Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation is about the many benefits of Transcendental Meditation, presented through cases studies, anecdotes, and medical studies. The benefits range from addiction recovery and managing mental health problems to self-actualization, enhancing creativity and professional development. This post is a longer one, but don't worry, I'll pull it back around … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation
Speed Reading: The Comprehensive Guide To Speed Reading - Increase Your Reading Speed By 300% In Less Than 24 Hours by Nathan Armstrong is a decent little book. I've always been a slow reader. Having aphantasia (which I'm sure will come up in other posts as I work through some of the more related books … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Speed Reading: The Comprehensive Guide To Speed Reading
Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity by Kirk C. White is a great book and a quick read. I'm torn between immediately reading it again and trying to lend it to brothers to read. Operative Freemasonry offers some excellent background info and philosophy of masonry that should be a … Continue reading Masonic Book Review: Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity
The primary focus of the book is that of finding intrinsic (inherent, from within one's self) reward from the work one does rather than seeking extrinsic rewards like recognition, fame, or wealth.
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims is about the character traits, methodology, and style of thinking that have led many great people to success. The core premise is that we can test our ideas or assumptions in small, low-stakes ways to gain insights that lead to additional or better-refined ideas, … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Little Bets
A basic understanding of economics is really helpful to informing one's political opinions, developing business acumen, and making healthy personal finance choices. It can also be helpful in running a lodge.
I'm a fan of the books from Wooden Books. They have a somehow esoteric look and feel about them, while also feeling modern. I've got a couple and plan to get a few more. Sacred Geometry opens with a very apt description - Sacred Geometry charts the unfolding of number in space and differs from … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Sacred Geometry (Wooden Books)
The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer is varied in the lessons and insights it presents. It is autobiographical, it is about the process and meaning of art, it is about the music industry, it is about PR, marketing, and community building in the internet age, … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: The Art of Asking
... May all our irregular passions be subdued... The words regular and irregular, or variations of them appear throughout Masonic ritual, grand lodge codes and laws, in our charges, and in our obligations. "...a regularly constituted lodge...," "...us and all regular Masons...," "... May all our irregular passions be subdued...," "... regularly developed and illustrated … Continue reading Masonic Glossary – Regular
Freemasonry implores us to subdue our passions. I’d like to take a moment to discuss this idea. For me, the idea of subduing one’s passions initially seemed to mean that of stifling unhealthy or destructive passions (intolerance, prejudice, pride…), of moderation and of even temperament… of suppressing one’s undesirable passions, and keeping your conduct in … Continue reading On Subduing Passions