Self-Discipline

Higher Mind — The Master Key of Personal Development

I’ve been exposed to hundreds of different ideas, systems, and techniques in my decades of study of personal and spiritual growth—through the lenses of meditation, wisdom, philosophy, and psychology. In my effort to simplify things, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on what the essence of it all is. I knew that the essence had to be simple; otherwise, …

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Emotional Self-Mastery, Part 4: Sublimation

The final skill of emotional self-mastery is sublimation, which is the art of transforming or redirecting our emotions. Here, instead of undoing or releasing difficult emotions, we channel them into more positive expressions. Our emotions contain, in themselves, a lot of energy. They naturally move us to action, and consume much of our attention. They catalyze our focus. So what …

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Emotional Self-Mastery, Part 1: Awareness

At the core of both personal development and meditation, there is the concept of self-mastery. To be “the master of yourself” means that you are fully grounded and centered—you are not controlled by your thoughts, emotions and impulses. You have the ability to change your inner states. This is what I call internal self-discipline—the cultivation of the higher mind. It’s …

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7 Steps for Building Habits the Mindful Way

Building good habits and breaking bad habits are important parts of self-discipline—although not the whole of it. Unlike many of my peers, I don’t see habit-building as a replacement for willpower and self-control but as an aid. First, what are habits? Habits are automatic behaviors. We call them good habits if they are aligned with our goals and values, and …

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