Having more time in life for the things you want can have a wide range of benefits. For me, exploring ideas and philosophies is one of my favourite pastimes. I like having a personal philosophy which continually evolves the more I learn. I’ve always been fascinated by different religions and belief systems and the wisdom they have to offer. Now that I am not so frantically busy all the time I have time to ponder some of the more important questions in life, such as:
- Who am I?
- What is the meaning of life?
- What is happiness?
- Is anything actually real?
- What would a life well lived really look like?
When we approach life with an open mind, always willing to learn from those who have gone before us, we can develop the capacity for wisdom and have a richer experience of life. There are many different philosophies and philosophers whose ideas can help inspire and inform both a life less busy, and a life well lived.
While I enjoy exploring many different philosophies, Eastern Philosophy is where I find the inspiration to follow a more simple and meaningful path in life. Whether it is the teachings of Taoism, Zen Buddhism or Vedanta, there are gems of wisdom that motivate me to become a better person and live a simpler, more meaningful life.
The picture above is of two pandas that I photographed while travelling in China back in 1999. Their black and white markings remind me of my favourite symbol the yin yang. I particularly love the way the larger panda is sitting in this photo…just chilling out. The pandas remind me that things are constantly changing, life is cyclical and that the best way to manage life is to relax and go with the flow.