The Good

The unexamined life is not worth living. -Socrates

A Student of Practical Philosophy

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After I moved back to New York last year, I was in search of new things that would enhance my life. I wanted to get involved in something that would expand my knowledge and help me to connect better.

I’ve been interested in personal development and growth for as long as I can remember. I became even more drawn to it after my marriage ended a few years ago. I have been learning and practicing self-care (e.g. self-love, self-awareness, mindfulness, healing) to better connect with myself and attract more like-minded people into my life.

Expanding Knowledge and Connection

After I moved back to New York last year, I was in search of new things that would enhance my life. I wanted to get involved in something that would expand my knowledge and help me to connect better.

I first heard about the School of Practical Philosophy (SoPP) from a friend who had taken classes there. A fellow Toastmasters member was also a student of the school. Since they both highly recommended SoPP, I checked it out during an Open House in January. I was so excited that I registered the next day.

A Deal I Couldn’t Pass Up

School of Practical Philosophy. The unexamined life is not worth living. -SocratesSoPP helps students “attain greater self-knowledge” and “gain greater access to their inner happiness, wisdom and strength.” Part One is a 10-week introductory course for only a $10 admin fee. Wait. What? For someone like me who loves to learn and have deep conversations, it was a deal I couldn’t pass up.

Classes are led by a tutor (a volunteer and on-going student) who facilitates a discussion on various philosophical principals such as wisdom, awareness, beauty, attention and unity. We share our stories, learn from each other’s experiences and tap into the wisdom that exists within.

Being Present in the Moment

I enjoy being around people who love learning, are curious and have open minds and hearts. I feel a sense of calmness when I’m in class. It’s been wonderful sharing our thoughts and experiences with each other. Class has served as another outlet for expressing myself. I enjoyed Part One so much that I have continued with my studies; exploring Happiness in Part Two (last Spring) and now Love in Part Three.

As a student of practical philosophy, my life has enhanced and I have a better sense of self-awareness. I’ve learned practical exercises that are helping me become more mindful and present in the moment. Being present is key to being happy because when I’m present, I’m not living in the past or worried about the future. As Eckhart Tolle said, “As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease.”

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Sondi is on a journey of personal growth, development and self-care.

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