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50 Life Secrets and Tips. 15 Big Life Insights I Wish I Knew at 18. One of the most popular posts of all time on HE is my 50 Life Secrets and Tips.

15 Big Life Insights I Wish I Knew at 18

However when I look back on that post, I see a fairly shallow and conventional list of recommendations. It shows me of how much I’ve grown in the years since it was published. This is the list that comes to mind now. I chose to give it a different name rather than ’50 Life Secrets & Tips: Part 3′ because this represents what I consider to be a new era of understanding in my life. I hope you enjoy them :) 1) True pleasure and results come from mastery In this internet age, there are many of Jack of all trades: people who know a bit about MANY things, but have not mastered any one thing.

The solution: “Take up one idea. 2) The best practices are those you discover for yourself The downside of having so much information available online is that it’s easy to get lost in spiral of trying out other people’s methods while never attempting to create on of your own. 3) Reality is highly subjective 11) Repetition is key. The Science of Meditation. Over the past few hundred years the power of organized religion has steeply declined in the west.

The Science of Meditation

State & church and science & religion are separated and free inquiry is now more encouraged than ever. The loss of God as the absolute reference point has given room for humanity to take the ropes of responsibility and freedom into their own hands. However, while it has opened our minds, it has closed our hearts. A spiritual void has sucked the existential meaning from the lives of many.

As Immanuel Kant already predicted in 1787, it is no wonder that atheism, materialism and superstition (the countless hybrids of science and spirituality) have firmly manifested themselves in our culture. I believe this is a necessary phase that humanity must go through like a caterpillar must evolve via its cocoon. This is exactly why we need to develop a contemplative science, one that closely observes and investigates the area of first person subjective experience.

The end of self-referencing Norman A.S. Awesome Variations on Meditation. Meditation is simply the training of the mind.

Awesome Variations on Meditation

It has been used, primarily for spiritual practices, for thousands of years. The effects are numerous. In the same way training the body gives rise to numerous benefits, so does training the mind. From achieving incredible states of focus (now being recommended as self-therapy for ADHD) to having insights in the nature of reality and dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. Throughout history these practices gave rise to many men who were pure of heart, loving, compassionate, wise, patient and extremely disciplined. Since everything you’ve ever experienced and know is in your awareness, the end goal is understanding That which is Aware. “Give up defining yourself.

Once you’ve explored this concept long enough you slowly get a sense of what he is hinting at. “The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror. This is why staying in the Now is such a powerful practice. Darkness Meditation – Intermediate – Min. 1 day This is one of my favorites. The Art of Meditation / Stop Being a Zombie! A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts.

The Art of Meditation / Stop Being a Zombie!

So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion – Alan Watts Tweet This Have you ever driven your car or bicycle and suddenly you wake up somewhere down the road and can’t remember how you got there? What happened in those few minutes? When you put some effort in it you probably remember some of the thoughts you had. And when you are honest about it, it was probably a fantasy. And so did I when I first started meditating. So before I continue I’d like everyone to experience this to understand what I’m talking about. Did you do the two minutes? There’s a lot been written on meditation, and to be honest, I ain’t got anything new or groundbreaking stuff to tell. What is Meditation? Meditation is the act of training the mind. Why Meditate? The Buddha said: don’t blindly believe what others say, see for yourself what brings serenity, clarity of thought and inner peace.

How to Meditate? The Ultimate Guide to Fitness: Men’s Edition. If you’ve read Tim Ferris’s “The 4-Hour Body,” then you’re familiar with the term “Harajuku moment.”

The Ultimate Guide to Fitness: Men’s Edition

He defines it as the single, definitive moment when we decide to make a dramatic shift with our lives to improve our mental and physical health. Mine took place a few months ago. Long story short: I was loaded with stimulants and thought I was having a heart attack. In reality it was a mere panic attack, but in my mind I was dying.

During those few dense moments I saw my life’s substance – the meaning I’d given it through the choices I had made. If you’re looking to do the same, here is my advice to you: Set Yourself Up For Success Create a Starting Point When I took my “after” picture, I thought I was going to look a lot like I did in my “before” shot. Learn The Basics Wikipedia’s page on weightlifting is very comprehensive and easy to read. Define Your Goals I’m telling you right now, if your goal is to “get in shape,” you won’t achieve it. Utilize Your Full Potential Excuses Equal Failure. 10 EPIC Quotes from “Conversations With God”

“Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue” by Neal Walsh is one of my favorite books of all time, hands down.

10 EPIC Quotes from “Conversations With God”

It is written from the point of view of god (but it’s not religion, so don’t scoff quite yet) telling man how he should live his life. I like to think of it as god’s hypothetical edits to the incredibly skewed, modern interpretation of the ‘The Bible.’ These are my ten favorite quotes from the book that I read every morning: 1“Go ahead an do what you really love to do! Do nothing else! 2“You are making a mockery of Me. 3“There is no coincidence, and nothing happens ‘by accident.’ 4“The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you; but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.” 5“The laws are very simple: 1. 6“Heaven–as you call it–is nowhere. 7“Know and understand that there will be challenges and difficult times. 8“If you want guarantees in life, then you don’t want life. 10“Never resist anything.

Becoming a Bodhisattva: 4 Vows to Take on the Road to Enlightenment Pt.1. Dear Traveler, Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a bodhisattva?

Becoming a Bodhisattva: 4 Vows to Take on the Road to Enlightenment Pt.1

Are you ready to live in Truth for the benefit of all sentient beings, even if there is no Truth to serve and no others to serve it to? Do you think you can handle your family for a week straight without losing it? Do you think that little bit of patience and compassion you’ve cultivated is enough to prevent you from getting sucked into the vortex of drama and reactivity? Just what the hell is a Bodhisattva, you ask, and why in the multiverse would anyone want to be one?

Literally, bodhisattva means “awakened being” (bodhi= awake, sat= being). To seeing reality as it is. There are four vows that bodhisattvas take that can help situate you as to what exactly this entails. There might come a time in your life when you begin to get a sense of the bigger picture. You may wonder whether there are other beings somewhere out there looking into the darkness from their perspective and wondering the same thing.

25 Reasons Why You MUST Go To Burning Man Once In Your Life. Burning Man is the biggest and most bizarre party in the world, comprised of 60,000 people camping in the desert of Nevada for a week.

25 Reasons Why You MUST Go To Burning Man Once In Your Life

It’s utter insanity that will rock your world forever. photo by Duncan Rawlinson Here are 25 reasons why you won’t be able to stop yourself from going after reading this article… Art Installations Workshops The Burning Man guide is full of hundreds of workshops, ranging from the most depraved spanking classes to the most spiritual meditation/yoga classes. Holotropic BreathingDIY Energy MachineGong MeditationLaughter YogaRadical ImprovIntroduction to Open Relationships & PolyamoryKnife ThrowingThe Neurobiology of HallucinationHow to Save the WorldTalking with Strangers Fire Dodgeball The description in the guide read: “Bring your own gloves.”

‘Truth is Beauty’ Statue This sculpture has quickly become one of the most iconic images from BM, but pictures do not do her justice. Dust Storms This Timelapse Gift Economy The only thing you can buy with money at BM is ice. How Your Thoughts Program Your Cells. Some “Basic” Cellular Biology There are thousands upon thousands of receptors on each cell in our body.

How Your Thoughts Program Your Cells

Each receptor is specific to one peptide, or protein. When we have feelings of anger, sadness, guilt, excitement, happiness or nervousness, each separate emotion releases its own flurry of neuropeptides. Those peptides surge through the body and connect with those receptors which change the structure of each cell as a whole. Where this gets interesting is when the cells actually divide. Thus if you have been bombarding your cells with peptides from a negative attitude, you are literally programming your cells to receive more of those peptides in the future. This is why it takes more than a few days of positive thinking to make a significant impact on your long-term attitude patterns. Start today. A Reason For Today. A man named Roy was sitting on a park bench one warm and sunny day, staring off into the abyss of reality.

A Reason For Today

His face lacked emotion and his eyes kept wandering; they did not wander because nothing was of interest, rather they wandered because nothing kept his interest. He kept looking and looking, hoping to find peace and tranquility in anything, even if it be for only a moment. This man had acted in this precarious nature ever since two nights ago, when his wife of 21 years had suddenly passed away. Roy had quickly and thoroughly went through the initial shock of the tragedy, and firmly planted himself in the “nothing will ever matter again” stage of the supposed road to recovery.

He had immense trouble going to sleep the night before due to the content chatter of his depressed subconscious, so he had taken a heavy dose of sleeping medicine to help him shut his eyes. He got out of bed, and tried to morning routine, hoping to find solace in routine. “Oh dear boy! Image by Urtsan. The Ultimate Guide to Fitness: Men’s Edition. Not Your Typical New Years Article. While your feeds and inboxes are being flooded with articles about new years resolutions, take a quick moment to reflect on 2012.

Can you remember where you were in life at this time last year? What has changed since then? How have you changed? Chances are your world has shifted in ways that you never even considered when planning for 2012 a year ago. Perhaps those changes turned out to be even more fantastic than you could have imagined. In that light, consider this rapturous truth when planning out your new year: “We must let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”Joseph CampbellTweet I doubt the great Mr. If something comes up that at first appears to be an obstacle, give it some time to transpire!

Embrace the mystery this year! Here’s to you emerging from 2013 with wings :) 18 Thought-Provoking Questions. If you could make a 30 second speech to the entire world, what would you say? If you were going to die at midnight, what would you be doing at 11:45pm? How do you really KNOW anything for sure? If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do? When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you? What do you regret most so far in life? Have some more questions or some even more thought-provoking answers? How & Where To Educate Yourself Online. Generation after generation the human species stacks knowledge upon knowledge. This intricate web of symbols acts like a map for our inner and outer world. We use math to trade goods and we use words to convey we are in love.

This is perhaps what we can call uniquely human and is arguably the most important activity we will ever do in our lives. Without it, we wouldn’t survive in the world we live in. Education is learning how to use this knowledge in a clever way. Today, this education is at our fingertips. Picking A Subject For some, this is a very easy step. 1. Let’s say you want to learn physics. 2. While most of us are interested in some basic understanding of physics, probably not many of us will pursue a Ph.D. 3.

If you want to know about particle physics, chances are you won’t be able to apply this knowledge. Planning Your Schedule To learn a subject in-depth you need to really delve into it and commit yourself to studying. 4. 5. Learning The Vocabulary Finding The Right Source 6. Be The Change, Be The Hero. Life is a dance Where we had the waltz in earlier times, a slow-paced and fixed dance we have dubstep in modern times, much faster and chaotic. In the same way the pace of life has gone up a notch or two aswell and life isn’t fixed anymore, it’s faster and more chaotic. Where once you could rarely visit another city, now the whole world is in your home with a click of the mouse.

Increasing interconnectedness at an accelerating rate. We call it progress. Now, if life is a dance and for some reason (good ones I hope!) Having the right moves I strongly believe in practicality. This idea has been captured in the profound statement of Mahatma Gandhi; Be the change you want to see in this world. Every action is a vote I’d like to propose the following idea. If you buy a pair of nikes you vote for the existence of sweatshops. If the bank you’ve chosen invests in weapons, you vote for killing. The real use of your money If you buy McDonald’s you are actually ‘eating up the Amazon’.

How We Can (Actually) Change The World – Pt. 2/3. Now that we’ve identified the problem, we can move on to the solution. But even before speaking of a specific solution, we must discuss the paradigm of change. How does change come about? What is the most effective way to instigate change? What methods are most applicable against a problem as (seemingly) insurmountable as the global lack of community? Let’s begin with one of the basic principles of the world’s religions, philosophies, and the self-improvement plight: acceptance. The flip-side of acceptance is resistance. Now let’s bring our attention back (wink) to ways of inciting change… I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. Certainly the most time-tested means of shifting the status quo is through protest, eg. the Occupy Movement.

Even movements successful in their goals like many Arab Spring uprisings and Spain’s protests in 2011 have failed to creating complete and sustained change. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. The Fastest Way to Change Something About Yourself. How We Can (Actually) Change The World – Pt. 1/3.

Turning The Problem Around: Mental Health In A Sick Society. The Love Experiment: Introduction. The Most Effective Way to Create New Habits. The Dalai Lama Answers A Question. The Origins of High Existence. Spoiler Alert: You Do Not Exist. 50 (More) Life Secrets and Tips. Law of Attraction – Take Control of Your Life. 50 Life Secrets and Tips. 25 Spectacular Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen. Educate Yourself Without School. Lucid Dreaming. Alternative Sleep Cycles: You Don’t Really Need 6-8 Hours!

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