Meditation: How To Find Your Inner Peace And Happiness

27851468Our minds run constantly, we worry, we plan in our heads what we will do and we think about things that have happened in the past. The only way we can find peace of mind is to live in the present moment and to do that we have to focus our thoughts. Meditation is a way that we can cut out all of the mental chatter in our heads and find inner peace and happiness. Meditation is a simple process but it takes practice to make it work it work for you.

Meditation: How To Find Your Inner Peace And Happiness by Britney Brinson is a simple guide on how to quiet your mind and focus on what’s really important. This book is a very detailed instruction manual on how to meditate and what it can do for you. It describes what positions to sit in, how to focus your attention on your breathing and what to do when your mind wanders. When you first get into this book you might think the process of meditation is boring and how could it possibly make me happy. This is something that the author does address, this book may be short but it gives you all the information you need to start a meditation practice.

Britney Brinson does a great job of describing how just focusing your attention on your breathing can help you in any bad situation. The key is to focus on the present at all times and by paying attention to your breathing you can stay in the present which is the only place that you can deal with your problems. What I liked most about this book was the common problems that you will encounter in meditation and how to deal with them. They include drowsiness, delusion, external noises, problems with your breath and unusual sensations. All of these problems are covered here and you will learn how to deal with them and bring your mind back to the present moment.

The most important thing that this book will teach you is that true peace can only be found in the present. Through the concepts provided in this book you will learn to stay present and keep away from mourning the past and worrying about the future. The mind can be a chaotic place but we can learn to concentrate are thoughts and put are energy into positive change in our life. Meditation: How To Find Your Inner Peace And Happiness can teach you what you need to know to make your life better and live without depression and anxiety.


Here Comes Krampus

1461228_623964297644679_1878951167_nIt’s the Christmas season again and guess who will be coming to town? I’m not talking about Santa claus, I’m talking about Krampus. A lot of people out there still don’t know much about Krampus but kids in Germany and Austria fear him. In the last few years more people are finding out who he is. A movie about Krampus came out this year and he was featured on a musical episode of the cartoon series American Dad. So if you don’t know who Krampus is its high time you found out.

Austria had been celebrating the Saint Nicholas festival since the 11th century. During this festival on December 6th people celebrated Saint Nicholas by giving presents to good children and having a massive feast. In the 17th century The Saint Nicholas festival became a lot darker with the introduction of Krampus. While St. Nicholas rewarded good children with presents…

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Fleeing the Hijab

Fleeing the HijabFleeing The Hijab by Sima Goel is the emotional true story of two teenage girls who dreamed of something better. It was the early 1980’s and Sima at the age of thirteen was protesting The repressive government in Iran. Things would get worse in her country though as a new regime came into power and living conditions became even worse for Iranian women.

Sima had seen family die, had to leave school, was being forced to wear a hijab and realized that she wouldn’t be able to live the life she wanted if she stayed in Iran.  Rather than stay in the conditions she was in, she left the country she loved and trekked across the desert to Pakistan and hopefully freedom. The journey was not easy and once they escaped their predicament they became strangers in a strange land with no one to help them.

This story is a lot of different things, it’s a coming of age story, a story of courage and a tale of what it takes for some to earn their freedom. I was drawn to this book because I wondered how two girls could survive a trip across the desert and travel to a land where you knew nobody and couldn’t speak the language. Of course their lives in Iran would have been worse which leads me to one of the things that I really liked about this book.

Despite the repression that Sima felt in Iran she still talks lovingly about her homeland in this book. The way she describes her family, her home, the seasons in Iran and the fruit trees,  you see that she still loves her country and feels no bitterness. Reading this made me feel bad for the Syrian refugees because like Sima they are being forced from their home. I also like the description of Iran in this book. I didn’t know a lot about that area of the world so I liked hearing Sima’s tales of growing up and her adventures as part of the three musketeers(read it and you will understand). I knew nothing about the people in Iran and hearing about Sima’s childhood made me think that she wasn’t that different from American kids in a lot of ways.

Another scene I liked was when Sima as a child is playing in a park. She starts to play with another kid that she doesn’t know and the mother of the child comes over and asks Sima’s last name. When the mother hears the name Goel she is upset with Sima and takes her child away because the child is a Muslim and Sima is Jewish.  Sima is an innocent child and is crushed, she rushes home and demands that her family change their name so she doesn’t have to be embarrassed again. I loved how two young children from different religions had no problem playing together but adults who are used to living a certain way can’t accept kids from a different religion being together.

Fleeing The Hijab is about faith, family and love. Despite what looks like a hard life, Sima feels no anger and has gone on to make a better life for herself. This book is proof that someone can survive being repressed for being different and still go on to be a loving successful person and give other people hope. This book is a must read for anyone that has gone through a hard time and thought that things can’t get better.

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Guest Blog Post: Imagine


Fleeing the HijabImagine your pride in knowing that your ancestors have lived in the same country for over 2500 years; you consider yourself part of the stones and bones of the nation. Imagine that you grow up in a comfortable environment, where your large extended family lives within walking distance; you feel safe and loved. Imagine that you are familiar with the myriad cultural nuances in your vast nation; you are proud of your country, its history, art, and growing position on the world stage.

Imagine being thirteen and finding out that your sense of security was built on a foundation of sand: you wake up one morning and everything you have known, has been swept away. Imagine yearning to read books of science that could lead you to an important profession, or wanting to listen to inspirational, classical music and admire the great masters of the past. Imagine being told that these are forbidden, as are most of the ideas of the modern world.

Imagine being told, regardless of your religion, tradition or belief, that a young girl on the brink of womanhood must wrap herself in heavy black robes or potentially face jail or assault by acid attack.

Imagine that you are two times a minority: a Jew and a woman in a male dominated society. Your wings have been clipped and you can only gaze at the far off sky. There is no future for you in the land of your forefathers.

Imagine that you are sixteen and your only option is to go into hiding. You spend weeks and months, wandering from city to city across your country, effectively homeless. Imagine you are 17 and your mother tells you, “If you have nothing to die for, you have nothing to live for. Imagine you are Sima Goel, and you give yourself into the hands of smugglers to travel across the most dangerous desert in the world.

Imagine you read Fleeing the Hijab, you learn the amazing details of a woman’s life and bow your head in gratitude as you recognize the bountiful blessing that life has offered you.

Gratitude is the best prayer.

Book Description:

A true account of Sima Goel, the Iranian teenager who crossed the most dangerous desert in the world rather than accept the restrictions of life in Iran of the early 1980s. Her quest for freedom is a thrilling, timely inspiration for people longing to create a life of meaning. It was the last straw!

The Ayatollah Khomeini had decreed that all women in Iran must wear the hijab, whether they were Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or Baha’i. Thirteen-year-old Sima had gone out into the streets of Shiraz to demonstrate for freedom under the Shah’s oppressive rule, and now that he had fled the country, this was the result: a new regime, and a much more repressive rule. The changes Khomeini’s regime forced on the population were totally incompatible with Sima’s ambitions and sense of personal freedom. Blacklisted by her school, unable to continue her studies, mourning the murders of innocent family members and friends, and forced to wear the hijab, she realized she had to leave her beloved birthplace and find a country where she could be free to follow her dreams.

Fleeing the Hijab is a vivid portrait of a dangerous journey made by two teenaged girls through the Iranian desert to Pakistan, where, as homeless refugees, they struggled desperately to find some way to escape to the West. It is a story that needs to be heard and remembered.

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Author’s Bio:

Dr Sima GoelIranian-born Sima Goel has always had compassion for those who suffer. Her instinctive need to speak out against oppression ultimately resulted in unwanted attention from the authorities, which led her to flee her beloved Shiraz and eventually to Montreal.

Sima Goel is a self-made woman. Her journey to freedom, recounted in her memoir, Fleeing the Hijab, A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran, reflects her belief that, without freedom of choice, life is worthless. She is a strong advocate for the disenfranchised and the rights of all, specifically the rights of women. With the publication of her book, Sima has fulfilled the promise she once made to herself: to speak out and share her truth that freedom is the most precious commodity of all.

Wellness chiropractor, health advocate, inspiring author and an in-demand speaker, Dr. Goel considers her most important role to be that of mother to her two teenage boys, and wife to her beloved husband.


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Aegean Dream

12519549Would you be willing to leave the security of your every day life for the chance to make your dream come true? Dario and his wife Linda did just that when they decided to leave behind the financial security they had and live on a Greek island. Many of us have gone on vacation and thought how great it would be to live there. Aegean Dream by Dario Ciriello is the story of two people brave enough to turn a dream into reality.

I was hooked on this book from the start. In the beginning you hear Dario and his wife Linda talk about how wonderful it would be live in a vacation destination which is something that lots of people do.  Aegean Dream is a very detailed travel memoir that takes you from Dario and Linda planing out how they can make the trip happen, overcome the obstacles to make it happen and what life was like in Greece. This book doesn’t sugar coat anything, you see how hard it was to make a living on the island, how difficult the government bureaucracy was to deal with and the hard realities to living your dream life.

I was surprised how good it was, I figured that at some point I would lose interest in the story but I never did. I enjoyed hearing about all the differences between Greeks and Americans and with Dario and Linda constantly having a new challenge to face, I was curious to see if they would be able to make a living. They have issues such as appliances not working, getting their belongings through customs, and getting their business up and going.

As they go to Greece they have a plan to make and sell soap using local ingredients. While they have a solid business plan what they didn’t plan on was the government red tape. Reading this book you can see what led to Greece’s financial collapse. The government sets up a lot of obstacles to starting new businesses which Dario and Linda have to deal with, also at one point you hear about a woman saying how employers get away with not paying their employees and one employee went over a month without getting paid. Another thing that you read about is one person saying that people use credit too much and they don’t seem to realize that one day they will have to pay the money back.

I loved reading about how Greek people were so friendly and very different from Americans. Dario talks about how they were invited to several dinners where everyone was encouraged to eat and drink until they got their fill. This book is worth reading for two reasons, it’s a great look at a culture that is very different from ours and its a story about a couple who tried to make their dreams come true. Aegean Dream is a great story from a great storyteller and is a book that you should read before you decide to follow your dreams. One thing you will learn is that you have to take the good with the bad, running down a dream isn’t easy.

The Free Market Existentialist

The Free Market ExistentialistThe Free Market Existentialist by William Irwin is the kind of book you might discuss in a college classroom. For me its been a long time since I’ve seen the inside of a school. In fact I didn’t do well in philosophy and economics so I wasn’t so sure I would fully understand the book. In all honesty I didn’t understand every concept in the book but I did get a lot out of it.

In this book William Irwin looks at three different ideas: Sartre’s existentialism is a better fit with capitalism than with Marxism, that we need to go beyond the “final delusion” of objective morality, and that libertarian political theory should be put into practice. Irwin describes ideas that don’t seem like they would work together and describes why they can work together. There are a lot of ideas in this book and Irwin takes the time to explain everything so anyone can understand it and come up with ideas of their own.

The Free Market Existentialist is a book that will make you look at life differently. Irwin questions everything in this book and his goal seems to be to get his readers to question things in their world also. I personally loved his idea that you can be an existentialist and a capitalist. It is up to the person to make choices for himself what he chooses to buy. Existentialists don’t join groups to buy things in mass but they think there should be many choices for people. They want to have a free market for people to make money, but they won’t blindly spend their money like others do. If you have a love of philosophy and economics you will enjoy this book.

Here is a better description of The Free Market Existentialist:

THE FREE MARKET EXISTENTIALIST is unique because it is the first existentialist defense of libertarianism, bringing together two approaches that traditionally have been viewed as incompatible. Existentialists emphasize the importance of subjectively choosing one’s values and determining the meaning of one’s life. Libertarians champion strong property rights and the individual’s prerogative to live in any way that does not cause harm to others. Ultimately, individualism is the link between existentialism and libertarianism, producing a philosophy that values freedom and a corresponding responsibility.


· Why existentialism is the ideal balancing agent, the perfect partner for capitalism, allowing us to reap the benefits of a free market while encouraging us to resist crass consumerism.

· Why a free market existentialist must take the responsibility to choose work that he or she finds meaningful rather than aimlessly drifting into work that is alienating.

· Why the income tax is tantamount to theft and should be repealed. Instead, an “equal tax” policy is a better alternative, wherein the state is conceived as a club in which members pay equal dues for equal benefits.

· How evolutionary theory fits with existentialism to help us confront the “final delusion” of objective values.

· How love and law can largely replace the motivating role of conventional morality.

Not ending a debate but aiming to start one, Irwin proposes free market existentialism as a new competitor in the marketplace of ideas.

In clear and accessible prose, The Free Market Existentialist begins an important conversation for the 21st century that will be of interest to scholars, students, and the general public alike.

William Irwin is Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Philosophy at King’s William IrwinCollege in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Internationalist Interpretation and scholarly articles on Sartre, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. Irwin originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books with Seinfeld and Philosophy in 1999 and is currently the General Editor of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series.

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Boomers!: The Final Solution

26146829It all started simply enough with a party in a nice neighborhood in Maricopa County Arizona. There were drugs at the party and the police were called which resulted in a homicide. 48 hours later the case is closed but newspaper reporter Dianna Holmes is suspicious of a cover up. She asks her former college professor Jack McGlamary for help, not realizing that he knows more than he is letting on.

The shooting is just the tip of the iceberg. As Dianna and Jack probe deeper into the story, they find evidence of corruption which is connected to the state and county governments. A Chinese billionaire named  Sang Wu has funded a project to help Arizona’s economy by housing all the baby-boomer retirees in prison camps. The prisoners are given the task to take care of the elderly and given better living conditions in return. It seems like a good idea to take care of Arizona’s aging population but Sang Wu has a secret agenda to euthanize people to avoid a global economic collapse. Can Jack and Dianna expose the conspiracy before its to late.

Boomers! The Final Solution by Daniel Horne is one complex read. There is a lot going on in this book and its interesting to see how it’s all tied together. My first thought about how to describe this book is that it’s a complex spider web that traps you and keeps you hooked until the end. I liked how taking care of Baby boomers is handled in the book since this is a problem that the world will have to deal with as our population gets older. But this book gets into other subjects as well.

Make no mistake about it Boomers! is a fascinating read. I think you could have separated some of the story lines here and made a trilogy out of it. This book is one part political thriller, one part social commentary and one part human drama. If you’re looking for light reading material, you’re not going to like this book. There were points in the book where I felt like I wasn’t smart enough to be reading it. Mr. Horne gets heavy into economics and politics and at points I found myself getting a little overwhelmed. This book doesn’t talk down to its readers but there is a lot going on here. It starts out giving you a lot of information to digest and then gets into more action as it moves along.

Despite feeling like there was way to much information to take in while reading this book, I still thought it was a good read. I liked the concepts brought up in this book. I enjoyed hearing Jack McGlamary’s thoughts on how society was getting worse, Sang Wu made a good villain and I liked all the scenes that take place in the prison. Daniel Horne presents some interesting ideas in this book and gives you a good story to go along with it. If you enjoy books that make you think hard about the world you live in then give Boomers! a try.