The Art of Happiness

To anyone seeking happiness or just being curious about spirituality and positive thinking, this is a serious post! Smart insights and great book titles for a much needed state of mind.

No happiness without spirituality, meaning no happiness without twisting and shaping up the mind.

Click the link down below for some hints and tips (I am guilty as charged for using these words!) on happiness. Ladies and gents, no life can be lived fully, no talents can be deployed without opening the mind. Enjoy! 👇

https://wp.me/pbjKba-5x

Simone de Beauvoir versus strong woman?

The title : “Why Simone de Beauvoir didn’t believe in being a strong woman” was surprising to me! The philosopher who wrote for empowering women felt she was not a strong woman.

A strong woman, back in de Beauvoir’s writings and time, is what we refer to today as the balance between job and family that every woman encounter.

The interesting part in this article about de Beauvoir is that the French philosopher pointed out the myths told to young girls to shape them into housewives. Although she had nothing against caring for a family, she wanted this balance between a woman freedom and career choices and her care in her private life.

She didn’t have this strength? A compelling article below 👇
https://aeon.co/amp/ideas/why-simone-de-beauvoir-didnt-believe-in-being-a-strong-woman?__twitter_impression=true

Why having a philosopher in the office is good for business – Big Think

As the title says it clearly, let’s make some millions by hiring a philosopher in the office!

A smart way to take advantages of philosophy/philosopher in consultancy and business. Starting with the Greek philosopher and mathematician Thales who bet on olive business and won a fortune, to the French philosopher Voltaire who won the lottery, an insight on the importance of logic and deep analysis taught in philosophy to enhance business.

Click on the link below to read the full article, it is worth it! And tell me what you think in the comment box 👇

https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/the-unexamined-business-is-not-worth-doing-why-having-a-philosopher-at-the-office-is-a-good-business-choice

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Theory of Language — Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), most notable for his ideas in the philosophy of language and logic, had a vested interest in the use of language because he believed philosophical problems to arise from its misuse, “Most of the propositions and questions of philosophers arise from our failure to understand the logic of our […]

via Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Theory of Language — Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

The metaphor of life!

 

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It’s chilly and dark outside and I am alone in my bedroom. It is perhaps my favorite part of the day, when I am in complete harmony with my inner self. It is the time when I rethink the world and people, when love is vivid in me. Isn’t it the way to consciousness?

The night is always magical and charming. It has the power to turn multiplicity to unity. People are all alike in the dark. They get along emotionally. It is when the brutal images of the day quit clashing in front of me and violent noises remain quiet. Then I become in a thinking mode. Music would be my greatest companion in these moments. All this is, to me, an exciting cocktail for creativity. Life is beautiful when we write it; it is never the same on every page. We write it with style and metaphors, with poetry and images. Feelings are only expressed after being crafted.

The metaphor of life makes me laugh. I would love to laugh so hard it hurts. I would love to laugh at life and for life, because life is beautiful and ironic. Once I think I understand it, it plays tricks on me. To be drunken of laughter, incapable of seeing clearly, letting all off, from my inner soul until I can hear no sound but mine, laughing! All channels in me are open, connecting with the universe; life demands openness; only death is a closure. Refusal is a closure; hate is a closure, envy is a closure. Every time I am negative, I am shutting down a part of me.

In fine, my face remains, in all this surrounding darkness, white like snow!

Summertime… and the living is easy! 10 ways to become happier

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It is everywhere on social media: recipes for distressing, for changing thoughts patterns, new ways for well-being, for longtime happiness, for balance. Although these new ideas and tips are crucial for our daily lives – we are all aware of the unbearable stress that we go through and its effect on our mental and physical health – most of those given tips are not as easy to apply as they sound. What they lack in pointing out is the importance of intentions. If the goal is to be healthier, then one must move with intentions, think with intentions and eat with intentions. The latter only comes from an inner will to change; otherwise all tips won’t work, no matter how brilliant they are. Once the inner will and intentions are “activated”, I personally found that summer is the perfect period to try new things and play around with our own thoughts to ditch the old and create a new life.

Summer vacations are all about relaxing for some, moving and travelling for others, discovering new places and meeting new people. More interesting would be meeting new cultures. Nothing compete an eye-opening discussion about everything and nothing, while perspectives on life cross each other’s. Summer is the opportunity to get us thinking outside the box, and play like children do – a wink to Nietzsche’s ubermensch theory, only achieved by “becoming who you are”, that means becoming a child again, joyful and curious. Here are ways to hit the “refresh button” of your mind:

1- Meet new people, the more different, the better. It will widen your thoughts horizon and helps you to make more connections.
2- Meet foreigners. It is always a cultural choc and a mind stimulating exercise to discuss everything, from food, to clothes, to habits, to big ideas.
3- Read a book. Sometimes, nothing matters anymore in presence of a good captivating book. It is a way to unwind and distress and to make a person smarter
4- Visit new places, even in one’s own country. This is a new experience (good or bad) every time it happens. Whether it is the beach, a new pub or a restaurant, a new club, a site seeing, you name it! Enjoy it and come out of it more mature.
5- Go to a museum. A new museum or an old new. Archeology, ancestry, history made us what we are today. It is obviously a way to learn something new.
6- Meditate. This is a higher discipline and a lot of people think that, by closing their eyes and think, they are in meditation. But no, they are not. The 2 keys to meditation are breathing control and concentration. One needs a coach or at least a good book to train them to meditate.
7- Long walks, preferably in nature but if not, then everywhere would be fine.
8- Yoga, to get one conscious and in connection with their body and mind.
9- DIY: painting, knitting, crafting, travel journal etc. anything that makes hands and mind work together to create something new and tangible.
10- Love: your family, your lover, your friends, your work, your pet etc. only love can make a person free and happy.

Here are to me the 10 tips on becoming happier in our skin and around others. Trying to include one of them in a daily routing will help a lot. They are not difficult to achieve but always do it with intentions. You would be surprised on how much you can achieve when you put your heart and your mind to it, in other words, your intentions.

Vegan way or the high way!

According to the latest UN statement, we have already used our energy reserves for 2019! Pretty scary that resources are becoming scarcer and it is directly linked to climate change. Therefore, it is not only about recycling and awareness, it is a radical change in our way of life, meaning: less consumption in food and energy, reusing, decluttering and going minimalist. I don’t know how fast we can adapt to this emergency wake up call since we are used to something completely different. And we all know we are creatures of habits and our brain creates patterns to which we respond constantly and, that being said, we love our habits. In a way, veganism seems to be the only option we have so far to save ourselves from a bigger crisis, maybe from multiple catastrophes before we starve or we get burnt. In The Guardian, this article shows how it is a political revolution to go vegan. Tell me what you think about this 👇

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/03/ipcc-land-use-food-production-key-to-climate-crisis-leaked-report?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Ode to dancing

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The sound vibrates from the heart of the earth all the way to our spine; extend your arms and feel the energy. That same cry of the universe celebrates its birth, and still on lingering intensely through our bodies. OM, life is singing, the sky is thundering, the ocean is roaring and the wind is blowing. Everything moves to the sound of life, from planetary rotations to Sufi whirling, from falling leaves to flitting butterflies. Fast and light, slow and heavy, spinning to party, spinning to pray, spinning to music, this is the highest ode to life. Rumi (Jalal ud-din), the Persian and mystical poet wrote once:

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion”.

Sufi spinning is an active form of meditation performed within a worship ceremony. This is sought through abandoning one’s ego or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one’s body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the Solar System orbiting the sun. The influence of the Persian poet Rumi (Jalal ud-Din) on Sufis is significant. It was his meeting with the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi on 15 November 1244 that completely changed his life. From an accomplished teacher and jurist, Rumi was transformed into an ascetic.
Shams had travelled throughout the Middle East searching and praying for someone who could “endure my company”. A voice said to him, “What will you give in return?” Shams replied, “My head!” The voice then said, “The one you seek is Jalal ud-Din of Konya.” On the night of 5 December 1248, as Rumi and Shams were talking, Shams was called to the back door. He went out, never to be seen again. It is rumoured that Shams was murdered with the connivance of Rumi’s son, ‘Ala’ ud-Din; if so, Shams indeed gave his head for the privilege of mystical friendship. Later, Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. For Rumi, music helped devotees to focus their whole being on the divine and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected. It was from these ideas that the practice of whirling Dervishes developed into a ritual form. Rumi wrote:

“The lover’s cause is separate from all other causes
Love is the astrolabe of God’s mysteries”.

If religion, any religion, isn’t of that beauty, then it is not a religion and doesn’t deserve to be one!