Notes on Living & Useful Resources

Our minds have evolved for survival and not for happiness. Today, this means that we find instant gratification and safety even if it makes us unwell.

The only clear purpose of living is to love and be loved. The only way to fully love and be loved is to have an open mind and an unencumbered heart. Delaying gratification and not being in the safety of your comfort zone will, over time, open your mind and unencumber your heart. Delaying gratification and being uncomfortable requires discipline.

This discipline requires knowing yourself. If you know yourself, then you can track when you are about to, or already have, strayed from the discipline. The way to know yourself is to discover the detached observer that is you. While everything you do, feel, or think constantly changes, there is an observer to it all that is consistently there, which is you.

It is possible to build a life in alignment with your uniqueness, though you must know it first. Living in alignment with yourself can have the added benefit of being financially profitable. Although money and personal alignment are not necessarily connected, it can make earning money less likely to require sacraficing everything else for it, and thus more likely to be sustainable.

If you can know yourself by finding and staying in a place of detached observation, then you will be practicing mindfulness. Maintaining the discipline requires mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness works because our minds are elastic and can be freed from limiting actions or thoughts. Deciding to live with mindful discipline will open your mind and unencumber your heart, which will make you capable of loving and able to be loved. If you can do this while perceiving life as a constant path, then you will have purpose, you will be well, and life will be good.

Useful Resources

These are some helpful resources for implementing the notes on living and good starting places to discover ways to maintain the discipline in different aspects of life. These resources also provide a deeper explanation of what some of these ideas mean. When life is not about survival, through these resources, a different path can be learned.

  1. Sebastian Junger’s Tribe can help us understand the conditions that our minds prefer to exist in and why the discipline is required when these conditions no longer exist.
  2. Derek Sivers and James Altucher can help us see the world as abundant and available, not only requiring survival. Simon Sinek can help us articlate and express who we are in the modern economy.
  3. Jocko Willink can help us know the discipline and how to implement it. He can show us the darkness that exists when the discipline is lost. By seeing the darkness we can also understand how free we already are.
  4. Tara Brach and Michael Singer can help us find the space of detached observation within our minds. Elliot Hulse shows us that the body is the mind.
  5. Tim Ferris can show us the tactics for implementation, examples of success, and ways to find moments of instant gratification while on the long and disciplined path. He can show us sign posts of where to seek what others have discovered about possibility, though the choice of where to commit is up to us.
  6. Oliver Sacks can help us understand our mind’s elasticity and what this means. Tony Robbins can help us utilize our mind’s maleability and capability for desired changes.

The notes on life can be understood deeply at any step, and beyond these notes and resources there is much more.