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These Things Alone Are Your Concern

gilgThe Western ethos historically runs from Mesopotamia: Sumerians were the first to cradle our existential blues in writing.

King Gilgamesh went looking for heavenly immortality and found meaning in the day-to-day trivia of our earthly life:

Gilgamesh, whither are you wandering? Life, which you look for, you will never find.

For when the gods created man, they let death be his share, and withheld life in their own hands.

Gilgamesh, fill your belly –

Day and night make merry,

Let days be full of joy.

Dance and make music day and night,

And wear fresh clothes.

And wash your head and bathe.

Look at the child that is holding your hand. [ps: my favorite line!]

And let your wife delight in your embrace.

These things alone are the concern of men.

These lines were written about 4000 years ago.  What was true then is still true.  Know what to concern yourself with!

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These Things Alone Are Your Concern

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2014). These Things Alone Are Your Concern. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 13, 2019, from


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