About Ben Austin

My friends call me the illegitimate love child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Nye. I’m a bodybuilding-yogi-science loving-foodie bringing an engineering approach to lifestyle design. Join me as I analyze the systems that go into optimal mental and physical performance and explore the stories and tactics of people who set the standard for the rest of us.

Book Review: Spiritual Enlightenment the Damnedest thing

I literally just set Spiritual Enlightenment down because I wanted to write this review while the ideas and concepts were fresh in my head. I’ve done a lot of reading in regards to the spiritual path… Eckhart Tolle, Alan Watts, Harold Kushner, Budhism, Zen etc. All of those books were interesting but none had the epiphany creating moments that Spirutal Enlightment did. There were many times where I had to put the book down and write out my thoughts, just to wrap my head around the concepts that were presented. This books cuts through the facade … Read More


How to Hack Your Sleep Cycle: The Fundamentals

How to Hack your Sleep Ever have trouble sleeping? Are you tossing and turning some nights, but not others? Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to go pee? How about waking up at 2 or 3 am and not being able to go back to sleep? If this sounds familiar… Keep reading This is post is about the fundamentals necessary for engineering a great night of sleep. If you want to lose more weight, recover from exercise faster, be smarter during the day, than you should also be concerned with getting the … Read More


How To Rewire your Brain for Success: The Motivational Seesaw

  Why do We Fail? Have you ever started a new diet and fitness regiment and failed? How about attempting to get organized and taking action in your life? Maybe you wanted to start reading books again but fell into old bad habits. This used to happen to me all the time. Do you make a promises to yourself and then fail to come through? Do you get too busy, too tired, too stressed, too overworked to sustain your new good habits? I used to promise myself that I would start writing this blog. I would tell myself … Read More


The First Step Towards Enlightenment: Waking Up

What is this about? This post is about the first step in the enlightenment process… which is waking up. If you have ever considered yourself a spiritual person or a seeker of truth; keep on reading. Finding your Path As a young man, you go through several important stages. First you graduate from high school, then college, and then it’s time to get a job or go back to school. You accumulate debt from student loans, credit cards, mortgages, divorce and then you are supposed to spend the next 45 years sitting in a cubicle paying … Read More


FIND YOUR OWN TRUTH: NAVIGATING THE UNKNOWN

A Common Story “ That doesn’t sound good, you should get that checked by a doctor” “Yeah I guess that would be a good idea” So, you go and make an appointment by a general practitioner. You make the drive over to the crowded waiting room and pay your $25 co-pay and then you sit and wait. An overweight nurse with a forced smile calls your name and you go with her into the offices. She isn’t happy to be there. After taking your blood pressure, she weighs you and writes down your symptoms. You … Read More