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Taoist Reflections: Your 3 Greatest Treasures

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“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.” – Lao Tzu, 46th Verse of the Tao Te Ching    Simplicity Living with simplicity entails…


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Soul Hiker Espresso: What Inspired me this Week

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This is a Soul Hiker Espresso post – a short post where I link to videos and articles which have inspired me or left an impression of some sort. Let me share some links to what has inspired me this week – Enjoy   Inspiring Magical Music moment in front of a Grocery Store: I absolutely loved this video because it’s such…


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The 12 Biggest Life Secrets Forgotten by Mankind

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The more I ponder about life, the more I come to one solid realisation: The biggest curse and predicament of modern Man is forgetfulness. Like a creeping malaise, forgetfulness has seeped through all of Man’s being and doing. Individually, collectively, historically or culturally, we are spellbound to forget. We haven’t only forgot our past but also our place in the…


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Taoist Reflections: Staying True to your Inner Vision

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This is the first of a series of ‘Taoist Reflections’, a new category of posts that will focus on short contemplations on Taoist philosophy and how it can be integrated into your daily life. The contemplations are based on the main Taoist text – The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu – which is perhaps the most important body of work…


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Finding your purpose in life: Simple living and discarding all the inessentials

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Whether you have come face to face with it already or else haven’t recognised it yet, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have a purpose in life and at some level you know it for certain. Trust me you do. I see people who are driven by that unshakeable knowledge of their path, their place in the world…


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The Serenity Prayer: a Universal Pearl of Wisdom

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When I was a schoolboy I never liked Religion classes. For those of you who might find the idea of compulsory religion classes at secondary school a bit strange let me fill you in with some quick context. I was born and raised in a fervently Catholic society. Religion, Catholic religion that is, was and still is a compulsory subject…


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The Problem of Individual Choice & Why We Should Care About Social Choices

In this talk, Renata Saleci makes an important point about our unhealthy obsession with making choices – or rather how we became so consumed by the idea of making rational choices for ourselves that we lost sight of social responsibility – that is making choices for the benefit of the collective present and future.

For me the subject of choice is important because it is closely linked to the idea of simplifying one’s life – a key topic I am currently diving deeper in. Basically making a choice supposedly means reducing noise and uncertainty from possible future scenarios. At the same time, we are under social pressure to make rational choices for ourselves all the time and this in itself is bringing more anxiety and pressure to make the right choices.

“Did I make the right career move?”

“Did I invest my money wisely?”

“Did I choose the right school for my children?”

We are becoming consumed by this and it has become a major source for stress and unhappiness. So instead of reducing complexity in our lives, our obsession with choices is actually increasing it. Living a simpler life requires that we don’t get lost in making choices but rather practice the art of making elegant choices – that is choices that come from a clear and open heart and mind and in line with our general life purpose rather than being sucked up into futile and resource intensive detail or worry!

A Beginner’s Guide to Lucid Dreaming

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  A Note from the Editor: This guest post by Cormac Reynolds of Astral Zen is a particularly helpful introduction for those who have never heard of the concept of Lucid Dreaming and are interested to find out some more about the topic. It is also ideal for those who have come across the subject on some occasions but were…


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