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How to Avoid Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are temporary emotional states that we all experience from time to time.

Yes, sometimes depression and anxiety are sustained clinical conditions that require professional treatment. But often depression and anxiety are merely temporary emotional states. Too often we seek to avoid them through the least healthy means. Doctors overprescribe anti-depressants and anxiety suppression meds. 

Even when we don't seek medical "solutions," we choose drugs, alcohol, or other means to dull the pain or push it away. This approach only causes further harm to our health and knocks us out of alignment with our virtue.

Recognizing that this kind of suffering is self-imposed and caused by our attachment to the past or future, allows for a healthier approach. We can choose to return to the present moment. Take a pause. Contextualize our situation or circumstance.

We can ask ourselves, "Is what I'm choosing to feel serving me? Serving those I care for? What can I...

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Are You Navigating Life with a Map or a Compass?

stoicism weekend wisdom May 11, 2018

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius

In an age that seems to reward certainty and confidence, it's tempting to look for a map. The shortest, fastest, and easiest way to get where you want to go (or worse, where others think you should want to go).

The problem with maps is they can only take you where others have already been. They can't reveal the best course for you. Only a compass can do that.

Maps require obedience. Compasses cultivate empowerment.

Employing a compass over a map requires curiosity and courage. A willingness to learn as you go. It allows for course correction and tacking. The compass invites adventure and fellow travelers.

Are you trying to find your way or follow someone else's? Do you need a map or a compass?

Keep flying higher!

Scott

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Why I Run at the Cemetery

I run at the cemetery. It's my daily memento mori practice. A reflection on mortality. "Remember you die." My daily cemetery run is an opportunity to contemplate my journey from "womb to tomb" into which Cornel West reminds us we are born.

My cemetery run ritual reminds me of the transience of earthly things and the futility of ego attachments.

It's a call to return to the hic et nunc (here and now), and do the work I was born for. The work of being a human being. Cultivating character. Enhancing the lives of others.

What do you think? Is it possible that contemplating your death might inspire you to start living well?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Keep flying higher!

Scott

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Is Enough, Enough?

Humans are complicated. Can we agree on that? What other creature is capable of holding two diametrically opposed ideas in their head at the same time and simultaneously hold each to be true and still function?

Some people believe the earth is actually flat and still go onround the  world cruises. Some people believe Elvis is still alive and also argue that he was murdered. 

But this thinking isn't limited to kooks and conspiracy theorists.

I believe that I am enough. I believe you are too, btw. But I also believe that enough is not enough. My guess is you believe the same.

Perfection is impossible. Seeking it only leads to suffering and unhappiness. But progress is possible, and likely when we work on ourselves daily.

So, what will you do today that helps you wake up to a better you tomorrow?

Until next week, keep flying higher!

Scott

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Love, Art, & Tranquility

weekend wisdom Apr 27, 2018
Here's another dose of wisdom from someone who inspires me. I hope it encourages you to fly a little higher this weekend.
 
Gratitude is baked into many of the reflections Marcus Aurelius penned in his journal. What I love about this quote, is that it reminds me that art is any work that matters. Acts done with intention and done to enhance the lives of others. Art is music, painting, and fiction for sure. But art is also how you engage as a spouse, parent, employee, or entrepreneur. We practice art when we make a meal, make amends, and clean up a mess.
 
Art isn't work you have to do. It's work you get to do. It's the work of empathetic, generous, and thoughtful human beings. People like you and me. People who engage with others not for what they can get, but for what they can give. Work done based on attachment to selfish results leads to suffering. Work done in service to others brings peace of mind.
 
"Love the humble art you have learned and take...
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Don't Play Small

Marianne Williamson's quote is a compelling call for us to tap into our curiosity and courage and live bigger and in service to others. It lets us know that we are enough as we are while reminding us that we have unfulfilled promise to develop and deliver.

"Your playing small does not serve the world."

Please don't play small. We need you.

Keep flying higher!

Scott

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The Good Life - Weekend Wisdom

weekend wisdom Apr 14, 2018

Marcus Aurelius is often called the last of the “good emperors” of the Roman Empire. A man who stood above questioning who questioned himself daily. Marcus’ reminders to himself about the importance of virtue and justice inspire me and many others to this day.

“To live the good life. We have the potential for it. If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” — Marcus Aurelius

What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be happy? These are questions we’ve asked ourselves since the dawn of time. Many of us are overwhelmed by such questions. But here, Marcus reminds himself of his agency over his perceptions, thoughts, and actions and therefore the power he has to maintain his sense of well-being in any situation or circumstance.

In this quote, Marcus is reminding himself of a lesson from one of the ancient world’s greatest teachers, Epictetus: “It isn’t events themselves that disturb...

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