A Month of Thinking Positive

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 [Read more...]

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 Swearing

 

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“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 [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...]

A Month of Trauma Release Exercises (TRE)

Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) Book CoverI first heard about Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) through a guest post on Tim Ferriss’s blog.  They sounded interesting & useful to me, so for the month of May I decided to try them.

The theory behind TRE is that the effects of mental stress and trauma are stored physically in our bodies as tension.  TRE claims to be a method for releasing that physical tension, and along with it the associated mental & psychological .  The physical tension is released through muscle tremors which are induced by a sequence of physical exercises that tire out the legs.

Each day, I’d complete the sequence of exercises which took about 20-30 minutes.  After completing the exercises, [Read more...]