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The Non-Conformist Samurai & A Cage Full Of Monkeys

Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was a Japanese Buddhist, Kensei*, Rōnin**, and all-round badass. He was a legendary dualist, unrivalled in his skills with a blade, and highly respected by his peers, yet at the same time he was an educated scholar of religion and philosophy. However, most people (myself included until recently) have never heard of him, or his teachings, despite his impressive reputation (I highly recommend reading up on him).I recently stumbled across a succinct work that Musashi wrote shortly before his death, called the Dokkodo or ‘The Way to be Followed Alone’. It consists of twenty-one precepts aimed at personal development and encapsulates the knowledge he had gained throughout his epic life...

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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...

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Life Pro Tip: Stop Reading New Books

Yes, you read that right. Do you find yourself with a new book every week, deep in the never-ending quest to absorb as much knowledge possible? I get it — you’re thirsty for all of the...

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Supernormal Stimuli: The Seduction of Our Senses

A comic by Stuart McMillen about how we are supernormally stimulated in our modern world through TV, media, pornography, etc. Resulting in a drastic shift in how we entertain ourselves and achieve satiation.

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30 Reasons Why Russell Brand is Wrong and We Don’t Need No Revolution

30 pictures that prove Russell Brand is wrong about us needing a revolution.

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TED: Awesome Talks on Every Subject Matter

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), is a an annual conference held in Long Beach, California that brings the brightest minds from different fields and gives each 18 minutes to share their idea...

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12 Steps To A Cosmic Orgasm – Follow The Astronauts And Experience The Overview Effect

Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose. — attributed to Sir Fred Hoyle, 1948. After Astronaut Edgar...

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8 Books For a Higher Existence

Books are magical inventions. By carrying meaning, they gives us glimpses of experience and knowledge from a different world. Phonetic language, being cut-off from time and place, the Now, helps both to encapsulate the ego more, but also to offer guidance to make it poriferous, letting Eros free. Without books we would lose this guidance. And in these times of dire ecological and cultural crisis, we need new ways to respond to the ecosystem that we simultaneous are and are imbedded in. These are the books that can lift our spirits to a necessary higher existence.

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Top 5 Videos Of Alan Watts

Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or...

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How to Overcome Internet Boredom

As vast and seemingly limitless as the internet is, sometimes you just don’t know what URL to type into that bar up top. When you run out of Facebook/Myspace notifications to go through and...

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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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How to Achieve Every Goal You Set

Research suggests that 50% of people who make new year’s resolutions fail by the time April rolls around.  I am part of the 50%. Let me explain.  When I graduated from high school, I had sort of...

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Lucid Dreaming

A beginner's guide to the art and scene of lucid dreaming, or the sensation of being in complete control of one's dreams. Why not make sleep an active part of your day?

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The Defining Question Of Your Life

Is there a cause you would die for?Something that, if it was successful, would change the world in an enormous, seemingly magical way?Something that goes far beyond you as an individual, the importance of which dwarfs your existence...if any thing can, in fact, do that?Something that gives you the chills every time you ponder it, share it with friends, or even distantly entertain the thought...

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Work Should Be Like Sex: Finding Meaning and Engagement in Our Work

Work: Would you rather drown or have sex? In his book, Happier, Tal Ben-Shahar has two models of motivation: Drowning and sex. If you force someone’s head underwater, they are going to feel...

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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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7-Day Thought Challenges (Live-With’s)

In his book 'The Highest Goal: The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment', author Michael Ray introduces the concept of something he calls 'live-withs' -- short statements that can be used to challenge certain aspects of yourself.Live-with's are different from mantras in that you only use one at a time (unless you really like a challenge!) and you're not repeating them to yourself over and over. Instead, you're simply bringing the statement to mind as often as you can, and living it out to the best of your ability.

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A Treatise on Psychedelics Pt. 3/3: The Implications

What are the larger implications of the mystical experience? One aspect of the mystical experience is what psychology calls “ego-death”. If we use the self as an anchor to base our world-view on and use incessant thought to keep a sense of control in the stream of experience we are blinded to see our interconnection with everything around us. This privatized perspective is utterly destructive to everything alien to it...

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Short Meditations on Utopia Pt. 3/3

**If you missed the introduction to this post, click here** 5) Questioning Bliss Is following your bliss some kind of Mickey Mouse, New Age advice? What if you find yourself living in a society with...

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Contentment vs. Complacency: Running a Friendly Race With Yourself

A couple of years ago, my friend dropped in with a proposal for a multilevel marketing scheme. “There’s a lot of money for you to make, Uday,” he said. When I politely refused, he insisted,...