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  • 2017-04-04 @ 06:57:31

    Great to hear Garrett! Yoga is truly an incredible gift to the world; I’m glad it’s getting the popularity it deserves in modern mainstream consciousness. Although I do wish that people were more informed about the spiritual & contemplative roots of yoga. I still have a lot to learn myself, but I’ve found the philosophy to be incredibly insightful and inspiring. Regardless, even if you just practice for the physical benefits, it can be totally life-changing.

    Definitely take it easy when it comes to the active stuff; I’m skating again but there are certain tricks I just won’t do because they’re too risky, or if done too many times they’ll bring back my chronic pains. I’ve found a lot of low-impact style skating that’s a lot of fun but is healthier on the body.

    It’s awesome yoga has helped you out so much. I hope you like the books :) My personal favorites for the philosophical side are the one by Iyengar and the one by Stephen Cope, but I included the Desikachar one because it’s another great intro book.

    Happy practicing!

    The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

  • 2016-06-09 @ 06:32:15

    You’re welcome Sierra! So glad this helped you out. Keep on doing shitty art :D

    Go Do Some Shitty Art: How Unapologetic Creativity Facilitates Insight and Self-Acceptance

  • 2016-06-01 @ 06:47:10

    Wow, thanks a ton for the kind words Ambitius! That gives me a lot of encouragement :) I appreciate it.

    Is there a part of your dialogue you’d like to change?

    Ben @

    3 Steps to Change Your Inner Narrative: How Neuro-Linguistic Programming Helped Me Talk to Myself Differently

  • 2016-05-29 @ 09:33:05

    Thanks again man, yeah a lot of times when I’m writing something I want to include more points to fully clarify things, but I end up really long-winded if I do. So I’ve got to find that middle ground of getting my whole point across, stepping into the shoes of the reader as you say, but also keeping it succinct.

    Glad you took something from it! And please don’t apologize for being overly-analytical or anything like that, it helps a lot.

    And why don’t you agree with the performance judgment bit? I’d like to hear more about your thoughts on that.

    Ben @

    Appreciate Life Like a Sunset: How Letting Go of Judgment Makes Life Easier

  • 2016-05-25 @ 17:28:21

    Hey Tyguy! Thanks for the comment. You’re not being a jerk, you’re being critical. Being critical is important and starts the best discussions :)

    First, I’ll refer you to my above ^^ reply to Sasa’s comment. This attitude is definitely NOT appropriate to every context in life. But it’s super helpful in a bunch of contexts.

    And yes, the quote is in an essay talking about people and communication, and is referring to people appreciating each other like sunsets. But at the same time, I don’t think we should apply the sunset attitude to every person. Like I said in my above reply, if someone murdered a person I loved I would not appreciate them like a sunset. I’d probably hate them – a lot.

    My intention was not to come off as anti-self control, so it would be helpful if you could point out to me how you got that impression. Seriously, I’d like to improve my writing and challenge my ideas as well.

    I was hoping to come off as pro-self acceptance. What could I have added or dropped to change the message?

    And, to reiterate the point I was trying to make in my previous reply to Sasa: accepting something doesn’t mean you don’t work to improve it. Emotional acceptance doesn’t necessarily equate to complacent behavior. You can accept yourself as you are, or accept a situation as it is, and still try to make things better.

    There’s a difference between acceptance and complacency. There’s a difference between being OK with how things are, and giving up your hope and effort for change.

    Maybe I need to write another article outlining that difference :P

    I once listened to a Buddhist monk speaking on a podcast about how he used his practice to work through his frustration about George W. Bush running against John Kerry back in that election. He did a lot of campaign volunteering for Kerry and was angry at how many losses he was taking. He said that dropping his anger at Bush “…didn’t stop me from trying my hardest to get John Kerry elected. But I was able to work with a much lighter heart”.

    Does this stuff make sense? What do ya think?

    Ben @

    Appreciate Life Like a Sunset: How Letting Go of Judgment Makes Life Easier

  • 2016-05-20 @ 07:16:05

    Hi! Thanks for starting the discussion, there are definitely a bunch of ways you could be critical of this perspective. For example, if someone murdered a person I care about, there’s no way I would see them like a sunset. Nor would I even want to. The “see it like a sunset” way of thinking is appropriate some places and not appropriate in others.

    To answer your question specifically, I’ll use a metaphor. Let’s say I’m in a valley and the sky is pretty cool. Not amazing, just decent. But I know for a fact that if I climb the hill next to me, the view from on top would be WAY better. For now I can appreciate the sky for how it is, as I see it at the bottom of the valley, but that won’t stop me from also climbing the hill to see the better view.

    In the same way, I won’t stay hanging around with people if I can choose to spend my time with other people I like better. Obviously I’ll go find the people I naturally like better. But when I have to spend time with people I don’t really like, I can try to appreciate them for who they are, instead of being miserable about having to be with them. Then, when I’m with the people I do like, I’ll appreciate them even more.

    Get what I’m saying? Appreciating the moment doesn’t stop me from also trying to better my situation. I can just be in a better mood while I work to make things better.

    Appreciate Life Like a Sunset: How Letting Go of Judgment Makes Life Easier

  • 2016-05-08 @ 18:59:46

    Thanks a ton!

    Glad to know that it stuck in your mind haha. In the end I’m really stoked about how it came out.

    You had seen my website before reading this article? If so how did you find it?

    Go Do Some Shitty Art: How Unapologetic Creativity Facilitates Insight and Self-Acceptance

  • 2013-08-08 @ 18:03:44

    Your link didn’t work for me, but if it’s this one:

    Then yes! And it reads textbook-ish, but it’s definitely not a textbook. It outlines the progression of human consciousness. He defines “levels” of consciousness by giving each a name and number. For example “Shame, Grief, Fear, Anger, Pride” are all considered “under consciousness level 200”. “Courage, Neutrality, Acceptance, and Reason” are all between level 200-499. “Love” is between 500-599, and “Self-Realization and Full Enlightenment” are between 600-1000. He describes how a being experiences each of these states; how it perceives itself, the world, how it behaves, etc.

    He claims to have a technique which, if one is of a high enough level of consciousness, can calibrate the level of consciousness of beings, states, and even teachings/books. I think this claim is pretty ridiculous. He also says some stuff about psychology & spirituality that goes kinda far out, and while it might inspire someone like me I think it probably would discredit his good points in the eyes of most people.

    I found great value in the book from his descriptions of the higher states of consciousness. He seems very insightful about how one’s psychology changes as spirituality is integrated more and more in daily life. I think overall he would do well to be more skeptical of his own opinions; he claims a lot of spiritual phenomenon as fact, whereas I think we should leave a lot of that stuff open ended for now. But it gives a cool outline for climbing the consciousness ladder :)

    5 Mind-Blowing Books That Are Worth The Struggle To Read

  • 2013-08-07 @ 20:17:49

    Perennial Philosophy is one of my favorites! When I read the title of this article I actually immediately thought of it. Lent it to a friend a while ago, need to make sure I get that one back haha.

    And the Nietzsche and Zen book sounds really interesting. I’ll have to hit that up down the line.

    I’d also like to say “Transcending the Levels of Consciousness” by David R. Hawkins is a really good one. He makes some claims that I think go a tad far, but for the most part the book is hard-to-read-but-hella-rewarding gold.

    5 Mind-Blowing Books That Are Worth The Struggle To Read

  • 2013-07-02 @ 14:45:02

    “The redeeming things are not ‘happiness and pleasure’ but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle” – F Scott Fitzgerald.

    What would you say if I were to say that a “happiness pill” would have the potential to take away, or perhaps numb, the depth of our struggles and thereby the depth of beauty that comes from facing struggle & learning through it?

    Happiness in a Pill: The Ethics of Biohappiness

  • 2013-01-05 @ 10:48:14

    There are most certainly energies emanating from all of us, and all of life is in a constant state of energy exchange. I am sure that through practices in our day to day life we can come to regulate our own energy exchange for the betterment of ourselves and the world. All of the practices you suggested can most definetely bring positive energy to ourselves, which we can then start directing to effect the world around us.

    My high school biology teacher had sincere personal space issues; if you got too close to her she would back away (she always would be very comedic about it, so no one cared). We assumed it was because she was a germa-phobe. But one day we dissected frogs, and she was picking up the raw organs with bare hands, and thought nothing of it. We asked her why she couldn’t stand next to someone but she’d handle all this gross shit with no problem. She said that it was because when she was near someone she could “feel” them much too strongly, and it put too much stimulation into her system. Her mind/body setup was so sensitive to the energy of other people she couldn’t stand too close to others without getting overwhelmed.

    With that said, I am skeptical of the science you’ve presented. Almost all of it is from/associated with Heartmath. Just with some quick google searching I haven’t found much at all to their discredit. From the reviews I’ve checked they seem to base their research on valid science. But when it comes to research which is so far out on the frontier of what we know I feel we can’t rely on just a couple sources/institutes of information/research and take all they say as fact. Your sources definetely have the right idea of the kind of science we should look into; this is the territory we need to be exploring. But they, just like everyone else, come from a perspective that needs to be checked & balanced by other perspectives. I would be interested in finding more sources which are exploring energy/body connections.
    At the same time, I myself haven’t done much looking into any of this at all. I just want to make the point that, while I love the purpose of the article and agree wholeheartedly with it’s conclusions about how we should live, we need to be careful of what we accept as scientific fact.

    Heart Consciousness, Love and Enlightened Living

  • 2012-08-23 @ 11:04:41

    luhhhh dis video

    XXYYXX – About You [directed by VASH] HD

  • 2012-08-20 @ 19:38:56

    Those statistics about how little of a percentage of women are quoted on women’s issues is fucking irking. Another spot-on article bringing important stuff to light.

    An Homage & Call to Women In The 21st Century

  • 2012-07-09 @ 10:53:32

    Also, I’ve found to be incredibly useful for anyone looking to learn a language!

    How & Where To Educate Yourself Online

  • 2012-07-09 @ 10:49:13

    Self-education is the best education! Thank you very much Martijn.

    How & Where To Educate Yourself Online

  • 2012-06-28 @ 13:02:43

    One of my favorite songs, from my favorite group! You’re awesome, Peter.

    Acid Raindrops People Under The Stairs

  • 2012-06-21 @ 14:27:13

    Excellent video :) Although it makes no sense to me why this stuff isn’t common sense by now. Still, a very good watch.

    For Forests

  • 2011-01-30 @ 10:27:20

    That 10-day Himilayan trek sounds like something I’d love to do! Where can I look into it?

    From Casino to Monastery: A Story of Finding Oneself

  • 2011-01-28 @ 13:30:26

    Thanks man, sorry if my question was a little on the personal side, but I’m trying to figure out exactly how this all works and what the possibilities are to make an income entirely off the internet.

    The Quick & Easy Guide to Starting Your Own Website

  • 2011-01-25 @ 15:14:07

    Ah! Heres a question Jordan: how do you make money off of High Existence? Also, is this website your soul source of income, or do you have other ventures?

    The Quick & Easy Guide to Starting Your Own Website

  • 2011-01-25 @ 11:26:07

    Thanks so much for this article! I’ve been recently considering starting up some kind of blog or website in the next year, and I was going to send you an e-mail asking for advice. Now though, I won’t have to do that.

    The Quick & Easy Guide to Starting Your Own Website