Today’s piece of information/article is from Whole Living’s March 2011. The whole magazine is based around the idea of happiness, and some of the info is definitely worth repeating. I give full credit to the magazine and original writers.
HAPPY NOW? (three key lessons from the book The Buddha’s Way of Happiness by Thomas Bien, Ph. D.)
1. Know that happiness is always available to you. – The moment you see the truth of this, you can be happy right away. There’s nothing that needs to happen first for you to be happy. You don’t need to do anything else, go anywhere else, reform yourself, or become a different person. Happiness is very simple. It’s only our tendency to complicate things that makes it difficult.
2. Accept Imperfection. – There always seem to be something naggingly imperfect in life. We have the idea that if we could only get it all together, attain some imagined state of complete wholeness and authenticity, everything would be great. Being happy is about being able to relax into the imperfect nature of our experience, not about finally having everything just the way we want it.
3. Don’t try so hard. – The Declaration of Independence asserts our right to pursue happiness, but the pursuit of happiness makes us crazy. The idea that happiness is something to chase after deadens us to the wonders of life that are here now. Happiness is about being receptive, about opening to what’s good in the present moment – here, now, and this.
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10 THOUGHTS ON WHOLE LIVING (Again from March 2011 magazine)
1. It’s hard to jump high and feel down at the same time.
2. Sometimes the loneliest moments are the ones that show you HOW STRONG YOU REALLY ARE.
3. The riskier the endeavor, the more exhilarating the reward.
4. Spending just five minutes outdoors can undo hours of pent-up stress. (I totally agree!)
5. Don’t think of decluttering as emptying your home – YOU’RE FILLING IT WITH POSSIBILITY.
6. RATHER THAN BATTLE YOUR EMOTIONS, MAKE THEM YOUR ALLIES. THEY HOLD THE SECRET TO WHAT DRIVES YOU – AND WHAT SCARES YOU.
7. Happiness is a fickle houseguest: She shows up at surprising times, but when she leaves, YOU KNOW SHE’LL BE BACK.
8. Treat an apology like a gift. Accept it without peeking at the price tag.
9. You achieve balance not by pushing against your body, BUT BY FOLLOWING IT’S LEAD.
10. Sing joyfully.
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So let me know what you think, and if you agree or not. I’ve always enjoyed Martha’s publications. Have a great weekend! I’ll be back soon. Morgan and Reid have been trying to get their greedy little paws on any type of human food they can. They actually ate french-fries from Chick-Fil-A last night. Crazy cats! But I love them. Good night all! Darling Cat