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Short Meditations on Utopia Pt. 1/3

In the next few posts, I want to discuss the human tendency to get lost in imagining ideal states of affairs. I often find myself getting lost in utopian vision on many levels. There’s the persistent feeling, why can’t things be more like (fill in the blank)? This perpetual dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs is one of the aspects of what the Buddha meant by suffering (dukkha). It’s tough not to look out at what’s wrong with the world (and all the people in it) and not think “if only.” If only things were more like… then everything would be better. Once we eliminate poverty, war, and ignorance, then we could get on with the real task of living! Even though I know that the grass isn’t really greener on the other side, I just can’t seem to stop myself from fantasizing about being immersed in lush emerald fields, where the rivers run clear with sweet water and the animals live in perfect harmony, where no one suffers from lack...I’ll be looking at this issue from six different perspectives...

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One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

Since the 1990s, an intriguing courtship has emerged between certain branches of quantum theorizing and psychology. Neuroscientists and research psychiatrists, notably Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., of...

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

Dear Traveler, Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a bodhisattva? 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...

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The Simple Secret to Enjoying Meditation

Meditation is not easy.Many people read about the benefits of meditating for 20 minutes each day and try to do just that, resulting in discouraging failure.Meditating for 20 minutes the first time is like trying to bench 450lb on your first day at the gym. Or attempting a black diamond course your first day on skis...

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Don’t Fight Reality (You Always Lose)

When something bad happens to you, what is your automatic reaction? If you are normal, your answer is to react with anger or sadness along with some complaint. However, if you are on this site,...

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The Human Condition According to Jason Silva

Check out these videos by filmmaker and futurist, Jason Silva. He believes strongly in the link between technology and bringing the human condition to new heights. These videos, if nothing else, will make your day more wondrous in regard to the potential of humanity in the coming years. Enjoy :)

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7 Books That Will Violently Shift Your Perspectives

Once in a while a book comes along that rocks your world so hard that you're never quite the same after. Here are 7 of those books, ordered by how hard they're going to rock your skull!

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The Philosophical Morality of the 1%

Peter Singer is arguably one of the most influential philosophers alive today – he has published over one hundred academic articles, dozens of books, and was recently named a “Companion of the Order of Australia,” one of Australia’s highest honors. While Singer has an extensive moral code extending over a vast array of human affairs, I will only focus on one particular aspect of his moral code – charity. Specifically, I will explain his radical claim that we should give to charity until we are "very near the material circumstances of a Bengali refugee..."

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The Large Hadron Collider

Never before has their been a project with more implications on the world of physics than the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator...

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How To Bulletproof Yourself from McDonalds & The Fast-Food Temptation

When we look back through history, there are some things our predecessors did that makes no sense at all now. Trying to cure diseases through blood-letting? Hunting for witches? Denying women the right to vote? That stuff was non-sense.In 50 years, I predict that our grand-children will look back at our “Fast Food Era”, and wonder “What the hell were they thinking?!”Let's think about it for a second. We know fast-food is terrible for us, we know it makes us feel like crap, and we know it's the enemy of the rocking body we desire. Yet, fast-food sales are going up each year, and McDonalds achieved record revenues last year.I believe that as a society, we are failing big time...

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10 Best Books On Positive Psychology You Need To Read For Authentic Change

If you are looking for authentic ways to change yourself then you will need to read the best books on positive psychology. We listed the best.

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An Homage & Call to Women In The 21st Century

Confession: I am a reformed sexist.For a long time I held the view that on average, women are not as capable as men. This view was based on my experience; it was what I saw around me. So many vapid women with as much substance as the reality TV stars they watched each night. But a relatively recent realization brought this view crashing to the ground: possession of two X chromosomes does not render a person less capable, but our culture does an excellent job of it.Last year I was conversing with a gender issues expert who opened my eyes to the world from a woman's perspective. She explained what is was like to be constantly objectified, to be treated differently because you are a woman, and what is was like to grow up with different expectations and values thanks to cultural conditioning...

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NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming – Part 1

Intro to NLP According to Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), 10% of the mind is conscious, leaving 90% of the mind to the unconscious. Now what does this mean? The conscious mind is simply what we...

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell

A clever comic over on the accuracy of George Orwell's predictions about future society over those of Aldous Huxley. It's informative and scary at the same time. "In short, Orwell feared that what we hate would ruin us. Huxley that what we love will ruin us." It's unfortunate that Huxley got it right because the latter is much less obvious.

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The Mushroom/LSD Experience Explained & Explored

Anyone that has tried a psychedelic drug know that it’s impossible to fully explain the experience to someone who hasn’t tried one. The entertainment industry completely misrepresents these experiences with dragons flying out of people's faces and walls melting into nothing, which never occur even with strong doses. So, here is my best attempt at explaining the psychedelic experience...

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What a Wasp Can Teach You About the Dangers of Pornography

The story of how I turned a dangerous porn addiction into instant abstinence.

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Becoming a Bodhisattva: 4 Vows to Take on the Road to Enlightenment Pt.2

Dear Traveler, Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a bodhisattva? 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...

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I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired – Chapter 3: Going Tribal with the Mentawai of Indonesia

Four months after I retired I took an adventure with the Mentawai of Indonesia. I share with you my experiences, and what I took away from this beautiful culture.

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This One Time I Took Acid At A Festival

I saw the band Phish over the weekend. They had 3 nights in a row of music. The experience in its entirety was noteworthy (my first train trips, getting lost in downtown Chicago, walking miles and...