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Stoicism For Dealing With Stressful Situations

As you might imagine, there is a way of seeing a lot of what happens on a daily and weekly basis as stressful, annoying, difficult, and just generally sucky. I am working at NOT seeing it that way at all, but it’s easy to get into that mindset, which means it all becomes that much … Continue reading Stoicism For Dealing With Stressful Situations

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Plastic Drinking Straws Are Not The Problem

People Are The Problem Somehow plastic drinking straws have become Enemy Number One in the War on Plastic. I am not saying that they are not a problem. But come on. Plastic drinking straws are but one of the millions of single use plastic products we use and discard every single day. Our consumption of … Continue reading Plastic Drinking Straws Are Not The Problem

OF LOVE AND WAR

Absolutely wonderful writing.

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IshaismsI’ve sought long to seek answers to this desperate thirst, this aching pull towards companionship, towards other souls; the need to draw and be drawn to another human – brought out by the innate understanding that one’s burdens weren’t meant to be borne by oneself alone; that the cloak of loneliness was to be shed, once and for all, to seek warmth and safety in the embrace of a loved one.

There rests a deep-seated desire of belonging to someone and being accepted, even in the misunderstood heart of the misanthrope; there grows within the silent, observant introvert, a craving to bare heart and soul and get lost in celebration and conversation; there lies in the heart of the most neurotic, control-freak, a secret urge to be swept up the moment and lose all control… and in each heart beats a call for love, and the need to be someone’s…

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Trying To Make Sense Of It All

I have been home for a couple of weeks after backpacking in Colombia for 9 weeks. The weather here in Nova Scotia has been all over the place, which is to be expected I suppose for this time of year. The question I have is anyone else out there just a bit ...fed up with … Continue reading Trying To Make Sense Of It All

”The Philosophy Of Stoicism”

Stoicism speaks to me in a very profound way. Love this post.

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism.

A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC, but was famously practiced by the likes of Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. The philosophy asserts that virtue (such as wisdom) is happiness and judgment should be based on behavior, rather than words. That we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses.

Stoicism has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic.

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“Change Your Thoughts And You Change Your World.”

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAwoAAAAJDliOTMwZGQ2LTA0MTItNGUwYS05OGU1LTI4Y2M4MzcwYTMzOA“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

The nature of our thoughts determines the quality of our life whether it is sad, happy and contented. Happy, optimistic, positive thoughts, emotions, and feelings generate a zing in our system which makes the blood flow freely and heartbeat joyously. They create a spring in our feet and spur us to action. Let us remember the age-old saying that the mind- thoughts- can move the mountains. Pessimistic, sad and gloomy thoughts, on the other hand, create inertia and force us to stay bed-bound.

Our actions are the practical manifestations of our thoughts.

It is quite clear, therefore, that we must bring about a change in the way we think in order to create happiness and sense of fulfillment in our life. A good thing about our brain is that it willingly adopts any changes that we bring about…

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