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  1. @Rilles i think that’s the main issue. Acting out of fear and anger tends not to solve much. Although I do see the value in it, since like you said, it does get peoples attention. @ivory Good point. I do believe that changes are going to take place. Are they going to be sustainable changes is another question. @Jacobsrw I like how you zoomed in on the concept of protests and broke it down to its elements. Makes it clearer to see just how multidimensional and complex things are. The challenge is that most people are not going to think this through that way, especially from a state of anger. @Consept Yep. Right on.
  2. With the whole George Floyd thing happening I started to wonder if protests are actually the most effective way to create change. To me, it seems like it is not getting to the root of the problem. Sure, it’s striking, but I intuitively feel like it doesn’t truly create real change in the system. What are your thoughts on protests? What would be an alternative way to impact the world ?
  3. Thought I’d share this song here since to me it beautifully captures some of the feelings that visionaries out there may be dealing with when trying to make change in a society that inherently fears it. If you know of any other life purpose related music please share here!
  4. @YaNanNallari What do you mean by emotional habits? @Hansu Yes, I think I’ll do this. In the end, 6 months is nothing. I’ll start with army and if I get depressed or something I might switch to civil service.
  5. @Dan Arnautu This is the way I’ve been looking at it also. There is definitely opportunity to grow. Discomfort is our friend.
  6. In Finland, military service is a must for all over 18 year olds for usually for 9-12 months, although some people with good luck can get out in 6 months. My time is coming soon, but it feels bad since ive just got the ball rolling in terms of personal growth, consciousness and lifestyle. My diet is good, spiritual practises locked in, I got a good grip of my purpose, relationships are deeply fulfilling and I’m feeling more full of life force than ever before. I’m ready to dominate life. But now I have to go into a forest, probably for 9 months with high carb, low protein unhealthy foods with little time to meditate, self inquire and work on my life purpose, handling guns all day and getting yelled at by some stage blue sergent. It’s not that i dont want discipline; im actually a very disciplined guy naturally. Honestly I don’t need an army guy yelling at me to stand up straight. The other option is community service, which would be 12 months. This would surely be boring as hell, but atleast I could work on my self and maintain my current badass lifestyle. What would you guys do?
  7. Do you keep the two separate or do you have days when you simply contemplate for an hour and don't do any traditional mindfulness meditation?
  8. Great insights. I love the idea about loosening up the body for more effortless living. Also that insight about adventure, and making life feel magical again like as a kid. I can relate to that heavily. I find that the rare instances when i smoke weed i also often get valuable insights that refresh my perspective on daily life. Thanks. Keep up the good work!
  9. Great report! Inspired me.
  10. @PsiloPutty Work up to it. I started off with 30min and slowly week by week worked up to 60min. It really isn't that hard once you get used to it. Maybe you should start with just 20min or even 15min.
  11. @George Fil I took some walks and did some stretching. But don't use a walk as a distraction from doing the deep work you gotta do.
  12. Thanks @Nahm , I always resonate with your posts.
  13. @George Fil #1 tip is to create a pre-mortem for the retreat. other tips: Decide strictly on how many days you will do and commit to it with all your heart. Shut off all technology, close all the books and put it all away into a closet. Commit to not using any of it throughout the retreat. Don't get discouraged by monkey mind. There will be a lot of it. Push through. Writing down insights can be a good idea, but don't use it as a distraction from doing the formal practices. Watch out for subtle distractions, like cleaning the place constantly, fixing things that don't really need fixing, taking "mindful walks" & snacking all the time etc. Long-term thinking will motivate you to finish the retreat. I would suggest doing it away from home if possible. I did mine at home, only because of my financial situation at the moment, since i'm a student. Strictly healthy food only (obviously) Read my report. You'll get more valuable insights & tips from there.
  14. @Space Yes, I did a mixture of different mindfulness meditations as well as self inquiry, yoga and some holotropic breathwork. I documented the whole process and you can read about it on my retreat report here. I didn't really plan anything, I just kinda went with the flow of things. If I felt like self-inquiring, thats what I would do and so on. However, I made a commitment to get a solid 9-10 hours of solid formal practice completed each day. My average day looked like this: 10min concentration 60min do-nothing 15min concentration 60min self-inquiry 30min Kriya Yoga 60min Self-inquiry 10min Concentration 70min labeling 10min concentration 75min do-nothing 60min holotropic breathwork 10min relaxation meditation 30min labeling 30min Self inquiry 10min concentration I didn't rent a place, I'm 18, so I still live at home so I did it here in my backyard (living on my own for the summer). There is a little cottage there, that used to be a kids play house. It's well built and warm inside, and since I'm never in there I thought it would be a perfect spot to do it, since its just enough of a environment change to feel different from daily life (which is important.) As for my personal motivation, it was definitely tough at times, which you will see if you read my report. However, I was strongly determined, and generally curious about the true nature of Self & Reality, so that helped of course. I never really felt that I was on the edge of quitting. What helped enormously was simply anticipating the worst. Don't expect it to be a cake walk because it's not. Also don't assume you can't do it, because you definitely can. It's a matter of balancing the two and creating a realistic expectation of whats to come.