“Who arbitrates what is weird and what is “normal”?
Does a cuttlefish think to itself, “Geeee… I’m so weird”?
Remember this lesson next time you think reality can’t possibly be some way because “that would just be too weird”. Too weird? For who? For you? And why should reality be limited to some hairless chimp’s notions of weirdness? Maybe reality’s just so damn vast you haven’t encountered even 0.0000000001% of it yet.
Notice that “normal” simply means: those experiences which you’ve had so many of that now you’re bored of them.
Everything about reality is weird. It’s just a question of how much you take it for granted.”
There are many good systems and teachers available online these days.
Yoga practice is very important because it adds a physical and energetic dimension to your meditation and spiritual practice. This is vital because Western-style self-help (and even Neo-Advaita and Zen) is too intellectual. You tend to learn a lot of ideas, but gain little inner growth. And any lessons you happen to learn are not really translated to the level of your body or your vital energy.
Yoga will help you in many ways:
-It will free up energetic blockages in your body which are hard to fix any other way -It will release pent up emotions -It will vastly improve the quality of your breathing -It will improve your posture and flexibility -It will heal all kinds of chronic diseases like: chronic fatigue, cold hands and feet, allergies, migraines, ADD, high blood pressure, back pain, joint pain, thyroid imbalances, immune system problems, heart disease, PMS, depression, anxiety, insomnia, mental fog, etc. -It will build discipline and willpower, reduce laziness -It will increase your physical vitality -It will reduce your sleep quota -It will reduce stress and muscle tension -It can double as physical exercise without needing a fancy gym. It’s like having a portable gym. -It will gradually cleanse your Chakras and move Kundalini energy up your spine for spiritual awakening -It will improve your meditation, concentration, and self-inquiry -It will greatly reduce monkey mind and paralysis by analysis
Whichever yoga school you go with, make sure your yoga’s primary focus is spiritual development, NOT physical exercise. All physical postures should be a means of spiritual development, not a form of flexibility training. In proper yoga, postures are designed to iron out the energy blockages in your body FOR THE PURPOSE of deepening your ability to meditate.
I’ll be talking about specific types of yoga more in the future, as I experiment with various systems. For now, start doing your own research. The payoff will be immense.
Learning yoga is also a MUST if you’re going to be doing any serious meditation or solo retreats. Sitting for such long periods of time while neglecting your body is a wasted opportunity. Yoga will super-charge your retreats and get you more breakthroughs faster.
If you’re pursuing enlightenment and you feel stuck with meditation/self-inquiry, incorporate yoga into your daily practice ASAP. You need to bring your entire body along for this ride, not just your head. Enlightenment is not just a head thing. And if your body is in bad shape, from decades of bad food, chemicals, stress, bad posture, muscle tension, and disease, enlightenment may be practically impossible for you until you clear this up.
I will be adding a lot of yoga-related books to my book list in the future.”
Anger boils up inside of me, seeping out at the seams, a boiling pot of fuming irritations. I am trying to hold myself together before the seams unravel.
When you suppress so much eventually it will come out of you and can come in many forms.
I want to tear it all down and fight. I want to scream. I want to jump out of a window.
Anger can be channeled into change; this means understanding where that anger comes from and then discovering more about yourself. Usually we are angry at ourselves. Fear is the root of anger. What am I scared of? Everything. Fucking damn everything. Nothing has been the same since two and a half years ago, this doesn’t feel like myself.. Who am I anymore?
“Following up on my video The Role Of Balance In Personal Development, I wanted to clarify what real balance looks like.
So I drew this little diagram:
So in this case what the diagram represents are the possible ways to balance the issue of science vs mysticism. This is just one facet — out of dozens — that you’ll have to balance in your life. Look at this like a spectrum. On the far left you’ve got the hard-nosed science position. On the far right you’ve got the very religious/mystical position.
Most people have a naive notion of balance. They think of balance as depicted by the green dotted lines above. Balance to them either means going straight down the middle on an issue, or down one of the sides.
But real balance looks more like the purple line above. It’s jagged and nuanced. Drawing that jagged line requires a real exploration of the issue. It takes work. How much easier to be an ideologue and draw one of the dotted lines.
Of course this applies to all the other facets of life:
-Career vs family -Personal development vs pursuit of enlightenment -Being an asshole vs being too nice -Theory vs practice -Pragmatism vs idealism -Art vs marketing -Chasing money vs neglecting money -Doing vs being -Expressing emotions vs suppressing emotions -Capitalism vs communism -Privacy rights vs defending against terrorism -Etc.”
Some people just don’t want to hear the truth and even if they do listen I find that it is brushed off and then “oh the tea is cooking.”
I have to accept that some souls are not here for the same reason as myself. The truth is there if you want to hear it but no one can force truth on you. It is okay, everyone has their own journey however we all reach source, all paths lead home.
Pain makes me feel like I am going insane inside my brain. It makes me feel like running in front of a train. Tame that pain, make it go into a gain. It’s a shame things have to be this way, but what is is what is. It is all just a momentary experience, ultimately outside the egoic mind.