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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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Are Legends Born or Made?

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Are legends born, or made? To find out Heineken®, as part of its latest global campaign ‘Voyage’, is undertaking it’s most daring experiment yet. It is testing what men are truly made of when taken out of their daily lives and dropped into the great unknown. Imagine the situation. You are a highly social character, out-going and confident. You get…


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Top 5 Takeaways from Global Leaders

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This is a Guest Post by Brianna A top-performing leader in education, nursing or any other field, is someone who is truly passionate about continuous personal development and recognizes that people are the biggest key to success.  They have the admirable unique ability, among others, to spearhead change and motivate others. Leaders, and those who are most influenced by them,…


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Quelling Your Mistaken Notions of Insignificance

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  This is a guest post by Michael Nelson You can look up at the stars and immediately stumble upon some vague rationalization that you do not matter. It’s easier than you may think. All you need is just ponder on the immense vastness of space and our magnitude in the scale of things. Out in that space above your…


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Looking at the Challenges that Come with Senior Living

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This is a guest post by Rebecca Matthews There is no doubt about the fact that the senior citizen segment of the world’s population is the fastest growing group. In developed countries, this demographic trend has been happening for decades since better quality of life extends life expectancy. This trend is also manifestly happening now in developing countries around the…


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Needs, Wants, and Minimalist Living

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How long would it take you to make a complete inventory of your physical possessions? How long would it take you to box everything up yourself, and how much space would those boxes take up? If you’ve moved recently, then you can probably answer those last two questions. But imagine going through each item, writing it down, and giving a…


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