It’s one thing to put bread and wine away in a store room and another to eat them
Epictetus makes the point that eating bread and wine gets used and absorbed by the body whereas just leaving on the shelves does nothing until eaten and compares it to philosophy (and other studies)
What is the point in study if all you are going to leave what you learnt on the shelves to gather dust
When we study or even get an insite from a film or book we must use it and embody it
Otherwise what’s the point
To say you know something and maybe impress someone
When we embody something we have learnt we improve our lives and the time we spent studying was not wasted
Embody your studies
“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.”
-Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Imagine if Bilbo never left the shire, Or Luke Skywalker never went to the Death Star
Imagine that before they left the door, They talked themselves out of going, They made up excuses like ‘I forgot my handkerchief’, Or ‘I’m supposed to stay here and help on the farm’
The movies that we know and love would be incredibly short and our beloved heroes would just be Hobbits and Farmers.
Continue reading “Overcoming Resistance”
The trials we encounter will introduce us to our strengths
We all know someone who talks the big game, but then something comes up and they’re nowhere to be seen (maybe its you)
Then theirs that shy timid person who you never hear a peep out of but something challenges them and all of a sudden they are this confident person and everyones like woah where that come from
Wheather were loud or shy or anything inbetween we really don’t know what we’re made of until we get out their into the world
I heard a quote once saying it’s easy to be a Buddhist in the hills and live a peaceful life, but try and find tranquility in the markets or busy street that’s the real challenge
If you want Strength in a certain area then you need to work on that area of your life
Other wise you will always be weak in it
It’s easy to put your life on hold when you’re looking forward to or nervous about something.
‘Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future’
We’ve had these issues for a few thousand years by the looks of it.
But all those things that we could have done, whilst waiting for an uncertain future is such a waste…
I know because I am the king of it…
2020 was no doubt a lonely year especially for me (You can read about it in my posts about Rome)
So when get speaking to someone and the conversation goes well, All I want to do is talk to them, Kinda understandable but I miss out on, Reading, Studying, Writing, Not focusing 100% on my workouts…
And the majority of the time they amount to nothing…
So not only have I wasted time but got nothing out of it either…
We all do it,
like when you’re waiting to hear back from a job, you don’t apply for others, you just keep refreshing your emails hoping for that one that says congratulations…
I’m sure there are many other examples too…
But the moral is, The present is all we have, don’t but your life on hold for something not guaranteed.
Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way and there is nothing you can do about it.
Our initial reaction is to do just that… React
Its an evolution feature that doesn’t serve us that much in the everyday life…
But some people live off just reacting to bad shit and it controls them…
But we have also evolved passed this reptilian brain, but it’s slightly slower so when the bad shit does happen we need to make the effort to not react so we can take a rational approach…
At the end of the day, the world is random and a lot of stuff will not go our way.
Do you want to live in a constant state of just reacting and sulking, and getting angry about things totally out of your control.
It’s not going to make a difference at the end of the day, well maybe give you high blood pressure or something…
But the situation won’t change.
But what can change is your outlook on the situation and come up with an alternative…
But not if you react to it.