Category Archives: The Examined Life

May Your Choices Reflect What’s Best in You….


When our choices reflect what’s best in us, when our choices reflect the better angels of our nature, when our choices reflect our deepest values and highest hopes, our virtues–courage, patience, wisdom, discernment, perspective–and principles such as a reverence for … Continue reading

Posted in Conscience, Critical Thinking, Emotional Maturity, Love is a Choice, Nelson Mandela, Personal Growth, Perspective, The Examined Life, Truth, What is Love? | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Bernie Siegel, M.D., on Finding Your True Path


  . . (The following post is abridged, adapted, and modified from Bernie Siegel’s essay “Love: The Work of The Soul“ in “Handbook for the Soul,” compiled by Richard Carlson, Benjamin Shield, pp. 39-44.) . In my work as a … Continue reading

Posted in Bernie Siegel M.D., Death, Love, Personal Growth, Perspective, Spiritual Growth, The Examined Life, Truth, What is Love? | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

The Way To Begin Loving Anything More


. . “The way to begin loving anything is to realize that it might be lost.” – G. K. Chesterton This is a great way to begin growing (up) as a human being: to begin really reflecting on how fragile we … Continue reading

Posted in "If You Knew", Death, Denial, Ellen Bass, Gratitude, Gurdjieff, The Examined Life, Truth, Vulnerability, Waking Up, What is Love? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Distracted Living versus Living Lovingly


. Alternately titled “Long-Term Happiness versus Short-Term Happiness” . You know of the disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness. First its victims get slightly tired, then the disease gradually intensifies until the afflicted person lies asleep all the time … Continue reading

Posted in Critical Thinking, Dalai Lama, Distraction, Mature Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Personal Growth, Perspective, Real Love, Roy Walsh, Spiritual Growth, The Examined Life, Truth, Waking Up, What is Love? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

What Is Love? (Is Love Fundamentally a Feeling?)


We human beings, in general, tend to be confused about Love–what it is, what it isn’t, what it means to be in love, et cetera. For example: Is love primarily an emotion?  Is it something we feel?  And if so, … Continue reading

Posted in Mature Love, Personal Growth, Perspective, Real Love, Spiritual Growth, The Examined Life, Waking Up, What is Love? | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

C.S. Lewis on Why to Be Moral


  . . The sort of idea that the word Morality raises in a good many people’s minds is that it’s something that interferes—Morality is something that stops you from having a good time. In reality, moral rules are directions … Continue reading

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Conscience, Critical Thinking, Love, Morality, Perspective, The Examined Life, Truth, Waking Up | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

C.S. Lewis & Ken Wilber on My Truth, Your Truth, and Morality


. “The moment you say that one set of moral ideas can be better, you are in fact, measuring them both by a standard, saying that one of them conforms to that standard more nearly than the other.  But the … Continue reading

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Conscience, Critical Thinking, Ken Wilber, The Examined Life, Truth, Waking Up | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Commentary on “The Success Indicator” by MaryEllen Tribby


. . The chart above is a chart that I have recently seen reblogged on a couple of blogs I follow http://davidkanigan.com/2013/08/29/so-is-it-a-or-is-it-b/ http://thesnowballeffect.com/successful-people/ Part of Love–part of what distinguishes becoming a more genuinely Loving human being from becoming merely a kinder … Continue reading

Posted in "The Success Indicator", Critical Thinking, Criticism, Luke 6:32-35, MaryEllen Tribby, Matthew 5:43-48, Mental Health, The Examined Life, Truth, Waking Up, What is Love? | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

How to Be Truly Happy In Life — And How & When to Start


. We’ll worth the watch.  It’s how a real sense of community and brotherhood/sisterhood begins — by really sharing what’s affected us (affecting us) deeply. I often wonder when I’m interacting with some people, have they ever lost anyone?  How … Continue reading

Posted in Authenticity, Bonding, Community, Death, Friendship, Intimacy, Kindness, Mental Health, Personal Growth, Perspective, The Examined Life, Truth, Vulnerability | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Is it?


Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , | 2 Comments