The Greek Secret of Philotimo, shared by Jack Schafer & the Philotimo Foundation

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had from the people around me.

-Lana Del Rey-

How can a word without meaning be such a meaningful word? Could one word describe a complex array of virtues? This video shared by the Philotimo Foundation and Jack Schafer, PhD brings to life the Greek word “Philotimo”. For a firsthand account of Philotimo in practice check out this awesome work by Rita Wilson:

Greek Lessons

Philotimo determines and regulates how someone should behave in their family and their community. It is an all-encompassing concept about respect and doing the right thing; pride for family, neighbor and country. In it’s most basic form it means “doing good”. Philotimo comes from the Greek words “filos,” meaning friend, and “timi” meaning honor. Being a friend with honor.

Jack Schafer explains the art of self-sacrifice is fading fast due to technological bubbles, which put the self first. Schafer encourages us to help others simply because they need help; to do the right thing because you have a duty to do the right thing. He coins it, “Becoming a Philotimo Person”.

Take a few moments and digest this meaningless yet very meaningful word. You will learn how the secret of Philotimo kept the Greek heritage strong and vibrant for thousands of years. Have an awesome week!


My Vipassana Meditation Experience, shared by Brittany Taylor

“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

-Hugh Jackman

Ever wonder what it would be like to experience 100 hours of silence? “Noble Silence” as those who practice Vipasanna call it. How challenging and intense would it really be? How rewarding and fulfilling?

Fortunately for us, Brittany Taylor has shared her experience attending one of the most intense centers on the globe, Dhamma Ābhā,  in Phitsanulok, Thailand. In this awesome clip, Brittany shares the highs and lows of her 10 day experience with us.  If you have ever considered a retreat, check out Brittany’s journey and check out the Vipassana Wise Reads below:

Brittany Taylor is a global nomad living out of a backpack and her RV “Winnie”. She travels the world while coaching, operating multiple YouTube channels, and a hosting some epic events! She is a self described “seeker” and works to find abundance in life with minimal attachments. Brittany describes her struggles leaving attachments for a nomadic lifestyle, her trials when the few items she has in her backpack were lost, how she finances a free lifestyle, as well as her connections with other nomads in her travels.

She has recently embarked on a connection with Conor McMillen to create a program called Creating Epic Relationships as well as a channel centered on inspiring authentic relationships. Connect with Brittany and Conor on their channel and website,which includes relationship programs, a recipe book and events listings.

Many thanks to Brittany for sharing her Vipasanna experience, may her 2017 be happy and fulfilling!

Have a great weekend!

What is the right relationship to money? presented by J. Krishnamurti

Money often costs too much.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

As the Dow Jones soars to new peaks, it seems many of us feel a sense of security within the realm of money. Less preoccupation maybe? Is this codependent relationship with money healthy? What is a useful relationship with money?

In today’s Daily Dose, explore the topic of money with Jiddu Krishnamurti, a man who gave up his status and wealth to question everything.

If you get hooked with Krishnamurti’s poetic wisdom, check out his official channel and WiseReads below:

Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker and writer. His subject matter included the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, and human relationships.  Check out some of his beautiful and insightful written works below:

Freedom from the Known

Think on These Things

Enjoy and Stay Wise.

Wise Read: Walden on Wheels: On The Open Road from Debt to Freedom

Walden on Wheels: On The Open Road from Debt to Freedom

Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Ilgunas undertook a 3-year transcontinental journey, working in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans before hitchhiking home to New York.

Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled in a master’s program at Duke University, determined not to borrow against his future again. He used the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline van and outfitted it as his new dorm. The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be more than an adventure—it would be his very own “Walden on Wheels.”

Freezing winters, near-discovery by campus police, and the constant challenge of living in a confined space would test Ilgunas’s limits and resolve in the two years that followed. What had begun as a simple mission would become an enlightening and life-changing social experiment. Walden on Wheels offers a spirited and pointed perspective on the dilemma faced by those who seek an education but who also want to, as Thoreau wrote, “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”

Ken Ilgunas (1983-) was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Niagara Falls, NY. He’s worked as an elementary school tutor, an Alaskan tour guide, and a backcountry ranger at the Gates of the Arctic National Park. He’s hitchhiked 10,000 miles across North America, canoed across Ontario, Canada in a birch bark canoe, and hiked the length of the controversial 1,700-mile Keystone XL Pipeline. For two years, he lived in his van at Duke University so he could receive his graduate degree in liberal studies debt-free. Ilgunas currently lives on a farm in Stokes County, North Carolina.

Off Grid as a Female, Tips for Women & Even Men! shared by Pure Living for Life

Technology has a shadow side.  The false belief that a safety net of sophisticated drugs and machines stretches below us, permitting lazy lifestyle choices, has undermined our spirit of self-reliance.

-Andrew Weil-

Was your spouse raised like a Disney princess? Were you? Does the idea of living off grid sound awesome but unfeasible for urbanites who consider roughing it a hotel with no room service? Today’s video shared by Jesse and Alyssa is motivation for any city dweller who is doubting their homesteading skills.

BTW, check out these Wise Reads to hone your off grid skills!

Off Grid Living: 25 Lessons on How to Live off The Grid and Survive in the Wild. Grow Your Own Food Source & Become Energy Independent (off grid … living off grid, Survival Skills) (Volume 1)

Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living

Jesse and Alyssa purchased 5 acres of land in the Inland Northwest and are building a homestead from scratch, debt free! They are documenting their journey via YouTube and a blog. To make the process more enjoyable, they brought along a travel trailer to live in while construction takes place. In this video, they both give fantastic tips and encouragement for those of us who think homesteading is a noble but unachievable goal.

Follow along with Jesse and Alyssa via their channel, website, Facebook and Instagram accounts. They post great videos from easy solar solutions to foraging for berries and plants. For those with an attraction to the cost of homesteading, their website provides expense reports each month for thier homesteading activities.

Please check out this inspiring couple and support their awesome goal. Best of luck Jesse and Alyssa, may your homestead continue to develop and grow this year.

Five Levels of Attachment by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., shared by The Journey

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.

-Simone Weil-

How could ancient wisdom from the Toltec culture give us guidance on the subject of attachment? Could understanding the 5 ways we inappropriately attach ourselves to the world help us suffer a bit less? Today’s video presented by The Journey, reviews The 5 Levels of Attachment, by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

Don Miguel, a best selling author, is of the Toltec and Nagual heritage, which incorporates the spiritual and mythological with awareness to bring clarity. He presents the 5 levels of attachment:

  • Authentic Self
  • Preference
  • Identification
  • Internalization
  • Fanaticism

while inviting us to look at our lives to see how an unhealthy concentration of these levels can leave us in a fog. If this peaks your interest, Ruiz and his father have created a library of wonderful books:

The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship: A Toltec Wisdom Book

Check out the Journey’s channel which does an awesome job animating and summarizing Ruiz’s powerful work. Well done to both the reviewer and author. Hope you enjoy!

Have a great day and Stay Wise.

How to Lose Those Limiting Beliefs! shared by Brian Tracy

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Jim Rohn

What would you consider a successful life? Would it be a cohesive and loving family? Financial Stability? Exploring the vast world we live in? If those goals ever seem too bold and unattainable, Today’s Daily Dose shared by Brian Tracy may help.

Brian encourages us to move forward slowly and methodically, with great confidence. He also shares a great exercise for creating a definite purpose while overcoming those limiting beliefs. Check out his new book below: 

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

Brian is an old school business and financial speaker, reaching out via his speaking engagements, writings and coaching. What I find most accessible are his YouTube Channel and Blog; both free, updated daily with tips, exercises and mantras. Brian also includes a wealth of free resources on his website.

Having attended company sponsored events where Brian was paid to speak, I find it pretty awesome he has shared so much of his work online without a cost.

Many thanks to Brian and other creators he has inspired.  Enjoy the day!