Meditations: Session Five – On Desire

I used a new guided meditation tonight, from my favorite Meditation Guide, Paul Santisi. It’s a neat guided meditation, and really exercises your imagination as well. You can check it out here: I’m looking forward to repeating this. Below are the notes taken after my meditation, per usual – and while this my most succinct setContinue reading “Meditations: Session Five – On Desire”

Humans, Listen to Your Raccoon King: Drop Out of The Cult of Self-Esteem in Favor of Your Rational Animal Confidence

This morning I came across an entry on a blog I follow that addressed the potential harm in the pursuit of self-esteem. I’m glad I came across this because I thought about this very topic last night as I was working on mapping my values and virtues. In fact I opted not to list self-esteemContinue reading “Humans, Listen to Your Raccoon King: Drop Out of The Cult of Self-Esteem in Favor of Your Rational Animal Confidence”

The Big Four: How The Navy Seals Effectively Combat Fear

Someone in my Stoicism philosophy group recommended this video to me and I am LOVING what I’ve learned about how the US Navy Seals (HOOYAH GO NAVY!) have integrated four specific cognitive behavioral techniques into their training program to help trainees combat fear. Watch from 2:47 to to 18:30 – trust me, you’ll likely enjoy itContinue reading “The Big Four: How The Navy Seals Effectively Combat Fear”

Notes and Lessons from Napoleon Hill’s 1928 Masterpiece: Outwitting The Devil

Update: Jan 2017 – just going to leave this here:  https://www.google.com/amp/paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-untold-story-of-napoleon-hill-the-greatest-self-he-1789385645/amp?client=safari – Not to detract from the man’s work, but the above read was eye opening to say the least. Take what you will with a grain of salt, the entry below included. As a follow-up to yesterday’s entry on Napoleon Hill’s Outwitting The Devil, tonightContinue reading “Notes and Lessons from Napoleon Hill’s 1928 Masterpiece: Outwitting The Devil”

Napoleon Hill: Outwitting The Devil

Update: Jan 2017 – just going to leave this here:  https://www.google.com/amp/paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-untold-story-of-napoleon-hill-the-greatest-self-he-1789385645/amp?client=safari – Not to detract from the man’s work, but the above read was eye opening to say the least. Take what you will with a grain of salt, the entry below included. tl;dr – I am incredibly excited about this discovery. I am buzzing withContinue reading “Napoleon Hill: Outwitting The Devil”

Poetry: This is Farewell

What can I say That desire that you crushed It was all that I had – that was the last of my trust Once again you didn’t see that there was love behind my lust And now you’re gone – And I won’t see you again – But I warned you – We could neverContinue reading “Poetry: This is Farewell”

Denzel Washington: “You Already Have it, Claim it.”

For a time I didn’t believe in that spiritual spark, the one that fuels discoveries like this – and finding things like this, or rather – them finding me, was a rare occurrence; however, today I am back in the good graces of the universe, and my relationship with providence, with that spark which IContinue reading “Denzel Washington: “You Already Have it, Claim it.””

Attitude is Everything.

If you had this guy’s mindset, you could not lose. I don’t even want to quote anything specifically, because he [Apollos Hester] says so much of value here. Bookmark this and watch it again, and again. Update: Just found this beautiful edit (made yesterday!) of it…

Poetry: Declarations of Small Consequence

He too loathed himself entirely before he came to the surface And he too has some things he will take to his maker And I thank him for warning me that it takes some time to cast off that darkness Because it’s given me patience, A virtue I never had much of And amazingly, myContinue reading “Poetry: Declarations of Small Consequence”

Jules Evans: 8 Great Ideas from Stoicism

Note: The following non-italicized copy was originally published at Psychology Today, and I am republishing the content here for preservation’s sake. According to Jules Evans, author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems, a combination of philosophy and psychology is not only practical, but an effective way of approaching today’s problems.Continue reading “Jules Evans: 8 Great Ideas from Stoicism”

On Self-Control: Do Yourself a Favor and Watch This Video

Update: 10/17/14 I’ve posted a follow-up entry to this on self-mastery that covers both self-control and self-discipline. If you’re interested in self-control and self-mastery, I highly advise you read it. Finding this video is almost a bit uncanny because the creator literally references the very same concepts I came to know through meditation. These include theContinue reading “On Self-Control: Do Yourself a Favor and Watch This Video”