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  1. @Charlotte I know in the US MDMA has recently been announced as a breakthrough therapy for PTSD. Not sure how accessible the treatment is in the UK though. Definitely worth reading up of that if you're not familiar already. Even though he might not be willing to meditate, it's worth mentioning that increasing self-awareness through mindfulness meditation would probably help. Might take some time, and its difficult to say how effective it would be, but my guess is that it would help in the long run.
  2. You can turn them back on in the settings.
  3. So now the real contemplation starts. Who are you really then?
  4. @Jackthelad I see awakening and comedy as very compatible. If there are a lot of damaged or broken people in the job, then it would be a good opportunity to help spread higher consciousness. There's nothing like genuine laughter to raise the energy in a room and make people feel at ease, relaxed, and in a higher consciousness state. No, not at all, quite the opposite most likely.
  5. @Jamesc Are you saying 'can i be enlightened and just have a normal job?'. Of course! You can do whatever you want, whether you're enlightened or not.
  6. As I mentioned in my previous post, some teachers advocate labelling, some don't. You need to try out different techniques and see which ones work best for you. The Do Nothing technique is Vipassana, but that obviously doesn't involve labelling. My understanding is that within the Goenka Vipassana tradition, no labels are used. So if you go on a traditional Vipassana retreat I don't think you will be using labels. But within the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition, on the other hand, labelling is a central aspect to the techniques. And i'm sure it varies in many other traditions too. I went on a Mahasi-style Vipassana retreat last year and I was labelling 24/7! In my opinion, labelling is very effective in reducing the chances of getting lost in monkey mind as Shinzen points out in this video: I'm not sure why @eskwire is being so assertive about his way of doing things. It's just factually wrong to say that labels are not part of Vipassana. Leo has also advocated labelling for a long time now. Also check out this video on using spoken labels:
  7. 1) Well i'd say as long as you notice both the thought and the feeling it doesn't matter. The noticing or acknowledging part is what is important, rather than examining it. Labelling is optional, but obviously helps reinforce the noticing, and keeps you focused and concentrated. You also want to be labelling both the thought and the feeling. They are separate experiences. In terms of the actual words used, you can use either simple words like 'feeling', or you can get more specific and use words like 'fear', 'dread', etc, as you say. Different teachers advise different approaches. Don't get too caught up in the label though. The majority of your focus should go into noticing experience. In response to one of the other comments here, you absolutely can actually whisper the label physically, as opposed to just saying it in your mind. Shinzen Young advocates this if you find your concentration is low. I find it's very effective and usually start out by quietly whispering the labels with my mouth. If you've got good concentration though you can just say them mentally. 2) Not sure on this one. You want to be focused and alert when you're meditating so i'm not sure that doing it right before bed is the best idea. But if it works for you then go for it. My guess is that it wouldn't affect your day time meditation, but can't say for sure. 3) You can fix your posture, thats fine. But it's important to be mindful of the whole process. Note the sensation pain, note the thoughts that arise with that, note the desire to move or the aversion to the discomfort (basically the same thing) this is very important, note any resistance to the discomfort, note the intention to move, note the sensations of moving, note the emotional state of reducing the pain etc.
  8. Check out the episodes on this podcast Plenty of people on there who are into psychedelics and entrepreneurship in some form. Another good psychedelic website which might spark some business ideas/directions to head in
  9. I bought the course last year and finished it. I didn't end up with a crystal clear life purpose, but I learnt a huge amount about myself and the theories/concepts taught in the course. At the end of the course I basically had a bunch of possible directions to go in, which was great because I could take action It gave me some direction and focus, but as I said, I was still left a bit aimless and confused. I don't see it as wasted money though, partly because it's so damn cheap compared to most courses these days (you really get your moneys worth), but also because at the time it was what I really needed. I'm sure it's had lasting effects on the way I think about my life purpose. I'll be an ongoing process of for many years to come.
  10. Stumbled across this nice little video whilst procrastinating. Thought it was worth sharing.
  11. Yes this is a sign you're on the right tracks. The slight panick attack was the ego facing non-existence/dissolution etc.
  12. Don't think i've ever seen so much text in one post ahaha!
  13. @John Iverson Well obviously the main benefit is improving your concentration. Eventually you might reach access concentration (different people have quite different definitions for this), and then you'll have the ability to 'access' the concentration jhanas, which are a series of increasingly deeper levels of concentration. Each level has various mystical experiences associated with it and increasingly deeper levels of bliss. But my understanding is that, in general, these takes many many hundreds, if not thousands of hours to attain. Improving your concentration is great, but don't get distracted by it. Concentration meditation won't enlighten you. Check out Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington if you want to read up on the subject.
  14. @Nexeternity Nice post man. I went on a mahasi vipassana retreat last year but spent atleast half of the retreat just trying to figure out the technique. So probably didn't make full use of it. Still, it was a awesome experience. Will be attending another later this year for sure.