The most powerful influence on our lives that we have is our philosophy. It is this that determines our goals, our attitudes, what we do and how we interact with other people.
Yet unless we consciously work on developing and personalising our philosophy we end up with the beliefs and outlooks that we have inherited from the people and culture that raised us. This will create uncertainty and anxiety as it is something that we have never really secured or solidified.
There are certain perspectives that our cultural and socialisation process has trained us to share. By challenging these outlooks we can come to either a more secure belief in our basic ideas and philosophies or create a newer and more complex outlook that helps us to mature and grow in our outlook.
Sometimes life or the path to a desired goal can seem tough. Too tough to keep going. And quitting seems like an escape. However we can’t ever really quit. Here’s why…
Battles are being fought right now to determine ownership of things ranging from a child’s felt pen to who is the rightful owner of the Gaza Strip. Yet who really has the right to make those decisions? Can we really claim ownership of anything?
What is it that determines that one person will be happy and successful, while another in almost identical circumstances will struggle? This post looks at a long and detailed study that gives us an understanding to this dilemma.
However hard we might try to hold it back or prevent it from escaping, the truth will always break free. We often worry about first impressions or passing an exam, but the truth is, if we are a kind and pleasant person, others will see that eventually. If we are good enough we will demonstrate our skill eventually.
All organic things begin small and how they grow and develop depends upon the interaction with the organism’s DNA and the environmental nurture it receives. Like the oak trees, the giant skyscrapers around us, our most joyful and painful experiences are developed and grown out of our hopes and fears and how we nurture them into existence.
Much of stress boils down to the fact that we are so confused and overwhelmed by all the information, goals, responsibilities and activities we have going on, that we simply can’t think straight. This article gives a simple solution to clear the clutter
One of the biggest problems we face as humans is that of motivation. There are many things we could do and believe we should do, but we just don’t do. In this circumstances it’s often the source of our motivation that holds us back from acting. This article addresses this issue in more detail.
The old adage ‘an apple away, keeps the Doctor away’ points to the need for consistent consuming of vitamins. Yet what much of us need to be more successful is to keep doing the same things consistently.
Generally people are far more fastidious with their physical environment than they are with their emotional and psychological environment. We tend not to leave decomposing rubbish lie around our living room. Nor do we scatter things across the floor. Yet mentally and emotionally we do this.
Often we look and decide that something that is very different from our preplanned definition of beauty is disgusting. And once labelled as such, it becomes very difficult to overcome our prejudices. Yet looked at with different eyes, from a different perspective, something that once seemed ugly can be seen as beautiful.
It’s easy to like and get along with the people, the ideas and the environments that fit in with us and our philosophies. But as Foucault so wisely pointed out, it is those that oppose the system that make it stronger. It is the people, ideas and environments that make us adapt and develop more complex philosophies that really help us to become stronger, wiser and more than we previously were.
Every problem has an origin, a place where it grew from and where it could have been nipped in the bud before it had a chance to develop strong roots. If you become sensitive and aware enough of this process you can avoid problems before they develop into threats to your emotional health.
Almost every person, thing or idea has a breaking point. A point where any extra pressure will cause it to collapse. A point where an idea no longer works. Stress and tension is a sign that an idea you are holding on to is reaching it’s breaking point.