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How can you be active in the world without being caught up in the drama? In this episode, we share the concept of the “Gunas” or qualities of nature that run in your life. Discover how these three levels influence your actions and the intention behind them so that you can create your life outside of the rush and hurry that is so prevalent in the world.

  • What are the three qualities of nature?
  • How do these states change your experience?
  • How can you move from one state to another consciously?

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3 States of Mind That Influence Happiness


INTRO 00:00
Welcome to Soul Sessions with CreativeMind with Debra Berndt Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado of CreativeMind. Join us each week for inspiring conversation about personal development based on Jungian philosophy, Eastern spirituality, and social neuroscience. Spend each week with us to explore deep topics in a practical way. Let’s begin.

Debra Maldonado 00:29
Hello, welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions with Debra Maldonado and Robert Maldonado, CreativeMind. Before we begin, as we continue our series on the wisdom of the Upanishads, I want to remind you, if you’re listening to our podcasts, please be sure to subscribe on iTunes, or Spotify. If you’re watching us here on video, please subscribe to our YouTube channel, there is a link right in the corner of the video to subscribe, so you do not miss an episode. Wanted to start off with this.

Robert Maldonado 01:03
If you’re wondering what is it that we do, we started to extract the psychological principles from spiritual practices, and incorporate those principles in a coaching model, so that people can use this knowledge to solve their human problems.

Debra Maldonado 01:25
The key is the coaching model. We may read higher knowledge, read the Gita, may understand psychological principles, but how do we apply it in a coaching model, which is non-brokenness, potential-based model that can go deep, not just about tips and setting goals, but really go deep into your psyche and have a transformation and higher knowledge. Today, we’re going to talk about the three states of mind that direct and influence your happiness.

Robert Maldonado 01:56
Very powerful stuff directly from the Gita. But of course, it goes back to the Upanishads. The original Upanishads talk about it, I have a right here, next to my heart. The states of mind are called “gunas”, which translates as qualities. We can think of the qualities of the mind, the quality that is possessing the mind at that moment. It’s sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattva is translated as purity, light, clarity.

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