The death of William Melvin “Thanks dad!” Hicks in 1994 signalled the loss of not only a great comic talent but also the most scathing political satirist and social commentator to have emerged from America. In the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson, Hicks tore apart the myth of the American dream, marrying an acute condemnation […]
In a radical move, the former presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland joined hands with political and industrial heavy-weights Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, George Shultz, Paul Volcker and others to foster a paradigm shift in how our world perceives and regulates drugs. They, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, just published a groundbreaking report “Taking […]
Are you looking for a great job that gives you fulfillment and purpose? I found this amazing website called 50 Ways to Get a Job that gives you a 50-step walkthrough towards discovering and landing the perfect job for you. 50 Ways is the result of over three years of research and work by a team of people […]
“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra is a book that I came across a while back, but only came to read recently. It blows every other book I have read about intention, manifestation, and living life out of the water. This book is the most complete and yet most simple guide to […]
It’s happened to all of us.
You start off your morning with the perfect meditation. Thirty minutes of mindfulness goes by in no time. You open your eyes feeling present, loving and at one with the cosmos. You are SO ready for today.
Two hours later the magic has all but evaporated.
Bad traffic, a rude encounter or a stressful assignment has thrown you off course. You’re back to feeling anything but zen.
What happened? More importantly, how can you get that feeling back and keep it there?
This is the challenge with meditation: it’s not a permanent solution. True meditation is much more than a 30 minute session twice daily — it’s a constant state of mind.
How can you achieve that state of mind without spending all of your waking hours in Lotus?
All living organisms, including the human race, are creatures of habit. That is to say, we train ourselves, again and again, in order to better ourselves. If not, the skills we have come to rely on will whither away. We keep reading to increase our knowledge, we keep exercising to increase our stamina and we keep practicing music to transform our bodily movements into beautiful symphony. We set limits in order to surpass them, so we can transcend the ordinary and look back from a new height. And so, if you look closely, the differences we see between phenomena are just different dialects of the same language: the language of repetition…
Let me tell you about my chemist friend, a naturally paranoid person, he’s always asked me to keep his identity secret, so I’ll just refer to him as “My chemist friend.” He’s been a chemist his whole life, and is one of the better chemists in the world, so he claims, and ever since I […]
Equipment you need to start 1. An MP3 player and some very good headphones (comfortable!) 2. Albums by infected mushroom: IM The supervisor, Vicious Delicious, Classical Mushroom, Converting Vegetarians, Legend of the Black Shwarma, Friends on Mushrooms – Discography is fine, specific songs to follow in the end of the post. 3. Some weed/marijuana/cannabis and […]
“Over one’s mind and over one’s body, the individual is sovereign.” —John Stuart Mill From the point of view of psychedelic enthusiasts, the prohibitionist stance is farcically weak. The moral imperative could not be more obvious: give up the ghost, stop jailing non-violent consciousness explorers, and give us back our tax dollars. But let’s consider […]
I believe in treating everyday like a work of art. Does this mean I walk around with paintbrushes and spray cans and make a colorful mess over everything I come in close proximity with like a rainbow-gilded King Midas? That sounds pretty incredible actually, but would almost certainly hook me up with an orange jumpsuit […]
I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book. I was baffled. At that moment I realized my fate was not set in stone. I could become my own drill master and coach. The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome. All I had to […]
What happens when you drop a male rat into a cage with a receptive female rat? First, you see a frenzy of copulation. Then, progressively, the male tires of that particular female. Even if she wants more, he has had enough. However, replace the original female with a fresh one, and the male immediately […]
A positive outlook on life is arguable one of the most powerful assets you can have. Positive people expect success, good health, happiness, wealth and good relationships and those things tend to show up in their lives. This is not because they are already successful, or because they are more confident and thus more outgoing, […]
Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality that arises when we are in contact with our inner being, with our authentic self, with the meditative quality within, with the inner silence and emptiness. This inner emptiness is experienced by others and is expressed on the outside as love. This love is not addressed to a specific person; it is a presence and quality that surrounds a person like a fragrance.
The human heart is a healer, which heals both other people and ourselves. The open heart is like a fountain, which no longer make any distinction between:”I like you – I do not like you”. The open heart does not make…
4 months ago I moved to Weston, Connecticut. Your first question is probably ‘What the heck are you doing in Connecticut?‘ And your question is certainly justified. There’s nothing special about Weston, or Connecticut in general… except for one small bar in the nearly vacant downtown of Weston. This particular bar sells 22 flavors of chicken […]
The rise of people who are diagnosed with mental illnesses, especially children, has been unprecedented. ADHD, ADD, bipolar, depression are some of the current labels we slam on people who don’t quite fit our standards. The newest version of the psychologists bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V), includes “psychosis risk syndrome” for teenagers who are a bit too eccentric and “hypersexual disorder” for men who show are too interested in sex. When is too much? That is up to the ‘experts’ to decide.
A comic by Stuart McMillen about how we are supernormally stimulated in our modern world through TV, media, pornography, etc. Resulting in a drastic shift in how we entertain ourselves and achieve satiation.
That’s me, sitting behind the iconic SportsCenter desk in the ESPN studios. Three cameras, two sound-men, and a teleprompter operator are all staring at me. Then I hear a director in my ear start to count down, “5 … 4 … 3 … 2 …” This has been my dream for 20 years. But I […]
I have encountered many conversations with people where they tell me about a dream they had, and shrug it off as if it were nothing. “It’s just a dream,” they’ll say. To which I immediately respond, “Oh no it’s not!!” Here’s why.
Dreams are a very interesting feature of the human mind. Every dream you have ever had has the very same roots, causes, and components that, if you are aware, can be seen and traced back to your daily life…
Social situations are among the most important in our lives. Yet, there is a huge chance that you are oblivious to the plethora of unwritten social rules that structure everybody’s behaviour. Failing to comply to these cultural imprints can cause irreversible damage. Just following them blindly will not get you ahead. Hacking them, however, will […]