Philosophy and Travel

Philosophy and travel – these are two topics that are rarely put together, but once you do, the result is quite impressive. Most of the philosophers talk about nature and people, but the knowledge of a philosopher should not be bounded.

As the famous saying goes, traveling broadens mind and it is the best source of knowledge which we would never get otherwise.

History as well as future is written all over the world and one can pursue this knowledge only by traveling to these wonderful and sometimes mysterious places. There are numerous stories of history hidden in artifacts that are yet to be revealed and there are so many thoughts that are yet to be pondered.

Listed below are a handful from the long list of places you can visit to broaden your mind.

Taj Mahal
The famous Taj Mahal of India is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and was constructed by Shah Jahan, the emperor of the Mugal Empire in the 17th century in honor of his wife.

With a robust pink sandstone base and an enormous white marble dome that reaches 171 meters in height, Taj Mahal represents unique Indian culture which draws many art lovers and historians to this wonderful monument. What draws the attention of the philosophers is how this mausoleum has been able to depict the religious diversity of the country.

Beautiful India you must see it

The finial of the Taj Mahal is a crescent moon, the ultimate symbol of Islam and its horns are pointing upwards which gives the illusion of a triton, the symbol of God Shiva, a powerful Hindu God.

Louvre museum
Built in 1190 as Philippe Auguste’s fortress, Louvre Museum has its own history to cover in addition to 35,000 pieces of important Art of the world that it holds today.

It started displaying royal collections in the 17th century and after the famous French Revolution, the fortress was converted to a formal museum. Currently, it takes care of world famous arts and sculptures including Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the raft of the medusa, psyche, liberty leading the people, Cy Twombly’s ceiling, Oedipus and the sphinx, Milon de croton and many more.

Princess Diana’s grave
Another popular place of visit for philosophers is the grave of Princess Diana, which is situated in the Spencer family estate in North Hampshire. Some people tend to call her the lady of the lake as her remains are buried in the Round Oval island where four black swans are currently living.

The path to the island is decorated with 36 birch trees, her age when she died.

Stirling Scotland battlegrounds
Stirling battlegrounds of Scotland are another good place to visit for philosophers, which holds monuments from the battle wars of independence. The battlegrounds are located near the River Forth which is said to be chosen by the famous hero, William Wallace in 1297 to attack the English forces and drive them off.

Scotland is a very peaceful place

The National Wallace monument is situated nearby in Abbey Craig and from the top of the tower, the battlefields, as well as the surrounding countryside can be viewed. Another famous hero of Scotland is Robert Bruce, who led the Battle of Bannockburn, and whose battlegrounds are also located in Stirling.

10 Ways to Relax at Home!

Relaxation is a very good aspect to both the mind and the body. There are numerous ways you can relax at home, although when you reach the end of a busy week or a month, you might be clueless and think “where to now?

Here is a list of things you can easily do to relax yourself at home.

Sleep
Sleeping is one of the most common and effective relaxation methods. It’s your day. Set aside the alarms and sleep till you can’t sleep anymore.

Self therapy
Lighted CandlesWhy don’t you try candles, soothing scents, essential oils and lotions to reboot your energy? Massage your legs and arms and take a hot bath. You can get an easy foot massage by simply rubbing your feet over a golf ball. For major stress hits, dripping cold water on the wrists and behind the earlobes is an effective solution.

Eat what you love
Everybody has their own favorite foods and a holiday is the best day to savor your favorite food stuffs that you have been skipping. If you are more serious about relaxing your mind, go for lemons, green tea or chocolate.

Citrus smell and green tea can help relieve anger, whilst chocolate can calm nerves. Dark chocolate is a sweet solution for stress and it can improve your metabolism too.

Watch a movie
Select a movie of your choice from the DVD rack, or grab one off any of the online stores. Then all you need is a bowl of popcorn.

Read a book
Unless you really despise books, reading can easily relax your mind. It can be a novel, a newspaper, a magazine or even your own diary. Simply grab a book and spend some quality time with it.

Listen, sing and dance
Listen to your favorite music, sing it out loud and shake it. It will relax your mind and fix your mood within moments.

Workout
Working out is one way to relax your body. So why not hone up your metabolism while making the best out of your day? If you are not fit enough for a serious work out, simply do some stretching at home.

Do yoga
You don’t need to go through heavy yoga sessions to relax. There are simple yoga exercises that can help. Remembering to breathe is one of the most common of them. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, and focus only on that. It will instantly lower blood pressure and the heart rate.

There is a particular breathing exercise in yoga called Pranayama, which corresponds to breathing through one nostril. It is a good method to balance the body and mind.

yoga

Another easy yoga pose is Vipariti Kirani, where you have to lie down on the floor whilst resting your feet up against the wall. It can stretch your legs and is a good way to calm your mind.

Write your emotions
Writing them down is similar to talking with yourself in slow motion. When writing, you have sufficient time to think and you can save what you wrote for later. If your mood is seriously bad, write them down on a piece of paper and burn it. A good stress reliever!

Word puzzles
If you have your way with them, go for it! Try crossword puzzles, sudoku, kakuro or anything you like that involves concentration and thinking outside the square.