On Relationships: Trust, Authenticity, and Communication
What makes or breaks a relationship? This is what I have learnt and come to believe.
“To take, or not to take”: Where Superstition Trumps Logic?
Why would a rational being not take a stone from an island full of stones?
The Virtues of Boredom: An Interview (The Atlantic)
A reflective interview with Mary Mann about the virtues of boredom
One of those songs I will always come back to: p.s. Have I told you that I sing?
Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success (TED)
… it’s bad enough not getting what you want. But it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out, at the end of the journey, that it isn’t in fact what you wanted all along.
Labels: Useful Heuristics or Dangerous Stereotypes?
They say love blinds and power corrupts. Well, I’m starting to think morality is pretty good at both. When I was depressed in early 2013, I began attending weekly CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) sessions in the hope that it would make me better. During one of these sessions, the therapist (counsellor? psychiatrist? I never quite…
Maria on Character
Brain Pickings: What is Character? Debunking the Myth of Fixed Personality Who am I? What is my character? What is my personality? These are questions that intrigue or trouble me according to the mood of the day. And I have been known to let myself be crushed under the weight of their unanswerability at the…
Maria on Living in the Age of Anxiety
Another thoughtful piece from Maria on life (and living) in the modern era. I particularly enjoyed this quote from Alan Watts: The “primary consciousness,” the basic mind which knows reality rather than ideas about it, does not know the future. It lives completely in the present, and perceives nothing more than what is at this moment. The…