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May 29, 2018

What is the purpose of life? Why are we here? Who are we? These questions seem to be coming up more and more in our daily pursuits. Is it a lack of faith or a decrease in church attendance that has us in an existential crisis? Is a decreased satisfaction at work having us examine if we are on the right path? These questions are out there, and we may need to look back to old philosophies and historical books to find the answers we’re seeking. We have come across just the right “nobody” to delve into this inquiry with.

By a “nobody,” we mean someone who’s not rich, famous, or religiously ordained--who’s just a regular guy who mows the lawn every weekend and lives a “normal” life. A former social worker and counselor, J.A. Plosker spent years teaching philosophy and comparative religion to college students seeking answers to life’s most important questions. In his quest for the truth, he chose to publish the award-winning book, The Nobody Bible: Uncovering The Simple Wisdom In Ordinary Life. By examining ancient wisdom, he found that the keys to discovering satisfaction in everyday life are by focusing on the simple things.

Key takeaways:

Benefits of being a nobody. The word nobody tends to have a negative connotation, but when J.A. approached the idea of a book, he thought “who am I to write a book on philosophy? I’m NOBODY.” Then, he happened upon a spiritual teacher who said that being nobody is the highest level you can attain in spirituality. You can let go of the ego, and surrender to what is … [0:03:38]

It’s all love. As Plosker studied religious philosophies, he learned that they all had one thing in common--they all start with love. This experience radiates to kindness, compassion, and being of service. Even today, with the instant way social media can connect us, it is a medium to reach out and love one another … [0:08:35]

Practice discipline. Whether it’s time on the meditation cushion, the yoga mat, or in the church or synagogue, part of our devotion and putting in the work takes discipline. Take the time to be quiet with yourself, and go within to gain self-knowledge, self-connection, and tap into something beyond your limiting beliefs … [0:14:56] 

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.