Seeking Happiness……You’re Doing it Wrong

Seeking Happiness……You’re Doing it Wrong

I have been reading Seneca’s letters to Lucillius lately and today’s letter was a good one.  Even though Seneca lived 2,000 years ago, his thoughts are as relevant today as they were then.  Today’s letter focused on living by “nature” versus living by “opinion.” (natural versus opinion related needs) One of the central themes of Stoic philosophy is to live in accordance with nature.  The […]

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Plain Living of the Stoics, the Original Minimalists

Plain Living of the Stoics, the Original Minimalists

The idea that minimalism is self-deprivation is, I believe, incorrect.  Self-deprivation has been around for millennia, starting with the ancient ascetics who owned nothing but a threadbare wrap and a begging bowl.  The idea was to give up everything and to suffer, to use suffering as a way to enlightenment.  Suffering is not the point of minimalism.  What good is minimalism if it does not […]

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Filter Your Way to Minimalism

Filter Your Way to Minimalism

A filter is an object that is used to separate things.  You push stuff through a filter and some goes through and some gets filtered out.  What gets filtered out depends on the filter.  It occurred to me the other day that this is a good analogy for how I went about getting rid of about 95% of what I owned. I started with a […]

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Dietary Protein and Muscle Hypertrophy

Dietary Protein and Muscle Hypertrophy

This video lecture is based on a recent review of the scientific literature on dietary protein and muscle hypertrophy, which is available in full text for free here.  Much of what is currently practiced by the drug free bodybuilding community is supported by the research review, but the authors do propose one new novel hypothesis, which could impact current practices.  Their new hypothesis is compelling […]

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