I've recently began a life changing journey. Throughout my life I have done much thinking, and as I now have begun to read texts from the Dalai Lama, it amazes me how close the ideas found in Buddhism are similar to my own ideas. Whenever greeted with a temptation, it takes only a half page of reading from one of my books for me to be rejuvenated with the want and will to succeed! It's amazing, and also makes for a very slow read when all it takes is one half page. The willingness for the Dalai Lama to accept change as it comes through means such as science, and the willingness to disagree with some Buddhist writings in the acknowledgment of reason (such as evolution) is something I find awesome. Meditation is something that I've been slowely working on, and the idea of mindfulness and living completely in the present second is a wonderful idea. I've reached the awareness of this once, for a split second, and the feeling was astounding and eye opening. The idea of being able to walk through life with this constant awareness is intriguing and inspiring. Yoga, in itself is a great, meaningful way of exercising, but practicing it with the hope of practicing my journey to mindfullness with not only my mind, but now my body seems to complete the circle. I'm eating healthier, making good decisions. Although I've tried many things in the past to live a better life and release myself of bad habits, not only is this journey been a success thus far, but it isn't even hard to make the right decisions. For example, last night, I had the urge to do something nonvirtuous, thinking, "its just one little thing and I've been doing so well." I turned to my reading for help. Sure enough, I picked up where I left off, and the first thing I read was: "Do not think that the cultivation of even a tiny nonvirtue will not stay with you. Just as a large vessel is filled by drops of water falling, so too is a fool filled with ill deeds accumulated a little at a time." With 1/4 of a page of reading, all wish and want to harm myself was left. It really is quite incredible! I'm interested in creating a discussion with like-minded people, and people who may be interested in discussing something new as well! cheers.