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What the Pre-Columbian Aztecs knew about philosophy is an interesting study. The Aztec's believed that we need to stop searching for happiness, because it is really not what you want. They thought that the constant search for an elevated state of emotional happiness should be replaced by living a worthwhile life. One of the sayings that the Aztec's used is, "the world is slippery, slick. What they meant is that the Earth is a place where humans are prone to error, where our plans are likely to fail, and friendships are often betrayed. Good things only come mingled with something undesired. ‘The Earth is not a good place. It is not a place of joy, a place of contentment,’ a mother advises her daughter, in the record of a conversation that has survived to this day. ‘It is rather said that it is a place of joy-fatigue, of joy-pain.’
I know that this sounds depressing, but I believe that there is some validity to this concept. We live in a world that strives for happiness through material possessions and relationships. If we look at the Aztec way of life we can see how we can step back to find a rooted life. One that based on truth or goodness, taking care of our bodies, psyches and community. We can also write poetry to express the divine in us.
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Hello, my name is Dana Lee Collins M.A.,L.P.C. I am a psychotherapist that has been trained in the art of neurofeedback. This science helps to heal the brain of trauma. I am dedicated to helping people heal.