Treasured Posts to Come

My blog posts have primarily been documenting some of the fun activities I’ve been doing or new habits I’ve been trying to do such as trapeze flying and waking early respectively.

However, the purpose of this blog is more than just that. I want to begin writing about, advocating, and defending some of my practices, skills, and worldviews like Anthony at The Dream Lounge or Tynan at….Tynan.net

. Both of them are very young, live unconventional lives, and inspire readers like myself to do the same.

Many people will disagree with me. Actually, some people already do disagree with me. But I have been avoiding explaining the reasoning behind my decisions except to say that I did a lot of research and know what I’m doing.

My purpose is to write rational pieces on some of my activities and my world views.beyond just my experiences and emotions.

Some working ideas:

  • Yoga Practice – Getting In Touch with the Body
  • Vipassana Meditation & The Art of Living
  • Mysticism, Religions, and Science – Following the Middle Way
  • Start Frugal, End Wealthy – Financial Principles to Live By
  • From 110 lbs to 140 lbs – A Look Back
  • Paleo Blueprint Lifestyle – Why a 90% Meat Diet is Healthy for You
  • High Intensity Training (HIT) – Workout Less, Minimize Injury, and Get Strong
  • The Way of the Seducer – A 21st Century Response to Empower Young Men
  • Examining the Basis of All Moral Values: Emotion
  • Dependency, Independence, and Interdependence – Growth of the Spirit
  • The Perspectival, Layered Approach to Moral Values and Life Decisions
  • Individuality & Privilege – The Inner Downfall of the United States as the Superpower
  • Journey of an American Pilgrim – Exploring the Spiritual Landscape of America
  • The Internet Culture – Information is Free and Reputation is Supreme

Some of these posts won’t be coming for a long time. Some may never appear. Some may come in multiple parts or multiple updated editions. But I want to start writing longer, well researched pieces.

Volunteering for Service at Vipassana Meditation

My 10 day Vipassana Meditation Course was a life changing experience that fundamentally shaped my worldview and daily experience like nothing else in such a short amount of time.

As I said in my previous post, this past weekend, I served as a volunteer at a 10 day course in Maryland. I had never worked as a server before and got to see the amazing effort involved behind the scenes.

I kind of wish I came much earlier too since most of the servers had already bonded over the previous 7 days, and I felt very awkward coming in so late and not knowing how to do anything. But, everyone was extremely friendly. In fact, everyone’s first priority was to make sure I was well fed before I did any work despite my protests.

My work was mostly in the kitchen helping prep food, cleaning dishes, and cleaning the dining room. Although cleaning dishes isn’t glamorous work, there is a joy involved in physical labor especially when you see the benefit to people stemming directly from your actions. This direct connection is what’s missing in what could be called intellectual or mental work where the fruits of your labor aren’t as apparent or immediate.

I came back home refreshed with plans to fix my bad habits and stick to the path once again.

I actually failed at my 7 day meditation experiment last week. I barely meditated at all before serving. But, I have continued doing at least 1 hour/day since Sunday and plan on keeping it up.

I definitely plan on serving full time in the future.