John Weiler

Your guru is lying: Why you shouldn’t believe any master has found the secret to life (or even me)

Guru crossing fingers behind back, lying

We live in an age of gurus. Online influencers, self-righteous celebrities and political know-it-alls, many of whom have fiery opinions. If you disagree with them, they’ll demonize you, take cheap shots and use name calling to discredit you. Where did all this hate come from? And why are people so swayed by it? Emotion hypnotizes …

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Why you should be open to failure, being wrong and sucking at life

Man screaming with hand over his face, as if he made a mistake

Failure sucks.  It’s painful, embarrassing and can make you feel worthless.  We all want to feel good about ourselves, but when we fail, self doubt creeps in. It’s no wonder that most dudes avoid failure at all costs.  But you shouldn’t.  As I’ve mentioned in previous books, like An Ordinary Dude’s Guide to Meditation and …

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3 roadblocks to starting a mindfulness practice

Couple driving during sunset, enjoying themselves and experiencing mindfulness.

You’ve been meditating for awhile. You feel the benefits. You’re calmer, more clear-headed and experience a growing sense of peace. But you want to take your game to the next level. You’ve heard that mindfulness can help, but aren’t sure how to get started. I’ve been there, dude. The thing is, you’re probably hitting roadblocks—you’re …

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Death and taxes, happiness and 2 universal truths to bring you peace

The world changes fast. The past decade has seen the rise of social media, smartphones and delivery/taxis services like Uber. Who knows what the next 10 years will bring. With all this change, you may feel overwhelmed. Exhausted. Like it’s impossible to keep up. It may seem like nothing is certain. But it ain’t true. …

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Mindfulness and emotions: Why it’s OK to scream into your pillow in a fit of rage

Woman screaming into pillow

You’re seething. You just got into a massive argument with a family member. And now you storm out of the room. How could he say such things? How could he be such a douchebag? Does he even care about you at all? You slam the door behind you. Now alone in your room, your blood …

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Am I present? 5 signs to tell if you’re living in the moment

Man watching a sunrise in thought

Living in the moment. It sounds so easy. Especially when a celebrity or pro athlete casually mentions it on TV. You just live in the moment. You just be. You’re just present. Sounds simple enough. But how do you know if you’re actually present? I mean, you’re here right now, right? So that should mean …

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Why it’s OK to fall asleep when you meditate (sometimes)

Guy yawning during meditation

It’s happening again. You’re following your breath in meditation. Breathe in. Breathe out. You think you’re doing it right. Your mind seems to clear. But, you can’t ignore one teeny, tiny issue… Your eyes are heavy. And while you seem to be on breath nine, you’re not so sure. Maybe you’re on breath eight? It’s …

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17 books on mindfulness to improve your health, happiness and relationships

Dude reads book on mindfulness on the beach with wine

There are dozens of articles offering mindfulness book recommendations.    A quick Google search will return plenty of results.    And if you click them, you’ll no doubt see some themes in these lists of books on mindfulness. Common authors like Pema Chödrön, Andy Puddicombe, Jon Kabat-Zinn and others will make appearances. And while you’ll …

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Lessons from Star Wars: how hate poisons your soul (And what to do instead)

Star Wars and how hate rots your soul. Storm trooper.

Hate seems to be everywhere. Angry rants infuse news stories. Rageful comments fill your social media feeds. And shouts of f-bombs and “asshole” are common in debates among your acquaintances. You may think, “What has the world come to?” When did people become so hateful, biased and brainwashed? To the point they can’t tell the …

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