There are many exciting courses offered on line on how to retrain our brain to achieve specific goals in life.  If committed to their program they claim success in increasing our income, finding a soul mate, fulfilling our desires like being able to afford an expensive car, a wonderful big house and even becoming a millionaire. Supported by the results of the latest scientific research on the workings of the brain they coach you on how to change the mental and emotional patterns that have blocked you from achieving your goals.  By developing specific exercises that teach you how to focus or meditate regularly and tenaciously on the object of your desire you eventually attain your vision. I am sure that some of the testimonies they present as part of their marketing strategy are genuine.  The yogis have known for a long time that the mind determines who we are. Indeed the mind is a powerful tool that creates heaven and hell, friend and foe, depression and happiness.

Unfortunately, these programs fall short of providing their clients with a lasting sense of fulfillment as mind training is not finished with the development of one-pointedness of mind and least of all with the attainment of material goals.  The cultivation of positive qualities and the elimination of greed, pride, anger and delusion is the other aspect of mind training which is done simultaneously with meditation.   Vedanta, Buddhist philosophy or any other great philosophy can help us to better understand human nature, the futility of trying to fulfill our incessant desires or the perils of attachment given the impermanent nature of physical existence.    When  we take time to study and ponder on  these truths which are also the result of deep insights, we can chose our goals more wisely.  A philosophical system that makes sense to us can provide a framework within which to live our life wisely and avoid the potential pitfalls of a passionate mind pursuing the wrong vision. Science, the “new religion”, confirms what we have known for a long time, that mind creates our reality, therefore let’s use it with extreme wisdom. Otherwise we can end up becoming a millionaire selling water very successfully by the riverbank.


About suryasanmiguel

I'm a Yoga teacher and educator. I was born in Madrid, Spain and came to Canada in the 70's to study but remained here. I received a degree in Education from McGill University. In my student's years I had the good fortune of meeting my Zen teacher, Roshi Phillip Kapleau and I studied with him for 15 years attending numerous retreats. In 1988 I was also very fortunate to meet Swami Vishnudevananda at the Sivananda Yoga Camp in Quebec where I became a certified Yoga teacher My interest in Budhism and Hinduism also led me to meet several Tibetan Lamas and study their teachings and traditions. I live presently in Montreal, Canada but travel frequently teaching Yoga and giving workshops and lectures on spiritual related topics.
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  1. amyness says:

    so true surya! spoken like someone in “my own backyard” !!lol we can also use the mind to mend fences in our lives when others prove to be difficult or refuse to listen. heal the mind and maybe the rest will follow?Do they think ,me daft? that i know nothing of Buddhism or Hinduism? its their inner critic needing to vent onto me. but true i never said i was a scholar but at the end of the day, do you really know what someone else feels or their inner working of their mind (unless they are closely linked with you ie a guru/teacher…)if what you say is true i will use my “higher mind” my own inner guru ,like you said at july retreat to transform my life. I can do it!

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