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  • @person said: @Tosh Since you have the time to listen to audio during your day and like history I can't recommend more highly the Hardcore History podcast by Dan Carlin. Haha; I've listened to loads of them, a year-or-two-ago. And yes, t…
  • I'm currently reading a book about photography, but I devour Audio books and pay a small fortune to Audible. I reckon I listen to a book a week from Audible; I do mostly solitary manual work, and it's like I get paid to listen to talking books. …
  • Catch 22 is class. I've read some of Joseph Heller's other stuff (over a decade ago now) and I think he's a brilliant, but much under-rated writer.
  • Apologies, Kerome, I assumed you'd been living off someone else going to work! I'm good at leaping to conclusions!
  • @Kerome said:I've been unemployed for six years and in that time the most useful thing I've found to do is study the dharma ... nothing else has even come close. Can I ask how have you been supported in the way of food, clothing and shelter …
  • @Frosty said: In Buddhism, where is the source of the strength when you run out of it? We are all finite. There is a limit to how much strength we can harness and possess. What is the "other" part that gives us strength when we are seeming out…
  • @Traveller said: Schizophrenia is more than likely an umbrella term for several different conditions that have similar symptoms. My schizophrenia is probably not genetic for instance but is caused by damage to my nervous system by street drugs. …
    in schizophrenic Comment by Tosh July 14
  • A quiet mind and a tired body are the two requirements for a good night's sleep. If you're not exercising, start, and if your mind isn't quiet, welcome to Buddhism. Hahahaha; I'm like an annoying Yoda.
    in Sleeping pills Comment by Tosh July 9
  • @federica said: I take Zopiclone, but very rarely. I have a pack of 28 tablets, each one divided in two, making 56 doses. It takes me about 6 - 8 months to get through them all. It's good you take them rarely; I haven't heard good things …
    in Sleeping pills Comment by Tosh July 9
  • @Hozan said: Speaking as an Irish person who wants continued peace in NI. I spent quite a few years in NI as a soldier during The Troubles. First tour was 1989 at North Howard Street Mill, just off the Falls Road. It was a typical 'h…
    in UK elections. Comment by Tosh June 10
  • @Kerome said: It sounds like a hung parliament from the early results Yes, I agree, hang the ruddy lot of them. I'd like to see a bit less politicking and a bit more governing.
    in UK elections. Comment by Tosh June 10
  • @techie said: In Buddhism, our original nature is Buddha nature. In Christianity (not in all schools) our original nature is sinful. In the Old Testament Adam and Eve were created and lived in the Garden of Eden until they ate fruit from …
  • In Germany I lived in Bergen Hohne, just two miles from Bergen Belsen, infamous for the concentration camp. It was an old Germany army WW2 barrack block converted into married quarters. One of these rooms was our utility room and we permanently …
  • @grackle said: @Tosh. Thanks for the heartwarming post. It must be wonderful to see others recover and help out along the way. Yes, it is lovely. Sad though at times too. I was joking with an A.A. lady last night and our conversation …
  • I love seeing addicts/alkies recover. We've a very young heroin addict (and alcoholic) in our area; she was grimly underweight and I suspected on some kind of prescription drug (like subutex) coming to our local meetings. One of the older ladies t…
  • @Kerome said: Yet recently it occurs to me that this state is not dissimilar to drunkenness, in that the clear vision one has of things to be done I guess it all depends on what our concept of happiness is. My old concept of happiness wa…
  • I don't like pain of any description. Personally, I'd prefer to think of psychological pain as a reminder that I'm often doing something wrong and see what I can learn from it. And there are types of psychological pain that are perfectly natural…
    in Pain, ego Comment by Tosh April 21
  • @karasti said: Our ability to squat is actually quite important to our health, from the pelvic floor in women to flexibility and strength. Most cultures keep that ability, but those of us who think furniture is the answer to being superior over s…
  • @karasti said: It amazes me that people can hold planks for so long! It's fun to see progress and be able to hold them longer. They are definitely not my favorite. But both core and glute strength have contributed to my SI joint/sciatica issue, s…
  • @grackle said: @Tosh. I was wondering if you had considered body weight squats until you are ready to eventually resume your regular squats. For me even these simple squats help with stamina and agility. I like to feel grounded and to maintain th…
  • @grackle said: @Tosh. Its hard to imagine training without the squat. I've had to drop working legs because it kills my running, which is my main focus now. I'm trying to train for an ultra marathon in November, but have races along the …
  • @karasti said: My husband has been lifting weights 3 times a week. I admit I continue to be jealous at the ease most men (including him) have at putting on muscle from basic 30 min weight routines. I have to do months of 45+ mins of weights to ev…
  • Carbs are a maximum; there's no problems being under the maximum. Fat is a minimum (you need a minimum amount to be healthy though there's no problems in going over that) and protein is a target (you need a certain amount to be healthy). I only …
  • I have a lot of thoughts - they just kinda appear. Some of them are good, some of them are neutral, and some of them are just down-right not good at all. One of the things I have learnt over the past few years is not to trust my thoughts too muc…
  • @grackle said: If he wants you to be "hot" to stoke his desires that is placing the responsibility on you. Manifestly unfair. It's a two way street. What is he willing to do. If after four years of marriage he wants you to get all tarted up to tu…
  • @karasti “What you eat makes quite a difference. Just counting calories won’t matter much unless you look at the kinds of calories you’re eating.” Yes, spot on; a calorie isn't just a calorie, it's a calorie + information. Depending o…
  • @SpinyNorman said: In my opinion obesity is basically a result of eating too much and exercising too little. More walking, less Neapolitan! I was overweight, yet lifting 3 or 4 times a week and running 30 to 40 miles a week. No…
  • Hi karasti, sorry, I can't help you; I've never looked into it at the same level of depth as yourself. I did go through a phase of counting carbs and calories to lose weight, which worked (we kept it under 20g of carbs per day) but now we're both…
  • I> @federica said: According to a height/weight chart, I'm only about 2-and-a-half pounds heavier over my 'acceptable' weight range. But I tell ya - shifting these last couple of pounds has been a source of frustration for a couple of weeks…
  • @Linc said: It's entirely possible to be a "beer nerd" and admire the craftsmanship and flavor of a great beer. Likewise for wine and liquor. I have a bottle of extremely rare beer and one of rare bourbon that I never have more than a small s…
  • @Hozan said: Hey Tosh thats a serious turn around. I admire your discipline to give up those things. I find sugar a big hurdle personally Me too. I've a big pot of coffee keeping warm downstairs; I'm going to the gym, so will have a la…
    in Coffee ??? Comment by Tosh March 15
  • I've stopped drinking, smoking, gambling, hugely reduced my sugar and carb intake; there's no way any living person or thing in the universe is going to take coffee away from me. That's one attachment too far, I'm afraid.
    in Coffee ??? Comment by Tosh March 15
  • @techie said: Does pain serve a higher purpose, then? As a general rule - away from meditation - I think pain can be a great teacher. Recovered alcoholics, for example, prize their rock bottoms because that was the turning point that led…
  • What is the Hindu concept of karma? Is there one or many? I have a notion that negative karma can be 'burnt off' by enforced suffering (like doing ascetic practises). Is this correct?
  • @Bunks said: Knowing when to stop is the trick........ When you're unconscious and lying in a pool of bodily fluids?
  • @Tigger said: Personally, I don't see the issue with having one beer or a glass of wine. What's the point in having one beer or a glass of wine? What's that going to do for you? You may as well have a cup of tea or a soda or something…
  • @federica said: Could I just say that, even though you eat pesto for the fat content, it also still carries carbs, (about 6 grammes) due to the cheese and oil. I think it's fair to say that all foods have carbs, so even though you're counting …
  • @karasti said:But basically it is because it acts on the brain the same as any addiction does, and requires more and more, just like alcohol, to get the same brain fix. So that makes sense why you struggle with it, as the article talked about people…
  • @Dakini said: How do you feel about it? Do you feel deprived, or have you become comfortable with it? I assume you must be ok with it, if you've made such great progress, and like it. Generally I feel great, but I do have a sugar add…