A Month of Podcasting

by Justin on November 20, 2014

The Green Podcast Logo

A while ago someone suggested to me that I needed a new “challenge” to which I could apply myself.

I wanted something that would be primarily a mental/psychological challenge – something that would push me outside my comfort zone and make me grow.  I decided that hosting a podcast was definitely outside my comfort zone, but not so far outside that I’d necessarily botch it completely.

So I started The Green Podcast which was (and is) a challenge, and has the benefit of being about a topic that I’m happy to spend my energy on. It’s the type of podcast which, if done well, I’d like to listen to myself.

I was very nervous recording the first episode, and a bit less nervous for each of the next 2 (have only recorded 3 episodes as of this writing). [click to continue…]

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A Month of Thinking Positive

by Justin on November 19, 2014

Mr Happy - thinking positiveIn September I did 2 new things (kundalini yoga, and thinking positive), which I suppose makes up for June when I did nothing new.

There are 2 reasons why I tried to think positive for a month:
1. I’d been feeling down and wanted to change that
2. I’d been having a hard time implmenting a technique that I’d learned for dealing with the self-critical voice in my head.

A few months ago, I learned a technique called “thought stopping” for dealing with the self-critical voice in my head (which I’ll refer to as “the critic”). Thought stopping has a few steps:

  1. Recognizing when the critic is “attacking” me
  2. Consciously stopping the attack
  3. Replace the critic’s message with a more constructive message that I’d come up with ahead of time
  4. Returning to a state of relaxation

There’s more [click to continue…]

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A Month of Kundalini Yoga

by Justin on November 16, 2014

Sat Kriya Drawing

Position for doing the “Sat Kriya”.

For the month of September I did Kundalini Yoga.

Before I tell you a bit about my experience, I want to let you know why this blog post will likely be shorter and less polished than most. I’d like to reduce the amount of time that I spend staring at screens, so I’m limiting myself to 1 hour to write this post. Most posts take me several hours.

Why Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga is weird yoga. I suppose one could say that all yoga is wierd, with all of its unusual poses. But I think Kundalini yoga would seem even weirder than most yoga from an outsider’s perspective.

For many years I’ve been interested in Kundalini Yoga, but hadn’t tried it due to fear of the potential negative side effects. I finally decided to try it due to the potential benefits and my recent “not holding back from life” attitude.

I was interested in yoga primarily for the spiritual benefits. [click to continue…]

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A Month of Swearing

by Justin on November 14, 2014

 

?#&@*%$!

“I just realized that I’ve never heard you swear!”

That’s a line that I’m used to hearing after I meet new people and have spent some time with them. I’ve never gotten into the habit of swearing, at least not within earshot of anyone else. In August I decided to change that.

Why Start Swearing?

1 - Not swearing = duplicity

I swear all the time when I’m by myself (when I stub my toe, etc). I don’t want to have a private version of myself – what you might call the “real” me – that no one else ever sees. Swearing is a step towards “being myself” more fully around others.

2 – Not swearing = not feeling

I can sense that by holding back on swearing, I’m also holding back on feeling. Although I’m primarily concerned with [click to continue…]

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A Month of Psychedelic Drugs

by Justin on July 31, 2014

Oversoul by Alex Grey

Psychedelic Art by Alex Grey

Warning: In this post I explain some of my experiences on psychedelic drugs during roughly the past month. But before I do, there’s a lot of preamble. I hope you’ll read the preamble rather than skipping ahead to the “fun” part of this post. I think the preamble is needed to create the right context for you to understand my experiences and why I decided to try psychedelic drugs (which I refer to below as “psychedelic drugs” and “psychedelics” interchangeably). Can you keep your mind open? I hope so!

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to endorse any type of drug or illegal activity.  Consult your doctor and the law before deciding to take any drugs.  Kids, don’t try this at home (or anywhere).

Day 1, 10:00 AM:  I’m writing this about 3 hours before I will take a psychedelic drug for the first time. I’m going to ingest some [click to continue…]

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