Meditation and "Drugs" It's a not-so-dirty little secret that most of today's leading meditation teachers were interested in drugs. By "drugs," of course, I don't mean alcohol or Oxycontin, but rather that subset of chemicals which our society has deemed unfit for human consumption, including cannabis, psilocybin, MDMA, and others. Many of today's leading Buddhist teachers, for example, credit their first taste of altered mind states not to samadhi but to LSD or mushrooms, and almost every spiritual teacher I know (and I know a bunch) smoked pot. So what's the connection? 1. The first and simplest answer is that both drugs and meditation are pleasurable -- and a specific kind of pleasure, namely pleasures of the mind. I remember, when I had just started meditating, it was like I had received the answer key to a hundred spiritual questions. And, of course, meditation offers these benefits without the side effects of chemicals, and with longer duration. The type of pleasure is similar as well. 2. 3.
You are a conformist (that is, you are human) The philosopher Hannah Arendt famously argued that the atrocities of the Holocaust were not caused by psychopaths but by ordinary people placed under extraordinary pressure to conform. Since then we have learned that the pressure need not be extraordinary at all. In fact, it may not be experienced as pressure, but as relief. Human beings are herd animals. In my class I sometimes do the following demonstration: I ask two student volunteers to step outside. "None of you refused to follow my instructions," I say. We are often not even aware when we are conforming. To keep ourselves in the warm confines of conformity, we rely on two independent yet related types of social cues. Sherif's experiment in a nutshell A classic study from the 30s by social psychologist Muzafer Sherif illustrated the dynamics of informational influence. So we use others to figure out what's going on. Informational cues, however, can also mislead us. Conformity creating a calamity
40 Questions Everyone is Afraid to Ask Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. -Voltaire …because asking the right questions is the answer. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. if you’re interested in reading even more thought-provoking questions.Title photo by: Colin Kinner For all other photo credits please refer to ThoughtQuestions.com Related 40 Photo-Illustrated Questions to Refocus Your Mind Asking the right questions is the answer... February 23, 2012 In "Happiness" 40 Questions that Will Quiet Your Mind Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers … because asking the right questions is the answer. August 5, 2015 25 Questions that Provoke Thought If the question makes you think, it’s worth asking. January 4, 2010 In "Hacks"
You Become What You Pretend to Be 0Share Synopsis Your attitude influences your behavior, and, conversely, your behavior influences your attitude. Our attitudes influence our behavior. Michelangelo accepted the commission. And it's also true that our behavior influences our attitudes. The great surrealist artist Salvador Dali was described by his fellow students at the Madrid art academy as "morbidly" shy according to his biographer Ian Gibson. The Greek philosopher Diogenes was once noticed begging from a statue. The Secret of Mona Lisa's Smile Think, for a moment, about social occasions-visits, dates, dinners out with friends, gatherings, birthday parties, weddings, etc. Leonardo da Vinci also observed that it's no mystery why it is fun to be around happy people and depressing to be around depressed people. Even Facial Expressions Can Change Your Emotions CIA researchers have long been interested in developing techniques to help them study facial expressions of suspects. Hold this expression and you will generate anger.
Sun Yoga Practices for Spiritual Development When we hear the word "yoga," we imagine a yogi twisting his body into a pretzel or performing special breathing exercises. This is hatha yoga or physical yoga. "Yoga" means union. The goal of every type of yoga is union with God, the Solar Presence. Hatha yoga tries to reach this union through the body, karma yoga through service, kriya yoga through light and colors. Jnana yoga attempts to unite us to god through study, reflection and intellectual activity. Sun yoga is still practiced as a daily ritual called Surya Namaskar by Hindus and Jains although its significance and correct procedure has been lost. The second person was the maverick archeologist, Gene Savoy, who discovered several lost cities of South America, read the records of the ancient solar science and rediscovered its principles and techniques. The third person is sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) who in 1992 began to teach simple, safe and enjoyable techniques of sun yoga such as sun gazing* and sun-charged water.
The Bridge Between DMT and Aliens? | The Lone Critic Mar 12 I have been having the most vivid, realistic dreams lately – some are good, some are frightening, but some seem out-of-place. By out-of-place, I don’t mean a wacky dream of random archetypes – but something with a deeper, almost innate emotion involved. 20% is day residue – events, thoughts, and interactions throughout ones’ day.20% is unfulfilled desires20% is subconscious fears, thoughts, etc20% is random neurotransmitter interactions20% is undetermined I now think that that a small % of dreams can be associated with DMT (dimethyltryptamine), a hallucinogenic chemical found in animals, plants, and even the human pineal gland. Are alien theme dreams correlated with DMT? Small quantities of DMT are released during REM sleep. I think DMT allows us to access a collective unconscious of stored archetypes dating back to our most primitive ancestors and even extra terrestrials.
Gut Feelings Have you ever had a "gut feeling" about something that's later turned out to be true? Have you ever felt "open-hearted"? Ever encountered a situation that's made you "hot under the collar"? Knowledge of the Chakras is most comprehensively found in the ancient Eastern science of yoga. So what has this got to do with "gut feelings"? The third centre in our subtle system is called "nabhi" or "Manipur" chakra. Often that “Gut Feeling” is us being sensitive to the state of the Nabhi chakra. Ever bought something that was a really good bargain? Similarly, have you ever thought about doing something but deep down in your belly somewhere it didn't feel like the right thing to do? The Anahatha deals with the heart, lungs and immune system. On the other side of the coin heartfelt feelings (such as the love and joy that we might experience when we meet a loved one or feel inspired by a positive happening) are the product of a healthy Anahath centre. What happened? Back to Issue 18
10 Wise Choices to Skyrocket Your Happiness “The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Who doesn’t want to be happy? Just take a look at any moment of your life, any choice you make. Isn’t your intention to be happy? By happiness, I don’t necessarily mean the pollyanna, silly-smile-on-your-face kind. Somehow true happiness eludes us, and here’s why. Happiness is absolutely within your reach. 1. Don’t blame others, turn yourself into a victim, or wait for someone to come and save you. 2. Be willing, open, courageous, and humble. 3. Nothing kills happiness more quickly than old hurts, resentments, and grudges. 4. The cause of unhappiness is the playing out of conditioned habits that don’t serve you. 5. We unknowingly build our lives around distorted beliefs and expectations. 6. Happiness is found here, in the eternal now – not in the past or future. 7. Life becomes heavy and burdensome when we are ruled by difficult emotions. 8. 9. 10. Are you happy?
100 Benefits of Meditation Did you know that people who meditate for a short time each day are much happier than people who don't? Meditators are much healthier with greatly extended life spans, too. As a matter of fact, their health is so much better that a number of insurance companies have reduced premiums for people who meditate. Did you know that experienced meditators have developed many latent abilities that they never knew they had, abilities that exist within every person? And they have gotten much closer to answering life's mysterious questions? They are much smarter, too. Were you aware that meditators produce immensely more pleasurable brain chemicals, the same chemicals that flow through your system on the days when you feel very good, and these pleasurable brain chemicals are produced constantly? Did you know that they also sleep much better? Also, meditators have far superior mental and emotional health. 1- It lowers oxygen consumption. 2- It decreases respiratory rate. 4- Increases exercise tolerance.