Book of the day #10: Still The Mind

IMG_0634Constant thoughts, constant distractions; wired on adrenaline. Some of us are driven to madness by the constant dopamine rush, the need for more. Alan Watts brings us a remedy to that via trains of thought like no other.

A man gifted with his words, the likes of which the world has never seen before: Alan brings us a refreshing perspective on the nature of life, the universe, and everything in his own signature humorous manner..

A small book, it could easily be read in a day. However Alan’s words will undoubtedly take you to places that you have never been before. Revelation after revelation will take time to digest, and there is no better man to take on that journey than Mr Watts himself.


-Ben

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Book of the day #9: This is a Voice

IMG_0614We all have a voice. We use it every day to communicate ourselves, to get things done, to leave our mark upon the world. Because it is just that: uniquely ours. Every single voice is the unique expression of that individual soul, and because of that it is very personal to us.

So… Why not learn how to use it properly?

This book details, through 99 separate exercises, how to effectively understand and utilise your voice’s capacity for full expression, in a variety of contexts. Whether you’re a singer, an actor, a corporate exec, or just someone looking to sound more powerful, this book has got you covered.

In a day an age where we use our voices almost excessively throughout the day, it has never been more beneficial to learn how to use it effectively.


-Ben

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Book of the Day #8: The Richest Man in Babylon

IMG_0484.jpgWritten by George Samuel Clason. Based in the Persian city of Babylon: This book tells entertaining parables full of ancient knowledge as to the psychological secrets of accumulating and managing wealth; and it’s wisdom spreads to far more than just economic and material wealth.

In equal parts entertaining and informative, this book is recommended by multiple contemporary economic giants such as Warren Buffet and Forbes Magazine.

In it’s simplicity lies complexity, for it lays out through it’s  stories the underlying principles behind the secrets of wealth vs poverty. One can also take a philosophy as to how to manage oneself.

An entry from wikipedia exponents: ‘George S. Clason here gives a historical overview of Babylon, noting that although “its very name conjures visions of wealth and splendor” that the city itself was located next to the EuphratesRiver “in a flat, arid valley. It had no forests, no mines–not even stone for building. It was not even located upon a natural trade-route. The rainfall was insufficient to raise crops. Babylon is an outstanding example of man’s ability to achieve great objectives, using whatever means are at his disposal. All of the resources supporting this large city were man-developed. All of its riches were man-made.” ‘

A small, but indispensable classic. Definitely worth a read for anyone interested in the principles behind wealth in all of it’s forms.


-Ben

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Practice is Muscle Memory.

Music is muscle memory. Singing is muscle memory. Playing the guitar is muscle memory. Anybody who has played an instrument for a while knows that when you practice a piece of music slowly and correctly, you are gaining the ability to reproduce this music correctly.
Once you can reproduce something correctly, you can now speed it up, slow it down, change it, whatever: because the fundamental structure is now a part of you, and you have full control over it’s reproduction.

An easy mistake it is to confuse speed with correctness. Most people when they tend to practice will do something fast, with much effort, and seemingly complete it. However it only takes a simple test in action, or someone with an intuitive understanding of the true principles to watch this practice come crashing down. Like a skyscraper, if you have not carefully laid the foundations meticulously and consciously, then the rest is going to suffer all the more for it.

This applies to any practice: Martial arts, Movement, IT, anything.

Something to ponder in your own life: Where in your life is your integrity suffering because of shaky foundations? And what could you do consciously, and meticulously to fix this?

  • When it comes to the foundations: Principles and then Details are key.

-Ben

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Book of the Day #7: The Rational Male

IMG_0545A phenomenal book written by ‘Rollo Tomassi’ (pseudonym). This book is mainly targeted at men, but there is something for everyone here to be learned.

The book centre’s around the idea of a positive masculinity achieved by ‘Red Pill awareness’, an idea that will be recognisable by it’s in inception in the film ‘The Matrix’.

Many men have found solace in the work of Rollo Tomassi’s 10 year in the works’ book on intersexual dynamics. For those of you who are struggling with frustrations, relationships, or lack of such; this is not one to be missed…


-Ben

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P.S. The picture features the third edition in the series: ‘The Rational Male: Positive Masculinity’. The firstly is simply ‘The Rational Male’.

 

Book of the Day #5: The Art of Peace

IMG_0479The creator of Aikido ‘Morihei Ueshiba’ brings us the Art of Peace. Translated and published in 1992, this book is a little martial gem. Only 121 short pages long, the philosophies laid out by the master warrior are that from which the martial art of ‘Aikido’ was born.

This book is the perfect counterpart to ‘The art of war’, approaching the same topics but where the art of war approaches the topic from an intent of inflicting wounds, the art of peace comes at it with the intent of overcoming anger with passion.

It is said that Ueshiba was sparring with an opponent in the finals of a sword-fighting tournament when he become disarmed. He proceeded to beat his opponent unarmed and without hurting the man.

Where this book lacks in specific technicalities as to fighting and strategy, it makes up for in soul. Regardless of the mentions of ‘Oneness’ and ‘The way’ that may not appeal to everyone, this book does contain advice that is applicable to martial arts and life universally,

This book presents a more loving way for the warrior to see the world, and how to make one’s impact. Loving does not mean weak.


-Ben

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