Present Path is about exploring the philosophy of what it means to achieve well-being today. Not the kind of theoretical philosophy that merely begets thinking, but practical, tangible philosophy that is actionable in order to improve our lives.
I’m concerned with the types of questions that many have faced over the millennia:
“What is the best way to live?”
“Why do I get upset over trivial things?”
“How can I deal with the difficult situations I face?”
“What is the best diet to follow?”
“Why don’t I follow through on what I say I will do?”
“How can I recover in the face of failure?”
“How do I manage my money?”
“What is the meaning of life?”
It was upon reading the Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday that I understood what this actually meant and I defer to his words here:
‘This is what Epictetus means about the study of philosophy. Study, yes, but go live your life as well. It’s the only way that you’ll actually understand what any of it means. And more important, it’s only from your actions and choices over time that it will be possible to see whether you took any of the teachings to heart. Be aware of that today when you’re going to work, going on a date, deciding whom to vote for, calling your parents in the evening, waving to your neighbor as you walk to your door, tipping the delivery man, saying goodnight to someone you love. All of that is philosophy. All of it is experience that brings meaning to the words.
Philosophy is not some idle pursuit appropriate only for academics or the rich. Instead, it is one of the most essential activities that a human being can engage in. Its purpose, as Henry David Thoreau said a few thousand years after Epictetus, is to help us “solve the problems of life, not only theoretically but practically.”’
What I find so exciting is that this type of practical philosophy allows us to get active in our lives. Active in the solution to our problems. Today.
I am increasingly interested in how the crossroads between psychology and contemplative practices can help us to live more presently and fully. Also including other topics such as productivity, simplicity, minimalism, mindfulness, movement, finance, nutrition and sleep.
Now for the disclaimer: All advice is autobiographical therefore I can only speak from my experience. This blog is a reflection of how I want to live my life. By all means read it for inspiration, entertainment or to merely satisfy your own confirmation bias but remember there are many, many ways to live your life. I’m no expert, merely an experimenter and I encourage you to be one also.
My name is Tom and when not writing I enjoy I enjoy finding my balance in ballet class, reading vicariously, travelling the world, nature, walks, drinking good coffee, fine wine and meeting great people.