I came across something called the Map of Consciousness in a book I’ve been reading recently – Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins. In it he talks about the different emotional levels we operate on. He presents them in a way I’ve never seen before – as a kind of ladder that we can climb. Starting with depression at the bottom … Continue reading The Ladder of Enlightenment
The practice of meditation may at first seem counterintuitive or foreign to the Western mind. With the abundance of digital technologies and entertainment options available to us, why would anyone abandon these luxuries to sit alone in silence. Surely there are more productive ways one ought to spend their limited time here on earth. Yet meditation has become a recent cultural phenomenon. According to one study, … Continue reading The Science of Mindfulness
We’re all looking for that Goldilocks position in life. That ultimate purpose specifically suited to our own unique talents and values. Of course, we want to maximise our potential to do the most possible good. This is why many of us have this gnawing sense that the job we’re in isn’t quite right. We feel like we are meant for something else, something more. I … Continue reading Where We Are Meant To Be￼
In Japan, they believe that folding 1000 origami cranes may bring good fortune. Today, this ancient Japanese practice has spread around the world, embodying faith, hope and peace. And God knows how much we need them now. According to an ancient Japanese belief, folding 1000 paper cranes can bring good fortune in your life. The legend tells that the crane may live for a thousand years; … Continue reading 1000 Origami Cranes
“War would end if the dead could return.” — Stanley Baldwin. Just imagine you wake up the following morning to the sound of bombs exploding and artillery firing. The enemy has invaded. You didn’t think it would ever happen, but there you are. Suddenly you’ve been thrown back into the 1940s. Now, what do you do? Do you gather your most prized belongings and flee? Or do … Continue reading Must We Not Fight for Peace?
As humans we spend most of our lives in a state of perpetual craving and desire. We land a big promotion at work, but soon fantasize about continuing to move up the corporate ladder. We become consumed by discontent and dissatisfaction as we constantly compare our social standing to that of our peers. Wealth, status and power are engrained in our cultural ethos. However, all … Continue reading Escaping the Rat Race: Lessons from Buddhism
Apparently most of us have a default level of happiness. No mater what our station is in life, we are all slightly dissatisfied. Slightly. Life is just never quite good enough, even when it really is. This default happiness level readjusts depending on your circumstances. Even if something great happens to you, like winning the lottery, you soon get over it and return to that … Continue reading The Pursuit Of Unhappiness
“The function all expressions of contempt have in common is the defence against unwanted feelings.” – Alice Miller I read something the other day that got the alarm bells ringing. It was a book called The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller. In a nut shell Miller argues that our childhood experience – specifically how we learnt to hide our own feelings, needs, … Continue reading How To Save Democracy
Hi all, How have you been? It has been a long time since we last interacted here! I missed you all! I took a long-ish break from writing but not from thinking. So, we will meet here regularly now to discuss what I have been thinking about. I want to discuss what it means to have internal peace today. I reflected on it and realized … Continue reading Internal Peace
Hi all, I will do something different this week and accept an award for my personal blog (betulerbasi.com) here on Pointlessoverthinking because the content of this award is very fit for here. Kamal is an awesome blogger who writes on various topics that are very much related to life and how to make our lives and environment better. he is a great inspiration and did … Continue reading GREAT ACHIEVER “महासिद्धी” BLOGGER AWARD
Hi everyone, Welcome to another Sunday post about my quarantine reflections! This is turning into a weekly report of what I contemplate most on that given week. In my post last week (here), I talked about emotional ups and downs quarantine is causing us to experience. So, this week, I thought a bit more on emotions. Emotionality has a taboo towards it. If you are … Continue reading The Good Side of Emotions
Hi all, I hope everyone is doing great! I want to talk about happiness today because this summer has marked the break-down point of a change that has been going on for a while in my understanding of the concept. I think I have been trying to redefine what happiness is for me for quite a while because I was not happy with my earlier … Continue reading Happiness: What is it?
It’s That Simple Life is so simple and beautiful. More than anything, it so magical and alive. I can see it dancing everywhere around me in the form of my surroundings. A few minutes earlier, I was sitting in my balcony. Luckily, my head slowly tilted upwards as I looked into the sky to watch the clouds. Their beauty left me speechless. They were so alive, so … Continue reading Life Is The Dancer And We Are The Dance
Hi there! Hope everyone is doing good! Today, I am going to sort of follow up on my last post on peace with past, which you can read here if you have not already. One of the main motivation points that got me into the process of making peace with my past was that I wanted to live in the now. I had noticed that I … Continue reading Peace with Future