8 WISDOM BLOGS (& WEBSITES) WE LOVE
Muddy Shoe Adventures' programs are a bridge between the adventure travel world and the wisdom and personal growth and development world. Last week, we shared some of our favorite travel blogs and websites with you as a way to get you inspired to begin seeing travel not as something that you do a few times a year, but as a lifestyle.
On its own, adventure travel can be a life-changing experience. And as some of the articles we recently posted on our Must Reads page discuss, there is an emerging body of scientific evidence that shows us how and why these transformations may occur from a cognitive neuroscience and psycho-biology standpoint.
But travel itself is often not enough to create lasting shifts in our perspectives. As the research suggests, travel may open us up to those possibilities, but it will not automatically foster personal transformations. Rather, it is when you add in purposeful and intentional periods of reflection and introspection and discussion about what you are experiencing that real transformations occur.
And so, this week, we are shifting our focus to the development side of what we do, and have compiled a list of some of our go-to blogs and websites for wisdom and insights that inspire us and keep us motivated on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, many of the ideas and concepts that are often at the heart of the powerful conversations we have during our Adventures either come from or have been informed by these blogs. We hope you enjoy!
Elephant Journal is dedicated to sharing the good life beyond the choir, and to all those who didn’t yet know they give a care about living a good, fun life that’s good for others, and our planet. It started as a magazine in 2002, but after going national in Whole Foods and such, they wanted to further “green” their ways. So, they went online. Elephant Journal is now a guide to what they like to call “the mindful life”: yoga, organics, sustainability, genuine spirituality, conscious consumerism, fair fashion, the contemplative arts…anything that helps them to live a good life that also happens to be good for others, and our planet.
“Lifehacks” is a phrase that describes any advice, resource, tip or trick that will help get things done more efficiently and effectively. The Lifehack blog provides tips to help improve all aspects of a person’s life, and are widely recognized as one of the premier productivity and lifestyle blogs on the web. The blog has been endorsed by many major newspapers, magazines and online publications, and is frequently updated with articles by a team of contributors that just want to make life as friction-free as possible.
mindbodygreen is a lifestyle media brand dedicated to inspiring people to live their best life. Their team wants to give you everything that’s great for you: mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and environmentally. They believe these pillars of wellness are vital and interconnected, hence mindbodygreen (one word, not three). They bring together leaders in the wellness world, best-selling authors, fitness experts, trusted healers, pioneering doctors, top chefs, celebrities, and top-tier journalist to give the freshest, most in-the-know content and tools to help you live your healthiest, happiest life.
Brian loves wisdom. Like, a lot. He also loves helping people optimize their lives and actualize their potential so that everyone can change the world together as he studies, embodies, and teaches the fundamentals of optimal living—integrating ancient wisdom, modern science, common sense, virtue, mastery, and fun.
Pick the Brain is a website dedicated to self-improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, and self education. It diverges from traditional “self-help” by taking a broader approach. Rather than sticking to a small set of topics, the site covers anything related to self-improvement. A potential article contains any information that people can use to live more prosperous, satisfying lives.
Sensophy comes from two words: Sense and Sophy, which means Feeling + Wisdom. Founded in 2010 by Jacob Sokol, Sensophy helps people in their 20s and 30s answer the question of “WTF should I do with my life?!” They’ve gained some of the best wisdom on the planet for helping people with the unique challenges that our generation is currently facing. They offer access to an inspired community of like-minded people as well as one-on-one life-coaching, group courses, virtual-conferences, retreats, newsletters, blogs and more.
7. Tiny Buddha
Tiny Buddha is about reflecting on simple wisdom and learning new ways to apply it to our complex lives—complete with responsibilities, struggles, dreams, and relationships. Lori runs the site, but stresses that it is not hers; it’s ours. It’s not about her; it’s about us. The site features tips and authentic stories from readers of all ages, all over the globe. You’ll find posts about happiness, motivation, inspiration, love, relationships, possibilities, mindfulness, yoga, spirituality, simplicity, minimalism, and letting go.
8. Zen Habits
“Life is a journey that we are on with no destination.” says Leo Babauta, founder of Zen Habits. He began to make changes in his life in December 2006, and now shares his simple methods for accomplishing things on his blog. Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of life. It’s about clearing the clutter to focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.
We hope you enjoyed this little 'round-up' of some of our favorite wisdom blogs and websites. If you have recommendations and suggestions for blogs that other readers might enjoy, please leave a note in the comments section below!