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The wisdom of Marcus Aurelius crafted with modern simplicity.
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Click the link below to download the entire book one audiobook of Meditations Made Simple. 

 

 

Check out the sample below from the complete Meditations Made Simple audiobook. Our new $7 reward gives you a digital download containing the entire text of the book.

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The best tools are the ones we make for ourselves and this book is no different. I have long been drawn to stoicism and I wanted a tool I could use everyday to help myself grow as an individual and build success. The original text “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius, is one that completely captivated me. I spent countless hours pouring over it trying to pull every lesson from the pages. Because it was written in a different time, I found it was sometimes difficult to understand exactly what he was saying. I found myself wanting a version in modern language that didn’t sacrifice message. So, I set out to create one for myself. Over the course of several years, I translated to original English text (Long 1862) into a tool I now use everyday and created the book Meditations Made Simple. 

 

 This book is gorgeous. Because the original text is so profound and beautifully written I didn’t want that to be lost in how we printed this version. The original is truly a work of art and I wanted to emulate that in the way we printed this book. Meditations Made Simple is not only a powerful tool to help you grow and create success, it’s also a book you’d be proud to display or even give as a gift. We’ve spared no expense in the printing process. The final book will include:

  • Embossed Slip Case
  • Place Marking Ribbon
  • Art Pages are Foil Stamped with Gloss and UV Finishes
  • Scuff Free Laminated Cover 

 Here is a sample of the text style throughout the book: 

My friend Andy who will be printing the book tells about what the final version will be like. It's gonna be awesome! 

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The thing I love most about this book is how versatile it is. You can read it front to back pulling out every single detail. Or, I spent extra time creating three different sizes of text to make it really playful and easy to pull out bits of wisdom from the bolded sections. This makes it really easy to open to any page for a bit of wisdom and then be on your way with the day. I also collaborated with an extremely talented illustrator to create beautiful hand drawn full page illustrations of my favorite quotes throughout the book. Meditations Made Simple is such a unique book full of life lessons and teachings that can be utilized in so many different ways. I can’t wait to get it in your hands and see how you use it.

 

 

 

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD. Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics which is informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner.

 

I love the Kickstarter community. Much of my success has been right here through your support. I’ve started one of my businesses and funded a feature length documentary.

 

Because of your support, I’ve been able to grow launch products around my passions. I truly believe Meditations Made Simple is a book that can help a lot of people so I’ve decided to offer it here first at cost to my Kickstarter family.

 

I’ve been working with Andy and his printshop for over ten years on all kinds of projects. We’ve cultivated a great relationship over the years and like everything else we have printed together, I know this book is going to be incredible. Because of our history and currently working relationship, we are going to be able to offer a fast and seamless turnaround to get these book in your hands as soon as possible. In addition to my relationship with the print shop, I’ve written and published a best selling book in the floatation therapy world called “The Float Tank Cure” and have already navigated the ins and outs of bringing a book to the public.

 

 

Because we wanted to make sure this book is a joy to read as well as something you’d be proud to display, we need to raise $31,000 to meet the minimum order quantity. This is an elegant high end book and I’m so excited to be able to offer it to all of you at cost. My goal is to get this book in as many of your hands as possible and share this tool with you that I’ve used so many times in building a life I love. Check out the invoice below, this is literally offered at cost. It's an awesome time to get this thing at cost. 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

As with any project, there are certain risks involved. Because of my experience with publishing my first book and my long history working with a local print shop, I’ve been able to significantly reduce any potential risks in printing a book of this kind. We’ve poured over the details and materials in order to make sure we don’t have any surprises when it comes time to print.

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