ivory

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  1. What makes you think that we should go beyond this? Sounds like someone told you a bunch of lies and you believed them. As someone who has experienced a great deal of social isolation, I can tell you that we absolutely need to have relationships for a basic level of mental health. We're meant to be together.
  2. I used to experience this as well. I have theory about it. Do you live a balanced life? Hobbies, work, friends, health, etc?
  3. Supposedly forum Jed is not the real Jed: https://enlightenmentmyth.com/impersonating-jed-mckenna/
  4. It doesn't happen anymore, but when I first started meditating I would twitch all the time, especially when I was going to sleep. I think it's a common side effect of meditation. As for the other stuff, I really can't comment.
  5. I thought about taking residence at a Zen monastery but I couldn't hack the robes and rituals.
  6. Thank god, I got shit to do. Precisely!
  7. Don't wanna get banned because of pumpkin puree. Ain't nobody got time for that...
  8. Authenticity is a complex topic. But at a basic level, here are some of the qualities: You do things out of love and enjoyment rather than to seek validation or doing things you think you "should" do. You do the things you say you are going to do. You accept where you're at on your journey (self-acceptance) and realize that change happens at a slow pace. You express your likes and dislikes. You take responsibility for you life and your actions. You do things because you love yourself, not to be hard on yourself. You are able to be honest with others about what you do and who you are.
  9. Judgement will always be there. However, most judgement is some form of self-judgement in disguise. You can't truly love others until you love yourself. To loosen judgement, see if you can see that you are guilty of the things you judge people for. As for yourself, be patient. It takes time for change to happen on a deep level. Be kind to others, take care of yourself, and soon judgements start to cease. However, there are toxic people out there, call them out, set boundaries, and/or avoid them. On the other hand, if you view all people as toxic it should be clear where the work really lies.
  10. That's exactly what needs to happen. We need a president who's going to make the population see things differently and learn to appreciate what's truly valuable. Only then will the system change. The trick is in finding a president who's not going to fuck things up too much. When transitions don't go smoothly, which they rarely do, people assume failure. They don't realize that change happens slowly and that things are going to be a bit hairy for a while. However, if people's values shifted, they'd be pushing for progress even if it happens at a slow pace or if we hit a few snags along the way. Part of the problem is that people expect immediate results.
  11. TL;DR Keep your mouth shut regarding non-duality. I've given up trying to talk to people about non-duality. Instead, I tell them that I like spending time in meditation. Meditation has mental health benefits and I like the way it makes me feel. That sort of thing. As for the theory, I tell people that I'm a deep thinker and that I love philosophy. I don't go into details because it freaks people out and makes them think you're weird. If people really want to know more, I talk in terms of Buddhism because it's more socially acceptable than saying, "time is an illusion and so are you." I just say that Buddhism has been around for thousands of years and it's basically a philosophy for living a life that makes you more happy and healthy. Sometimes I mention that at one point I developed an interest in mind mechanics and how I should have become a psychotherapist. Over time you learn what to say and not to say.
  12. The amount that we have to work is nonsense. However, we live in a capitalistic / consumeristic society whose values are skewed. The fact is, we have to work. Who knows what that amount should be. Have you seen Life Below Zero? It's about people who live off the land in Alaska. They spend a LOT of time working. In fact, it's almost all that they do. However, I believe they work a LOT because most of them live on their own. Should people live in groups AND live off the land, I believe the amount of hours one would spend working would be about 5 hours a day.
  13. Depends on what you mean by a bad trip. I've had trips where I felt extreme fear over the loss of control of my mind. And others where I had dark thoughts and emotions come up. There was not much benefit to the first, but definitely to the last. I learned a lot about what I needed to workin on as a human being.
  14. IMO, LOA is wishful thinking at best, not to mention a distraction from personal development. Why work towards something when you can wish it into existence?