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Each of us has two voices that, from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, speak to us. One of the voices shouts; the other voice whispers. They lurch behind you like a shadow and give conflicting advice. One is the Ego; the other is the Higher Self. What is the Ego? It is your reactive, attached mind. Holding onto the past and worrying about the future, it is the self-deprecating…

Early in my career I was very successful in the advertising industry. Before the age of 30 I had been promoted from a graphic design position to a strategy role where I was soon given an executive title. But this success did not make me happy. Behind the job titles, the fast paced lifestyle, the happy hours and the girlfriends, I was miserable. Desperate to escape the rat race, I recalled that my childhood dream…

I stepped out the door of my Manhattan advertising agency onto a swarming Madison Avenue. It was late and the sky had already been dark for several hours. I wanted to let out a long sigh to help alleviate the stress I felt from another crazy day at the office, but my lungs were too tight and suffocating to breath properly. As I walked to the subway to take a crowded F train back to…

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde High school was hard. Not so much the classes. The classes, at least at my high school, were a breeze. The hard part about high school was navigating the social cliques and doing anything possible, including great leaps of effort and imagination, to not, under any circumstances, do or say anything that would constitute the tragic and unshakable label of being weird. I did my…

Living in a busy place is a spiritual test. Cities are full of distractions, pushing and pulling us in every direction. “Do this! Buy that! Listen to me!” It’s a challenge because there are so many things fighting for our attention. “Energy flows where attention goes” – James McCrae. When you are focused, your power grows stronger. When you are distracted, your power drains.   But there is good news. Mindfulness is like a muscle. If…

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan I’ll never forget the time I landed my dream job. I was thrilled, until one year later when, for reasons beyond my control, I was laid off. Losing the job that I had always wanted, and facing career and financial uncertainty wasn’t easy, but it turned out to be one of the most valuable experiences…