Panacea

There are many tools in your arsenal for self improvement.You have to use each and every one of them in order to see meaningful change.

But if i had to choose one that will have an immediate impact in a concrete way,it would be meditation.

What is Panacea and what it has to do with meditation?

Panacea was a greek goddess that could cure anything,physical or pschycological.She could identify the real root of the problem and then she provided the cure.They said,she possessed a poultice that could heal and solve most of your problems at once.



Meditation has a false reputation,about being this esoteric,hippy practice,were you sit on your ass all day,doing nothing.It makes you mellow,passive and all lovey dovey…

This couldn’t be more wrong.

Let me tell you a story.One night, i ended up with a group of pretentious,new age people in a living room.18-25 years old guys,underweight,speaking with a soft voice about world peace and true love,while the girls were nodding along.I was just the opposite.I had anger in me,i spoke loudly and i was aggressive about my ideas.My goals were to eat pussy and make money.Their goal was ‘…just to be happy maaaan’.

The way they carried themselves,spoke like they were these enlightened beings,having the answer to EVERYTHING in life, hit a nerve with me.

Their common denominator was meditation.They talked about how meditation is [insert every new-age quote about love].It was practically a circle-jerk about how awesome human beings they were.Then out of nowhere one of them,let’s call him Zizan the Puss,looked at me and said to a girl sitting next to him:’He could never understand what we are saying.He just lifts weights and all he cares about is money.’

Little did he know,i was practicing yoga everyday for the last 10 years or so.But he didn’t believe me.You know why?I took away the only thing that made him ‘special’.

I saw jealousy in his eyes.His calm voice,became squeaky while he was trying to undermine me in front of his lady friend.

I realized that they were all ‘fake’ or they lost meaning.They want to be superior,so they used meditation to do that.They want to create this ‘cult’ ,to feel better about themselves(and get some girls along the way).

Truth is,meditation gives you what you need.Hence Panacea.If you are too aggressive,it will calm you down.If you are too calm,it will fire you up.It is in my nature to be calm,so meditation made me more angry(in a good way) and passionate about my opinions.I could stand up for my self.

-First let me clear something up.Meditation is not something that only eastern fellas do.It is hardcoded in every religion and philosophy,with different names and practices.For example Christians have it,it’s called ‘προσευχή'(praying).But that is not appealing so you have to bring something ‘new’ to get the attention.-

As with everything else,yoga,zen and every other eastern philosophy got distorted along the way to the west.We packed everything into a neat,marketable box and we tried to sell it to the masses.Now yoga is considered a gym class.There is ‘active meditation’,’listening to music meditation’,’walk meditation’ etc etc.Listening to the water is ‘meditation’.Listening to binaural beats is ‘meditation’.The last one is funny,because people are getting butthurt if you tell them that your bike started making that noise before it broke down…

So Zizan the Puss,read a book or two about Buddha,took a yoga class and he thinks he is doing it.

Meditation is something you practice.It is very difficult to meditate.

We watered down yoga,zen,Taoism etc to appeal to everyone,easy to digest fads that require no effort.Write your own meditation technique,call it ‘Super,third eye-opening,bio-synthesis meditation’ and you can make money.If Zizan the Puss was to visit a guru in India,he would be beaten up and thrown out.Yogis are actually pretty aggressive with their teachings.They don’t talk about love,they talk about discipline.

Meditation IS Panacea.

It gives you what you need,in this specific moment.It reveals solutions to your current problems.

There are many paths to choose from.Remember,we are talking about true meditation.

The one you encounter first is the one you are stuck with.There is Yoga(A thousand different techniques),Zen,transcendent,guided meditation and many more.Don’t get confused and don’t try to dig into every one of them too much.Do your research and choose ONE.These are paths that lead to the same END goal,so don’t get frustrated or start thinking about which one is the best.

If you know someone who practices meditation,i suggest you follow him along so he can help you.

Don’t take this lightly.This is serious stuff.

I practice kriya yoga for example.If kriyas are not practiced perfectly and in time,they can cause increase in total temperature(fever),collapsed lungs,illusions and even schizophrenia.

The above have happened.Not frequently,but you realize that we are playing with our nervous system.



 We will talk about the specific benefits that ,in my experience,meditation has to offer in a future post.It is a practice i recommend to everyone.The effects can be life changing.

It is a tool that will shape your life.

Find your Panacea and start working.

That’s it folks.

 

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Hierarchy

In my latest post, we talked about how no one is really special.We all have different starting points and we are dealt a certain hand.If you live in a country that has democracy,if you have a roof over your head,internet and you ate today,then you probably scored pocket aces.You are already ahead.It is so easy not to die.

But i know this feeling.You have everything.You live a comfortable life,you may be a little behind at your rent and your boss at work is a jerk,but you generally lead an easy life.But you still want more.You are greedy for more life in a sense.If not,please do me a favour and leave,this site is not for you.


Why someone who has everything already,still needs more?’Hey!Check your privilage!Kids in Africa are starving!’.Yeah,no shit.Instead of whining and living in guilt,get some perspective.Are you gonna waste this opportunity?Do you think a kid from Syria would feel guilty if he ever got your life?You were lucky.Make the most out of it.Stop bitching and handle your business.

So,why someone who has everything already,still needs more?Many years ago,i was reading a very basic book about business management and i stumbled across this:maslow-pyramid.jpg

This is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.This pyramid gives a very raw description of your needs and desires.If you pay attention,you’ve accomplished the two bottom tiers before you were borned.If you have a family and 1-2 good friends,you can probably scratch the third tier.Most people in the western world,get stuck between the third and second block.The rest of the world struggles even to BE in the pyramid.

When you have covered 90% of one of the three(basic,psychological,self-fulfillment needs) subcategories,THEN you can move to the next one.Only then you will be able to fully focus on what’s important.But keep in mind that life is not linear,it’s dynamic.One day you may find yourself at the bottom  and you will have to climb your way up again.It will be easier the second time.

So now you understand why you want more and more.It is in your nature.Until you reach the top,you must never stop.That’s why the people in Ethiopia don’t care about things like ‘social value’,they  can’t grasp what ‘money’ and ‘power’ is.They have more urgent problems to address,like’Hey,i haven’t eaten in days’ etc.

As i said already,life is not linear.We evolve as a person,in every direction possible.Things that make you happy now,in 2-3 years may make you miserable.But there is a base,some basic principles to follow.My chart is more dynamic and simple.This is the Katavasis’s hierarchy of life:

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Yes i used paint for this

 

This more like a Ven diagram.You can move in an out of the circles,but it is always:

HEALTH>FREEDOM>RELATIONSHIPS

This is how an ideal life should look like.Self improvement,power,influence,self-realization etc,are all somewhere between them.Everything is more or less connected.

  1. HEALTH.If you are not healthy you must fix that ASAP.You can’t move forward without being healthy.We will talk about it a lot more,but for now eat good food,walk a lot and go to the gym.If you are sick how you expect to fight for your FREEDOOOOM!!
  2. FREEDOM,is being wherever you want,with whoever you want,saying whatever you want,whenever you want.Yup,that sums it up.Unfortunately(not really),freedom=money.
  3. RELATIONSHIPS.How you communicate with others,who you spend your time with,your general value etc.As you can tell if you don’t have freedom,most likely you will be forced to be around people you don’t want to,forced to talk them,when you would really want to spend time with the ones that matter.Or be alone.

Your life should roughly move inside this diagram.

 

 

Can you understand now,why i said that no one is special?We are all inside,in this diagram,trying to fill it out as much as we can.’Sucessful’ people are also in there.So,get your priorities straight and handle your business,as my grandpa would say.

That’s it folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are not special

Today,everything i am reading is about being special,different,a unique snowflake.Every human is some miracle,a semi-god that came to this earth to please us with his pressence.We are all beautiful,flawless and filled with love.Each and everyone of us need special treamtment to reveal their’secret’ abillities and suceed…What a bunch of bullshit.

Boys,the truth is you are not special.You were borned bloody and started screaming.You want to eat,shit,drink and have sex.You want money(or freedom…same thing) and a roof over your head.You want control over your life.

Someone hits you,you are in pain,someone kisses you,you feel happy.You are not special.You don’t need special treatment and you are not entitled to anything in this life.You wake up and you go to bed.The guy working at starbucks complaining about how the system is rigged and everyone is againist him,is not speacial.No one cares about you.No one sits around the table plotting your downfall.There is a reason average is the majority.If you are reading this,you have internet.You literally live better than kings did not very long ago(sorta,i will expnad in later posts though).You are average,but you live like you are in the top tier,in comparison to the rest of the world.You’ve given enough.Well,it’s time to get some more,earn it…


Why?Why we trick ourselves into thinking we are great,before we achieve greatness?We just want to feel good,dull our minds to escape the harsh reality.You are not special.Keep that in mind.It’s not a bad thing and the realization of it, is a weapon.Someone has walked the walk before you.There is a blueprint to follow.The principles are written,life has been lived 1000 times before.You just have to see it.The things that work for one person,work for the next one.

‘Nah,you want to tell me that Bill Gates is the same with my broke-ass neighbour living in a box?’ NO.Remember what i said.You are not special…right now.Bill ‘the slave master’ Gates did not become what he is today in one day.He worked for it,he earned the right to be ‘special’.But he didn’t do magic,he didn’t sell his soul to the devil.He was an awkward(many say he has aspergers) teenager,a bookworm with a bright mind.Sounds familliar?Connor McGregor.UFC champion.He was an awkward little boy,that got into fights but had a crazy interest for martial arts.Sounds familliar?Charlie Parker.One of the best musicians of the 20th century.Teenager that got booed off the stage and had a cymbal thrown at him by Jo Jones.Sounds familliar?Well,the last one doesn’t,but you get the point.

But do you REALLY get the point?If not wait until the next article.We will together form a blueprint to help you find your way.

Until then remember:you are not special.But everything is,until it isn’t.

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(The movie that this picture is taken from,is called ‘Whiplashed’.Instead of watching the 9 o’clock news,watch this.You will learn a lot more and you will understand better this article.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katavasis,the Journey begins

     Katavasis.It comes from the greek word kata and basi.It means you are descenting,going down and touching base.They say climbing the mountain is easier than climbing it down.You spent all these hours trying to reach the top and when you finally did,you have to go down again.You were immortal.You just conquered this ‘monster’ of nature that it is a mountain,but you are not welcome up there for long.You have to go down.

   You can decide not to climb a mountain.You will be fine.If you decide not to climb down of it,you are dead.So go ahead,take the same path that lead you to the top and go where you started.Look around you and observe.You’ve seen everything on your way up,but now you can understand what they trully are.The freezing cold,the big trees,the screaming air everything that made the mountain scary and unfriendly is now there to greed you in your returning.

 

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Remember,you are ‘trying’ to climb a mount,but you MUST descent.Because of that,it is effortles.

When you are finally down,you can see both the path and the top.You know you climbed it and you know how.You’ve gained experience and dominated the mountain itself.You are ready for a bigger and more difficult one.


This is of course,nothing more than a metaphor.Mountain is life,if life was money,happiness,buisness,relationsips or a mountain.Going up is your struggle to suceed.Katavasis is the death of your ego.It is here to remind you that there is always something to improve,that you need to go back and start over.We go up in life,we win some and we forget how we got there.So we forget the path,ie skills,mindset etc and we just stay there.To rot and crumble.

We go down,we realize that nothing is too big,so we go bigger.And then down again.Back to basics.Back to base.This blog is here to help you do just that.We will talk about everything and discover the principles that can lead to a better more fulfilling life(while having fun along the way).But you could ask or you MUST ask,’Why is should take life advice from a total stranger?Why he thinks he can help me out?’

I am not unique nor special.I am an odd one for sure,but i am not that different than anyone else.It’s not who i am,it’s more where i came from.It just happens that some of my experiences are different and unique.I am not here to beg you to stay.You can leave.Go ahead.

FYI,this is not a new-age,hippie blog.I will say my truth,and how i perceive this world.I will not teach you how to be happy or how to find the love of your life.I will help you to speak with confidence,walk with pride,lift weights,kickass,meditate,make money,eat cats,riff with people,induce emotions etc etc.This is a blog for kings.I will help you live like one.

I want time though.Give me some time to find my voice.I’ve written so many words for people i’ve never met and wrote many books that are trash and never made public.I promise future posts will be less trippy and with more actionable advice and steps.

 

This is me taking the lead now.