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  1. Guy you are not doing any spiritual work and you expect to make sense to what Leo is saying. There better ways to spend. You can waste your life debating about this. It is yours not mine
  2. There are so many fields out there you can't expect Leo to have all those books especially technical books. You will need to know your niche and domain of mastery and do your personal research.
  3. What she needs right now is basic self help that would help her have a positive attitude towards stress and a solid morning routine so that she can start the day right. Leo's video on Routines Leo's video on Habits. Leo's video on Stress Leo's video on How to be Prolific. All the videos on productivity on the actualized.org website.
  4. @Parki. since you don't want to hear about other alternative perspectives to talent. You believe you don't have talent in music. You can drop music and find something you have talent in.
  5. Mindfulness is seeing reality exactly as it is. The more you practice mindfulness the clearer the picture of reality that you have. You are literally cleaning your senses. Your view of mindfulness is faulty and inaccurate.
  6. If this is not against the rules, I will recommend insight timer's course if you want to fine tune your meditation course. Yes it is a beginner's course but I've got great benefits to my practice. I want to know if you had similar benefits or if you can recommend something else to me.
  7. I have been slacking on this journal. I will set up a schedule to check in on the forum once every day so that I can put in my journal entries. For this entry I would be journaling about two quotes. One on the mind and one on self compassion "All problems are illusions o the mind" - Eckhart Tolle From what I can understand at first all problems are created in the mind. They aren't out there in the physical. Your mind creates problems and projects it into the external. If you change how you see the situation. It changes. By taking responsibility you put yourself in position to see the illusions that the illusions that the mind is creating. But aren't there events that are problems that we see out there in the physical like natural disasters, violence, incompetent political leaders. I'm stuck on this point. Will need to contemplate more on this. "Self-acceptance is my refusal to be in an adversarial relationship with myself." - Nathaniel Brand I first read this quote and what struck first in my mind is seeing how form most of my life I have been in an adversarial relationship with myself. The idea of self compassion was seen as a way of developing myself. I saw it as being self indulgent in loving myself as I am. That it would lead to arrogance. I would speak to myself in a harsh tone and beat myself up everyday. I became socially anxious, depressed and suicidal. I have been practicing mindfulness meditation, loving kindness, reading psychology books about self acceptance and there has been significant improvement in my mental health. Self acceptance is a practice. An adversarial relationship with self is internal conflict. a neurosis. By practicing self acceptance, you bring the parts of yourself you like and the parts you don't into one whole. You have authentic motivation to grow and improve and to love yourself and give that love to others. You become a more whole integrated human being.
  8. I am working through a book called - Ideas on demand A crash course on creativity. It started with 5 creativity blocks which are as follows 1. Lack of self-belief 2. Fear of sounding stupid 3. Discomfort with ambiguity and uncertainty 4. The right answer syndrome 5. Being judgemental. At the end of the description of each creativity block and there is an exercise. I tackled each exercise. I felt more creative and more willing to tackle creative tasks. The next section of the book is that creativity is about connecting the dots and creating "wow" by connecting them in a way no one ever did. To be really good at connecting dots you need to be collecting dots. Dots are ideas you get from books, past experience, experimentation etc. The ideas of frames was also introduced. There was also a technique called the reversal technique. I applied the technique to my professional situation and I got some ideas. These will be further improved as I continue to read the book. I have been falling behind on this journal. I would need to have a paper journal that I write on first before transferring it to the forum.
  9. This is my first journal. I am starting now. I am currently feeling down after failing an oral exam to become a authorized dealing clerk in the major stock exchange in my home country. I currently work in a stockbroking firm. . I am struggling to go through all my course notes, develop my writing and speaking skills and studying finance in general. I studied engineering in the university and I had a pass, so I have been jumping from job to job trying to carve a path and I believe finance is the path for me. On the self development tip and I am working on the interpretation video that Leo released a few weeks ago. My first journal post. I will get better with practice.
  10. Guy, you are mentally lazy and not serious with this work. I can tell that you are sloppy in your thinking and you are into the blame game. Focus on creating a great life for yourself instead of being this guy who wants to prove how "independent" of a thinker he is and how he is not a sheep by playing blame games.
  11. Great work @FlyingLotus. This is the episode that I want to work on implementing this week. This is a very valuable resource. Thanks. This is incredible.
  12. I made the decision not to go fully into the spirituality. I am glad I made the right decision. The only spiritual practice I do is meditation. The basics are what I am focused on. When you master the basics, you will be equipped and ready to engage in spirituality.
  13. Some tips I got from a few sources: Learn and master the art of asking questions Acquire mainstream and niche sources for information. Create time for solitude to do some creative thinking. Have projects you want to accomplish so that you get practice on being more creative.
  14. I've gotten to finish watching the video. Just from the intro and contemplation I can tell I can get a lot of wisdom from it.
  15. Thanks for this summary.