system pulls you in something that you want, either discontinue it or at least adjust your attitude to what you received. Rather than not appreciating it because it is one of many tries in your system, approach it as something that is highly valued because you finally “caught” it. You don’t want to be getting a lot of good things and not caring about them!

And of course, don’t forget to appreciate what you already have, regardless of what you may seek in the future.

Morning Sunrise

Due to the incredible amount of free time I’ve been having lately, I have found that it is absolutely necessary to have a routine that you do every day. This is for a couple different reasons. First of all, it helps you to stay focused. If each day is completely random then you will soon find disorganization and lack of productivity running rampant in your life. Secondly, it puts many of the things we usually mean to do, but never get around to, on autopilot. In this article I’m going to show you how to create a routine that serves you and slowly changes your life for the better.

Creating a Routine

Before I left my job my days were pretty much chaos. I would get up and scramble off to my place of employment, work for 10-14 hours, then come home and do homework until I fell asleep. It wasn’t much fun to say the least. And worse, I found that I forgot to do all the important things. Things such as exercise, meditation, and eating healthy, all because I was so busy all the time.

These days that is definitely not the case. I have found the Mecca of free time, and rather than falling into an unstructured, lazy haze where each day runs into the next, I have created a morning routine that allows me to stay on top of what actually matters.

If you’ve read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People then you will remember the section on time management, where Covey explains how the most important tasks in our lives are the ones that are both necessary and not urgent. This includes the activities I mentioned above, like eating right and exercising, as well as other important activities like getting an education. They are the most important and yet are the easiest to forget about because they are not necessarily urgent to complete right now in the moment.

My solution to this is to make all of these types of tasks part of a routine. Here’s how it works for me:

My Morning Routine

Every morning I get up at a specific time. I’ve chosen 9am, though the holidays have pushed that back a little lately. I immediately get up and work out. I do mainly strength training and let the rest of my day’s errands on my bicycle take care of the cardio. Then I do my morning meditation, which completes the physical/spiritual aspect of my routine. After that, it’s on to productivity with my websites. I usually write about three articles per week, whether they be guest posts or articles like the one you’re reading now. I also comment on other blogs that I find to be interesting, and I’ll even tweak my site layout from time to time. Once that is all completed, I have a less structured process where I focus on whatever project I’m interested in, which could take anywhere from one to three hours.

What is interesting about this approach is that I can finish it in well under 8 hours. It differs depending on the day, but it usually only takes me three or four. I am then free to spend the rest of the day doing whatever I like. This keeps me from experiencing that complete lack of motivation that I used to get during summers when I was in high school, where I would literally almost die of boredom and lack of direction. Instead, I find that my mornings are productive which sets me up positively for the rest of my day. Even though I don’t necessarily require that I am productive after my morning block of time, it often seems to happen any way. It’s all about getting in the right mindset.

What Can You Incorporate Into Your Life Now

This article would be most useful for people who suddenly, through retirement or other means, have a lot of free time on their hands and are struggling to use it effectively. But that doesn’t mean it won’t apply to someone with a 9-5 job or similar circumstance. Consider getting up a little earlier than usual and starting the day with a 30 minute yoga session. Or start going for a quick jog after work.

All that matters is two things. The first is that what you are doing is a healthy, useful activity that makes you feel energized and helps you in some way. The second is that it actually becomes a routine, meaning it becomes a habit. I would define a routine as something you do almost every day. I don’t do any of my routine tasks on the weekends because I like to do very fun-oriented unstructured things on those days, but on the week days I don’t deviate from it, no matter what.

Even if I don’t get home until 6pm, I will still be there for the next few hours getting everything done. That is the kind of dedication you need. It doesn’t take a lot of clock time each day to change your life, you simply have to be consistent in your approach. 30 minutes here and there will add up over time and you’ll soon find yourself in much better shape, physically and otherwise.

Life can give us some curve balls. Sometimes, it can get downright nasty. Where some people fall, others seem to be able to handle it with gusto. In psychology they call that trait hardiness. It is one’s ability to deal with the inevitable stresses and hardships of life, and to bounce back from them stronger than before.

So let’s look into that phenomenon. What is it that allows some people to just go with the flow while others are crumbling under the pressure? I submit that it is exactly that, the “go with the flow” attitude, that enables some people to do well in life. Going with the flow means being in a state of psychological flow, which means little more than accepting what is. And when you accept what is, you no longer work against life.

Never Go Against Life

Going against life means something very foolish indeed. It means that you are resisting the nature of reality. It is absurd to resist anything in life. We must instead act like a ship upon which the current of the universe drives our course. However, this does not mean that we need to be passive.

We can give into the present moment absolutely without surrendering all of our will. This is not such a hard thing to do. We simply change what we can change, and accept what we cannot change. In fact, you can accept something and then change it. This is the only healthy way to relate to the world.

For example, if you are in a situation at work that you do not like, such as a co-worker bullying you, then first you have to accept it. It is what is going on in your life, after all. To resist it only creates more negativity. Then, if you are able, you can try to change it. And attempting a change from a place of acceptance is the ultimate power.

You can create change rooted in positivity instead of violence. This is something that Gandhi understood well, and we can all do it in our everyday lives as well.

1010 and Synchronicity

One of the things you’ll notice after meditating a lot is that certain aspects of reality will seem a little different. It is as though you are Neo and you are seeing through the Matrix for the first time. Little glitches in reality begin to appear. The 1010 phenomenon is one manifestation of that, which is all part of an even bigger phenomenon known as synchronicity.

After I had meditated for awhile I started noticing certain numbers on the clock. 1010 was a big number. I would notice it all the time. For awhile, it seemed like I would not miss a single time when it was 10:10 – am or pm. Like clockwork, it would be there twice a day whenever I would happen to look over. It wasn’t just through clocks, though. It happened on various different media, some expected and some not so expected.

The interesting thing about it was that it happened with so much frequency that I think it’s very unlikely that I was simply looking for the number all the time. It was as though I was supposed to see the number, like a wink from the universe telling me I was on the right path.

A Wink From the Universe

A wink from the universe is an indicator that only you seem to understand, but you know it is meant for you and has meaning. It tells you that you are doing something right. It doesn’t have to be 1010 – it can be anything. This is what synchronicity is all about.

When an extremely strange coincidence occurs, we usually write it off as just happening by chance. But when you begin to pull open the blinds and gaze directly into reality itself, these supposed chance happenings occur with incredible frequency. You have a thought and that thought manifests. A feeling precipitates an actual event happening.

Occasionally, I used to think about someone and then have them communicate with me, either by text, phone call, or e-mail. But when this stuff started happening a lot, it seemed like whoever I thought of would find a way to communicate with me. I don’t know if perhaps they thought of me first and that’s what caused me to think of them, but I do know that my phone would often light up with a text immediately after they popped into my mind. I felt like I had control over the process – like I could influence them with my mind.

This starts to become your new reality. It is like meditation and other spiritual practices give you a direct connection into the nature of what is, which allows you to directly influence what goes on in your life. It is a powerful process, and one that should not be taken lightly.


If you have meditated for any time at all I am sure you have noticed the incredible difference between the state of mind you are in during and just after meditation and the state you were in before you began. It is an amazing change to behold as it happens within yourself. It is as though, after meditation, you escape from something that you previously didn’t know you were trapped by. This trap is endless thought, or ego, and it affects everyone – or at least everyone until they free themselves from it.

However, it is strange that we should have to free ourselves from something so inhibiting as constant thought and ego-identification. Why are we not born with the innate tendency towards presence? Part of this is surely due to our modern culture. “More, more, more” seems to be the mantra of today. But still, even in the past, though it may have been easier to be present, it was never the norm. Human beings are born leaning towards mental noise. It is only after intense effort that we can alleviate the problems that come along with that.

Therefore, I submit that the human mind is inherently dysfunctional.

Why Should We Be Born Into Dysfunction?

When I say that our minds are dysfunctional, I don’t mean to imply that we don’t have the ability to escape the dysfunction. We certainly do, and this process is known as meditation or spiritual enlightenment. But we are certainly born into the egoic state of mind. There is no way to get around it.

I have wondered in the past why this occurred. I believe it has to do with the atmosphere out of which humanity sprung. I use an evolutionary model here. Prior to humans and our ancestors being here on the earth, there existed only animals. No ego is possible for an animal, and even if it is, then it is a very small ego. Most non-human animals are forced into present-moment awareness, having no choice otherwise.

Then, as apes began to make the transition, evolution did its job in ensuring that only the smartest, fastest, and strongest survived. In a cold, hard, unrelenting survival landscape, having a healthy level of fear and an ever-growing ego helped us to live long enough to pass on our genes. There is no way to deny that. But it also meant that ego was selected for by evolution. It helped us in many ways. Keeping tabs on people who hurt you and help you, managing all the politically-charged drama that goes on in your tribe, and having a near-paranoid fear of death are just some of the natural extensions of the human ego. This resulted in a higher chance of reproduction.

On the other hand, the present-moment awareness that animals existed in previously would absolutely not help survival in an early humanoid tribe. It would make you perhaps too generous, selfless, and even careless. It is easy to survive in most civilized countries today, even if survival is only a secondary concern to you, because most of our modern world is not as dangerous as it once was. On the other hand, in pre-civilization (and in some countries still today), it was dangerous. Very dangerous.

Preventing Our Own Destruction

Still, we all have the ability to transcend our egos. It is simply a journey that one must take. That very primal part of ourselves that existed prior to mind is still in us. And this is very lucky. Having mostly solved the survival game for our species, we find ourselves at another crux in our evolutionary journey, which ironically has to do with how well we solved the first problem.

That is, we are too good at surviving. We are so smart that we have effortlessly taken over the planet. And yet this may end up bringing our demise, as the population level explodes and human-created waste continues to pile up. Our evolutionary heritage consists of learning to survive and reproduce at all costs in an uncivilized environment. It is ironic, then, that this heritage that made us so powerful before now is heralding apocalyptic doom for future humans.

The more we survive and reproduce now, the faster we will cause our own doom. What we need now is a movement to transcend our egos and to stop overpopulation. We have to use our incredible minds to reason against our innate primal urge to reproduce without regard for the well-being of the world.

I suspect that most people will not even consider such a mission. It is a very strange thing to ask someone to go against their own innermost nature for the good of all humanity. I think that only an incredible boost in the average level of consciousness of mankind will be able to achieve that goal.

But people are thinking about it, and they are spreading the word. That is enough for now.

Find a Spiritual Teacher

One of the best ways to learn how to get good at something is to find someone who can teach you. It doesn’t matter how many articles you read on the internet or how many books you finish, a good mentor can be invaluable. This is especially true with meditation. This is because spiritual practices, more than anything else, involve energy. And manipulating your energy can be a very strange process at first. It is not as simple as building a house or doing some other physical activity. It requires an initial understanding that is not always clear.

Another reason why a spiritual teacher can be really great is because their energy will affect yours. I remember taking meditation classes occasionally in the past. These classes brought me into some of the most present states I’ve ever been in. I felt like my level of consciousness was really raised. This is because the class, and especially the teacher, was able to maintain a very present state. This energy affected us all and allowed us to attain even higher levels of awareness.

How To Find a Spiritual Teacher

I would approach this like finding any other mentor or contractor. First, look (and ask) around and find out who is out there. See if you can learn a little about each person. Find people who have seen them and ask them what they thought. The best people usually have a lot of clients, although this is not always true when it comes to things like meditation gurus. More than anything, though, you must make sure that your energy meshes well with theirs.

It is similar to finding a therapist. You have to find someone with whom you are comfortable. You will be exchanging a lot of energy, so it is important to get along well with them. If you are uncomfortable or if something seems a little off, then try someone else. There is no shame in shopping around.

Another great method is to simply find a friend who is interested in the same thing as you. You can be each other’s muse. I believe that meditation works great in groups, so anyone who is like-minded and wants to achieve a high state of awareness should be able to help you – even if you are both not-so-great at meditation.

The main thing is to find someone that you trust and know is capable of being very present. That energy will help accelerate your spiritual progress perhaps more than anything else.