Here you will find resources of wisdom to inspire, help and to advise you, as well as bringing a greater understanding about you and your life. Note that we here at Inner Picture Stories do not list just anything. We only list those which we truly believe in and know will add value to your life.
Why not use technology to enhance your life? The following apps are from well trusted brands that will provide actual positive improvements to you and your life.
Headspace is a gym membership for your mind. Using proven meditation and mindfulness techniques, you will learn to train your mind leading to a healthier, happier and more enjoyable life. There is a free Take10 programme where you will get taught the basics of meditation in just 10 minutes a day. After that you can choose to continue via a subscription membership giving you access to hundreds of hours of original meditations. You can focus on particular areas of your life, health, performance or relationships. If you feel overwhelmed there are SOS exercises, as well as On-The-Go mediation for when you are walking, sleeping, cooking,… This is a fantastic app that really can have a tremendous impact upon your life. And, it also has funny animations. That’s more than enough to check it out, surely?
Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm that instead of shocking you out of your sleep, will calculate when you will be in your lightest sleep phase and smoothly wakes you up then. This helps you to wake up rested and relaxed. Sleep cycle also tracks your sleep quality over time, allowing you to see which days of the week you sleep best and much more besides.
Live your life with more mindfulness, through the app Conscious. The app supplements you with simple mindfulness practices every day. Stimulating and encouraging you with an increase of awareness in your normal everyday activities.
Need some relaxation or some help to improve your focus? Noisli has high quality ambient sounds, such as white noise, rain, a crackling fire… It helps you focus while you are working, relieves anxiety, helps during your meditation or yoga classes, or is just a great way to relax while reading or before going to sleep. Noisli helps drown out annoying noises allowing you to concentrate better and enhancing productivity, or it can be used simply to create a pleasant audio environment for relaxing or sleeping.
Here is an app you should definitely get your hands on. Blinkist offers more than a thousand nonfiction books ranging from science to personal development, economics, psychology, entrepreneurship, biography, and so on. Now what makes this app so amazing is the fact that the books are only 15 minutes long as the key lessons from the full books are spelled out for you. This is the perfect app to learn something fast and new every day. There is a 3-day free trial for you to experience the full features Blinkist has. From then on, you can choose between 3 different models. You have the free option; the Blinkist Plus ($49,99) and the Premium ($79,99) which offers of course the most valuable features, including being able to listen to audio versions of the book, and sending your books to your kindle, etc. The costs are yearly, so the price is more than okay. Especially when you think of all the life changing wisdom it has to offer.
A truly wonderful yoga app. The app offers a huge selection of yoga classes, from beginners up to advanced. There is a ton of features to be found in the Daily Yoga app, such as various meditation music/relaxation melodies, a supportive community, online coaching guides, multiple languages, and loads more. A highly recommended app for anyone wanting to practice yoga.
There are some incredible books out there, containing the wisdom that can literally change your life. Here are some books that have had a huge impact on millions of others.
In the Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz teaches us through old Toltec wisdom four principals that can teach you a completely different way of looking at life.
“Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally… Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”
― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
Man’s Search for Meaning is a book for those who are struggling to understand what the most important aspect of life is. Heck, what am I saying this is a book everyone should read. The book is written by psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl who survived the Nazi death camps. In his book he writes about what it is that determines whether a person will give up on life or not. Through the years of suffering in the camp he learned that above food and water there stands an even greater need – purpose.
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a fable that tells a tale about a Shepard boy, Santiago and his search for a treasure. Along his journey the book teaches us about omens, following our dreams and listening to our heart. Such a beautiful book, with a message that can change your view of your dreams as well as your heart.
“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer is a spiritual guidance book that teaches us that we are not the voices in our head. We are the listener. Singer describes the voice in our head, as an annoying roommate. Always having conflicts, never agreeing. By understanding the voice, and what it actually is, we can learn to remove ourselves from its influences, stop listening to it and instead to become an observer of it instead. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, we can learn how to become enlightened and take control of our own mind.
“When a problem is disturbing you, don’t ask, “What should I do about it?” Ask, “What part of me is being disturbed by this?”
― Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, is a book that everyone should read. This books can show you a whole new way of seeing upon life, and teaches you how to obtain the greatest thing that you can ever achieve – consciousness. A very powerful book.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Five – Minute Journal is a beautiful book that will help you to feel grateful for what you have and as a result will increase your happiness. Every morning you write down 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things which will make that day great and 1 affirmation about yourself. Then before you go to sleep, you write 3 amazing things that happened in the day and 1 thing that could have made the day even better. It’s simple and takes no more than 5 minutes. It will help you stand still every day and take the time to reflect and inhale gratitude for your life. It has had a tremendous effect on my life already and I very much encourage anyone to buy it.
Having the right role model in your life, someone to look up to is important. There are some amazing people out there in the world, doing incredible things with their lives for others and for the world. Here are some of them.
If you believe you are limited in the things that you can do in life, then have a look at Nick Vujicic. Nick was born with no limbs. Yet, that didn’t stop him from pursuing and accomplishing his dreams. Nick is a best-selling author and a motivational speaker. Follow him on social media and check out his videos on YouTube. Nick Vujicic is a huge source of inspiration.
Wim Hof a.k.a The Iceman is an incredible human being who holds 20 world records and has developed a scientific proven method called The Wim Hof Method which increases the human immune system, practiced an achieved through cold. Have a look at his website, it is quite incredible what his techniques can do for you. Also check out the VICE documentary about him, it’s unbelievable.
Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author. An amazing person who has inspired and changed millions of lives. The power behind this man when he speaks is incredible. Have a look at him. There are some life changing lessons to be learned from him.
Podcasts are like a digital radio that you can listen to through your phone. Here you can find a list of some very interesting podcasts to follow. They will contribute some great knowledge and inspiration.
Hold on, you didn’t realize Inner Picture Stories had a podcast? No worries, you can’t know everything. The Inner Picture Stories Podcast digs into a wide variety of people’s lives, including a monk who lived 37 years in a monastery, a widow who lost her husband, a pancreatic cancer survivor, an award-winning writer, and many more. Each episode dives into their own particular story to uncover the lessons that you, in turn, can use in your own life.
In the podcast Love Life with Matthew Hussey you can expect practical tips to improve any sort of relationship whether it is romantic, family, friends, career, or with yourself.
Like to learn some more about this enormous universe of ours? Check out the podcast StarTalk hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson where the topics of space and science are the main focus.
Hosted by John Lee Dumas – Entrepreneur on Fire is a podcast where successful entrepreneurs talk about the journey they took, all their struggles and fears, to get where they are today.
Some very good interviews to be found here. London Real introduces you to the most fascinating people on the planet. Each week they interview someone at the top of their game and give you the inside look at how they achieved their success, and how you can take your health, wealth, and relationships to the next level.
The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is a long form conversation hosted by comedian, UFC color commentator and actor Joe Rogan featuring friends and guests that have included comedians, actors, musicians, MMA instructors and commentators, authors, artists, and porn stars. Awesome podcast to follow! And Joe Rogan is such a cool dude who throws some very good questions out at his guests.
The Tim Ferris show, is a very interesting podcast to follow. Tim interviews world class performers, giving you the chance to delve into the mind-set of some of the world’s greatest performers. Amazing podcast.
Ohh YouTube, what a wonderful place to get entertained. But, not only to get entertainment. It is also a great place to gain knowledge and to get inspired!
The School of Life has a great YouTube channel filled with videos on life issues each and every one of us face. If you are looking for answers, this is well worth checking out, they have some beautiful content, and it’s absolutely free.
Vsauce1 hosted by Michael Stevens – covers scientific and philosophical questions such as: “What if everyone jumped at once”, “The Science of Awkwardness” and “Why Do We Kiss?” Very interesting channel to follow.
FightMediocrity is a channel where the host Malkhaz Geldiashvili animates his favourite self-improvement and self-help books. I absolutely love this channel. The animations make it a fun watch while at the same time you are learning some very inspiring and valuable lessons.
The #AskGaryVee Show hosted by Gary Vaynerchuk is a channel where Gary – an entrepreneur, investor, author and public speaker, answers business related questions, which have come in from anyone and everyone. If you have a question – business related, give him a tweet at #AskGaryVee.
Ted is a conference devoted to ideas worth spreading from Icons and geniuses of all disciplines from every corner of the world. There is incredible value in all of their videos. The channel is filled with a vast amount of lessons, inspiration, motivation, and ideas to help you, your life and the world become a better place.
TEDX is an international community. Like TED, it is a conference devoted to ideas worth spreading. They are inspired by local and community based issues and ideas and are produced independently of TED conferences, but based on TED’s format and rules. Here is a great video to give you a taste of what it is about!
Ignite is comparable to TED talks in the sense that it calls forward people with a message. The difference here though is that each presentation only lasts 5 minutes, and contains 20 slides which automatically change after 15 seconds. These are speedy presentations that move directly towards the message. “Here” is a good video to start with.
With millions and millions of websites crowded on the net it can be quite a messy place at times. The sites listed here are all designed to help, teach and give you possibilities in life and business.
CreativeLive is an incredible online education platform to learn creative and business skills. All classes are given by experts, filmed professionally to make you feel as though you’re right there in the classroom. Where CreativeLive truly stands outs is that all classes are streamed live and are completely free. Understandably, once they are off air however, they have to be purchased. The beauty with that is that you can, if you plan ahead, educate yourself from leaders in the field, completely free.
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Skillshare offers literally thousands of lessons for creatives within the main categories of learning, creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and technology. Skillshare works with a monthly plan of €8,99/$9.95 per month, which you can cancel at any time, no questions asked. The unique aspect of Skillshare is that the lessons are created by experts in that particular field, and it works both ways. So if you are someone who is an expert at something, you too can get paid by becoming a teacher on Skillshare.
Become a student once again and earn real certification with Coursera. Coursera offers online classes from 140 + of the top universities and educational organizations, such as Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins… Many, many subjects are covered, including psychology, computer science, languages, arts, business… They have a very handy app as well, making it possible for you to study and learn on the go.
Use a computer? There is a high chance you do, in which case you should definitely download Flux. This free application removes the blue light from your computer screen, which is what keeps us alert, but also messes with our brain during the night. Flux automatically adjusts your screen removing that blue light which in turn will help improve your sleep. Yes, there is research to back this up.
Never heard of Kickstarter and Indiegogo? Don’t worry, let me explain. Both are crowdfunding platforms, where you can submit a project or a product you are working on and need help with funding. People who are interested can then help you out by contributing and investing in your product or project. If you have a good idea for a product or project but need a hand money wise, you no longer have an excuse – give Kickstarter or Indiegogo a shot, and you might be able to raise the money you need.
If you are in the need of someone for support or help why don’t you give Talkspace a try? For an affordable subscription plan, Talkspace lets you connect anywhere, 24/7 with a licensed therapist, with whom you can chat with via your phone, video sessions or by text.