Who are we? Why are we here? What does it all mean? These questions lie at the core of many philosophy’s. Although, philosophy’s purpose is not always to answer questions; for many times, it will multiply the questions in your mind. Every human being is a philosopher at varying times, and our philosophy shows others how we see the world. Religion is many times a philosophy, but they are not always mutually exclusive. Every theory, ideology, viewpoint and opinion is a piece of a philosophy. By sharing ours and accepting others we shift, grow and change.
Through my never ending journey to shift, grow and change I have discovered many inspiring philosophy’s. Some that I carry at the core of what I call ‘myself’. Some that I apply on a daily bases, and some I keep to share with others. I believe everyone has the potential to change, and many times that change starts with questioning. I would like to share some of the philosophy’s that have invoked questioning in my life, and have inspired me to change. This page is not just a quick read though, but a tool to help each of you harness the best version of you into reality; At least that is the intention
Philosophy – A Guide to Happiness
This is a great series that helped me jump into philosophy. This series has 6 videos focused towards gaining haplessness in your life.
The Art Of Living: The Classical Manual On Virtue Happiness And Effectiveness
This book is based on the teachings of Epicurus, born in 341 BC. Although much of his literature and teachings where lost over time, a handful of quotes and text still remain. The book reminds you of things you already knew, but in a short effective way. It suggests simple ways to gain happiness in this material world. Here is a short verse from the book;” Evil dose not naturally dwell in the world, in events or in people. Evil is a by-product of forgetfulness, laziness, or distraction; it arises when we lose sight of our true aim in life.” When we remember that our aim is spiritual progress, we return to striving to be our best selves. This is how happiness is won”. Although it is more ‘entry level’ philosophy, it is still one of my favorite books.
Tao Teh Ching
Tao Teh Ching is believe to be written in 600 BC, by a sage named Lao Tzu. Tao roughly translates into “the Way”, and it is derived from Taoism, an eastern dualistic faith. Teh (or Te), is “the power through which the Tao is made manifest or is actualized”; or “virtue“. Lastly, Ching meaning “classic“. This book speaks on many topics including, dealing with anger, accepting things the way they are, and “not doing”. The passages are short and effective, yet they have depth to them. I enjoy the paradoxes, such as water being both hard and soft at the same time. There are many translation of this book; although many words do not accurately translate from Chinese to English.
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
This book is a detailed guide on how to find peace within yourself. Buddhism is not so much a religion , as it is a manual for reducing suffering. This book gives a detailed look into the teachings of the Buddha, and is also filled with great quotes and thoughts. Much of the Buddhist philosophy dwells within the Monism, frame of thought. Monists believe that the universe, and everything that exist is made of one ultimate substance; That separation is an illusion, and that we are all “one”. This is not a book to be quickly read through without thought. Many times I set it down after a few pages to let the information sink in. This belief system dose not require faith in a exterior God, and can even be followed by atheists and agnostics.
The War of Art
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles, is written by SHere is a quote from the book, “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
Part two coming soon……..