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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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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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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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Russ Jamieson Books, Philosophy

It is only 418 pages (the version I read – 25th anniversary edition), but it took me ages to read! It is an interesting philosophical fiction with many interesting life questions, but it just couldn’t hold my attention very well.  So be warned, it may feel a little slow at times, but hang in there.  Anyways, I finally forced myself to read past the first few chapters and was happy that I made it through the entire book, but I will not be reading it again anytime soon!  This book was a huge success when it was released in 1974 and interestingly, this book was rejected 121 times by publishers.  Robert is persistent (it did take him 4 years to …

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Russell Brand – Awakened Man

Russ Jamieson Philosophy, Spirituality

I certainly have a new found respect for Mr. Brand after watching this video! He has awakened and his message is about love, unity, compassion and other core basics that relate to us as a whole. He focuses on the fact that we are not separate entities, but in this together and we need to do what is best for our conscious evolution and transcendence. Photo Credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/10642200274

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Ram Dass – Life Is Inside Every Breath

Russ Jamieson Philosophy, Spirituality

Ram Dass speaks to us in this wonderful YouTube video.  Here are some snippets…. Please watch! “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. 3 Planes – Different from one another 1 – Ego plane 2 – Soul Plane 3 – Pure awareness (Not really a plane) Your whole sense of separateness came from some uncomfortable experience which pushed you from that oneness. All of separateness is built on relationship between things. The ego is a web of relationships based on specialness. We are caught in a drama so thick based on our egos. The first thing you …

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Alan Watts – Time To Wake Up

Russ Jamieson Alan Watts, Philosophy, Spirituality

You are it! If you see yourselves in the right way, then you would understand just how extraordinary you are. You are a miracle and there is nothing wrong with you at all.. but you think there is something wrong with you.. but there is nothing wrong with thinking that either, it is what we do. Interesting perspectives from Alan Watts! Image credits – http://t-abroudj.deviantart.com/

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