For tens of thousands of years, human beings didn’t have clock. They lived, amazingly, by the sun and the moon and seasons and the needs and rhythms of their bodies. The clock is a very very recent invention, and even more recent is our modern society’s slavish adherence to the dictatorship of the clock. Only very recently have we been forced to work from 8 to 5, and to go to school and follow a very rigid class schedule. Only very recently have we become obsessed with tracking and making use...

by School Of Life on 12 August 2016

Contentment isn’t a matter with being content with your situation in life and never trying to improve it. It’s a matter of being content with what you have — but realizing that as humans, we will always try to improve, no matter how happy we are. If we don’t, we have given up on life. Today I’d like to discuss contentment, and the amazing things it can do in all aspects of our lives. And then we’ll look at a few tips for getting to contentment. “Happiness is self-contentedness.”...

by School Of Life on 5 August 2016

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon to Anakin, Star Wars Episode I The quote above, as cheesy as George Lucas’ writing often is, contains a nugget of Jedi wisdom that I’ve repeatedly found to be true. Your focus determines your reality. It’s something we don’t think about much of the time, but give it some consideration now: • If you wake up in the morning and think about the miserable things you need to do later in the day, you’ll have a miserable...

by School Of Life on 5 August 2016

It’s inevitable: sometimes, life just doesn’t go your way. Your schedule gets all messed up. You fail to follow your exercise plan. Someone is mean to you. You feel like quitting something. You want to curl into a little ball and cry. Life deals out its blows, and leaves us discouraged, angry, frustrated, depressed, drained. And once we’re in that bad place, in a mood where we just don’t care about anything, it’s pretty hard to get out of it. But let me share a little secret to happiness...

by School Of Life on 3 August 2016

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao-Tzu No matter how much structure we create in our lives, no matter how many good habits we build, there will always be things that we cannot control — and if we let them, these things can be a huge source of anger, frustration and stress. The simple solution: learn to go with the flow. For example,...

by School Of Life on 1 August 2016

Here is a collection of quotes on respect: “Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized”. – Albert Einstein “Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners”. – Laurence Sterne “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say”. – Bryant H. McGill “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you”. – Lao Tzu “This...

by School Of Life on 29 July 2016

Whether you’re Christian or not, there’s something in the teachings of Jesus that is worth contemplation, for anyone who seeks to be a better person: his urging that you love your enemy. Not just “Love Thy Neighbor”, which in itself can be a difficult thing. But “Love your enemies”. That’s a powerful message, and it turns out, one of the greatest challenges in life. Why is this message an important one, even if you’re not a Christian? Here in School Of Life, we do not discuss Christian...

by School Of Life on 29 July 2016

Here is a collection of forgiveness quotes: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness”. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”. – Mahatma Gandhi “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself,...

by School Of Life on 29 July 2016

Do you ever have a feeling that you’re drifting through life, and not going where you want to go? Or that you don’t know how you got where you are today? Living consciously is about taking control of your life, about thinking about your decisions rather than making them without thought, about having a life that we want rather than settling for the one that befalls us. If you’re drifting through life, or feel out of control, or don’t know how you got here … deciding to live consciously...

by School Of Life on 26 July 2016

“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman “I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.” – anonymous We are all judgmental. Yes, even you. I certainly am, many times. I think it’s human nature. And yet, while it is in our nature to be judgmental, I don’t think it’s always useful to us. We look down on others, as if we are so much better … and that creates division between people. Think about it for a second: we see someone,...

by School Of Life on 26 July 2016