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Does Meditation Help You Get Closer To God?



Does Meditation Help You Get Closer To God?

I once heard said that meditation is simply, “the rehearsal of the word of God.”  Over the years, I have come to find this easy, but powerful statement to be all so true.  Mediation, that rehearsal of the word of God can take many forms.  For some, meditation is the act of exercise, where a person’s thoughts are clear, and communion with their body is present.  For others, it takes more spiritual forms of movement, such as yoga, where a mantra, or meditative tone is practiced that coincide with actions.

Does Meditation Help You Get Closer To God?

For me, meditation is done reading text that I find to be holders of truth.  In my book, The Invitation to Love, I talk about some of those powerful text that I use to help keep me on course. Good reads for me circumvent the noise that has populated my mind for years.  -The voice of doubt, low-self worth, and insecurity.  I am confident we are all plagued with these feelings, and we each are asked to take responsibility for how we are going to silence those voices and move in the space of being the full expression of ourselves.


Each morning, before I do anything else, I open up my favorite books, I take at least ten minutes to read, sit with, and journal on what are those things that stand out for me. It is amazing, some of these books, I have read seven or eight times, and without fail, with each read, I pick up something new.  You see that is the great thing about powerful text; they continue to meet you wherever you are on life’s journey.


How to find good reads? First, I think it is necessary to get honest with yourself, ask yourself what is it that I need to respond to. For some who read this, fear pervades your life, and sabotages your relationships. For others, long years ago, you abandoned your relationship with your body, and find yourself now out of shape, out of balance, and feeling less and less like yourself.  With fear, find opportunities to engage with reads that speak to the spirit and faith, these will be great companions along the way – remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but simply the act to move despite of.


For those who have found themselves met with a body that has been worn from years of neglect, I would recommend considering reading text on love, you see, whether single, or married, we are all in relationship with a great, and wonderful lover: ourselves. Finding text that can help you understand why the relationship with your body has been neglected will be a helpful aide.


While reading this, I can see how some could question, “is he just promoting a liturgy of self-help books?”  My answer to that question is no, if this was about self-help, I would say read a book about overcoming fear, if this was about self-help, I would tell you to read a book on exercising more and eating less – what I am asking you to consider is not about self-help, it is about self love, the deep soul churning practice of becoming in-tune with yourself, using meditation not as a guide to simply help, but used as an instrument to heal.


Once I got a hold of what meditations true purpose was in my life, I then had to get a hold of my commitment to the practice. It does not matter if it is yoga, a morning mantra, or a good read, like me – any new practice will ask for our resolve and commitment. It took me years to really master the art of reading, reflecting, and journaling as a three-part solution for peace.  I had to first get that I was going to fall off the bandwagon, that a solid week of meditation did not mean that it was now a life-long habit.  To the contrary, I had to embrace the days when I was running late and did not get my morning read in, I had to accept that failure would be part of the journey and take comfort in knowing that I had the ability to recalibrate and start again the next day.


Beyond commitment is our friend faith.  When I first started the practice of meditation, I would get distracted and at times irritated thinking about all of the things I could be doing that would be more productive usages of my time than sitting reading a book.  After months of continuing the practice of meditation, I started to notice a shift, I started to see my life working in ways it hadn’t work before. I started to notice how I was beginning to respond more effectively to those around me. And finally, I was starting to see that the path of living in my own truth was becoming easier and easier.


You see meditation started become less and less of a practice and more and more of a friend.  Over the years, meditation has become my confidant, my space of counsel, and the force that raises the volume of my own inner voice.  In a world that is riddled with fear, plagued by the comfort of the mundane, and many of us doing the dance to play small in our lives, we need that meditative space to continue to move forward, bravely despite the temptation to do otherwise.


So there is discerning the practice, making the commitment, acting from faith, and then seeing the results. In my life, the results of meditation have been what has helped me determine a career path.  Meditation offered clarity when I had to make big decisions, like moving to my current home in Chicago.  Meditation has helped me respond with love, when others pain, fear, and envy clouded my own heart with bitterness and sadness. Meditation has offered me benefits that go beyond the scope of any blog I could write; but simply put, like with any relationship, the benefits took time, the spiritual seeds planted within meditation had to be watered consistently before bearing fruit.


Thank you for reading my thoughts on meditation. As I said earlier, my personal belief is that meditation is the rehearsal of the word of God. For me, that rehearsal is sitting with good text, those books, articles, and passages that speak to truth.  When I meditate, and I am sitting in a place of peace (for however short or long it last) I know I have hit truth – because truth is where perfect peace resides.  This blog is an invitation, a lofty one at that.  My intention was not to get you to go clear out your local Barnes and Noble, finding every spiritual meditation book you can find. Rather, my hope is whether it is with a good book, or with a mat in a yoga studio, take time and find a meditation practice that works for you.  Allow meditation to become a part of your routine, transforming from being simply a daily practice, to the space where you commune with your best friend. Our time on earth is finite, we only pass this way but once, and we are tasked with moving intentionally on the planet as long as we are here. Let today be the day you call on meditation to be your guide along that great journey.

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3 small steps that could make the biggest impact on your life



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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

Every day that passes by, there is someone who is living a life that does not fuel their passion or purpose. Each moment feels like they are just existing or living life by accident. This could be due to fear of change, or limiting beliefs within them that say “you’re not worthy” or “I don’t deserve to be successful”.

It could be a number of things. Believe it or not, I used to be this person. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, in a 7-year relationship that was emotionally draining, and I was 75 lbs. overweight.

Then came that ONE day that would forever change my life. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what I had become. I didn’t recognize myself. I immediately burst into tears. This was NOT the life I wanted to live. I had neglected the most important person in my world: ME. 

It was then that I had to make an important choice. I decided to take the first step towards creating the life I would often dream about. That very next day, I promised myself that I would do just one thing that made me feel more connected to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

Not two or three. Just one. It didn’t matter how small it was. The point was it was a small step in the RIGHT direction. This has led me to the level of success that I am at today.

Here are three small steps that will help you make that same important decision and transform your life.


3 Small Steps That Could Make a Big Impact In Your Life

1.) Have a heart to heart with yourself.

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Take time to get away from people, places, or things, and just spend some time with yourself. In order to truly make any step towards the success you desire, you must have a great sense of self-awareness.

What is it that you want to accomplish and why? What truly makes you happy? What are you passionate about? How will accomplishing this change your life? How would it make you feel?

Be completely honest with yourself, your thoughts, and your intentions. Having these questions in front of you will keep you from going around in circles. They will give you more clarity and vision that should help you determine which small steps you need to take.

As a result, instead of being frustrated or reluctant to leave your comfort zone, you will be more confident now that you have a plan in place.


2.) Do ONE thing everyday that is connected to your goals.

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Always remember that you don’t have to always make massive amounts of progress at one time. The important thing is that you are continuously moving in the right direction. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took consistent daily, focused action. Over time, it became one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.

We live in a world that is bombarded with messages of instant gratification. But the truth is, any level of success is the result of a daily routine of the right things done for a certain period of time. That time can vary from days, weeks, months, or even years.

However, throughout the journey, you can see that you are moving closer and closer towards your ultimate goals. Do not underestimate the power of small steps. You will find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible (and sooner than you anticipated).


3.) Do not measure your level of success by comparing yourself to others.

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Success means something different for everyone. You must not become fixated on what media or entertainment portrays as successful. A fulfilling life is more than material possessions. Understand that you can only live the greatest life possible when you have defined what success is to you.

As you begin taking small steps and making progress, focus only on what your desired goals are. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what others are saying, doing, or what they believe success should look like. Too often, we get caught up in what society, current trends, and what the masses portray as “I’ve made it”.

This is your life. Only YOU can determine what accomplishment, achievement, and true success means to you. In fact, one of the reasons why you may be in the position you are in is because you designed your life based on the thoughts and opinions of others. This was my case years ago.



You deserve to be great. You have greatness within you. Sometimes, that can be clouded by limiting beliefs, adversity, or just the many circumstances in life. Think about everything that has happened in your life right up until the point you are reading this article.

I want you to know that everything that happened before NO LONGER MATTERS. What matters now is that today, you have the knowledge of who you are and where you want to go. The ability to change your life is within your grasp and your power.

Today, you have the chance to begin a journey that leads to some amazing and incredible years ahead. The best part about it is that you only need to take small steps in the right direction. So take action now – your dreams are waiting for you!

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



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Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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