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Big Brother is Watching You

Russ Jamieson Books, Spirituality

1984 by George Orwell was released in 1949 and is truly a nightmare vision of the future (aka Kim Jong-Un’s wet dream). A world where we have no freedoms, we are constantly at war, and we are under constant surveillance by the government. Today, some of these premonitions have come true… just think about the FBI trying to get a backdoor into Iphones, internet surveillance, Edward Snowden (former CIA employee whistle blower), CCTV, etc. We can pretty much assume that everything we say on the phone or write on a keyboard is now recorded and stored in a database somewhere. The FBI can use your phone to record everything you’re doing without you even knowing it’s recording (Slate.com).  Oh, and your webcam, yea, they …

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The Undefeated Mind

How to Have an Undefeated Mind

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development, Philosophy, Spirituality

The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self by Alex Lickerman is about cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.  It can be summarized in two parts… first, how to survive and thrive in the face of adversity (personality hardiness), and second, how to overcome obstacles and keep going.  There are a lot more lessons to be pulled out of it, but that’s a quick snapshot. Happiness We all have an innate drive to be happy.  It’s at the core of what we do and why we do it.  The choices we make in life are driven by our desire to be happy.  Finding happiness is difficult for two reasons: …

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Life Lessons

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a brilliant book (written in 1960) with some great lessons.  The plot is a loose account of the events that unfolded in the author’s hometown when she was 10 years old.  Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who is defending a seemingly innocent black man (Tom) accused of raping a white girl.  The book deals with some serious issues, but has an innocence to it since it’s told from the perspective of a 10 year old girl.  Atticus Finch is the hero of this book because he stands up for what he believes in even when most people are against him.  His courage in the face of adversity is something we …

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Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development, Philosophy, Spirituality

Way of the peaceful warrior by Dan Millman definitely has a Zen feel to it. If you want to know how to live a happy life.. read this book (or at least watch the movie) and live by it. It’s filled with knowledge and deep insights. The book is about a young man named Dan who is a very competitive and ambitious gymnast. He trains very hard and all he wants is to win. One night while wandering about, he meets an old wise man named Socrates. Dan becomes his student and his life is forever changed. The old man challenges him in interesting ways and opens his mind into a whole new way of thinking and being. “Life has three …

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Lessons learned from Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is a short story that seems simple enough, but there are many life lessons interwoven throughout.  At the heart of the story is an old Cuban fisherman who never gives up.  The old man lives a tough life of unending struggle with fate and chance.  His life is hard, but he works hard, maintains his integrity and inner dignity, doesn’t complain, doesn’t make excuses, doesn’t boast, and he never surrenders. These are qualities that we all need to be successful in life. Summary: Santiago is an old and experienced fisherman who hasn’t caught a fish in 84 days. But he doesn’t give up. On the 85th day he goes further out …

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – Life Lessons

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development, Philosophy, Spirituality

Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) was the Roman Emperor from 161 until his death in 180.  He was known as Marcus the wise and was the last of the five good emperors. You might remember him as the old guy from the movie Gladiator.  During his later years, while he was commanding his armies, he wrote down many of his thoughts on Stoic philosophy.  These personal writings consisted of 12 books (called Meditations, meaning “to himself”) which he wrote over the last 10 years of his life.  They were a source for his own guidance and self-improvement and are still very relevant for us today. Quick note: Stoicism was founded by Zeno (300 bce).  His teachings continued and evolved until the later Stoics …

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Week 1 of Going Vegetarian

Russ Jamieson Health, Spirituality

Vegetarians and vegans seem a little smug, don’t they?  I used to think they had a pompousness attitude, but in reality it’s not them, it’s your perception of them.  This is a defense mechanism.  I thought of them this way because of my own guilt, shame, and denial.  I knew deep down that what they were doing was right, and what I was doing (killing and eating animals) was ultimately wrong.  This deep seated belief told me that they were more enlightened and conscious beings, more aware, and more aligned with the world and the creatures that live among us… I didn’t like vegans and vegetarians because it forced me to face that part of myself that was playing into …

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Eben Alexander’s Near Death Experience

Russ Jamieson Spirituality

This is a great video on the mind, brain, consciousness, religion, reincarnation, and life after death. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven, is a Neurosurgeon who fell into a 7 day coma in 2008.  He was diagnosed with a rare form of bacterial meningitis, which he claims shut down his neocortex, the seat of human consciousness.  Before his coma, he believed in the conventional scientific model of the world – the brain produces consciousness.  After his coma, and near death experience (NDE), everything had changed for him.  He provides an amazing account of his NDE and brings us some lessons from the other side: We are all one soul You are deeply loved and cherished forever You have nothing …

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Going Bald? Why YOU Should Just Shave It!

Russ Jamieson Health, Personal Development

You’re balding… Do you shave it or desperately hold on to every last hair? I avoided the rain because it made my hair look thinner.  I avoided the wind because it highlighted my bald spots.  I avoided bright lighting because it showed how much hair I had lost.  I tried Rogaine, hair thickening shampoo, and  at one time even considered a hair transplant to stop the hair loss I was experiencing.  What had my life become?  How did something so seemingly meaningless have so much control over me?  Was it the loss of control?  The loss of identity and self image? I first started noticing my hair loss around 2008.  The first time I noticed it, I panicked.  Why was …

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Public Speaking – Impromptu Tips

Russ Jamieson Personal Development

Great video from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Matt Abrahams   How to think fast and talk smart Matt Abrahams talks about studies that have been done that show that 85% of people get anxiety before public speaking.  He says the other 15% are probably lying, and I completely agree with him.  This is a great video that teaches us ways to manage anxiety so we can communicate more effectively. Part 1 – Manage anxiety How do you feel when you watch a nervous speaker? Uncomfortable and disengaged. In order to deliver your message, you must make audience feel comfortable and this means you need to be comfortable. The initial minutes prior to speaking is when most people get nervous.  Some …

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