It proved to be stronger than any type of force or willpower they (habitually) used, and also brought a playful, even joyful attitude to the meditation retreat. Nothing! A wooden chair may appear to be a just a chair. In Hindi it cannot be translated, there is no parallel word. You may be so full of joy that tears come to your eyes. Such concentration is naturally a distraction from the mad stuff thats trying to get your attention, and as it is eventually rewarded with a discovery, its easy for your mind to start latching on to it as an enjoyable habit. It's best to be in a place where it's safe for you to close your eyes, at least the first couple of times you do it. She had lost forty pounds, but more important, she told me this: I’m grateful for this approach because I feel like I have my life back. William can spin his wheels on this one facet so much that he actually disregards other important information, such as the company paying a higher salary that offsets the cost of relocation, or that the extra income boost might allow him to live in a very nice, low-crime part of town. And even then I would do only the minimum necessary to check that box of the job’s being done. Finish my final presentation. The first thing on Sarah's list was to work on her final presentation for her surgical fellowship. But basically he knows there is no paradise; he knows that no savior is going to come. And as Ive swum there and in rivers, ponds and lidos across the country, Ive found myself wondering more and more why something this transformative isnt getting even more attention. And in fact, it wasnt a young tree, it was a dead tree. You can take the parts apart; nothing dies. Feel your hands getting pushed slightly wider apart horizontally from each other as your chest expands with your inhalation. Over a decade later, after I’d been meditating for a number of years and had been researching the ins and outs of reward-based learning, I realized that there are two paths with every FGO (fucking growth opportunity) (props to my wife for introducing me to the phrase). We have more access to resources, information, communication, and each other than we've ever had before, and we're simultaneously reckoning with the traumatic wounding we've been holding in our personal and collective psyche for generations. Do an out with the old cleanup to make space for a fresh view on life. Get a clear sense of what it is like to say yes, no, or to make a choice and be very firm in that decision.Then speed up the process. As of my writing (about six months into the treatment), he has lost ninety-seven pounds (and is still going strong), his liver is no longer pâté, his sleep apnea has resolved, and his blood pressure has returned to normal.