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3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

3 Books That Will Make You Quit Your Job And Travel The World Sooner Than You Ever Imagined

Quit your job and travel the world — we’ve all fantasized about that at least once or twice. Well today may be your lucky day my friend, as I am going to cover 3 books that changed my life and probably will for yours too. Warning!! They may cost you a job you were comfortable at, but If you are reading, this I assume that, just like me, you prefer adventure more than stability. People get inspired by all sorts of different things, it may take a person only one quote, like Steve jobs’ famous one “live each day as if it was your last” , a friend of mine quit his job the following day after watching “Pursuit of Happyness” by Will Smith, the majority get influenced by reading good books, and finally there is those who have to meet the authors just to get them moving.

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris: Be prepared to get your mind blown with limitless possibilities of financial freedom.

“Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it’s all here. whether you’re a wage slave or a fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!” – Phill Town #1 New York times bestselling author. A life coach and fellow blogger recommended this book to me when I first told him that all I want in life is to make a steady income that enables me to travel full time. He didn’t even think about it — his only words were “the four hour work week, Tim Ferris”. After reading it, It won’t take you long to notice that Tim Ferris‘ main goal is to show you how to break out of the cage that’s keeping you from doing what you really love. Full of success stories from people adopting the new rich concept and living life as millionaires, if not better, without needing as much money. This book will open you doors you never knew existed and provide you with priceless information and endless sources to take control of your life and chase your dreams quite differently this time.

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How to Travel the World on $50 USD Per Day, by Matt Kepnes: Travel cheaper, longer, smarter

“A bible for budget travellers.” — BBC Travel Reading his blog, I easily connected with this simple guy’s story. I was convinced that if he could do it then so could I, following each step and advice while exchanging emails I finally got his book to assist me with my long trip planing, and here I am writing you this article all the way from Thailand. Three months past already after quitting my job and starting my own journey in Asia, and I don’t know when this adventure will end. Expect effective tips and tricks of how to save money at home as well as on the road. Prepare your resignation letter, my friend, because all your excuses keeping you at home are going to turn to explanations you have to give your family, friends and co-workers. Plus, knowing that you don’t need more than two thousand dollars to travel to southeast Asia for at least 4 months is going to crash every excuse you’ve been telling yourself.

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Vagabonding by Rolf Potts: an Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

“Vagabonding is about refusing to exile travel to some other, seemingly more appropriate time of your life. Vagabonding is about taking control of your circumstances instead of passively waiting for them to decide your fate.” I bought this book at the same time as the second from the list and decided to read it last because as soon as I saw the front cover I could immediately feel that I would enjoy it more. I wasn’t wrong. I actually first opened it during my flight to Japan, long after all the overwhelming trip planing was done; it was a different experience for me since I was already travelling. It’s the most inspiring of the three, with deep insight of how Vagabonding will make you a better and a happier person who knows how to appreciate the little details in life. I never felt as proud of a decision I’d made before, and I know I would read it again and again if I hadn’t left it with a couch-surfer I stayed with as a gift after his welcome. Here is an excerpt from the audiobook version of Vagabonding:

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Act Now

There is lot of information out there and sometimes reading a lot of it will only make you wait and keep fantasizing about a perfect time that’s probably never going to come, instead of taking action and making it happen. However, I believe that these books will help you overcome every fear holding you back from quitting a job that’s keeping you from travelling the world. So go book that ticket away and who knows, I’ll probably see you on a beautiful beach here in Thailand.

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12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

2. What is the purpose of meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

Less Physical, More Psychological

Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

The First Benefit of Meditation

The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
  2. Relaxation of the body

Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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This benefit takes you to the second one.

The Second Benefit of Meditation

While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
  2. Observance
  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
  4. Patience

Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

1. Energy

Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

2. Observance

The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

3. Peacefulness

Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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4. Patience

The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

Final Thoughts

Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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Reference

[1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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