Friday Freedom! Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

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Self Discipline Like A Roman Emperor, shared by Thomas Frank

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

–Marcus Aurelius–

Why is it so hard to do the things that are in line with our goals but not with our desires at that moment? How can we harness the power of our minds to create a steady fountain of self-discipline each day? Today’s video shared by Thomas Frank may help us understand how Marcus Aurelius envisioned human motivation in his classic work, Meditations. Check out some Wise Reads of today to train that disciplined mind: 

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who practiced the age-old tradition of Stoicism. His work, Meditations can be held as one of the foremost works in Stoic philosophy. Aurelius was also known as a Philosopher King, a lover of wisdom, who questioned and challenged the preconceived notions of those in his circle.

Thomas Frank is likely to be called the Philosopher King of College. His ever-growing YouTube channel and website began as an endeavor to help students develop better study habits. Thomas has now moved past study habits to concepts such as motivation, discipline, fear and anxiety. Thomas has succeeded in helping thousands of students move on to college and excel in higher education. He has now taken his show on the road speaking to companies, graduates and educators to further his message.

Many thanks to Marcus Aurelius, Thomas Frank and all other Philosopher Kings for their contributions and guidance to so many of us.

Enjoy the day and Stay Wise!

Ego is the Enemy, shared by Ryan Holiday

All bad qualities center around the ego. When the ego is gone, Realization results by itself.

Ramana Maharshi

Can the stories we tell ourselves be detrimental to our development and growth? How dangerous can the Ego really be?   Will a study of the Ego result in humility and self awareness?

In today’s Daily Dose, author Ryan Holiday presents his new book, Ego is the Enemy, to employees at Google. Ryan’s work guides us through the phases of aspiration, success and failure, as they are tied to life lessons. Check it out below!

Ego Is the Enemy

Learn more about Ryan and his other wonderful creative works via twitter and his website. Also, check out his other Wise Read below!

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

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.

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.

Friday Freedom! Four Ways of Letting Go, Shared by Ajahn Brahm

“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”

-Ajahn Brahm-

Have you considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings? What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.

If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of awesome books:

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties

If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.

Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy: Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook

Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes.  Give it a try.

Stay Wise.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree, shared by Jim Rohn

Time has more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.

Jim Rohn

Let’s be honest, motivational speakers can be annoying. They share anecdotal tales of rags to riches and tell us we can do the same thing with minimal effort if we desired. Could there be a speaker worth tolerating? In my quest for personal development I found one man who led the pack, his name is Jim Rohn.

Jim is no longer with us but has left an amazing legacy, which includes videos from the 1970’s forward. Those recordings are a mix of comedy standup and daily encouragement. Jim had one of the most distinct Midwest accents and a kind supportive smile that made you feel like he was sure you could achieve your goals. He has left a number of awesome reads too:

Twelve Pillars

Seasons of Life

Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle

Jim’s story always started with a tale of a girl scout coming to his door to sell cookies when he was flat broke. After lying to the girl scout that he had an ample supply of thin mints to not disclose his poverty, he decided he was sick and tired of being broke. Finally, he gives us the courage to be honest with ourselves and work harder rather than relying on excuses or resting on our failures.

Spend a bit of time with Jim’s talks and you will find his wisdom timeless. He tugs on the same chords we struggle with today as humans trying to eek out a secure existence. Jim’s wisdom is not just for those in business but for anyone who wants to enjoy their craft while living life to the fullest.

Have an awesome week and stay wise!