‘I think, therefore I am’ — Rene Descartes
That was the philosophical statement I used in the past to obliterate radical doubt. I thought that our brain was an organ created to seek the truth, rather than stories, emotions, and comfort.
This attitude changed when I encountered the mesmerizing work of author and Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, in his brilliant book named Thinking, Fast and Slow. Knowing the latest cognitive neuroscience research first-hand, the author shows that our thinking and acting is prone to cognitive biases.
Nowadays, it’s quite common for people to condemn religious practices, as they consider them weapons of mass brainwash and corruption. For instance, Christianity has been accused of bloodshed, wars, witch hunting, unfair inquisitions, and obstruction of scientific truth. History is an undeniable martyr of these events and we would be voluntarily blinding our senses if we turned our gaze away from reality.
But are these everything that Christianity ever offered? I would say that it depends on our perspective, willingness, and open-mindedness.
“You have everything but one thing: madness. A man needs a little madness or else — he never dares cut the rope and be free.” -Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
These were the words that Zorba uttered to his boss, Kazantzakis, in the infamous Greek novel, Zorba the Greek. In this story, Kazantzakis and Zorba are vivid representations of two opposite but intertwined powers: Apollonian and Dionysian.
On one hand, the narrator, otherwise referred to as boss, hires Zorba to work in a lignite mine in Crete, while working on a personal project on Buddhism and the notion of Sunyata…
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.’’
No, this isn’t the outcry of a new totalitarian leader.
It was written thousands of years ago by St. Paul, to Colossians. This notion has stood the test of time as an unbreakable truth, especially among Christian communities. Τhe Zeitgeist of parental subjugation has also infiltrated the collective unconscious of non-Christians, whether they like to admit it or not.
The relationship between parents and children is inevitably shaped by the axiomatic presuppositions of a given age, most times without their awareness.
My childhood memories are still…
It’s 6 AM. I open my eyes to the sounds of the morning breeze, which touches the surface of my tent like a loving mother. The birds are proudly chirping outside, calling me for a brand-new adventure.
I’m only one hour away from the city, yet it feels like I’ve woken up in a different century. My mind is filled with the naive enthusiasm that characterizes little children. I quickly wear and tie my shoes.
I step out of my tent.
The cold weather penetrates my skin, but I embrace it. …
What is the Ego? What does it mean to actually silence it? Should this be our aim when practicing meditation?
A few months ago, I was blessed enough to talk with a few companions about the importance and purpose of mindfulness practices, including meditation.
All of us, in one way or another, had been practicing meditation for quite a while, so we decided to ask a few questions, so as to reinvent the relationship between meditation and the Ego.
This conversation shook my belief and inspired me to write this article about my mindfulness journey. It is my view that…
What’s wrong with you? Why don’t you lose some weight for a change? It was 8 years ago when I first heard these words. They pierced my body like a spear, leaving my brain everything but unscathed.
I was a teenager then. I wouldn’t say that I was obese. My health never raised any suspicion for something pathological. I wasn’t an underdog either, and I wish to make that clear. On the contrary, I was just a young individual filled with insecurities and a fragile ego. That’s why the criticism influenced me.
I guess you can imagine what came next.
It’s almost undeniable that most people want to feel good and experience positive emotions.
So, the purpose of this article is not to condemn positivity. On the contrary, it aspires to explore the domain of toxic positivity, which is the belief that human individuals should maintain a positive mindset towards life, no matter the circumstances. It is my view that this attitude can make us naive and narrow-minded, up to the point of breaking relationship boundaries and being disrespectful.
Amidst the exponential…
What does it mean to be vulnerable?
How can our sense of worthiness alter reality? Is there any value to it?
It’s been 10 years since Dr. Brown’s infamous TED talk, but her message on the power of vulnerability is more relevant than ever.
Her work and attitude as a qualitative researcher sparked my interest once more when she appeared as a guest at Tim Ferriss’s podcast, a few months ago. However, I noticed that her knowledge and decades of empirical research weren’t the elements that allured me.
What actually inspired me was her openness and the sense of worthiness…
We live in a society that’s connecting in an exponential manner. Information is distributed in a flash, which results in thoughts, feelings, and ideas being expressed and shared worldwide. One striking example of a widespread idea, a discipline actually, is positive psychology.
‘Positive psychology is the study of positive subjective experience, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. It focuses on both individual and societal well-being. In a way, this discipline is concerned with eudaimonia, an Ancient Greek term for “the good life” and the concept for reflection on the factors that contribute the most to a well-lived and fulfilling life.’
Graduate physiotherapist at IHU, Thessaloniki, Greece. Aspiring psychologist with a passion for writing and running in the mountains.