Me, My Soul and the Doughnut

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I was living as a monk in a Vaishnava monastery, a Hindu spiritual retreat, to be more in touch with my soul and to discover where my life is heading. I followed a rigid schedule; up at 5:00 AM, chanting and meditating for four hours, serving food, listening to lecturers and studying, I devoted all my energy towards studying Vedic texts and ancient poetry, filling my mind and consciousness with the knowledge of gurus past, slowly distancing from my association with my ego and being more in touch with the transcendental. A strict diet was enforced—vegan meals offered to the Lord—to purify our karma. I gained a great deal of knowledge from the daily studies and lectures; being in the proximity of such elevated souls encouraged me to stay focused on reaching true reality.

On my daily routine of offering, chanting, meditating and studying, I would go to the Dunk’N Donuts across the street and order an angel cream doughnut to eat—it was my way of feeling the familiarity of my material life, appeasing my homesickness.

One day, a yogi at the monastery said to me, “Do you know that everyday at 4:00 you get a doughnut from Dunk’N Donuts?”
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“Yes, I do,” I admitted.

“Try telling yourself ‘what would happen if I don’t eat the doughnut?’” suggested the yogi.

Intrigued, I asked myself that same question and a voiced screamed, “YOU WILL DIE! YOU WILL DIE IF YOU DON’T EAT THAT DOUGHNUT!”
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The yogi explained to me that that was the voice of my carnal ego—the voice of my false self, the temporal identity of the physical body that wants instant gratification.

Each of us is comprised of a false ego—a mislead identification with the mind and body, and a true soul—the infinite entity that is a part of the universal consciousness. Our purpose as earthly beings is to detach from our identification with the false ego and regain consciousness of the eternal being, returning to the blissful state of the supersoul. Falling prey and listening to the voice of the carnal ego that wants that doughnut, sex or money is the mistake we all make.
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There are times in our lives when we are faced with extremely tough decisions: whether to stay in a relationship, what career to choose, how to deal with conflict. The person that wins isn’t the one who makes the most money, gets the perfect spouse or wins the argument; who knows what karmic waves those actions have pushed and what disastrous future could be coming? The person that wins is the one who can filter out the voice of the false ego from the voice of the supersoul, the voice that is more powerful than 10,000 suns.

For whatever decision you have to make in your life, discover how to filter out the clutter and reach your inner voice; you will never go wrong.

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Following Your Dreams is Like Following the Video Game Fairy

Have you ever played a video game that has a little fairy that guides you around, showing you the next level and offering clues on how to beat the boss? Your dreams and life purpose are like that video game fairy; they appear at the corners of your consciousness, whispering faint words of advice and lighting the way to your destiny.

Always be aware of the fairy in your life; you can call it whatever: your inner voice, your intuition, your purpose; every person has the opportunity to walk the yellow brick road to success, reaching their highest potential.
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Anything worth having isn’t going to be easy. The yellow brick road to success isn’t exactly straight—it’s an expressway full of mountains and potholes, struggles waiting at every corner and people to pick up along the way. You might not know now exactly where you need to be but you need to at least start somewhere and start putting action into your life. You don’t need to be great to start but you need to start to be great.
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#specialtrick I am about to reveal a special trick that can help you find what your true calling is and what you should be focusing your energy on. Think of the thing in the world that you would love to do but don’t think you can really make a living out of, something that doesn’t seem financially promising, something you would do on the side with a stable day job. That thing, whether it’s music, comedy, gardening, home décor, or cooking, is most likely your true calling. The world may make it difficult for you to do what you love, but hey—anything worth having isn’t going to be easy.

Clear your head and go after that passion: be fearless, work hard, be honest.

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Signs of a Bloodsucking Frenemy

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In most cases, people are highly particular about their romantic partners: looks, personality, morals, career – the standards are high! However, the same cannot be said for close friends; people are not as picky about finding close confidants to share their personal lives with; but, you should not just allow anyone into your life. Your close circle of friends needs to be like an elite basketball team; everyone has to be up to standards and anyone who doesn’t meet them gets cut from the team.

1. Unsupportive
People who are unsupportive of your dreams and goals are dangerous to your well-being. Your all-star cast of friends needs to be completely enthusiastic about anything you want to do; whether it’s music, sports or business, a true friend helps you achieve your dreams. Even if the person is not necessarily critical, an attitude of indifference is unacceptable.

2. Unavailable
If a person is always too busy, too far, or too caught up, what is the point of having him/her as a friend? A friend is supportive of things going on in your life, whatever hardship or difficulty it is. You should be able to call your friend and spill all of your problems; you should be able to lean on a friend’s shoulder.

3. Self-absorbed
The person who is only concerned about his/her problems, always absorbed in his/her life, and never gives attention to you gets cut from your team. A friendship is a 50/50 balance: you support their life, they support your life; you don’t need someone in your personal space who is only concerned about his or her self.

4. Negative Vampires
The negative vampire is prime suspect number one! This person is drama 24/7, always has a traumatic story to tell, always fighting with someone, always dragging you into conflict. This life absorbing, negative person needs to be cut off immediately; you don’t need someone taking your energy away.

5. The Opportunist
This person is only interested in getting something from you, riding off your coat tail and mooching off of your fruits. This person has nothing to offer your life, but rather, benefits from all of your success and wealth. In the end, you will feel used and drained from the opportunities; so,  they…got to GO!

Treat members in your circle of close friends sacred; so, don’t just let anyone in. They need to be strong across the board: supportive, positive, available, worthy of your time. A core group of positive friends is vital to a successful and fulfilling life.

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Become the Gardener of Your Life

The sage is occupied only by the unspoken and by acts. Teaching without verbosity, producing without possessing, creating without regard to result, claiming nothing, the sage has nothing to lose.

How does one become a person, let alone a sage without, with nothing to lose?

Irony–we are more likely to achieve something if care less about it.

Everything is nothing with a twist.

Your life is like a flower: you cannot control the outcome of its fruition; but you as the gardener of your life can prepare the soil (mind, body, spirit) and provide proper conditions, allowing nature to take its course.

If you force a flower’s growth, you may destroy it. It must grow with its own design and intelligence, in its own self organized direction.

To have a productive life, simply be a good gardener.

Wu Wei is a spiritual blood; it spills from the heart like a razor. When you are in the state of Wu, you are the caretaker, destroyer, teacher and student.

 

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Consciousness-Commerce

I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative and sonically charged media companies such as CNN, Canal Mi Musica, 360 Media and more. Their digitally fashioned work culture and creativity driven environment compel me to work all hours of the day to deliver the highest quality material through the most hectic and chaotic schedules.

It was an honor to be selected by powerful CEO’s to contribute to their visions of entertainment and to bring their inspirations to life with my sense of creative direction and leadership. Television and events are not easy; it takes a great deal of energy and effort to bring an original vision to life. From getting funding, managing logistics, coordinating staff and directing minute details, the challenges can be quite overwhelming; however, persistence and the right mindset will weather the obstacles.

Many ask me what it takes to have a career in television, journalism and media. Although I have worked hard to accomplish my achievements, the truth is–success is a lot easier to have than we think it is. Don’t get me wrong, successful people put their blood, sweat and tears into their ventures, but its tangibility is within the grasp of many people. I am saying it once and for all–everyone AND I MEAN EVERYONE can achieve their dreams: you don’t have to settle for less, you can have the best.

My road to achieving my goals includes these 5 rules.

1. Do not share your dreams with people that do not want to support them
…and that includes even your parents. Success is not a result, it is not a destination; success is a road and most importantly–a mindset. The road to achieving your dreams is the prize. Many give up on their dreams of becoming great athletes, singers and businessmen because of doubters and scoffers in their lives, resulting in them settling for careers they don’t love doing. The truth is, your environment expects and wants you to be average; they want you to do something “normal”–such as nursing, IT or business administration because mediocrity is all they know. Although your parents probably want the best for you, most are not ready to raise their kids with the changes occurring in the 21st century. Most Chinese parents do not know how to encourage a child to become a talk show host. Most Nigerian parents are not prepared to raise a child with dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

Doubtful words such as,”That’s never going to happen for you, don’t believe in that dream,” poison your mind and stifle progress in many cases.

The first rule of success is to keep your dreams from people that do not want to support them and instead share them with people that believe in you.

2. Believe in yourself
We have heard it all before–it has almost become cliche at this point in time. Think, how can you have ambition and climb mountains if you don’t think you can do it? Triumph rarely comes to those that are ambivalent but rather comes to those that believe in the impossible.

Human beings can do WHATEVER they want. The Egyptians built the pyramids, the Incas built Machu Piichu, the Arabs discovered algebra: anything you visualize within your mind can be materialized.

You are your biggest obstacle. Can you believe in the impossible? Will you push forward through the doubt? Pick 3-5 things you are passionate about and go in that general direction with all your energy and eventually one of them will pay off–it is the law of average.

3. Have a relationship with the divine
This step may be hard for atheists, agnostics or materialists, but it can be important to achieving divine purpose. It is easier to get up everyday and work your butt off if you have some sort of relationship with God or whatever you call this ultimate being. A sense of faith and perspective of consciousness larger than yourself give you incentive to weather conflict and rainy days.

4. Get back up and keep going
Anything worth having is not going to be easy. Likewise, achieving goals presents obstacles that can be terrifying and discouraging. Entertainers experience grievous amounts of rejection; they experience doors upon doors being slammed on their faces during auditions. Businessmen traverse the corporate jungle with financial uncertainty and competition.

We all will experience hardship and struggle on the road to success. It is those that get up and keep going after falling off the mountain that eventually achieve something.

5. Charity
Staying at the top is harder than it is to get there. Many times, it is not about who has the most talent or who has the most “dough”, it is about who has the spirit and the will to keep going. When you reach the top, it is going to suck sometimes…..SUCK A LOT. You feel like you begin to hate what you loved doing.

It is those that have a sense of charity and a presence in their community that have the heart to go on. Whether it means connecting your business to some sort of charitable organization, promoting a cause you really believe in or taking time out of your week to service people, possessing a giving spirit makes your time at the top more fruitful.

There’s no point in working years to get to your goals if you get there and you have no heart and have no consciousness of what is going on in the world. A sense of charity and community is vital to a strong mind.

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