Back in the U.S., and the stress of driving through Seattle
Having just driven back across the border, from Canada back into the U.S., all I can say is, wow, I can't believe how much stress people are under here, and that's just from driving on the expressways(!). Coming back into Washington and trying to drive through Seattle, I just wanted to pull over to the side of the road and curl up in a little ball. Yet other people live this way on a daily basis?! Wow. I know my blood pressure just rose at least 10-20 points.
I won't say that it's wrong to live like this, but I will say this lifestyle is not for me. The phrases "rat race" and "stress factory" come to mind. When people ask me, "How do I have an OBE?", I think my first answer will be, "If you live in a city, you need to get away from your current lifestyle for a while." At the very least they need to practice Zen meditation and/or practice Yoga regularly to help de-stress themselves.
I can see now why most people just sleep for those first few days at the Monroe Institute. They are stressed out, and sleep deprived.