Rumi believed that the universe and everything in it is an endless flow of life. Death and decay are inevitable but as something ceases to exist in one form, it is reborn in another. Therefore, we must have no fear of death, nor should we grieve a loss, for it is never truly lost to us.
Category Archives: Philosophy
Love Your Fate
‘Amor Fati’ is a Latin phrase that translates as ‘love of one’s fate’. It’s used to describe an attitude towards life in which you see everything that happens, including loss and suffering, as good or at the very least necessary. Instead of just accepting or complaining about what we experience in life, we must love everything that happens to us.
Detach From the Opinions of Others: Montaigne
Are there things you’re doing just for the achievement of fame and the approval of others? Are there things you want to do but are worried about what others will say? According to Montaigne, the best way to achieve peace of mind, tranquility and happiness is to shake off the desire for glory and approval from others. Live a life in accordance with your own dreams, goals and moral compass within the confines of society. Aim for peace of mind, not fame and glory.
Be Content With Little
It’s Christmas time and for most people who celebrate it, it’s about spending time with family and friends, eating lots of food, and gift giving. In most places, the gift giving is an important part of Christmas – a new TV, an expensive piece of jewellery, fine clothes. You make a list of all theContinue reading “Be Content With Little”
Do Not Seek Praise
Marcus Aurelius, the stoic philosopher and Roman Emperor, used to regularly remind himself to never seek praise. He should simply complete a job, because it was his duty to do so, and that was enough. If, like Marcus says, we aim never to seek praise in all that we do, could we end up living a happier life?
How To Achieve Freedom: Epictetus
Epictetus was an ancient Greek stoic philosopher who overcame a great deal in his life. After overcoming all of his challenges, he sought to teach others how to overcome their challenges and live a happy life. Here’s what we can learn from him…
Keep an Imaginary Friend
We think that imaginary friends are just for children, but we’re wrong. Imaginary friends can actually be pretty useful for adults too. In fact, the ancient Stoic philosophers and Epicurean philosophers encouraged us to keep our own imaginary friends with us at all times.
Peace Comes From Within. Do Not Seek It Without.
Our culture has programmed us to believe that to be happy you need some-thing to make you happy: a big house, a large bank balance, a fancy job title. So we often spend our lives toiling away for material possessions and power, hoping that when we attain them they’ll make us happy.
Everything Is Always In a State Of Flux: Heraclitus
The world and everything in it is always changing, nothing ever stays the same. This idea was first proposed by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus (535-475 BC) who believed that everything is always in a state of “flux”, constantly changing.
Man Is The Measure Of All Things: Protagoras
It’s a summers day in London and the sun is shining. A visitor from India says that the weather is cold. A visitor from Iceland says that the weather is hot. Both people are telling the truth, but they’re saying very different things. How can this be? Surely there is only one correct answer to a question?