I call myself a Peaceful Warrior because the battles we fight are on the inside
The battles may be internal, Stress, Depression, Loneliness, Anxiety etc. But they could be caused by external events,
Actually, during researching and writing an ebook on depression I realised that mostly they are caused by externals, The way with live today is so different than what we evolved from but our underwiring is still same,
Having a Philosophy can help but if you don’t turn the gas off, your probably not going to stop the fire.
Those who are hardest to love, need it the most
This is true, Those who are socially awkward and struggle with human connections also need connection the most.
Absence of these things trigger responses in our brains that heighten our sensitivity to human signals, but this could lead us to overlook or overthink the signals that other people don’t see.
It may lead us to think that someone is a threat, or that we will be judged so we retreat inwards or become a bit awkward.
Leaving us the thing that we crave the most to repel it.
When you see someone and you think my god they are awkward or hard work, Take the time to wonder why is it because they are weird or don’t want your company…
Or is it most likely that they want it badly but where they are right now in their heads is kind of awkward?
Take the time when you speak to people, let them come out of their shells slowly once their brain chemistry has perceived you as not a threat.
And you might realise that these weirdos or hard to love people are the most loveable and awesome.
Of course there are some people who want to beat the living daylights out of you for just for asking a simple question
Even though they themselves don’t even know why some tormas are red and others are white
In the enlightened Vagabond there is a story about a monk shouting a Patrul for painting all the Tormas read (a figure for rituals)
The man threatened to beat up Patrul, and Patrul asked the question do you even know why some are painted red and some white
The monk couldn’t answer
And this is something we see every day,
People getting so worked up and angry about beliefs they have been given
But if you asked the question they wouldn’t be able to explain why they believe that or why they do a certain ritual
It’s kind of a dangerous place to be, how could you get so worked up and angry about something you dont fully understand
Your just blindly following
Part of growing as a person is questioning everything, why do I follow this, why do I believe that
Is this something I believe or has it been forced upon me
What do I truly believe
And whatever you do follow, at least make sure you understand it
This is true in religion, philosophy, health and fitness industry and well everything really
Question your methods
‘No… He was dead’
When a famous wrestler called Milo was crying by the sideline watching the youths wrestle and athlete training,
he looked at his muscles and said –
‘Now these are certainly dead’ (Something I do daily)
Which is when Cato came out with the quote at the top, meaning Milo was basically dead since he couldn’t see any purpose past his wrestling career,
Making his identity his job.
We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci
Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,
The question is what are you practising?
Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…
Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time
Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised