Codex Vitae - The book of life.
I stumbled upon a really interesting entry for the new year ! It is a Codex Vitae written by Buster Benson. This was heavily inspired by the book, Mr. Penubra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. The idea is to write a book on beliefs about life, to codify these beliefs, and hopefully, audit, refresh, and keep on coming back to them - in the hope that the life that we lead will follow through with our core belief systems. It is a wonderful idea, worth giving a shot.
This is my first Codex ( Hopefully with more to come in the future! ) and I’m so excited to share it with you.
If you are (Camille):
At any given time, remind yourself of your principles especially when reviewing this monthly
Respond to evaluations as objectively as possible.
Treat this as an exercise in authenticity.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
If you are not (Camille):
Read this with the understanding that you are different than Camille— the way she lives her life may not necessarily be the way you live yours.
Consider creating your own Codex Vitae. It might be of benefit to you too.
Here’s a template to get you started.
Metabeliefs - Beliefs about Beliefs
This document is always a work in progress, and will never be complete.
Beliefs can change over time.
Beliefs correlate to one’s integrity as a human being.
Beliefs are a product of a person’s environment and upbringing, but also how individuals perceive themselves.
Beliefs are never right or wrong, or could never be 100% proven right or wrong.
Beliefs are somehow beneficial when they are benevolent to everyone involved.
Principles - Some broad strokes about how I see the world.
There’s always something bigger than the ego self at play. Divine provenance, the universe, prana - All of these eastern beliefs is something I adhere to.
Believing in a higher power helps propel humanity forward. It is also prone to misuse.
We are a product of different forms of stimuli - These stimuli work as compounded illusions at times. They influence the way we respond to situations.
The mind (manas) is always a cheeky monkey. The only way to tame it is through meditation.
There is a difference between the seer - and the maker of thoughts.
Objectivity is not indifference.
Karmic absolution is a bloody long process. And sometimes it starts with forgiving yourself.
Kindness is the best policy. At all times
There is no excuse for bad behaviour, especially when you empathise with people.
It is better to not do something at all, if you are not going to do it properly.
An old Benedictine maxim is “Ora et Labora” - meaning prayer and work. If you’re doing work properly, you are basically treating it as a form of prayer.
Kindness and compassion goes a long way, especially when you’re under stress.
Problems are opportunities to do the right thing.
There is such a thing as doing the very best with everything you possibly can.
Work, like love, also has moments of euphoria and rejection.
Temporary breaks from work actually makes you more productive later on.
It only takes one person to believe in you to give you a head start.
It is also your duty to believe in others, in the same way that other people have believed in you.
The only purpose of knowledge is to pass it on.
And you stand by the movie “Almost Famous” when they said: “The only currency you have in this world are the moments you have with friends, when you’re uncool.”
It is possible to have friends who are physically away - and yet spend the next meeting like as though they’ve never left.
Friends are people you can be perfectly yourself with.
It is possible to find yourself with someone who feels like home
Choosing to love this person every day is integral to making it work. Choosing this person means you choose to fall in love with them, every single day.
We shouldn't take ourselves too seriously.
Nobody has the answers.
Passion fuels love.
It is possible to learn how to love, despite not necessarily having the right role models for the type of love that you deserve.
Every time you practice, you will feel different.
Intention for the practice affects the results
The perfect yoga pose is the pose where you're in. Not what they show in the photos.
Practice always begins with starting where you are. Not waiting for things to happen.
Practice is always about being in the sweet spot in between "too much" and "not enough". Moderation is key.
Not everyone will understand what you're going through, and that is ok.
On trying new things
It's always an uphill battle until it's done.
Everyone makes time for the things that are truly important to them.
Ritualizing gratitude and forgiveness makes you more human.
This 2017, come back to the things that make you feel alive and in the "zone"