Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Meditation: The Power Of Doing Nothing

Meditation is not well understood.

If it were, it would be practiced with the same regularity with which people take care of the other elements of their lives.

In this brief article, I hope to explain the value of this Eastern idea of doing nothing as a way to experience inner depth and wisdom.

The inner person has often been called the soul. This is like a seed. This seed carries the power of life. It also has potentiality that is not known. Sometimes we glimpse this potentiality in those who have been known to do miraculous things, like the saints of certain religions.

The urge for life is the evidence of this seed. Life is not a mere mechanical arrangement like the wiring in a house whose electrical current “animates” various devices. Life is much deeper and more mysterious. A mystery we label as consciousness.

This seed, like the shoot of a young plant, seeks always to grow. And like the young plant, it is vulnerable to the pressures of the environment and to survive must build its inner strength.

Pausing then to simply be and to notice that experience of individuality, we build our inner strength and fortify it from the depersonalizing pressure of society.

When this mechanism of survival is not conscious, we create a psychological shell and habits that protect. Yet when we become more aware, we awaken to our own process.

Putting it another way, conscious living does not usurp the function of the unfolding seed, but instead awakens it to its own process.

In this way, we do not conduct our lives as if from the outer rim of ourselves.

When we affirm the value of the private person within ourselves, we make life an adventure worth living.
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Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you're up to the challenge and want to create the kind of freedom and lifestyle you truly deserve - starting now - then get his free book from


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