Socrates discovered theimportance of soulful living as the basis for a good life. For him, happiness could only be achieved by someone who was acutely concerned with the state of his soul, and in keeping it healthy. Socrates embodied this philosophy in his own life, in that he was a completely integrated and holistic person. He brought together in his own person physical training for his body as well as a belief in the power of his rational mind, and at the same time did not ignore the non-rational or intuitive side of his self. All these aspects of himself: the feelings, emotions, thoughts, physical impulses and intuitive insights together formed the self or person as he saw it, and the aim of the philosophical life was to make certain that this integrated holistic self maintained a healthy equilibrium in life. This meant that inner and outer life was in balance, with the self fully integrated into family life, the larger community, and society as a whole, as well as being in harmony with the natural world.
Mark Forstater is a film, TV, radio and audio producer as well as the author of six non-fiction books. His most famous film production is Monty Python and The Holy Grail, but he has also made twenty nine other films in a career that has lasted for over 40 years.Forstater has written six books and audios on philosophy and spirituality, including . He has also produced an audio of the famous Chinese classic the Tao Te Ching, read by the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne. Mark Forstater was born in Philadelphia, USA, and moved to England in 1964 to attend Manchester University. After graduating from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1965 he returned to the UK and has lived in London ever since. After attending the London Film School he began making films in 1969. Mark’s interest in spiritual matters began in the early 1970s when he was introduced to the works of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. He was immediately inspired by Chinese philosophy, in particular Taoism. He is a member of the British Taoist Association, a group which aims to bring the authentic teachings of Taoism to the West. Mark Forstater’s self-cultivation practices include meditation, yoga, tai chi, as well as massage and self-massage. He has recently published The 7th Python. Mark has been married twice, has four children and three grandchildren.I Survived A Secret Nazi Extermination Camp ,The Spiritual Teachings of Yoga, The Spiritual Teachings of The Tao, The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius and The Living Wisdom of Socrates
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