You know meditation is good for you. Thousands of scientific studies indicate over 70 benefits of this age-old practice.
Yet doing meditation consistently, and doing it right, can be challenging.
Maybe you find it hard to establish a long-term daily meditation practice. You may feel you don’t have the time, discipline or motivation to do so.
Or perhaps you’re confused about where to start, which technique to choose, and what to do with your mind during meditation. This confusion can make you feel that you are just wasting your time or doing it wrong. There is so much conflicting information about meditation out there, and it can be a real pain to figure it all out.If this is you, then read on. You are in the right place.
Why is meditation so powerful and so needed? In a nutshell: because your mind is not always your friend. It often behaves like a mean boss.
Your mind is the most powerful tool you have. Your most personal tool. It’s where all your problems live. It is also where you can find solutions, inspiration, happiness, and other amazing things.
The problem is that the mind can often be unruly, noisy, distracted, and full of self-defeating thoughts and destructive emotions. Your mind tells you what it thinks is true or not; it tells you what to do, and how you should feel. It’s almost like it has its own separate agenda.
What is the result of this? Suffering, in a variety of forms.
Meditation is like pressing the pause button and stopping all this madness. It empowers you to see clearly what’s happening, and to understand yourself. With this you gain the ability to make better choices, to stop creating suffering for yourself and others, and to enjoy emotional well-being. You gradually develop mastery over the mind.
Millions of people meditate every day. Top performers in many different fields meditate. Why do they do that, and why should you?
Quite simply, because meditation helps you to:
Imagine how your life would be if you could have some of that as well...
Meditation helps you improve your self-awareness, your ability to let go, and helps you gain mastery over your mind. That is why it facilitates all these changes.
Meditation is also a powerful cornerstone habit. Meditating daily makes it easier for you to have self-discipline and start other positive habits (like exercise, diet changes, reading, etc).
This sounds wonderful… But the problem is that you won’t get much benefit from meditation unless you practice it every day.
Since you use your mind during all your waking hours, your conditioned patterns of thought and emotion are being reinforced 24/7. If you only do meditation once or twice a week, you get very little benefit beyond the momentary de-stressing. So it’s absolutely essential that you reinforce your meditation skills on a daily basis as well.
I’m here to show how you can make meditation work for you, and make it happen on a consistent basis, like an unbroken chain. With the right step-by-step instruction and guidance, building a solid meditation practice doesn’t need to be hard.
Unfortunately, much of the advice out there on getting started with meditation is incomplete, ineffective, or confusing. The common advice:
So thousands of people that could be benefiting from this practice are left out.
This motivated me to develop a meditation course that would allow more people to start off on the right foot, stick to the habit, and reap life-long benefits.
I receive dozens of emails every day, from the nearly 50,000 monthly readers of this blog. The most common questions I get are:
To solve these problems, I developed Master Your Mind, a step-by-step 5-week meditation course. It is fully online and self-paced, so you can follow it at your own convenience.
This course is composed of 35 short daily lessons (video), organized by week—each with its own unique themes, goals and insights.
The program is self-paced, and the techniques are presented in a way that both secular and spiritually minded people can connect to. No particular belief or worldview is required for following the lessons.
The instructions are ultra-specific, clear, and easy to follow. You will always know exactly what to do each day. And there will never be too much on your plate.
This course will help you:
At the end of the course you will also receive an exclusive “Meditation Cheatsheet”, and instructions for the next steps in your practice. By this point you will have developed a solid habit and a good understanding of all the essential elements of meditation practice. You will know exactly what you are doing - and you won't be dependent on the course anymore.
This course integrates principles from habit science, Positive Psychology, and classical personal growth literature. The lessons are designed in a way that you cannot fail. It will be simple to keep up with the practice. No complicated concepts or confusing instructions.
Also, with Master Your Mind you won't be dependent on guided meditations, but will actually learn to practice meditation from the "inside out". I want you to be a light unto yourself, and not depend on anything external when exploring your inner world. This is quite a different approach from most other courses.
Building habits has always been one of my core-strengths, and I know how empowering it is to have the ability to develop important habits. Although some self-discipline is involved, there are also important tricks, principles, and mindsets that make it all easier.
It was the application of these mindsets and principles that allowed me to build a daily meditation habit and also many other positive habits—like daily exercise, taking cold showers, fasting, reading, waking up early, limiting social media, etc.
Master Your Mind combines years of my personal practice (over 9,000 hours) and study of 70 different techniques, together with my experience helping thousands of people with meditation through my blog, emails, book, and one-on-one coaching. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Master Your Mind is not for you if:
Master Your Mind is right for you if any of the following is true:
Although I call this an introductory course, you will also learn more powerful and advanced principles and techniques along the way (especially in Weeks 3 to 5). Both beginners and intermediate-level meditators can benefit from this course. Even after one or two years after taking it you will still find renewed insights and direction reviewing this material.
[Note: if you want me to run this course in your school, college, company, or hospital, send me an email and we'll discuss what's involved.]
What would it mean for you to have more clarity, focus, and peace of mind?
How would life be if you were in the eye of the storm rather than being overpowered by your own mind, with its thoughts of fear, anxiety, worry, stress, and negativity?
Meditation has the potential to give you so much, and create deep transformation in your life. It just might be the most powerful habit in your life – and it’s priceless!
To reap its benefits you need to practice it daily – and in the right way. Master Your Mind is the perfect tool to take you there. If you join the course and follow these simple steps, five weeks from now meditation will be an integral part of your life. You will be meditating 15 minutes everyday – and this will allow you to enjoy its many rewards.
The course includes full access (web & mobile) to:
For years this course used to be sold, by itself, for $. However, I found two problems with that approach: (1) it was not affordable for some people; (2) people wanted more courses, guided meditations and personal support after finishing this one.
So now I've included it as part of my Limitless Life Membership, added more courses to the mix (including the sequel, Master Your Mind Intermediate), and a Ask Me Anything forum. See below for more information.
LiveAndDare is already the web’s most popular non-sectarian meditation blog, and my meditation articles get tens of thousands of shares. So you know what to expect in terms of quality. You will not be disappointed.
If for any reason you are, then I’ve got you covered with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you feel that this course has not met your expectations, you can ask for a full refund. The only thing I ask is that you have tried the course, and gone through at least the first eight lessons.
So if you think there is even the slightest chance that this course can help you, then enroll right now. This way you can try the material over the next 30 days, and see if it’s right for you. No guesswork needed. Zero risk.
So click the enroll button to start this journey into meditation! The benefits will be greater than you think.
I’ll see you in the Member’s Area!
The Master Your Mind Meditation Course is part of the my membership program, Limitless Life.
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Master Your Mind launched in May 2016, and the feedback on the course has been phenomenal so far. Here is a selection of testimonials from people sharing how the course helped them established a strong meditation habit, deepen their practice, and find more clarity, peace and focus in their lives.
The course was incredibly helpful and showed me another side of meditation. It’s actually what has reignited my passion for meditation. As much as I initially liked Headspace, I was ready to take the next step in my practice.
Now meditation is part of my life. It’s the way I start my day now. It brings me clarity, serenity, and it helps me to center myself… which is really important because I have three kids, and things can get quite chaotic at times. I really needed this quiet time.
I love what you are doing in this program – it’s gonna help a lot of people. All the meditations are really good, and I liked how they progressed over time.
– Mindi Rosser (Marketing Expert; Chicago, USA)
I wanted to start meditating because I knew I could be ineffectively reactive to situations. I wanted to get into it and believed it was best to make it a habit to realize the benefits.
There is a lot of content about meditation out there. Many books, sites, apps, and different techniques. I was confused about how exactly to get started, which technique to choose, and how to know if I was on the right track.
When I saw Giovanni was offering the Master Your Mind course, I jumped on the opportunity. The course was easy to follow, and every day I had a small taste of success, step after step. The entire approach matched my understanding of best practices for establishing a habit.
Now I am meditating every day, and I know much better what I am doing. I can also feel that I am developing a pause in my previously immediate reactions to situations. I can recall the meditative moment from the morning and let the desire to react pass. I now respond more thoughtfully. Taking this course was a great step in my journey, and I am grateful for it.
– Michael Soguero (Director of Professional Development at Eagle Rock School; Colorado, USA)
I wasn’t sure what to expect from your course, because I already am a mindful person by nature. I thought I wouldn’t get much out of it,but I did. I now know what paying attention is really like.
Now I have better tools for my meditation practice, to experiment things by myself. I have a better sense of what I’m doing. Before taking this course I would try apps and various things, but I wasn’t meditating consistently. I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right.
Your initial emphasis of doing it everyday, even if only for 10 breaths, was a great way to start for me. You don’t ask any scary investment from us, so it was easy to make progress in the program. I also liked the variety of techniques you presented.
Starting my mornings with your meditation is a reminder that I don’t need to identify with my emotions, but I can experience them if I want to.
– William Nelli (Mortgage Marketing Analytics; Charlotte NC, USA)
Before going through your program, my understanding of meditation techniques was superficial. I knew that developing the habit and practicing consistently was the missing piece for me. That’s why I took your course.
Among other things, it helped me learn to forgive myself and accept my limitations. I also learned to have some compassion for myself and others.
I’d recommend this course to anyone that understands the value of a daily practice, and needs a more structured approach to meditation.
– Luca G. Soave (Cloud Computing Specialist; Milan, Italy)
I was looking to start meditation because I wanted to calm down my mind, be able to hear my true voice, and better control my emotions. And also wanted to learn to be more grateful and mindful.
This course helped me build the discipline I needed in meditation, and also gave me skills to deal with negative emotions.
I am now a more calm and mindful person. I became more aware of my emotional reactions. It’s like I can see the negative emotions coming up, but have some extra space inside of me to decide: “Ok, do I want this now?” If not, I also learned how to replace negative emotions with positive ones.
Of all techniques in your program, I liked the loving-kindness meditation the most. I am very grateful for this meditation. When practicing loving-kindness in relation to people I work with, it completely changed my relationship with that person. Very, very good technique and instructions.
Thank you very much for the course. Thank you!
– Aliona Ogordniciuk (Assistant Relationship Manager; Switzerland)
I’ve been dealing with anxiety and PTSD since my husband passed away, and I’m also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My nerves have been so bad that even medication was not helping.
My hope was that with breathing and meditation I’d have the chance to focus more on me, have more well-being, and make better choices for myself.
Following this course and meditating every morning has made quite a difference in how my day starts and continues throughout. I found a calmness within me that I didn’t know existed. There is a sense of peace seems to follow me through the day. My anxiety also calmed down. Now I can’t imagine not doing it every morning.
I knew meditation would help, but integrating this into my life has just been phenomenal. I’m just 10 days into the course and my goodness what a difference! I now love meditating.
I’ll continue to recommend this program to everyone I talk to. Meditation is truly one of the best things you could ever do for yourself. I'm so proud of myself for taking this step.
– Kristie Stailey (Valdosta, Georgia USA)
Even though I've been meditating for years, there were several techniques I hadn't tried, and I appreciated the chance to try them out. Even with some of the techniques I have used, like counting the breaths, your suggestions refreshed my technique.
All in all I thought it was a great course and I think beginning meditators would find it invaluable. You've managed to pull off something that has broad appeal but is grounded in serious practice and tradition. Great work! You've performed a real service for people.
– Chris Logan (Blogger at www.thenewmind.net; Victoria, Canada)
I’ve learned so much about meditation with your course, andestablished a strong practice. The lessons were short, easy to follow, and well-paced. Everyday I was excited to receive the next lesson!
I followed your daily guidance without much effort and was so surprised to see that my practice had just become a part of my life. The techniques you teach feel much better than following the guided meditation CDs I haveat home. This is the real thing! I would recommend the course to anyone.
I feel more centered and calmer now and am looking forward to what further shifts this will have in my life as I continue daily with what you have helped me create. I’m tTruly grateful that you have developed and shared this course with all of us.
– Robynne Reed (Database Developer, South Africa)
Right before starting this course, a friend of mine had just passed away. Following this daily meditation program, with the gentle guidance of Giovanni, was exactly what I needed to go through these tough times. Mastering the mystery of breath is a blessing!
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- Ntathu Allen
After approximately two months of on and off with meditation, it became quite evident the need to find a technique that works for me in my journey of self. Because I truly enjoyed reading Giovanni’s articles, I decided to give his course a try.
I’m very much enjoying the program thus far! I actually wake up each morning looking forward to the next lesson. The instructions are extremely easy to follow – I love the simple approach to the 2-page instructions. It’s also nice that we have the audio option as well.
Giovanni certainly recognizes the struggles with those attempting to learn meditation, and obviously put significant time and effort elaborating this program. I’m grateful for this. His course is well mapped and is keeping me motivated.
– JR (Houston TX, USA)
I meditated daily for over two years. Three years ago during a difficult time in my life when I should have made my meditation practice stronger, I stopped abruptly.
During the last three
- Rop Pieper (Restaurant Owner, Colorado USA)
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