As we start another new week here at?The Wisdom Daily, we hope you’ll spend time with some wise essays and smart Q&A’s that we’ve spotted online recently – featuring insights about well-meaning condolences, the power of nature to emulate or replace religious traditions, the imagination required to truly understand the past, the empowering people you want to surround yourself with… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.
1. Since You’ve Been Gone
“You never actually move on from it. As a little kid, I remember people coming up to me and saying, ‘I’m so sorry [for your loss], sweetheart, but time heals all wounds… There really isn’t a greater lie. It’s just not true. It’s like losing a part of your heart. And when you’ve lost that, you never get it back. Part of you will always be missing.”
“Beautiful weather, mountains and waterfronts can serve as conduits to the sacred, just like traditional religious congregations… When a person hikes in a forest to connect with the sacred, that individual may not feel a need to affiliate with a religious group because spiritual demands are being met.”
“I can’t go back to 17th-century North America, but I can certainly try to grasp what it was like to be First Nations and see Europeans for the first time. It’s important to try to grasp these worlds in a tangible as well as intellectual way. The imagination is a huge part of that process.”
“You might think you’re not impulsive, but the next time a fly lands on your neck, watch how fast you swat it… These sorts of knee-jerk reactions extend into the emotional realm. When something negative happens, or whenever we crave something, be it a cigarette or the approval of a peer, we react without thinking. And that creates habit patterns…Here’s where meditation begins to show itself as a biohacking marvel. Learning how to interrupt one’s reaction pattern, and then doing that over and over, can reshape behavior.”
“That’s one of the fascinating things about history. Who knows a hundred years from now what we accept as commonplace today will look strange? A hundred years ago, wealthy people in Atlanta thought that child labor was healthful for the child laborers, that it got them off the streets, that it provided an income, that it enhanced their lives.”
“Sometimes a conversation with a friend can turn you around. Surround yourself with positive people who are going to have that conversation with you. I think of it like a radio. You can change the station. You can tune into who you want to listen to.”