Clearly one of the most influential men of our time, Steve Jobs was a big believer in meditation to still the mind, access intuition, become more creative, stay focused, and make wiser decisions.Jobs was a Zen Buddhist for many years. In 1974 he traveled to India in search of a spiritual guru. When he returned, he found one in his hometown of Los Altos, California: Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Japanese-born Zen master. Jobs studied at Kobun’s Zen Center and they developed a close relationship, discussing life and Buddhism during midnight walks. Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson, “I ended up spending as much time with him as I could. Zen has been a deep influence in my life ever since.” Continue reading
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”
– Jim Rohn, Personal Development GuruFocusing on our thoughts and emotions changes who we are. That internal change leads to smarter doing and better results in our external world. Going inside ourselves helps us to develop better thought processes. It helps us to access our intuition to make better decisions. It makes us more peaceful and happy, which then strengthens our relationships. We simply feel better all around, and that spreads to other people as well. People enjoy spending time with us and we create more value for them. As with anything worthwhile, you won’t see results with these mental disciplines for the first few weeks of implementing them. It takes consistency over time to get the hang of it, to start getting real value from your meditation sessions, to start seeing results in your life. Three things are absolutely imperative to make meaningful internal adjustments in your life: knowledge, application, and practice. 1. You must be able to see your situation clearly and understand the principles of thought and emotion that are constantly affecting you. 2. You must apply this knowledge on a regular basis by being aware of your thoughts and emotions. 3. You must practice some form of quiet personal reflection to allow yourself to calm yourself internally. As motivational speaker and personal change expert Tony Robbins says: “If we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Consistency is the key.
Read more about these concepts in the book, Reversing The Senses.
Your internal capacity is your ability to manage and leverage your inner world of thoughts and emotions and to reverse your senses when need be. It is your conscious ability to quiet your mind and create internal harmony – the peace you feel inside yourself when you have no conflict regarding who you are.A person with high internal capacity can maintain positive, optimistic, fearless, and courageous thoughts in the face of challenges and setbacks. He has the ability to understand, reason with, and control emotions. He has the instinctive ability to handle complex and difficult situations. In short, internal capacity is your ability to think and see clearly, maintain positive and optimistic thoughts, make wise decisions, and feel calm, peaceful, and confident regardless of what is happening in your external world. So, how do you develop your internal capacity? Continue reading