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  1. That can happen and it is generally a good thing. Unless it makes you feel uncomfortable. I like to experiment around with that, take it to where the breath is virtually not noticeable, though I tend to get a little frightened there yet. Good luck on your further journey.
  2. I find this song lovely and reassuring when I am sad or melancholic.
  3. don't just use that guideline on the macro level. It is intended to guide your every move. Standing in the supermarket: shall I buy the bananas or the candy? Should I ask that girl out or walk on? Should I make my bed? Should I clean my room or play video games? Using this technique on the micro level consistently and diligently is guaranteed to get you out of any rut. You won't have it mastered right away, don't beat yourself up and also expect the ego backlashes. Be careful with that psychics forecasting. Good luck with your condition, I hope you will find your way through.
  4. "it's because you and I don't really have fears anymore, we just act like we're afraid." - really made something click, thank you. Reminded me of a Ken Wilber quote: "The truth won't necessarily set you free, but truthfulness will" Have a good day.
  5. Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha has a great section on the dark night. First thing I remember is to avoid bleed through. Don't use your symptoms to justify being a dick. Don't quit your job, end your relationship or do anything drastic out of one of the stages of the dark night. Secondly, don't get attached to it. People who know about the dark night might want to prolong it, thinking that that will increase the amount of purification that happens. But: the severity of your dark night does not determine the degree of peace and equanimity you will have afterwards at all. Don't adopt the self-image of the guy who takes on the suffering of the world single-handedly. That is not necessary and counter productive. You can go through the dark night in as much as seven minutes, or get stuck there becoming a chronic dark nighter for a decade. If you want a time-frame, try and get through it within a week by not getting attached to it at all and doing intense insight practice.
  6. @exhale that's a fair concern. I have looked into it and it seems that at least in Germany Waldorf students tend to do well in an university setting. But that statistic might be a bit skewed due to Waldorf students usually coming from educated/high income households that can support them well in their education. I'm sure you can come up with an inventive compromise where you prepare them for the pressure to conform and achieve while simultaneously sparing them of their damning reality. Also consider the disservice you might do to them by not sending them to a Waldorf. Hope I was of some help with your decision making. Either way they will be alright since at least one of their parents is on this forum. Have a good day.
  7. I might be wrong but I got the strong sense that this was you taking it personal. If I remember correctly you have brought up the issue of Leo assuming his viewers don't understand X topic some time before. Maybe it is worth contemplating why you react against that. Maybe not. Never bothered me one bit at least. Not trying to shit on you here just a friendly reminder you might want to check up on yourself. Godspeed.
  8. I have some friends who went to a Waldorf school. Never heard of anything like what you say about weird dogma. From what I am aware of, they let children be children and don't pressure them into having to fulfill and keep up with a specific curriculum too early and instead let them develop and find themselves during those crucial years. Rudolf Steiner was great. Leo mentioned him once as stage turquoise. Though the schools as they are today are certainly and solidly green. Much better than a public school with all the stress and turmoil that pressuring kids to be a specific way will cause them. Be cautious though with this specific school as I suspect they probably vary in quality and ideology. You said you got a pretty good vibe though so I wouldn't worry about it. I think your kids will thank you for putting them in a Waldorf. I hope you will make the right decision
  9. This is a job for @flume and her impressive collection of insightful and thorough Thoreau quotes. For starters: "Instead of money, fame, recognition and love... give me truth." Ime if you read about his life it becomes obvious that he had more than just a clue about what we are talking about here. He spent most of his life living in solitude in a cabin in the woods, you ought to run into some mystical experiences, plus he shows clear signs of metaphysical curiosity and a kind of otherworldly sentimentality. The pursuit of truth is not a modern development and he clearly was involved in it. He was, however probably not aware of the scope of what this work is all about. He seems solidly grounded in stage green spirituality. Which propelled him lightyears ahead of the society and time he was living in. An impressive achievement.
  10. insightful and practical post, thanks @ardacigin . I am currently reading Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, and have started my Dharma-Practice on new years eve. So far I have been mainly doing concentration practice 1 h every day and have been getting results such as increased ease, effortlessness and relaxation in daily life and this subtle, tingling sense of joy and self-acceptance. I intend to start doing insight practices soon and wanted to ask you for any advice you have for a beginner like me. What do you think is the most effective concentration to insight ratio? Also I will have the chance to do a ten day retreat at home where I should be able to get in 12h hours of practice a day. I intend to have this kickstart or supercharge my meditation practice. Do you have any tips for doing that? Should I stick to a schedule. Do insight or concentration or both? Do kasina? Or stick to one of those the entire time? Does it make sense to get in some light exercise/runnning/gym session? Would love to hear your input. Any additional tips will be greatly appreciated I always enjoy reading your posts and want you to know that they have been both practically helpful and inspiring. Keep up the great work. Much peace
  11. Two if the english poems I have always liked. I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. -William Wordsworth -------------------------- She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impaired the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o’er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express, How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. And on that cheek, and o’er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent! -Lord Byron
  12. Mahamudra is described in his prior book "Kriya Yoga Exposed". I think he left it out as a a subtle incentive to go buy that one too I had the same problem and asked someone on the forum for the exact routine in the Kriya Yoga mega thread and got a pretty detailed description. You will find it when you search for my username in that thread. Good luck with Kriya Yoga.
  13. @bonesurfer yes, I have and I recommend it whole-heartedly. Will read it a second time next month. By the way, did you know that in the end he recommends you read it again at least once because on reading it the first time you don't really get the big picture of what is presented? I have read somewhere in the forum that Leo suggested you only start to really tap into the value this book offers upon reaeding it the third or fourth time around. Not saying you shouldn't take it with you but it will be a more intellectual enterprise. And ime it will be a distraction by putting too much on your plate at once. Think about it. Have a great trip. You surely will benefit a lot. Looking forward to hearing how it went
  14. Sounds like a great plan. I'm sure there's much you will gain from it. My advice though would be to leave the book at home. It's a great book for sure but don't try to do too many things at once there. The book, I think, would become too much of a distractions, dividing your attention. Focus on being present and doing absolutely nothing and see what comes up Good luck
  15. No understanding of maths needed beyond understanding how simple equations can be solved. If you are interested in that book, it's probably worth the read for you.