28: On Travel, Reading and Expanding Your Mind

28: On Travel, Reading and Expanding Your Mind

Travelling and reading have a unique way of expanding your mind. They open you up to new possibilities, new ways of living and new concepts.

In this episode, Zachary discusses the lessons learnt from his recent trip to Indonesia.

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27: What Grief Feels Like - On Suicide and it's Effects

27: What Grief Feels Like - On Suicide and it's Effects

Grief comes in waves.

In this episode, Zachary discusses what grief feels like, as well as the feelings that arise when someone commits suicide.

Regardless of your proximity to the person, their death can be confusing and can significantly impact you.

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26: Why Work Doesn't Have To Suck

26: Why Work Doesn't Have To Suck

In this episode, Zac discusses why people get trapped working in a job that they don't like and suggests ways that they can change into a career that they actually enjoy and look forward to performing.

"Counting time until retirement is not for me" ...

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25: Overcoming The Pointlessness of Life

25: Overcoming The Pointlessness of Life

When I am depressed, the 'pointlessness of life' becomes overwhelming.

This episode addresses why life can feel pointless, as well as some of the ways that I overcome those feelings.

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22: Moving Towards Veganism, And The Passionate Zealots That Drive People Away

22: Moving Towards Veganism, And The Passionate Zealots That Drive People Away

This is a follow up to my blog post "Your Passion Is Detrimental To Your Cause - Why Militant Veganism Doesn't Work" In this episode I respond to the significant amount of feedback (positive and negative), as well as offer further advice for anyone who wants to convince someone to change their opinions/behavior - primarily they should: make slow and incremental changes rather than the 'cold turkey' approach.

The problem comes when these feelings are projected and forced onto unwilling and unsuspecting ears. This is often met with anger, annoyance and confusion...

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20: The Real Reason Why Reading Is Important

20: The Real Reason Why Reading Is Important

Teachers and parents often push the importance of reading. But what they often fail to do is explain why it is so important.

In this episode, Zachary discusses how widely reading (particularly of fiction and autobiographies) increases detachment and allows you to live someone else's life.

"When the characters in our books face moral dilemmas, overcome obstacles, learn and grow, so does the reader. I will never be able to see the world through your eyes, but if I read your book, I would have a greater ability to empathise with your perspective"

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19: Taking a Day Off From Life

19: Taking a Day Off From Life

Zachary talks about his day off from life, spent in solitude meditating. No social media, communication, reading, writing or eating; just observing the mind.

"I noticed that my mind would throw up strong urges and emotions. I started to act on them before I realized that I was doing so. This led me to wonder (in normal waking life) how much do my emotions, thoughts and feelings control me? I always presumed that I lead them, but I think I am drastically wrong about that."

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