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  1. One option might be to take your desire to its limit.

    Find out the extent to which you can make it happen. Explore. Research. Be resourceful, open-minded. Nifty. Use your skills, your values, your relationships. Your feelings. Are you on the right track? Is this still something that you want? If not, what else would you do?

    We learn about ourselves and the world when we approach the boundaries of what might or might not be possible.

  2. Below is how I would have thought of it. I also agree with the above analogy.

    Blue = we know other languages exist but we should all speak this language because we believe it's the best

    Orange = They have words that we want. We should trade. Let's learn enough of their language to do that

    Green = we should try to understand their language so that we can better connect with them as people

    Yellow = we know there are no "should"s that always apply but we also understand that many people think that there are 


    ... or something

  3. "Hey cool, a lighthearted thread that hasn't been locked yet. I might check this out"
    "Let's see here..."
    "I'm perfectly happy to have insects in my house and make no effort to get rid of them. They do seem to be crawling on my screen though. I know, I'll ask the webpage owners to change their webpage..."
    "Damn that person's lazy. And kind of gross to allow insects in their home"
    "Wait a minute, I have insects in my home too. Aren't I being really  judgemental? After all, what if they have an illness that makes it hard to clean their place, or live in another country, or they're at a higher level of development than me and they don't go around murdering every insect they find. Also, maybe other people have this problem too and they're being a considerate member of their community by sharing a useful suggestion".
    "I wonder how guilty I should feel for judging this person"
    "Go easy on yourself, Dan. Remember, the survival drive is insanely strong and pretty much everything we do comes from that"
    "I bet someone on the forum says something about me needing to realise that I *am* the other person, or that I'm God or whatever. Typical"
    "I wanted to ask whether the universe could suddenly turn into a piece of cheese but wasn't sure if it was a good enough question"
    "I'm hungry" 

  4. Can we identify any other factors that might have given rise to the riots, albeit in less obvious ways?

    For example:

    - Heightened national fear, leading to anger and unrest in general, due to the pandemic and how it's been reported and dealt with
    - The emergence of stage red aspects of society at this time
    - Many of the president's comments and actions being characterised as racist  
    - A rise in cortisol levels among people as the weather gets warmer at this time of year

    Please take the above suggestions lightly, I'm sorry if they're not accurate and by all means suggest better ones. I'm no expert on American social or political issues.

  5. @from chaos into self are you aware of the website 7cups.com? Listeners aren't qualified so it is not a substitute for therapy however it can benefit those who just want someone to talk to.

    I am also a hermit and often have takeaway food so COVID hasn't affected my lifestyle yet.

    I keep trying to work out how the virus and governments' reactions to it will impact society. I'm also trying to work out how best I can help my community. If I can drag myself over to the chair by the window and do some contemplation, who knows maybe I'll think of something.  

  6. The forum has a purpose and requires moderation to keep discussions in line with that purpose.

    Without the forum, it's harder for the website to survive.

    No website. No cloud. No server. No warehouse somewhere. The land becomes pasture again. Pasture occupied by cattle.

  7. 15 hours ago, DoubleYou said:

    Don't do it because you have to. Do it because there's nothing else you'd rather do. 

    How do you get there? By meditating. Because to meditate means to tune into that which you enjoy the most. Being yourself.
    In other words, peace. And there's nothing more transforming than that. Even though you couldn't care less about that anymore.
    Why would you? You are at peace already.

    See, these questions wether to meditate or not, wouldn't even arise from a peaceful state. That peace is meditation. 

    So find out about the absolute joy in that. That's how you will keep coming back automatically, instead of always having to force yourself. 
    Meditation shouldn't take any effort. Effort is what's being surrendered.

    Chasing higher levels or something better than meditation comes from a place that is not at peace. Something that's always looking for the next best thing. Or in other words, overlooking the peace that is already here.

    With meditation, this can be surrendered too. 

    Peace is peaceful. And you are it.

    What a wonderful message

  8. "Well Mr. God, what brings you to therapy? Impotence? Fear of abandonment? Do the other kids make fun of you?"

    In all seriousness, it sounds as though the therapist could have done better by asking more about your own experience rather than speaking from, we presume, hers although this is only my second-hand impression. She may have picked up on your use of the word "should".

  9. J: And... we're live Leo Gura. How are you sir?

    L: I'm pretty good thanks.

    J:You haven't done many podcasts have you?

    L: I've been saving myself for you Joe

    J: OK so there's no pressure... if we fuck this up (joking) you'll just never do another podcast

    L: (More sarcasm) Yeah but I can cross it off my bucket list

    J: You can absolutely

    J: Your channel is unusual. Can I say that? I think I can say that.

    L: It is unusual.

    J: I've watched a fair few of your videos and there are some very, very controversial statements in there.

    L: (explains history of A.org making comparisons with more mainstream self-help, meditation, enlightenment.)

    Cue psychedelics discussion. Joe asks plenty of skeptical questions. Leo responds, with plenty of caveats and fundamentals, e.g. they both acknowledge that you can't just tell a religious person to drop their faith, or an atheist to consider nonduality.

    Leo may or may not smoke some bud.

    Politics. Dating. UFOs.


  10. If we opt for a large doner kebab with no salad, covered in tomato sauce, we'll likely be consuming a ton of processed red meat, fat and salt covered in chemicals, all of which are generally considered not the best choices for a healthy body.

    If we want our bodies to get essential nutrients then the meal as a whole must be balanced which requires paying attention to what we have with the kebab as well.

    I guess we could enjoy a doner kebab occasionally and eat well the rest of the time and maybe we'd "get away with it" although fast food can be addictive.

    If we're going to have kebabs, a healither option might be a shish, which is whole cuts of grilled meat, with a generous quantity and variety of fresh salad and either no sauce, or home-made chilli sauce depending on its ingredients. 

  11. There are lots of restaurants in town. 

    You chose to eat at Mario's because you think he makes great meatballs.

    However you don't like the sauce he puts on them. You find it very spicy and you're not keen on very spicy things.

    You reserve a table at the restaurant and use it to talk about your own feelings about how spicy the meatballs are. 

    Mario hears your discussion. Instead of throwing you out, he lets you stay there and also gives you a tip on how to make great meatballs of your very own.

    You don't like the way Mario talked when he gave you the tip. You thought it was kind of direct.

    Mario's business is booming. He continues to improve his meatball recipe even though they're frequently considered the best in town.

    Mario loves sharing meatball tips with people and there's actually a queue of people seeking his advice, many of whom would reward him for it. He helps almost all of them free of charge, even responding to comments during his holidays.


    That said, I think I might also like to see Leo communicate in a more agreeable manner at times if he feels capable of or curious about doing so. This is just a humble personal thought/wonder.