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What you call meditation, I call contemplation. It's not a semantical difference. It's a different practice. I do both. I'm not looking for my true self. I am rather certain that there is no durable self. I am far more interested in observing what appears in consciousness. It's a lot more fun. Let's keep practicing.

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Nov 13, 2022Liked by Massimo Pigliucci

"Imagine" John Lennon

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"To engage in a therapy of the passions means to remind ourselves that “externals,” like health, wealth, reputation, and so forth, are of secondary importance in life, compared to our character and judgment." Would not setting these as a priority be enabling of good character and judgment? Poverty & cold winters not really compatible with eudaimonia for those without sufficient money to readily cope.

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Thank you universe…

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Temperance, minimalism and then seeking capitalist enterprise (philosophy/work out concept by way of example) when one's plate seems full ... just wondering about that (respectfully). I understand that these fall into a secondary category as can be per-sued but not relied upon but it seems contradictory to temperance and the call to minimalism. I supposed one could seek out $$ enterprises and then practice minimalism? hmmmm

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I don’t think there is a real problem of over indulging in this practice, because “The Practice” starts the moment your eyes open in the morning until you lay your head down for heavenly sleep in the evening. And if by chance lucid dreaming is in play -- Philosophy as a Way of Life -- continues into the dream.

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Pierre Hadot’s understanding of Philosophy as a Way of Life that includes Spiritual Exercises is the magnet that keeps me riveted and fills my heart with joy and gratitude for being lucky enough to discover this before I was too old and on my deathbed. Though I find modern life overrated and overwhelming with it’s misguided gravitational pull in the wrong direction that eventually seeps all our strength from our innate vitality -- it is so beneficial to find a practice that is a refuge that blossoms into an “Inner Citadel”.

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Hello Massimo, thank you! Do you have any advice for over indulging in this practice?

Not spending majority of the day with books and lectures, but when progress is being made in practicing reasonable existence, the feeling of being better then or having an advantage over another is very present. Especially in competition.

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