“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.” - Nikola Tesla Gregg Braden
Toska (Russian): There isn’t a word in the English language that can fully express the concept of toska. Toska is a state of mind with many different shades. Russian novelist, Vladmir Nabokov describes it this way, “At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
Žene se dijele na ničije, nečije i svačije. Ti si naišao na ničiju. Mnogo bolje bi bilo da si naišao na nečiju jer nečija je nečija, navikla je da pripada, pa, kako je jednom bila nečija, može postati i tvoja. A ova što je vazda ničija ni na šta nije navikla. Nije ni morala da se navikava. A ti misliš - dobro je, ničija je slobodna. Pa baš zato je ničija, jer voli slobodu, što nikad ne bi postala nečija. Svačija je isto nečija. Samo što je previše nečija, ali uz dobre razloge može postati umjereno nečija, pa opet može postati samo tvoja. Pa čemu onda osmijeh što sam ja ničija kad je to zapravo najgore što može da ti se desi?
*Ikigai* (生き甲斐, pronounced ikiɡai) is a Japanese concept meaning 'a reason for being'. Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. In the culture of the Japanese Island of Okinawa, Ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning", that is, a reason to enjoy life.
Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others… By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.