Category Archives: Books

Book Select – Thinking fast and Slow

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic.

Find a copy on Amazon or read the Pdf online here

Book Select: Your money or Your life

For more than twenty-five years,  Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin’s guidance. This fully revised and updated edition with a foreword by “the Frugal Guru” ( New Yorker) Mr. Money Mustache is the ultimate makeover of this bestselling classic, ensuring that its time-tested wisdom applies to people of all ages and covers modern topics like investing in index funds, managing revenue streams like side hustles and freelancing, tracking your finances online, and having difficult conversations about money. 
  
Whether you’re just beginning your financial life or heading towards retirement, this book will show you how to:  
  
• Get out of debt and develop savings 
• Save money through mindfulness and good habits, rather than strict budgeting 
• Declutter your life and live well for less 
• Invest your savings and begin creating wealth 
• Save the planet while saving money 
• …and so much more! 

You can find a copy on Amazon or PDF for free.

Book Select – Mystic Scuba

I stumbled across this book with a random search pertaining to deep breathing and blood pressure. For recreation I practice deep breathing and for the first time I actually decided to time my breathing. Surprised myself at a little under 2 breaths per minute 15 second inhale / 15 second exhale. Casual pacing, in a meditative state I probably could get to one per minute. Either way it led me to a passage in a book called Mystic Scuba.

They broke down a few simple concepts I’ve never heard of relating to breathing underwater.

Absolute atmospheric Pressure

How oxygen becomes enhanced at depth

Air is a gas mix (never thought of it that way)

Compression of oxygen molecules

I remember one meditation session where I felt a similar sensation to what is being described as compressed oxygen. I was doing a deep breathing exercise sitting in the bathroom. The sun was beaming to my left and all of sudden I felt like I should stop breathing, then I stopped. The urge to take more breaths just faded in a way I never felt before. It was as if I had taken in a compressed version of oxygen that lasted long enough to where I didn’t have to breathe for I’d say a minute or two without the body pulling for oxygen. So when I read the science behind partial pressure

If your interested in this type of information here is a link to a pdf on Google Books

Book Select – How to Change Your Mind

I’ve been meaning to post this book after hearing about it on a podcast with Joe. I noticed the person next to me on the plane was reading it. He thought it would an interesting read being he just made it back from Japan after serving 9 months in jail for LSD. More coincidences like this are more confirmation that I should be starting this podcast ASAP. Everyone has an experience to tell.

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. 

Available on Amazon

Book Select – Sacred Mushroom Rituals

After leaving his job as a forest ranger on a Hupa Indian Reservation in California, Tom Lane spent nine monthin 1973 living in the jungles of Palenque and the Sierra Madres del Paifico of Oaxaca training with one Curandero and two Curanderas, learning the ancient Sacred Rituals of Healing, Divination, and Spiritual Traveling through Sacred Mushroom Ceremonies. These ancient rituals which were forbidden to outsiders are revealed, some for the first time, in this extraordinary journey into the world of the Mayans, Zapotec, and Mazatec. Written from Tom’s diary while through-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Main in 2016. Originally written for his three sons and adopted Vietnamese daugher, this is the true story of Tom’s journey to Quetzalcoatl, and how he met their mother, Shelley, during a Velada at the home of Maria Sabina during his second excursion to Huautla de Jimenez. This Book includes detailed information on the Sacred Ceremony to meet Quetzalcoatl, the Sacred Graveyard Ritual of the Zapotec’s, and the Mayan Waterfall Ceremony in the jungles of Palenque, as well as revealing ancient wisdom of the Priests and Priestesses of Tlaloc and the Aztec Tree of Life. This ancient knowledge is written from a current western scientific DNA bio-neurological approach, revealing the gifts of the Eagle and Jaguar to mankind.

The full book is available on Amazon

Book Select – The Secret Life of Plants

Explore the inner world of plants and its fascinating relation to mankind, as uncovered by the latest discoveries of science. A perennial bestseller.

In this truly revolutionary and beloved work, drawn from remarkable research, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird cast light on the rich psychic universe of plants. Now available in a new edition, The Secret Life of Plants explores plants’ response to human care and nurturing, their ability to communicate with man, plants’ surprising reaction to music, their lie-detection abilities, their creative powers, and much more. Tompkins and Bird’s classic book affirms the depth of humanity’s relationship with nature and adds special urgency to the cause of protecting the environment that nourishes us.

Available to purchase on amazon or download the free  pdf here

Book Select: The Kemetic Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a roadmap of a journey which explains how Creation came into being and how it will end. It also explains what Creation is composed of and also what human beings are and what they are composed of. It also explains the process of Creation, how Creation develops, as well as who created Creation and where that entity may be found. It also explains how a human being may discover that entity and in so doing also discover the secrets of Creation, the meaning of life and the means to break free from the pathetic condition of human limitation and mortality in order to discover the higher realms of being by discovering the principles, the levels of existence that are beyond the simple physical and material aspects of life.

Written by Muata Ashby

This book is available online at Amazon and PDF can be found by searching also

Book Select: Iron Shirt Chi Kung

An introduction to the ancient Kung Fu practice designed to unify physical, mental, and spiritual health

• Describes the unique Iron Shirt air-packing techniques that protect vital organs from injuries

• Explains the rooting practice exercises necessary to stabilize and center oneself

• Includes guidelines for building an Iron Shirt Chi Kung daily practice

Long before the advent of firearms, Iron Shirt Chi Kung, a form of Kung Fu, built powerful bodies able to withstand hand-to-hand combat. Even then, however, martial use was only one aspect of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, and today its other aspects remain vitally significant for anyone seeking better health, a sound mind, and spiritual growth.

In Iron Shirt Chi Kung Master Mantak Chia introduces this ancient practice that strengthens the internal organs, establishes roots to the earth’s energy, and unifies physical, mental, and spiritual health. Through a unique system of breathing exercises, he demonstrates how to permanently pack concentrated air into the connective tissues (the fasciae) surrounding vital organs, making them nearly impervious to injuries–a great benefit to athletes and other performers. He shows readers how once they root themselves in the earth they can direct its gravitational and healing power throughout their bone structure. Additionally, Master Chia presents postural forms, muscle-tendon meridians, and guidelines for developing a daily practice routine. After becoming rooted and responsive, practitioners of Iron Shirt Chi Kung can then focus on higher spiritual work.

The Book can be found online at Amazon 

The Journey to Bloom

The Journey to Bloom

I can remember as far back as seven years old, when my mom gifted me this vibrant blue furry journal with the matching pen. It came with a lock and key which for me meant that I could really lay it out all while simultaneously creating a practice of allowing myself to be vulnerable. This journal in particular symbolized a notion of protection. I wouldn’t have to suffer any repercussions for whatever it was that I was going to write. I could share more, and spill all my secrets without worrying about anyone snooping into my prized journal. Whatever “it” was that was going on in my eight year old world, and whatever “issues” I was facing as a young child, I laid it all out in-between those pages.

This was the beginning of my love affair with writing. There’s never been a point since then that I can recall not writing or journaling, putting my innermost thoughts and feelings on paper. It has served as one of my greatest outlets, tools and resources. It has always been my safe space. It has carried and anchored me during some of the best and worst of times.

This project in particular I began working on years ago. It became a compilation of things that were already written or had been given previous thought to. However along the journey there was doubt. Not sure if the words that I wanted to share was actually meaningful and not sure if they had a place and a purpose. I began allowing these inner questions and not having the answers to these questions stall me.

Read the full article here and purchase Bloom by Latarria C Whitehead  Today!