Philosophy TuesdayNovember 11, 2014
This is a philosophical statement. It is intended to spark thinking and examining.
“Positive emotions, such as compassion and patience, are teachable skills;
and the way we think directly influences our experience of the world.”
— Sam Harris
It is remarkable how much we, as a culture, invest in the fitness of the body and how little, by and large, in the fitness of the spirit and the psyche. (from BrainPickings)
In my experience, it seems much easier to tell someone where to improve their tennis game, or that that their driving is terrible, than to invite them to look at something that could empower, ease suffering, and enable growth.
I’d wager that how we deal with life and the world has become linked with our societal image and shame (a la Brené Brown), as though we are (magically) supposed to “have it all together” and it is somehow shameful if we aren’t dealing with life as elegantly as we might.
Either way, it is kinda odd, eh?