“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.”
— Thomas Szasz
A friend once told me that some relationships are novels, some are short stories, and others are poems. The length of a relationship doesn't determine how meaningful it is. A poem can blow your mind in a few short lines — that's what makes it meaningful.
6 ways of thinking:
- Emotional Intelligence - master emotions
- Physicality and Interoception (knowing yourself inside and out)
- Gut instinct and intuition trusting yourself
- Motivation - staying resilient to goals
- Logic - make good decisions
- Creativity - design your future and ideal life
Online, it’s especially easy to believe in a transitive property of liking — that by liking something and announcing your like of it you acquire some part of its shine.
The commodification of self-care is problematic because it rests upon the belief that the input of a certain amount of money will guarantee a certain output, one that will hopefully help you snap out of mental illness and suddenly find increased pleasure in being alive.
“To let go of judgment does not mean that you don’t see what they do. It means that you recognize their behavior as a form of conditioning, and you see it and accept it as that. You don’t construct an identity out of it for that person. That liberates you as well as the other person from identification with conditioning, with form, with mind.”
— Eckhart Tolle
“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences,” ambient music pioneer Brian Eno