The Freedom to Seek Truth is in Danger

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You’ve likely heard the news; YouTube is expanding its censorship policies to include a broader range of anti-vax content. You may think that YouTube is doing the right thing. I’m assuming they think they are doing the right thing- protecting us, but this is a dangerous solution.

There are better…

Wise Reasoning is an antidote to our cultural woes

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Mainstream media is eroding our ability to reason wisely. When we are chronically exposed to news that highlights our differences, rather than our similarities, and plays on our emotions, rather than appealing to reason, we lose our ability to use wise reasoning. This furthers social division, reinforces intolerance, and fuels…

Them = Authorities, Institutions, Government Leaders

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Curiosity could very well be the value that transforms the world. If you are a seeker of truth, you won’t find it without being deeply curious. It’s the value that will keep you looking even after you suspect you’ve found the answer.

It can keep us from resembling a nation of paranoid psychotics

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As humans, one of our core motivations is to share our inner experiences with others. Starting in infancy we learn to shift our inner states to attune with those around us, and throughout our lives, we rely on others to help us regulate our emotions. …

How living from your “wise mind” leads to a wise heart

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In Part 2 of this series on Wisdom is a Skill, we covered living from the wise mind; how to recognize that mind state, and how to find yourself in that balanced place more often.

What is really beautiful about living from a wise mind, is that it encourages you…

To practice wisdom is to practice living from the balanced state of the wise mind

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In The Skill of Wisdom: Part 1 we defined wisdom as insight in action: The integration of the rational brain (knowledge), with the emotional brain (experience), which creates insight; or deeper, intuitive knowing. This deep knowing put into action is wisdom. …

We all have the potential to become wise

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If you ask 10 people What is wisdom?” you will likely get 10 different answers, but connecting them are likely underlying themes, such as having a wealth of knowledge, but knowing the limits of that knowledge, taking different perspectives into account, giving good advice, or having self-awareness. Often we decide…

If only we were all taught to communicate this way

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As humans, we are wired to connect with one another. We need personal relationships as much as we need food, water, and the air we breathe.

The elements that transform a run-of-the-mill experience into a defining moment

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Take a quick mental inventory of your “keepsakes.” Most of them are physical reminders of defining moments; love notes, wedding photos, a childhood memento, a souvenir from a magical trip- they help us to remember moments of significance in our lives. These objects bring us back to the pleasant emotions…

Hope is not an emotion, it’s learned through experience

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What comes to mind when you think about the word hope? For me, it’s wall art and mugs; “hope” written in cursive, accompanied by words like faith, love, and dream. It is not a positive association. As much as I love to feel inspired, I am not a fan of…

Aimee O'Neil MSW

Curious and compassionate mind explorer, who is working to make wisdom cultivation the next big thing.

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