Auspicious Thoughts Book

Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind

Intriguing down to earth practical philosophy that paints a perceptive view of what much of life is all about.

About The Book

'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'

Richard looks at many facets of society today with both broad and opposing views, sometimes in some detail on a wide range of worldly matters. Five philosophical themes run through the book that answers riddles such as how to define love and the meaning and purpose of life.

Although we are very advanced, many of our behavioural characteristics today still derive from our basic animal origins, and those prehistoric tribal instincts drive the organisations, all those companies, clubs and associations, cults and sects we choose to belong to.

Apart from the well-known invisible forces that act on us and on the world, there is also an empowering force that is universally available for us to draw upon for a sense of the right and of the just, and for anyone seeking betterment, empowerment or just peace of mind. We nearly all need some guidance towards an awareness and recognition of its existence, including the world’s leaders who can use it to help enhance a peaceful co-existence.

It is our persistent need for physical comfort that feeds our acquisitiveness that in turn promotes our attitudes towards others, but the view we have of ourselves is also important. In this book our very existence and the metaphysical concepts of religion are also put under the microscope, so that any man or woman in the street can see more clearly what does, and what does not, make sense to them about life. This is a compendium of practical philosophy that addresses a different topic in each of its 40 chapters, subjects such as honour, truth, violence and hate, how we make our decisions as well as asking, ‘Why do some just seem to sail through life?‘


This is an essay on life today, our aspirations for achievement, contentment and an understanding of each other. Within its seven parts, subjects such as evolution, sociology, politics, practical philosophy, ethics and theology are addressed as well as our awareness of wellness and mindfulness.In a refreshing an effective persuasive writing style, the forty chapters entertain as they rationalise questions about our existence, and that which is suspected, but unknown.


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About The Author

Richard’s perception was acquired at the School of Experience, and now at the age of 80 ranks as a graduate of the University of Life. But in this fast-changing world, has any of that any value still? Only the reader can decide the answer to that.

In this his first book, Richard offers to the reader a philosophy and psychology that may be seen as akin to that of the ‘man (or woman)-in-the-street,’ with a thinking similar and a kindred spirit to the notional 'Man on the Clapham Omnibus,' adopted by the courts to arrive at what is justly and reasonably expected of how dealings in life are usually conducted by any fair-minded average person, who is so average in everything; of intelligence, of education, of achievements. That thinking is held out to be one of a common-sense, down-to-earth practicality and pragmatism; but there are times when Richard’s alter ego asks a question that neither he, nor life, as yet, have an answer.

Richard writes in a practical and thought-provoking way on a wide range of matters that will be important to many who wonder what life is all about. His interest in introspection, the psychology of self, and ‘what makes us tick,’ began in his 50s and he researched the subject further in his spare time. There are 40 chapters in each of which he looks at a different aspect contemplated in the 20 years of writing.

With a degree of insight, Richard draws on his varied experiences of life working with people and with animals as a veterinary surgeon. Those experiences included real-life experiences whilst being an employer and founding partner in a professional partnership, that became an SME of up to fifty staff of young men and women, with all the tribulations employees bring with their worries, stresses, marriage and relationship breakdown, even, sadly life’s disasters of divorce, miscarriage, abortion and suicide; all that plus the worldly issues of employment law, H & S and COSHH matters as they developed between the thirty years from 1970.

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Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind is for those who worry or are just curious to understand life, others and themselves better, and for those whose role it is to help them achieve that.

This book can help satisfy a yearning and enquiring mind on many matters of importance in the reader’s life.

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Mindfulness and Wellness

To have a disposition means a person’s inherent qualities of mind and character. Our character is determined by our inner moral values, and our personality reflects what we’re like as an individual, and the positive or negative way we view the world. If we are cheerful, we’re often said to have a sunny disposition, which, when taken in the best sense, needs a sound mind, which in general means having the capacity to think, to reason, and to understand for oneself and therefore, is competent to make a useful contribution to society.

In a sound mind, sound means the proper, appropriate, whole, right, and correct way of thinking for the good of self and others. To have a sound mind means to have the cogent grasp of information which will be widely reckoned an acceptable perspective. Adults by nature are considered in general to be in sound mind, but, sadly, some through certain circumstances can be rendered as being not in sound mind, which brings a loss of percipience.

As sentient creatures, we all are capable of some useful degree of perceptiveness, and that degree can be heightened by informed contemplation; informed by suitably appropriate and relevant reading. And those who become experts at informed contemplation may even find their curiosity can be somewhat requited and so add that to their perception, their contentment and their peace of mind, their propitious mind, and that bodes well.

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Only a very few special people in our life will ever be worthy of our trust. And when we have placed that trust, is all then well?

What is it, in essence, that separates us from the animals? It surely is, in all essence, ‘The gift of imagination and the means to communicate it.’

There’s a downside to just about every splendid invention, not intrinsic but extrinsic by the machinations and perversions of mankind.

We have two minds, each mostly doing their own job, but with overlap, and with an agreed position on which mind overrules the other, when ‘needs must’.

It’s best for us all if we say, ‘There is no such thing as fate, and no force for evil, and certainly no such thing as an honour killing!'

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