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Confessions Of A Straight White Male

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Being a straight white male, like every identity, is more complex than any one-sided stereotype. Am I racist? Homophobic? Sexist? The answer is not “yes”. But it’s more complicated than a clear cut “no”. Read my latest on The Huffington Post.

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Work Different

Raise your hand if you love your job. For everybody else, I wrote something for you.

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Trust Yourself

Today is my birthday. When I woke up this morning, after gracefully letting myself sleep in later than usual, I made coffee and said to myself, “Last year was pretty good. I finished a book, moved to Manhattan, became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, slept in the Maui jungle, and fell in love. Now, what do I want for my 34th year?”

The answer hit me like a lightning bolt. “Trust yourself.”

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: Introduction

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*Exclusive* Enter your email below to access the first chapter of Sh#t Your Ego Says, my forthcoming Hay House publication. Available now for the first time.

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What does success look like? If we look at traditional metrics of accomplishment – perfect relationship, Ivy League education, spotless resume – I’m a failure.

But what if perfection wasn’t the point? What if we are alive, not to succeed, but to learn? What if the point is not to find glory, but to find ourselves? What if there is no single finish line to measure ourselves against, but rather the dotted line of personal progress as we stumble imperfectly forward?

I am perpetually awkward, I cannot make a relationship last longer than a year, and my mouth is my foot’s second home. Men are not supposed to be vulnerable, but I’m tired of pretending.

I’m a fuck up. And that’s okay.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Hurry.”

We are artists, not machines, and life is an adventure, not a punch clock.

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Lauryn Hill Drops Truth in 2000

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Sat Nam: The Secret History of Kundalini Yoga

As an ancient physical and spiritual practice, Kundalini Yoga has a long and fascinating history. So why was it kept secret for thousands of years? This article tells the amazing story of Kundalini Yoga, and explains why it has the power to change your life now more than ever.

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When we meditate, our mind becomes balanced. We retain a neutral state of being that remains calm in the face of chaos. Having a regular meditation practice is a blessing. May we all dedicate a piece of each day to silencing the loud Ego in order to hear the whisper of the Higher Self.

James McCrae

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My Power is My Presence.

We all have power. Our power is not the result of how much money we have, or how prestigious our job title is; our power is the result of how connected we are with our inner presence. When we stand confidently in the stillness of our presence, our words and actions assume a self-evident power. Doors open. Others notice. Greatness can not be obtained; it is already within us. We simply must strip away resistance and stand in the power of our presence.

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Turn your resistance into persistence.

The process of moving from station to station and breaking through one level of reality into another, and thereby inventing a higher version of yourself, rarely, if ever, happens overnight. Transformation requires time, and therefore requires persistence. There will be obstacles. “You are not allowed to do that,” your boss says. “That’s not who you are,” your friends say. When the world around us conflicts with our dreams, we tend to begin doubting ourselves and resist the reality that confronts us. Resistance is pressing the brakes. Resistance is believing that the conventions of the world must be right and our vision must be wrong. Resistance is when fear creeps like a black spider into your daydreams; it lingers, then you forget. At the moment of resistance we have two choices. We can either sink back into our same old patterns, and die another small death, or we can proceed with courage and greet our obstacles in a state of poised flow. Resistance is natural; so is perseverance. Dreams remain dreams to the degree that we take our resistance seriously. Keep up. Those standing at the end of the race, the heroes of their story, are those who learn to transform their resistance into persistence.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Be Safe.”

If something makes me uncomfortable, I have come to realize, it means that I should do it. Walk into my boss’s office and ask for a raise? Cringe. Yes. Venture into Manhattan to attend a book signing alone? Cringe. Yes. Follow a girl I just met into the jungle of Maui to stay in a hut overlooking the ocean? Cringe. Yes.

The anticipation of facing cringe-worthy moments can be crippling. Hell, I’m even afraid to send this email. But when we play it safe, we never learn anything. The best things in my life have happened moments after I nearly turned around. More cringe, please.

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Sat Nam.

When I arrive for Sadhana at 4:30 a.m., I sometimes wish I had never enrolled in Kundalini Yoga teacher training. But by the end of the meditation, I remember why it matters. Thank you, and sat nam, to everyone who came before me in this tradition.

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You Are Not Your Thoughts.

Thoughts are waves on the ocean surface. You are not your thoughts. You are the ocean from which your thoughts arise. Don’t identify with the waves. Be the ocean: still, unmoving.

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Listen to James McCrae on The Jake Sasseville Podcast

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James talks book deal with Hay House and being homeless after Hurricane Sandy. Listen now.

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Reality is a Mirror

Happiness is a choice. When work is crazy I can still choose happiness. When people around me freak out I can choose to become infected and spread the virus of stress, or I can reach within and spread the virus of happiness. My environment does not decide my mental health. My focus decides. Reality is a mirror. Because my reality is a reflection of my thoughts and beliefs, the sustained state of my mind will, over time, create my environment. We get back the stress and happiness we project. Choose wisely.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I’m Afraid to Follow My Dreams.”

When did being a “dreamer” become a bad thing? Think about it. As kids, we were taught to dream big. But as we grew older, the encouragement to follow our dreams decreased as the pressure to conform increased. What changed?

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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek.
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Why I Turned Down a Huge Job Offer to Find My Purpose

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There are two different roads to success. The path you choose is the most important choice of your career. Read my latest article on Elephant Journal.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Give Me Profits Over Purpose.”

There are two different roads to success. The path you choose is the most important choice of your career.

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If you don't collide with the traffic in your mind, I think you'll find your way out of this.

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How a Stray Dog Taught Me the Value of Inner Peace

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The Ego tells you to defend yourself from danger. But what happens when danger comes from inside your mind? Read my latest article on The Huffington Post.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “I’ll Never Get There.”

The future often seems uncertain. But the destination you focus on today, before results can be seen, will determine your reality tomorrow.

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think: 5 Tips for a Happier Mind

Controlling your thoughts is the first step to a happier, healthier mind. Here are 5 easy tips to maximize productive thinking and eliminate mental clutter.

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Sh#t Your Ego Says: “Be More Stressed.”

We live in a stressful world. But when we cultivate our inner peace, we have the power to transform stress into peace, not only in our lives, but in the lives of others as well.

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