What Bitcoin and Ahimsa Have in Common

As yogis, we could be forgiven for not knowing the ins and outs of the global financial and currency system.  We’re more worried about fully crossing our heels in Bhujapidasana or establishing mulha bandha than we’re concerned about where all this paper money comes from, where and why its printed, and if a particular group of people benefit while another group of individuals may suffer due to the currency system that we operate under.   Well, I am here to break the bad news that once you read this post, you will no longer be able to claim ignorance.  So please stop here if you wish to remain blissfully in the dark! Continue reading

You Are An Alchemist

Think it’s impossible to turn led into gold?  Or water into wine?  Or maybe something thats even more beneficial to the world, yet well within your reach?  The truth, my friend, is that you have been an alchemist your entire life.  What I’m talking about here is your innate ability  to transform cosmic energy – let me explain.

Looks Difficult But Actually Quite Simple

Believe it or not, we are one gigantic ball of energy.  If we laid out our entire nervous system in one straight line, it would reach four times around the globe.  Yet all of this has been magically woven right there inside of us, harnessing and then Continue reading

The Basic Morning Smoothie – Your Body Will Thank You

The base (these are foods I almost always use in my smoothie):

– Either Kale or Spinach.  I think spinach tastes a little better and usually results in a more liquified smoothie (i.e. less lumpiness).  But Kale probably contains more nutrients.  A good alternative is baby Kale.

– Soy Milk/Hemp Milk/Almond Milk.  Sometimes I like to switch it up!

– Something Citrus.  This is key I think because it cuts the flavor of the veggies and it feels like you are eating an all fruit smoothie.  My go-tos are pineapple, grapefruit, or oranges.

–  Ginger.  Because ginger rocks.

– Frozen Berries.  Anti-oxidants yo!

–  Amazing Grass GreenSuperfood.  You never know what micro-nutrients you’re missing out on.

– Whey Protein.  Veggie protein is great, but I think its good to supplement.

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Its Go Time

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A Simple Answer to What It Means to Be in Your Original State of Being

I’ve been doing Bikram yoga for ~ 7 months now and I’ve changed my diet.  I’ve lost ~ 20 lbs since the winter time.  One of the techniques in Bikram is building a strong, interlocked grip with your fingers which helps you move into many of the postures.  Strangely, I find myself performing this interlocked grip throughout the day, many times without even realizing it.

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They are utilizing the interlocked grip in standing forehead to knee pose

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The Engineering of Attachment

yesterday as i was biking home from the grocery store, backpack in tow, i noticed a lamborgini fly by.  as if in some sort of fancy car parade, an exotic car that looked like a lotus or something flew by right on queue.  i immediately had a warm sensation come over me as I realized these things were no longer the objects of my desire.  but that’s not to say they never were.  i used to act like a materialistic and greedy person, mainly caring about others if they could potentially advance me, or maybe caring about other less fortunate folks because it looked good to other more fortunate people who could then advance me.  so then i could have a lamborgini.  and a vacation home in aspen.  and then a bunch of girls would like me.  however, as I’m finding out, this greedy selfishness didn’t reflect my true nature, my inner soul.  it was all a facade brought about by societal engineering.

engineering in progress

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Can Commoditization Act as a Positive Force Towards Individualism? Maybe.

As I look around the physical world today, I am noticing a lot of commoditization going on.  No, I don’t mean people stocking up on Oil, Rice, and Pork Belly Futures.  What I am getting at is the commoditization of certain tools and practices.  Think of it as if you were an alien from outerspace paying a visit to earth for the first time.  You see a bunch of people walking around with smartphones that look exactly alike, going to an exercise class where everyone is instructed to perform the exact same movements, Targets/WalMarts/Costco that utilise logisitcal processing systems that are seamless and streamlined.

Will Human Beings be Added to this Collage?

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What Happened to Honesty is the Best Policy?

James Altucher is probably my favorite blogger right now.  He speaks truth like I have never seen before, truth that bleeds.  He’s one of those guys that is wealthy enough and has lied enough and has done everything enough that there is nothing left to hide, nothing left but the truth.  His top post is on that very topic of honesty and can be found here.   Basically, he details what happens when you dig down deep inside and witness and observe.  I’ve been doing some of these same obsevations and thought I’d put together my own small list of what happens in my experience when I am more honest with myself and the people around me.

We can all handle the truth, but maybe our egos can’t.

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Halfway! Days 6-15 Dunzo!

Day 15 Down and I’m Feeling Like a Million Bucks!

I have to say I was pretty skeptical about hot/bikram yoga going into it because I’ve heard so many crazy anecdotes of the healing nature of the practice…I was finding it hard to believe.  But now that I’ve been practicing in a hot room for about 3-4 months, I really think that there is some truth to the stories.  I’ve never quite felt the way I have over the past couple months, especially very recently with my intense focus on Bikram.   There aren’t many things I’ve come across that are potentially life changing but I have to say with all honesty that this practice could be one of those things!

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Bikram Day 5 – Journey vs. Destination

Day 5 Complete!

Today I am thinking about this mini journey of a 30 day challenge.  All of my post headers read something like Day X complete!  Look, I’m X% of the way “finished”!!  So Ryan, the elephant-in-the-room question is: what then happens when I am 100% complete?  I become Superman?  I achieve enlightenment and supreme consciousness?  I shake hands with the Dali Lama?

And So The Journey Begins…But Never Ends!

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Bikram Days 3 & 4 – In the History Books

Days 3 & 4 In the Books!

The last two days went off without a hitch.  The one thing I will mention is that, like most things that are difficult, one needs a little motivation to get across the finish line.  For me it is the post workout coconut water!

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