Hello good soul,
Two for one in this issue.
The first piece is about how language co-constitutes our perception of the world, and the ensuing need to be extremely intentional about how we use it.
The second is about becoming aware of the stories that underlie how we experience the world, so that we can begin to tell better stories and live according to them.
🧠The World Inside: Insights and strategies in Psychology, Spirituality and personal growth
The Power of Language: How It Shapes Our Perception of Reality and Separates Us from the World
Telling Better Stories: from Seeking Validation to Offering Service
🔥Resources: Books and other things I've been enjoying and finding insightful and useful
📖 The Courage to be Disliked - Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi: On the back of this book is written: Sometimes one book can change your life. And honestly, this one has in a meaningful way. The book serves as an introduction to the affirmative philosophy of Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud's from the formative days of Psychoanalysis, who contested Freud's obsession with trauma and the past and believed that we are all radically free to choose the life we live in each moment. The book argues that the main thing that restricts us in life is being overly concerned with the opinions of others, and thus never becoming who we truly are. It's a powerful philosophy, and one that causes you to question the areas where you might have shirked stepping into your full power in the past.
🎧 Emerge: Making Sense of What's Next - Daniel Thorson: More than any other podcast out there, I think this one gets it. Its host, Daniel Thorson, is a resident at the Maple Academy in Vermont, a modern-day monastery which considers the inner search for enlightenment and spiritual advancement as co-terminal with the outer need to respond to the various planetary and existential crises facing humanity and the world. The podcast delves into who exactly we need to become in order to respond appropriately to the ever complexifying exigencies of the modern world, understanding that without making the world a better place, our spiritual practice is bankrupt, and without doing work on ourselves, what contributions we try to make to the wider world are doomed to ineffectiveness and error.
🤪Playtime: Just for fun
May I? In no particular order... some songs I've enjoyed in May
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