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  1. Excellent. Still going strong here. After a certain point, meditation becomes your natural state. Very peaceful. My favorite type of meditation is the "Do Nothing" approach, ala Dzogchen or Ch'an.
  2. Great thread. Like STENDEC, I also find the rowing machine profoundly good for these types of workouts. I like the low impact on joints doing rowing vs. running. In any case, anyone feel that not only the physical benefits of HIIT are tremendous, but the mental fx? 1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30665339 2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29673858 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29374581 Haven't read and analysed the studies, but IME would agree that there's definitely something to these findings. I feel improved energy and cognitive performance up to 4-6 hours after, then a gradual taper. 🙂
  3. Yes, meditation has helped my sleep tremendously. It is very effective for reducing all over stress levels, especially if one keeps up with a daily mindfulness practice. Daily life becomes meditation after enough practice.
  4. As something to add after a long hiatus, maybe this would be in people's interest. 🙂 I've taken a great liking to Peter Attia and think his work is great. Enjoy.
  5. Anapanasati. I recommend the following for a beginner: When you are new to meditation, you need to work on calming your mind, which involves developing a one-pointed attention and relaxation. I suggest you start with 10 minutes, but at least twice daily. Slowly increase the length to 12, then 14, then 16 minutes and so forth. You are not actually meditating at that point, but simply improving your capacity to do so. A metaphor can be helpful, your mind (most likely) is like a cup of muddy water. When the water is constantly stirred the brown water is the only thing that will be noticeable. However, when you let the water rest, the mud will settle to the buttom of the glass, and the water will become clear. Similarly, your mind is constantly stirred with thoughts; and you will see many, many thoughts and trains of thoughts. By continuously focusing on the breath (being aware of it), the thoughts will rest and eventually settle. The mind becomes more clear, and that's the point where true meditation begins. Frustration has no place in meditation practice, so you should always treat your mind with calmness. When you are distracted away from the breath, remember that you cannot remove thoughts. Just witness it and realize your distraction and move your awareness back to the breath. The thought will fade away naturally. Some people misunderstand how to focus or be aware of the breath and think that they ought to struggle. This is not the case. A metaphor that helps here is like holding jelly in your hand. Do not squish too tight, lest it is lost. Do not hold too freely either, because then it is also lost. Attend to the breath like you attend to a loved one. After all, your breath keeps you alive. Ought you not to appreciate it fully with attention? When you realize the profundity of the breath, it helps with the awareness and one-pointed attention on it. Do not grasp after the benefits of meditation, because surely, then they will not come. Simply attend fully on the breath and let everything arise naturally. May your journey bring you many fruits.
  6. Creatine shows benefits for Raven's Progressive Matrices (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14561278), so should obviously be added to whatever supplement regimen you are currently undertaking, OP. I'll re-iterate earlier posts, and say daily concentration meditation is by far the strongest "nootropic" I know of.
  7. The article ends with: "Given this situation, it’s perfectly reasonable for doctors not to prescribe them. Certainly I don’t plan to prescribe any Russian drugs when I get my own practice. Imagine if a patient gets liver failure on one – and remember that people are getting liver failure all the time for random reasons. The patient’s family decides to sue and I’m stuck defending my decision in court. “Yes, Your Honor, I admit I told the deceased to buy a medication no other psychiatrist in the state has ever heard of from a sketchy online Russian pharmacy. But in my defense, there was a study supporting its use in Zh Nevrol Psikhiatr Im S S Korsakova. Which I didn’t read, because I don’t speak Russian.†Everyone follows their own incentives perfectly, and as a result the system as a whole does something insane. Classic multipolar trap. Luckily, this hasn’t stopped a lively gray market trade in these chemicals, which I totally one hundred percent approve of. Noopept, for example, is a prescription drug in Russia but is sold over-the-counter by online suppliers here. You can even get some bromantane for two bucks a pill. Don’t worry. I’m sure these people are on the level. How could a site with a background like that possibly be unreliable?" Need I say more?
  8. @Niflheim: Have you even researched the Russian drugs? I don't really see the point of that article. From my brief skimming, I just get: "Yeah, don't prescribe these drugs because you have no way of protecting your own ass should something go wrong." Instead of a more productive mode of thinking, which would state: "There may be benefits to these drugs, but unfortunately, the western medical institutions have not taken an interest in these substances to such an extent that a more thorough profile has been made of them, which would also make prescribing them more easy for a Western doctor." Do you see the difference? From my own gathered research, a lot of them seem to be quite good, e.g. Selank, Semax, Noopept and various others.
  9. This may be an interesting read for any one of you interested in meditation (and are afraid of all the hokus-pokus, ha!) http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/chapter-one http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/taming-the-mind http://www.amazon.com/Waking-Up-Spirituality-Without-Religion/dp/1451636016/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409902791&sr=8-1&keywords=waking+up+sam+harris
  10. Read: "The Dark Night of the Soul" What you just read is not very common, but it does happen. But does it happen right away? No, it does not. Has a lot of crap accummulated in one's unconscious mind? You bet. When you've been alienated from your unconscious mind your entire life, you're sure going to react when you start having regular encounters with it. Some people - especially those that do not have teachers and practice vigorously - can end up getting hurt. But this is like overtraining your mental muscles after heavy workouts. Know your limit. This is also one of the reasons that e.g. Vipassanna retreats ask about your personal psychiatric history. You don't want to start out by overstraining, it does no good. Start slowly, work your way up. This is a very good thing. The title of the article can be a bit misleading
  11. Strange. May I ask what source? It really makes a world of difference. For Rhodiola, may I suggest you try: http://www.ceretropic.com/super-rhodiola/ Ceretropic is a company made by a very talented, scientifically oriented reddit user (reddit.com/r/nootropics, he's an admin). Check out reviews here. http://www.reddit.com/r/Nootropics/comments/29ehci/ceretropic_super_rhodiola_impressions/ I've spoken to him a couple of times, and I can vouch for his integrity. For Lion's Mane I only use this specific extract, tried and tested - very potent: http://www.pilzshop.de/hericium-19/hericium+extrakt-14 Cordyceps (CS-4, scientific formula), which I also like, from same source as the one above.
  12. 1. L-Theanine (300mg) every morning along with her coffee (I am making an assumption that she is a coffee drinker.) 2. Rhodiola Rosea (high quality extract) for general energy, anxiolytic and antidepressive effect. 3. Lion's Mane. Quite potent NGF effects and has a generally calming effect. 4. Chocolate (two big pieces +80% before sleep) and 3 bananas daily. On top of this, I suggest talking/contemplative therapy. She can do this either by herself, but preferably by a psychologist that knows of the technique, but her husband may also be of help. Use a recorder, and let her lie on a bed, and ask her to breathe calmly for a while. Then, for 15 minutes, tell her to state everything that is on her mind; every thought, every image, every single thing she can think of. It is of crucial importance that she is told that as soon as the session begins, anything that arises in her mind is okay, it's completely okay. Not one thought needs to be judged, everything she says in the recorded space is confidential and will never be judged. As the session ends, simply close the recorder. After a week of this, go through the recordings, and look for theme(s) and general issue(s). Write them down, in third person, and make unconscious suggestions (self-hypnosis) tailored to her specific needs.
  13. Good post, bound. Nothing surprising though. It reminds me of this talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head Western medicine's black sheep truly is psychiatry. The psychiatrist themselves are so shitscared of the mind that they have no knowledge of how to deal with the most profound experiences. I truly do not believe that antipsychotics (long-term) does anything good for schizophrenic patients. On top of that, it also causes brain-damage, possibly worsening their condition to begin with. It frightens me that (especially in the U.S., but it's spreading fast and wildly) the rate at which psychiatric drugs are prescribed is increasing. We have more tools than ever (science, technology, etc.) yet we are more neurotic, anxious and depressed than we have ever been. A friend of mine told me a story of a friend of his in the U.S. "I have a headache, I'll go get Advil.", "I have stomach issues, I'll go get TUMS.", "I have high blood pressure, I'll go get an ACE-inhibitor.". This is no way to live one's life; it's band-aids, it's a cop-out. Please note that I am in no way opposed to medicine, but I think there's a time and place for everything. I hope that - in the future - our method(s) of dealing with psychiatric illness changes from a biochemical cascade reductionist view to a more holistic view, trying to find the root of the issues, and also being willing to explore realms unknown. Unfortunately, most psychiatrists don't exactly have the aspiration of Carl G. Jung. Some of them do not even know of his work except for his general personality model(s).
  14. Thank you both. It warms my heart that my presence is appreciated.
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