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Three Entrepreneurship Lessons from the Founder of Airbnb

20 Ene

Put these lessons to work for you in the New Year and build your business

Since the New Year is a time when people commit themselves to betterment and goals, I thought it would be helpful to share the inspiring story of Airbnb co-founder, Nate Blecharczyk. If one of your goals is to become an entrepreneur in 2018, Blecharczyk’s story has some valuable lessons to keep in mind.

In an interview with Boston’s WBUR radio station, Blecharczyk shares that “he always knew he was an entrepreneur.” In fact, at the age of 12 he learned how to code through some books and started sharing his work online. When he was 14, someone contacted him and offered $1,000 for Blecharczyk to code something for him.

According to Blecharczyk, his dad’s response was, “Son, nobody from the Internet is going to pay a thousand bucks.” Nonetheless, Blecharczyk took the gig. This eventually led to a coding business he started in high school that made him almost a million dollars before he’d ever graduated college.

There are some important lessons to learn from this early story of Blecharczyk’s life.



Lesson1: Age is not important

I’ve written a few times in the past that age should not be a determining factor when it comes to starting your own business. Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, or something else entirely, you have the capacity to start your own thriving business.

That Blecharczyk started a coding business at age 12 does not make him special. It simply makes him smart and opportunistic. Sometimes opportunity will come knocking at your door, like it did for him in the form of an email request. Your job is to strike when opportunity comes.

This is not to say that Blecharczyk wasn’t a part of his success, after all he taught himself valuable skills and shared them with the world, which led to an initial request for service.

But the point is that anyone at any age can do this—including you.

Lesson 2: You will run into naysayers

The response of Blecharczyk’s dad is a good reminder that if you choose the path of entrepreneurship, most people will think you’re crazy. This is because they are trained with the mindset of an employee.

I learned this at an early age. My poor dad, my natural father, constantly pressured me to follow the traditional path of most people: to go to a good school and get a good high-paying job.

I ended up going to a good school, the Merchant Marine Academy, and I also had opportunities for high-paying jobs, both in the shipping industry and as a pilot after my tour of duty in Vietnam.

In honesty, it was tempting to take those offers. I could have make the equivalent of a six-figure salary at a very young age. But I knew that if I did that, I would sacrifice a part of who I was and my freedom.

In talking with my rich dad, my best friend’s father and a successful entrepreneur, he taught me the single most important skill to master if I wanted to own a business was sales. So, I took a low-paying job at Xerox to learn how to sell. I was horrible at first, but by the time I left, I was the top salesman in the company. That is when I learned the value of working to learn rather than to earn.

My poor dad hated that decision and couldn’t understand why I would give up a high-paying job. Later, when I was making a lot of money at Xerox, I decided to leave and start my first company. Again, my poor dad said I was crazy. After my first business failed and I started a second business, he said I was crazy again.

If I had listened to my poor dad’s naysaying, I would never have achieved my dreams. Similarly, if Blecharczyk had listened to his dad’s opinion that nobody would ever pay him off the internet, he wouldn’t have made his first million in high school and then gone on to found one of the most successful businesses in the internet age, Airbnb.

How Airbnb got its name

Another interesting story from Blecharczyk’s interview is how Airbnb got its name. According to Blecharczyk, it started as way to make some extra cash since he was living in San Francisco and could barely afford his rent after it went up 25%. He and his roommates decided to rent out an extra room to people who were in town for a conference. They made $1,000 doing it.

As Blecharczyk relates to WBUR, “The bedroom had no furniture, but they set up an air bed and instead of calling it a bed and breakfast they called it an air bed and breakfast. So, Airbnb is short for air bed and breakfast.”

Based off this one experience, Blecharczyk and his roommates decided that if they could make money one time, they could do it multiple times. The seeds for the multi-billion dollar Airbnb were born.

Lesson 3: Always be looking to solve pattern problems

This part of Blecharczyk’s story brings up perhaps one of the most important thing any aspiring entrepreneur can remember: your job is to solve problems, so you should always be looking for problem patterns to solve.

Most people would be content with making an extra $1,000 by renting out a room. Only a few would have the mindset to realize that a larger problem could be solved by short-term room and house shares. The fundamental difference between Blecharczyk and his co-founders, and most other people is that they didn’t solve a singular problem—the need for a few people at a specific point in time to rent a room—but instead solved a problem pattern, the need for millions of people to rent a room short term.

By thinking about the pattern problem, they were able to create a solution that could be deployed at scale—and make a fortune doing it.

What problems do you see around you? And what are the underlying patterns you can solve to build a business around?


How To Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You: In 15 Steps

27 Jun

Forgiving others is essential for spiritual growth.  Your experience of someone who has hurt you, while painful, is now nothing more that a thought or feeling that you carry around. These thoughts of resentment, anger, and hatred represent slow, debilitating energies that will dis-empower you if you continue to let these thoughts occupy space in your head. If you could release them, you would know more peace.

Below I share how to forgive someone who has hurt you in 15 steps:

Step 1: Move On to the Next Act

Your past history and all of your hurts are no longer here in your physical reality. Don’t allow them to be here in your mind, muddying your present moments. Your life is like a play with several acts. Some of the characters who enter have short roles to play, others, much larger. Some are villains and others are good guys. But all of them are necessary, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the play.Embrace them all, and move on to the next act.

Step 2: Reconnect to Spirit

Make a new agreement with yourself to always stay connected to Spirit even when it seems to be the most difficult thing to do. If you do this, you will allow whatever degree of perfect harmony that your body was designed for to proliferate. Turn your hurts over to God, and allow Spirit to flow through you.

Your new agreement with reality in which you’ve blended your physical self and your personality with your spiritual God-connected self will begin to radiate a higher energy of love and light. Wherever you go, others will experience the glow of your God consciousness, and disharmony and disorder and all manner of problems simply will not flourish in your presence. Become “an instrument of thy peace,” as St. Francis desires in the first line of his famous prayer.

Step 3: Don’t Go to Sleep Angry

Each night as I drift off to sleep, I adamantly refuse to use this precious time to review anything that I do not want to be reinforced in the hours of being immersed in my subconscious mind. I choose to impress upon my subconscious mind my conception of myself as a Divine creator in alignment with the one mind. I reiterate my I ams, which I have placed in my  imagination, and I remember that my slumber will be dominated by my last waking concept of myself. I am peaceful, I am content, I am love, and I attract only to myself those who are in alignment with my highest ideals of myself.

This is my nightly ritual, always eschewing any temptation to go over any fear of unpleasantness that my ego might be asking me to review. I assume the feeling in my body of those I am statements already fulfilled, and I know that I’m allowing myself to be programmed while asleep, for the next day I rise knowing that I am a free agent.

In sleep man impresses the subconscious mind with his conception of himself. — Neville Goddard

Step 4: Switch the Focus from Blaming Others to Understanding Yourself

Whenever you’re upset over the conduct of others, take the focus off those you’re holding responsible for your inner distress. Shift your mental energy to allowing yourself to be with whatever you’re feeling — let the experience be as it may, without blaming others for your feelings. Don’t blame yourself either! Just allow the experience to unfold and tell yourself that no one has the power to make you uneasy without your consent, and that you’re unwilling to grant that authority to this person right now.

Tell yourself that you are willing to freely experience your emotions without calling them “wrong” or needing to chase them away. In this way, you’ve made a shift to self-mastery. It’s important to bypass blame, and even to bypass your desire to understand the other person; instead, focus on understanding yourself.
By taking responsibility for how you choose to respond to anything or anyone, you’re aligning yourself with the beautiful dance of life. By changing the way you choose to perceive the power that others have over you and you will see a bright new world of unlimited potential for yourself and you will know instantly how to forgive and let go of anything.

Step 5: Avoid Telling People What to Do

Avoid thoughts and activities that involve telling people who are perfectly capable of making their own choices what to do. In your family, remember that you do not own anyone. The poet Kahlil Gibran reminds you:

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you . . .

This is always true. In fact, disregard any inclination to dominate in all of your relationships. Listen rather than expound. Pay attention to yourself when you’re having judgmental opinions and see where self-attention takes you. When you replace an ownership mentality with one of allowing, you’ll begin to see the true unfolding of the Tao in yourself and other people. From that moment on, you’ll be free of frustration with those who don’t behave according to your ego-dominated expectations.

Step 6: Learn to Let Go and Be Like Water

Rather than attempting to dominate with your forcefulness, be like water: flow everywhere there’s an opening. Soften your hard edges by being more tolerant of contrary opinions. Interfere less, and substitute listening for directing and telling. When someone offers you their viewpoint, try responding with: “I’ve never considered that before—thank you. I’ll give it some thought.”

When you give up interfering, and opt instead to stream like water—gently, softly, and unobtrusively— you become forgiveness itself.

Picture yourself as having the same qualities as water. Allow your soft, weak, yielding, fluid self to enter places where you previously were excluded because of your inclination to be solid and hard. Flow softly into the lives of those with whom you feel conflicted: Picture yourself entering their private inner selves, seeing perhaps for the first time what they’re experiencing. Keep this image of yourself as gently coursing water, and watch how your relationships change.

Step 7: Take Responsibility for Your Part

Removing blame means never assigning responsibility to anyone else for what you’re experiencing. It means that you’re willing to say, “I may not understand why I feel this way, why I have this illness, why I’ve been victimized, or why I had this accident, but I’m willing to say without any guilt or resentment that I own it. I live with, and I am responsible for, having it in my life.”

If you take responsibility for having the experience, then at least you have a chance to also take responsibility for removing it or learning from it. If you’re in some small (perhaps unknown) way responsible for that migraine headache or that depressed feeling, then you can go to work to remove it or discover what its message is for you. If, on the other hand, someone or something else is responsible in your mind, then of course you’ll have to wait until they change for you to get better. And that is unlikely to occur. So you go home with nothing and are left with nothing when peace is really on the other side of the coin.

Step 8: Let Go of Resentments

What causes annoyance and anger after a dispute? The generic response would be a laundry list detailing why the other person was wrong and how illogically and unreasonably they behaved, concluding with something like, “I have a right to be upset when my [daughter, mother-in-law, ex-husband, boss, or whomever you’re thinking of] speaks to  me that way!”

But if you’re interested in living a Tao-filled life, it’s imperative that you reverse this kind of thinking. Resentments don’t come from the conduct of the other party in an altercation—no, they survive and thrive because you’re unwilling to end that altercation with an offering of kindness, love, and authentic forgiveness. As Lao-Tzu says:

Someone must risk returning injury with kindness, or hostility will never turn to goodwill. — Lao-Tzu

So when all of the yelling, screaming, and threatening words have been expressed, the time for calm has arrived. Remember that no storm lasts forever, and that hidden within are always seeds of tranquility. There is a time for hostility and a time for peace.

Step 9: Be Kind Instead of Right

There is a Chinese proverb, If you’re going to pursue revenge, you’d better dig two graves, which is saying to me: your resentments will destroy you.

The world is just the way it is. The people who are behaving “badly” in the world are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. You can process it in any way that you choose. If you’re filled with anger about all of those “problems,” you are one more person who contributes to the pollution of anger.  Instead, remember that you have no need to make others wrong or to retaliate when you’ve been wronged.

Imagine if someone says something to you that you find offensive, and rather than opting for resentment, you learn to depersonalize what you’ve just heard and respond with kindness. You are willing to freely send the higher, faster energies of love, peace, joy, forgiveness, and kindness as your response to whatever comes your way. You do this for yourself. You would rather be kind than right.

Step 10: Practice Giving

In the midst of arguments or disagreements, practice giving rather than taking before you exit. Giving involves leaving the ego behind. While it wants to win and show its superiority by being contrary and disrespectful, your Tao nature wants to be at peace and live in harmony. You can reduce your quarreling time to almost zero if you practice this procedure:

Wherever you are, whenever you feel strong emotions stirring in you and you notice yourself  feeling the need to “be right,” silently recite the following words from the Prayer of Saint Francis:

Where there is injury, [let me bring] pardon.

Be a giver of forgiveness as he teaches: Bring love to hate, light to darkness, and pardon to injury. Read these words daily, for they’ll help you overcome your ego’s demands and know the fullness of life.

Step 11: Stop Looking for Occasions to Be Offended

When you live at or below ordinary levels of awareness, you spend a great deal of time and energy finding opportunities to be offended. A news report,  a rude stranger,  someone cursing, a sneeze, a black cloud —just about anything will do if you’re looking for an occasion to be offended. Become a person who refuses to be offended by any one, any thing, or any set of circumstances.

If you have enough faith in your own beliefs, you’ll find that it’s impossible to be offended by the beliefs and conduct of others.

Not being offended is a way of saying, “I have control over how I’m going to feel, and I choose to feel peaceful regardless of what I observe going on. When you feel offended, you’re practicing judgment. You judge someone else to be stupid, insensitive, rude, arrogant, inconsiderate, or foolish, and then you find yourself upset and offended by their conduct. What you may not realize is that when you judge another person, you do not define them. You define yourself as someone who needs to judge others.

Step 12: Don’t Live In the Past – Be Present

When we find it difficult to forgive, often it is because we are not living in the present, and instead, we assign more importance to the past. We assign a good portion of our energy and attention lamenting the good old days that are gone forever as the reason why we can’t be happy and fulfilled today. “Everything has changed,” “No one respects anyone else like they used to…” This is assigning responsibility to the past for why you can’t be happy today.

It’s doubtful that other creatures waste the present moment in thoughts of past and future. A beaver only does beaver, and he does it right in the moment. He doesn’t spend his days  ruminating over the fact that his beaver siblings received more attention, or his father beaver ran off with a younger beaver when he was growing up. He’s always in the now. We can learn much from God’s creatures about enjoying the present moment rather than using it up consumed with anger over the past or worry about the future. Practice living in the moment by appreciating the beauty around you now.

Step 13: Embrace Your Dark Times

In a universe that’s an intelligent system with a divine creative force supporting it, there simply can be no accidents. As tough as it is to acknowledge, you had to go through what you went through in order to get to where you are today, and the evidence is that you did. Every spiritual advance that you will make in your life will very likely be preceded by some kind of fall or seeming disaster. Those dark times, accidents, tough episodes, break ups, periods of impoverishment, illnesses, abuses, and broken dreams were all in order. They happened, so you can assume they had to and you can’t unhappen them.

Embrace them from that perspective, and then understand them, accept them, honor them, and finally transform them.

Step 14: Refrain from Judgement

When you stop judging and simply become an observer, you will know  inner peace. With that sense of inner peace, you’ll find yourself happier and free of the negative energy of resentment. A bonus is that you’ll find that others are much more attracted to you. A peaceful person attracts peaceful energy.

If I’m to be a being of love living from my highest self, that means that love is all I have inside of me and all that I have to give away. If someone I love chooses to be something other than what my ego would prefer, I must send them the ingredients of my highest self, which is God, and God is love.

My criticism and condemnation of the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of others—regardless of how right and moral my human self convinces me it is—is a step away from God-realization. And it is God-consciousness that allows for my wishes to be fulfilled, as long as they are aligned with my Source of being. I can come up with a long list of reasons why I should be judgmental and condemnatory toward another of God’s children and why, damn it, I am right. Yet if I want to perfect my own world—and I so want to do so—then I must substitute love for these judgments.

Helping a friend in need

Step 15: Send Love

I spent years studying the teachings of Patanjali, and he reminded us several thousand years ago that when we are steadfast—which means that we never slip in our abstention of thoughts of harm directed toward others—then all living creatures cease to feel enmity in our presence.

Now I know that we are all human: you, me, all of us. We do occasionally slip and retreat from our highest self into judgment, criticism, and condemnation, but this is not a rationale for choosing to practice that kind of interaction. I can only tell you that when I finally got it, and I sent only love to another of God’s children whom I had been judging and criticizing, I got the immediate result of inner contentment.

I urge you to send love in place of those judgments and criticisms to others when you feel they impede your joy and happiness, and hold them in that place of love. Notice that if you stay steadfast, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

A Meditation to End on Love

Picture yourself at the termination of a quarrel or major dispute. Rather than reacting with old patterns of residual anger, revenge, and hurt, visualize offering kindness, love, and forgiveness.

Do this right now by sending out these “true virtue” thoughts to any resentments you’re currently carrying. Make this your standard response to any future altercations: I end on love, no matter what!




Maha Chohan – Great Lord

17 May

As the Representative of the Holy Spirit, the Maha Chohan embodies the white light of all the rays and teaches the sevenfold balance of the rays of the Seven Mighty Elohim, which in turn manifest upon the brow of the initiate as a crown of crystal light when that God-mastery of the seven rays is reached.

The Maha Chohan is a very present help to all who call to him. Because of his pledge to all mankind “I am keeping the flame for you until you are able,” this truly Great Lord is called the Keeper of the Flame. He is the endower of Christ-mastery through the disciplines of right choice and right action—patterned after the eightfold path of Lord Gautama Buddha, which parallels the path taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ.

These disciplines are accomplished through the mastery of free will, of the desires and the desire body, and of the path of the Sacred Heart and the Ruby Ray as the initiate balances the threefold flame and attains equilibrium in the white light of the seven rays in his chakras. Engaging in service to Community—the world body of Lightbearers—by the engagement of one’s forces, body, mind and soul, is the means to accomplish this goal.

Representative of the Holy Spirit

The Maha Chohan is the representative of the Holy Spirit. The one who holds this office in hierarchy represents the Holy Spirit of the Father-Mother God, of Alpha and Omega, to the evolutions of this planet and to the elemental kingdom. The retreat of the Maha Chohan, the Temple of Comfort, is located on the etheric plane with a focus in the physical at the island of Sri Lanka, where the flame of the Holy Spirit and the flame of Comfort are anchored. His twin flame is Pallas Athena, Goddess of Truth.

Maha Chohan means “Great Lord,” and the Maha Chohan is the Great Lord of the seven chohans, the director of the seven chohans of the rays. Among the qualifications for this office in hierarchy is the attainment of adeptship on each of the seven rays, which merge into the pure white light of the Holy Spirit. With the seven chohans, he initiates our souls in preparation to receive the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, spoken of in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

Since the Spirit of God infuses nature and man as the life-giving essence of the sacred fire, the representative of the Holy Spirit must be qualified to interpenetrate all substance through the diffusion of his consciousness and also to draw forth the flame that sustains life in man and nature through the focalization of his consciousness.

The element that corresponds to the flame of the Holy Spirit is oxygen. Without that element, neither man nor elemental life could continue their service. The consciousness of the Maha Chohan is, therefore, comparable to the Great Central Sun Magnet. He focuses the magnet upon the planet that draws to the earth the emanations from the sun that are required to sustain life.

The Power of the I AM Presence

Finally, the Maha Chohan prepares the Christed one for the empowerment by the Lord, the Mighty I AM Presence, of “the all power in heaven and in earth.” Conferred through Maitreya, this initiation was acclaimed by our Lord and Saviour when he gave the great commission to his disciples:

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I AM with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

Initiations of the Seven Chakra through the Seven Chohans of the Rays

Truly, the key to Christhood through loving obedience to Father and Son is fulfilled in the disciple’s acceptance of Jesus’ calling to be a mediator of the Word and Work of the Lord. Mirroring His consciousness that all might see His reflected image, the disciple is readying himself to receive the chakra initiations of the Holy Spirit given by the hand of the Maha Chohan through the Seven Chohans according to the degrees of the seven rays.

These initiations are the measured steps and stages of the soul’s preparation to receive and put on the graces of the nine gifts—first as a bridal veil, her pure conception of the quality, virtue, and vibration of each gift, and then as the wedding garment, the full awareness and infilling of the flame of the gift and its application in her ministrations to life.
Dove of the Holy Spirit by Tiffany
The seven chohans acquaint her with the powers, principalities and angelic hosts of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as she diligently applies herself to the putting on of the graces, even as each gift bestowed is beautified by her special qualification of the rays.

While this training is taking place, the Maha Chohan strengthens the fibers of the spirit in his role as counselor, comforter and enlightener, laying firm foundations for the rainbow spheres to descend in concentric rings of Light, coalescing the aura of the causal body around the central sun of the heart chakra here below, as Above. Tenderly the Great Lord shows each bride of Christ how to fill in the rough places and make them plain for the mirroring of the Holy Spirit’s healing presence to all life.

And for those who have the understanding of the Inner Light (to use a Quaker term), we will say that the bestowal of the nine gifts is, by definition, the transfer of the initial matrix of the power of the three-times-three which the disciple must learn to wield, enhancing it through the balanced threefold flame and the science of the spoken Word.

The Maha Chohan is Present at Your Birth and Death

The Maha Chohan ministers to every person on earth as we enter this world and as we exit it. At the moment of that birth, he is present to breathe the breath of life into the body and to ignite the threefold flame that is lowered into manifestation in the secret chamber of the heart.

The Maha Chohan also attends at the transition called death, when he comes to withdraw the flame of life and to withdraw the holy breath. The flame, or divine spark, returns to the Holy Christ Self, and the soul, clothed in the etheric body, also returns to the level of the Holy Christ Self.

The Maha Chohan and the Flame of the Holy Spirit

Initiation: The chakras and the All Power in Heaven and in Earth
Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Nine Gifts Multiplied by Free Will and the Threefold Flame
Retreat: Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Vibration: White, Pink, Rose, Ruby, White-Fire Core of All Rays
Music: The radiation of the Maha Chohan is drawn through the musical composition Homing, by Arthur Salmon.
Gemstone: Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Topaz, Ruby, Rose Quartz, Pink Beryl, Pearl
Quality: Comfort Enlightenment. Breath of Life
Day: Liberator of the Sacred Fire of the Seven Rays/All Days

The Maha Chohan’s Previous Lifetimes

The Maha Chohan was embodied as the blind poet Homer, whose epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, include his twin flame, Pallas Athena, as a central figure. The Iliad tells the story of the last year of the Trojan War, while the Odyssey focuses on the return home of Odysseus—one of the heroes of the Trojan War.

Historically, little is known about Homer, but most scholars believe he composed his poems in the eighth or ninth century BC. Even at that time, Homer attuned his consciousness with the comfort flame, and the radiance he sustained with the focus of his own heart flame was a great blessing to elemental life.

In his final embodiment as a shepherd in India, the light that he quietly drew forth kept the flame for millions of lifestreams. He gained his mastery by consecrating his four lower bodies as a chalice for the flame of the Holy Spirit and his consciousness as a step-down transformer for the emanations of Sanat Kumara, the Ancient of Days.

Awaken the Light Within and Change Yourself and Your World

The Maha Chohan will minister to you at every crossroad in life, if you will but pause for a moment when making decisions, think of the Holy Spirit and simply say the mantra, “Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten me.”


Compilación realizada por Lorena Lacaille.


Luna nueva y eclipse de sol en piscis este 26 de febrero de 2017.

26 Feb

Padre Sol, Madre Luna

Un eclipse de Sol puede simbolizar la desaparición momentánea de nuestro potencial interior, sentimos ausencia de poder personal, de voluntad, de capacidad visualizar metas personales, en cambio un eclipse lunar nos fuerza a comprobar nuestro pasado (Luna) a la luz de la experiencia actual y puede relacionarse con confusión y momentos particularmente propicios para esconder, ocultar, fomentar o expandir “sombras” de manifestación emocional.

Para la astrología el Sol es el dador de vida y energía, su oscurecimiento en el cielo, aunque sea por una pequeña porción de tiempo, como sucede en un eclipse, es una señal de ausencia da las mismas. Existe una comprobada interacción entre los eclipses y desvitalización, por esa razón cuando nos afectan los eclipses de Sol, podemos sentirnos más cansados, estresados, fatigados o abatidos. Durante los eclipses de Luna nuestras emociones y sentimientos pueden desbordarse hasta un punto de ser percibidos claramente por los demás, pueden presentarse momentos de alteraciones, desorden, desconcierto o confusión y lo que parece ser, en realidad no es.

Es recomendable durante ese tiempo estar muy en contacto con nuestro “Ser interno” practicando actividades que se relacionen con la meditación, reflexión e introspección, aprovechando la oportunidad para percibir nuestros condicionamientos y ataduras con el fin de elaborarlos y reorientar de esta manera nuestro camino… explorando nuevas posibilidades.

En astrología consideramos que los eclipses afectan un determinado punto y su opuesto y, en el caso de estar afectado dicho eclipse por malos aspectos, también los consideraremos como puntos sensibilizados por el fenómeno celeste.

En general el efecto de un eclipse no se nota solamente en el momento de producirse el mismo, desde la antigüedad se consideraba que un eclipse tenía vigencia hasta producirse el siguiente de la misma clase, por lo que probablemente notaremos sus efectos también cuando un planeta “activador” (generalmente Marte) toque el punto del eclipse, es por esa razón que en ocasiones, los eclipses parecen no provocar nada hasta un tiempo después.

Eclipse de Sol en el eje Piscis Virgo

El segundo eclipse del año 2017 será un eclipse anular de Sol que se producirá el 26 de febrero en el signo de Piscis. En este caso en conjunción a Neptuno, el planeta que nos aleja de la realidad. Este eclipse afectará a los primeros grados de los signos mutables (Piscis- Virgo) las personas que hayan nacido los últimos días de febrero o los últimos días de agosto, podrán verse aquejados por desvitalización. Ausencia de voluntad, falta de capacidad para ejercer la autoridad y tendencia al malhumor o al desasosiego son algunos de los síntomas, si es así, la energía puede estar mal encausada o dirigida erróneamente. Se recomienda descanso, dieta sana, largas caminatas y no tomar decisiones inmediatas en momentos que, seguramente, son de poca claridad mental. Aunque sí podemos aprovecharlos para sumergirnos en nuestro Ser interior a fin de percibir obstáculos, elaborarlos y de esa manera encontrar nuevos caminos y posibilidades.

No será tampoco un buen momento para comenzar nuevas actividades, firmar documentos importantes o comprar algo que deba perdurar en el tiempo. Estaremos proclives al desconcierto, a los fraudes o equivocaciones, incluso a alteraciones de tipo nervioso. Como en todo eclipse de Sol es conveniente el descanso y una actividad física poco exigente para movilizar y oxigenar el cuerpo, así como toda acción que sirva para sosegar la mente, desintoxicar y revitalizar el organismo.

Patricia Kesselman



Un eclipse de Sol ocurre cuando hay una Luna Nueva y la Luna queda entre medio del Sol y la Tierra. Este es una eclipse anular, por tanto la Luna no cubre la circunferencia del Sol completamente. Los horarios de cuando se forma exactamente son así:

Los Angeles – 26 de Feb a las 6:58 am
New York – 26 de Feb a las 9:58 am
Buenos Aires -26 de Feb a las 11:58 am
London – 26 de Feb a las 2:58 pm
Madrid-Barcelona – 26 de Feb a las 3:58 pm
Sydney – 27 de Feb a las 0:58 am
Es difícil hablar de este eclipse en términos completamente positivos, pues tiene aspectos planetarios complicados y como en el caso de la conjunción Marte-Urano-Eris en Aries, activando la T-cuadrada cardinal con Plutón en Capricornio y Júpiter en Libra, con Vesta completando la Gran Cruz desde Cáncer, nos da un pelín de cosquilleo en el estómago. Sobre todo cuando nos acercamos a la segunda oposición exacta entre Urano-Eris y Júpiter. Como ya he explicado antes esta oposición revive, activa, completa las cosas que comenzaron hace 6-7 años cuando Júpiter y Urano se juntaban en conjunción en Aries, en Junio del 2010. El 27-28 de Febrero del 2010, hubo un eclipse de Luna, es decir una Luna Llena a los 9º de Piscis-Virgo, y tuvimos el gran terremoto y luego un tsunami en Chile donde murieron cientos de personas.

Siempre que Urano es aspectado exactamente, lo único previsible es lo imprevisible. Por tanto sabemos que habrá tensión en el aire, ya que el planeta que se alineará con Urano-Eris es Marte en su propio signo. Marte, o Ares, el guerrero, el caballero, el que defiende, el que se arriesga, el que lucha. Las energías se disparan y eventos inesperados de naturaleza violenta son de esperar. El eclipse se forma a los 8º de Piscis, es decir en el mismo ángulo que en el 2010. Esta vez va acompañado de Mercurio, Neptuno, Pallas y Quirón. El Sol y la Luna muy cerca de Neptuno se alinea con el Nodo Sur de la Luna, por tanto podemos esperar eventos que nos confrontan con el pasado, que nos traen a la consciencia viejos patrones de comportamiento que tienen que ver con Piscis, es decir con escapismo, con nuestros ideales y añoranzas, con el final de una etapa, ya que este es el último signo, con algo que ha cumplido su función y se prepara para transformarse en otra cosa. Algo evoluciona. Pero en el mundo de la materia, Neptuno rige el mar. Por tanto el océano se moviliza. Por supuesto que sólo puede manifestarse como una gran marea y nada más. Pero debemos estar atentos. Entregarnos a la experiencia y tratar de aprender al máximo sus lecciones. Simbólicamente el Océano es nuestro inconsciente, entonces, el inconsciente se moviliza. Es cuando hurgamos en él que tenemos la posibilidad de cambiar y evolucionar. Todo lo que se queda en él, se nos aparece como Destino y nos convertimos en víctimas de las circunstancias y de la Vida.
Piscis y Neptuno nos hablan de la disolución del individuo en esa totalidad que llamamos el Gran Espíritu, o el Alma Mundi. De donde hemos emergido y hacia donde nos dirigimos. Ese lugar donde todos somos UNO, donde no hay separación, donde navegamos por las Aguas Ancestrales y nos reconocemos en los otros, vengan de donde vengan. Los puntos en común entre los humanos son muchos más elocuentes que las diferencias. Cuando nos miramos como Seres Humanos las diferencias nacionales y culturales desaparecen. Nuestro esqueleto es el mismo, nuestros órganos también, nuestros sentimientos profundos también.
La Gran Cruz que se forma para este eclipse, nos abre la puerta de la psiquis hacia nuestra sombra, hacia la bestia interna, para que podamos reconocerla, respetarla, y honorarla, pues esa es la única manera de controlarla. Se requiere mucha valentía para mirar hacia dentro y reconocer que todo eso que me molesta de los otros es lo que no soporto en mi. Que todos los consejos que puedo darle a los demás es lo que debo hacer yo, para aceptarme más, para sentirme más completo. La aceptación de la totalidad del Ser es la verdadera liberación, la verdadera libertad.
Los signos cardinales volvemos a estar removidos y los mutables también. Pero debemos recordar que es a través del sufrimiento consciente que evolucionamos y encontramos en nosotros el verdadero oro interno. Sin sufrimiento no hay cuestionamiento, y sin cuestionarnos no hay respuestas. Con tantos planetas en Piscis y con Venus-Marte-Urano y Eris en Aries, el mensaje es claro: escucha tu intuición y tus sueños y ACTÚA. Este es momento de HACER o COMENZAR eso con lo que siempre has soñado. Sobre todo deja de pensar que no es posible. Quizás no será igualito a tus sueños, pero será una expresión de ti mismo. Si has estado envuelta/o en situaciones que no engrandecen tu alma o de lo cual ya no aprendes, hora de pensar en alternativas y redirigirlo hacia un lugar donde tus valores van en línea con tus acciones.

Estar atento a los signos del cuerpo y a las imágenes que emergen de nuestra imaginación pues por encima de todo, estos son momentos muy creativos, donde podemos encontrar la llave que abre un potencial que desconocíamos o al que no le habíamos prestado atención.

Cristina Laird





Compilación realizada por Lorena Lacaille.



5 Steps To Starting Your Day Right. Begin Your Day with Bliss.

8 Jun

Editor’s Note – What can a simple 30-day program of health and beauty practices do for you? In her new book book, Gorgeous for Good, Sophie Uliano helps you establish your own lifetime wellness regime for mind, body, and spirit.

One very important aspect of my program for lasting beauty, inside and out, is a morning ritual that helps you always begin your day with peace and purpose. I call it “Morning ME Time.” For the next 30 days, you will do a morning “me time” ritual that will help set the tone for each day. Throughout the routine, the goal is to be mindful and fully aware of what’s happening in the present moment—not running through a to-do list in your head. The routine takes about 20 minutes in all, so just set your alarm clock a tiny bit earlier. The routine is:

1. Brush your teeth.
2. Prepare and mindfully sip warm lemon or ginger water.
3. Practice your five-minute mini yoga routine.
4. Meditate while focusing on your breath, body, and/or a specific topic for five to ten minutes.
5. Conclude with an intention.

I’ll teach you about each aspect of the routine, and then we’ll put it all together. Today, you are simply going to do a couple of things to prep yourself. First, find a quiet space that you can go to every morning for your “me time” ritual. This doesn’t mean you have to build an altar (although great if you do!); it’s just a space where you can sit with your water, move through your yoga routine, and meditate without disturbance.

Next, you should choose how you will sit to do your breathing and meditation—on a yoga mat, a meditation cushion, or a chair. This morning, try out your seating options. See where you can sit comfortably for a few minutes without being disturbed.

Morning ME Time Routine

1. Brush your teeth.
I know it sounds silly, but this step is essential to do before you consume anything. After a night’s sleep, your mouth is full of bacteria, and anything you put in your mouth—even the lemon or ginger in your water—will attract it. It also feels great to have a clean, fresh mouth before your yoga or meditation.

2. Prepare and mindfully sip warm lemon or ginger water.
After you’ve brushed your teeth, add a couple of slices of lemon or raw ginger root to a mug of boiling water. Let it steep for a minute before adding some cool water to make it drinkable. If you dislike lemon or ginger, just drink the hot water. If you take a daily probiotic or any supplements that are best taken on an empty stomach, take them with this drink. Remember to be mindful of what you are doing, which means slow down. Enjoy the process of warming the water, slicing the lemon or ginger, and sipping. Notice the subtle taste, sounds, and colors.

3. Practice your five-minute mini yoga routine.
After you brush your teeth and drink your water, it’s time to gently get your body in motion. This is not a workout; rather, it’s a simple practice to wake up your body that over time will create tremendous flexibility. These three yoga poses (the Cat or Cow, Downward-Facing Dog, and Standing Forward Bend) will open and stretch out your spine and your hamstrings before you sit down to meditate. As you practice them, be mindful of your breath.

4. Meditate while focusing on your breath for five minutes.
After you’ve finished your yoga routine, move gently into the sitting space that you identified on the first day of the program. Now spend a few moments getting into the optimum posture for meditation. If you are on a cushion or mat, you will sit cross-legged. In a chair, firmly plant both feet on the floor. Then, no matter where you are sitting, press your sitz bones firmly down into the chair or cushion or floor and feel your spine extending upward toward the sky.
Follow the natural curves of your spine as you extend. Soften your shoulders away from your ears, and release your facial muscles. If you are in a chair, you may need a large cushion behind you to assist you in not slumping. Rest your palms gently on your thighs. Once you’re in the right position, set your timer for three minutes, close your eyes, and simply watch your breath. You don’t need to control it, deepen it, or force it. Just notice it. Is it smooth or ragged? Does it make a sound? Is it deep or shallow? Is there a tiny pause between your inhale and your exhale?
Your mind will wander off; this is normal—all you need to do is observe it wandering off and then gently bring your attention back to observing your breath. Focusing on your breath and expanding your awareness is the key to meditation.

5. Conclude with an intention.
The final step of your morning routine is to create an intention for the day. When I do this, I feel as if I am sealing in the benefits of my meditation and giving my mind a clear direction for the day. Plus, it gives me something to come back to if at any point I feel overwhelmed by the events of the day. Feel free to create your own intentions, or use the ones I offer in my book Gorgeous For Good that have been the most powerful in my life. Here are a few samples:

Today’s Intention: Today I will be guided by love, not fear.
Today I will align myself with Divine Creative Intelligence to create my dream life.
Today I will surrender my little self and open up to the vast power and infinite possibilities of the Universe.
Today I will take a pause before reacting to any person or situation that bothers me. I will breathe slowly and ask the Divine for guidance.

Gorgeous for Good by Sophie Uliano


New York Times best-selling author Sophie Uliano is a leading expert in the field of natural health and beauty, who takes a down-to-earth approach to beauty focusing on what’s truly healthy. Her popular website——brings together a community of like-minded women and provides in-depth articles, reviews, beauty picks, recipes, and more covering the latest beauty trends. She has written three books, Gorgeously Green, Do It Gorgeously, and The Gorgeously Green Diet. Follow her on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Turn Your Life Around with These Afformations. Your Healing & Happiness Questions

30 Ago

Noah St. John discovered that he had more success with Afformations® than affirmations because he wasn’t sure he believed in his affirmations strongly enough to make them work for him. What an Afformation? It’s an affirmation turned into a question and questions automatically cause our minds to seek answers. “I am so happy and successful” becomes “Why am I so happy and successful?” From The Book of Afformations® he offers afformations on life and happiness for you to try:

As I teach my coaching clients, mastermind students, and seminar audiences, there are two sentences that describe all human emotion. I discovered them while meditating one morning. Once I saw them in my mind, I realized that these two sentences not only describe our current emotions, but they also reveal how to immediately turn around any negative emotion into a positive.

Ready? Here are the sentences:

When your opinion of your past, present, and future tends to be positive,

you will be happy.

When your opinion of your past, present,

or future tends to be negative,

you will be unhappy.

Those two sentences describe all human emotion. What is the key word in both of those sentences? Opinion. Why? Because it’s not what happens to us, it’s our opinion of what happens to us that determines our thoughts, feelings, actions, and responses—and all of those together create our very lives. Are you carrying around a negative opinion of something that happened to you 10, 20, or 30 years in the past and allowing it to determine your life today? Are you not appreciating all the abundance you have in the present, right under your nose? And are

you not appreciating all the abundance you have in the present, right under your nose? And are you afraid of what’s going to happen to you in the future?

If you’re holding on to any of these negative opinions—about your past, present, or future—you will tend to be unhappy about that portion of your life. (Many people have a negative opinion about all three!) Conversely, I’ll bet you know someone who has a positive opinion about their past, their present, and their future even though they’ve been through tremendous pain, unbelievable loss, struggle, and hardship. Let’s be honest: how many people do you know who haven’t gone through these things?

What is it about the people who’ve been through pain and struggle and choose to be happy anyway? They’ve made a conscious choice to have a positive opinion about what happened to them in the past, what’s happening to them in the present, and what’s going to happen to them in the future. They are—whether they know it or not—asking the right questions.

There’s one more thing I’d like to point out here: your life is nothing more than your opinion of your past, your present, and your future.

Where does your past exist? Only in your mind.

Where does your present exist? Only in your mind.

And where does the future exist? Only in your mind.

Nowhere else in the universe do these three things exist than inside that brilliant brain you’ve been given.

If you want to live the life of your dreams, change your opinion of your past, your present, and your future.

Right now, I want you to take out your Afformations Journal and write down the opinions you’ve been holding about your past, your present, and your future. You may be unknowingly asking questions that keep forming a life you don’t want—because they’ve kept you focused on what you’ve lost, what you don’t have, and what you think you’ll never have.

Well, those are lousy opinions—and the wrong questions.

Guess what? Who is the only person holding them? You.

Who is the only person who can change them? You.

And who is the only person who needs to change them, in order for your life to change?

That would be, ah, you. Only you have the power to change your life by changing your questions, then taking new actions that support your new opinions/assumptions/beliefs/questions.

Use these new, empowering Afformations to challenge your assumptions, change your opinions, improve your beliefs, and shift what you focus on . . . and let yourself live the life you’ve always imagined!

Your New Beliefs about Life and Happiness

•          Why am I so happy?

•          Why am I more than good enough?

•          Why do I attract all good things today?

•          Why do I know why I’m here on Earth?

•          Why do I know my life purpose?

•          Why do I love knowing my life purpose?

•          Why am I living my life purpose?

Why am I living my life purpose?

•          Why do I know Who I Really Am?

•          Why am I so comfortable in my own skin?

•          Why did God create the perfect me?

•          Why am I so confident being Who I Really Am?

•          Why do I attract only good things when I live my life purpose?

•          Why do I attract all good things as I express Who I Really Am?

•          Why am I perfectly capable of living the life I really want?

•          Why am I perfectly capable of living my life purpose?

•          Why has God given me the ability to live my life purpose?

•          Why am I exactly who I’m supposed to be?

•          Why is it okay to like myself?

•          Why is it okay to love myself?

•          Why am I safe to be Who I Really Am?

•          Why do the right people come to me so quickly now?

•          Why do opportunities come to me so quickly and easily now?

Why do highly successful people value and appreciate me?

•          Why did God create perfection in Who I Really Am?

•          Why am I truly appreciated by my friends, family members, and colleagues?

•          Why am I allowed to be Who I Really Am?

•          Why do I have more than enough time, money, and energy to do all I want with my life?

•          Why am I so lucky?

•          Why am I so blessed?

•          Why am I so grateful to be me?


Noah St. John is famous for inventing Afformations® and creating high-impact, customized strategies for fast-growing companies and leading organizations around the world. His sought-after advice is known as the “secret sauce” to creating instant superstar performance in high-growth businesses.


24 Ago

Life offers an abundance of concerns to which you can give your attention. A significant part of living consciously includes deciding what is deserving of your attention and to what extent as well as deciding what isn’t deserving of your attention.

Attention Worthiness

How do you decide what’s worthy of your attention and what isn’t?

Let’s consider some potential concerns.

On a scale of 1-3, make a quick rating of how attention-worthy each concern is for you (see list below).

1 = unworthy of your attention
2 = somewhat worthy of your attention
3 = very worthy of your attention

Here’s the list. These are in no particular order, and it’s not a complete list. It’s just a list to get you thinking.

“It depends” is a perfectly reasonable answer if you feel your rating would depend on the situation or circumstances. If that’s your answer, see if you can gain clarity about how the situation would affect your answer.

  • your favorite TV show(s)
  • astrophysics
  • government
  • national/global news
  • local news
  • your neighborhood
  • your home
  • your job
  • your income
  • your best friend
  • your boss
  • your parents
  • your family
  • the economy
  • Facebook
  • productivity
  • your nighttime dreams
  • your goals
  • literature
  • poetry
  • movies
  • porn
  • gossip about people you know
  • email
  • Twitter
  • the latest software
  • income taxes
  • your net worth
  • your weight
  • your physical appearance
  • your wardrobe
  • your primary relationship partner
  • meditation
  • physical exercise
  • reading non-fiction
  • reading fiction
  • music
  • art
  • travel
  • fine dining
  • cooking
  • smoking
  • doing drugs
  • pharmaceuticals
  • conspiracy theories
  • healthy eating
  • forming positive habits
  • overcoming addictions
  • making money
  • protecting the environment
  • cleaning
  • being organized
  • personal hygiene
  • dating
  • going to bars or night clubs
  • theater
  • dancing
  • sex
  • marriage
  • having kids
  • parenting
  • law
  • mathematics
  • medicine
  • biology
  • science
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • stocks
  • real estate
  • investing
  • farming
  • coffee
  • geography
  • learning other languages
  • writing
  • Internet marketing
  • philosophy
  • metaphysics
  • video games
  • gambling
  • technology
  • computer programming
  • entertainment
  • education
  • national debt
  • the military
  • personal growth
  • psychic development
  • your emotions
  • being in nature
  • developing new skills
  • science fiction
  • your next promotion
  • public speaking
  • attending conferences

You can print out this list and jot down a numerical rating for each item, or you can simply say each rating aloud as you read it online.

Feel free to add your own items too — anything you’d like to include is fair game.

Take your time as you do this. Don’t necessarily go with your initial impulse rating for each item. Pause for a moment and think. How do you know if an item is worthy of your attention or not? What makes one item worthy and another unworthy? Push yourself to come up with a reason to justify each rating. This is a learning exercise to help you discover what matters most to you and why.

Precious Attention

Notice that if you want to, you can choose to give your attention to anything you desire. If you want to focus on your income, you can do that. If you want to give some attention to the environment, a fiction book, or your girlfriend, you can do those things too.

Notice that in the absence of such choices, your attention will be pulled towards something by default. If you don’t make a conscious choice here, someone else will decide for you. It may be your boss, a family member, an advertiser, a collective social influence, or someone or something else, but it won’t be something of your deliberate choosing.

When you don’t make these choices yourself, you fall back into unconscious living, and generally speaking, your results will suffer for it. Such unconscious results are usually quite poor compared to the results you can get from living consciously.

And lastly, notice that attention is a very limited resource. You don’t have an infinite attention capacity. You can only give your attention to one item — or at most, a few items — at a time. Attention should be viewed as a precious resource, something you invest carefully and thoughtfully. You don’t have much of it to spread around, so don’t let it go to waste.

Where Is Your Attention Going?

Now that you’ve given some thought to what’s worthy of your attention, it’s a good idea to make a list of what’s actually capturing your attention.

I suggest that you set aside a full day or two for attention capture. You can do this very easily. Get a blank piece of paper, and each time something new catches your attention that isn’t already written down, add it to your paper.

Don’t worry about tracking how much time you attend to each item. Just make a complete list that reflects the variety of thoughts and activities that captured your attention throughout the day.

At the end of the day, your list may look something like this:

  • feeling I should get out of bed earlier
  • wanting to lose weight
  • wanting to eat healthier
  • figuring out what to eat
  • web surfing
  • email
  • working on Project A
  • worrying about money
  • thinking about the weekend
  • talking with my partner about something trivial
  • feeling stressed
  • driving to work, thinking about bills
  • attending a meeting, mostly zoning out
  • reading work-related items
  • watching TV
  • etc.

When you feel you have a pretty good representation of your attention-grabbing concerns, whether it takes you a few hours or a few days to complete the list, go ahead and give each item on your list a 1-3 rating like you did earlier. Of all the items that captured some of your attention, which ones were truly worthy of it?

What do you notice about this? Are you giving your attention to items that are worthy of you? Or is your attention being drained away by trivialities? Which items weren’t on your list that should have been?

Determining Attention Worthiness

How do you know if an item is worthy or your attention or not? How can you separate the important from the irrelevant?

Here are some key criteria to consider:


What are the consequences of giving an item your attention vs. withholding your attention?

If there’s little difference either way or if the overall consequences are unimportant, it’s fair to say that the item isn’t worthy of your attention.

When it comes to understanding consequences, you must make your own assessment in this area. Don’t blindly subscribe to someone else’s assessment of the importance of a particular concern.

For example, I have never voted in any political election. I have never registered to vote. Certain social pressures may try to get me to believe that voting is my civic duty and that I’d be a bad person not to vote, but I say B.S. to all of that. Ultimately I have to make my own assessment of the importance of this action, and my personal determination is that in the grand scheme of things, my individual vote is irrelevant and statistically meaningless. Calling it a “right” or a “privilege” seems more like marketing than truth to me. So I do not vote… ever. Voting is a waste of time.

Not voting doesn’t mean I don’t care about world affairs. Of course I care. However, there are more intelligent options available to create change than the wasted effort of filling out a ballot.

Whether I vote or don’t vote, the consequences are negligible either way. As an activity, voting is unworthy of my attention.

You’re free to disagree with me of course. If you think voting is a good use of your time, by all means continue the practice. My point is that you cannot blindly accept social programming when it comes to determining what is or isn’t important to you. You have to make that determination for yourself.

Attention-worthy tasks show a pattern of having impactful consequences if you focus on them. Giving them your attention makes a very noticeable difference. If, however, you squander your attention on unworthy items, your results will be either negligible or negative.


In addition to consequences, also consider the degree of control you have over a particular concern.

If by giving your attention to a certain item, you have the ability to influence it in a meaningful way, then it’s more attention-worthy than an item that you cannot influence much.

For example, through my writing, I’m able to exert a lot of influence over people’s results when it comes to personal growth. This is an area where I have a lot of control. I can decide which topics to write about and how to express key points. Since I’ve been doing this for many years, I can see that my efforts have a positive impact. I can nudge people towards making more conscious choices. Every time I post a new article, it creates many ripples.

On the other hand, I don’t seem to have much control over the local politics in Las Vegas. I could give that subject a lot of attention, but I’m not currently in a position to have much impact there. So keeping up with local politics isn’t a good use of my time, relatively speaking. Consequently, I largely ignore local politics, so I can focus on other areas where I can make a more positive difference with less effort. This choice helps me be more efficient.

If you give your attention to items you can’t control, you’re essentially wasting your time. It’s more intelligent to focus on what you can control and influence. Then your influence will expand over time, and your power will increase.

Opportunity Cost

The attention-worthiness of any particular concern is relative to other items you could be choosing instead.

Will you watch TV or read a book? Will you go on a date or work on your Internet business? Will you get up early and exercise or sleep in late?

Whenever you give your attention to one concern, it means you’re withholding your attention from all other possible concerns. This entails a hidden cost of the potential value of the items you’ve declined to pursue.

If you had used your time differently during the past 5 years, you could have an extra million dollars in the bank. Another path might have led you to travel through dozens of different countries. And still another path might have you looking at a very fit and sculpted body in the mirror right now.

Are you happy with the path you’re currently following? Do you feel you’ve been giving your attention to thoughts and activities that are truly worthy of you? Are the opportunities that you’ve declined to pursue of lesser value than the ones you did pursue? Have you been turning down the good in order to pursue the best?

Or are you feeling disappointed with yourself right now?

Attention = Investment

Think of your attention as an investment. For each unit of time you invest, you’re generating certain results.

Some investments yield positive returns. Others yield zero or negative returns.

Don’t expect to be perfect right off the bat. This is a growth process that plays out over many years. To live more consciously, keep withdrawing your attention from trivial concerns, and redirect it towards those areas where you can have a stronger and more positive impact.

For example, I spent a lot of time during my 20s creating and publishing video games. Eventually I pulled my attention away from that field and redirected it to personal development. Shifting my attention thusly has allowed me to have a stronger and more positive impact, and I also reap greater rewards from creating and delivering more value to others.

Making these kinds of shifts can be a real challenge. Don’t expect the journey to be easy. Many people remain addicted to trivialities all the way to their graves. Often they can’t get past the social conditioning that tells them they should care about things that simply don’t matter. Don’t fall into that trap.

Conscious Attention

To live consciously, you must be the one to clarify and decide what matters most to you, and then you must discipline yourself to focus your attention on those items by deliberately withdrawing your attention from lesser concerns. Don’t expect life to do this for you. Don’t expect others to help you much. And never, ever whine that you don’t know what to do. It’s your job to figure it out — the task sits squarely on your shoulders. To complain that it’s too burdensome will only make it seem harder.

It’s okay to make mistakes as you figure this out. You don’t need to concoct a grand plan in advance, so don’t use the lack of one as an excuse for procrastination. Simply do the best you can in each moment, and you can continue to upgrade your choices as you go along. Keep pushing yourself to drop low-value activities, and replace them with higher value ones. Drop TV and read non-fiction instead. Dump the gossip-addicted friend who does nothing for you intellectually, and replace her with a more intelligent and resourceful friend. Quit the cigarettes, and shift that slice of your attention — and your budget — to becoming a fitness maven. If you still insist on using the “I don’t know what to do” excuse, then drop to the floor and do push-ups until you think of something that’s a better use of your time than doing push-ups. I suspect your brain will come up with a few ideas very shortly.

Very often when you reduce the time wasters by dropping low-value relationships and activities from your life, your understanding about what really matters to you will skyrocket. Time wasters will invariably fog your vision. Get rid of them as quickly as you can, and clarity will return. You will not miss the time wasters, even if you feel you’re addicted to them now.

Don’t let the difficulty of the task become an excuse for laziness. Keep pushing yourself to upgrade to more attention-worthy activities while dropping trivialities from your life, and you’ll find that your life becomes something quite special — rich in meaning and purpose. The alternative is a life of increasing disappointment and regret.