Recommended Resources

Helpful resources pertaining to mindfulness, plant medicine, enlightenment, and life optimization.

Looking to begin or continue your mindfulness journey and don’t know quite where to begin? Without guidance, it can be ridiculously difficult to know where to start.

There are so many books, resources, seminars, audiobooks, movies, etc… but when it comes time to get specific about intentions, most of it is no good.  Also, it’s very easy to get sidetracked without having guidance along the way.  

So, where to start?

Well, right here on our resource page.

These books, tools, and resources are the ones that members of the HE team swear by.

These are the ones that have most deeply and genuinely altered our existences for the better.

The ones we literally rant and rave about to anyone who will listen (and sometimes to those who don’t).

The ones we know can best help you to elevate above the bullshit and heal your wounds, strengthen your spirit, and unlock the secrets of the universe.

These are the ones you’ve been waiting for.


Mitch Smith

Life Changers

The Science of Enlightenment

Shinzen Young

 Is enlightenment a myth? Or is it real?

On The Science of Enlightenment, you will learn that the liberated state is as real as your sensations right now.

For it is through the investigation of your own experience that you can awaken to clear insight and happiness independent of conditions: the state of enlightenment.

Through his expertise in both science and spirituality, meditation teacher Shinzen Young demystifies the principles of awakening contained in the world’s great spiritual traditions, and shows you how to use them in your own life. 

We are currently reviewing this audiobook as a group, over about 3 months.  Join us here in our Facebook group

Listening to Ayahuasca

Rachel Harris, PHD

Used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes of the Amazon rain forest, the mystical brew ayahuasca is now becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Psychologist Rachel Harris here shares her own healing experiences and draws on her original research (the largest study of ayahuasca use in North America) into the powerful medicine’s effects on depression, addiction, PTSD, and anxiety.

In this wide-ranging and personal exploration, Harris details ayahuasca’s risks and benefits, helping readers clarify their intentions and giving psychotherapists a template for transformative care and healing.

Whether you are preparing for an upcoming Ayahuasca ceremony or not, this book comes very highly recommended and played a crucial role in preparing my mind for a fresh reboot. 

Netizche and Zen: Self Overcoming Without a Self 

André van der Braak

In Nietzsche and Zen: Self-Overcoming Without a Self, André van der Braak engages Nietzsche in a dialogue with four representatives of the Buddhist Zen tradition: Nagarjuna (c. 150-250), Linji (d. 860), Dogen (1200-1253), and Nishitani (1900-1990). In doing so, he reveals Nietzsche’s thought as a philosophy of continuous self-overcoming, in which even the notion of “self” has been overcome. Van der Braak begins by analyzing Nietzsche’s relationship to Buddhism and status as a transcultural thinker, recalling research on Nietzsche and Zen to date and setting out the basic argument of the study. He continues by examining the practices of self-overcoming in Nietzsche and Zen, comparing Nietzsche’s radical skepticism with that of Nagarjuna and comparing Nietzsche’s approach to truth to Linji’s. Nietzsche’s methods of self-overcoming are compared to Dogen’s zazen, or sitting meditation practice, and Dogen’s notion of forgetting the self. 

Tao Te Ching: The Way


The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, or Dao De Jing (道德經: 道 dào “way” 德 dé “virtue” 經 jīng “classic” or “book”) also simply referred to as the Laozi, is a Chinese classic text. According to tradition, it was written around the 6th century BC by the sage Laozi (or Lao Tzu, “Old Master”), a record-keeper at the Zhou Dynasty court, by whose name the text is known in China. The text’s true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated, although the oldest excavated text dates back to the late 4th century BC.The text is fundamental to both philosophical and religious Taoism and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. 

More coming soon…