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How Buddhism Helped a Ridiculously Average Guy Turn His Life Around (And How it Can Help You Too)

Lachlan Brown, founder of Hack Spirit

RE: My life was going nowhere until I had this one BIG revelation.
Hi, my name is Lachlan Brown and I’m the founder of Hack Spirit.

My website helps millions of people make radical shifts in their own lives.

But did you know that 6 years ago I was anxious, miserable and working every day in a warehouse?

For years I struggled to find the peace I really wanted.

You know the dream:
  • Happiness
  • Peace of mind
  • Having good relationships with the people you care about.
But I was a guy in my mid-20s who wasn’t achieving any of these things.

I was lifting boxes all day in a job I really didn’t like. I had few satisfying relationships — with friends or women — and a monkey mind that just wouldn’t shut itself off.

During that time, I lived with anxiety, insomnia and way too much useless thinking going on in my head.

My life was going nowhere.

I was a ridiculously average guy and deeply unhappy to boot.

And the reason was simple...

I wasn't accepting things for how they were

I was never truly at peace because of one recurring problem: I couldn’t learn to “accept” where I was without wishing it were different.

I used to wish I had a better job, more fulfilling relationships, and a sense of calm deep within me.

But avoiding and fighting against what was happening within only made it worse.

The simple truth is that acceptance is hard to cultivate.

Humans are practically wired not to accept ourselves if we’re not living our ideal life. Or to accept the moment if it’s not 100% comfortable.

I knew I needed to learn how to accept being “in” the present moment even when I didn’t like the present moment.

Like most people, I just didn’t know how to do it...

Then I discovered Buddhism and everything changed...

After discovering Buddhism 6 years ago, I jumped in to reading as much as I could about this ancient philosophy.

Just to be clear: I’m not a Buddhist. I have no spiritual inclinations at all.

I’m just a regular guy who turned to eastern philosophy because I was at rock bottom.

The fact is many people turn to eastern philosophy to overcome whatever is weighing them down, including stress, sources of tension, unhappiness, misfiring relationships, and more.

And before too long I finally realized the cause of my problems.

You see, according to Buddhist philosophy, the main source of suffering was my attachment to things.

I realized I had to let go of the things that were weighing me down.

I stopped fretting about my warehouse job (and what I perceived to be a lack of progress in life) and my everyday worries and insecurities.

Instead, I started appreciating my loving family and the freedom I had to do what I wanted in life.

I decided to let go of ideas and images of how I thought things should be...

… And more fully enjoy the way things were.

Letting go (or at least easing your grip)

In many ways, Buddhism is all about letting things go.

Letting go helps us break away from negative thoughts and behaviors that do not serve us, as well as loosening the grip on all our attachments.

The Second Noble Truth of Buddhism actually states that “the origin of suffering is attachment.”

What exactly does this mean? And how can we actually accomplish non-attachment?

You might be thinking you need to live like a monk, become a hardcore yogi, or possess some deep spiritual inclinations to practice and benefit from non-attachment.

However, we can easily find ways to let things go while remaining in our regular lives.

It simply involves a subtle shift in mindset to appreciate the present reality of your life.

What are your attachments?

To help you do this, try this really helpful exercise.

I want you to reflect on the ideas and images in your mind to which you are attached. Identify your expectations about how the world should work and how you want your life to look.

You can even grab a notebook and pen and write them down.

Your list might look something like this:
  • I want to be in a happy relationship
  • I want to succeed at work
  • ​I want to be fit and athletic
  • ​I want to spend time with my family and friends.
These are pretty common goals and expectations.

Now, imagine all the ways in which these goals could go awry — even through no fault of your own.

You might spend years looking for a lifelong partner and find only short-term relationships. Consequently, you will see all your shorter relationships as failures and begin to feel inadequate.

You might be fired from your job and start to question how smart or competent you really are.

Or you might despise your chosen career but feel trapped in it because changing careers would challenge your concept of yourself.

You might sustain an injury and have to spend several frustrating months in physical therapy, painstakingly returning to the same level of fitness (or less) as before.

And you will almost certainly drift apart from some people you care about, or worse, lose them to accident or illness.

In all likelihood, you’ve already experienced some degree of suffering related to the areas described above. These aren’t particularly pleasant topics to consider!

Yet it’s important to understand the root of our pain so we can learn how to alleviate it.

In essence, the pain that arises from the above situations is due to excessive attachment.

Attachment to what?

To our own self-image, to our images of others, and to our expectations about life.

Why I wrote the book I needed 6 years ago

I truly believe that the teachings I learned 6 years ago, and have been blogging about ever since, can be incredibly valuable for anyone.

But when I first dived into Buddhism, I had to wade through some really convoluted writing.

There wasn’t a book that distilled all this valuable wisdom in a clear, easy-to-follow way, with practical techniques and strategies.

So I decided to write this book myself.

The one I would've loved to have read when I first started out.

Here it is.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy For a Better Life.

It's no secret that Buddhist teachings — as well as other ancient Eastern traditions — offer an incredible path towards living a better life.

But here’s the trick.

In order to benefit from these often abstract philosophies, they need to be broken down in a way which is accessible and easy-to-understand.

Which is where my book comes in.

This unique 96-page eBook filters out the mystery of these philosophies and shows you how to improve all aspects of daily living, including your relationships, emotional resilience and state of mind. 

What you'll discover in my unique book

You don’t have to travel to a remote cave, mountain, or desert to achieve a serene sense of calm.

The relaxed, quiet confidence you seek is already inside you.

All you have to do is tap into it.

In my new book, I'll help you discover the core components of achieving happiness through:
  • Creating a state of mindfulness throughout the day
  • ​Learning how to meditate
  • ​Developing healthier relationships
  • ​Unburdening yourself from intrusive negative thoughts
  • Letting go and practicing non-attachment.
While I primarily focus on Buddhist teachings throughout the book — particularly as they relate to mindfulness and meditation — I also provide key insights and ideas from Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism.

Think of it this way:

I’ve taken 5 of the world’s most powerful philosophies for achieving happiness, and captured their most relevant and effective teachings — while filtering out the confusing jargon.

I then shaped them into a highly-practical, easy-to-follow guide for improving your life.

Who will love reading it

My book is essential reading for anyone who:
  • Wants to transform their life by applying the timeless wisdom of Buddhism.
  • ​Would like a practical guide which filters out the esoteric confusion often associated with Buddhism and other eastern philosophies. One that presents valuable wisdom in a clear, easy-to-follow way.
  • ​Aspires to live a happier, calmer and more satisfying life than what they're experiencing now...
It’s okay if you don’t know anything about Buddhism or eastern philosophy. As I mentioned above, I'm not a Buddhist.

I've just applied its most iconic teachings to totally transform my life.

And I want to help you do the same too.
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The key things you'll learn in my book:
  • The Power of Mindfulness: The 7 life-changing benefits of mindfulness (I tell the story of how Harvard researcher, Matt Killingsworth, created an app which concretely shows the connection between mindfulness and greater happiness).
  • ​4 Incredible Ways to Achieve Mindfulness: Create a state of mindfulness anywhere, anytime through 4 incredibly effective everyday practices. (Don’t like feeling sluggish when you wake up in the morning? Practice #1 shows you how to develop a morning routine which makes you feel way more relaxed and energized).
  • ​​​Learn to Meditate (The Easy Way): I demystify the amazing practice of meditation. I show you step-by-step the 4 main ways to meditate, including easy-to-follow tips and exercises to help you get started right away.
  • ​Improve ALL Your Relationships: I show how to use Buddhism to improve all of your relationships, including with family, friends, and especially with ourselves. (I’ll even teach you the Buddhist ‘secret’ to successfully dealing with enemies).
  • ​How to Rest and Heal Properly: Studies overwhelmingly show that rest and sleep are vital for keeping you healthy. Learn how to apply Buddhist and Taoist techniques to your everyday life so you can achieve a level of therapeutic relaxation, which helps prevent disease and heals your body and mind.
  • ​​​The Power of Letting Things (and People) Go: According to eastern philosophy, it’s our attachments that cause us pain. Learn how to let go of whatever is weighing you down, and build stronger relationships with the people you care about in the process.
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