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Kerome · Did I fall in the forest? · Veteran


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  • Re: Help with study of the self

    I'd suggest starting with mindfulness and the 4 noble truths. Mindfulness gives you the insight into the origin of your thoughts and feelings, while the 4 noble truths point you at your suffering and the cessation of it.

    I wouldn't go so far as to go on to the Noble Eightfold path, but instead focus on your own suffering, it's causes and it's cessation with mindfulness. This will allow you to pinpoint your specific issues, the pains you feel and you need to focus on, rather than following the broad-virtue approach of the Path.

    It's mainly a question of intuition. When you sit down to meditate, ask yourself "where do I feel suffering" and "what are the causes of my suffering"? Then if your suffering doesn't resolve itself, ask "what can I do to stop my suffering", and perhaps do a little research into the topics that are revealed, if any.

  • Re: Low Carb High Fat...

    I've had various experiences with low-carb diets... I tried the 4-hour body diet from Tim Ferris's book, which was quite good because it allowed some more variety in the way of legumes and beans. I also tried the original Atkins diet and another low-carb diet, and lost a lot of weight on those.

    However I don't seem to be able to just maintain weight when I'm not on a low-carb diet, over the last eight years I've yo-yo'ed twice and at the moment I'm trying a vegetarian variant which has some lentils and rice crackers in it. We'll have to weight and see.

    I go from significantly overweight - would like to lose 25 kg - to decent weight - lost all of it, but it takes a fair amount of time, both to lose it and to put it back on. Last time I gained a chunk of weight I just didn't watch my weight for a year, and put on nearly 10 kg, and I snack relatively little, but at the moment I'd love to lose some kilos.

    I think I'm going to have to admit that a permanent discipline of watching my weight and doing periodic exercise to maintain weight.

  • Re: Touchy Feely practice

    I find mindful walking pleasurable and helpful. Posture I've not yet delved into deeply, I'm leaving it for later after my practice is more fully established. Mindfulness of the body I have mixed experiences with... often my hypnopompic experiences leave me with sensations of being touched, which sometimes return during the day, and this can make mindfulness of the body difficult.

  • Re: My Weekend Retreat So Far...

    I sometimes go full-immersion in Thich Nhat Hanh's online dharma talks. Yesterday I watched about 4.5 hrs of orientation and talks from The Art of Suffering retreat from 2013 at the Blue Cliff Monastery.

    I just find him so restful... if I fill a day with that, some cleaning of the apartment, very light meals and a little mindful walking I feel like I have been on a mini retreat.

  • Re: Am I just a half hearted Muslim? An incomprehensible Buddhist? A born never again Christian?

    @lobster said:
    Sorry guys. The question is very simple ...

    Are YOU a half hearted Buddhist unable to unravel and focus on what will change YOUR perplexed situation?

    The thing is, it's worthwhile to accept that we are all just continuously evolving seekers on the path to enlightenment. At the moment we are exploring Buddhism, but at some point we may feel drawn to Taoism (or take your pick), and we may take a little side jaunt off the Path... does that make us half hearted Buddhists? Perhaps, but it also makes us half-hearted Taoists, and so entirely full-hearted seekers.

    Deep inside it is your intuition that guides you. You can't use reason to pick your way through the spiritual landscape, 'unravelling' is a poor approach. Choose what speaks to your heart, what resonates with you. And if that includes doing time as a neo-sufi then so be it.

    The one area where I feel this is not the case is meditation, where a steady practice and careful and caring application of effort will eventually bear fruit. In my opinion it is a pillar of the spiritual path that should be practiced continuously, regardless of what spiritual tradition currently has centre stage.