Philosophy of Health - Encouraging Critical Thinking
Updated: May 20
Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher. Stoic principles are very relevant during times of crisis. The trigger for a crisis is external, which we have little to no control over. The actual experience of the crisis is internal (the mind) which we can govern through practice and preparation. An inspiring short video to get one thinking.
Science and Spirituality
"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more are we capable of seeing.
Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned, — not to see what is not."
Create! Don't just survive !
An Honest and inspiring message from Sadhguru
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH ?
Inspiring messages - check out Green Renaissance on YouTube for more
"Don't get me wrong: I genuinely enjoy looking at all the varied and intricate yoga poses on Instagram. But from my reading of the yoga literature, it doesn't seem as though the theoretical intent of yoga is primarily for physically attractive people to display with pride their ability to twist themselves into a pretzel. Rather, it seems that the most growth-oriented benefits of mind-body spiritual practices occur when we aren’t using them as a tool for satisfying any of our basic needs—such as our needs for security, belonging and self-esteem. Instead, such practices seem to lead to greater maturity, wisdom, compassion, acceptance and unconditional positive regard toward others when we repeatedly attempt to cultivate the ability to be witness to our mind and behaviors so that we can catch when our crafty ego has hijacked the system in a way that is detrimental to our own self-actualization and self-transcendence.
Which has me thinking: Perhaps it's time for all of these yoga and mindfulness centers to chill on all of the extrinsic purported benefits they are claiming (“Better heath!” “Better sex!” “Amazing concentration!” “Great success at work!”), and just focus on the benefits of such spiritual practices for allowing us to realize that such concerns of the ego are just the ego doing its thing. That awareness, in and of itself, is enough of a benefit to last an enlightened lifetime. "