As I thought about how to describe myself and what personal information to divulge, I decided to incorporate a key component of the Primordial Sound Mediation process.
We begin each meditation asking the Soul Questions:
- Who am I?
- What do I want?
- What is my purpose in life; how can I help others?
- What am I grateful for?
WHO AM I?
As a preface know that what follows is not a description of who I really am but merely labels and the various roles I have played and continue to play in this lifetime. My name is Daniel M. Landis (mostly go by Dan). I was born March 21, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. I have a paternal sister, a stepsister and a half sister. I graduated from Winston Churchill High School, Potomac, Maryland, June 1980. I graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism, Gainesville, Florida, June 1984. I graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, Miami Florida December 1988. I was married on June 29, 1985, had our first son on August 31, 1988 and our second on April 21, 1992. I moved to Boca Raton, Florida and have been practicing law in here since 1989. For the majority of my career, I focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on real estate. However, I stopped handling new trial work in 2012 and have been concentrating on transactional real estate since. So, now you know I am a son, brother, husband, father and lawyer. Those are but a few of the labels and roles that seek to describe who I am. So we are clear, I know now that is not who I am. As the philosopher Kierkegaard said, “Once you label me, you negate me.” Through the practice of meditation I am starting to find my true self, that which has no name, no beginning, no end and is universally connected with everything. I am a spiritual being having a human experience.
WHAT DO I WANT?
I grew up conditioned to believe I wanted a good education, a strong work ethic, to get married, have children and make money. The more money I made, the more “successful” I was and if I could not make money, then I would be a failure in the eyes of society, my family and myself. These were all ingrained conditioned beliefs that still persist today. Through the practice of meditation, I am starting to understand what I really want. I want to be happy in each moment, to be loved and love, to help others, to not measure success by material gains, to be free from judgment, criticism, resentment, fear, jealousy and to freely express compassion and joy.
WHAT IS MY PURPOSE IN LIFE AND HOW CAN I HELP OTHERS?
Stated another way, what are my unique talents that can be shared with everyone. Most of us grow up never asking ourselves these questions. Imagine a world where everyone was taught to go inward, find what makes him or her special and use that gift to help others. Through the practice of meditation, I am starting to appreciate the concept and move away from the question of “what is in it for me?” and towards the question of, “how can I help others?”
WHAT AM I GRATEFUL FOR?
When we focus on gratitude, there is no room to fret over what is missing or wrong with our lives. It is a powerful yet simple process that makes a positive impact on your daily thoughts. Through the practice of meditation, I am starting to appreciate more and striving to release negativity.
We cannot wave a magic wand and change years of our conditioned mind. However, we can change and I am thankful to the Chopra Center for opening the doorway of enlightenment. In 2013 I became a Chopra Center University Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor to deepen my practice and to share this wonderful process with others.