What are we doing here?
We’re here to discuss aspects of human well-being as they relate to our sense of self, our personal identity and whatever other notions we may hold for our own uniquely human sense of being. This means the discussion centres upon the pragmatic or real-life dimensions of experience – things like our sense of contentedness, of personal meaningfulness, and other tangibly perceived aspects of well-being. The discussion is positive, respectful, non-judgemental, considerate.
So it’s about me too then is it?
Going a little deeper, we can say the discussion involves our discovering more about the nature of our being, at least in regard to our psychological and emotional aspects, how we perceive ourselves and others, how our felt reality impacts upon experience, and so on. It’s not a place of indulgence, not somewhere we come to vent frustrations, to criticise those aspects of our self, the world or of others which we may currently see as being deficient, faulty or inadequate.
What’s at the heart of this site?
It’s intended that the site develops around how our sense of well-being is affected by mental disciplines or practices – things like contemplation, meditation, and other non-theistic forms of mental culture. At times we’ll engage in discussion on teachings of so-called ‘non-duality’ and ‘non-self’ for example. For those not familiar with such terms, they’re essentially going to the very heart of what it is to be human, beyond any erroneous notions of selfhood and personal identity.
Will I learn about myself here?
Here, we welcome those new to what may seem to be these rather esoteric or obscure takes on the nature of the human animal. They’re perhaps more commonly associated with what are the altogether more familiar Westernised practices of say, Buddhism and other similar Eastern Philosophies. But we’re not really interested in bells and incense, rituals and ceremony – nice as they are – only with how those teachings relate to our psychological and emotional well-being.
Is this stuff complicated?
If it sounds at all daunting to be identifying these very practical ideas surrounding human understanding as say, ‘teachings’ or ‘philosophies’, then whilst they are indeed that, there’s no need in the least to feel intimidated. There’s no agenda here; this isn’t leading anywhere other than to an understanding of how our own sense of contentedness and well-being may be developed. This place is for down-to-earth discussion of our felt reality – the ‘warp and weft’ of life as experienced.
Is this a friendly place to visit?
This isn’t a forum for setting philosophical outlooks one against the other, for one-upmanship or for intellectual dominance. It’s a place of non-conflict, of harmonious and respectful mutuality. It’s a place where we leave our pretentions and arrogance at the entrance, and don’t seek to impose our egoical identities upon others. Everyone is free to comment provided these tenets and principles are adhered to. And if you just want to listen-in for a while – you are very welcome.