Every one of us has wounds and weaknesses. The often unfortunate side-effect is that we get beaten down as a result; we become weak to function on a personal level. While we allow such consequentiality, American Philosopher Bertrand Russell introduces a different perspective. He says: Gradually I learned to be indifferent to myself and my … Continue reading Happiness
We are not a society that discusses much on the value of grief and death. We are ‘ascenders’; we constantly seek to elevate ourselves amongst the masses, and proudly define ourselves as superior in our own ways. We want to feel good in our identities - Who doesn’t? To act as a beacon of light, … Continue reading The Necessity of Mourning
On stopping self-defeatism through the susceptibility to pleasure, and the ability to choose wisely from a higher place.
We are taught to value progress. The question to ask is: What does one sacrifice in the pursuit of progress? A shift in perspective replaces ungratefulness and dishonour with appreciation and respect with what life has to offer.
A man twice my age once told me that once you hit a certain age, energy inevitably runs out. Reality snaps at you, and there goes the drive, motivation and physical capacities you once had. When that time comes, all you have got to sustain your life and keep it going the way you want … Continue reading Build momentum (or lose definition of yourself)
There is something sacred and divine about the journey of growing up into adulthood. Here and there, there are striking incidences, trials and hardship, along with tangibly felt moments that provoke and inspire. Every now and then, the individual - whether a young teen or an older man - experiences subtle yet authoritative messages that are deeply personal. This is intimately tied to the question we all inevitably ask growing up: What makes us a man or a woman?
Buried deep, darkness is rendered voiceless as we seek to portray our most desirable face. Poverty exists alongside wealth, but they are contradictorily worlds apart, seemingly distinct entities. The world is as fragmented as our individual selves. Forging a relationship with the suppressed dark which lingers, is a process more associated with purpose than we think. Purpose, something that carries intent and direction for a meaningful existence.
Consciously or not, we have embarked on a search in a world that is just as lost as ourselves, seeking that which means something to us. All of our cultivated behaviours and identities indicate where we think the fruits lie. The challenge is obvious: navigating this chaotic world to get to our desired destination.
A very simple, but important lesson concerning the mistakes we make daily and repeatedly: We get lost in the tiniest of things, and lose sight of what is important. Life, however, gives us many chances to observe how we become absorbed with the pettiness of our everyday struggles. Using stories and a contrast between cultures, we explore our blind spots and uncharted territories, in an effort to live better.
This is a fascinating parable by Lao Tzu that exposes the human condition, specifically how mankind has been dealing with his shadows (i.e. insecurities, deficiencies). It is expounded by Osho in his book: Intimacy.