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NomadYOGI: Let Your Self Go

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champagnesupernovaintheskyy asked: Hello, Lazy :) are there any books you would recommend to study the philosophy of Vedanta? Many thanks and much love :)


Answer:

lazyyogi:

I mostly appreciate advaita vedanta.

For that, I’d recommend:

I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

The Ashtavakra Gita

The Avadhuta Gita

The Ribhu Gita

Self-Knowledge by Nome

Be As You Are by Sri Ramana Maharshi. 

Namaste :)

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"Again people often ask how the mind is controlled. I say to them: “Show me the mind and then you will know what to do”. The fact is that the mind is only a bundle of thoughts. How can you extinguish it by the thought of doing so or by a desire? Your thoughts and desires are part and parcel of the mind. The mind is simply fattened by new thoughts rising up. Therefore it is foolish to attempt to kill the mind by means of the mind. The only way of doing it is to find its source and hold on to it. The mind will then fade away of its own accord."
Ramana Maharshi (via ashramof1)

(via ashramof1)

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It’s about showing up to your mat consistently not knowing what is going to happen and being okay with that. It’s about rehabilitating yourself and not believing the “experts” when they say you are too injured or too old. It’s about believing that you can do anything even if it’s the most scariest impossible thing you could ever dream of. It’s about uncovering who you really are. It’s about being kind to yourself so that you can then be kind to others. Yoga is about discovering that most of the crazy thoughts in your head or not true. It’s about being healthy without pushing yourself to your limit. It’s about slowing down to get strong. It’s about breathing and moving and smiling on the inside. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the best. 
-Allison Dearling

It’s about showing up to your mat consistently not knowing what is going to happen and being okay with that. It’s about rehabilitating yourself and not believing the “experts” when they say you are too injured or too old. It’s about believing that you can do anything even if it’s the most scariest impossible thing you could ever dream of. It’s about uncovering who you really are. It’s about being kind to yourself so that you can then be kind to others. Yoga is about discovering that most of the crazy thoughts in your head or not true. It’s about being healthy without pushing yourself to your limit. It’s about slowing down to get strong. It’s about breathing and moving and smiling on the inside. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the best.
-Allison Dearling

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#yoga  #ashtanga  #iyengar  #hatha  #yogaeverydamnday 
eldiazenrique asked: Hi lazy! :D which teas are your favorites and why? And any suggestion to a new tea drinker? Like recipes or combinations? Namaste :)


Answer:

lazyyogi:

First and foremost would be green tea. The flavor grew on me to the point in which I can appreciate different kinds. But I primarily drink green tea for the health benefits. 

Green tea possesses a magical ingredient called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This chemical inhibits the growth of cancerous cells and even kills cancerous cells without harming healthy tissue. 

Green tea has compounds in it that kill bacteria, which can prevent food poisoning and even kill the bacteria that cause dental plaque. It also reduces and prevents acne. 

Green tea lowers “bad” cholesterol in the blood stream while still allowing “good” cholesterol to flourish; it also lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. All the while it stimulates the metabolism. It lowers blood pressure and aids healthy weight loss. 

Green tea can also help stave off dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. It rejuvenates impaired immune function and can even treat skin cancer and prostate cancer.  

So I’m a fan and I drink it whenever it’s an option and I feel like having something other than water. I probably drink it every other day. 

Mint tea is great for after meals, especially heavy or greasy meals. It soothes the stomach and relieves the ache. Chamomile tea has melatonin in it, which is a relaxant. It can help you get to sleep and also encourages more vivid dreams. 

I’ve read that lavender tea is an anti-spasmodic and is an effective way to treat a headache but I’ve never tried it before. Chai tea is awesome and delicious, whether straight up or with milk or as a latte. 

And the most recent tea I’ve taken a liking to is Pu-erh tea from China, which is a very curious and nuanced product. It’s aged similar to wine and so you can imagine what the prices get to be like for avid collectors. 

In general it just comes down to trying a different tea whenever it catches your eye, whether because it sounded good on the menu or you’ve read an article about its verifiable health benefits. 

Some specialty tea stores have giant vats of dried tea and you can smell each. That’s always a weirdly informative experience. 

Enjoy :) Namaste

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What is Non-Duality?

nobodysnotes:

Non-duality isn’t really anything. It’s a just a statement, a negation, a concept meant to eradicate other concepts of separation and duality from within the mind. It’s like the delete button on your keyboard. Its message is no different than the message left by an eraser. Non-duality simply points to the fundamental, absolute quality of Reality as being One and not-two. The word comes from the Sanskrit, Advaita, meaning one without a second.

To realize non-duality means to awaken out of the illusion of separation, and to lose the unreal, individual personal self, the ‘me’, into the One Reality.

This world we experience, this dream we call Life, consists of dualities. We have night and day, up and down, male and female, birth and death, protons and electrons, positive and negative and so on. These pairs may appear to be separate from one another, as if each opposite could exist on their own. This is not true. No part of duality exists in isolation from its opposite. Day cannot exist without night, male cannot exist without female and so on.

With this understanding, we come to see that opposites in fact cannot be separate from each other. We come to see that they are two sides of the same one coin. We see that they are actually one and not-two.

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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
~Aristotle

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.

~Aristotle

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#aristotle  #mediation  #yoga  #advaita  #marin county  #san francisco  #golden gate bridge  #yogaeverydamnday  #yogaeverywhere  #california  #yoga inspiration  #inspirational quotes 
Anonymous asked: What do you think about Robert Adams? What are your thoughts regarding his method of self-inquiry: “To whom do these thoughts come? Who is thinking these thoughts? I am.” You wait., and you inquire sincerely, “Who am I? What is the source of the I?”


Answer:

nobodysnotes:

The few things I’ve read from Robert Adams have certainly resonated deeply with me. He definitely had It. Not only that, his way of expressing and teaching It were on point too.

He was a student of Ramana Maharshi and that method of self-inquiry is well known. For one willing to go directly into the Truth of one’s being, to penetrate it at the core, that method is extremely powerful. It’s also extremely simple. Simple does not mean easy. But for one that is willing to inquire deeply into who they really are, difficult or easy should make no difference.

I have outlined this same method, as well as two others, in this post here: True Religion. Check it out.

Also, if you’re interested in the complete teaching of Ramana Maharshi, the same one that Robert Adams speaks about, check out this very short, to the point pamphlet that has everything you need to embark on your journey of self-inquiry: Who Am I? The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

"Do not debate, discuss, interpret nor pronounce your spiritual Path; simply devote yourself heart and soul to it, day and night, with humility. One who is progressing has no desire to pronounce it. Choose one Path and take it all the way. The point is to have a Direct Experience of God. Of the Unimaginable Beauty Within. The West thinks that spirituality is becoming ‘big’ and famous. That is the joke of the ego. In Reality, this is the opposite of spiritual Unfoldment. The saints and sages of all true religions have no interest in this. Utilize this time to transcend identification with your human-hood of personal suffering completely, and the Bliss, the love of True Reality, will come shining forth. There is a world of beauty, Supernal love, compassion, bliss indescribable. With which do you identify?"
- Robert Adams

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abiding-in-peace:

MESSAGE FROM A DYING FRIEND
I don’t want your answers, your good advice. I don’t want your theories about ‘why’ or ‘how’. I don’t need your pity. Your attempts to make me feel better only make me feel worse. I am human, just like you, and crave realness.
Just be present with me. Listen. Give me space. Hold my trembling hand, sometimes. Your attention is so precious to me. Your being speaks volumes.
If you feel uncomfortable, don’t be ashamed. If you don’t know what to say to me, that’s okay; I feel that way too, sometimes. If you feel disgusted, angry, uncertain, fearful, that’s okay, I love you for it. You are human, too.
Put your textbook learning to one side now. Don’t try to have ‘unconditional positive regard’; it feels so false to me. Forget ‘empathy’ - I want you to come closer than that.
See, I am you, in disguise. These are your broken bones, your shallow breaths, your twisted limbs. I am your mirror; you are seeing yourself.
Don’t try to be strong for me. I am not a victim. Fall apart, if you must. Weep, if you need to weep. Mourn those shattered dreams, those lost futures. Let the past slip away too. Meet me here, now, in the fire of presence, with the fullness of your being.
I speak in an ancient language now.
I want you to be a witness.
- Jeff Foster

abiding-in-peace:

MESSAGE FROM A DYING FRIEND

I don’t want your answers, your good advice. I don’t want your theories about ‘why’ or ‘how’. I don’t need your pity. Your attempts to make me feel better only make me feel worse. I am human, just like you, and crave realness.

Just be present with me. Listen. Give me space. Hold my trembling hand, sometimes. Your attention is so precious to me. Your being speaks volumes.

If you feel uncomfortable, don’t be ashamed. If you don’t know what to say to me, that’s okay; I feel that way too, sometimes. If you feel disgusted, angry, uncertain, fearful, that’s okay, I love you for it. You are human, too.

Put your textbook learning to one side now. Don’t try to have ‘unconditional positive regard’; it feels so false to me. Forget ‘empathy’ - I want you to come closer than that.

See, I am you, in disguise. These are your broken bones, your shallow breaths, your twisted limbs. I am your mirror; you are seeing yourself.

Don’t try to be strong for me. I am not a victim. Fall apart, if you must. Weep, if you need to weep. Mourn those shattered dreams, those lost futures. Let the past slip away too. Meet me here, now, in the fire of presence, with the fullness of your being.

I speak in an ancient language now.

I want you to be a witness.

- Jeff Foster

(via unconditionedconsciousness)

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natinhaaa asked: hi, ive been practicing mindfullness for a while now, but sometimes i get frustrated :( feel like im fighting over and over my thoughts. also, its so hard to keep focusing the attention in the breath and the body when our mind is always traveling around.. i breath but don know what to think, cant clear my mind while im doing it


Answer:

lazyyogi:

Who said anything about clearing your mind?

There is a difference between thinking and having thoughts. 

Thinking means deliberately engaging your thoughts and following them down trains of imagination/contemplation. But having thoughts simply means a word, idea, or imagination spontaneously pops up in your mind. 

Thinking is an activity while having thoughts is a conditioned habit that arises as a consequence of semi-conscious thinking. 

We are often engaged in semi-conscious thinking throughout the day. How significant or useful is the narrative that goes on in your head when you brush your teeth in the morning? What about when you’re listening to a friend speak or walking from A to B?

Not only do we habitually engage in unnecessary mental chatter but we do so without our full attention. Sure we know that those thoughts are occurring but we don’t really give them much attention. 

During sitting meditation practice, you bring your attention to a place of support. Those supports can be something like the space between your eyebrows, the flow of your breath, or a mantra. You rest your attention on a support similar to the way you rest your attention on a movie screen—in the sense that the place of support becomes the default “home” position for your attention. However, it is not merely a tuning out the way watching a movie may be. 

As you rest your attention on the meditative support, thoughts and feelings will arise. For the most part, they were always there in a soupy stream but you never slowed down and looked within to actually notice. Now you are noticing. 

Typically you engage with your thoughts the way you do with everything else. You judge the experience of a thought/feeling as pleasant or unpleasant, comforting or threatening, and then you follow that thought down a train of thoughts by means of association. Soon it is easy to forget the fact that you are sitting in meditation or even where you are at all. 

However, in meditation, you keep your totally alert and relaxed attention on the meditative support. When a thought arises, you let it do so. You don’t try to push the thought away or forget it nor do you follow it down a train of thinking. 

If you catch your attention having wandered down a train of thought, simply pause and bring your attention back to the meditative support. I’ve been meditating for about eight years now and that will still happen. I’ll suddenly find myself thinking about this or that. But it’s no big deal, I just bring my attention back to itself. 

Getting frustrated with yourself is just bad learning. You don’t need punishment and scolding in order to learn and grow—quite the opposite. We are more open to learning new things when we feel supported, encouraged, and inspired. So support, encourage, and inspire yourself. When you catch yourself lost in thought, just offer yourself an inner smile and come back to the meditation.

This change in the way you relate to your mind will predispose the thinking process toward silence. You do not clear or silence the mind any more than you can boil a pot of water. All you can do is provide the heat and be patient until the water starts boiling. So in meditation, you provide the calm attention. That’s all that must come from your end. The rest happens on its own. 

This doesn’t mean that you don’t experience the benefits of meditation such as peace and clarity until after the mind has become silent. Periods of silence will come and go, even beginning the very week you start daily meditation. Do not cling to any experience of silence or bliss or whatever from meditation. 

If peace is only possible when the mind is silent, then that peace is not very useful. But if peace and clarity are possible regardless of whether thinking is happening, or whether turbulent emotions are playing, then that is a very worthwhile peace. 

Don’t make a goal out of any of this; make a path of it. Let it inform the way you relate with your experience of having a mind and body throughout the day. That is mindfulness. 

When you practice sitting meditation, it acts to familiarize yourself with these inner workings while allowing certain unconscious habits and hangups to dissolve. When you practice mindfulness throughout the day, you maintain touch with the stillness and peace of meditation while touching the moment’s activities as they unfold. 

If you are going to practice mindfulness, I would also highly recommend practicing daily sitting meditation as well. Additionally, the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a fantastic treatise on all of this and more. 

Namaste :) Much love

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smilewise asked: Hey there, hope your day has been filled with love and positivity. I know this question may be so over done but why do people realize what they have til it's gone? Why so some people believe that they must have a pain filled life?


Answer:

lazyyogi:

Impermanence is what keeps everything in perspective. When we fall into the trap of believing in permanence and inherent qualities/existences, we lose touch with perspective. 

That is the difference between materialistic philosophy and spiritual philosophy. 

Materialistic philosophy is superstition disguised as science. The eyes of materialism look at a table and see a table. It refutes perceiving that table in any other way. As a male, examples of the materialistic philosophy I often encounter are the way I’m called “gay” for not taking an interest in sports or a “pussy” for not binge drinking. It’s a belief that men are supposed to do this and women are supposed to do that. 

My sister once stated that I was effeminate and I disagreed. When I asked her why, she said it was because I like tea, yoga, and berries. It had nothing to do with my vibe or the way I behave but rather she was using externalized phenomena upon which she had placed conditioned associations in order to judge me. 

That’s materialistic philosophy. It believes in its associations as if they were inherent or objective truths. As a consequence of materialistic philosophy, we believe that things can make us happy or fulfill us or corrupt us. 

Spiritual philosophy, on the other hand, attempts to see and relate to life on life’s own terms. In that sense, it is much more scientific. It questions societal values, conventional thinking, and assumed truths. It doesn’t question these things sardonically or arrogantly but as a matter of inevitability. Anyone who has studied anthropology will understand that. 

Additionally, spiritual philosophy comprehends impermanence and its repercussions. A table is not just a table. It is the whole story of the tree and the infinite circumstances that came together since the big bang in order for that tree to occur. After being a table, who knows where the materials composing its structure will end up? 

Even now, the physical matter is an assemblage of vibrating bits of nothingness. Atoms are mostly empty space; if you were to enlarge a nucleus to the size of a grape, the electrons would be over a mile away. But even the subatomic particles themselves are made up of even smaller particles, which are themselves made up of vibrating dimensionless points.

So now I ask you: How can you appreciate, or even recognize, what you have and what is happening right now, if you are stuck in materialistic philosophy? Impermanence and suffering are your only teachers under such circumstances. 

The spiritual philosophy, on the other hand, is not to recognize and then savor the hell out of whatever you do have. Rather, in recognizing that everyone we meet is dying, that all things shall be lost in the end, how can we be predisposed towards anything but Love? How can we be more interested in running after things than we are in drowning ourselves in the Heart?

The remedy for no longer taking things for granted is to make impermanence a daily contemplation and love a daily practice. 

Namaste :) Much love

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#meditation  #yoga 
"Breathe.
Love.
Fess up when you fuck up.
Breathe more deeply.
Love more fully.
That’s it."
Jeff Foster (via unconditionedconsciousness)
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lazyyogi:

Honesty is not the virtue of holding true to the story in our heads;

the beginning of honesty is when we start questioning that very story. 

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