Subject seeking Object: Self Looking for It-self

One attitude we often encounter in life is the notion we have to find ourselves or improve ourselves. ‘Know Thyself’. It’s said on the Oracle in Delphi in ancient Greece. The problem is finding the fixed self or essence to grasp or improve upon. As I learned this makes self-help and self-improvement a trap for … Read more

Does art require a meaning?

In some circles like academia and teaching, there is an expectation, even a pressure, to have art imbibed with meaning. It’s not enough to make pretty pictures; there has to be a narrative. Art is made for different reasons and to convey different things; sometimes it’s ideas; other times, it offers up experiences. There is … Read more

Is Buddhism Nihilistic?

With the idea in Buddhism of No-Self or Non-self, there is a thought and concern that Buddhism is Nihilistic, denying any existence or meaning in life. It’s sometimes criticism of Buddhist philosophy, and we have questions as we investigate Buddhism. Illusion and Non-existence One reason why such an accusation of forwards is the Buddhist idea … Read more

Sensitivity and the fear of overwhelm, and overload

Sensitive type of person

My fear and anxiety have to do with the future, the fear of being overwhelmed or stressed by a situation. It’s that state where you are so overstimulated it feels upsetting. I feel it in the pit of my stomach, an uneasiness; I feel cold, palms sweaty, trembling hands. The overwhelm feels like a loss … Read more

Facing Fear: The Way out is the Way through

Looking back on my path, I can see that the only time I have made progress is facing the fears and beliefs that have held me back. It’s not easy, indeed the most challenging thing you can do. Many things cause my anxiety and depression, but low self-esteem and self-worth are one. I listened far … Read more

The Highly Sensitive Person (An essential read for the anxious type)

A lot of the anxiety I felt when I was younger couldn’t explain. I seemed to be different, flawed and that led to shame and more anxiety. But after reading this book, my attitude started to change. My past made more sense and explained why I was the way I am. What the book describes … Read more