So I was at the gym the other night when this powerful experience in rock and roll came over the loudspeakers. Recently I have been very much impressed with the music selection at my gym. In some weird stroke of accidental genius it seems that someone found the classic rock station on the web streaming radio.
For the last three days I’ve been enjoying real rock music by the classic greats. Last night however, I watched a young guy working at the gym go into the room with the radio server in it and he changed the music station to, um, utter fucking crap. It’s this urban rap stuff that is barely distinguishable as music. Take a beat with a clap track, put some stupid electronic bass line in there and say a bunch of shit about mo’ money and ‘in the hood’ and other shit and there you have it. Its fucking crap.
But this, is real music. It’s epic. It’s like a punch in the face in a really good way.
Hi Bloggers, I finished The Urban Monk. Since starting to read it I picked up two other books, and read them, I suppose I needed a little break from the Monk wisdom along the way.
I’m going to keep this opening statement simple. If your life is kind of even slightly fucked up in any way, PLEASE GO AND READ THIS BOOK! I borrowed a copy from my library, so you don’t have to spend any money, ok?
So what can I say about this book? It’s ground breaking, its unapologetically real, while at the same time full of stuff that could be seen as a bit cosmic and out there for most people in the modern world. But I like it.
Firstly, the author is quite blunt, but in a good way. He refers to modern life and society as a COMPLETE SHIT SHOW. I reckon he’s got that right. Have a think about it for a minute. We often work jobs we hate, have stupid conflicts with colleagues and bosses, spend too much time commuting, eat shit diets, have problems with money, health problems associated with all of above, relationships that are falling apart (sometimes) and are almost completely disconnected with nature. Sound familiar?
Yet our author is a realist. He’s not telling us to spend our days in a Buddhist retreat. He’s just saying that a lot of us need some significant but achievable adjustments in our daily life to facilitate better outcomes.
Here’s a few things that he recommends, that I am incorporating in my life:
Eat a healthy diet. I’m changing things up and there is more fruit and vegetables in my diet now, and I feel great for it. I still enjoy ‘treats’ but this is the exception.
Meditate. I have been doing this for a few years now and I cannot emphasise enough the positive benefits for managing stress, anxiety, and seeing things with more clarity.
Yoga. Yes, do yoga.
Money – we are often over extended. The author emphasises living within means, and using money wisely. He describes it as energy that has a flow. Simple, good advice.
Get back to nature – walks, camping, back country adventures.
Work out. Do weights, do martial arts, whatever turns you on. Just don’t be sedentary.
Reduce your screen time – esp in the evenings. He even suggests going by candle light in the evening. I’m not there yet but I do tend to limit my exposure to garbage TV and social media feeds that is just toxic shit for your brain.
So that’s it in a nutshell. Its a good book. Some of the concepts are a bit left-field for me but I can take the essence of the message and tailor that to my lifestyle.