WE ARE THE CHANGE WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Learn to perceive your body differently and regain control.
We live in a world where many things are possible. And in which a lot is expected of us. If you only have enough “willpower”, you can achieve anything. You are urged to “go beyond your boundaries “. Because then you show who you really are.
Until the body stops. Then you get to the point where you have to question yourself. More or less forced by unceasing fatigue or by pain. Or simply because the drive is no longer there. Can I go on like this? And do I really want that?
When the body is faltering, we are very concerned. You doubt whether you still have the dynamism to go in a new direction. Trust in the ability to adapt and to take control. Start from what you (still) can and become a friend of your body again.
How you “stand” in the world influences your thinking. Negative emotions show themselves in the body and can therefore be partly changed through the body.
You and the context have to change.
As humans we are continuously interacting with the environment, we behold and hold “as true”. Perception is selective, however, the same environment is experienced and interpreted differently by everyone.
The context in which we function plays a major role. We need to see that context broadly. What others or what society expect from us influences our self-image and our actions.
Learning to observe and understand yourself what the situation really is – and in what context you function – allows you to get a grip on reality and is the first step towards (re)gaining autonomy and self-direction.
We have learned it ourselves from Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. since 2001 and since then developed Mindfulness as a method, as an embodied technique and applied it to learn to slow down. Slowing down is necessary to enable something other than what we are always ready for: our habits.
Habits are persistent matters. We perform them unconsciously without thinking about them. They feel familiar – understand: safe. Breaking one’s habits is less easy than people think. Even if we are aware that these habits make us function worse.
Break the habits that hinder you and take control.
For an ever-changing environment – and our interactions with it, there are few ready-made answers to guide us. What is the today’s answer loses its value when the context changes.
We are told that we are responsible, that by controlling everything we will succeed. That is not possible. Life also has its coincidences and external influences. Your body can force you to change your perspective of the future, the context in which you live can then suddenly take a different turn.
It is better to ask the right question: “Who am I, what do I choose and what is expected of me in the situation I find myself in now”. Practical Philosophy can be helpful at this.
Practical Philosophy – the name gives it away – are not lessons in philosophy but offers methods, ideas, visions from philosophy so that one’s own thinking is opened up to a broader horizon. In order to achieve a different functioning from that new framework.
Practical philosophy is a valuable addition to achieve self-direction. It sharpens the creativity to look for a way to place the context into a broader framework in every new situation.
Practical philosophy is an important part of the YesBody journey
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