The hallmark of philosophy education is critical thinking and inductive reasoning. Additionally, philosophy demonstrates that problems often have multiple solutions, and teaches its students to approach problems from a number of different perspectives (“lateral thinking”).
The Purpose of Philosophy Class. It is not the purpose of a Philosophy class to transmit information or inculcate skills, however useful that may be. It is to introduce students to the life of the mind, with all the characterological as well as intellectual changes that requires.
Courage by Osho
Courage is not the absence of fear, says Osho. It is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to face it. This book provides a bird’s-eye view of the whole terrain―where fears originate, how to understand them, and how to call on your inner strength to confront them. In the process, Osho proposes that whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is actually a cause for celebration. Instead of trying to hang on to the familiar and the known, we can learn to enjoy these situations as opportunities for adventure and for deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Having courage is more than just heroic acts in exceptional circumstances. It’s a necessity to lead authentic and fulfilling lives on a day-to-day basis. This is the courage to change when change is needed, the courage to stand up for our own truth, even against the opinions of others, and the courage to embrace the unknown in spite of our fears―in our relationships, in our careers, or in the ongoing journey of understanding who we are and why we are here.
Courage also features meditation techniques specifically designed by Osho to help people cope with their fears.
Osho challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to enjoy life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people―along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha―who have changed the destiny of India. Since his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.
“The examined life is not worth living”
An amazing way of getting in touch with your emotions and your consciousness is meditating. Reap the benefits!
Meditation can help you deal with stress and negative emotions. Multiple studies have shown that meditation can help reduce levels of depression and anxiety, along with helping people tolerate pain better.
- Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation
- Controls Anxiety
- Promotes Emotional Health
- Enhances Self-Awareness
- Lengthens Attention Span
- May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
- Can Generate Kindness
- May Help Fight Addictions
Where my guidance comes from
Courage by Osho
The book Courage by Osho is one of my more recent reads, and I actually keep it by my bedside so I can refer back to it whenever I need guidance – like most people do with their religious books (The bible, torah, koran). I find it relaxing to be able to grab a book and fix my problem using Osho’s advice. Osho conditions the mind to realise that fear is courage, and security is anxiety.
Matt D’Avella, a YouTuber/Director/Videographer/Talented person, is one of my mentors. As well as being connected with him through social media (not to brag, but he likes my posts ;)), I watch his videos religiously. As well as the concept of the videos being extremely interesting and informational, Matt’s colour grading creates a relaxed mood, and gets you in the headspace to listen! Matt’s video A day in the life of a minimalist turned my life around. I got off my ass and donated the clothes I didn’t wear, cleared out my wardrobe and my mind, and noticeably became a happier person almost instantly.
This weird occurrence doesn’t often happen with me – I’m generally afraid of change. Matt D’Avella, however, put it in perspective for me. As well as Matt, a man called Gary Vaynerchuk also caught my eye.
Gary is similar to Matt; he has his shit together too. He’s a put-together businessman and he has a knack for motivating and captivating an audience. His social media is modern and he utilises it in a good way – to garner a massive audience.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian American entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality. First known as a wine critic who expanded his family’s wine business, Vaynerchuk is best known for his work in digital marketing and social media, through New York–based VaynerMedia.
Gary inspired me to be purposeful with everything I do, and his mindfulness is inspiringly beautiful. See this video and I guarantee you’ll like him!