Stoic moments (IM 757)

Stoicism is not the philosophy for school. It’s a philosophy for life. Courage, Self-discipline, Justice and Wisdom. It’s about putting these ideas into action. Throw away your books, Marcus Aurelius once said. “Don’t talk about what a good man is like; be one.” The story of Marcus Aurelius, Theodore Roosevelt, John Lewis, Michael Jordan, Cato;…

Paradoxical Intention: A universal cure (IM 754)

The term, paradoxical intention was introduced by psychiatrist Dr. Viktor E. Frankl. This works as the reversal of one’s attitude. There has been many medical proofs that this process has worked in changing one’s attitude, removing fear, anxiety, insomnia, stress, self-harm, phobias etc. The wish is the father of thoughts and the fear is the…

Ethics vs Consciousness (IM 717)

Ethics is a moral principle that governs a person’s behavior while consciousness is the state of being awake and aware of present moment (internal and external). This is how Wikipedia defines ethics and consciousness. But the truth is it’s hard to define both ethics and consciousness and this struggle will remain for some time. The…

Discovering kindness (IM 707)

One of the important nature people are lacking these days is ‘kindness’. There is a beautiful poem, named “Kindness” written by Palestinian-American Naomi Shihab Nye, which I went through this morning. It’s from Naomi’s short collection, Words Under Words. I’m not a “poet”, not do I really get “poetry”. I hope you will pass it to…

Lessons from Cato (IM 704)

Marcus Porcius Cato the Younger, better known to the world simply as Cato. He was the senator who led the opposition to Julius Caesar in the last years of the Roman Republic, then killed himself rather than live under a dictator. In his own day, he was a soldier and an aristocrat, a senator and a…

Stoicism (IM 703)

“If a man knows not which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca It is the way of life which involves training and practice for endurance of pain and hardship without even displaying the feelings. It helps us to regulate our thoughts and emotions. Stoicism has been growing increasingly over past decade, with the…

Lesson from “The Doctrine of the Mean” (IM 681)

The 12th century Eastern Classic “The Doctrine of the Mean” has a very important lesson for generations with a guiding principles of one should never act in excess. This classic represents moderation, objectivity, sincerity, honesty and propriety. The three guidelines from this book that we can use in our life are: Self-watchfulness: It includes self-discipline,…

Quotes from “The art of war by Sun Tzu” (IM 656)

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor…

Socrates: An unexamined life is not worth living (IM 502)

An unexamined life is not worth living -Socrates This above quote by Socrates is one of the most powerful quote for living a happy life. Striving to know ourselves and understanding ourselves is only the way that gives our life meaning and value. The only way to pursue a good life is to pursue wisdom…