Moises Aguilar is a life and spiritual coach. He is a traveling Yogi and the Yoga Studio Founder of cYogalife. Moises has worked as an IT consultant for 20 years until the time came to let go of his corporate career and start traveling the world teaching yoga and meditation with Carmen.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in Spain and did not do well with my family. Eventually, I broke relations with them. I guess that put me in a position where I depended entirely on myself and I like that feeling.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
There are forces in life beyond what the eye sees that shape your experience. Coincidences, chance, and things like that. Once you have one too many coincidences, you realize that there may be more to this game than what you may have thought. So relax, you are less in control than you ever thought. Enjoy the ride.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
I don’t know. Right? Isn’t that the problem? That we don’t really know what is right and what is wrong? I am attached to how I do things today and I deem them as ‘right’ when I could be doing things differently and ‘better’ but from where I am today I see that better way as a mistake.
I love to make mistakes. I try to do them repeatedly and consistently. Only when I have made enough mistakes I am ok picking the way I will do something.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
Selling our yoga studio was pretty stressful. You have to keep breathing. Keep going and if you have to fail, make sure you fail on your own terms.
I learned that you want to listen to everyone’s opinions, the clever and the dumb ones, the nice and the nasty, but at the end of the day, you have to keep your own counsel. You are the protagonist of your life, so take control of it and make your own decisions.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
I love change. I actually get bored if I do the same thing for a long time. When something unexpected happens, I never waste a single second on how inconvenient it is. All my energies are spent on planning my next phase. Freaks my wife out.
What is your morning routine?
We go to bed around 2 am, because we want to, so getting up happens around 10 am. That is now though. At other times in my life, I woke up at 6 am.
The only routine I really have is not to jump out of bed too fast. I wait to see if I recall a dream or if I have an urge to do anything that day. When I wake up with the idea of doing something, I always do it immediately. Messages from the dreamworld have helped me make some of the most important decisions in my life, and they always help me with projects.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Meditation. I started when I was a teenager and I still do it. If you meditate enough, your view of the world and reality will change.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
I happen to have the ability to focus all my attention on one single thing for a long time if I need to. I can silence the entire world around me and work on one thing for hours. I get things done pretty fast this way, but don’t talk to me while I am in the zone, haha!
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
The number one book is the Art of War by Sun Tzu, number two is My Big TOE by Tom Campbell. These are the only books I have ever read that I would dare recommend to anybody. Everyone’s life is different so I don’t think the books I like need to be for anybody else.
I read and re-read the Art of War on the bus on my way to work for years. I interpreted it as a metaphor for life and the challenges you face. It helped me be a better professional and gave me a better chance of making it as a business owner.
My Big TOE speaks to the nature of reality. It is written by an engineer, so it makes an interesting point about the place we like to call life on Earth.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
Whatever you are doing today, do it the best way you can. Don’t think about the future and what you wished you were doing. Do the best today and doors will open. That’s at least my experience.