The Meaning of Yin and Yang — Pointless Overthinking

Night and day. Light and darkness. Masculine and Feminine. Chaos and order. Life is comprised of a series of interconnected opposing forces. Everything that exists has an opposite, just as there is always two sides to the same coin. Although we are inclined to seek pleasure without pain or cling onto the ‘good’ while banishing…

The Meaning of Yin and Yang — Pointless Overthinking

The Power of Hope

“Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower”

Shigenori Kameoka

Hope is something that connects us all as people, right? We hear the word mentioned countless times as we go through life, but what is the true power of hope? That’s what we are going to be taking a look at in today’s blog! 🙂

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The Wisdom of Being Wrong — Pointless Overthinking

If only things were that simple. If only events could be packaged into neat containers of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or ‘good’ and ‘evil’. Despite our proclivities towards binary and dualistic thinking, life is a whole lot messier. Many circumstances are morally ambiguous and uncertain. Being in this metaphorical ‘grey’ area of not knowing can be…

The Wisdom of Being Wrong — Pointless Overthinking

How To Adjust To New Seasons Of Life — Olivia Lucie Blake

I remember the first time I heard someone use the phrase new seasons of life. And I really loved how it sounded. Whenever I go through new changes or circumstances in life, I often now refer to them as new seasons of life. And recently I went through one myself. Often they are hard to…

How To Adjust To New Seasons Of Life — Olivia Lucie Blake

Time to Talk Day 2022

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a great start to the day!

Time to Talk Day 2022 fell last Thursday, on the 3rd February 2022, and what s truly special day it is in the Mental Health Calendar!! Time To Talk Day is a national celebration that falls very close to my heart, so we are going to be taking a bit of a closer look at the national holiday in today’s blog!

Let’s get cracking!

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The Flow of Life: The Wisdom of Wu Wei — Pointless Overthinking

Why is it that we spend so much time and effort pursuing goals and desires that go against our natural intuitions and inclinations? Motivated by the longing for external praise and validation, we chase lofty ambitions which ultimately feel inauthentic and unnatural. This is akin to trying to swim against rather than with the flow…

The Flow of Life: The Wisdom of Wu Wei — Pointless Overthinking

How to build an easy system of self care – 6 strategies to get started

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The phrase “self care” is used so much that many of us are desensitized to it. I think that if we step back and define self care as an intentional way to truly support and empower ourselves, it can be more meaningful.

A big part of self care is the process of figuring out our own systems for supporting our well being – systems that can be repeated every day without too much effort.

Here are 6 strategies to consider if you’re trying to build in easy ways of incorporating self care into your day:

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Create daily peaceful routines that are centering and grounding.

Consider having morning routine that supports you. This can include journaling, exercise, meditation, a nourishing breakfast, reading inspirational books and any other structured and elevating activities that give you strength and peace…

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The Perfect Time for Reflection

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I hope you’re all having a lovely start to the week! 😀

We are currently in the 1st week of 2022, and this first week is, to me, the perfect time for some reflection! I always try & take a couple of days off at the start of each year, to just sit back & think over everything which has happened over the last 12 months or so. We are going to be taking a little closer look at this in today’s blog, so let’s get cracking!

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Who Am I? – Isha Patel

“Who Am I?”

It’s a question that I often find my inner voice asking, but I never really know what the right answer to it should be. This is something that I have been thinking over quite a bit recently, so I thought I jot down my thoughts in a blog & share them with everyone!

So, let’s get into it!

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Adjusting back into University Life…

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been settling back into University Life, and it’s pretty safe to say that it’s been quite a journey. You see, University has changed a lot since the end of my 2nd Year, and I don’t think I fully grasped the impact that this change was going to have on me. Let’s take a bit for a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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Movember 2021 – Raising Male Mental Health Awareness

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November 2021 comes to an end on Wednesday this week, but what a month it has been for Male Mental Health Awareness! We are going to be taking a look at why this month has been so important for Mental Health Awareness, as well as my thoughts on it, in today’s blog!

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Is Sensitivity a Strength or a Weakness? — Borderless

By Candice Louisa Daquin Rodin’s The Thinker. Courtesy: Creative Commons “I may be a dreamer, But I’m not the only one.” — John Lennon (Imagine). As a child I remember understanding on a very basic level the concept of cruelty. I recall vaguely thinking in the simple way children think; “Why is that person so […]

Is Sensitivity a Strength or a Weakness? — Borderless

The Positives of Failing — Olivia Lucie Blake

Did you know there are positives in failing? I didn’t realise this until I failed something quite important to me. I needed to pass, but God said no, it’s not time yet. You need to learn what it feels like to fail. We all go through times in our lives when we pass or fail […]

The Positives of Failing — Olivia Lucie Blake

Blogging is a Journey…

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I hope you’re all having an awesome start to the week!

I’ve been writing blogs here on Sweeney’s Blogs for well over 2 years, and in that time, I have learnt so so much. Blogging, for me, has been a journey, one that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far, and I am looking forward to whatever is to come next! Let’s take a close look at some of my thoughts in today’s blog!

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The Hero Within

A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life

Why is it that hero stories continue to capture the human imagination?

While we have no shortage of action-packed Marvel films, the archetypal hero myth is manifested is different cultures throughout history.

If you pay close attention, you’ll start to realize similarities in structure and pattern across different stories and mythology. Achilles in the Homer’s Iliad, to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films and Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings are all connected in their journeys of adventure and personal transformation.

For the mythologist and scholar Joseph Campbell, the ubiquity of these stories reveals some fundamental truth about the human experience. He calls this framework commonly found in our literature, stories and films the hero’s journey.

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The Framework

In the Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell lays out the 17 steps of the hero’s journey which can be summarized in

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