How is integrity understood in Western philosophy and Buddhism? What is a person of integrity? How to describe the virtue of integrity and why is it important in life? An overview essay to find answers to the questions the concept of integrity brings with it.
To sit or not to sit is not a question. I wake up unnecessary early and sit still. Technically it is morning, but it would be pitch black if the city lights went off. No bird chirping, only a street sweeper chipping ice from sidewalks. Light snoring sounds from bedroom. The dark and early mornings …
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In the summer the twilight dwells almost till midnight and by the time it started to get dark, our stories got deeper and shadier as well. Facing the statistics of trauma in everyday so-called normal lives we had a lot of stories to get into. A lot of my friends are fixing their anxieties, depressions and other conditions, and going through various therapies as well as books.
So, the rest of my lazy summer break I spent reading a book from my friend’s library – The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk. I would say that was an antipode to the chill lounging around the garden, eating sour cherries from the trees and opening the occasional bottle of beer. The opening passage of the book is inviting but already frightening: “Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families, and our neighbors.