Happiness, Mindfulness

A Lesson From Siddhartha

I’d like to share my favorite quote from the novel Siddhartha, by Hermanne Hesse. But first to give some background of the situation in the story, Siddhartha and his friend Govinda are living in the time of Buddha. Govinda follows closely the teachings of Buddha and is seeking enlightenment. Siddhartha however goes out on his own,…

Independence, Resilience, Sustainability

The Theory of Anyway

I read about the The Theory of Anyway in an unsuspecting place: a book about food storage and preservation called ‘Independence Days’ by Sharon Astyk.  I’ve read about 1/3 of the book and she hasn’t yet talked about food preservation. Instead the first good chunk of the book discusses how we can be independent from…

Happiness, Health, Mindfulness

It’s All in Your Head

The mind is a powerful thing. Most of you have heard of the Placebo Effect, where people have been cured of serious ailments like chronic pain, depression even stomach ulcers just from the power of thought, believing that they are taking a medical drug when it’s in fact just an inert pill. This concept applies…

Minimalism, Simplicity

The Simple Joys of Traveling light

Do you remember your first time traveling with a backpack? Maybe it was when you graduated high school and university and you jumped on a plane with your best buds to some faraway land, where that the only thing you knew about your destination was its location on the map and what you read skimming…

Self Improvement, Skills

The Many Benefits of Speed Reading

We all have had that overwhelming feeling wandering through the library or bookstore and seeing all these treasure chests of potential knowledge but then thinking of how many hours/days/years it would take to get through them! Up until a few years ago, I considered myself a slow reader. And I just sort of accepted it…