KARLIS GREW UP IN A CASTLE -- NOT AS A PRINCE, BUT TO HELP HIS GRANDFATHER WHO WAS THE CASTLE CARETAKER. HIS GRANDFATHER TAUGHT HIM HOW TO WORK, AND HE IS FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THAT.
HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LATVIA, BUT HAS LIVED IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS.
IN HIS FREE TIME, KARLIS LOVES THE OUTDOORS--KITE SURFING, SURFING, BICYCLING.... HE ALSO LOVES TO EAT, AND HIS FAVORITE FOOD IS HOT APPLE CRUMBLE WITH ICE CREAM.
Karlis is a returning guest. If you are a subscriber, you might enjoy checking out the last time he was on the program -- August 2, 2017, Session #16 in the archives.
Update since his session in 2017: “My practice dropped off for little bit, but I’ve been working on different meditation techniques for one month at the time. Now two years into returning to the "Don't Know Mind" technique, I have found that it's much easier to not stress and to let things go.”
Karlis wanted to see if he could do it, so three years ago, he left his day job to start a IT software company with a few friends.
I always believed a bunch of good guys could come together, work hard, and create something. I wanted freedom and I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny. But it’s been anything but that. I detected the same discontent that I experienced previously. I had done meditation on and off for a long time, and I knew the only way to do deal with that discontent was to create and maintain a daily meditation practice. Now what arises at work becomes my teacher.
One mindful awareness theme that has changed Karlis’ life is Don’t Know Mind.
Don’t Know Mind just blew me away, and Do Nothing. As a software engineer, I search and poke and poke until I find my answer. If something caused an issue, I needed to find all possible scenarios for what had happened, and then I devised a strategy for each of those possible scenarios. That would drive people around me mad, and it would drive me mad.
Don’t Know Mind presents me with this ability to stop feeding an activity with nervous energy. Once I’m able to break through, one, I actually have better solutions for how to deal with the original problem and, two, I don’t stress as much.
Karlis has a solid daily practice cycle. In optimizing practice, he uses the concept of lifehacking, or what Shinzen would call “working smart.”
That’s what software engineers do; we hack things until we find something that works. I use hunger as a reminder to do three formal spot meditations a day. This flows naturally into other smaller spot meditations--if I’m standing at the barbecue, washing dishes, when I’m driving, etc.
I’m really interested in learning how others find ways to remember and integrate practice in life, and enjoying LPP.
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