KENNETH COHEN · JULY - AUGUST 2004
How might life be different if we approached it without assumptions and preconceptions, without knowing anything at all.
As our society has become more complex and fast-paced, we’ve become more dependent on routine. We live by the clock: 7 a.m. at the gym; kids to school at 8 a.m.; work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meal times and bedtimes are determined by our schedule rather than physical needs and desires.
You’ve heard about those amazingly
fun offices where play is encouraged? They’re not just cubicle legend. Companies like Google and 3M have crafted colorful, dynamic workspaces where employees play with toys and video games, take nap breaks and go outside for recess. If it sounds a little childish, that’s
exactly the point.
You can change your outer world by changing your inner world. The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. -William James
We see an image of our thoughts.
Is This Tension Real or Are You Just Projecting?
We all project at times, but it's not always obvious when your own “stuff” is causing the conflict.
Everyone’s reality is different, we know. But what does that mean, really? For famous Swiss psychologist Carl Jung this translates to: “Just as we tend to assume that the world is as we see it, we naively suppose that people are as we imagine them to be.
Your health depends on how you feel. The argument you’ve just had with your lover has left your blood boiling. You phone a friend, who makes light of it and, before long, you’re laughing. Our emotions have a capacity to harm and heal – not just psychologically but physically. Research has shown that having to deliver a speech can double the severity of allergy symptoms for two days, while crying is soothing because stress hormones are carried out of your body in tears.
You can not feel alive if you are caught in the past or future.
We try to fix our scars from the past and carry their pain into the future fearfully. But neither does the past or future exist, other than in our mind.