Philosophy – the love of wisdom – is today most often thought of as an academic endeavor, studied for its own sake and far removed from the concerns of everyday life. But academic philosophy is not the same as the practice of philosophy itself.
Philosophy is something one can live and practice every day. In ancient Greece, philosophers walked about the streets of Athens, questioning and talking with everyone, living according to their own deeply examined beliefs. The contemporary version of this ancient practice is philosophical counseling. In philosophical counseling we use the tools of philosophy – reason, reflection, examination – to find solutions to whatever might be troubling you, whether it is an ethical dilemma, a relationship issue, or a general feeling of unhappiness or dissatisfaction.
Whenever we attempt to think carefully, with an open mind, about how to live the best life possible, examine what is important to us, struggle to clarify our actions, or seek to unearth hidden assumptions or beliefs, we are practicing philosophy in its original and most important sense.