Resources to help inspire and guide you, and curated to deepen your understanding into what it might mean to “be the change”…
Hello, my name is Steve M Nash and that’s my goofy smiling face below. I’ve been trying to understand the world ever since I became aware that I really did not understand it.
Awkward and angsty from a very early age then, it took me a long time indeed to fully understand that people know a lot less than they think they do.
- It took me tens of thousands of hours of reading self-help books, listening to spiritual videos and attending live trainings, actually.
- To understand that theories are not facts. The map is not the territory. And there is no right way to think, no “final answer” solution that always works, and nothing wrong with not being perfect.
Life really is a mystery; human beings too. The problems arise when we start to think otherwise.
So I found myself creating (and updating) SteveMNash.com in 2020 (and onwards) – the Daily Delight newsletter, blog posts that might provoke, this resources page, digital printables on Etsy, etc. – to help point you inward, to that which already knows to not exclude. Because no matter your beliefs or ideologies or identifications or anything, human beings are the solution – ALL of us, all parts of us (the dark and the light) – we just happen to be the problem, too.
What does it mean to be a human being, to be you, to be alive? And how does life actually work? Is this something we can even ever know?
The teachings that follow attempt to answer these questions.
I present them to you, in order of least useful but most radical.
NON-DUALITY (Advaita/”not 2″)
There are many that talk about non-duality, in their own way, but these people have had the most impact on me (so far):
- Tony Parsons: Open Secret
- Unmani: Die to Love
- Robert Saltzman
- Rupert Spira
- Francis Lucille
- Eckart Tolle: Power of Now
- Byron Katie: The Work
THE THREE PRINCIPLES (as first formulated by Sydney Banks).
Also known as The Inside-Out Understanding, you can find out more on my sister site SMNash.com.
SPIRITUALITY & SELF-HELP
Where to start with ‘spirituality’ and ‘self-help. Hmm, how about this small sample of names…
- Khalil Gibran
- Walt Whitman
- Guy Finley
- Byron Katie
- Michael A. Singer
- Michael Neill
- Hale Dwoskin
Oh, and I once created a list of best self-help books – read that here!…
I’ve bought all (and read most) of the books listed below. But first, some books I created myself:
- 365 “Quotes” About Daily Life
- 365 Positive Spiritual “Quotes”
- Start Where You Are (journal)
- OMG My Spiritual Journey
- Funny Reflections Notebook
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
- Illusions by Richard Bach
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
- The Deepest Acceptance by Jeff Foster
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
- The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
- Jed McKenna’s Theory of Everything by Jed McKenna
- Living Nonduality by Robert Wolfe
- The Ten Thousand Things by Robert Salzman
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill
- The Missing Link by Sydney Banks
- The Secret of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- The Relationship Handbook by George Pransky
- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
- Waking Up by Sam Harris
Find a not-exhaustive list of websites, and so-called ‘thought leaders’ that I think are trying to make “the right difference”. I’d be surpised if all inspire you equally. Let me know your thoughts – contact me here.
Tristan Harris is concerned with attention – your attention. Specifically, how the big tech companies (Facebook, Twitter, Google etc.) are misusing it in the pursuit of profits – TristanHarris.com
Daniel Schmachtenberger works in preventing global catastrophic risk. Apparently. For me he is a rare human being that tries to see the big picture; a “sense maker” in an unparalleled time of disinformation and agenda-based ‘truth’ – Daniel Schmachtenberger on YouTube
Alan Watts died in 1973, 32 years before YouTube was created. Now millions watch videos of his talks, are inspired (and confounded) by the simplicity of his words. Bridging the gap between eastern philosophies and western, the language might sometimes be dated, but the message certainly isn’t – Alan Watts on YouTube
Other inspiring individuals that are finding their way to make a difference: Greta Thunberg (climate change activist), Yuval Noah Harrari (author), Sam Harris (author), Owen Cooke (motivational speaker), Daryl Davis (listening without judgement)
- More In Common – www.MoreInCommon.com
- Good News Network – www.GoodNewsNetwork.org
- Jo Cox Foundation – www.jocoxfoundation.org
Inpirational (or Not) Videos?…
Sadhguru on How To Never Get Angry or Bothered By People
How To BRAINWASH Yourself For Success & Destroy NEGATIVE THOUGHTS! | Dr. Joe Dispenza
Who are you?
Can YOU Fix Climate Change?
Jim Carrey - What It All Means | One Of The Most Eye Opening Speeches
Is Success Luck or Hard Work?
Jordan Peterson | The Most Terrifying IQ Statistic
How Do We Break The Habit Of Excessive Thinking?
How to Test Your Emotional Maturity
Isolation is the dream-killer, not your attitude | Barbara Sher | TEDxPrague
Why Boredom is Good For You
How to be miserable for the rest of your life
Willpower is for Losers
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Life Advice Will Change Your Future (EYE OPENING SPEECH)
Zizek Challenges Peterson: "Set Your House in Order Before You Change the World?"
Reading A BOOK A Week for 4 Years - This HAPPENED
"I Guarantee Your Behavior Will Change" | TRY IT!
Alan Watts ~ No More Guilt...
The Genius of the Crowd by Charles Bukowski
If you’re feeling behind in life, watch this.
A Change of Heart Towards Jordan | Africa Brooke | Mikhaila Peterson Podcast | EP 120
Nietzsche - Follow No One, Trust Yourself
Breaking Addiction to Negative Thinking
The HIDDEN TRUTH About Politics | Jordan Peterson (Trump vs Biden 2020 Election)
Alan Watts ~ Embrace All Your Feelings
Marcus Aurelius - Stop Caring What People Think
Old Homeless Meets Young Homeless | The Gap | LADbible
Alan Watts - The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
Where Do Our Thoughts Come From?
Dr. Bruce Lipton Explains How to Reprogram Your Mind
5 Things You Need to Understand to Stop Being Lazy – Atomic Habits by James Clear
Sam Harris Life Advice Will Change Your Future (MUST WATCH)
15 Paradoxes That Will Change Your Life
The End Of Suffering
3 great untruths to stop telling kids—and ourselves | Jonathan Haidt | Big Think
Sam Harris basically unlocks the secret to life
7 Things You Need to Understand to Stop Being Lazy – Atomic Habits by James Clear
What Do You Really Want? - Michael A. Singer
Ram Dass - Let Your Relationships Become A Vehicle For Freedom
Dostoevsky - Walk Your Own Path, Face Your Errors
How to Silence the Negative Voices in Your Head: An Illustrated Guide
Control - Alan Watts
5 Types of Bullsh*t Jobs with David Graeber
I'm Afraid of Trump—The Work of Byron Katie®
The Perfectionist Paradox - A Miserable Amount of Good
Dostoevsky - Never Lie to Yourself
Viggo Mortensen - correcting a person with dementia
Poetry by RUMI -- Who Says Words with My Mouth
WARNING: They Are Hijacking Your Brain
Heidegger: Modern humans are too obsessed with productivity | Sean Kelly and Lex Fridman
How To Be The Change YouTube Playlist (in order of most popular on YouTube) – what do you think?
(Note: I shall be updating this playlist regularly. Adding/pruning based on your feedback.)