A definition of wisdom

'With wisdom we can choose to act in ways that increase happiness, health and well-being and decrease emotional pain, despair and anguish. Wisdom is an understanding that actions have consequences. With wisdom we choose to act in ways that avoid harm and increase wellbeing, not only for ourselves but for others. According to the Buddhist … Continue reading A definition of wisdom

Embracing difference

Different Drummers If you do not want what I want, please try not to tell me that my want is wrong. Or if my beliefs are different from yours, at least pause before you set out to correct them. Or if my emotion seems less or more intense than yours, given the same circumstances, try … Continue reading Embracing difference

Finding meaning in suffering

  Andrew Solomon, author of ‘The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression’ sees the forging of meaning in adversity as crucial for the development of resilience. http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/major-depressive-disorder/recovering-depression-and-difficulty-finding-meaning-adversity?cid=dlvr.it In the Ted talk below he talks about his own experiences of adversity, forging meaning and building identity. http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_solomon_how_the_worst_moments_in_our_lives_make_us_who_we_are#t-601839

The Importance of Suffering

The Importance of Suffering; The Value and Meaning of Emotional Discontent by James Davies If a way to the better there be… it first exacts a full look at the worst (Thomas Hardy,  In Tenebris II). In ‘The Importance of Suffering’ James Davies argues that emotional discontent can lead to positive individual transformation and should not … Continue reading The Importance of Suffering