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  1. Intermittent fasting combined with longer fasts in monthly basis had a tramendous impact on my ability to focus. Lowering carbohydrate intake and saving them for later in the day might also decrease fogginess. Some othing this you could try are: - cold showers - supplenting cdp-choline or alpha-gpc - waking up at the same time everyday - working out every day
  2. @Winter @ajasatya thanks, that’s insightful. It’s all about being able to enjoy it most of the time. If i do this i will make shure to have a good practice going. Currently i like doing WHM, pranayama and very slow yogic breaths. I also practice self-inquiry. Would you reccomend any other practices that would benefit me under these circumstances besides the ones i mentioned? I appreciate the response. @UDT that’s very true. It’s a trap to think your life should be a certain way, definitely have some work to do on that. Thanks for your encouragement.
  3. Recently I've been thinking about getting a philosophy degree at a university. I'm also studying applied psychology in order to learn more about human nature and work on my coaching skills. Applied psychology is a full-time program over here in The Netherlands. There is an option to do both studies. You can get a degree in philosophy in 4,5 years instead of the usual 3. I'm thinking about combining this part-time philosophy study with my full-time applied psychology study. It is definitely possible to combine these two, but it would mean that, outside of the 10 school-free weeks each year, i will be studying for about 50 hours a week for the remaining three years of the applied psychology study. Next to these 50 hours i will be working for another 10 hours each weak, exercising almost every day, doing my practices every day and also attempting to read a book every month. In short: i will be grinding it out 7 days a week for quite a while. I'm not sure if this is the move. I will have to sacrifice some time to work on developing myself in different ways than studying. I do think this will have a lasting benefit on my life and future career. I want to become a coach that helps people live a better life in these modern times, with all these distractions, addictions and other unhealthy, unconscious stuff. I'm not asking anyone if i should or should not do this. All i'm curious about is experiences of people really pushing it in their life-purpose for a couple of years at a time. I'd like to hear some opinions about building up some real work-ethic by doing something like this. Maybe there are some folks out there a little older than me (i'm 20) that have spent a significant amount of time in their youth studying and working on stuff. Have you regretted spending this much time in X way? Would you rather have spent more of this time just being free, enjoying life by just relaxing and being conscious of the beauty of it? Which sacrifices you have or have not made do you regret right now? Thanks for reading. Hope to hear some stories or opinions.
  4. Then you should do it as much as you can. There is a reason people go and meditate 10 hours a day on a retreat to get more conscious, it takes time to really go deep for most. Personally, a 30 minute session is the minimum, then i really have some time to get into it, which usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. 50 minutes works best for me, especially when done multiple times a day. Something that also helped me is to do shortes sessions throughout the day if possible and do one big main session. But the defference between 10 minutes and nothing is probably bigger than the difference between 10 and 30 and so on.
  5. What is your goal with this practice? The time investment depends also on what you want to get out of it.
  6. Play that fucker every day. It’s a practice in discipline and the joy of playing could brighten up your day!
  7. My best advice would be to meditate twice a day for 20 minutes and build up to 30 minutes. Also doing a long session a couple of times a week (90min+) can be really beneficial for some. It might not be like this for everyone, but for me this type of quantity is nessecary to get quality in the first place.
  8. I use them for spiritual purposes and they works just fine. The more you take the more you get. My last trip felt like a 4 hour consciousness explosion, even tough on a very mild dose (15g). I just had to laugh about how well it worked, i saw so clearly. Another time i took 30g of the strongest kind which was pretty intense and had me stuck in a thought loop about my future plans, which ended up really pushing me to take bigger steps and to stop messing around, even tough it was a very unpleasant experience.
  9. Recently i added Kriya Supreme Fire to my practice. I was curious how you guys go about this specific exercise. It's rather difficult for me to hold my breath for 90 seconds whilst holding the locks, especially the second round after just one inhale after holding the breath. I know a method that might help with this. Going about the exercise like Wim Hof Breathing. So before inhaling you take 30 fast breaths. Than after doing Kriya Supreme Fire, 30 more fast breaths, and than again. Doing this helps you holding the breath way longer. Now i am aware of the fact that making up your own technique might not be the greatest idea, especially while having little experience, but i really want to take my practice to the next level because i'm not really feeling it. Stuff changes within me but don't know if Kriya is really the cause of all that. Can somebody help me out with some tips/tricks?
  10. Stopping throughout the day to meditate on the breath for 5 minutes a couple of times works wonders when i meditate for 30 minutes twice a day. Kriya yoga has also helped me out. Also, when i do long sessions a couple times a week, that silencing benefit stays with me pretty much all the time (90/120min sessions). The nootropic L-theanine also works calming on my mind. Research shows it induces alpha brainwaves which are associated with meditative states. And, ofcourse, keep pushing it.
  11. @Butters try getting in a choline source while taking (ar)modafinil. The headache might be caused by acetylcholine deficit because the medication makes your brain use 3 times more than usual.
  12. I’ve taken the following stack for six weeks and in the last two weeks, i started having a lot of trouble falliny asleep: Pqq 10mg CoQ10 100mg Cdp-choline 300mg Pine bark 300mg Fosfatyldliserine 300mg Bacopa 900mg 25% bacosides L-theanine 300mg And the usual fish oil/vitamins I layed awake for about 25% of the time i was in bed and could barely sleep at all during two nights per week. When i stopped taking the stack, i slept like a baby again. Has anyone experience with this? Please tell me.
  13. You probably should be meditating twice a day anyway because you’re daydreaming so much. You can also do two in one session ofcourse, one to get quiet and one to go deep for example.