Personal Philosophy

Posted on do 01 oktober 2020 in tools

Putting together a personal philosophy can be helpful for focussing your energy. Keep it as a daily reminder in your journal, calendar or hang them somewhere you regularly see them.

Below are a few examples of personal philosophies. There are many more to choose from. You will notice recurring themes between the philosophies of different people. This is no accident.

Pick and choose the elements that appeal to you. Create your own, personal, individual philosophy! Good luck!

  • Attitudinal principles (Mollison)

    Source: Attitudinal principles - Permaculture Design Handbook

    • Everything gardens
    • Minimum effort, maximum effect
    • Multiple elements x multiple functions
    • The problem is the solution
    • Work with nature
    • Yield is theoretically unlimited
  • Reiki principles (Usui)

    Bron: Reiki Course Level 1

    • Just for today...
      1. ... I will not worry
      2. ... I will not be angry
      3. ... I will do my work honestly
      4. ... I will give thanks for my many blessings
      5. ... I will be kind to my neighbor and to every living thing
  • Adaption principles (Category 5)

    Source: The Adapters Movement

    • Acceptance
    • Location, location, location
    • Self sufficiency is a myth
    • Adapting will not cure your existential angst
    • Make food first again
    • Grow it and they will come
    • Openness and accountability
    • Build social capital
    • Triage
    • Don’t be a dick
    • Don’t blame anyone but yourself for not adapting
    • Collapse now and avoid the rush
  • mindfulness trainings (Plum Village)

  • 7 habits (Covey)

    Source: Summary of habits

    • Be proactive
    • Begin with the end in mind
    • Put first things first
    • Think win-win
    • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
    • Synergize
    • Sharpen the saw
  • Nonviolent Communication intentions (Rosenberg)

    Source: Key assumptions and intentions of NVC

    • Open-Hearted Living
      • Self-compassion
      • Expressing from the heart
      • Receiving with compassion
      • Prioritizing connection
      • Beyond “right” and “wrong”
    • Choice, Responsibility, Peace
      • Taking responsibility for our feelings
      • Taking responsibility for our actions
      • Living in peace with unmet needs
      • Increasing capacity for meeting needs
      • Increasing capacity for meeting the present moment
    • Sharing Power (Partnership)
      • Caring fully for everyone’s needs
      • Increasing capacity for needs-based sharing of resources
      • Protective use of force
  • Rules of the Road (Cameron)

    Source: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and Blog post by C.S. Kinnaird

    • Show up at the page. Use the page to rest, to dream, to try.
    • Fill the well by caring for my artist.
    • Set small and gentle goals, and meet them.
    • Pray for guidance, courage, and humility.
    • Remember that it is far harder and more painful to be a blocked artist than it is to do the work.
    • Be alert, always, for the presence of the Great Creator leading and helping my artist.
    • Choose companions who encourage me to do the work, not just talk about doing the work or why I am not doing the work.
    • Remember that the Great Creator loves creativity.
    • Remember that it is my job to do the work, not judge the work.
    • Place this sign in my workplace: “Great Creator, I will take care of the quantity. You take care of the quality.”
  • Stoic principles

    Source: 11 Stoic Principles to Adopt to Live a Happier, More Fulfilling Life and Stoicism Reddit FAQ resources. Note the list below is incomplete.

    • The mind is your power
    • Time is your most precious resource
    • Be present
    • Be grateful for what you have
    • Remember your why
    • Don't look for happiness in the material
    • See that everything we experience orginates from within
    • Have a role model to measure your character
    • Change your perspective on failure
    • Apply what you learn
    • Reflect on how you spend your time
  • Noble Eightfold Path (buddhism)

    • Moral conduct
      • Right speech
      • Right action
      • Right livelihood
    • Mental discipline
      • Right effort
      • Right mindfulness
      • Right concentration
    • Wisdom
      • Right thought
      • Right understanding
  • construct your own set