R-Type

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  1. Beginner question: is Kriya Yoga actually a good point to start at or go to while at a beginner or intermediate level? To me it appears that my ego fell in love with the CONCEPT of enlightenment and likes the idea of Kriya as the best or fastest in order to reach that blissful state. Yet on the other hand, Kriya yoga sounds to me like it's advanced stuff and therefore rather suited to people who have advanced before and bring the right state in order to handle the difficulties that will come along. Like a training technique that gets you to the Olympics, but is not for the average Joe, that hasn't got his basic training and diet right yet... Would be cool if someone could elaborate on this. Thanks.
  2. The good thing about Sadhguru imho is, that he also points all the time to turning inward, and that he's very focused on the basics, on 'well-being' as he says so often, which covers topics like the right food, exercise and mindset in order to enhance personal and social life. I remember in a talk he said, that if someone is aiming for more (enlightenment), that could be accomplished too and there are techniques that can be taught for that in case someone wants to go that far. But for the regular person, which is most of us, life quality can be dramatically enhanced by getting the basics right. Leo's teachings go very deep to the core and are for a very particular audience only. Sadhguru is more focused on the broad spectrum of day to day life, as he understands that it is what human life needs right now the most. It also alignes well with the spiral dynamics model if you ask me. I'm really happy that both show up publicly and spread the word. Is it the truth itself? Sure not. But good pointers...
  3. Back to the topic, I'd say - according to Naval Ravikant - it's important to get the fundamentals right. For me it would be these: - solid understanding of psychology and sociology - solid understanding of economics and politics - solid knowledge of biology (esp human anatomy), chemistry, physics and math - systems thinking (in order to put the above together and apply to one's own life)
  4. Is willpower an illusion? If there's no free will there can't be such a thing. So, what is there actually happening which we falsely label as willpower and how can we harness that knowledge to make positive improvements on our lives?
  5. The Youtube Premium Show 'Mind Field' is now available for everybody until the end of the year. No Premium needed. It's a fascinating and entertaining show on how the human mind works, with lots of insights to gain from. Cheers
  6. Great post and a good reminder to train ourselves away from the constant reasoning and rationalizing and learn to be okay again with a little uncertainty. ☺️
  7. Why do you keep on asking broad questions and giving vague suggestions? Why not getting more specific if you know better? 😉
  8. Maybe it'll help to do physical mindfulness practices, like Hatha yoga, qi gong, Tai chi, yoga Pranayama and alike in order to stabilize and calm your nervous system. When my mind is going bonkers, trying to do mindfulness meditation feels like a waste of time and it probably is.
  9. I think we want to love unconditionally but we're not capable of it. It's not even imaginable to the regular human mind. We can't help but to dislike/hate/fear some parts of ourselves, parts of humanity, parts of the environment and reality in general. It appears to me that it's part of the duality game and we can't give it up, it anchors us into this reality and we'd be lost without it. According to Leo and other people with enlightening experiences, this need for drama can be transcended. I don't know...
  10. Thanks for sharing, it was very nice to read through your story. Did your experiences and change influence the relationship to your friends and family? If so, how?
  11. I've heard that saying too and it's kind of confusing. Heres why... First of all it's missing definition. when drawing that line one should at least be able to define what basic and advanced self help is, and not leave the reader/listener alone with that phrase. I'd say most people would have a hard time coming up with a definite answer as they use the phrase without having put some serious thought into it. Second: the time frame of 10 years doesn't make sense as people are not the same. We come with different backgrounds and potentials, what one can do in 2 years might take another one 5 and a third one 10 years to accomplish. Third problem to me is the harsh categorizing between basic and advanced, as there is so much in between. Let's take the analogy with gymnastics. There are several movements that have basic and advanced versions, like let's say a wall assisted push up (super beginner level) and a planche push up (very advanced level). Of course you can't do planche push ups if you have trouble doing a wall push up, but it's not like once you 'mastered' wall push ups, your next goal is the planche version. There are so many variations in between one has to tackle and accomplish first before even thinking about the planche version. But the good things about is, that all the variations before will prepare and contribute to get you there. A good coach understands this and guides the trainees, understanding where they are and what the next steps their work should be focused on. He would do that on an individual level and not offer just a basic and advanced training regiment people would blindly have to follow, depending on where he thinks they fit in. Sure, creating subcategories (or baby steps) ist still categorizing a thing that's actually a continuous flow, but it's better to do that fine than coarse grained.
  12. I experience that too, mostly during times when my daytime is filled with anxiety and and stress and/or low energy. That promotes bad habits which negative effects spill over into my night times. It mostly boils down to your nervous system reacting on how you treat it. What does help me is increasing physical activity and lowering calorie intake. Spicy and sugary foods eaten at late evening times are also known to promote nervousness and bad dreams. So does alcohol. Even if you're a generally more anxious person (as I am) and the root causes of this nervousness are lying deep within your system, these first actions can at least be a first, quick help on the road. What daily habits do you have that might affect your sleep negatively?
  13. Wow Tom you're post is awesome and a massive help! Will save and reread it, as it gives much insight and good instructions on how to handle shame issues, which I have to a life crippling extend too. What's really interesting is that shame can have its origins on different layers. One being the childhood neglect/trauma the other being not fitting into social norms. As we're such complex creatures I'd guess that we all have to carry all kinds and intensities of shame stemming from many different experiences throughout our life. It will take quite some time to dig through it... So, a big Thank You from my side. And in case you have further links to articles or book recommendations please feel free to post them here too. Hugs, R