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  1. @How to be wise Is it better to do with a specific moment in history? What about working with compulsive thoughts that come almost daily? Would you pick one of the moments they occurred or just worked with the thought by itself?
  2. @How to be wise Great stuff! Thanks for sharing your insight
  3. I'm not sure if you are aware of it, but we have a few threads about it already I think there is more than one way to go about Letting Go, but the essence of it is - you have to get to a point where the problematic situation/feeling is completely let go of. Forgotten. Gone. You don't even really remember what it was, that's how gone it should be. You just have to stop caring about the thing basically
  4. Hi @lacsativ ! I am not familiar with Culadasa, although I heard about the book before. I might read it at some point, if I get the chance. Thanks for the recommendation I am familiar with the Ten Pictures of Ox-Herding. I love this system as it seems pretty consistent with my experience so far. I read about in this short book and I saw Leo's video, which was great. Oh, and also Shinzen's videos about it are amazing. Not with binaural-beats exactly, but I use Kip Mazuy's music for meditation. I find it very effective. Like this: Quite simple really. The formal meditation is exactly what you imagine a meditation to be. You sit down, set a timer, choose a technique and give your all to it. The informal meditation begins when you open your eyes in the morning. I usually set an intention right then to, let's say watch my breath and emotions all day, and try to keep it as best I can. Most of the day it's going on its own really, just a background thing, but every now and then when my attention is more free, I really give myself into it. I do it until I fall asleep. I would say, get in touch with the fact, that life is really a fascinating mystery. When you get it, meditation will seem very natural, as it is basically observing what is actually going on. For me, Alan Watts is someone who first really triggered this interest in me. Pick a time and spot where you will meditate every day. Start now. Use the forum, there are some great meditators here. Get inspired, get help. Anything you need. Maybe even start your own journal about your meditation and help yourself stay consistent that way? What are you drawn to? You mentioned Culadasa. Maybe his teachings are something you would like to look into and start following? Buddhism is definitely a valid path. I'd say trust your gut and go with a system/technique that seems appealing to you. Don't worry so much about getting the perfect technique or something, just start doing it. All of them lead to the same place ultimately. Yes. It's a life-long journey, and it's totally worth it
  5. Shinzen Young's Outline of Practice https://www.shinzen.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/AnOutlineOfPractice_ver2.5.pdf Beautiful. Just as I thought, Shinzen created a very detailed and systematic approach to meditation. It seems to go very deep and very broad at the same time. The question I am facing here is, how far can I go with consciousness work? In the past the goal was to get 'enlightened', but as I understand it today, that is a rather vague concept. Get enlightened is a poor map. I need a better map. This one seems very clear. The goal will probably be to implement this map into my life, so that each part of my experience can be lived as consciously as possible.
  6. I believe bringing a smile (loving awareness) into the internal organs can have a great benefit for the body's health.
  7. Meditation is my passion. I want to devote my life to studying an practicing this art. Even though my meditation practice was pretty unsystematic until now, I am very pleased with my spiritual progress. I can foresee, that if I make my practice and study into a system, even greater benefits can be achieved for me and for others. My informal practice so far was self-inquiry, breath-awareness and body-awareness. My formal practice so far was do-noting, self-inquiry, body scan, metta etc. I want to study Shinzen Young's Unified Mindfulness. I think Shinzen's system doesn't include energy work (Kundalini, Qi Gong...), so I'd like to study that separately. I want to study Neidan, the Taoist energy works. This is more or less it for now. I'll be expanding on it soon.
  8. I'll be starting a new journal, a different kind.
  9. exercises like these can be helpful to let it fully express
  10. @SoonHei ask the question "How does this guilt feel in my body?" Observe the feeling until it's gone.
  11. Peter Ralston explores this a bit here:
  12. I think the second book that Gammana published addresses the progressive versions of the exercises Yep, I just checked. The next level practices are in "The Secret Power of Kriya Yoga". Have you read this one?
  13. I am like Superman, my eyes like laser beams. Whatever I look at, turns into no-thing.
  14. Yeah, this is tough. By undertaking the spiritual journey, you will often seem different, maybe weird. Maybe instead of trying to communicate some theory that you heard, try to communicate your feelings? Why are you really doing it? What emotions are behind it, what is your actual experience?