An inflated sense of self can be burdensome for a teenager, even inhibiting. With expectations high, every step tends to become laden with significance. For some, this can be paralyzing. Better would be to set aside any self-satisfaction or notions of entitlement, focus on the moment, and try one's best. Outcomes will take care of themselves.http://http//taosophy.com/videos/yourenotspecial.mp4
Living The Tao

How globalization and unchecked growth are ruining us, our cultures and the world.

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Remember the last time that you were so focused, that you felt at the absolute top of your form  Flows shows how you can achieve this state of mind at will. Drawing on over 30 years of breakthrough research into what makes people satisfied, he explains the key elements of flow.

Effortless Action: Wu-wei As Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual

Ideal in Early China

Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action.

The Art of Stoic Living  Tom Morris


How ideas of Stoic Philosophy - which emphasizes goals like gaining command of one's passions and achieving indifference to pain and distress. The book highlights how insights relate to modern experience. ancient wisdom to new concerns

This entertaining and enlightening guide reveals the philosophy behind the martial arts techniques that lead to a creative and fulfilled life.

This book presents a systematic account of the role of the personal

spiritual ideal of wu-wei--literally "no doing," but better rendered as

"effortless action"--in early Chinese thought..

A guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?"

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Dojo Wisdom   by Jennifer Lawler

A martial arts teacher and second-degree black belt, Jennifer Lawler teaches her readers how to find their inner warrior. Each lesson begins with a description and explanation, then offers a short exercise to illustrate how to apply the teaching in everyday situations.

In this mini-book collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love.

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Stoicism Today

Patrick Ussher


Read personal accounts of how Stoicism is still being used today. Available in both Kindle & Paperback.

SIMPLICITY: ESSAYS

By Millburn & Nicodemus


The best of The Minimalists

Simplicity: Essays is a collection of Joshua & Ryan’s most important

writings from the web

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By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.

The Art of Living

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In The Secret Life of Water, the author guides us along water’s remarkable journey through our planet and continues his work to reveal water’s secret life to humankind and how we can apply its wisdom to our own lives, and how, by learning to respect and appreciate water, we can better confront the challenges that face the twenty-first century—and rejuvenate the planet.

by Masaru Emoto

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A Guide to Life's Turning Points

This Chinese oracle will help to promote success and good fortune and to impart balance and perspective to your life. Its everlasting popularity lies in the lessons that it teaches about how to use your positive qualities in order to attain life's greatest rewards-prosperity, understanding, and peace of mind.

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

Rufus rebuts the prevailing notion that aloneness is indistinguishable from loneliness, the fallacy that all of those who are alone don't want to be, and wouldn't be, if only they knew how.

The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear

by Benjamin Hoff

Through a combination of personal insights and psychology, The Introvert’s Way helps and encourages introverts to embrace their nature, to respect traits they may have been ashamed of and reframe them as assets.

Forni looks at the importance of thinking: how we do it and why we need to do more of it. In twelve short chapters, he gives readers a remedy for the Age of Distraction.

by P.M. Forni

Stephen Cave’s Immortality investigates whether it just might be possible to live forever and whether we should want to.


But it also makes a powerful argument, which is that it’s our very preoccupation with defying mortality that drives civilization.

A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity—an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand—and why it is so essential to our well-being

Examining how modernization changes the way people live and think, Norberg-Hodge challenges us to redefine our concepts of “development” and “progress.” Above all, Ancient Futures stresses the need to carry traditional wisdom into the future—our urgent task as a global community.


An unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: Stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives.

The sad fact is, many people live by a very different set of rules, and while most of these folks eventually self-destruct, they can inflict severe damage on our personal and professional lives in the process. Arm yourself against those who don’t play by the rules with the real life historical  examples and anecdotes in

Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power

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Nelson Mandela is a true hero and the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. The tenets that have guided his life and shaped his remarkable journey are now accessible to all in Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage, by Richard Stengel, editor of TIME magazine, with a preface by Mandela himself.

Mandela’s Way

David McCullough Jr.

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How to realize the ultimate meaning of life in each moment by dissolving all notions of ego identity. It asks that spiritual seekers wake up to their true nature, which is already enlightened. Based on the Buddhist wisdom tradition, this easy-to-read book discusses in simple but profound and inspiring language how we can live a life full of love, satisfaction, and happiness.

Beliefs divide us, Values unite us.

The contemporary history of religious and political ideologies is bloody. From the Nazi Holocaust to beheadings by Islamic Jihadist terrorists, fanatics have divided the world into believers and heretics. Their propaganda has persuaded followers to torture and slaughter unbelievers.

In his most eye-opening and deeply personal book yet, David Brooks—New York Times bestselling author of The Social Animal—tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed, and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth. In a society that emphasizes success and external achievement, The Road to Character is a book about inner worth.

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Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement.

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