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The Hidden Truth About Reaching Your Potential

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One of the most tragic things in this world is wasted potential.

And sadly, we all fall into this trap of not reaching our potential.

A few days ago, I had a profound realization…

I never achieved my highest potential in ANYTHING – EVER – until releasing my novel Sozwik a couple weeks ago.

Seriously. It was the most bittersweet realization I’ve ever had. And it shook me to my core.

Each and every aspect of my life had been squandered potential… Until I got clear on my purpose.

This unfulfilled potential was the story of my life. It happened with basketball, school, self-confidence, career success, relationships…etc.

I can identify a single point in my life that shifted me… When I started this website. That was the moment I BEGAN tapping into my potential.

And now, 5 years later, Sozwik is the culmination of this.

This novel represents the absolute best of my abilities in so many areas: Writing, vocabulary, philosophy, metaphysics, imagination, psychology, self-reflection, self-expression, creativity and more.

Then there’s everything it took to actually create it: Discipline, consistency, purpose and an unshakable trust in the process.

And in creating something that truly maxed out my potential, I was able to increase my potential. Now my threshold is greater, and will continue to grow.

But there’s another layer to this…

The Hidden Truth About Reaching Your Potential

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When I realized that writing Sozwik was the only time in my life where I maxed out my potential, another a-ha moment came with it…

Maxing out your potential means you’re living your truth.

When you’re tapping into your potential, you’re fulfilling your purpose. Everything within you is in alignment. And nothing is holding you back.

If you’re in full alignment, reaching your potential is inevitable.

This goes back to purpose. Getting clear on your purpose is so important, that’s why I offer “20 Questions To Reveal Your Life Purpose” as a free ebook).

When you’re clear on your purpose, you’re in alignment. You’re in harmony. You’re living your truth and you have a definitive reason for being alive.

If you’re apathetic about being alive, how the fuck can you truly reach your potential? You would have a hard time being happy and helping others (i.e. most people). And that’s sad.

So… Why are you here? What’s your purpose?

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy. It can be simple. And it doesn’t need to be too specific either. It just needs to be a guiding principle (or set of principles) that you use to set goals and create daily habits.

Here’s what I wrote down a few days ago regarding my purpose:

  • Help people look at life from a more empowering perspective.
  • Spread love (also bringing out our inner child to play).
  • Metabolize experience.
  • Creatively expressing this through language and any other means that come through me.

What I wrote isn’t unattainable or overly complicated. Yet those simple bullet points act as a guiding force for my life. That’s what’s important.

If you don’t have a guiding force, you’re going to drown in the lukewarm pit of apathy. You’re going to flounder and be a victim of habit, circumstance and everyone else’s agenda.

If you’re not empowered enough to get clear on your purpose, guess what? You’re going to be a part of building someone else’s purpose. And there are many large systems that don’t have the best interest of humanity (or the planet) in mind and are happy to have you as a passive cog in the machine.

Get clear on your purpose.

Don’t know where to start? Answer the 20 Questions To Reveal Your Life Purpose. That will give you a really good idea.

Use your purpose as a guiding force for your life. No need to be rigid with it either. Allow your purpose to evolve as you do. And allow some room for the mystery of life to spontaneously unfold.

Make every moment count. Enjoy the ever-fleeting present moment.

Live your best life ever.

Much love.

– Stevie P!

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10 Quotes About Fiction That Will Blow Your Mind

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I used to dismiss fiction as useless…

“I need information,” was my battle cry. I would constantly scour websites and books for knowledge to improve myself with.

Then one day, I heard Tim Ferriss talk about how fiction changed his life. If you aren’t familiar with him, Tim Ferriss an author and entrepreneur who is well known for optimizing all aspects of life.

So hearing it from him piqued my attention. Because, at that point in my life, I NEEDED everything in my life to be optimized. It was delusional, but that’s another tangent.

The point is that a simple reference opened me up to reading fiction. So I started reading some novels, and I instantly had this realization…

Fiction is actually more powerful and profound than nonfiction.

Human culture is based on stories and metaphors. And these stories are our operating systems for decoding and interacting with reality.

And if that’s not enough, fiction has the benefit of delivering messages to people when their analytical mind is offline.

This means that normally people block out most things, even if its good for them. This is one of the reasons why fiction can impact people on a level that textbook information simply can’t.

Those are just some reasons why I started writing fiction. I think it’s one of the best ways to have a positive impact on the world.

Since I began writing fiction about 3 years ago, it’s been absolutely transformative.

And now, to celebrate the release of my novel Sozwik, here are some profound quotes about the power of fiction.

10 Quotes About Fiction That Will Blow Your Mind

1. “Fiction reveals truth that really obscures.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


2. “That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”
― Tim O’Brien


3. “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”
― Albert Camus


4. “Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”
― Khaled Hosseini


5. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
– Stephen King


6. “Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.”
– Simone Weil


7. “Science and fiction both begin with similar questions: What if? Why? How does it all work? But they focus on different areas of life on earth.”
– Margaret Atwood


8. “Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
– Isaac Asimov


9.“The child intuitively comprehends that although these stories are unreal, they are not untrue.”
― Bruno Bettelheim


10. “There are people who think that things that happen in fiction do not really happen. These people are wrong.”
― Neil Gaiman


Have any a-ha moments reading those quotes? I know I did.

Now if you want a mindblowing experience through fiction, get your hands on Sozwik by clicking the image below…

sozwik book

Much love.

– Stevie P!

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These 33 Questions Will Spark An Immediate Spiritual Awakening

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If you came here for answers, you’re in the wrong place.

Here’s a profound realization that 99% of people miss…

Questions are far more important than answers.

Answers come to us constantly. But answers are responses to questions we’re constantly putting out. If you can consciously ask the right questions, the answers you seek will naturally appear.

Don’t chase answers, ask the right questions and the answers will chase you.

Plus, answers aren’t destinations. They actually lead to more questions. And it’s in posing the right questions where the true A-HA moments come.

Wisdom is not about having the right answers, but in asking the right questions.

The wisest people have more questions than answers.

Here is a list of 33 questions that will spark something within you. Of course there are many more than 33 questions that can potentially spark something within. But this is a start.

Meditate on these. Ponder them and allow the knowing within to blossom.

These 33 Questions Will Spark An Immediate Spiritual Awakening

  1. Who am I?
  2. What am I grateful for?
  3. Am I here, in the present moment?
  4. What percentage of every day am I present?
  5. In what areas of life do I NOT apply the information I have?
  6. What excites me?
  7. Who inspires me?
  8. Exactly how does my favorite song make me feel?
  9. Why am I on this planet?
  10. What is my purpose?
  11. What are my thought patterns?
  12. What stories am I telling myself?
  13. What beliefs do I cling to?
  14. Am I willing to let go of my identity?
  15. Do I fear death?
  16. What is fear?
  17. What is love?
  18. Who is the observer of my thoughts?
  19. How am I holding myself back?
  20. Why am I not where I want to be?
  21. What is stopping me from being happy right now?
  22. Am I living my truth?
  23. How can I get closer to my truth?
  24. What are my most fundamental assumptions?
  25. Could my most fundamental assumptions be incorrect?
  26. How is my internal state affecting my experience of the external world?
  27. Am I simultaneously existing in multiple dimensions?
  28. Are my perceptions limited to 5 senses?
  29. Could there be more than just this three-dimensional reality?
  30. What am I not letting myself see?
  31. Where am I holding tension?
  32. What is my biggest fear?
  33. What is underneath my biggest fear?

Now stop reading.

Take a few minutes and meditate on these questions.

Write some of them down.

Let them marinate in your being a bit. Then allow the insights to come pouring through.

Much love.

– Stevie P!

9 Quotes About Presence That Will Blow Your Mind

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What’s the basis of almost every spiritual, self-help book?

Being present!

Why? Because it is the most fundamental state, the most fundamental practice and the most fundamental skill.

When you’re present, you can fully experience life. When you’re present, you stop projecting into the past or future. When you’re present, you let go of the limiting beliefs and stories you have. When you’re present, you’re aware of your thoughts and emotions. When you’re present, you’re in a position of power to change anything.

That’s why so many great books center around presence: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Be Here Now by Ram Dass, You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh, Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn…etc.

Presence is a concept that you understand more the more you immerse yourself in it.

When I first heard about presence, I understood it intellectually, and it sounded good, but I didn’t really understand it. Then I read more, and understood it more deeply. Then I read even more and started practicing presence, and now after a few years, I “get it.” I know what “being present” is because I directly experience it every day.

So don’t just read this and then move on to the next thing. Let these words about presence integrate into your being. Read, re-read, toss them around in your mind, meditate on them and start practicing being present.

That is how you will truly reap the benefits of the present moment. And the present moment is all we ever have.

I decided to use three quotes from three of the most profound teachers I’ve come across. Let these words integrate into your being…

9 Quotes About Presence That Will Blow Your Mind


1. “Beyond the concept of here and now, how much power do you need? To go anywhere else you need power, but to be here what do you need?”
– Mooji


2. “My love, stay here.
Going in search of Self (as a goal) is illusion;
You are already the One Self.
You will purchase the map,
Only to find you are already Here.”

― Mooji


3. “You need nothing to be happy – you need something to be sad.”
― Mooji


4. “Your true home is in the here and the now.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh


5. “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh


6. “Life is available only in the present moment.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh


7. “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
– Eckhart Tolle


8. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
– Eckhart Tolle


9. “All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and
not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms
of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.”

– Eckhart Tolle


Are you present? Are you here?

I hope so.

Much love.

– Stevie P!

The Art of Radical Honesty

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Here’s an uncomfortable truth…

We lie constantly.

We lie to ourselves. We lie to each other. We stretch the truth. We omit information.

In our society, it’s normal to lie. We go as far to say that little white lies are good, because they prevent people from being hurt. To me, that’s just pandering to the ego and ensnaring ourselves in its insidious tricks.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with radical honesty.

And what I mean by radical honesty is this:
1. Integrity – Total alignment between my thoughts, words and actions
2. Not withholding relevant information

Radical honesty does NOT mean going out of your way to offend people. If someone walks in the room and they’re severely overweight, I’m not going to walk up to them and say, “Hey, you’re fat.” That’s just being an asshole. However, if that person came up to me and asked if they were overweight, I would say “yes.” Not with the purpose of being mean to them, but because it’s honest and relevant.

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules with this stuff. It’s about being true to yourself and dynamically approaching each unique situation.

How Dishonesty Fucks Us Up

Everyone will tell you that lying is “bad” and honesty is “good.” So I’m not going to get into that.

However, there are some subtle, insidious problems that dishonesty creates…

Multiple Trains of Thought

Dishonesty creates multiple trains of thought. This means that you have to run at least two lines of thought simultaneously; one line of though for what you’re thinking AND another line of thought for what you’re actually saying.

Having multiple lines of thought takes you out of the present moment. Because you have to constantly think about what you’re going to say, and compare it with what you really think.

Continuous Maintenance of Stories

Dishonesty is essentially story-creating.

And, as everyone knows, it takes a lot of effort to maintain story lines. Why make life so complicated when it can be simple and stress-free?

The Subtle Stress of Dishonesty

It’s stressful to constantly uphold multiple lines of thought.

And this stress is hard to detect when it’s all you’ve ever known. You’ll only realize how stressed (and fearful) you were once you start practicing radical honesty.

If there is no discrepancy between your initial thoughts and what you outwardly express, there is one line of thought and, as a result, less stress.

Distrust of Yourself

If you’re constantly dishonest, you’re building a habit of not trusting yourself.

A genuine thought or feeling arises, then you instantly twist it to conform to what you think you have to say. This is telling yourself that your genuine thoughts and feelings cannot be trusted.

Of course, this creates all kinds of problems down the line; disempowerment, lack of confidence, neglect of intuition, indecisiveness…etc.

Start trusting yourself again by practicing radical honesty.

3 Major Effects of Radical Honesty

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1. Simplicity

Radical honesty creates beautiful simplicity.

Lies and dishonesty unnecessarily complicate things. This is plain to see with people who are pathological liars. They create such intricate webs of lies that it’s a full-time job just to maintain all of the story lines. And we all do this to varying degrees.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that stress in my life.

Be honest. Keep it simple. And enjoy a life of WAY less stress.

2. Authenticity

Radical honesty means being your real self.

Instead of approaching situations with a mask, or persona, based upon what you think others would like, just be yourself.

Many intimate relationships demonstrate this concept of wearing a mask. Oftentimes, we try to impress people we’re attracted to by acting a certain way. This means you’re going into that relationship as a different person. Then, when you finally get comfortable, it creates a struggle between your persona and who you really are. No wonder why so many relationships get weird and complicated.

Even just the thought of honesty will make you aware of the masks you’re wearing. It will also create “ego awareness.” If you’re radically honest, you have no choice but to be aware of your ego, which leads to the next point…

3. A Call to Love

If you’re radically honest, you’re forced to deal with your own shadows.

It’s easy to hide when you’re dishonest. But there’s no hiding when you’re living with full integrity.

If you’re a miserable person, you’re quickly going to find out that you’re spreading your pain everywhere you go. This gives you the opportunity to deal with your own fear, suffering and shadows.

You’re going to strive to be a more loving person. Being radically honest will help guide you to choose love over fear within yourself, and thus in every situation.

Radical Honesty Challenge

Now, I challenge you to apply radical honesty to your life.

Because all of this is useless if you don’t practice it.

Make it a priority to be honest for the next week.

Again, here’s basically how…

  • Integrity – Total alignment between your thoughts, words and actions
  • Not withholding relevant information
  • Don’t give yourself rigid rules. Use the pointers here as a guideline and see what works best for you.

    Try out radical honesty.

    You won’t believe how light and free you can feel.

    Much love.

    – Stevie P!

    5 Ways Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies are Changing the World

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    Bitcoin

    Have you heard about it?

    Most people have heard the word, yet don’t have a clue what it is. That’s why I’m writing this.

    At this point, wrapping your head around Bitcoin is like trying to wrap your head around what the internet is in 1994.

    And that’s actually a good comparison, because Bitcoin can be concisely described as “the internet of money.”

    I’m going to keep this article as simple as possible. And I’ll admit that I’ve barely scratched the surface with my own knowledge. The point here is to BEGIN to understand Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, as well as the profound impact they are (and will be) making on the world.

    To begin to understand all of this and its implications, you need to first familiarize yourself with a few key terms…

    What is Bitcoin?

    Bitcoin is a digital currency.

    But it’s also much more than just currency. It’s really more of a platform or a protocol than a traditional currency as we know it.

    Bitcoin really is the “internet of money.”

    That phrase was coined by Andreas Antonopoulos, who goes on to explain Bitcoin as, “The concept of decentralization applied to the human communication of value.”

    Bitcoin is one of many digital currencies, known as cryptocurrencies.

    What is Cryptocurrency?

    Wikipedia describes cryptocurrency as, “A digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency.”

    So basically, it’s a digital currency that is built upon computer-programming logic that automatically logs and secures transactions through cryptography (secret encryption).

    What is Blockchain?

    The underlying logic of cryptocurrency is known as blockchain. Blockchain is defined as, “A continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography.”

    Nick Szabo (aka The Quiet Master of Cryptocurrency) compares blockchain technology to a fly being stuck in amber. The fly getting stuck is the transaction. Then, over time, more and more layers of amber solidify. This is how blockchain works. It solidifies more and more layers of metaphorical amber around transactions, making them more and more concrete and unchangeable over time.

    bitcoin cryptocurrency

    Don’t worry. I know all of this can be overwhelming.

    But the point isn’t to know everything. The point is to START TO UNDERSTAND these concepts.

    Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are the kind of things that become clearer and clearer the deeper you go, yet always maintains some level of mystery (like the internet).

    So now that you are beginning to understand what they are, here are some of the implications of these revolutionary technologies…

    5 Ways Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies are Changing the World

    1. Decentralization of Power

    With cryptocurrency, transactions are peer-to-peer. There is no need for middle men. There is no need for centralized institutions to validate transactions. Central institutions inevitably lead to power accumulation and more and more control.

    This is all-too-obvious in our world today. I think everyone can agree that our current centralized financial system is a rigged game that exploits the majority of the population.

    Whenever a central third-party becomes an arbiter of a system, that central third-party is in a position to control everything.

    With our current monetary system, the central institutions make the rules. Everything has to go through them. This also means that these central institutions, who store everyone’s precious information, are massive “honey pots” for hackers. So they’re inevitably going to be hacked over and over again.

    Decentralization spreads the risk and takes away the massive incentives for hackers. Cryptocurrencies are actually built to be used via the internet, while traditional monetary systems aren’t.

    Cryptocurrency is a peer to peer exchange of value. And with blockchain technology, everything is logged and validated, while maintaining personal anonymity through cryptography. This means that no centralized third-party is needed and everyone is on equal ground.

    What the internet is doing in terms of democratizing information, cryptocurrency is doing in terms of democratizing currency.

    2. Non-Authoritarian Currency

    Democratization and decentralization naturally leads to more individual freedom. Cryptocurrency inherently gives you more choice. More choice in terms of what currency you want to use and how you want to use it.

    Transactions with cryptocurrencies don’t need to go through an authority. JP Morgan can’t deny your purchase. Western Union can’t take 10% of the hard-earned income an immigrant is sending back home.

    With cryptocurrency, you are the authority. We’re breaking away from the authoritarian mentality. All authoritarian systems are breaking down – school, work, money, religion – and giving way to new opportunities. Authoritarianism might have worked in the industrial age, but it sure as hell doesn’t work in the information age.

    3. Privacy

    Privacy is a major advantage of cryptocurrency. The underlying cryptography creates privacy for individuals.

    With cryptocurrency, you don’t have all of your transactions logged by central institutions. With fiat currency, every transaction you make is tracked (by those central institutions) and traceable to you. This means that if you’re under a totalitarian government, they can shut down your only way of buying food if they believe you’ve spent money on the “wrong thing” (donating to the wrong organization, spending money at an “unauthorized” place…etc.).

    Privacy is more than having or not having something to hide. It’s another safeguard against power accumulation and tyrannical institutions.

    4. Global Connectivity

    Cryptocurrency is the internet of money. It is connecting everyone globally and making borders irrelevant (they’re imaginary lines anyway).

    Cryptocurrencies are all global currencies, free of centralized control. And there won’t be one single cryptocurrency that everyone uses. People will always have the option to use what they want, or even to create their own coin. So essentially, there will be an unlimited number of cryptocurrencies available to use for global transactions.

    And people can choose which currency they use. Some might be better for larger transactions. Some for smaller. Some better for services. Some better for tangible goods. Some better for geeks. Some better for sports fans. The point is that cryptocurrency allows for options that are inconceivable under our current monetary systems.

    And without centralized control, no New World Order type of conspiracy scenario can happen. There will be no one world currency controlled by a small group because cryptocurrency is inherently based upon the decentralization of power.

    This creates an even playing field for all of humanity, as well as a way to dynamically exchange value in the most efficient way each individual sees fit.

    5. More Freedom For Everyone

    All of the above reasons point to this… More freedom.

    Decentralization equals more freedom. The collapse of authoritarian systems equals more freedom. Privacy equals more freedom. And dynamic global connectivity equals more freedom.

    Cryptocurrency cannot be regulated out of existence by banks or governments. Why? Because the technology already exists. The cat is already out of the bag. Once an idea exists, there’s no going back.

    The only way to “stop” cryptocurrency transactions would be to shut down the whole internet. And that’s nearly impossible at this point. Plus, if we had that kind of technological collapse, no country’s monetary system would be able to function anyway.

    What to Watch Out For

    Though cryptocurrency is changing the world, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Like with every emerging technology, there are some things to be aware of…

    Don’t bet the farm on one currency – Individual cryptocurrencies might not last (even Bitcoin). And some are still very speculative and relatively volatile (smaller and younger = more volatile). But cryptocurrency itself isn’t going anywhere. Since the technology exists, that means the cat is out of the bag. It can’t be contained.

    Scams – Because this is a new space, there are cryptocurrencies coming out that aren’t legitimate. This is to be expected in any new area.

    There are also scams involving buying and storing cryptocurrency. Do your due diligence before making any transactions. And as cryptocurrency matures, the general population will adapt and become savvy enough to spot the scams from a mile away. It’s like what we’ve seen with online scams. Back in the day, people would fall for the email scams and click spammy pop-ups. Now, no one falls for that stuff. Because we’ve adapted.

    And adaptation is what us humans are great at. Change is the only constant. So embrace it and work with it as it comes.

    I hope this article gave you an idea of what bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are, and the world-changing potential of these technologies.

    Again, this is a start, not a definitive guide.

    I highly recommend looking into this stuff yourself. Because it really is changing the world as we know it.

    Much love.

    – Stevie P!

    Want To Get Started Investing In Cryptocurrency?

    The best place to get your feet wet is Coinbase.

    It makes buying Bitcoin really easy and it’s where I started.

    Here’s the link: Coinbase

    The Attachment Trap

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    “The root of all suffering is attachment.” – Buddha

    Attachment is based in fear.

    Think about it. You’re attached to your lover because you’re afraid they’ll leave. You’re attached to your job because you’re afraid of not making money. You’re attached to your identity because your ego is afraid to just BE. You’re attached to an idea because you’re afraid of being wrong or not knowing. You’re attached to everything you have because you’re afraid of what’s outside of your comfort zone. Can you see the trend?

    So in many ways, attachment is “giving too many fucks.”

    Now you might be saying, “Hold on! Are you telling me I shouldn’t care about anything?”

    Nope. All I’m saying is to release attachments.

    You can still love someone without being attached to them. In fact, true love has nothing to do with attachment. It is unconditional and freeing.

    You can still do incredible work without being attached to it. I’m doing that while writing this. You can still make a positive impact on the world without being attached to the results. In fact, nonattachment increases the quality of everything you do.

    The art of not giving a fuck is all about transcending fear and attachment. When you clear all of the bullshit you’ve accumulated throughout life, what are you left with? Peace, love, happiness and bliss.

    And that’s what we’re all chasing – some combination of those feelings – right?

    This was an excerpt from my book Essentialism and the Art of Not Giving a Fuck

    Now… A Challenge to You

    What are you attached to?

    What ideas, beliefs, habits, addictions or patterns are you clinging to?

    And here’s the key question: Which of those attachments do not benefit you?

    Be honest with yourself.

    Maybe it’s social media, your phone, sugar, coffee, alcohol, pornography, cigarettes, anger, complaining, watching the news, attention-seeking, victimhood…etc. Attachment comes in many forms.

    Just saying “I can stop whenever I want,” is the telltale sign of self-deception.

    Challenge yourself to drop all attachments for a short period of time. A week is great. But even a day would help.

    Doing an attachment fast creates a pattern interrupt. It stops the momentum of any habit in its tracks and gives you much needed perspective.

    From there you have the power of choice, instead of being a slave to your attachments.

    Releasing attachments results in freedom. And only then can you be in a place of unconditional love.

    Much love.

    – Stevie P!

    PS – For more on attachment, fear and letting go of things that don’t serve you, check out my book Essentialism and the Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

    A Message About Change

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    Oh, how things change…

    Isn’t it amazing how quickly we adapt? What was once completely alien soon becomes common sense.

    Change is the nature of our universe, and by extension, the nature of us.

    To resist change, to try to control, goes against this. Those who are most fearful, most trapped in ego, try to control situations and people.

    This is where things get disharmonious. When the ego clings to control, things go awry. And since change is inevitable, this causes change to manifest in perverted ways – in equal proportion to the amount of control being exhibited.

    Surrender to the flow of change. The ego isn’t in control (even though it wishes it was). Revolutionary ideas come from the mysterious stillness within, far beyond the grip of the conscious mind. When they arise, these waves are best ridden, as they can’t be controlled.

    Within this universal flow, change must be implemented consciously to maintain harmony. Resistance and unconsciousness creates disharmonious change. Yet even disharmonious change holds potent lessons. So there are no mistakes.

    It’s a grand experiment. Eternal flux. The continuous manifestation of infinite possibility.

    To cling to anything is like trying to catch the wind within a net. Let it flow through, inhale the experience and continue along your journey.

    There’s no need to cling, control or resist. Go within. And at your very core, you too will find that you are the ever-changing changelessness. Nothing is lost. Nothing is found.

    Truth (A Poem)

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    Truth is like a wild animal
    An elusive creature
    In the inner wilderness of being

    Venture there and you might see traces
    Venture further and you might hear it
    Venture even further and you might catch a glimpse

    If truth is hunted, it is no longer truth
    If truth is captured and domesticated, it is no longer truth

    Those who showcase its dead body claim to have truth
    They don’t
    Those who have domesticated it claim to have truth
    They don’t
    Those who have seen pictures claim to know truth
    They don’t

    Truth cannot be known
    Have the courage to venture out into the inner wilderness of being
    And maybe
    Just maybe
    You’ll catch a glimpse

    5 Reasons Why Your Body Is The Portal To Spiritual Growth

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    Answer this question truthfully…

    Are you ignoring your body?

    In our society, the vast majority of people live exclusively in their head (yes, even workout junkies). And a small percentage falls into the trap of what I call spiritual escapism, living in the clouds. Both are delusional.

    The key – to unlocking our potential and living a fulfilling life – is THE BODY.

    The body is not something to be ignored. It’s not something to be neglected. It’s not something to be demonized. And it’s definitely not something to be viewed as an impediment to spiritual growth. In fact, the exact opposite is the case.

    The body is the portal to spiritual growth.

    “Transformation is through the body, not away from it.” – Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)

    The most spiritual, transformational thing you can do is to be FULLY PRESENT. I’ll repeat that again. The most spiritual, transformational thing you can do is to be fully present.

    Everyone is looking to escape the negative aspects of reality, including you and I. If you’re denying this, that’s part of your escapist self-deceit. And people try to escape in different ways; drug/alcohol abuse, television, work, social media, addiction to spiritual practices, externalizing power to authority figures instead of looking within…etc. Basically, most people will do anything to distract themselves from… well… themselves, and their raw emotions.

    But no forms of escapism work… They just mask a problem and let it fester in the shadows. That’s when things get really ugly, and we see it reflected on the macro level in the world.

    Here’s the hard truth: The only way out is through.

    The best way to solve any problem, or realize that the problem doesn’t really exist, is to face it head on. Yes, this reality can be extremely challenging. But it only gets worse if you try to ignore or avoid it.

    However, everything gets transmuted once you dive fully into reality, into the present moment. And that is done through the body.

    With myself and many others, I’ve noticed that physical health is what tends to first open people up to who they really are. It’s the “first domino” that catalyzes spiritual growth, self-awareness, empowerment and all that “good” stuff.

    After realizing this, I started looking into why this is the case. And here’s what I found…

    5 Reasons Why Your Body Is The Portal To Spiritual Growth

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    1. Health

    With a healthy body, everything else falls into place.

    You can think more clearly and creatively. You also become a better conduit for ideas and intuition. Everything regarding cognitive function and perception becomes heightened when you’re healthy.

    Another byproduct of health is being vibrant and full of energy. When someone is healthy, you can see that sparkle of life in their eyes. When someone is really unhealthy, they have that vacant look. This is a huge indicator, because you can literally see that some people are embodying their divinity.

    Health is also the practice of self-love and self-care, which obviously has spiritual implications. It’s taking care of your temple and allowing the presence of the divine (or whatever you want to call it) to come through.

    So what are the basics of health? It’s really simple when you boil it down. Eat real (natural) food and move your body. If you do that, you’re at least 80% there.

    2. Getting Out of Your Head

    Being in your body gets you out of your head. And that’s a big deal in today’s society.

    Most people are trapped in their head and slaves to their mind/ego. The mind makes a beautiful servant but a terrible master. And the mind is a risk calculator, meaning if you’re trapped in it, you’re going to be calculating risks 24/7.

    Our minds are hardwired to detect threats, because that’s what has kept us alive for millions of years. But we no longer have to deal with saber tooth tigers, so 99.9% of fears are purely psychological/abstract and not based in real danger at all.

    But, in general, we let this risk calculator run the show. This is why the vast majority of people live in a state of perpetual fear.

    Most people spend their whole lives thinking about the past or future and COMPLETELY MISSING THE PRESENT MOMENT. Actually acknowledging, feeling and experiencing your body changes this.

    3. Presence

    Being more in your body helps you to be present.

    You get out of your head, and in the present moment. This point is so important that entire books are written on it (The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Be Here Now by Ram Dass, You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh…etc.)

    When performing a difficult exercise for example, it’s hard (and even dangerous) to be thinking about the past or future. This is why exercising can help you cultivate a practice of presence.

    On the other side of the spectrum, many types of meditation involve body awareness and body scanning. This fosters a state of presence.

    There’s also mindful eating. The practice of mindful eating means simply being completely present while eating.

    First of all, you’re aware of what you put into your body. Most people mindlessly shove food down their gullet, then wonder why their health/performance is sub-par. And another aspect of mindful eating is being fully present and undistracted when eating. This means fully experiencing the taste, smell, texture of food and noticing how it feels when being digested. Practicing this not only allows you to enjoy food more, but hones the ability to feel what is beneficial or detrimental to your body.

    And when you’r body is healthy, the clarity and clearheadedness that naturally arise make it far easier to be present (as well as the absence of pain/discomfort).

    4. Being In Tune

    I hinted at this while discussing mindful eating. Being healthy helps you get more in tune with your body.

    And it’s not only with eating. It helps you get in tune with intuition, feelings and emotions. Again, good health allows for all kinds of clarity and the healthy flow of energy. Plus, there are the benefits of getting out of your head and being present.

    All of this results in being very in tune with the subtleties of life. There’s nothing woo-woo about it. When you’re healthy, your awareness is heightened.

    5. Holistic Expansion

    True expansion, true authenticity and true health, is holistic.

    You cannot ignore an aspect of self and think it won’t have side effects. We see the neglect of the body in many religions, which obviously doesn’t work out well (where guilt, shame and all kinds of perversions run rampant).

    On the other hand, we see the neglect of the emotional and spiritual aspects of self in modern western society, and it doesn’t take a genius to see all major “systems” need to change.

    We need to embrace all aspects of ourselves. And love it all.

    The more grounded you are, the more connected you are to everything. Being fully embodied is a way of embracing wholeness.

    I mean, there’s a reason why “spirit” (or whatever your term is for God/Source) is choosing to express itself physically, right? If not, we wouldn’t be here. Even if it were some big cosmic joke, we’re here now, in human form. So start with being present and fully conscious in this experience.

    It also doesn’t stop at the body. The body is an aspect of self, not your entire self. It’s a portal to your true self, not the totality of your true self. Again, embrace all aspects of self.

    Becoming Spirit Embodied

    So how do we get more into our body?

    It’s very simple; engaging in daily practices that benefit the body. Here are some ideas:

    • Getting out in nature
    • Hiking
    • Going to the beach (where you get all four elements at once – sun, air, earth, water)
    • Putting your bare feet on the Earth (aka grounding/earthing)
    • Any form of exercise
    • Yoga
    • Any form of martial arts
    • Eating healthy (and mindfully)
    • Taking a walk outside
    • Simply being present
    • Fully experiencing your senses
    • Meditating on how each part of your body feels
    • Breathing exercises
    • Cold water exposure (cold showers)
    • Swimming
    • Conscious sex
    • Dancing
    • Singing

    Love your body. Cultivate health. Embrace all aspects of self.

    Much love.

    – Stevie P!