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The Importance of Philosophy

Busts Statues of Sokrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippos, EpikourosPhilosophy is a term that may conjure images of ancient Greek men with long white beards sitting around discussing the big questions of existence. I believe the word “philosophy” goes far deeper than history and speaks to the very core of everything we see happening in our world.

Philosophy is the way in which we think, and goes beyond thought itself. It is our ideas about the nature of life and death; truth and falsehood; our relationship to one another and all living beings.

The way we think leads to the way we live, and what we give to each other in thought and deed. Anytime we share our points of view on matters of politics, news stories, religion, and the many other topics with dominate our conversations, we are discussing philosophy. The philosophy we share with others also shapes and fuels the policies and actions taken by governments and institutions. Our philosophy is our idea and our idea becomes the reality we see.

True philosophy is by its’ own nature cooperative. Philosophy is a table for us to place differing ideas upon as each individual is uniquely different. when two philosophies meet in verbal discourse we are granted the exciting opportunity of learning from one another how to see things from a new perspective. This is the understanding of philosophical discussion which leads to peace.

When we do not see philosophy for what it is – different but neither opposed or unopposed viewpoints – we make ourselves the judge over the thoughts and ideas of another. This path leads to a mentality of agreement or disagreement; ultimately, war and destruction.

Competition, and in this case, the competition of ideas, is what some believe to be the key mechanism needed for progress.  It is seen often as a type of necessary evil to fuel our drive to achieve more, climb higher, and do more work. But that would greatly depend upon what kind of progress one means. Competition is a continuous game of one-up-manship. A game by which we are always looking to be a step ahead of our fellow man and woman. This is thinking is entirely against and at war with serving others, and therefore will always lead to the true benefit of none.

It is of highest importance that we share in philosophical discussion with each other, whatever our current philosophy on life and the world may be. Because sharing our points of view, ideas, and thoughts in honest and open discourse with one another is the key to how we learn and grow in life with each other. In order to have a truly open and honest dialogue we must see and discuss in terms of difference rather than looking to agree or disagree with what another might say. That is how we really listen to what someone else has to say. And the mark of a being true friend can be found in how well we listen to each other.

Thank you for “listening” to my writing. Now it is your turn to share your thoughts in the comments section below. Let’s discuss philosophy!

 

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Walking as Meditation

560919_324582447633583_2146583692_nI wish to write a few words on the topic of walking as meditation. Meditation, prayer, or whatever you want to call it, is a practice by which we become settled and at peace. It brings us to the present in that it is by its nature a manifestation of what occurs when we are quiet, still, and simply observe where and who we are.

Meditation is something which occurs naturally. It doesn’t need us to force the issue in order to happen. To intentionally meditate for the purpose of getting something in return, is not true meditation. To explain further we need to distinguish the difference between walking as mediation, and meditating as a means to an end.

As we walk to enjoy our surroundings, slowly observing the trees, people, and other living organisms, the experience brings with it a sense stillness. We didn’t need to look for it or try with all our might to be still, because of course if we’re trying really hard for something, exerting all of our energy for some purpose or pursuit, we aren’t being still. But when we let go of trying to achieve something we thought we didn’t have, we are finally able to see that we’ve always had it awaiting us to see it for ourselves.

As we meditate our thoughts seem to clear. It is not as though our mind becomes emptied, but the confusion of the conscious is put to bed. We come into contact with who we really are beneath the veiled thoughts and symbolic disguises that perpetuate our outward lives. In one sense, meditation brings us to a place where the mask we wear vanishes and we see who we are – who everything is – beneath the mask we call our persona.

Walking is a perfectly natural exercise, and the best way to be alert and aware of our world. There was a time in recent history where all of humanity walked all of the time. Perhaps you may have a grandparent who can still tell stories of walking 8 hours to school in the snow everyday. (Although I suspect some of those stories are at least slightly embellished.) We once walked all the time, anytime we wished to go somewhere. I propose that this is one reason for the increasing epidemic of obesity in societies which now rely so heavily on machine-modes of transportation. We now drive to a gym that is 5 miles from our home so that we can run 5 miles upon a treadmill. Does that make sense to us?

Walking should be done as the heart beats, as the lungs breath, and as the eye sees. You do not have to tell your heart to beat, it does it on its own. In this way, we should not walk for what rewards we might gain; rather, we walk because it is in our nature to need to venture beyond the four walls of our home. When two lovers get into a heated argument it is quite common for one of them to end the hostilities with a proclamation of “I’m going for a walk!” Perhaps if couples fought more often people would walk more as well. Ha ha ha. My point being that we intrinsically know that walking is an activity that naturally brings about a clearing of the mind and stillness to be at peace with who we are.

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The Love Flow

love-the-world-imageAll of life itself is found in the nature of Love. It is the nature of life simply to love.

That which is not Love is not truth. Love that is truly Love cannot be named nor defined in terms of words. Neither can any action itself be defined as an absolute manifestation of Love.

Love motivates our being. Love is who we are. The actions we see are the actions of Love happening. Love is as breathing. As we do not intentionally initiate our breath, so it is with living a life of Love. Being loving is our most natural state.

When we try to love; as though it were not the core of who we are; we are rendered incapable from truly loving another.

Love that is attempted to be given from our own works, not of our being, are superficial. There is no lasting benefit from actions such as these.

The one who understands their nature of Love also understands oneness with God. We see that God is in each one of us as we all in God and one with another. There is no separation between life and God in reality.

If we do not see our oneness with God, our oneness with all of life, we do not see the truth. We do not see reality.

God dances in the forms of life and death. As one dies; one is born into life. If we fear death we also fear life. When we are liberated from fear we embrace death as we embrace life. Death is not the end of our reality and life is not the beginning. They are components to the dance of the eternal reality.

God is reality and we are one with God. Embrace reality and reality will embrace you. Fear is the false reality. So do not fear.

We fear because we cling to that which are reality’s components but not reality itself. It is as though we are loving the attributes of a person without ever knowing who the person truly is.

The path to God is narrow and there are few who see it. But you do see it. It is being illuminated to your vision at this very moment.

The moment of Now is the only reality. To directly engage with this moment is to engage with the path of God.

We flow with our path as a river flows to the ocean. If we fight against the current of the river we may grow weary and exhausted. If we attempt to flow too far ahead we may grow anxious. Indeed; all that we try, is only to our folly. It is much easier to let go of our effort to control our path and allow the river to guide us where it may.

Either way, we cannot change our destination – reality.

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The Contentment of Peace

peace_hands_peoplePeace.

The way of peace is filled with contentment.

At each stage, within each moment, we are content with who we are and our surrounding circumstances.

To be content is to be at peace. We progress through life by allowing peace to present the choices we make.

A choice is not deciding one action over one other; as though we lack more than two options in any case. But the choice of peace comes from knowing truth which dispels the multiples of non-truth options.

When we know peace, our peace is unshakable. To be moved away from peace by external forces is to be lacking in the knowledge and sight of peace. But the knowledge of peace is always within us, awaiting our reclamation of itself.

The external of the human being is at war with itself, as the armies of two nations are at war. War is wages from a desire for expansion; rather, a dissatisfaction with our present state. Therefore, when we know contentment we will no longer be at war – but at peace.

The mind at peace is liberated, therefore, it produces liberation. Not through force or violence, but through establishing an environment of non-expansion.

Within the environment of non-expansion members of that environment feel no threat from one another. Peace expands when we do not dictate or force its expansion.

Peace grows as the heart beats. As we are in tune to the beat of the heart, actions flow as naturally as we live.

As we do not force the heart to beat, we do not force peace to dwell within us. Yet as the heart still beats, peace still dwells.

Violence is initiated by the aggressor but is perpetuated by a violent response. If we respond to violence with violence we make ourselves just as the aggressor. There is no difference.

The violence initiated by the aggressor – the cause of the problem – infiltrates and works within the response we as the defender may use, and violence completes its work to destroy both the aggressor and defender.

If we respond to violence with peace and contentment then violence is severed. The severing of violence leads to a more peaceful world for us all.

What does it gain a man to protect his possessions yet end the life of another through violence? By that philosophy a man believes his security is enabled by violence; thus, if that man finds himself in need of possessions for security, violence is used for circumstantial gain, but eternal folly.

If a man’s security is anchored in peace – free from attachment to possessions – there is no act of violence that poses a grave threat to that man. If another seeks to plunder the man’s possessions, but finds a man at peace, the aggressor is at the mercy of peace and may become dismayed by their own aggression without the acceptance by a victim. But returning violence with violence provides no opportunity for true peace at all; thus, the world continues in its current state of war.

We may fear that living and acting in peace may lead to the violent’s domination of earth. But of course, this end result would also be seen if we were to respond with violence, even if we may believe that our violence is in the right.

Peace to be realized must always behave by means of peace. A peaceful being subjected to violence, but remaining at peace, expands peace beyond their being.This is how peace becomes more widely known in the earth.

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