Philosophy VS Academic Philosophy

 

The purpose of this video is to challenge your perception of what philosophy is and what it means. I want you to leave this video having a new understanding of the word and what it is.

For someone that is new to the term, philosophy at first seems an uninvited term, a little outdated and maybe boring. For some other people it might actually be something interesting but never got around to study or work around it.

It is true that philosophy has been kept for the few within universities and haven’t fulfilled its whole potential yet. Philosophy thrives among the people in everyday life. Let me explain the difference between academic philosophy and philosophy in everyday life.

Academic philosophy is responsible for examining and investigating the collective human knowledge and its limits. Whereareas philosophy in simple terms for me and you is about examining and investigating our belief system, values, emotional states, psychology, and behavior.

However, it’s true that all the problems that we face nowadays, philosophers have thought about them before and they have come up with answers. Therefore, it feels like we sit on gold and we haven’t figured a way yet to make use of it, it’s pretty sad if you ask me.

Personally, philosophy has been hugely valuable for me, it has been my anchor throughout my life. From my teenage years where I was learning about the science of achieving and winning as a beach volleyball player to later on in my life when I was looking for a purpose and a life to be proud for. Also, philosophy has been useful when I had questions like what is love, what does it mean and how does it come about?

I was reading Plato, about one of those evenings they had in Ancient Athens where they were discussing love, sex, and life. When Plato was asked what is love? He said ”Love is admiration” this quote resonated so well with me. It explained so much about why do I fall in love with certain individuals and what is their role in my life in general.

This was just an example of how philosophy has played a fundamental role in my life and has shaped my mindset, there are hundreds of other examples too.

Think about going to the gym and training the muscles of your body to cultivate a healthy body. We do philosophy in order to train the mind faculties and cultivate a healthy mind. By doing philosophy, therefore examining and investigating our own values, beliefs, behavior and emotional states we are much better equipped to design life on our own terms and live a life we are proud to live.

Among other philosophy helps us hugely develop self-awareness and self-compassion and critical thinking. Next time you face a challenge don’t try to superficially deal with the issue but dive deep into the depth of philosophical investigation within you and maybe study what philosophers have said about the problem you are going through.

Otherwise, get in touch with me and I will guide through to the other side of your true self.

Love you guys,

X

Self-awareness ” Know yourself

All great leaders since the beginning of civilization have talked about self-awareness and its importance as a major variable to create a life of joy and fulfillment. Ancient Greek philosophers starting with Pythagoras of Samos, Socrates and Plato. In ancient Greek ”Gnothi se auton” means to know yourself. Leaders today like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, and Gary Vaynerchuk are all stressing the concept of self-awareness but only a few of us have actually contemplated on this.

Essentially we all have a bright side and a dark side. The bright side includes all our strengths and talents, therefore things that we are proud of ourselves. The dark side is our weaknesses and all the things we are less proud of about ourselves.

Now as I am a very positive person for a long long time I made the mistake of focusing on my strengths and I wasn’t interested in my weaknesses. I didn’t want to examine them of talking about them. The problem with that approach is that I essentially didn’t accept a part of me by having this strategy, I denied a part of me because I didn’t have the courage to accept them. Until a big event happened in my life, a negative event and all of my weaknesses that I was running away from they came to the surface and I had no choice other than to face them, accept them, embrace them and own them. Because of as much as I own my strengths, my weaknesses are equally mine and they all make me unique and whole.

Now the question is how do we get to the position of accepting ourselves fully and own our strengths as much as our weaknesses? When I work with people on 121 sessions I always teach the importance of studying our personal philosophy and belief system. The future always unfolds our belief system, therefore the best way for us to foresee the future is by studying our personal philosophy to see whether we are heading towards the direction of our dreams.

For example, someone that wants to get rich and wealthy and does all the right things works hard etc. If his belief is that all rich and wealthy people are evil and manipulative there will be a limiting belief and contradictions between what he is striving for and his belief system. In this case, there are two options, he either has to become an evil and manipulative person to get rich and wealthy or he will never achieve his goal.

Do you see what I mean by that? Therefore we need to study our personal philosophy for each and every aspect of our lives. Think about it, if you have an area in your life that suffers today, more often than not is due to the fact that your belief system is a barrier towards what you are looking to achieve.

For example, if the money area in your life suffers is due to your belief system about money. Now think about how those beliefs were formed and where did they come from. Very often we learn about money management from our parents, although if your parents they aren’t so good money management themselves maybe you need to rethink and redefine your relationship your money. Get around people that have mastered that field and create a new philosophy about money that will serve you better to achieve your dreams.

To summarize, make sure you identify both your strengths and weaknesses. Capitalize on your strengths and go all in and try to find people that compliment your weaknesses to work with. Then sit down and examine your personal philosophy in every aspect of your life to see whether you are heading towards your dreams. If now replace your old beliefs with new ones that serve you better.

Hope you found this video valuable, please let me know what you liked and what you didn’t. Also like, share and subscribe to my channel to get all the updates.

Take Care

X

 

 

Just be yourself

‘Be yourself’ – only two words that have so much wisdom in them, but we often find ourselves confused with what does that mean practically? People use this advice all the time. But I’m curious to find how can we define authenticity in a human being?

I found the most profound description by Martha Graham, the American dancer, and choreographer she describes it as ”A vitality, a life force, an energy or quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”

How beautiful is it to know that we all have a unique expression to contribute to the world, otherwise we wouldn’t be here. We have the responsibility to identify it, develop it through work, practice and further share it with the world. That’s the only way we can make the world a better place.

Now the reason why it is very hard to be ourselves is because we have been conditioned by our education system and culture to fit in. But how can we fit in, when we were born to stand out and being unique?

Some philosophers, & psychologists claim that the person you are today is 80% a product of the environment you grew up in. The people, the culture, the belief system and the energetic vibration. Only 20% of who you are today is your authentic expression that comes naturally to you.

Now the question is how can we be more ourselves and express our uniqueness in this world? Well, this is an ongoing process that requires lots of passion and determination, the ‘digging in’ process that I usually refer to is our personal development journey that doesn’t end as long as we breathe. By working with ourselves and dig in ourselves we develop self-awareness, self-love, and compassion. This way we are much better equipped to create the life that we are happy and proud to live.

However, people ask me – ok how do I know when I am authentic? How do I know what I’m being myself? Here is a clue: in any given situation, relationship or interaction with another human being whether that is at home, at work or in social settings – you don’t betray yourself in any way. For example one of my core values is honesty. When in the past I was put into a situation that I was required to be dishonest even for something minor – I experienced stress inside my soul. This is because my core value has been violated by an external reason and that caused pain in my body and negative emotions.

If this is something that someone is required to do on a consistent basis, betraying ourselves will be detrimental to our self-esteem and self-respect. The opposite is also true as long as we act and think according to our core values, in line with our authentic nature we are building our self-worth and self-respect for ourselves.

Please like, share and subscribe to my Youtube channel if you found the content valuable. I’m looking forward to hearing your views on this topic and stay tuned until next Sunday for another piece of content.

Love X Ferenike

 

Define an educated (wo)man

Nowadays there is hype around disrupting the educational system and create a new one that will more effectively accommodate the need of the workforce and the marketplace in 2017.

Gary Vaynerchuk, the famous entrepreneur very often talks about how the educational system failing entrepreneurs every day, simply because it is not designed for entrepreneurs.

Therefore, I thought to myself that we need to redefine what is education and who is an educated man. It seems that we still hold this old belief that when someone has a college degree, masters or a Ph.D. degree is considered educated. Is that actually true?

What if a respected lawyer has all the qualifications in his field of expertise but has no compassion for elderly people, is he still educated?

I would argue, no – education is not only an intellectual game. It is also emotional and spiritual.

The best definition of an educated man I found in the book ‘Think and grow rich’ (1937) by Napoleon Hill.

Napoleon Hill was an American Author that he devoted 24 years of his life at studying successful people and their formula for success. This initiative was funded by Andrew Carnegie one of the most powerful industrialists and philanthropists of the last century.

Here is his definition:

“An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire ANYTHING he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others”- Napoleon Hill

Now the key is the mind faculties, which might be a new concept for some of you but vital to your development, so I highly recommend you study and understand them. The human mind consists of 6 mind faculties: memory, imagination, intuition, will, reason, perception. 

Let me know if you want me to talk in more details about the mind faculties in one of my next videos or any other topics you are interested in.

Love X
Ferenike

Launch Youtube Channel

Creating video content has been in my mind for a long time. They say that the chains that hold us back are the ones that we put on ourselves. And this is the truth, what I’ve done is called self-sabotage for quite some time now. Well, not anymore.

There is always going to be an excuse, a reason why you are not doing what you want to do. I don’t like harsh words either but we better learn to call things as they are or else we are not honest with ourselves. Honesty with ourselves is the first step towards freedom.

There you have it then, the welcome video to my Youtube channel.

The reason for this video is to introduce the channel and for those of you that don’t know me to get a feel of what I am about and what’s the purpose of the channel.

Please like it, share it, subscribe to the channel and engage in the conversation about the good life as per usual I want to hear your thoughts and feelings on this and help you through my way to grow into a person you are proud of being.

Love X

 

 

 

Happy International Woman’s day!

We’ve come a long way since women tried to emulate man behaviours and qualities to be accepted in the workforce. We now know that being fully the feminine women we are – is more than enough and men should support us on that as they appreciate authenticity too!
Now I ll share a few examples from my life that show gender inequality and I would like other women to do the same with the aim to raise awareness and try to adjust those everyday life experiences.
I was told that because I’m a woman I’m more emotional and therefore not enough logical to practice philosophy.
I was also told that it’s great to have ambitions about life and aspirations to do well but not too high ambitions because men might be intimidated by me.
I have been interrupted in a business meeting by a man that kept talking over me and wouldn’t let me finish my sentence.
All that stay in the past, and I had to live through those experiences to become the woman I’m proud to be today.
I’d love to read your gender inequality examples and be sure that the gender gap is not a conversation between women to discuss it’s a conversation that men should participate passionately too!
#internationalwomansday