The Art of Living

Updates have been few and far between as I�ve been involved with learning yoga and meditation through The Art of Living – after work � taking up the majority of my free time. I feel like Patrick Swayze in �Roadhouse�.

I�ve never tried anything like this before, but can see that it could indeed be beneficial for those who apply it to their everyday lives. I�ll admit that I approached with a bit of skepticism, but I�ve been proven wrong.

I�ve also tried something else for the first time � we�ve been asked to avoid ALL meat (I�m a total carnivore), sugar, fried foods, caffeine, and alcohol. It�s not as tough as I thought, since I generally eat pretty healthy – except for the fact that I have no idea how to eat like a vegetarian. My dinner last night consisted of tofu (tahu) and water. Exacly. Good thing I don�t have time to work out this week as I�d be much too weak!

12 responses to The Art of Living

  1. anasalwa says:

    Have you tried tempe (or tempeh)? I know they have plenty in Sumatra, but I’m not sure about Java.

  2. yasmina says:

    hahah, good luck with the new diet…. i’m in indo now and i have been binging on food glorious food since i arrived, bakmie gm, pempek, siomay, bubur ayam, soto mie, etc… 🙂

  3. wongedaan says:

    it is easier to be a veggie in Indonesia than in western countries, they have a lot of alternatives. Why did u go to Art of Living course anyway???

  4. triesti says:

    you’ve got plenty of veggie dishes in Indonesia, gado², lotek, ketoprak, lontong sayur to name a few. good luck with the new diet. btw, why did you choose Art of living in stead of other kind of meditation?

  5. Brandon says:

    Anasalwa – I actually eat tempe quite often. I’ve been eating it every day this week actually! It’s pretty good if cooked well. 😉

  6. Brandon says:

    Wongedaan – It indeed may be easier to be a veggie, but I think I’m gonna moderate a bit – still take in some meat, but restrict it a bit. More seafood, less (or rarely) red meat.

  7. Brandon says:

    Why did I do the Art of Living?

    Well, I wish I had some strong, important answer for that – but the truth is, I’ve never tried meditation and/or yoga, and when I heard that a dozen of my friends were into it, I decided to give it a try.

    I consider this a stepping stone, rather than a final answer to anything. It definitely has given me some new things to think about, and some great ways to deal with stress, etc.

    In my opinion, it’s up to the individual person to derive whatever they may from any type of course like that. You can read into it as much as you like, and you may choose to practice and apply the teachings, or like many, simply try it out of curiosity.

    For me, I’ve been into healthier living for a long time, but I think we could always use ‘refreshers’ in our lives. I’ll see where it leads, but I did find it to be a positive experience, well worth my time.

  8. Hey Brandon, I’ve been trying to go veggie now for a long time. You must be stronger willed than me, because I don’t find it easy at all. I still fall off the wagon sometimes. Must be the weak moral fiber. 🙂 In fact, I had a hell of a time at first, but for me it got easier, especially as I discovered more delicious vegetarian foods and meat alternatives. Good luck with your new lifestyle!

  9. wongedaan says:

    well, maybe this could encourage you a bit :). In the beginning it could be really hard to be a veggie, there are times that you’d give in to the urge to eat meat. Later on you would notice that the urge becomes weaker and weaker… and hopely you would wake up one day realizing that you don’t need meat at all. — ex-carnivore

  10. none says:

    hmmm..nice to know people know about the art of living course’s…..!
    hmm…the most good things in my life …when i decided to join the course around 3 years back..a great birthday present for myself….and i never imagine..this course’s make something huge good and great things happen inside my soul…..!!!!
    com’on dont waste your time to think twice for joining the course’s…!!

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