I vowed that when I got back from my 10 day Vipassana meditative retreat in Ontario this past weekend that I would immediately write down all of my experiences. Our ten days consisted of meditating, eating, light walking and no communication or forms of entertainment to distract the mind. I was bound to write something […]
This is not your usual self-improvement article. I’m not going to tell you to focus only on the positive. I’m not going to tell you to find the silver lining in everything. I’m not going to tell you that life is suffering, and that must be accepted. Get ready for something different. Over the last […]
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 one of the most beautiful sights in the Universe. Here are a few things these earthly wonders called […]
When I was 15 years old, I ran away from home because I was pissed off at my parents for a reason I cant remember. I didnt have much money, so I decided to hop onto the skytrain (public transport train in British Columbia) and ride it as far as it would go. I reached […]
It is very rare for HE to repost content from other websites, but this one cannot afford to be missed for originality’s sake. Bronnie Ware spent her life working with elderly people who were close to death. In this thought-provoking piece, she pieces together the most common regrets of the hundreds of people she stayed with until the end. The implications of these insights are incredibly vast and sobering…
“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
- Alan Watts
My goal in this post isn’t to act as some sort of New Age Zen evangelist or claim that Zen practice will solve all your problems or instantly help you achieve the goals aforementioned. But it will help you out.
Why? Well, to start, here’s what we’re working with when it comes to ‘tenets’ with Zen. These are the highest-valued qualities..
Continued from Part 1 I jumped, and raised my waist to the top of the wall; on the other side was a black void. I raised my right leg to the top of the wall and rolled myself onto it, sitting at the top, on my right was only blackness, and on my left only […]
If this video prods you to take the plunge and courageously take on your first psychedelic experience, be sure to check out my guide to magic mushrooms & LSD. Happy tripping :)
Anxiety There is No Right Way to Meditate
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, reading this article, chances are you are not normal, nor do you want to be normal. Rise Above Normality: When […]
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! On Happiness…. Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss Of all the books & articles I have […]
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One of the most popular posts of all time on HE is my 50 Life Secrets and Tips. 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 […]
Books are obstacle courses for the mind. By confronting us with paradigm shifting ideas they challenge us to stretch our capacity for understanding. And when we succeed, they will open up a world which we couldn’t see before. And then, in this unfamiliar world, we find ourselves having new thoughts and breaking new rules, using new magic […]
You know that déjà vu sensation? When you experience something that you’re convinced has somehow happened before? Maybe from a dream, another life, or a chemical imbalance in your brain? Whenever I experience déjà vu, I pretend it means I was just given the chance to go back and re-live the event. Somehow, I’ve gone back in time […]
I tapped my hands on the table like I normally would do. But this time I noticed something different, something quite remarkable. Not only sounds but also colors invaded my awareness. Yes, there was no way to deny it, the tap on the table gave off a red color. Amazed by this discovery I started exploring other surfaces, my nails on my jeans gave off a distinct green hue and I could make blue come alive by hitting a metal pen. But it didn’t stop here. When I drew my attention inward, I noticed not just the connection between sounds and colors, but also between colors and tastes, sounds and feelings, thoughts and sensations. It was if my whole world was mixed in a blender, making a smoothie of my own existence.
Getting up early every day to start the day off right has a huge effect on the rest of our day. Unfortunately we can not always completely trust our morning selves, especially if we are lying in a warm cozy bed and there is no immediate pressure to get up (Or we can delude ourselves with pressing ‘snooze’.) To combat this, a healthy and balanced morning routine works wonders, and especially doing it for 30 days to make it a habit. A morning routine sets the tone for the whole day to come. The goal is to work on what’s important instead of reacting to what’s being asked of you. Such a personal ritual will put us in the right mindset and help to avoid morning procrastination.
Meditation is simply the training of the mind. 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 […]
Today, I invite you to partake in a Personal Detox Day and take back control of your life. I’ve been putting this into practice for about a year now and I have found it to lead to many short-term and long-term benefits including but not limited to: MUCH less anxiety, more discipline, will power, and determination, a higher vibrational energy, and general happiness and bliss!
A consistent meditation practice is a struggle for even the most experienced of meditators. For some reason it’s difficult to bring yourself to sit down and quiet the mind despite knowing that it’s the best thing for you. I was talking about this phenomenon with my good friend Phil Drolet of The Feel Good Lifestyle […]