Inner Engineering – The secret to life and happiness


I was reading the other day and came across the term “Inner Engineering” and I became attracted to what it could mean. Inner Engineering sounds like it could summarize a lot of what we’re trying to do on this website so I started researching what others were saying about this term.

It turns out that these two words have been commandeered online by an Indian guru named Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a yogi and supposed visionary, and founder of The Isha Foundation. He has created books and online courses and all manner of other tools and solutions to empower you to create the life you want.

Inner Engineering can help you create profound joy in your life if you just pay $150 and complete his 7 day training course. This simple course is designed to help us transcend suffering, train our mind, and become effective “creators of our lives”.  It will help us navigate our lives with ease.  It is a “method for life, a technology, a science—an inner science, based on ancient yogic sciences—for personal empowerment, inner peace and joy.”

Holy shit! Right? This guy is selling the secret to life! Continue reading “Inner Engineering – The secret to life and happiness”

How mindful meditation can help you escape from anxiety and depression


There have been times in my life when I’ve fallen into depression. It’s hard to admit it when it happens. It’s a slow decent and the signs can be subtle when you’re the one that’s stuck in a rut. Learning how to get out of it when it happens is even tougher.

Depression begins slowly within normal lives

When I was in my mid 30’s I had a lot to deal with. I had just quit my job to start my own business and most of my day was stressful. I honestly didn’t know what to expect during my workday and I had a lot of anxiety about the future. Continue reading “How mindful meditation can help you escape from anxiety and depression”

How you can immediately reduce anxiety in your life


I remember back when I first got married, I purchase a book about how to deal with anxiety. I remember worrying on a daily basis. I would leave work with such a tense back that I was literally in pain. There were times that my chest was so tight that I started to wonder what it might feel like to have a heart attack. Continue reading “How you can immediately reduce anxiety in your life”

There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way

happiness171417-smallEvery day we wake up and they say that we either wake up on the right side or wrong side of the bed.

There are many things that affect our happiness from getting enough sleep to the innumerable stresses in our modern lives. It’s amazing that we’re ever happy because we always seem to be working toward happiness in one way or another and never actually finding the happiness that we’re seeking.

Do we ever realize when we are truly happy or is it just a fleeting feeling that comes and goes?

Getting to happiness can actually be challenging. We’re always in pursuit and it’s hard to stop and realize when we’ve actually arrived. Continue reading “There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way”

Why vacation and time off is critical to your health

vacation170416-smallAustria grants it’s citizens a minimum vacation allowance of 35 paid vacation days per year. Many other citizens with long track records at a company or with highly stressful jobs can expect more time off.

So, not including weekends, Austrians get to enjoy over a month out of the year where they get paid and don’t do a damn thing.

The United States doesn’t have a minimum vacation requirement for it’s citizens. We do have 10 federal holidays that generally provide workers with a day off. But no paid time off is generally provided to all employees by law. Continue reading “Why vacation and time off is critical to your health”

The 3 Disciplines of Men


When a man has the ambition to improve himself, he might be overwhelmed about how to get his mind wrapped around where to start. This is why most people fail, they simply don’t know where to begin. Do I start with exercise? Do I start with my mind? Do I start with a focus on family? Do I start with the relationship with my wife? Is God or Buddha the answer? I can be difficult and overwhelming.

To help, we’ve developed what we call The 3 Disciplines of Men. Continue reading “The 3 Disciplines of Men”

How to learn to have an open-minded approach to problems


There has been many times where I become frustrated with my wife. She doesn’t seek out solutions to problems naturally. She’s more apt to suffer through it or just stress about it without looking for ways out.

For the longest time I thought that she might be a little lazy. At the worst times I thought that she just wasn’t able to find her way out. Continue reading “How to learn to have an open-minded approach to problems”

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues


What does it mean to be a real man, a true man, a man of character? Benjamin Franklin had some very strong and concrete beliefs on this subject.

His 13 virtues stand the test of time and continually guide us on how to live the life we all want. We’ll be exploring these ‘virtues’ a lot going forward and likely expanding on each in turn. Continue reading “Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues”

The stories we tell ourselves

We all have times when our mind works against us. It acts like the devil on our shoulder and tells us in explicit detail how bad we are, how evil everyone is around us, what we’ve done wrong, why we’re not worthy, what we need to be worried about.

When this happens we become focused on the future and the past instead of the present where it matters. The stories that our mind tells us are almost always things that we can do nothing about or they are complete fiction. Our stories take up a huge amount of space in our brain and they’re rarely productive conversations. Continue reading “The stories we tell ourselves”