A Month of Kundalini Yoga

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. [Read more...]

A Month of Psychedelic Drugs

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 [Read more...]

Inner Journey Seminar Review

Spiral Shell

At the end of February I did a 3.5 day personal development “retreat” (*) called the Inner Journey Seminar which is designed to stretch/grow participants in all directions. I found it highly worthwhile and will explain a bit about my experience here.

The Basics

On my Inner Journey (IJ) retreat there were 14 people: 6 men, and 8 women. There was also a staff of I think about 30 supporting us who were almost all volunteers.

We lived (slept overnight) at the retreat location for the 3.5 days. It’s an intense and experiential retreat; there’s not much sitting back listening to talks. Most of the time, we were actively participating in a diverse range of activities.

For more detail on what it’s all about I suggest reading this page which explains it better than I can.

What I Can & Can’t Explain

Before I tell you about my experience, let me explain [Read more...]

A Month of Studying Evolution

Evolution of humans from monkeys

I was raised Christian, and first believed, as I was told, that God created people.

When I was old enough to start reasoning, I heard about evolution as well as many of the holes that people try to poke in it (for example “Imagine a hurricane going through a junkyard and accidentally assembling a Boeing 747. That’s the kind of random chance required by evolution – it’s nuts!”)

The idea that random chance caused all life on earth did seem to me like a crazy idea. But an all-powerful God sitting outside the universe pulling invisible strings seemed like an equally crazy idea. I realized it didn’t make sense to reject one crazy idea (evolution) only to replace it with another crazy idea (God) for which I had no evidence.

So for a long time my opinion on how we came to exist was an agnostic “I don’t know.” [Read more...]

A Month of Tonglen Meditation

Tonglen is a meditation where you visualize yourself inhaling the suffering of others (taking their suffering upon yourself), and exhaling love and compassion back to them. I did it for 30 minutes every day (almost) for the month of December. I’ve meditated before, but this was my first time doing Tonglen.

Why

My goal was not to actually reduce the suffering of anyone else.  If that happened I wasn’t going to complain, but it wasn’t something that I expected.  Rather I hoped that Tonglen meditation would affect me. [Read more...]