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The School of Life Berlin

Lychener Straße 7

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How to stay calm - Class

No one is calm all the time. Nor should we be; a touch of fear and adrenaline can be critical to our survival and effective performance. However, many of us will at times experience debilitating anxiety, or have a tendency to lose composure entirely.

This class aims to help us achieve a state of calm that fits our lives and challenges. We begin with the writings of theologians and philosophers (Soren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich among them), who argued that anxiety is intrinsic to our existence, a natural response to freedom and the inevitability of death. We then explore two key relationships that it is within our power to improve – our relationship with the world, and our relationship with ourselves. We ask how we can achieve emotional well-being and overall calm in a world of insecurity and doubt. We follow Michel de Montaigne in his quest to learn how to 'sleep on the pillow of doubt'. Above all, we discover how accepting the intrinsic role of anxiety in our lives can be a source of liberation and equanimity.

COURSE LEADER

Martin Ebeling holds a PhD in philosophy and studied philosophy and political science in New York, Berlin, Potsdam, and Frankfurt. He believes that philosophy has much to teach us and that we should not consign it to the proverbial ivory tower. He is the author of the book Conciliatory Democracy which advocates a new attitude toward the persistent political disagreements so characteristic of our age. He also authored a number of research articles in philosophy. At present, Martin Ebeling works as an instructor, workshop facilitator and teacher at The School of Life, though he prefers to describe himself as an instigator of ideas. Before pursuing this passion, he also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal and the European Parliament in Brussels. His interest in the topic of the course is nurtured by his personal quest to stay calm while nevertheless allowing oneself to experience the emotional richness of life.

PROGRAMME

18.40 - Welcome & drinks
19.00 - Class commences
20.10 - Break (times vary)
21.30 - Class finishes

SPECIAL TICKET

Bring a friend! We offer a limited amount of Double Tickets for a reduced price of 29,50€ per person instead of 39,50€.

DISCOUNTS

We offer a discount to holders of a berlinpass, severly disabled people, apprentices and students with valid ID depending on availability. Please note that we will check your ID for proof of eligibility on arrival at event.

ABOUT CORE CLASSES

Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


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