The Four Noble Truths

By Gabriel Rocheleau / January 10, 2019

The Four Noble Truths are the fundamental teachings of Buddhism. All other Buddhist teachings are branches that sprout from these basic four truths. For some reason though, I never really paid attention to the Four Noble Truths. I found them vague and impractical. In fact, I never really got the difference between them. As I…

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Can Meditation Cure Mental Health Issues?

By Gabriel Rocheleau / May 17, 2018

In an environment where meditation is being promoted for a whole range of mental health problems, a line should be drawn between the problems meditation can help with, and those it can’t. There’s a tendency in spiritual communities to infer spiritual causes to well-known and documented medical conditions. If you look for it, you’ll find…

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Training as a meditation teacher with Culadasa

By Gabriel Rocheleau / February 28, 2018

As many of you know, I’ve always been more than happy to answer your meditation-related questions by email or directly here, in the comment section. Teaching meditation is something I find enjoyable and beneficial for others and myself. A few months ago, i read about an opportunity to apply for a teacher training course with…

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Live your wisdom

On Sharing Wisdom

By Gabriel Rocheleau / March 1, 2017

There are certain things we wish everyone realized. Have you ever felt a craving to make people realize certain truths, or to transform the way they see the world? If you follow my blog, you know I’m committed to help people think freely and live as their own masters. This desire led me to start this…

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Friedrich Nietzsche

3 Metamorphoses: Nietzsche’s Map of Human Growth

By Gabriel Rocheleau / December 15, 2016

In his masterpiece Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche presents a beautiful and profound metaphor for human evolution. “Three metamorphoses of the spirit have I designated to you: how the spirit became a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.” Nietzsche represents the stages of human growth with four creatures : the Spirit,…

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Freedom from comfort

Freedom from comfort

By Gabriel Rocheleau / August 4, 2016

As a kid, I played a game called The Sims, a life simulation game in which you create virtual people called Sims and help them satisfy their desires. Each Sim had its own set of meters for energy, appetite, hygiene and several more needs. A meter I found particularly interesting was comfort. Not unlike humans, Sims got moody when they stood up for a while or faced prolonged discomfort.…

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Live free

How I Live Free

By Gabriel Rocheleau / May 29, 2016

I value freedom more than anything else, and I’m willing to heavily sacrifice to lead a free and independent life. I therefore live in a way that differs from mainstream culture, but which I find incredibly more satisfying. I’d like to share with you some of the choices I’ve made over the years to live as freely as possible.

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Meditation position

Meditation Positions – How to Sit for Meditation

By Gabriel Rocheleau / April 4, 2016

Readers have been asking me what meditation position they should adopt. However, the best way to learn how to sit for meditation is not by reading about it, so I recorded a video in which I demonstrate 4 basic meditation positions. Let me know what you think about this format. If you prefer, you can also read the content below.

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Feeling Empty? Don’t Try Filling the Void

By Gabriel Rocheleau / July 24, 2015

Feeling empty? Great, this is a door to freedom.
In a world that encourages activity, emptiness is considered a waste.
Our habit of constantly filling up space makes us dependent. Since we can’t deal with lack of movement, we lower the bar for what we accept in our actions and thoughts. Everything becomes better than nothing. We readily accept mediocrity.
You can break out of this. Life exists outside of “doing stuff”.

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Stop distracting yourself

Stop distracting yourself

By Gabriel Rocheleau / July 16, 2015

Do you spend most of your free time distracting yourself? Texting while sitting on the toilet. Watching TV before you fall asleep and checking Facebook during the commercials. Talking constantly to break the anxiety of silence. Making plans while never getting anything done. Distractions are not fun anyway. They’re even tiring. So why do you…

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