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 #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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Book of the Day #4: Foundation Training

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An immensely important book by Dr Eric Goodman. Here we are educated on the importance of spinal decompression on all aspects of our health. From our breathing to our digestion to our flipping senses! In short: If you learn how to habitually decompress your spine, you will be more fit, more vital, more alive.

Much has been said about the effects of our dormant lifestyles, much of the day spent in Spinal flexion. The common fitness remedy to this would be to put your back in extension, reversing the ‘C’ curve that our couch potato lives facilitate. This is good, but only a partial solution.

Throughout our lives the spine is under constant compressive forces by gravity, and the body adapts to this in a myriad of ways, many of which cause us muscular imbalance and immense pain over time.
In order to remedy this, Dr Goodman argues, with great and conviction and testimonials, that the right way to fix this is to teach our bodies (through the practices outlined in this book) to press back against gravity. When we teach our spines to move from a lengthened, supported, expansive, anchored, and decompressed state, we create strength, stability, and most importantly space for the joints to move.

The result of this training is that the muscles around the spine that have been shortened, weakened, and often even dormant,  for so long grow longer and stronger. They begin to support the spine in this newly re-discovered decompressed state, allowing the body to press back against gravity while continuing to maintain expansiveness and room for movement.

Warning: you may gain a few inches after practicing the exercises in this book.

I can testify that the results are quite incredible.


-Ben

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Book of the Day #3: Man’s Search for Meaning

IMG_0483Dr Viktor E. Frankl is somewhat of a hero of mine. A Jewish neurologist born in 1905, Viktor Frankl was rounded up and taken to various concentration camps (including Auschwitz and other) during the Holocaust. Surviving extreme and horrible conditions beyond most people’s comprehension by the skin of his teeth, he went on to write various books and become one of the most prominent and influential psychiatrists of the 20th century. This book is his most well known.

Man’s search for meaning details Dr Frankl’s experiences throughout the war and afterward. He noticed throughout his time in the concentration camps that there seemed to be a pattern in regards to who would die and who would live. Seeing it time and time again, he realised that there was also a pattern to people’s stages of psychological deterioration. Dr Frankl went on to devise his own psychological method for treating mental health issues. He called it ‘Logotherapy’.

Google: ‘Logos, (Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”) plural logoi, in Greek philosophy and theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning.’

A book that puts our world into perspective; which shows the human condition survive and learn under the worst conditions imaginable.
Fascinatingly Dr Frankl speaks of his captors not in terms of evil, but in terms of reason. He tries to understand them. This is a book to be read and re-read.

At the end of the book Dr Frankl includes an outline as to the application of Logotherapy as a psychological method. Many people will gain actionable information in this part of the book. His method shows much parallel with eastern religions, but with a western twist.

Can’t recommend this book enough.


-Ben

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