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  1. And I mean EVERYTHING. If you believe that everything you do, experience, feel, etc will in turn benefit you NO MATTER WHAT, can anything hurt you?
  2. Does anyone here practice feeling the inner body? I have been trying to practice directing my attention to it pretty much at all times. Any thoughts on this practice? I want to know if it is potent enough to transform one spiritually. Side note: I smoked a lot of marijuana and could feel the inner body very intensely. Any thoughts on that? Thx
  3. Why can't I make my pancakes with almond milk, organic eggs, and extra virgin olive oil if It contains wheat? ;(
  4. @Leo Gura What about body types? Such as the three doshas in Ayurvedic medicine? It is believed that certain body types (such as vata/vata-pitta) are to eat well-cooked grains, as well as heavy fats and well-seasoned meals. It is theorized that people of a certain body type eating these types of food will balance out their inner "skinny dry-ness". Any thoughts?
  5. He was a popular health author and spiritual writer. I find his work fascinating and ringing with wisdom and highly useful advice His specialty is primarily Ayurveda , and many of his books are about eating and exercising (and even breathing) according to your dosha (or body type). Anyone else read his work or heard of him?
  6. If I'm not mistaken, it's a practice of contemplating questions?
  7. Or are there still underlying assumptions never to be transcended? Or is reality just so epic that it merely trumps skepticism?
  8. Typical hungry teen here I was wondering weather or not consuming large amounts of calories of food daily will harm me? The food I eat is extremely healthy. I exercise a lot, but I don't want heavy meals to be destroyng my health, any thoughts?
  9. Will listening to and repeating affirmations build a huge ego and make enlightenment more difficult?
  10. Think of all the pain, emotional suffering, and neorosis associated with maintaining an egoic self concept. Existing with an ego is hell! Quite literally. I am studying religions, and I now realize the "hell" they speak of is really the mental stream of thoughts that rape you of your consciousness. People are driven to suicide because they identify with their thoughts and take them seriously! So when I read books on spirituality and watch videos (such as the one's on Actualized.org) and am told that I don't exist in reality, I now think that THIS IS THE GREATEST NEWS EVER! All the unnecessary suffering is quite in vain, and it is this that motivates me to do spiritual work. Just needed to let go of that, I hope maybe this helped someone.
  11. Thanks everyone. I woke up this morning very pissed off and frustrated. I am considering these emotions a sign of growth.
  12. Is pursuing higher consciousness supposed to hurt? Is the immense emotional labor and pain a byproduct of growth? I want my ego to dissolve and my monkey mind to quiet. I am able to stop thinking and be present; the more I do this the greater my peace of mind becomes. However, after the peace subsides I feel worse than I have in years. I am also working on cutting out varying addictions. I read a quote somewhere that enlightenment is a very destructive and painful process. Is the pain a sign of "progress". Is this the ego attempting to defend itself from destruction?
  13. I have become aware of the mental stream and just how crazy it is. I know it is all of the same thought "substance", including even my words here. It all feels so foreign to me. The fact that I am aware of my constant thinking makes me go mad, becauseit never stops. I want to get out of the cycle of thinking and be present, but an escape seems impossible. My body reacts in strange ways to this.
  14. I eat what I'd consider to be very healthy. A recipe I like is ground flax seeds with olive oil (this is said to reduce the production of sebum, a substance primarily responsible for acne). I was just wondering if anyone knows of some other cures for facial acne, thanks.
  15. I have been reading about religions and spirituality across the globe, as well as works by Eckhart Tolle and other spiritual teachers. Much of this requires serious study, especially the former. My head hurts each and every time I finish reading for an extended time period, and also after memorization. Is there a reason this is happening? I currently understand it to be merely a byproduct of mental labor, but I could be wrong.