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  • 2015-06-06 @ 06:26:52

    How do you download them free without a subscription?

    8 Books on Zen and Taoism to Liberate Your Mind and Heart

  • 2015-06-06 @ 06:21:52

    Great! Ever since I read ‘Radical Zen: The sayings of Joshu’ I was looking forward to other Zen authors. I can’t recommend that book enough. It is a compilation of short dialogues between Zen master Joshu and people who came to visit him throughout his long life. Truly simple and effective. Once it ‘clicks’ in your mind, there’s no turning back.

    I am now reading ‘Be As You Are: Teaching of Sri Ramana Maharshi’. The dialogue style and Sri Ramana’s message has lots of parallels between Joshu’s teachings, except he isnt identified as Zen Buddhism. His extensive explanations leave no room for misunderstanding however, as opposed to the harsher ‘either you get it or you don’t’ teachings of Zen. I highly recommend it also.

    Alan Watts has been on my to read list for way too long, and Tao Te Ching is a no brainer. These will be next.
    Thank you for taking the time to make this list for us, Jordan :)

    8 Books on Zen and Taoism to Liberate Your Mind and Heart

  • 2015-03-17 @ 14:19:44

    So damn true. This article resonates so much in me, I had to share it.

    The Hardest Part Of Traveling No One Talks About

  • 2015-03-15 @ 11:50:12

    I must read this. This just gave me a realization too:

    This is how Zen Buddhism came to be!
    The ideas of Buddhism being influenced by Taoism. What an excellent combination.

    The Tao Te Ching & Taoism: A Chill Book, a Chill Philosophy

  • 2015-03-12 @ 16:50:24

    I have never heard of this Kingdom of Lo! Fascinating.
    So you made this trip before retiring

    I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired – Chapter 3 : Trekking into the Medieval Tibetan Kingdom of Lo

  • 2015-03-05 @ 03:22:17

    Yes, I know Jon, that’s why I’m asking :)
    This article doesnt mention polyphasic sleep, but it implies that the 8 hour monophasic method is the best way to sleep.
    If both claim to be superior, one must be wrong.

    How to Get Better Sleep: The Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

  • 2015-03-04 @ 18:31:29

    What about polyphasic sleep?

    How to Get Better Sleep: The Beginner’s Guide to Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

  • 2015-03-02 @ 17:45:17

    Ironically, it isn’t the target audience who is actually getting the message which Ashton, or Chris, is so desperately trying to convey to them. Only the older and more mature audience is listening to him. The target audience is too busy screaming after every sentence he utters.

    Ashton Kutcher Speech About Opportunity,Sexiness And Life

  • 2015-03-02 @ 16:08:37

    Hey Justin, I love this.
    Question: how did you communicate with them?

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

  • 2015-03-01 @ 04:40:38

    Seriously people. I wonder how many NEW things can these books tell us that we haven’t already heard over and over from other similar books.
    And how much of what each of them tell us to do/not to do directly contradicts another book on this list?

    Isn’t just one good spiritual book better than 75 new-agey books combined?
    Or simply put, isn’t just ONE good book enough to make you start you lifestyle change that you need?

    And yes. I am just shielding myself from having to add 2 more years worth of books to my already too long reading list

    75 Books to Boost Your Productivity

  • 2015-03-01 @ 04:34:07

    *Breaks down crying from despair*
    So many books..

    75 Books to Boost Your Productivity

  • 2015-03-01 @ 04:09:08

    The Balkans are surprisingly cheap and a considerably unexplored and beautiful region of Europe.

    But yeah, usually the method is to earn in a first world country and go backpacking in a 2nd/3rd world country, to get a good bang for your buck.

    However, you can always get free lodging using couchsurfer, or finding food and a place to sleep in exchange of 4-5 hours of work if you search on for example, or if you go wwoofing ( Or simply show up in a place and hit all the hostels you can and offer free help or work in exchange for an indefinite stay. My friend just stayed a few months in Istambul doing this. And the youth hostel was pretty cool too so it was fun he says.

    I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired – Chapter I : Musings on Money, Monotony and Madness

  • 2015-02-26 @ 17:21:15

    Great! Even more books for my reading list
    *huge siiighhh*
    Thanks though ;)

    Stoicism Man – Existential Comics

  • 2015-02-26 @ 17:17:38

    You don’t need that much money to travel. That is just a myth. The number one trick: to do it sloooow

    I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired – Chapter I : Musings on Money, Monotony and Madness

  • 2015-02-26 @ 16:19:46

    I hope it isn’t satiric though. It would be a blow below the belt.

    I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired – Chapter I : Musings on Money, Monotony and Madness

  • 2015-02-26 @ 15:42:47

    Ahh Alright thanks! This motivates me to continue :)

    How Meditation Changed my Life

  • 2015-02-26 @ 14:38:22

    Thank you for opening up and writing this down. Honesty is a very strong tool that keeps on giving.

    What type of meditation do you practise? I’d like to learn

    How Meditation Changed my Life

  • 2015-02-26 @ 14:01:01


    Stoicism Man – Existential Comics

  • 2015-02-26 @ 13:55:09

    Thanks for your explanation Martijn. I didn’t always understand Nietzsche

    Stoicism Man – Existential Comics

  • 2015-02-26 @ 08:37:18

    Inner peace and enlightenment come from within, yes, but for that to happen you need to be at peace with your external circumstances. What easier way to be at peace with your external circumstances is there than to live the life you love?

    You are right that he won’t find answers from merely traveling, expecting to find the key to inner peace from the outside.
    The man who seeks often doesn’t find, because his mind is too busy seeking, to see what is right in front of him.

    However, what he is doing is making a lifestyle change, to live on the road, going where the wind takes him. If he wanders the world with open eyes and an open mind, without expectations, it is a good start.

    To find, is to be free, and open to all possibilities.

    Will he find? Maybe, maybe not. It doesn’t make a difference.

    I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired – Chapter I : Musings on Money, Monotony and Madness

  • 2015-02-25 @ 15:48:16

    Well, Mr. Nomadic Ninja, welcome to LIFE

    I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired – Chapter I : Musings on Money, Monotony and Madness

  • 2015-02-24 @ 15:20:38

    It’s just the cycle of the universe. Destruction, creation, destruction, creation, destruction..

    Don’t let it make you sad :)

    Ideas Don’t Die

  • 2015-02-24 @ 15:15:22

    I’ve made a list of books I want to read, downloaded them for free (read: pirated) from different sources, and put them all on my kindle in groups, depending on category. I have now about 520 books that I’ve personally chosen, on my kindle.
    Even if I read 1 a week (this is a lot), It would still take me 10 years to read them all.
    And what about all the books that are published in those 10 years?
    And what if my taste changes?

    Holy shit I’d love to pause time.

    P.S: if anyone wants to know where I got most of my books from, I am happy to share links with you. Maybe in private though, if the moderators prefer :)

    The 10% Rule: How to Read More Than 42+ Books a Year

  • 2015-02-23 @ 14:59:15

    This alone shows me that there is no such thing as a ‘best way’. I really wonder sometimes how people who set out to design an ‘effective’ and perfect lifestyle can cope with all this available information.

    Nap Like Salvador Dali: How To Get Creative Insights

  • 2015-02-23 @ 14:49:44

    There are so many tricks, body “hacks” and methods of becoming effective, that you simply can’t apply them all, and have to choose between the conflicting ones.

    Should one focus on waking up naturally, using an alarm to wake at a specific time, use dark curtains to have effective sleep, leave curtains open to wake with sunlight and using your circadian clock, after 8 hours or after 6 hours depending on the study you read, doing polyphasic sleep, waking up in the middle of the night and going back to sleep to induce lucid dreaming, taking naps during the day, waking up during hypnagogia, or during REM sleep to feel fresh when awakened, going to sleep at the same time everyday, or waking up at the same time everyday, taking special sleep herbs, or doing exercise a few hours before to get tired and fall asleep faster, or avoiding exercise a few hours prior to fall asleep faster, taking a hot shower, or taking a cold shower for different reasons, meditating or using binaural beats to set your mind on a specific brain wave for different results, the pose you sleep in might be less healthy than another one, sleeping on a hard surface vs sleeping in a comfy fluff bed, using a specific room for exclusively relaxing as your bedroom, removing all electronics vs using gadgets to measure or aid in your sleep… ?

    Nap Like Salvador Dali: How To Get Creative Insights

  • 2015-02-17 @ 14:05:19

    Mystifying something that isn’t

    Street Views

  • 2015-02-16 @ 09:42:47

    If you could make a 30 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?
    -I have nothing to say.

    If you were going to die at midnight, what would you be doing at 11:45pm?
    -Sleeping. Or anxiously sitting.

    How do you really KNOW anything for sure?
    -I don’t.

    If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do?
    -A travel writer.

    When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
    -Life. I hope it won’t be Time.

    What do you regret most so far in life?
    -Not having the courage to speak my mind and accept the consequences.

    How can you apply the lesson you learned from that regret to your life TODAY?
    -Honesty at all times. It will become a habit

    What would you change if you were told with 100% certainty that God does exist?
    -I would acknowledge his presence in my everyday life and feel at complete ease with my existence. Also, I would be happy that religions become obsolete at this point.

    If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you want to run into? Does that person know how much they mean to you?
    -My parents. Yes.

    Do you fear death? If so, do you have a good reason?
    -I don’t. My feelings towards death won’t influence its occurrence in any way.

    What would you change if you knew you were NEVER going to die?
    -I would start walking the world to learn from life.

    If you were at heaven’s gates, and God asked “you why should I let you in?”, what would you say?
    -“Do you need a reason?”

    When will you be good enough for you? Is there some breaking point where you will accept everything about yourself?
    -Probably never. That breaking point should come from the inside, if it ever happens.

    Is the country you live in really the best fit for you?

    What would people say about you at your funeral?
    -What a waste.

    What small thing could you do to make someone’s day better?
    -The smallest thing would be a smile.

    What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness?
    -My mind.

    18 Thought Provoking Questions

  • 2015-02-13 @ 12:56:43

    Challenge or no challenge.
    Change or no change.
    Movement or no movement.

    Does it make any difference?
    You won’t find anything if you seek.

    CHALLENGED by Stuart McMillen

  • 2015-02-13 @ 09:55:27

    It is equally valid a system as any other. The others being free, and this one not however, makes it superfluous.

    Transcendental Meditation: How I Paid $2,500 For a Password to Inner Peace

  • 2015-02-12 @ 18:22:10

    I wonder how much of the information and methods here are conflicting each other

    Glossary of Mental Enhancements

  • 2015-02-06 @ 06:13:45


    “How can I? It’s super easy!!!”
    Yeah sure, this guy is doing what he loves and has found his calling at the age of 12. The hardest thing is to find your true calling in the first place.

    But I’ll watch his Special out of curiosity

    The Power of Being Unlimited

  • 2015-01-31 @ 16:33:20

    I agree. This is the perfect way to live, silent space. Who, however, can or has achieved this?
    You can experience moments of this state, through meditation, for example.
    What is your method to STAY in this state?
    Please be honest

    Can we solve the mystery of consciousness?

  • 2015-01-29 @ 04:15:17

    One can have moments of clarity, but the I is the default state of being. One can acknowledge Oneness while being I.
    One can learn Love while being I.
    One can learn Strength while being I.
    One can learn Wisdom from Oneness, and still live as I.

    I feel like Oneness can be experienced and learned from, but it isnt possible to live life like you say.
    Moments of clarity oneness
    and peace. The rest of your life is I.

    Can we solve the mystery of consciousness?

  • 2015-01-26 @ 18:39:27

    Could you elaborate more on this so called Silent Space?
    It seems to be important to you because you use it as your username too, but I have never heard of it before

    Can we solve the mystery of consciousness?

  • 2015-01-25 @ 20:01:10

    This is great however I might point something out.
    This craps directly in the face of the very popular ‘law of attraction’ bandwagon, and people wont like it.
    Also, the quite popular post of the other day ‘The subtle art of Not Giving a Fuck’ that I really enjoyed, goes against this article too.

    So what is the benefit of one or the other, and which way o thinking is better?

    Indifference Is Power

  • 2015-01-19 @ 14:28:50

    Is the title The House I Live In?
    The best documentaries about marihuana and it’s prohibition that i’ve seen are
    The Union: The Business Behind Getting High ( 2007 )
    The Culture High ( 2014 )
    both from the same makers. I can provide links if you want

    I’ll watch this one too. thanks for posting :)

    The Real Reason Why Drugs Are Illegal in USA

  • 2015-01-17 @ 11:10:30

    Just as you predicted in one of your blog posts.. meditation is the new health fad of the coming decade

    “How to Meditate” #4 in Google Trends

  • 2015-01-17 @ 11:05:33

    This Mark Manson guy is onto something

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

  • 2014-12-07 @ 18:59:17

    So the song is an analogy for ‘your day is what you make of it’. The good old Carpe Diem message, basically. So I don’t get the hype. Maybe because I’m not into the actual music.

    The Song – happening right now in your brain

  • 2014-11-29 @ 11:36:33

    He explains why in the first 30 seconds of the vid :)

    Louis C.K. “If God Came Back”

  • 2014-06-22 @ 15:05:29

    The urge to drive into incoming traffic is very strong and happens to me every time I drive, to the point where my fingers go white from holding the wheel steady with force while fighting the thought. It just comes to me as an innocent thought “it would be so easy to turn the wheel just a LITTLE to the left and die…” and it tenses me up. I can’t enjoy driving because of this. I once fell asleep by the wheel and ran into a tree headfirst, which could have easily killed me. Since then, I keep having thoughts that make me feel like my life is just hanging on a thread. “What if I decided to keep going straight instead of turning in this curve.. it would be so easy”

    The Surprising Weird Thoughts That Disturb Us and What To Do About Them, Backed by Science

  • 2012-10-14 @ 16:43:14

    THRIVE is a biggie. In case you missed it –

    Great List

    25 Documentaries Everybody Should Watch

  • 2012-03-31 @ 14:33:40

    Perfect list for me! Thank You Jordan :)

    I don’t know what your criteria for choosing the movies was though, as “spectacular” is a very subjective word.
    My grain of salt, 4 of my personal favorites, fit your list:

    -Donnie Darko
    -Perfume: the story of a murderer
    -The Butterfly Effect
    -Into The Wild

    Haven’t read all the comments, so maybe someone mentioned these before already

    25 Spectacular Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen