What is love? The ancient Greeks thought long about this question that influences us so much during our lifetime. The Symposium was written by Plato, and reflects what Athenian aristocrates thought about love. It’s a series of speeches on love presented by various men. (Students of Socrates).
Finally Socrates speaks. Socrates and Plato believe the object of love to be something that has nothing to do with the physical world, it has nothing to do with this attachment or dependency that we feel for a lover. They find all this physhical love unimportant; For them, love transcends space and time. It goes beyond the physical body. When you love someone, it has nothing to do with if you find them beautiful or handsome, or if they grow old. In order to express what he feels about love, he speaks through an Imaginary ‘priestess’, who explains to the group that love is not something that survives the test of time.
For Socrates, there are various levels of love; it’s like going up a ladder; The bottom rung of the ladder, is when you’re attracted to the physical beauty of the other person and you fall in love with them. The next rung recognizes that people are physically beautiful in similar ways, and are interchangeable, so you aren’t fixated on one particular person because of their beauty. The third run is where you appreciate both the spirit and body; love is appreciating someone for their virtuous spirit. Once you meet a beautiful spirit, you come to find there are many beautiful spirits, and they are even interchangeable; again you realize there are many others you could fall in love with because of their beautiful spirit. This makes you desire something even more unique and permanently beautiful. What could this be? It is the love of beautiful knowledge.
The very last rung of the ladder, at which we can all only aim, is the form of Beauty itself. That is ‘Beauty’ with a capital ‘B’. It’s the ideal of Beauty itself in all its forms, physical and meta-physical. It’s a process of giving birth. So for example a woman can give birth to a beautiful children, but our spirit can give birth to Virtue. This is a spiritual birth. A spiritual birth when we can instill virtue in everyone’s spirit.
This has nothing to do with being “in love” with a specific human being. It has do with having loving, beautiful thoughts that influence the reality around you. It has to do with being a force of good in the world, because of your love of humanity and life itself. Like creating or voting for good laws that, create a better world, with justice for all. To create a better society. Creating a beautiful and virtuous world or society.
This type of LOVE is a force that offers beautiful things and experiences to society and the world. This is true, unconditional LOVE. This is a LOVE from a ‘higher dimension’, it is a love of Truth and Virtue so that we can all live in a just and beautiful world. “an everlasting loveliness which neither comes nor goes, which neither flowers nor fades.”
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In today's guided meditation, we will be reflecting on the teachings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, who was once a slave, but later went on to found an important school of philosophy in Greece.
He believed that the best he could do, was to teach others the skills for becoming mentally and emotionally resilient rather than handing out 'wise advice'.
Once, a student asked him for wise advise on a personal issue and Epictetus replied, "...You must understand how laughable it is to say 'Tell me what to do!' What advice could I possibly give? No, a far better request is, 'Train my mind to adapt to any circumstance'...In this way, if circumstances take you off script...you won't be desperate for a new prompting."
Guided Meditation is a very powerful technique for internalising lessons. Here we visit 'Paradise Island' so keep your eyes open throughout.
(SUGGESTION: Make FULL-SCREEN & WEAR EARPHONES to get fully immersed).
DOCTORS RECOMMEND daily practice of a deeply relaxing inner state, to help us manage stress and anxiety. Scientific Studies have proven that in relaxed state, the mind is more than 200% more receptive to suggestions, than in ordinary, conscious state. In addition, when we introduce a 'positive mission statement' during this practice, it can bring on positive powerful changes in our life.
DID YOU KNOW? Deep relaxation practices of consciously recognizing and controlling our thoughts and dreams, has been around for centuries. Since ancient Greek times, "Morpheus" the Greek god of Dreams was venerated. Aristotle, the Greek philosopher and scientist, (384-322 BC) who wrote about this practice in his works, ('On Dreaming' and 'On Sleep and Waking') was the first to note that the images and symbols we see in dream and myth speak directly to our subconscious. Hippocrates, (460-377BC) the Father of modern Medicine, praised induced dreaming & hypnosis for its benefits.
THE 7 BENEFITS of a GUIDED MEDITATION
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On the Shortness of Life (Latin: 'De Brevitate Vitae') is a moral essay written by
Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher.
The essay brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that people
waste much of it in meaningless pursuits.
According to the essay, nature gives people enough time to do what is really
important and the individual must allot it properly.
In general, time is best used by living in the present moment in pursuit of
the intentional, purposeful life.
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What's REALLY blocking you from achieving your goals ? In this video you will be able to see demonstration of how to transform your fear, anxiety, anger into inner freedom, through Greek Philosophy (Socratic Method, Aristotle & Stoicism) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
With the Socratic method ( described as the foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)— the therapist/coach asks a series of focused, open-ended questions that encourage reflection. By surfacing knowledge that was previously outside of our awareness, the technique produces insightful perspectives and helps identify positive actions.
“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of human excellence
is to question oneself and others.” - Socrates
CBT is a way of focusing on the cognitive processes that produce feelings. The approach helps by changing people’s behavior and attitudes with a deeper understanding of thoughts, images, beliefs, and attitudes. Attitudes grooved in neural pathways during childhood become automatic thoughts. The thoughts resulting in disruption in daily life are negative thoughts around situations that created them.
CBT allows patients to interrupt these thoughts with a deeper understanding of the errors or distortions in the perception of these automatic thoughts. This type of therapy helps patients to correct misinterpretations of the thoughts that have caused disruption in their daily lives. TO JOIN NEXT WEDNESDAY go to www.alkistis.net/freedom.html You are invited to join every Wednesday. Find out more here www.alkistis.net/freedom.html