In the course of writing our book, Jean and I spend an exuberant amount of time reading great books. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the best books that explore how the human mind works. If you’ve read any, leave us a comment on your thoughts about it.
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee
In our multifaceted, complex lives, sometimes things can be difficult. We travel for work, spending long days away from home. Our bodies become sick. We argue with loved ones. We end up jobless at a time when money is needed most. We are judged by those that don’t understand the actions we take.
Someone close to us leaves us behind.
We then cry out that these things shouldn’t happen; they should not be the way they are. We decide that things, life, and events are unjust and unfair. We label them, judging them as bad or good, instead of accepting the ways things are: neither good, neither bad, just there.
The weather is never bad, it’s just weather.
In this way of resisting what is, we add lots of negativity, anxiety, and frustration. Often times, we spend more energy criticizing how terrible things are than what what is done in the first place! How many times have we recounted to friends and family about the terrible driver that cut us off that day? The unfair cost increase in our power bill? The store ran out of bananas?
This way of carrying things around with us, past the event itself, is well recounted in a story of two monks. Continue reading
Aiden recently wrote a guest post on Scientific American MIND about how space and time are represented in the brain. It’s a short and informative read. Grab a coffee and head over to the link below.