IntroductionThe technique of Vipassana is a simple, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life. Vipassana means "to see things as they really are". It is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation.
From time to time, we all experience agitation, frustration and disharmony. When we suffer, we do not keep our misery limited to ourselves; instead, we keep distributing it to others as well. Enlightened people have therefore advised 'Know thyself', which means not merely knowing yourself at the intellectual level, or accepting at the emotional or devotional level, but to experience the truth about yourself, within yourself, at the experiential level. To achieve this, a technique of Vipassana meditation was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal problems.
Vipassana enables us to experience peace and harmony by purifying the mind, freeing it from suffering and the deep-seated causes of suffering. Step by step, the practice leads to the highest spiritual goal of full liberation from all mental defilements.
The entire path (Dhamma) is an Art of Living and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism. For this reason, it can be freely practiced by everyone, at any time, in any place, without conflict due to race, community or religion, and will prove equally beneficial to one and all.
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Historical BackgroundVipassana is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques. It was rediscovered 2500 years ago by Gotama the Buddha, and is the essence of what he practiced and taught during his forty-five year ministry. During the Buddha's time, large number of people in northern India were freed from the bonds of suffering by practicing Vipassana, allowing them to attain high levels of achievement in all spheres of life. Over time, the technique spread to the neighbouring countries of Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka, Thailand and others, where it had the same ennobling effect.
Five centuries after the Buddha, the noble heritage of Vipassana had disappeared from India. The purity of the teaching was lost elsewhere as well. In the country of Myanmar, however, it was preserved by a chain of devoted teachers. From generation to generation, over two thousand years, this dedicated lineage transmitted the technique in its pristine purity. Venerable Ledi Sayadaw reintroduced the technique of Vipassana meditation to the lay people, which was accessible only to the monks before. He taught Saya Thetgyi, a layman, who in turn taught Sayagyi U Ba Khin.
In our time, Vipassana has been reintroduced to India, as well as to citizens from more than eighty other countries, by Mr. S. N. Goenka. He was authorized to teach Vipassana by the renowned Burmese Vipassana teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Before he died in 1971, Sayagyi was able to see one of his most cherished dreams realized. He had the strong wish that Vipassana should return to India, the land of its origin, to help it come out of its manifold problems. He felt that it would spread throughout the world from India, for the benefit of all mankind.
In the past, India had the distinction of being regarded as a World Teacher. In our time, the Ganges of Truth is once again flowing out from India to a thirsty world.
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1. Next-Level Coffee
After I flush the toxins from my body with a twenty-ounce glass of ice-cold lime water, I make a Bulletproof Coffee. The recipe is simple—blend a tablespoon of unsalted, grass-fed butter and a tablespoon of MCT8 coconut oil into Bulletproof Coffee (French roast, beans).
This coffee keeps you energized and is a proven hack for fasting, which aids in energy, clarity and battling inflammation. I typically fast 24 hours three times a week and around 16-18 hours on other days. This keeps me focused, and Bulletproof Coffee makes the practice easy.
For many, myself included, deep meditation takes much practice — years, sometimes. There are many apps that can help you get there. My favorite is the Sensate, a genius device about the size of a sliced pear that hacks meditation, cutting the time to achieve deep meditation. The device vibrates your vagus nerve simultaneously with music hosting on Sensate’s app.
According to Sensate, “The vagus branch of the Autonomic Nervous System speaks directly to your sense of vibration and sound. [...] Each session is a synchronised soundscape that is both felt and heard simultaneously. This resonates through your body to tone and uplift the capabilities of your vagus nerve."
After about ten uses, I now get into a deep meditative state within a few minutes versus what used to take an hour. The difference is dramatic. And the more relaxed you become, the more focus you have, which boosts productivity.
When a fellow journalist saw me walking around barefoot shortly after landing in Valencia for a Ducati test, he thought I drank too much wine while flying across the Atlantic. I was simply reconnecting with the earth through one of the oldest biohacks available: grounding — or, as some call it, earthing.
What you’re doing is reconnecting directly to the earth and the natural energy stored within (electrons). When you “ground,” your body absorbs the electron-abundant, nourishing energy. This helps restore our immune system, and science says it kills inflammation. The benefits can be felt within 20-30 minutes.
When you can’t walk barefoot, there are various solutions. I use grounding footwear and also work standing up barefoot on a grounding mat for sometimes 10 hours a day. Since I’ve begun grounding daily on a mat, I’ve felt more focused and less stressed.
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From motorcycle crashes and other injuries, I've dealt with much pain in my shoulders and back. And when you're feeling down, your productivity will also feel down.
That's why I've brought self-massage into my daily regimen of productivity hacks. I do it for about five minutes every morning, focusing on my entire back and upper shoulders. The self-massage helps me roll away any aches and preps me for the day ahead. It's also a game-changer following a hard day of exercise or, for me, motorcycle riding.
I discovered the Backmate, designed by one of America's most respected motorcycle racers, Eric Bostrom. (Full disclosure: I have done some content work for Backmate.) The device isn't bulky and simply hangs in a doorway when needed. It massages your muscles quickly and helps alleviate pain and discomfort.
5. Circadian-Centered Lighting
Once, my best work periods were late in the day for strategy and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for creative writing. When my son was born, though, things had to change. I researched creative patterns and learned how our natural circadian rhythms influence our creative periods.
Light therapy can alter our circadian rhythms, and after further research, I discovered Circadian Optics lights. All I needed was around 20 minutes with the light every morning after an earlier wake-up, and I restructured my circadian rhythm to keep sleep-and-wake patterns the same daily. This also pushed my creative moments up, which are now from around 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily — a much better time frame when you have a family.
6. Stand-Up Desk
Standing up while working is nothing new — especially for writers. Hemingway famously wrote standing up, and his nonstop published works prove productivity.
Standing not only keeps the energy high throughout the day, but it also helps avoid bad workplace ergonomics that naturally occur when using the standard desk-and-chair setup.
The more energy and less pain you have due to poor ergonomics, the more focus and subsequent productivity you’ll have for daily workflow. I have used a manual-crank standing desk since 2017. It was a true game-changer, although before that I became adjusted to standing up while working at my kitchen counter. You won’t find an office chair in my office.
The ultimate goal of my life? Do more quality work in less time and with less stress. The above help me accomplish this daily.
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• The heart is the first organ that begins to develop in the fetus in the human body - (before the brain).
• The mother's brain waves are synchronized according to the heartbeat of the fetus inside it.
• The heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.
• The heart emits electromagnetic fields into the environment, which vary according to our emotions.
• The electromagnetic fields of the heart are larger than those of the brain and can be measured.
• The heart has a nervous system with short-term memory and long-term memory, and the signals that the heart sends to the brain affect our emotional experience.
• Negative emotions create chaos (electronic storms) in the heart that affect us physically and mentally.
• Positive emotions create synchronization between the heart and the brain, have a positive effect on the body's systems and even help the brain to be creative, encourage the "problem-solving" system and increase its ability to make better decisions in cooperation with the heart.