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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:53 am 
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I found this video the other day and thought it was interesting and thought provoking. While what he's saying isn't "scientific", it makes sense at a different level. It definitely rings true for me anyway.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3ixRqOauq4[/youtube]

*EDITED by jamez70: I fixed your attachment issue :)

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I liked that a lot. Thanks for posting it.


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I was going to watch it but the man scared me, so I stopped.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:22 pm 
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Just thought I'd bump this up for anyone who hasn't seen it...or wants to see it again.

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Very cool. I took a quite a lot from that. Definitely an interesting philosophy on the workings of addiction.


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I'm not very "spiritual", but I did find the part about being addicted to not being addicted to be quite interesting and very, very true.

Thanks for sharing.

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Ive watched this video many many times, and get something new from it every time. Ram Dass took insane amounts of acid with Timothy Leary back in the day so hes no stranger to drugs. I met him in Maui about 2 years ago at a Wayne Dyer lecture, hard to explain but when he speaks you listen. He really nails addiction in his own way in this video, thanks for the post


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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 3:34 am 
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bumpity bump bump!

If you haven't watched this yet, you should check it out. Or watch it again, you never know what you might get out of it this time that you missed last time.

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Thanks for the bump. I had not watched it. I have never been a very "spiritual" or religious person. But I am finding that the further I go with my "addiction remission" the farther into spirtuality I seem to be going. Anyway...I won't say more for fear of sounding like a new age wacko (lol). Thanks, very interesting.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:20 am 
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Thought I'd bump this one up again for any new people who haven't seen it.

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It's been quite a while, so BUMP.

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Hi Diary, and thank yo uso much for this video! I can totally relate to absolutely everything that he said. What an intelligent man!

Ya know, I need to tell you this too~You are such an inspiration to me. You are so level headed, intelligent, well spoken, and just down right classy with everything that you say. You are so respectful to everyone. You are so full of knowledge, and so eager to share that knowledge with anyone who is willing to take it in. You have taught me so much about myself, just from reading the advice that you have given me and others on this forum. I want to be more like you, in that aspect.

When I began doing the "lovingkindness" that you suggested, I thought at first that I would never get the hang of it. But now, the feeling that I get from it, is just amazing. There is such a peacefulness that overtakes my mind and heart. I wish that everyone were so lucky to experience this kind of peacefullness with themselves. It takes a lot to make me angry. In fact, I can't really even remember the last time that I was angry. Sure, I've been annoyed with one or two people, or impatient at times. But ever since I started doing this, it hasn't happened.

If you have any other suggestions on how to maintain this inner peace, or to take it to the next level, I am open to hearing that. I truly do take what you say, and try to apply it to my life. The biggest change I had to make was eliminating negative people. The people that complain, and always think that they are victimized, wronged, or abused in some way shape or form, had to go. In order for me to have that constant calm in my life.

So, basically I just wanted to thank you for all that you do. You are by far, the biggest asset to this forum. At least in my opinion.

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Omg, you just made me cry! Those are some very kind words of praise and I feel genuinely complimented right now. Thank you :D

Of course, I feel like it's pretty easy for me to project a certain persona from behind a keyboard where I have all the time I need to compose myself and my thoughts. I strive for the same thing in face-to-face interactions, but I am far from perfect. In fact, most of the time I feel like a hot mess, so hearing such nice things about myself is kind of a nice treat.

I'm so glad that the loving-kindness meditation is helping. It's such a powerful practice for cultivating self-compassion, and once we have that we can extend it to others, and that's very healing. If you want to keep growing that feeling of inner peace, just keep practicing, and maybe look into insight meditation. It's based in Buddhist teaching but westernized so it fits with our cultural reality. Jack Kornfield and Pema Chodron are two good writers you could check out.

Crap, I have to get the kid up for school but I'll message you later.

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Cool video, I like it, I think? He kinda lost me after the Snickers bar....I want that small Snickers bar, damn it!!

*sigh*, I'm gonna have to watch the video again when I'm not hungry.

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I love where he talks about
"taking a step back"
and looking at yourself, your addiction in a different Light.
Not necesarily as a BAD thing. Not this horrible thing you did, but why you were doing it.

Theres a lot to learn from there, in a nine minute video. Im definitely gonna have to watch it
again, my attention span isn't quite 9 mins long, but I did like it. And I WILL watch it again.


Lots of good stuff, thats for sure :wink:

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