My name is Giovanni Dienstmann, I’m the creator and the writer here. I have been actively seeking personal growth and a deeper meaning in life since I was a teenager (I’m now in my mid 30’s). In this process, I have practiced meditation daily (for the past 17+ years, totaling over 8,000 hours at this point), read hundreds of books, tried several different practices, spent time on retreats with masters and instructors around the world, and nearly became a monk a couple of times.
Throughout my life, I have invested a lot of energy, study and experimentation on optimizing my mental and emotional states – and overcoming all limitations, especially those imposed by fear, attachment and ignorance, has been an area of focus for me.
All this practice, learning and training has radically transformed my mind and view of the world. As a result, I now live a fearless, peaceful, and fulfilling life.
I’m not a guru or a spiritual master – but a practitioner on the way, sharing the powerful tools and insights that have helped me thus far. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned (and still learn), to empower people to grow, live well, be happy and free. This site is here to serve both your personal improvement and personal transcendence (depending on your needs and interests).
My work is to translate and “update” the tools and teachings of world-wide wisdom traditions so that they are easily digestible for the 21st-century person. In this process, I also seek to integrate lessons from modern science and psychology.
The results of my work are in the form of:
- articles freely available on this blog, guided meditations, and over 450 meditation answers on my Quora page
- fortnightly “wisdom bytes” in my email newsletter
- online courses (on Meditation, Letting Go, Sleep, and Overcoming Fear)
- my new book, Practical Meditation
- speaking and workshops
- personal coaching
I have also worked as a consultant/advisor to popular meditation apps, including creating custom content and meditation scripts.
Fun facts about me:
- I only check Facebook on Fridays
- Apart from meditation, I’ve had a series of obsessions in my live: Kung Fu, magic tricks, chess, Japanese language
- Every day in my life starts exactly the same: early rising, half a cup of water, 40 minutes of yoga, cold shower, and 2 hours of meditation
- It takes more time to select the images for my posts than to write them 😉
Academically-wise, I have a bachelor degree in Law and Sociology, a post-grad in IT, and intend to soon start a Phd in philosophy and spirituality. Finally, I’m a registered meditation teacher under the Meditation Association of Australia, categories of “Personal Development Meditation” and “Spiritual Meditation”.
I’m passionate about helping people develop greater self-awareness and mastery over their mind and life. This is the motivation behind this blog.[If you are from a traditional spiritual background, you might be asking yourself some questions about my work. So, here are the masters that influenced my journey, and here are my thoughts on meditation and charging. Having said that, apart from my posts under the “spirituality” menu, all my work here is secular by nature.]
Philosophy:Master your mind, master your life!
Mission: To bring meditation and personal growth to a million humans.
LiveAndDare.com is a site for conscious individuals who feel they want to get more out of life. Whether this takes the form of an interest to explore your own mind, have more well-being, grow as a person, or advance in your spiritual journey, this site is here to support you.
It has a non-sectarian approach to meditation and spirituality, and a non-BS approach to personal growth. Basically, I write about three things:
- Meditation. My approach is eclectic pragmatic, and open. Whether you are interested in meditation simply to improve your physical and mental health, or for personal development, or for spiritual transcendence, I feel these posts will speak to you.
- Personal growth. A non-BS, down to earth approach to personal development. It is not really about empty hype or dumb self-help, but practical psychological tools to hack your mind. I share insights on how to deal with challenging emotions, develop inner qualities, and build a foundation for a more fulfilling life. What I write is inspired both by learnings from wisdom traditions and modern psychology, as well as personal experiments and observation.
- Spirituality. My approach to spirituality is also non-sectarian and pragmatic. I’m not trying to make you believe anything nor convert you to a specific religion. I’ve been exposed to several teachings and practices, and my posts on this topic represent my effort to put it all together in a way that people from different backgrounds and levels of interest can relate to. Sometimes these posts are more “basic” and introductory, at others are more hardcore, for people focused on enlightenment. To make the ancient wisdom accessible and simple, without dumbing it down, is my goal. As a matter of principle, I keep all content I produce around this topic freely available.
To bring meditation and personal growth to a million humans.
LiveAndDare is a place to learn and share all this amazing wisdom that enables us to live to our greatest potential – from the life lessons of ancient traditions to the modern science of positive psychology, neuroscience, and other systems. Some of these articles have so far been translated into French, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Romanian, Italian, Croatian and Portuguese.
This website is considerably costly to run (due to the large traffic and email list), yet there are no ads. I support my work via the online courses on meditation and personal growth (such as the Master Your Mind meditation course). The more I can support myself through this blog, the more time and energy I can dedicate to deepen my own personal practice, and continue to serve. And a part of this income always goes back to respectable teachers and monks, via retreats that I participate, books I buy, and one-on-one mentoring sessions.
I must disclose that I also may earn an affiliate commission on some third party products/services recommended in my blog—and for that I give you my heartfelt thank you. I only promote things that I believe in and am convinced will be beneficial to my audience. Learn more about it here.
Most designs and infographics on the posts on this site are from Sepi Tajima, who has also contributed with ideas for posts and given much emotional support to this project.
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