Don’t Cling To What You Experience

During meditation and contemplation in general, I tend to consider the nature of the experience I am having and what sensations and thoughts come and go. Over time, as I've meditated more and more, I've learned to slowly separate myself from the experiences and be a "witness" to them. Not perfectly, mind you - and … Continue reading Don’t Cling To What You Experience

Pleasure Isn’t Good, and Pain Isn’t Bad

Sans the one two punch title, consider the meaning behind pleasure and pain. These two concepts or sensations are both synonymous, at least within modern thought, with good and bad respectively. Pain is "bad" for you, pleasure is "good" for you. The reasons are pretty clear: pain makes you feel bad, and pleasure makes you … Continue reading Pleasure Isn’t Good, and Pain Isn’t Bad

Self-Improvement or Self-Destruction?

I'm subscribed to an enormous amount of channels that are all aimed towards improving certain skills or learning about something new - whether it's in philosophy, psychology, dating, fitness, I've got a huge bunch of videos that I can go through on the daily in my off time. It's good stuff, but something that has … Continue reading Self-Improvement or Self-Destruction?

Changing From Negative to Positive Thinking

A rough area which I think plagues many people, particularly in an information age rife with negative and frightening news, is the aspect of thinking and conversely, the focus on thinking negatively. It's very easy for us to focus on things that are negative or a threat to our very survival. There is an argument … Continue reading Changing From Negative to Positive Thinking

Using Affirmations and Getting What You Want

Affirmations are somewhat controversial things, because their intent is built around the prospect of positive thinking and self empowerment, but they're also plagued with terrible philosophies and ideas that use them in ineffective ways that lead to wishful thinking. It's always important to remember that just because you say to yourself "I can do this", … Continue reading Using Affirmations and Getting What You Want

How You Feel Is What You Really Think

Thoughts and emotions are an endlessly fascinating area to me, because they're both so closely connected that they can often also be confused with one another, and the challenge of disentangling yourself from intense emotional experiences or ruminative thoughts can be very difficult but also extremely rewarding. One thing that people don't seem to recognize … Continue reading How You Feel Is What You Really Think

The “Covert” Contract Problem – How Not To Deal With People

Have you ever been through an experience where you've done a bunch of favors for people, such as working with them through some difficult tasks, or something simple like helping them move, and after a while you realized that they've given nothing back in return after expecting it? It feels pretty bad when this happens. … Continue reading The “Covert” Contract Problem – How Not To Deal With People

Understanding Ideas Is Not Hard, Integrating Is.

Something that has come to mind in recent weeks is the idea that ideas, or rather philosophical principles, are difficult to understand. It takes monumental amounts of work, according to some, to understand certain ideas behind philosophical systems or ideals. It requires intense examination, deconstruction, reconstruction and eventual, full understanding in order to finally get … Continue reading Understanding Ideas Is Not Hard, Integrating Is.