These are the resources (the books, movies, practices, and online tools) that have impacted my life in positive ways. I am not currently an affiliate for any of these products. I share them with you because I gained so much from them.
These are the book I consider to be foundational for building an extraordinary life.
- The Bible (no, I haven’t read the whole bible. Not even close.)
- The Upanishads
- The Bhagavad Gita
- The Tao Te Ching
- Most books written about Vedanta (e.g. – Vedanta: Voice of Freedom, by Swami Vivekananda or The Wisdom of Vedanta: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Non-dualism, by S. Abhayananda)
- Most books written about Kriya Yoga (e.g. Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda)
Books on manifesting and cultivating a success consciousness:
- Feeling is the Secret, by Neville Goddard (Anything written by this man is great.)
- The Power of Awareness, by Neville Goddard
- Life is Consciousness, by Emmet Fox
- The Message of a Master, by John McDonald
- Key to Yourself, by Venice Bloodworth
The Magic of Being: How to Succeed and Realize Your Dreams (A Book for Children of all Ages) – This short rhyming story teaches your child the importance of their self-image in a fun, entertaining way. In order to succeed in they chosen endeavor, your child must first think of themselves as being successful. This simple idea is at the heart of The Magic of Being.
Just Be It!: The Secret To Having What You Want In Life – In this short book you’ll discover the secret all successful people know about attracting the circumstances they want to have in life.
The Alchemy of Despair: 17 Practical Ways To Transform Sadness And Suffering Into Happiness And Joy – Are feelings of despair robbing you of life? It doesn’t have to be that way. You can transform and transcend them.
Boundless Joy: 101 Timeless Reminders Of Our True Nature – This is a collection of quotes I compiled about our true nature – joy and bliss. I refer to this book when I need to be reminded that no matter what happens in the world, it can only affect me if I let it. In this book you’ll find quotes like these;
“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside. When it is inside.” ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi and
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Jung
Meditation, Creativity, Peace by David Lynch – This is a fascinating documentary that follows David Lynch on a 16 country tour throughout the Middle-East, Latin America and Europe. He talks about the benefits of meditation and shares a lot of really great knowledge about how and why meditation is such a great technique for enhancing the human experience. It’s available from Netflix.
Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things: Created by the two guys who run The Minimalists.com, this film will challenge your thinking when it comes to stuff. I’ve been a practicing minimalist for years, but every now and then I find myself bringing unnecessary stuff into my life. Stuff that doesn’t add more value. It’s funny how the mind works. This film is available from a number of online sources.
Transcendental Meditation – One of the best things I’ve ever done for my overall well-being was learn to meditate using the Transcendental Meditation technique. If you want to learn more about TM, they offer a free informational meeting with a local teacher. It does cost money to learn this technique, so if you’re not ready to invest in this right now you can find a similar meditation technique in Russell Simmons book Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple.
Aikido – Another incredible practice that helped me understand myself and grow and develop was Aikido. I practiced this for many years and learned a lot about myself and others. I had an amazing Sensei, who is also a good friend of mine. He is now an accomplished professional speaker. You can check him out at One Hand Speaks. He also has a podcast by the same name. You can find it on iTunes.
WordPress – This blog is created with WordPress. It goes without saying that WordPress is the go-to blogging platform in the world. It’s easy to use, it’s free, and there are ton’s of additional plugins to help you do just about anything you want on your site.
Blubrry – I use Blubrry for both my podcast host and my podcast player. I did a ton of research before making this decision. In the end, Blubrry just offered so many helpful features and made it relatively easy to get everything set up. I say relatively because setting up my podcast was one of the hardest things I’ve done online. So much so, that my good friend and I created a how-to product to save you time, money, and energy (oh yea, and frustration). We’re finishing it up now, so look for it soon!
Genesis Theme by StudioPress – If you’re new to blogging and want to start off right, get the Genesis Theme. You won’t be disappointed. I went through a number of themes, including Avada and Thesis, before I finally discovered Genesis. Most pro-bloggers use either Thesis or Genesis themes. I tried Thesis early on, but found it to be really difficult. In fact, with their recent updates and re-design, many professional bloggers who had recommended Thesis, moved away from this theme all together. It just became too difficult to navigate for the newbie blogger, and they could no longer recommend it to their customers. I’ve been really happy with Genesis.