Damir Elezi

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  1. @Joseph Maynor So you're implying that Leo is trying to defend his philosophy at all costs, thus being arrogant?
  2. Where I can agree with you, is that I also think some people might follow him in a cult-like manner, believing anything he says. Blind following is dangerous with every kind of philosophy. But that's why he encourages people to read and investigate stuff for themselves. I get that he can come off a bit arrogant sometimes, like he KNOWS that all the things everybody else KNOWS are wrong. But hey, we don't have to believe anything, right? To be honest all this enlightenment stuff has been going over my head lately. I can't quite wrap my head around it (as you would expect with an a-logical thing right?) and I don't quite "believe" in it, but I'm open to the possibility. At the moment I have other, more materialistic concerns though. I liked his series about spiral dynamics, made me see the world in a different way and made me a more understanding and empathic person for sure. What I can say though, is that this man, maybe more than anybody else on this planet, has given me insights, stuff to think about and motivation when I needed it most. Some of his videos have been so helpful that they pulled me out of a minor depressive episode and pushed me towards acting and following whatever I thought was right at that time. I don't agree with all of his videos, but I like the character he shows on youtube and some of his stuff is really eye-opening. I don't know where I would get such topics on a regular basis. I don't know what kind of person he is in real life, but the person he is on youtube definitely changed my life for the better. Calling him a schizophrenic narcicisstic psychopath is a little far-fetched I think, but what do I know? It's a youtube channel after all guys. Don't make a cult out of it, don't demonize, don't make him a kind of political person, if you can get some value out of his videos and if you find them helpful then watch them and go on with your life independently. Just keep an open mind and think critically. Nuff said.
  3. Even though this page has evolved past the need of earning money (:D) I wanted to ask you guys (and girls) what are good, PRACTICAL books about earning money and financial literacy? I already started reading "The 4 hour work-week" by Tim Ferris, but it seems to me like it's first and foremost written for people who already work in well-paying office jobs and who are financially stable, but want to have more time to enjoy life. I am a student of Social Work, living mainly off of welfare money and earning a little money on the side by working at a children's home on minimum wage and delivering food for a Sushi restaurant once a week. I'm looking for practical tips and quick methods of earning a little bit of extra money online, through stocks or crypto-currencies etc. and/or passive income, as well as some methods to build a mini-business of buying stuff and selling it again. I don't want to become rich off of that, I just wanna earn like 300-400 dollars more per month. Secondly, I also want to understand the financial system better, but it seems like it's pretty hard to find simple-written but informative books on that topic. I already consider reading "Think and grow rich", "Rich dad poor dad" and "The richest man of Babylon". Can you recommend a book that's full of practical tips and insights? I'd love to hear your recommendations.
  4. It might, yeah. I remember that one part of it was about taking pride and being comfortable in yourself, which leads to not "needing" another human being in your life. Definitely worth a read
  5. I think you should do a little more research into this topic. Merkel did not decide to take them in because she wanted to help them and she is such a compassionate human being. The problem in a nutshell is just that taking refugees is a German, European and pretty much humanitarian duty by law and countries like Italy, Spain and Greece, where refugees first arrive are at the brink of collapsing, so Germany had to take some too. Merkel keeping the borders open is an effort to keep the European Union alive, unlike Austria, Hungary or Britain who actively act against the EU as a unity of countries. Merkel is not some leftist politician who stands for political correctness and love for everybody. I'd say Merkel is definitely partially green, but mostly orange, strategic and practically oriented. She probably has a fair amount of blue as well, as she belongs to a conservative party and subscribes to "Christian" values. Green politicians (like people from the Green Party or the Left in Germany) would have thrown these values over board long ago.
  6. I was contemplating this question a bit today. Why is it that every other life-form seemingly realizes its potential and lives as nature intended it to live, while human beings have all forms of diseases and psychological dysfunctions, making it a life long journey just to become "healthy" and "natural"? What are your opinions on that?
  7. @Charlotte Actually, I don't think your body is craving protein. Protein deficiency is very rare and almost only exists among people who are starving in third world countries or among people with anorexia. The body does not really need a lot of protein and it generally doesn't crave it. If you eat enough and you're not hungry all the time, your body is probably not craving protein. What you can crave however is fat and salt. Meat is usually very high fat and the body literally craves for it, because just like sugar, it is ESSENTIAL to the functioning of the body, and the body needs relatively much of it, yet it is not very present in the food that would be easy to get in nature (like fruit or herbs). Also, meat today is full of spices and other substances which have a slighty addictive effect. If you have eaten this stuff for your whole life, it's natural that you have cravings. Even more if you found it really tasty. My advice to you is to not hate yourself for it and call the mind a "bastard". I know that feeling but actually the mind functions very well in this case. It does what it's designed to do: Provide stability and a sense of coherence. The decision to cut something out that was part of your life for many years is unsettling and scary to the mind, so of course it doesn't accept it at first. I eat mostly vegetarian right now and I didn't go "I'm going to stop eating meat now" and never touched it again. I ate meat a lot of times in between and it took me a while to actually make that decision. What I needed was a kind of shock moment, where I couldn't align eating (or rather: Buying) meat and fish with my personal values. At this moment, being a meat eater was not a part of my self concept any more and I could overcome it pretty easily. Maybe it helps you to find such a point. Otherwise, cook some REALLY TASTY vegetarian dishes, so you don't miss the taste of meat so much. You can do it!
  8. Have you actually found your values? How did you find them? Did you dig deep? To me it seems like the things you mentioned (girlfriend, millions of dollars, great experiences) are pretty much the things everyone is going for. They don't represent your true nature, they are just things that are considered good by society. I also know that these things tend to not be very motivating. What is it that you really want? Deep inside you. Another thing could be that you simply don't see the connection between your goals and your everyday actions. In this case, maybe you could try visualizing your goals more or asking yourself every day how exactly you are going towards these goals with your work/actions. Though, I think that the ideal will never be completely met. The ideal is only there to pull you out of bed. Reaching your goals may improve your life but I don't think they will make it perfect. Be aware of that.
  9. I don't think you will find any Trump lovers on this forum never heard of the other guy though.
  10. As I understand it, we are all inherently selfish creatures by nature. If all these things really "work" for you, I don't see a need to change them fundamentally. But then again, you wouldn't want to change, if you didn't feel some kind of need to do so. So what exactly is it you want? Why do you consider selfishness a bad thing? What would you like to change exactly? At this point in my life, I am striving towards designing a life like yours, but I understand that I probably won't be completely fulfilled by that. Maybe this is the time to take spirituality serious and get into that field? I heard that Leo has made a lot of videos about that stuff lately
  11. @blazed I'd love to agree with you, but at the time I'm still sceptical about this infinite reality notion. Interesting perspective though
  12. @Samra So you see it as a necessity? Like in order to evolve to a higher being, this suffering is necessary for the human being? Very interesting view
  13. @Eden Lol you serious? it is amazing though, you're a good singer. Ever thought about singing the chorus in a rap song?
  14. Leaving the spiritual stuff out, I think you're right. It's optional. However, your choice has to be well made. Is throwing something interesting like your life away just because of momentarily suffering really worth it? What if there is something more to life than it seems? When you're alive, you have an opportunity to find that out. To me, killing oneself seems like a cop-out. Somebody being so scared, so overwhelmed, that they don't even bother to look further. This life can be beautiful and I think we all know that. Also, our whole organism is literally made to protect us from harm. If one's mind is so twisted that it would rather go against human most basic instinct than put up with challenge, I think there is something deeply dysfunctional in his/her mind that should be resolved before making any quick decisions.
  15. Yeah pretty much. Of course not always, but especially when things go well I feel very excited and when I go to sleep I can't wait to start working again. I wouldn't call that addiction, but one problem I have is that I'm still attached to the outcome and get discouraged pretty quickly.
  16. Hmm I think the most practical tip would be to just try stuff out. Try a lot of things and you will notice what you naturally feel drawn to. Also your preferences are a good indicator. What do you like doing/watching/listening to/talking about? Btw I don't really think that everybody is a GENIUS at something. You are better in some things than in others, that doesn't mean you gotta be a unique talent at something. This comes only through working hard at your inborn gifts.
  17. @Jhonny As an introvert myself, I like jobs which leave space for your own initiative. Not just listening to or cooperating with other people but thinking for yourself and making your own decisions. Also it should be flexible and give you alone time to think and reflect. I don't think that there has to be a conflict in any job. You just have to execute the job in a way that incorporates your natural abilities.
  18. Hello you wonderful people out there, I hope you're having a great day. I'm sure there are tons of posts on here already talking about this topic, but I want to adress this again specifically for my case because I am a very selfish motherfucker One thing I noticed lately is that I actually seem very lonely. I must have been lonely for years now, but I didn't quite notice it consciously. I was so involved in my own ambitions, dreams, plans, routines, duties, chores and thoughts in general that I took the general melancholy connected to being alone as proof that "I don't work enough!", felt bad about that and either threw myself into work, or, if I lacked motivation, numbed myself with porn and youtube videos (which is actually pretty much how I found Leo's channel to be honest - I guess good things can come out of that too) I have been home alone for the last 3 days with not a lot to do, didn't really talk to anyone and I felt like shit. Today, after meditating for a longer time than usual and practicing some mindfulness, I could manage to look at that pain objectively without reacting to it (just for some moments) and noticed that I deeply lack other people who I can connect to. I just met some friends I didn't see in a while and it literally feels like a PHYSICAL need has been fulfilled. I never felt like this, always considered myself an introvert. I feel that most of my friendships and relationships to other people are superficial and I don't really connect to people on a deeper level, which is why I am not really motivated to spend a lot of time with them. This is the case firstly because most of my friends don't really share my interests, secondly because I simply don't have that many people in my life. I want to find people who are passionate about stuff that I am passionate about, which is mainly Hip Hop music, Personal Development and Philosophy. Do you have any practical tips for me on how to find people like these? I mean should I actually go on the street and chat people up until there is a "match" or is there a better alternative? What do you think? Thank you all in advance
  19. I don't know if I ever adressed this here on the forum but I noticed something within me, that has been bugging me for a long time now, whenever I start "grinding" more and working hard to create the life I want. When I create a compelling vision and try to make time in my life for taking serious steps in that direction, of course all my other duties and responsibilities in every day life don't disappear. My problem is that everything that is not somehow related to working on myself (like cleaning the house, working for money or talking to my family just to keep them updated) seems like a huge waste of time and I get pretty stressed and angry when I do something like that. Of course I notice that these simple things are part of life as well and they don't have to be distractions, but inside, I feel that they are. Now most of you would probably say "You are living in the future! Be mindful of what you're doing right now! Everything we do is meaningless AND meaningful at the same time! There is no difference, it's all one, just take some psychedelics and you will realize that! There is nothing to do!" Yeah. But Leo also says that a vision and hard work are very important for PD and I resonate with that as I am at a point in my life where I really want to create results. I am 20 years old, just moved out of my momma's house, earning my own money and looking for my path in life and I feel HUNGRY! I am DYING to create something, to do something great with my life and it feels like these small things are holding me back. Did you have the same problem when starting getting serious about PD and how did you come to accept the small tasks of everyday life? I would love to talk to you about your own experiences
  20. Thank you all so much for responding. After contemplating this stuff I got to know some stuff about myself, but I mainly noticed that I might be giving it too much "logical" thought. Maybe a good vision touches you more on a deep emotional level than it actually makes logical sense, which means that I can not sorta "deduce" a vision from my personal preferences (which I tried to do until now, I'm the philosopher type of guy you know). I think I'll just ask myself what my dream life is and write down anything that comes to mind until I have something so beautiful that I am willing to work my ass off for it. Apart from that problem, I am driven like I never really was before in my life. But then again, it feels like I always had this drive, but was kinda scared to show it even to myself. I'd like to thank you for the great advice, it all definitely helped me Keep grinding!
  21. I just watched Leo's newest video (the motivational speech thing) and I loved it! I kinda lost track of this channel a bit because of all the non-duality topics which I don't really feel ready for yet, but this video has really sparked something in me again. One thing @Leo Gura mentions there is the importance of vision. A clear vision which touches you emotionally, even makes you cry, in order to come back to it when times get tough and use it as a guideline. I don't really know how to create a detailed vision. I know what my passions are (at least some of them, there are probably much more things I can be passionate about), I put some habits into place and try to live life as healthy as possible right now, trying to map out what the hell I am gonna do with this life. I have some vague goals, like emotional mastery, financial independence, success as an artist, close relationships and accumulation of knowledge and insight into the truths of existence, which I break down monthly into certain mile stones and then weekly and daily into to-do lists, which I just follow through day to day. Although I manage to get some stuff done like that, I don't really feel a strong passion for my what I'm doing most of the time. How can I turn my goals into a clear vision that touches me emotionally? How did you guys create your vision?
  22. @egoless Thank you for your response, I contemplated about that using a variety of methods. The skill that is most important to me to master would probably be rapping and creating rap songs, but I noticed that the general life style I am living is more important to me than the mastery of that skill. The rap thing would just be a big part of the overall life I am trying to create. I think I am relatively clear now about what I want. Is that already a vision? Or do I have to really imagine it visually and write it down for it to be lasting?
  23. I know that one, good video but I don't know how to create that for myself
  24. @cirkussmile I do meditate, although I often fall off and can't really stick to doing it every day. Been doing it inconsistently for over a year though. But that's what I wanna ask you guys, is there any method to slowly discovering myself or do I just sit and ask myself "Who am I? Who am I?" Over and over again? @Nahm I never really sat down and decided "I will be an artist!" I just always loved to write/make music and so I did. It's part of my personality. The only decisions I make is if I make the stuff I create public or not, if I actually want to build some kind of carreer around it and if I want to create things on a regular basis or just when I have the time and feel like it. But creative impulses and the need to create some form of "art" is always there.