An Experiment in Asceticism

For a period of time when I was exploring certain historical traditions, I tried different types of fasting. I found that I would often have really good days, and then there were some that felt as though it was all stupid and I was being dumb. These were also some of the biggest turning pointsContinue reading “An Experiment in Asceticism”

The Value of Small Habits, and Un-Habits

James Clear has outlined the benefits of using small habits, consecutively, to build up large life changes. This is worth reading and re-reading. We are collections of habits over years, and to make significant changes requires us to really understand how the cue-> craving-> response-> reward loop functions. This also works for breaking “bad habits”Continue reading “The Value of Small Habits, and Un-Habits”

Abba Anthony, Inspiration

We may find some ways of life enough to cause us to analyze our own style enough to make changes. One of the many forefathers that has always inspired me is Abba Anthony Greek: Ἀντώνιος Antṓnios; Arabic: القديس انطونيوس بادية مصر‎; Latin: Antonius; Coptic: Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲁⲛⲧⲱⲛⲓ; c. 12 January 251 – 17 January 356). WhileContinue reading “Abba Anthony, Inspiration”

Attachment to Things

Recently, the exploration of what it is that brings unhappiness has been at the forefront of my mind. Many of the things are…”things.” The upkeep and acquisition of goods seems like it should bring joy, at least that’s how things are explained. Oddly enough, though, I find that the less I have the more timeContinue reading “Attachment to Things”