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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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    “We Live In A Beautiful World”

    We live in a beautiful world. Look around you, it is amazing. Skyscrapers, gravity, daisies, peaches, archipelagos, children, languages, music, wars, phosphorous, galaxies, snow, literature, human...

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    What Would Good Guy Greg Do?

    I stumbled on this hilarious internet meme while reading through a fellow HEthen's blog. It's comical, but also has some pretty deep implications when you take a step back and observe why it's funny. 'Good Guy Greg' is just that, a really good guy. For example, GGG...Calls you drunk at 6am... to make get to work on time.Is mistaken for an employee... but helps them anyways.Notices it's your birthday while on Faceook... and actually calls you.

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    25 Spectacular Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen Pt. 3

    Mr. Nobody Who would you have been when, at crucial moments in your life, you chose to walk a different path? That thought experiment is explored brilliantly by this amazing science-fiction movie as...

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    My Radical Realization About Self-Love

    **Note: I have written 100+ articles on this website about ways to improve yourself. Besides meditation, nothing comes close to how much the content of this article has changed my life. If...

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    5 Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Bedroom and Better Your Sleep

    You will spend one-third of your life in your bedroom. Think about it. One third of your total life spent in one room. You will rest, relax and regenerate here. You will sleep, dream, hug and have...

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    Wake the F$#k Up!

    This is a wake up call for anyone that is not living the life they want to live. It will be dogmatic and heated, but nonetheless full of truth. I apologize if this shocks you into a state of...

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    Thinking Within Paradoxes

    I read a few years ago somewhere that a hallmark of a genius is being able to hold opposites together and transcend them. This stuck with me and over time I tried to make sense of it, because at first...

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    Thrive Together: 9 Perks of Communal Living From 12 Months at Valhalla

    One year ago I moved from California to Montreal to co-found the Valhalla Movement. We started off with the 5 founders living together in a 4-bedroom house, just 5 minutes from our 60 acre plot of...

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    You Are Not a Who

    That voice in your head, the one that tells you to: Hit the snooze bar one more time Spit off the roof of a tall building Gossip about a coworker Stop living in the past Have one more cookie Become...

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    How to Become A Social Badass

    I'm tired of being a little girl when it comes to meeting new people.To rid myself and others of this pathetic habit, I've put together a step-by-step guide on overcoming social anxiety taking from other articles, books and my own experimentation. So what is a 'social badass,' you ask?

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    10 Ways to Reexamine Your Life

    We humans tend to get very comfortable with our circumstances. Change is always hard so staying the same often sounds like a great choice. However not changing some things can lead to stagnation,...

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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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    Why We Argue

    WIthin the animal kingdom, if you’re a lion, and another lion encroaches on your territory, you roar and growl to let the other guy know this is your space. Testing the water, he roars and growls right back at you. Often, after a series of traded threats, the outsider will stand down, and the argument dissipates. Occasionally, the other lion does not back off and a bloody fight ensues until one is mortally injured or submits. Sound familiar? How often do we argue with our significant others, our siblings, our parents, our friends with the overwhelming need to be right, to be the victor? And what’s wrong with that? Well, wrong is a matter of perspective, but I will say that we are not lions...most of us, anyway.

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    Becoming a Bodhisattva: 4 Vows to Take on the Road to Enlightenment Pt.3

    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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    10 Ways the Next 10 Years Are Going To Be Mind-Blowing

    We are living in an extremely exciting time in terms of science and technology. Things that have always been considered science fiction are becoming normal day-to-day components of our lives. And...

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    How To Make Your Own Natural Non-Toxic Deodorant

    Deodorant is an essential ingredient to combat body odour. We all love to smell nice, and perhaps more importantly, we know the social consequences if we don’t. The problem is that most...

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    A Powerfully Beautiful Out-Of-Body Experience

    An out-of-body experience (OOBE) is when your energy/ethereal/astral body leaves your physical body, allowing you to float around the universe on another plane. This may sound like crazy at first, but there is much evidence out there validating these experiences. I thought it was hogwash until I had my first OOBE two years ago, but that's a story for a future article detailing OOBE's and how to achieve them.Robert Monroe first legitimized OOBE's by creating the Monroe Institute and refining a process by which anyone could come in an experience an OOBE. He then collected several decades worth of written reports from thousands of people. He shared many of his favorite reports in his Journeys Out Of the Body series, but the following report takes the cake...

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    Cutting Out the Crap 3/3: Dynamism Vampires

    No I’m not trying to draw in the teen audience with the vampire trend. I’m talking about people that are sucking the dynamic, positive, obstacle-demolishing ambition out of you whether you...

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    10 Reasons You’ll Never Look at Sunsets the Same Way Again

    A thin blue line shoots across the horizon and that is the mark. You know the sun will eventually set underneath that line, but until then, the moment where it crosses that line, you are witness to...