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Musonius Rufus*: “On Practicing Philosophy”

‘He gave lectures like this to his companions as he vigorously trained them in their practice of philosophy: virtue, he said, is not just theoretical knowledge, it is also practical, like both medical and musical. The doctor and the musician must each not only learn the principles of his own skill but be trained to act accordingly to those principles. Likewise, the man who wants to be good must not only learn the lessons which pertain to virtue but train himself to follow them eagerly and rigorously.Could someone acquire instant self-co...

Exercises Of The Body and Exercises Of The Soul

Image Source: Flickr - Dimitris KamarasTranslation from the French: Nicolas Lecerf‘Even though many texts allude to it, there is no systematic treatise codifying, in an exhaustive manner, a theory and a technic (askesis) of the philosophical exercise. One can guess that these practices were part before everything else of an oral teaching and were linked to the field of spiritual guidance. We will only notice that there were some treatises ‘About exercise’ that are now lost. We only have left under this title a little treatise of the...

My Body is Holy: A Declaration. - By Sara Sophia Eisenman

Artwork :"Tree Woman" by Lisete AlcadeOriginally published in 2015. At the time we read Sara Sophia Eisenman's post on elephantjournal and were very touched by it. So we thought sharing it with you again as it is a fundamental subject. Blessings, Nalan and Nico.*On my long journey of spiritual inquiry, I have often encountered the idea, from various teachers and systems, that the body is some kind of unsavory thing—ranging from an illusion to a nuisance to a virulent monster—that we must somehow “overcome” on the way to “true” enlightenme...

On The Importance Of Receiving Bodywork

Receiving bodywork/massage on a consistent basis has been the most effective healing and self-care modality for me over the past 22 years. Not only does it help me to get out my head and into my body, but receiving quality bodywork is also preventive medicine (far more than just "pampering"). It's like a "tune-up" for the whole body-energy system, activating the body's own intelligence (and immune system) to heal itself, not only physically but also emotionally and psychologically as well as spiritually. I'm not implying that it is a "mirac...
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