MEDITATION MANUEL REVIEW

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In Koi Fresco’s most recent book The Meditation Manuel he quickly explains what meditation is and how to start your own practice. I really enjoyed the way this book portrayed the different aspects of meditation including why we meditate, the science behind it, and the nature of self. As I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Koi he is a well-respected, educated, and peaceful soul that most beautifully gives us an introduction to the realm of mediation. He emphasizes on the simplicity and power of meditation which I think is crucial because far to many of us think meditation is this difficult and overwhelming task when in reality it is as Koi states, “Simple.” Which this approach I think we can be more motivated and empowered to sit down and start meditating! I will highlight some insights of the book I found profound and give a brief intro to the different types of meditation so you can start today!

The book is short and simple which makes it an easy read. Koi mentions that the purpose of meditation is to, “To harness the ability to discern between the world of material illusions/delusions known as Maya, where we are tricked into seeing our attachments as unchangeable, and our problems as everlasting.” (17) And shows the importance of connecting back to our universal whole. By talking about the nature of the self I started building an idea of what we really are outside of the illusion for we must understand that, “The ego self is everything we currently think we are or will ever be as an individual.” Yet as we are soon to understand the ego is an illusion and is NOT who or what we really are and, “Only after ingesting psychedelic experiences, studying with a guru, or in our case learning how to mediate from a transcendental space can one begin to awaken and realize the actual nature of what we all are.” This raised many questions for me as I started to ask well then, “who am I?” One of the best questions we can all ask and through mediation we can find an answer.

So how do we meditate?

First off we need to understand that, “You already are a master of mediation.” Say whaa? I know you may be asking how am I master if I have never even meditated. Well most of us who meditate face mental blocks and hope to clear them, “If I can control/quiet my mind I will be better.”(35) Yet we forget that mediation is not something you can master for ,“We fail to see the continuation of our path in every moment and instead see each situation as separate from one before.” (36) He is weary to add that we must not make meditation an achievement for there is nothing to achieve. Everyone and anyone can meditate and it is a simple practice to help clear our thoughts.

Having a hard time with your breath? 

A lot of my students ask me how do I breath the right way? As RUMI states, “There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then there’s another way; a breathe of love that takes you all the way to infinity.” and Koi adds, “The problem with making a task of breathing is just that, adding an unnecessary task to our practice.”(40) So literally just breath natural and avoid thinking about it too much 🙂

The actual mediation

As you dive into your practice it may seem like a challenge to you for it is a new task you are taking on. This is totally normal when I first started meditating 5 minutes felt like 5 hours in my mind and I was like, “Am I supposed to have these many thoughts?” I was worried I would never be able to clear my mind and each meditation I was a little nervous to face my thoughts. This is normal so just breath and know there are thousands of people alike in this situation. Just keep in mind that mediation is real simple and important. As Koi mentions, “What we think has the power not just to liberate us from suffering and lead one in full control of his mind into a state of enlightenment, but also in the opposite end of the spectrum I it can very easily lead us into a downward spirits of ghosts and insurmountable depression.”(52)

Here are some Key things to remember from Koi

“Meditation Commonalities in this Manuel

  1. The ideal for these meditation practices are either in the early morning or right before bed
  2. Wherever you meditate, attempt to do so in an area with a great amount of silence, except for the scanning meditation. In this case a slightly noisy area is ideal.
  3. Sit however suits you best! A common posture would be in a half lotus, with our hands sitting in our lap, or resting on our knees in the mudra you prefer. Just find one that feels right.
  4. While sitting, the head should be slightly tilted to face the ground, but not looking straight down. A great indicator is our line of sight ending about three feet of us if our eyes were to be open
  5. Stretch before beginning. This is so the body can be less reactive during extended period of sitting. The less focus on pain, the easier we can return to intense isolated awareness.
  6. Try not to use an alarm! Meditation when ended abruptly can easily hurt what progress we have made while in a meditative state due to the abrasive nature of most alarms. Use one with soft softs.”

 

See it is super easy and there are also different mediations you can explore! I won’t go into detail on each of them in this blog but you can check out Koi’s book for more information and tips on all of this information!

Here are the different meditations you can try!

INSIGHT MEDITATION

Also known as Vipassana this is one of the greatest mediations that usually yields prolific results. “Insight is one’s ability to cultivate a comprehensive and true to form understanding.”(57) So building this skill can give you a better understanding of yourself. I used insight when I was outside in a quiet place (very few birds) and just allowed myself to dive deep into my mind.

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MINDFULLNESS MEDIATION

One of my favorite meditations it is basically just being aware of your thoughts and noting them. You can think of it as watching clouds pass through the sky, your thoughts being the clouds you watch them come and go. You can use this technique anywhere, even at Disneyland!

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SCANNING MEDIATION

Scanning is cool it builds a better connection with mind and body as Koi says, “We simply scan the body and scan our senses with a vantage of pure awareness, reading each sensory experience from an unidentified perspective.”(69) I laid down in the sun and noticed how the sun felt from the top to the bottom of my body.

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MANTRA MEDITATION

I practice mantra meditation daily on my own and with my mantra homies and it is a very powerful tool to have. ‘Man’ means mind and ‘tra’ means vehicle or instrument. Using mantra can help maneuver through all those thoughts in your mind and it, “Allows the mind to enter into transcendental bliss or supreme realization.”(75) Here is one of my favorite Mantra chants I use to focus on gratitude and devotion. Very powerful tool. If you live in the Los Angeles area check out Mantra House for a group meditation!

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ZAZEN MEDITATION 

The Japanese know whats-up, this is one of the easiest mediations ever. All you have to do is sit and observe, Literally. It is known as “sitting meditation” and emphasizes on the here and now. “Zen exists for the purpose of dropping our roles and sinking into the same awareness we held before taking up the human form. Silence.”(84) I like Zazen meditation outside to hear nature and using the Zazen Mudra (hand sign).

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How to clear up the clutter in your life

Your work space is a direct representation of your mind. If you have a messy and unorganized workspace then you will most likely have a mind that reflects that as well. I never understood why my room was always messy, I would always clean it then a few days later it would go back to its homeostasis. It wasn’t until I understood the difference between cleaning and organzing that I was able to create a clean and suitable work space for myself to actually get some progress done. Here are some reasons why you should have a clear and organized space. 

  1. If you have a clear work area then you will have a clear mind.
  2. When you walk into any room your mind starts to automatically process all the items in the room. The more items = the more clutter in your mind = the less space you have to create.
  3. Less anxiety and worry. You won’t have to worry about tearing your house down to look for that dang piece of paper.
  4. More clarity and creativity. You will find it is easier to focus and develop ideas when you have an organzied workspace.

So what is the difference between cleaning and organizing? 

Well cleaning is more like putting a bandage and not getting to the root of the problem. We usualy clean before a party and just quickly put things out of site out of mind until a few days later it is all back to normal (story of my life). Organzing on the other hand can be explained in two parts; 1) Volume of things and 2) The system of those things. Volume refers to the amount of things you have, we live in an age of consumption where the average person has WAY MORE then they possibly need which ends up cluttering thier lives. It doesn’t cost anything to get rid of things so the first step is to see what isn’t serving you anymore and strive for a more minamalist lifestyle. This really helped me let go of alot of things I was just storing in my room and gave me a lot more space and clarity. The second step is creating a system for where things go and should be. This really saved my life and now I dont have to struggle looking for where I put my keys and portal gun anymore they both have a place in my room. With less stuff it is much easier it to find and place things where they belong. Here are the before and after pictures of my room/workspace. This took me about 3 full days of organzing, getting rid of, and creating a system

WORKSPACE;

BEFORE;

I would walk in and my brain would be registering a hundred things and distract me from what was important. I had clothes laying around, lots of stuff on the wall, my bed sheets where never done, drawers will filled with papers from months ago, and it was really hard to meditate in here man.

AFTER;

Now the major improvements is the detail of the room. I cleaned out all my drawers of loose papers and organized them (huge step), I cleared off my desk and kept it simple, I even created an alter for myself to place my beads and sage to deepen my spirituality. I am still working on the little tweaks but the overall room is much more organized and makes me feel clear and focused when I walk in! I renamed it The Dharmadhatu so whenever I walk in I have to say, “I come with peace and I am ready for love.” to keep the good vibes going bro. I even make it a point a do my bed every day and put everything back where it belongs (making huge steps here man).

Now even though this is a huge step and a lot of my students have very clustered rooms this is jsut the first step. You MUST clear the clutter from all areas of your life including unchecked emails, texts, over filled photos, unorganized notes, and more. Here are some other examples of how I cleared up some clutter in my life.

EMAILS;

Oh man I remember this was like a 2 year challenge for me. I would always let my emails just bundle up and I would get emails from a bunch of different random places I signed up for. When I would check emails I would spend like 10 minutes just deleting the ones I wouldn’t even open and get distracted reading some article on how to survive a nuke. The key here is to unsubscribe to all those emails you don’t even open and keep that little red number under 10 at all times.

BEFORE

Emails before

AFTER;

Emails after

PHOTOS;

I take a lot of picutures and film a lot of videos never really taking the time to go back and organize them. This can lead you down a slipeery slope of having a butt ton of unecessary pictures and videos which in my case actually unmotivated me to keep filming by giving me a feeling of overhwhelment and lack of creativity. When I took the time to look through each and every picture and video I didn’t only laugh at the funny moments but I also reminisced on those past memories and took note of my growth. Being able to see how I can create better videos then only keeping what I felt was necessary really gave me more motivation and clarity. HUGE RIZEN moments where created here.

BEFORE:

Photos before

AFTER;

Photos after

TEXTS;

I dont know why but for some reason I had a habit of saving texts with this idea that I would one day need to look back at them. Take for granted maybe a few times I would to get an adress that was sent prior or reheck information but for the most part I would have a huge list of recent texts just filling up and once again becoming distractions for my mind. This was a fun step as I deleted all my texts I also had the chance to remember conversations I had with people via SMS from like 6 months ago!

BEFORE + AFTER

ONE NOTE;

This was a huge one and one I am still working on. Over the past year I accumulated so many notes on my OneNote that it become so unorganzied because I wouldn’t take the time to look back and organize them. I had like 8 different notebooks all with an intense amount of information. This took me hours and hours just to transfer all my current information into it and then organize and keep what was important. I now have way fewer tabs and only 1 main notebook with 3 side note books for (Mind, Body, soul) and 1 just for Rebirth and 1 just for my Coaching career. Still quite a few but now with structure and clarity lol.

BEFORE AND AFTER from one of my notebooks

Now there are some other areas that you should also organize and clear up and these include;

  • Wallet (Keep it simple just cash and a few cards)
  • Backpack (Just leave the laptop and a few books)
  • Clothes (Organize and keep them clean)
  • Music playlists (I had like 15 playlists lol keep it simple)
  • Youtube playlists (Keep them effective and precise)
  • Car (Huge one, keep your car as clean as your room)

This is part of the FOUNDATIONAL pillar and is an essential MUST DO before you step into creating and developing. Yes this can take a bit of time so dedicate and find some time throughout your day to get all this done. Do not overhwhelm yourself. Start with just 30 minutes on the sock drawer and then call it a day! You have time. Little steps are better then no steps at all. This took me about a whole week and a half with hours dedicated so I know it can be a little difficult but remember this is for YOU. To have a clear mind and not be so cluttered or worried. Everything you do NOW is an investment for the FUTURE. So it is all worth it. Hope this helps! Send me any questions you have!

Peace and love always.

Stay in truth.

– GURU RIZEN

Why we are how we are. The secret of yourself

Meditation is so much more powerful then I could have ever anticipated. So many of my students fault to meditate because there like “I just can’t meditate” or “I don’t have enough time” The funny thing is most of us, if not all of us, know we SHOULD be meditating but why aren’t we doing so? After watching this video from Impact Theory featuring Dr. Joe Dispenza I realized that there was no way I was going to skip another day of meditating and maybe after reading this and watching the video you’ll change your habits as well.

In a nutshell the video touches on several important theories but the ones I found profound was the power of habits and the idea of the self. Joe describes a habit as, “a redundant set of automatic unconscious thoughts behaviors, and emotions that are acquired through repetition.” So when we look at our daily lives we can see what we tend to do frequently whether that is waking up and drinking your morning tea, going to the bathroom, or checking social media these constants have become habits. But what we have to start to notice is the habits of our mind, when we wake up what is the first thing we are thinking about? What kind of emotions are we waking up to? Most of us wake up already thinking about the past and reliving those same emotions and as Joe states, “emotions are the end product of past experiences.” How do we do this? Most of us by waking up and checking social media, going to the bathroom, eating breakfast then following the same routine and seeing the same people and getting the same daily emotional triggers.

 

Why Is this like crazy important? Because the familiar past will soon be the predictable future! So if you keep reliving those same emotional barriers you will not be able to grow or develop a future that you desire. You will be unconsciously living in the past. Our routine becomes our program and over time that leaks into the subconscious mind. Joe mentions that, “95% of who we are by the time we are 35 is a memorized set of behavior, emotional reactions, hardwired attitudes beliefs and perspectives.” If we are not conscious of our habits then we will fall as slaves to the program that we have created in our minds forever stuck in a never endling loop of constant stress and emotional triggers. Pretty crazy right? This is why this information is so crucial right now as I speak to my millennials, our minds are not fully programed yet so if we begin to develop healthy habits and build a conscious mind NOW then our lives will become a reflection of that. Dr. Dispenza noted, “The best way to predict your future is to create it, not from the known but from the unknown. What thoughts do you want to fire and wire in your brain? What behaviors do you want to demonstrate in one day? The active rehearsing, then mentally closing your eyes and rehearsing the action.”

So how do we do this? Well this is where I again mention the power of meditation and how it can help you rewire your brain. We have to first understand the way our mind works and why we are acting the way we do. We all have some type of trauma in our lives that have defined us in some way or form and depending on how strong that experience was can determine the amount of attention you are giving it. “The moment the brain puts all the attention on the cause, it is a snap shot called a memory.” Maybe you where cheated on recently and each day you think of that experience you get a mental image in your mind along with emotional triggers of sadness, depression, or anger. I usually get caught up in memories of moments where I said something I shouldn’t have, had an argument with someone I cared about, or had someone throw some shade my way. These memories usually send a mental image into my mind and I get those same emotional reactions from the first moment I experienced it. This would really set me back and I had a really hard time controlling these thoughts. So why is this so important?

 

Well looking at the bigger picture, “long term memories are created from highly emotional experiences”; so we become chemically bound to those experiences of emotion. What does this mean? When we keep having these memories pop up we keep getting those same emotions and if we keep that for several days it then becomes a mood. If we keep those same emotional reactions for months it becomes a temperament and if we keep the same emotional reaction for years it then becomes a personality trait. Whoa I know this could explain why we can’t get over the death of Neji in Naruto Shippuden because we keep replaying over that same emotional reaction of disbelief and sorrow. I know in my childhood people would tell me and even I would tell myself, “that is just how I am.” I’m just a shy person, I’m just an easily irritated person, or I’m just a sad person. This was clearly an illusion and when you look at your life ask yourself what emotional reactions have you been holding onto? Maybe you continuously are insecure about yourself, replay sad moments in your life, or can’t get over why your partner isn’t giving you the love you desire. Identifying these are going to be crucial and then learning how to let those thoughts come and go is where true change is going to occur and is where meditation comes into play.

Okay here is the final load of some trippy stuff alright but I promise you this is the information you need to make everlasting change and get over your anxiety, depression, stress, and more. You could be asking, “well I have tried meditation but it just doesn’t work for me, the same thoughts keep coming back and I can’t clear them.” Great question Tristan, well I know in my life this has occurred several times from arguments with my girlfriend and words I couldn’t let go of to feelings of anxiety and fear I kept coming back to. So why is this? Well the tricky thing is our body is the unconscious mind and over time we actually get used to those feelings of anxiety, shame, pity, anger, fear, and worry and becomes a state of homeostasis for ourselves. We become comfortable with those feelings so when we dive into the unknown which would be the opposite feelings like happiness, acceptance, love, courage, and peace our body actually freaks out and wants to go back to what is familiar which is those feelings we want to get rid of. Our thoughts tell us to go back to our normal reaction of blaming our parents for putting cheese in our sandwich when they know we are vegan or ignoring your girlfriend and blaming her for your problems instead of talking it out with her (I know I got a lot of problems ok) in which is going to lead us down the same emotional reactions and bad vibes. Sucks I know but the good news over time we can rewire our brains by understanding this model;

Thoughts = emotions = actions = results

So how do we get better results? By developing better thoughts. If our thoughts can literally make us sick then they can also heal us and make us much healthier! Our thoughts should no longer be a record of past experiences constantly repeating the things that have happened to us (I know people like this) but instead be developed as road maps to a bright future. Meditation will help you with that and it takes time and practice. Do not give up after a few days, weeks, or even months but continue the process over years. The bigger the change the more time it will take. The deeper the trauma the more meditation we will need. We must teach our body type of experiences we want to feel and we will start to feel those things. Avoid searching for things outside of yourself to help you but instead look within you. The moment we start loving ourselves and the life that we are living will be the same moment we start attracting more abundance and love into our lives (law of attraction) The answer is inside of all of us, we all have our own key to personal happiness and inner peace. You can either live as a victim or a creator of your world. Start meditation fam

Hope this helps.

Peace and love always.

I love you all.

Stay RIZEN.

 

LINK TO MUST WATCH VIDEO  + WEBSITE TO DR. JOE DISPENZA

Clearing up the clutter; the way of ZEN

Do you walk into your room and get distracted with all the clutter laying around? Do you have a hard time staying focused and creating the work that you want to create? This has been my current challenge as I build my foundation I am filled with clutter! My work space has too many distraction and is not allowing me to stay focused or create what I want. Why is this?

Why we should clear up the clutter.

Have you ever stressed for hours tearing your house apart looking for something? Well this state of constant stress and anxiety is a reality for most of us as we live in an environment filled with clutter. Here is the science to it, when we walk in to any space our brain automaticaly starts to register all the things we see (book, ruler, stapler, painting, clothes, etc.) and as it starts to register all this you start to create clutter in your brain. When there are less things to register there is more space in your brain to be free and create! Yet most of us live in a space with lots of visuals to register which means there is more our brain analyzes and it doesn’t allow us to have this extra space. Take the hotel experience for example, when you walk into a hotel room the first things you see are pretty simple (bed, lamp, stove) and there is not much to analyze. This allows us our mind to have less space to analyze and more space to create! Which can prove why we can get a lot of work done at a hotel room!

Our goal is to get rid of all that unecessary stimuli and become aware of our thoughts and think about what we want to think about! We have to understand that our thoughts trigger our emotion which leads to our actions that creates our results. So if we have cluttered thoughts our emotions will arise with stress and anxiety so our actions we be coherent with that not allowing us to get the results we want! But if we have a clear headspace then we can have control of our emotions and take action which will lead us to better results!

So how do we clear up all this clutter and where do we start?

I always like to use the way of zen which promotes simplicity. Let go of attachement and have a simple and clear space. We want to clear up all that unecesary stuff (stimuli) and develop a more organized work space. Here are some tips.

  1. Cleaning vs Organizing; Most of us clean but few actually organize. I have been caught in this loop for cleaning is just putting a bandage on the problem without touching on the core of the challenge. Organzing hits the sweet spot and allows us to create that everlasting clean space. Organzing is split into two main categories 1)volume of things and 2)structure. The volume of things refers to the amount of things that we hold on to (most of us have more than we need) and the structue is the way things are placed. Everything should have its proper place so you know where things are!
  2. Let go of attachment; We live in a society that is addicted to consumption with ads and products being constantly thrown at us. This could be the reason why I have so many uneccesary things around my house like yu-gi-oh cards, posters, magazines. We tend to have much more then we need and end up just living in a storage unit for things. If we want to get organized we have to lower our volume of things and let go of what is not serving us at this present moment. This can be hard as we develop an emotional attachement for things but keep asking yourself, “is this serving me right now?”
  3. Manage consumption; Keep an eye of the consumption rate you are in. Do you really need that Naruto backpack? or that really cool jacket you saw jackie chan wearing in a movie? Most likely not, we get a dopeamine high everytime we online shop or swipe our card and this can become an addiction if we are not mindful. Some great ideas to help is when you buy something get rid of something else, this way you are being mindful of what you should be buying. What I am doing is a 2 week shopping cleanse where I am not buying anything and just using what I got at the moment.
  4. Leave it be; Sometimes we have a habit of filling empty space because it feels “weird” this was tottaly me when I would see an empty space in my room I am already be thinking about how I can fill it with a bunch of stuff. The key is to just let the space be as it is. An empty drawer? Just let the drawer be.
  5. Emails; Get rid of that “1,110” red notifcation your emails and delete all unecessary emails. Unsubcribe from all those email listers that you dont really ever open.
  6. Apps; Delete all those apps you dont use and games tha distract us. Have a clear home screen.
  7. Photos; If you are like me I take a lot of photos and videos and I tend to not keep track of them. I’m at like over a 1,000 pictures so my goal is to delete (or transfer) all picutres that I dont need and create albums to keep me organized as I continue to create.
  8. Files and notes; I tend to keep a lot of notes and without a good structure this can become stressful when I need to refer back to them. The key is to create a system that works for us and keep the notes that we need.

Going Vegan can save your life.

Going Vegan can save your life.

In order to survive we must eat, obviously, but what if that food you where eating was actually killing you? We are all going to die and that remains a current truth to humanity yet this being said wouldn’t you want to make your one life on Earth the best it can possibly be? Now how can it be the best possible experience if your body is decaying and you are suffering in pain and agony? Sure you can live off prescription pills to numb the pain but a bandage only lasts so long until it falls off. Cancer is one of the most common and most feared diseases known to man. Yeah that dream life of you traveling the world and enjoying a corona at the beach is crushed (or really unlikely) because having cancer is a painful and a brutal fight. You may be under the impression that cancer is random and can happen to anybody and be hoping that this doesn’t happen to you but according the an article by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “80% of all Cancer is due to identified factors, and thus is potentially preventable.” Isn’t that miraculous? This dire fear of us getting cancer can actually be prevented to a very low risk, but don’t celebrate yet the main cause of cancer might surprise you. According to the article, “thirty percent of cancer is caused by tobacco use, and as much as 35 – 50% are due to foods.” Hmm isn’t that interesting, the food that we are eating is actually one of the main causes for cancer development. The mainstream western diet that most Americans follow is one of the leading causes for cancer and following this diet can lead to a painful death. Is this a moral way of living and consuming in modern day society? Should we continue to eat and feed our children food that can potentially be poisoning their bodies? They say we are what we eat so by eating food with toxins, disease, and unhealthy fats then that is exactly what our bodies becomes.

Before we get into the philosophical aspect of this unethical issues lets first briefly discuss a little science to get some important background information. What is cancer anyways? We hear all this chat about it but let’s first understand what it actually is. Well cancer, ‘begins as a single abnormal cell that begins to multiply out of control.” When these cells begin to spread they can create tumors that invade healthy organs, tissue, and other parts of the body. This process is sped up by substances known as carcinogens that actually promote the overproduction of cell growth. We are all susceptible to cancer the only difference is what we are putting into our bodies to either speed up the process or prevent it.  If all people are at risk at getting cancer why doesn’t everyone have it? Well most carcinogens in the body are neutralized before any severe damage can occur but at times these cells can attack our genetic code (DNA) altering our bodies composition causing us to endure a great deal of physical pain and suffering. The thing that most people aren’t aware of is it can take multiple years for a tumor to develop and become recognizable meaning that many people can be walking around with cancer cells developing and never knowing until it is too late. So what can we do about it? There are compounds known as inhibitors that that can prevent the cells from growing keeping you healthy and ready to run another spartan race! These inhibitors can be found in many plant food that carry essential vitamins! So eating more plants can help you prevent cancer from forming! On the flip side foods with dietary fat can promote the abnormal cells to grow as stated in the article, “Many studies indicate that fat in foods increases one’s risk for cancer, and it may also adversely affect breast cancer survival rates for those who have cancer.” So what kind of fat am I talking about? According to the article, “animal fat is much more harmful than vegetable fat. One study notes a 200% increase in breast cancer among those who consume beef or pork five to six times per week.” This basically includes tacos, burritos, burgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, and most of the food widely promoted to modern society. I live under a Mexican household and as you may be aware a majority of the Mexican diet is pork, chicken, and beef so this highly concerning considering most of my family and friends follow this diet. “Meat and milk are also linked to both prostate and ovarian cancers.” A good friend of mine has a father who just suffered from colon cancer and I would not doubt that this was caused to the diet that he was following. As I urge my father to get checked I find it curious to note that we have to not only worry about our individual health but those of our loved ones because the food that we are eating is killing us.

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Doesn’t seem to rationale right? The food that is made public, cheap, and easily accessible is the same food that is causing us cancer and disease. It seems that corporate America has lost its morality for its people and this monetary game that we are playing is slowly costing us our compassion and connection. Companies are more concerned about building capital and meeting quarterly goals then they are the well-being of their consumers. Capitalism has blinded us of our connection as humans and our ignorance is allowing this to become a socially accepted reality. I followed the same diet before I became a vegan and looking back I was simply just under the impression that this was normal and I didn’t have time to look to much into the food I was eating. I was too concerned with social status, power, and materialistic gains that I did not even consider the food I was eating was poisonous. Although even at times I was aware I would still consume the foods that were unhealthy because of circumstance, a poor mentality (I’m going to die anyways), and self-conscious thoughts about what people would say if I would eat different foods. It’s absurd how society manipulates you to become a sheep and makes it difficult  to become a shepherd. Those who do fault from following the traditional diet and advocate a more healthier route are usually shamed and frowned upon for trying to change the norms of society which makes it extremely difficult for people to listen and get on board. It doesn’t even stop there alcohol is another factor in this cancer rate as stated, “Excessive intake of alcohol raises one’s risks for cancers of the breast, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus. When combined with smoking, these risks skyrocket. It also raises risks for stomach, liver, and colon cancer.” In high school I was peer- pressured into drinking multiple times and to be truthful I did partake in a few occasions but never to a high risk situation, I also learned my lesson quickly and ended that game. What I continue to see is the youth excessively partaking in the consumption of alcohol due to social means. “Drinking is cool man” “yo let’s catch a buzz” and “It ain’t fun unless we can drink in the sun” so this ideal of drinking is becoming a social norm and in some situations you almost feel out of place when you don’t drink and the majority of the crowd is, I look back at family parties, social gatherings, and club events. Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying never take a sip of alcohol but the idea of social drinking and binge drinking is not being practiced and most people don’t have that self control to enjoy just one to two drinks at most. This is becoming a bigger and bigger problem and the stakes are high. The lives of millions of people are at risk and at this rate the future generations will be affected by the norms of society. So what can we do?

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First of we have to understand that in order to solve a problem we must identify that there is one. Our food system is flawed and it is causing millions of people to die, live in poverty, and for animals to suffer. This is a truth we must all accept. We must also understand that we as individuals have the power to change that reality by first starting with ourselves. Before you go out and advocate solutions for a better world you must first embody those ideals yourself, “To bring peace to the Earth, strive to make your own life peaceful.” As stated in the article, “All the evidence points to a low-fat, high-fiber diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, as being the best for cancer preventions.” Basically going vegan can help reduce your risks of cancer and potentially save your life. It was also recently founded that, “German researchers recently discovered that vegetarians have more than twice the natural killer cell activity of meat-eaters. Natural killer cells are specialized white blood cells that attack and neutralize cancer cells.” Also keep in mind that the word Vegan is a western derived word that is the same for vegetarian in the majority of countries. We are very stranger here in the west. Yet the facts remain true that following plant based diet that save your life and the lives of those you love. Still don’t believe me? If you are still unsure about it I challenge you to look into these individuals who prevented major diseases following a plant based diet. Megan from Happy healthy Vegan reversed terminal brain cancer, Jake Samuelsson cured testicular cancer, Ashley Murphy cured terminal breast cancer, John from Ok Raw cured his irreversible spinal meningitis, Chris white cured his stage 3 colon cancer, and millions more are healing themselves through a plant based diet! Needless to mention brilliant minds like Albert Einstein, Pythagoras, Benjamin Franklin, Rosa Parks, Leonardo Da Vinci, and more all followed a plant based diet! Seems like they a had a better understanding of their bodies and how to properly nourish it. We live in a world filled with a vast amount of pain and suffering and so many of us want to do something about it, well here is your opportunity. Following a plant based diet can help to end the promotion of these disease causing foods, animal torturing, and planet pollution. You can make a difference and you can help in the aiding of our planet. Take it upon yourself to research and gain information and join the vegan revolution.

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Here are some resources you can use to joing the revolution, learn more about vegan muscle budiling, and get educated! Plus Here is the article I used.

Here is a MUST WATCH video also included below.

 

https://www.simplyraw.ca/

https://www.foodmatters.com/

https://www.animalequality.net/

https://www.mercyforanimals.org/

http://www.abolitionistvegansociety.org/

http://www.veganproteins.com/personal-training/

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/

https://www.forksoverknives.com/

Veganism can save the world- BEST 15min video ever!

THE CURE FOR STRESS

Isn’t crazy how much our mind wanders and is constantly thinking? I was pondering this earlier today when I kept catching myself lost in thought about finals, making a gym plan, making sure I print out my flyers for meditation, and hundred other tasks my mind is always reminding me of. I told myself “this is why you stress kid because your mechanically thinking about what’s next.” I had a serious self-talk with myself and committed to becoming more mindful and present in the moment. This is a lot easier typed then practiced, its been a few months and I still find myself in these thought loops. As finals approach I find a lot of my friends are stressing about finals and feeling overwhelmed with the workload. I asked myself, “Am I stressed about finals?” to my surprise I am currently not as stressed as I usually would be, as a matter a fact I am in a state of contentment and peace even as they approach. Now as I asked myself “why is this?” I realized it is not that I do not have stress or worry about finals, graduation, and life in general it is just the way I am dealing with it and the approach I am taking. Now take for granted I am no full on Guru (yet) and still have days that I do find myself a little more overwhelmed then others but even so the majority of the time when I follow this Stress Relief method I can come back to the present and be at peace once again.

Before we talk about how to manage stress lets talk about what stress is and why it occurs.

Stress by definition is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse and very demanding circumstances. Usually occurring when we feel overwhelmed, have anxiety, or feel confused and upset. Now stress can occur for a variety of reasons by it is usually linked to an imbalance in one(or more)of these five areas of life; Relationships, money, spirituality, career, health. When you are imbalanced things seems to feel more high-risk and is linked to a chain of events. My usual stress would be having an argument with my girlfriend then coming home and not having food then remembering I have to do a five page essay and staying up all night trying to finish it and waking up tired and cranky the next day. This become a vicious cycle for if we are reacting emotionally to situations and focusing our thoughts on the negative then we will attract that type of energy into our lives. It is crucial that you become aware of how you are thinking, feeling, and handling the stress or anxiety that you are feeling.

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What are effects of stress?

Stress is the silent killer and more and more people are being overwhelmed by stress then ever before. Your body has a hard time telling the difference between emotional and physical threats that can put your body in a stress mode. Things like being stressed over an argument with a friend, worrying about bills, or trying to meet a deadline for finals can put you in as much stress as a life or death situation! Crazy right this shook me for a while because I never realized how easily your body can stress. Chronic stress can cause:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues
  • Lower test scores
  • Heart disease
  • Weight issues
  • Reproductive problems
  • SO MUCH MORE

Stress can literally make or break you so it is really important that you know when you are stressing and how to manage it which I will go over with you.

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So how do you manage stress? Lets first address what you should NOT do.

When you feel stress DO NOT do any of the following or you will explode like that airheads commercial I used to watch as a kid. (I avoided eating those damn candies because of it so I hope you avoid these actions)

  • Avoid Reacting emotionally; This can look like taking our your frustration on other people, partaking in arguments, physical fighting, self-projecting.
  • Avoid keeping thoughts and feelings inside; This can mean taking on a mentality that “no one can understand” or “I’ll just deal with it on my own.” This can lead you down a dark road as it did me.
  • Avoid the abuse of drugs, alcohol, and medications; this can lead to serious addiction and increase your stress levels and Definitely make your head blow up.
  • Avoid segregation/isolation; Sort of like we mentioned earlier avoid pushing others away and isolating yourself. You are not alone avoid making yourself to be.
  • Avoid overthinking or talking about your stress in an unhealthy way; Although I advocate expression there is a difference between complaining and releasing emotion.

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What TO DO to help reduce stress and live a more fulfilling life!

  • MEDITATION; The number one best tool you can use to live a more peaceful and conscious life. Mediation is for everyone and all you have to do is relax, close your eyes, and breath.
  • BREATHING; your breath is so powerful and it is always with you. Learn to master the breath by taking in deep breaths and focusing on the airflow coming in and out. This will focus your attention on breathing and not your thoughts
  • JOURNALING; Keeping track of your thoughts and releasing emotions through pen and pad can truly help you not only understand your emotions but help you let them go.
  • AFFIRMATIONS; Are powerful words that can help require your subconscious mind. Examples are like, “I am love, I am peace, I am present” or “I will let go of worry”
  • WORKING OUT; Can help you not only release stress but get in better shape! It also released endorphins while you work out so you naturally feel better!
  • COMMUNICATE; Share your pain and spread your love is always what I aspire to do. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone or reach out to people to talk about your feelings. Find the right people or attend a meditation event where you can share!
  • PRIORITIZE; Make a list of the most important things you need to get down and do those first. This can help you gain clarity
  • BE HERE NOW; Be in the present moment as much as you can be. If you are here now, then when now becomes then you will know exactly what to do.backlit-meditating-meditation-1051838.jpg

RIZEN 5 STEP PLAN TO INSTANTLY RELEASE STRESS

Here is how I relieve stress and why I am not worried about finals

  1. Breathe. I spend about 5 min breathing and repeating an AFFIRMATION. “everything is good, life is beautiful, I am here now.” This usually calms me down a little and helps me come back to the present.
  2. Meditate. I take about 5-15 minutes to meditate specifically on what is stressing me out. Recently it was finals so I focused on why I was stressed and what I could do about it.
  3. Journal. I write down my thoughts from the meditation and have a self-talk with myself. When it came to finals I found I stress because I feel unprepared and overwhelmed with family, personal, and school life.
  4. Communicate and accept. At this point I usually accept that I cannot control the events that happen in my life but I can control how I react to them. Whatever grade I get on my finals is what it is and as long as I do my best that is all that matters. I take extra steps to study and prepare while priotizing what is important. I usually also either blog about my emotions, talk to a teacher, or my friends/family about how I am feeling in a healthy way to let out those thoughts.
  5. Work out and practice mindfulness. At this point I have a pretty good sense of clarity and to finish it off I go on a run or to the gym to focus on keeping my body healthy and I am mindful of my thoughts letting them pass and coming back to the present. Listening to music helps too and personally for me freestyling allows me to release a lot and stay in the present.

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The key here is to BE HERE NOW as Ram Dass would say and to remain in the present moment. I have had a lot of stress in my life as I am sure most of us had and I found my stress was usually triggered through anxiety. What is anxiety? Basically it is a habit of worrying about the future or the past. I found myself always worrying If I was going to do good on a test, about having to do a presentation, confrontation with people, and all these other issues that in theory wouldn’t have even happened yet. I found the best cure to all my stress and anxiety was simply breathing, coming back to the present, smiling, and repeating “all is good, everything is great, and I love myself.” Below I attached a really powerful meditation you guys can do and a yoga practice you can follow. Plus a lecture from Alan Watts. Hope it helps. Much love to all you guys! As always STAY RIZEN. Peace and love!

Yoga For Anxiety and Stress

Meditation for Anxiety – Yoga With Adriene

LET GO of Anxiety, Fear & Worries: A GUIDED MEDITATION Harmony, Inner Peace & Emotional Healing

The Mind – Alan Watts

Feeling stuck? 10 Keys for taking ACTION.

Are you feeling like your not really getting anywhere and your stuck In this plateau where life is becoming boring, stressful, and repetivie? Recently I was facing this problem where I felt like I had all these great ideas, I was applying myself every day but I still felt unaccomplished. I felt as if I wasn’t really making the progress I would like to make and I was feeling unfulfilled. I needed clarity, focus, and vision. What I found was a lot of people where In this realm of comfortability where we aren’t willing to make the proper changes needed to get the results that we desire. So why does this happen and how do we get out of it?

This tends to occur as we reach points in our life where we are becoming too comfortable. Maybe you have been in the same job for a few years, following the same routine, or going the same places that eventually don’t become as satisfying as they once where. You need change. Here I speak to my Millennials, as a student about to finish community college I was hitting a point In my life where I was about to hit depression. Why? Because I was not taking enough action to get me the results that I yearned for. I had all these visions of developing a YouTube channel, writing a book, creating a website, starting a business, etc. But I would not take the time to actually do them. I would set everything up, write all these ideas, and then stop there. I became comfortable with just going to school, getting some money on the side, and planning all these ideas that I forgot the most important aspect, ACTION. This was also due to the lack of self-purpose, I find that a lot of us don’t know what to really focus on because we don’t really know what we want. This makes sense, why would you spend endless hours building a YouTube channel if you aren’t really sure that’s what you want? This is where you have to realize that if you don’t have a life purpose yet then your life purpose should be to find your life purpose and the only way to do that is through action. Plus Leo Gura has a life purpose course you can take that can help. You must also be careful not to fall into the comfort zone of modern day society. In today’s world you can “let yourself go” and still manage to live a somewhat comfortable life, this is why most of my friends lack ambition and goals and just “cruise through life.” It’s really easy to fall into this comfort trap and settle for a hourly job meeting the standard quota. The world we live in today revolves around creating results and if you are not a results maker you are not going to be happy nor live a fulfilling life. Why? Because living up to your fullest potential equals creating results. Do you want a passionate relationship? A fulfilling lifestyle? To travel the world? Well to make all that happen you are going to need results! So what are results?

Well, Leo Gura, a masterful life coach on YouTube, created a video talking about creating results. I will attach a link to it at the bottom of this post and would recommend you check it out. It inspired me to write this post and to take action! He basically says that a results maker, “holds their feet to the fire.” To fully understand this concept let’s compare the dreamer and the action taker. The dreamer is one who likes to talk about what they are going to accomplish. You might hear them say things like, “I am going to write this amazing book” or “I am going to lose weight.” While the action taker actually does them and says, “Check out the book I just wrote.” and “I just lost 30 pounds!” You can see the obvious differences here but the thing is most of us are caught up in this dream state of mind. We love to talk about what we want to do but don’t actually do it and come up with really persuasive excuses to validate it like “I don’t have enough time”, “I got caught up with work” or “I just had my ninth baby.” This was surreal to me as for the past few months I have been talking a lot shit saying I am going to write a book, start a YouTube channel, build a mastery course, and gain muscle yet I have to stop talking and start doing. “Reality doesn’t change for you, you have to change for reality.” So how do you get results? Here are some tips for getting results based from Leo’s video.

  1. Value tangible results

Aim for results that you can see. This includes a book, a new song, an art piece, etc. The visual motivation will gain more results.

  1. Develop a project based mindset

I take after Leo and view my life as a series of projects. When you develop a project based mentality you set time lines for your dreams and make them happen. If you don’t then you can identify potential rooms for improvement. “A goal without a timeline is simply just a dream.”

  1. Don’t talk just do.

Avoid talking about what you are going to do but instead talk about how you did it.

  1. Take personal responsibility for making it happen

Do not rely on anybody to do the work that you have to get done. This not to say not to trust anyone but take the responsibility for getting it done yourself.

  1. Everything you do, do it right

No matter if its just cutting your neighbors grass for $10 do it right and avoid any sloppy work. “How you do one thing is how you do everything” so develop that successful mindset.

  1. Have a bigger vision in mind

Even the smallest goals should be adding to the bigger vision. All my goals add to my vision of building the RIZEN brand and that keeps me motivated. Avoid work that is just for money.

  1. Don’t work hard work smart

Avoid being a workaholic but instead use quality time to build your dreams.

  1. Accept that sometimes you just have to pound through it

Yes sometimes you are just going to have to spend 7-8 hours just creating it. Don’t overthink it, just do it man.

  1. Accept that you will fail.

You will fail 1,000,000,000 x5 and you will still get back up and continue to go. Keep in mind “there is no such thing as failure, only growth.” Accept that you will fall on your face sometimes, have fun!

  1. Get out of your comfort zone.

The one I had the hardest time with. You have to go out and face your fears. I get nervous when it comes to public speaking or publishing my art which is exactly why that’s what I must do in order to grow. Don’t be afraid my friends, you are not alone.

Remember that you are not the only one struggling to succeed, find themselves, and grow. We are all on this boat and the more united we stand the stronger we will rise. Be aware of when you are feeling stuck, depressed, or need some clarity. This could be due to your comfort level and if it is take more ACTION. Progressive action that will actually help you achieve your goals. I am barley embarking and taking effective action so I know how you feel. The hardest step is starting. I am developing a 90-day mastery program for myself to totally shift my mindset. It includes reading 10-15 books, attending seminars, hearing lectures, going to retreats, getting coaching, and so much more. This is all to invest in myself and gain clarity. To put my dreams into reality. Love yourself. Believe in yourself. Don’t give up! YOU CAN DO IT. TAKE ACTION. STAY RIZEN!

WHY YOU SHOULD DO A CLEANSE

Its SPRING and the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining! (If you are in California at least) Now is the time that you should be shining too! Doing a detox cleanse can help you kick off spring right and get ready for summer! I was debating whether I should do a cleanse and if it was right for me…The simple answer was yes! It is good for anyone even if you feel like you are healthy. Cleasning out can be super replenshing! The fact is our air is becoming more polluted, there are more toxins being passed around, and our bodies are just being exposed to alot. So this can benefit anyone. Plus it is super easy! The cleanse I am about to share with you is through the Health Coach Institution and if you are ever thinking about being a health coach or want to learn more about becoming one they are your go to! It is the current academy I am mentoring under to become one myself! This cleanse starts May 7th if you want to join the group but the information is availiable to be able to do whenever with some friends!

Why cleanse? 

The body is built to self-cleanse itself but it cannot handle an overload of toxins which is why doing a cleanse can really help fight those nasty side effects. What side affects? Well what the body can experience are syptomes triggered by an overload of toxins such as;

  • Headaches
  • Naseua
  • Constimpation
  • Dirrarhea
  • Belly Bloating
  • Painful Gas
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Acne
  • Foggy brain
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Allergies and flu like symptomes

So how do you cleanse?

Well basically it is just switching up your diet a little to introduce food that will help your body support liver detoxification and clear out excess toxins. Usually foods like gluten containing grains, dairy products, eggs, soy, caffiene, yeast, sugar, dried fruits, citrus frtuis, and at times poor food combining. So avoiding these foods can make a huge diffeence and give you relief from many of the symptoms listed above. Esentially you are going to want to follow a nutrient dense, high fiber diet to help get those bad toxins out! This will all be laid out for you in the PDF below! Goodluck and have fun!

Peace and love to all of you. Stay healthy and stay RIZEN. -Your Guru RIZEN

14 DAY CLEANSE PDF by Health Coach Insititute 

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MUST WATCH spiritual teachers on YouTube

If you havn’t by now heard, spirituality is taking over the masses and more and more people are taking on a spiritual practice. Spirituality is the deepening of mind-body connection and the empowerment of the spirit. It has no direct link to religion and has more to do with personal growth and development. When I took on a spiritual practice I did not even know I was doing it! When I decided to start meditating, journaling, practice yoga and mindfullness I knew it was going to help me grow what I did not know is that all those where forms of spirituality! When I first started on my quest I had a lot of questions and needed much guidance getting over mental blockades and traps, here are 10 of the most influential youtubers and channels that can help you on your spiritual path! They are in no particualr order and all offer a uniqe take and inisght into the path of awakening. If you take the time to research, watch, and learn from these teachers I gurantee your life will change for the better and you will grow a deeper connection with yourself. Hope this helps, peace and love to all you healers! -YourGuruVita

  1. Ryan Cropper;

Is a great spiritual teacher who talks a lot about astral projection, manifestation, and other spiritual practices. He offers several online courses to help you deepen your practice as well as multiple 1 on 1 sessions to ger personalized growth. 

Website; https://www.ryancropper.com/book-online

Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/user/ryanjcropper

 *I recently discovered his channel and the information is priceless. He will definetly help you grow from the inside out and offers cool videos! I am planning on booking a 1 on 1 session with him soon! Check out his Rythmia vlogs! 

  1. Dakota wint;

Great spiritual teacher who offers advice on psychadhelics, spirituality, traveling, and more! He does great travel vlogs on his trips to india, egypt, jamaica, and more places and gives good insight on what to avoid and expect. He also has a sense of humor and writes great poetry.  

Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/user/dakotawint

Clothing line; https://stayhappystayweird.com

 

  1. Koi Fresco

Koi has a channel dedicated to personal and spiritual growth, he is the author of 2 great books, and has a crystal shop that provides valuable spiritual tools. He is a great spiritual teacher with hundreds of videos on spirituality, philosophy, and more! I had the pleasure to meet him and he is a very down to earth humble guy with great insight on buddhism and hunduism. He will definelty help you through your spiritual path!

Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/user/koiscorner

Crystal Box shop; https://shopcrystalbox.com

New book; https://www.amazon.com/Meditation-Manual-Master-Awaken-Transcend/dp/1979606242

 

  1. Leo Gura;

In my opinion Leo is one of the best life coaches and teachers on youtube providing hundreds of hours on personal growth and mastery.. Leo teaches you how to master your psychology and provides deep insight into common traps we all face as we grow and develop. He also provides a life purpose course that I has the chance to take that changed the direction of my life and gave me valuable insight into my purpose on earth. Leo is worth the time to check out. 

Website; http://www.actualized.org

Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/user/ActualizedOrg

 

  1. Sadhguru;

The great Indian sage Sadhguru is promoting his teaching and sharing deep insight into spirituality and awarness. He has several videos on how to be happy, developing yourself, and becoming your authentic self. He is a true master that we can all learn from.

YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/user/sadhguru

Mobile app; http://isha.sadhguru.org/app/

 

  1. Psyched Substance;

This is a MUST WATCH channel if you ever decide to or know anyone that is going to consume any psychadleic or medicine. Psyched Substance educates people on how to safely take psychedelics and gives insight into what to avoid and expect from each experience. This channel really saved my life as I journeyed into my mind. 

YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn8V3KNSgDr1Dai77_y8JrQ

Test kit; http://testkitplus.com/?ap_id=psychedsubstance

 

  1. YourmateTOM

Tom is an influential spiritual guide that gives awarness and insight on taking psychedelics. He provides videos that allows you to gain insight into the experience of spirituality and he is all around a great and funny dude. 

YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXSF1F_RFRUVNXX4QmB6vmw

 

  1. RAM DASS

Ram Dass is a legendary spiritual leader and if you have not already read his book Be Here Now, go read it! Ram Dass is one of the greatest spiritual teachers still alive, much love to him! 

YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnXA5htGOTCxc67ASZkPtcg

 

  1. Thrive movement;

Thrive is a spiritual movement that is awakening society to the truth of reality. They provide very isnightful videos on the truth of reality and will mindfuck you on what you thought was real. 

YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMffZS4_Fp-e-xG1u1IXoNg

Support the channel!; https://www.patreon.com/psychedsubstance

 

  1. RYTHMIA;

Rythmia is a center for self-discovery this place is changing the world. I recently discovered this place and I am obsessing about it, I watched the movie three times showing people the value that this place has. I am hoping to go later this year and have an awakening. I am so grateful to be alive while this place was made! 

YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClb0zNepC0PdNUQ03yL6eqA

Website; https://www.rythmia.com

MUST WATCH movie; The Reality of Truth film

How to keep track of your LIFE

Have you ever asked yourself, how did I get here? Now there can be a more straightforward answer to this like “You drove here man what do you mean?” and there can be a more existential answer like “It was every decision you have ever made that brought you to where you are in life right now.” Whoa pretty heavy right but it is very true, I used to ask myself this question daily and what followed was an even deeper question, “where do I want to go?” I found that many of us ,as we follow our quest through life, at times get lost and need a reminder of where we are heading towards. This is when I discovered how keeping track of your day can really help you gain insight of where you are and where you want to go. Over the past six months I have been keeping track of my daily thoughts, emotions, and food consumptions to be able to see where my headspace, emotional levels, and diet are at and properly conclude where I can improve. Over time this method has evolved into a way for me to gain deep inisght into who I am and existential challenges I am facing.

I do daily, weekly, and monthly recaps and when I did my first monthly recap I was amazed at all the unessecary stress, anxiety, and poor dieting I was involving myself in. I also took note at the very convincing excuses I would tell myself to get out of things that would help me grow. Now when I first started noting down my days it was very basic and not very insightful, over time I was able to see what was important and what I could keep to myself. I wanted to share with you today my current template that I use daily to give you a 6-month leap into the process! Now I do plan on contuning to update and grow this so expect this to change and grow with you as it will for me. Feel free to customize it and make it yours to fit your unqiue lifestyle! This is what I found helps me stay motivated, on track, and fuflilled each and every day!  I also attached the purpose for each section and why it is helpful for me. Hope it helps, Namaste!

I created this template based on the idea of the BIG 5 that I was taught in my health coaching school, it basically talks about your life consisting of 5 major areas. These include; Health, Money, Love/relationships, Your calling/career, and Connection to something greater(spirituality). Now they mention that if one of these major areas in your life are out of balance then the rest will be slighty off as well, so it is essential to see where you are lacking and how you can improve. This template will guide you and give you that information if done correctly. Stay balanced and stay RIZEN.

Peace and love – Your Guru Vita

VITA TEMPLATE

LIFE Purpose;

*This is a key for developing a growing psychology that helps you become the best version of yourself. Having a life purpose can grant you a map towards the destination you are seeking. If you currently do not have a life purpose then your life purpose should be finding a life purpose, Leo Gura have a great life purpose course! @Actualized.org

Death;

*Many people look at this word with negative connotations and there is a feeling of fear attatched to it. As Alan Watts once mentioned, “There are 2 things you should think about every day 1.Death 2.Why you are here.” Thinking abour death is actually very healthy for your psychic and allows you to embrace your current life by accepting the ultimate truth of reality. Most people who do not contemplate it tend to run away from fear and live in a state of comfort and stability while those who do embrace change and grow.

Compassion + motivation;

*One great thing to do every morning as the Dali Lama says is to focus on compassion. This is key for it starts our mind with love and forgiveness, by coutning our blessings and apprecaitng the beauty of life we can rise with a smile and a sense of humbleness. A little motivation can go a long way as well and giving yourself a little push of courage each day can give you the strength to conquer any challenge. “You can do this!”

Plan for the day/goals;

*This can make an impact on your day by priortizing what is important to accomplish and what you want to get done. Avoid being narrow minded in your “to do list” by reminding yourself that your goals are simple reminders and are not life or death sitatuations. There will be some days you do not accomplish all your goals and that is okay, just pick it up tomorrow. Also make realisitc goals, try avoiding setting 25 goals to accomplish in one day like I used to; this will only overwhelm and discourage you. Start with 1-2 goals for the day then move it up to 4-5, keeping them realistic and simple can encourage you and make you feel productive.

Wake up time

*It is recomended to have a consistent time to wake up to allow your body to properly get ready for the day. Keeping track of the time you are waking up each day can give you an idea of your sleep patterns and what type of night routine is working best for you.

Dream

*They say you have about 30 seconds after you wake up before you forget about 90% of your dream. Most people dismiss their dreams but for those of us who take the time to write down and analysis our dreams you find very profound messages, When we sleep we are left with our subconscious mind and these are the things we store deep down inside that we even forget we have, most dreams have messages or meaning tied to them that can help you with current situations. I have been following my dreams and understanding certain struggles and challenges I am facing subconsciously which has helped me find peace today.

Morning routine checklist

*How you start your day will influence how the rest of your day will be. Creating a strong morning routine can mean having productive, fulfilling, and positive days. Now this will take some experimentation but find what works for you to have a head start of your day. I always start with water to hydrate myself, soft music, some stretches, and meditation to get my mind ready to conquer the day with love!

Daily meditation;

*Meditation is key to living a well balanced and peaceful lifestyle. I cannot express to you how essential mediation is if you want to have less anxiety, fear, and depression. Developing a daily meditation practice will not only revolutionize your life but those around you will see the difference. I have been meditating daily for about 4-5 months and just hit my 2K mark on headspace and I have seen a huge shift in myself. I have become more understanding of others, more forigiving, much more loving, less egoistic and developed a state of peace within myself. MEDITATE!

Daily yoga;

*YOGA is a science; 5,000 year old science of consciousness of the metaphysical nature of reality. Yoga has the same amount of importance as mediation, your body is probably very tense and carries a lot of weight that needs to be released. Yoga can help alleviate stress through certain poses of the body, increase your breathing, and it involves meditation as well. Waking up and doing Yoga will get your body ready for the day and doing yoga before you sleep will help you release any stress you might have accumualted. Now for the Yogi’s the goal of Yoga is to reach Sahadi Shamadi; Realization of the absolute, of the infinity. It is the Purifications of all your Karma including your EGO. All your BAD habits.

Quote of the day (self or found)

*I find that a daily quote can motivate and inspire you each day. This can be either a quote that you think of or one that you find.

Daily thoughts

*This is an essential section and includes any daily thoughts, observations, or ideas you might have throughout the day. You ever wonder “man if I would write down all my thoughts I would be a millionaire by now” We all have brilliant ideas the only thing is we do not execute on them! Writing them down is the first step and can also help you release any negative thoughts.

People you see/thoughts;

*Developing healthy relationships with the people around you will make a huge impact on who you are. You are your environment and you only know yourself by other people. Taking note of your intereactions with people can give you insight into the type of relationship you have with them, who they are, and who you are. Keeping note of this will be very helpful as you identify patterns and find solutions in enhancing relationships.

FOOD OF THE DAY(take picture)

Breakfast;

Energy level

Lunch; 

Energy Levels

Dinner;

Energy levels

*We have all had that new years goal of “wanting to be healthier” but always seem to just wait until next year to start again. Now is your chance to take control of your life adn accomplish your goals by starting with keeping track of your daily food consumption. The simple of act of seeing what you eat, the time you eat, how you eat, and how all that effects your energy will allow you to see what types of foods are working best and where you can improve on!

Workout of the day;

*Keep it moving! Daily movement can make a huge difference on your body. Try and get out and enjoy a brisk walk or go to the gym and pick up some weights, it doesn’t matter how you move as long as you are moving! I will talk more about this in future posts.

Finances;

Daily spent;

Daily gained;

Total;

*You ever wonder where all your money went? Well here is your personal finance tracker, just keep track of what you spend each day(include where and what you spent it on) and how much you gain and you can see where your money is going.

Night routine checklist

*The importance of a night routine is just as essential as a morning routine. You ever lie in bed just thinking? Not being able to sleep, tossing and turning until you get so tired of that you eventually fall asleep then BOOM the alarm rings. Yeah that used to be me too until I realized that I needed to get my body ready to sleep in order to get proper sleep. This will take some experimentation but start with at least 15-30min of just unwinding and releasing any thoughts. This can include meditation, yoga, journaling, listening to soft music, and letting yourself get ready for sleep. You deserve it!

Takeaways for the day;

*SO what is all this for? You have kept track of all the things above now you have all this information for the day and now what? Well here is the most crucial part of the daily traacker, it is to note what is working best so you can keep doing that and what you need to improve on so you can improve that. It is as simple as that! Yet most people over look this step, DO NOT OVER LOOK THIS STEP. This will show you where you need to grow and how you can become the best version of yourself. With this step I have been able to start my blog, get rid of nasty habits I had, grow my mediation practice, and release negative emotions. Simply by understanding the importance of what and where I need to grow.

Thank you my people, hope this helps!

Here is an example of one of my daily QUESSTS 

QUESST 37 Day 2 of debut; BIRTH OF GURU VITA

4/10/18

RIZEN; (“I AM RIZEN; a student on the path of the sage mastering myself and seeking enlightenment. I search for truth, embrace love, and balance myself. My quest; to discover the psychic and spiritual abilities of a human being and understand the nature of reality and the self.;( To discover how we can live the most fulfilling life as humans and develop a better society based on love, unity, and vision.) My life purpose; To use my life experiences, thoughts, and research to share my journey with the world promoting inner peace and self love. To become a Guru that teaches about the way of the sage and living a fulfilling and well balanced life. I am here to lead my team of sages, THERIZECOLLECTIVE a team of like minded individuals promoting self-expression, love, and unity and avoiding any hate, criticism, and judgement.)

 

Every thing changes and people die; the cruel world that we must find beautiful peace in. Allow ourselves to continue the path to the sage and remind ourselves to be an influence of our generation. We are ready and the time is now

 

LET GO; do not be afraid to be your authentic weird, loud, unique self. You find that you are more free and feel much more genuine when you do so. Your energies get stronger and you feel happier.

Keep doing you and spreading your message; you have a lot of power that you have to express each and every day; keep staying positive, peaceful, present and expose yourself to the daily adventures by not being afraid. Talk to people, meet up with friends, breathe, have discussions with teachers, do the homework, write philosophies, write the bars, and do what you love.

 

Current questions to think about and answer;

  • What is Sagehood?
The path towards self-mastery and living the most fulfilling life possible. Confucius would remark it as finding JEN which is developing proper relationships
  • What is enlightenment?
Is cultivating the experience of inner peace and self love by being fully in the present moment and awakening to the truth of reality.
  • What is the Tea ceremony?
 A ceremony that was born in ancient Japan that celebrates the tranquility and beauty of every day life.
  • Why is meditation important?
It develops a habit of finding peace in the most destructive moments.
  • What is the Millennial Revolution?
Now formally known as the Spiritual Revolution consists of New Age millennials awakening to the truth of reality and being involved in the development of a better world revolving around the unification of love and vision for peace. This awakening is reached by the cultivation of inner peace and self love . The revolution is being led by multiple individuals and organizations including  Rhytmia, Koi fresco, Dakota Wint, Gaia, and now myself with the creation of Spiritual Healers.
  • Who is RIZEN? What is his purpose?
Rizen is an alter ego I created and state of mind reached through the unification of the mind, body, soul. It requires the cultivation of inner peace and self love attained through meditation and in some cases psychedelics.. It represents a REBIRTH process that one must go through to find liberation and the divine state of mind that lies within all of us. Stay Rizen
  • Describe VITAQUESST?
Vitaquestt is my spiritual quest through life that I share on YouTube. It describes my daily adventures and experiences as I become a Guru and share my love with the world.

WOKE UP; 6:04am little tired but good

 

DREAM; was trippy it was about Gabi and we were about to make love but she had like a mental breakdown and went crazy on me and started crying then I was like man you crazy dude and I left; we were having this party event at Gabis House; then in transitioned into my uncle and I felt that he was in pain he was about to meet up John and we were in my moms car and she parked in the middle of the street then left! Interesting dream.

 

MORNING ROUTINE; 6:04am

Hydrate; @6:26 1 bottle

Write down dream; yes

POOP; 6:31am

Meditate; 7:38am

Yoga; 6:50am

Play with jack; 10min

Write in journal; 15min

GYM; 9:30am running 2.7miles

Breakfast ; @8:00am

MUSIC; none didn’t load

Finished ; 8:19am

ENERGY LEVEL; 8

 

QUOTE; “I believe that my generation is going to be the one that changes the way we live and see the world. I believe we all know inside that we can make a difference we just don’t know how. I believe we all know inside that we should do something but don’t know what to do. I think with a little help and support we can truly make a change. If we unite and with love and strive for the same vision of peace and harmony then we can develop better people. We can learn from our ancestors and apply the methods they have taught us to build a better society and a better world. Now is the time we rise and we stand for what we believe in. Now is the time we speak up and share our truth. Now is the time we make a change.” –Guru VITA

 

RAPS/Poetry/Spokenthought; 

 

RIZEN THOUGHT;

@9:37am ; Warner bros museum tour by forest lawn + Anne burg photo in century city + norton Simon museum + Getty museum + Camarillo mechanical gardens

@2:20pm; Needed a new prescription for my glasses so on thursday we are going to meet with the homie to get it corrected; Talked to Harold and he helped me out with getting my correct sense.

@2;28pm we were able to clarify what we need and want out of life; we are going to focus on becoming a Lifestyle Guru and see where that takes us; Life coaching is what we are going to focus on and REBIRTH is our first project that we must complete before we move on with out training.

@5:15pm; taking a poop; thinking about life while I sit. I feel this sensation of clarity of having found a sense of direction after these past 6 months. After struggling, thinking, idea building, and dabbling I feel that I have found what I want to master. I have had several “this is my time” and “okay I’m going to get it now” moments where I would be filled with excitement then I would lose motivation because I wasn’t sure if that’s what I wanted to do. From music to health coaching to drawing and owning a clothing line I wasn’t sure how I could blend all my passions together. I knew I always to follow the path of a sage, I just didn’t know how I could monetize that and build a lifestyle behind it. When I discovered becoming a guru that emphasized on lifestyle I felt as if this was always what I wanted to do. I could see myself clearly focusing on this, building skills, coaching, teaching, reading, learning, growing, and mastering becoming a guru. This I felt was the path towards becoming a sage and would give me the most amount of fulfillment. I felt as if I over analyze things sometimes and beat myself down; I have been able to tell myself to just let go and dive into it. To follow my intuition and speak from my heart and this will guide me. I am blending my music, drawing, and coaching skills together to create a unique coaching style that will not only be effective but creative! I feel content and when I fall asleep I smile, when I wake up I’m excited. This feeling is different and is one I want to share with the world. I could only imagine what is to come considering I just embarked on this path fully.

@6:30pm; why do we live this way? Why do we kill each other for power, greed, and corruption? Why do we let our people starve? Why do we take and battle? Why do we criticize and hate? The land I live in was created off of power and greed; the native Americans found peace and we took that from them. Why do we conform instead of standing up? Why do we work as slaves instead of following our dreams? Who is making these rules? Why should we follow? Why do we live in fear? Where is our power to bring peace?

Why do we let our people suffer? When we will stand up and rise?

@6:48pm “I believe that my generation is going to be the one that changes the way we live and see the world. I believe we all know inside that we can make a difference we just don’t know how. I believe we all know inside that we should do something but don’t know what to do. I think with a little help and support we can truly make a change. If we unite and with love and strive for the same vision of peace and harmony then we can develop a better society and world. We can learn from our ancestors and apply the methods they have taught us to build a better society and a better world. Now is the time we rise and we stand for what we believe in. Now is the time we speak up and share our truth. Now is the time we make a change.” –Guru Vita

 

YOGA; Goal (20min)

23:18 yoga with Adrienne; core power wake up

Great session today got my core going and my body ready for the day

 

MEDITATION; GOAL (20 min each day)

20min in day 6 of balance ; I found many thoughts lingering ; my right leg fell asleep; my back needs to be straight and I got a little sleepy towards the end

 

ACADEMY;

@9:30am went to running class and ran; we have to do some make up runs to cover our absences; Did good today

@2:00pm; We made it to our nutrition class; we are learning more about life coaching from the Deepak Chopra institution; We are doing teacher evaluations and I gave her a very good review I find her to be a good teacher for her first semester and I see her only growing.

@8:32pm; leaving Barnes and nobles did good on developing the study guide for modern philosphy; there are some questions I want to make sure I can answer. Overall I love the environment it helps keep me focused on my task.

 

HCI: Took a break today

PILLAR; 1

WEEK; 4

 

MASTERY;  25min during my run this morning

 

REBIRTH; I am getting inspired every day and I see the value of this project more and more. I listened to xxxtentacion 17 album and ? And it was cool to see him express his pain yet what I find is he does not offer a way out of it. Respect to him for relating to people and being able to express himself. I want to be able to relate to people through my music but also offer them a way to overcome their struggles. In the rebirth project I feel like I can make this happen. It is a project that tells my story of birth, ego death, and REBIRTH to show how RIZEN came to being and GURU VITA; I want it to be a video series, music project, and self-discovery course.

 

PEOPLE;

@9:22am Met up with Gabi; It was cool I told her about some stuff in my mind and she is helping me build a solid plan and foundation; it is good to know that she cares.

 

FOOD OF THE DAY

Breakfast; choco bowl (almond milk with chocolate Vega mix + banana + strawberries + chia + hemp + flax + green granola + coco granola )

Energy level; 8

Lunch; 3 Tostadas @11:30am; With rice, beans, cheese + water

2:20pm; Smoothie (Mango, banana, pineapple)

Energy Levels; 8

Dinner; Salad bowl (Spring mix + Broccoli + cauliflower, cahsews, carrots, string beans, cranberries. Chia, flax, strawberries)

Energy levels

 

SHOGUN 

Miles; 2.70 miles on the track in 25min good run! S

printed the straights and walked the curves

Workout; just running

 

FINANCIALS

Daily spent; 0

Daily gained; 0

Total; 0

 

NIGHT ROUTINE(9:45pm)

Started at 10:25pm

-Said goodnight

-Brushed teeth

-Recap

-Yoga

-Meditate

-Sleep by 11:35pm

 

TAKEAWAYS;

  • I am currently hungry so I must increase my food nutrients throughout the day! Find meals to make and make sure you are getting the proper amount of fuel

  • Check the wordpress site; I think we just have to change the username + purchase a custom domain then we should have theblog going

  • We are going to master life coaching! Becoming a Life Guru! So this we must commit all our time too

  • Our first official debut will be through the REBIRTH project which I will finish over summer for now focus on building the foundation

  • Finish mastery this week then purchase book to annotate

  • Develp template for daily quessts for people to use

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL I AM SO HAPPY TO BE ALIVE!

MUCH LOVE TO ALL OF YOU

-@YOURGURUVITA