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  1. @Margo89 CBD oils between 5% and 20% with low THC contents below 1% (due to Swiss regulations) works like a charm. I only take it when necessary because it affects my REM sleep. @youngshinzen Here are my best finds against anxiety: Break a sweat first thing in the morning. Magnesium supplements daily. I change the brand and the ingestion method every time I finish a pack. Check your allergies! I have realized that I have many mild intolerances (rubber, raw fruits with seeds, peanuts) that would make me more anxious due to general inflammation. Minimal sugar intake. Krill oil, daily for 90 days. Then I take a 30 day break and cycle again. I live in Switzerland and also struggle with sun exposure. I consciously plan some holidays in November in a sunny place. A big big one has been cutting all social networks and going back to an old school phone. It really simplified things.
  2. @SunnyNewDay 🙏🏻 Thank you very much
  3. @Gili Trawangan I have gone back and forth with some of the organizer on WhatsApp. The girl was really helpful and nice but I got a light red flag when I told her that I wanted to postpone my retreat due to personal problems ( suicide of a friend and a knee surgery). At this point she started telling me about how these retreats were the panacea and the one and only cure and I got a bit worried. I recognized my tendency in my first years of psychedelic exploration to be a bit too much of an advocate. Anyhow, I ll go this autumn and will keep you posted.
  4. @Pilgrim A very practical thing I did last year was to leave where I live with no money with the ambition of traveling around France for a few days. I titled it the no-money challenge. I went and hitchhiked with whoever wanted to take me somewhere new. I met tons of people, asked around for food and shelter. This was a huge experience in letting go. No plans, no idea of where I'll be in 2 hours, just some persistence and the conviction that it will work out. This wholesale surrender of trying to control my circumstances really extended my vision of what is possible and helped me develop using a more ying energy. It was very uncomfortable at first yet powerful.
  5. @TheAlchemist This is the current set up where I live (Geneva, Switzerland). You can go there, get registered, shoot with clean needles and then focus on getting your life back on track. I often see people go there in the morning and then head straight to work. There is also a lot of social programs available in that place. An average of 140 people a day visit it, they use mostly cocaine and heroin. This program was implemented following an opioid crisis that hit Switzerland in the late 90s early 2000s and led to the decriminalization of consuming. This place is by no mean sketchy or scary, you just see people get in there with a slight hurry and come back out at a more leisurely pace. It has proven to reduce the evitable fatalities, illnesses, and criminal behavior linked to such addictions. From my point of view, it seems to be an excellent tool for keeping people from falling off the edge of society and monitoring drug use threw time. I grew up knowing about this program and took it for granted. I came across this map confirming that it is such drug consumption rooms are a stage green initiative. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1MEbZ_OJyO2GVvYrN7mN8aymx2LA&hl=fr&usp=sharing
  6. @herghly I came across a guide on writing essays that Jordan Peterson made for his student. ( https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://jordanbpeterson.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Essay_Writing_Guide.docx ) I don't know what your background is but it gave me many rules and actionable processes on how to improve the quality of my writing and it did. I wouldn't follow Peterson's advice on postmodernism or politics but he is with no doubt a better writer than most of us.
  7. @Fortunate Son I completely relate to your difficulty of using a calendar/time management tool and I still struggle with it myself. I heard a really good practical tip that is to plan the day I want to have, instead of the day I should have. I kept failing at using such tools because I would be a tyrant planner, 0 fun, doing doing doing, discipline, should should should. I now understand that I have much fewer genes in common with Jocko Willink than previously thought. Nowadays I include, calling friends, mountain biking, swimming in a lake many things that I really enjoy doing and are the things I would naturally gravitate towards without a calendar or any particular productive aim. I recommend a book called daily rituals by Mason Currey that gives examples of notable historical figures from Marx to Victor Hugo, Darwin, Kafka, Simone de Beauvoir. Many artists are included and some had some really unconventional but apparently successful routines. Your activities reminded me of this book and not in a Hunter S. Thompsons kind of way
  8. @Amy Irene Here are a few places I have met some self-actualizing fellows: debate club, hitchhiking association, Wim Hof training, yoga class, people transitioning out of extreme athletic practices into the spiritual, psychedelic retreats, vipassana retreats and meetup group, stage yellow conferences (psychedelics, integral theory, energy fields), survival training in the wild. The common thread is that people taking part in these activities are willing to grow and learn. I also share what I am up to with my friends and acquaintances. Over the year many people I already knew blossomed into a new stage and grew closer to me when they, for example, got interested in fasting or psychedelics. This always feels like a wink from the universe. I hope this inspires you in your search.
  9. @pluto Much appreciation on such a detailed description of your journey. Thank you for the inspiration 🙏🏻
  10. @pluto Thanks for sharing. I had never heard of this outside of jokes. What a fascinating discovery. Did you first start with some fasting and then came to realize that you could integrate that completely in your lifestyle or is this very different? Hard to wrap my mind around what kind of energy level one has with such practices. Great share!
  11. Something great could happen if Akira the Don got interested in Leo's work. A few examples of his work below. In a surprising way, the music intricately melted in the original speech gives this sound quality that reminds me of why good public speakers are rhythmical and varying in pitch. The whole becomes kinda pre-contemplated and gets into me at a deeper level than some "dryer" content. A bit like comic books. It has a musical kind of persuasion. We can definitely ping at Akira on social networks. And get some Actualized videos his way. And even if we don't. The McKenna, Allan Watts, David Foster Wallace, Jocko Willink and Scott Adams track are phenomenal. This one album combines well with tripping. An alternative and poetic explanation of how we have partially constrained Gods probing God forgetting that we are like our hand stroking our body.
  12. @Bridge to Infinity On a more practical level, I started using a plugin on chrome for all the websites I don't want to spend too much time on (20 min a day in my case) then they are completely blocked for the next 24 hours. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stayfocusd/laankejkbhbdhmipfmgcngdelahlfoji?hl=en I also ran across an interview from Cal Newport on impact theory about digital minimalism and being more selective about what we allow in our life. You can watch it on Youtube or podcast.
  13. Lovely people, I just underwent reconstructive surgery for my ACL and meniscus. I was able to follow the intervention on a screen. I quickly realized how much particles of old ligament and bone fragment due to the drilling were left in my knee cap. Furthermore, my bones need to heal, my meniscus needs to heal and the new graft needs to re-vascularize. I am looking for any additional techniques or resources that could help me encourage the healing process in my knee. Merci
  14. Thanks to everyone for posting your vision boards. I made my own little adaptation including my daily tasks. I also added my friends and family on the left, achievements I am proud of on top, mentor and examples in the middle, vision board on the top right corner and vision of hell on the bottom right corner. I found this extremely helpful to overcome a recent depressive episode.
  15. -Having "nothing to do" -When things don't go as planed -People's worldview -Being alone