If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else. – Chinese Proverb
a meaningful life
A meaningful life will always translate into true happiness and joy. Any pursuit that doesn’t support a deeper meaning and drive will result in an empty life. We’ve all experienced both these extremes. It behooves us to consider pursuing desires that are deeply meaningful.
“In the end, the way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, but to pursue it for others. The good life is not about getting what we want; it’s about having what it takes to give to others.”
– Christine Carter
Today I AM thinking twice about every desire that I generate. I AM thinking about how my every action helps others and not just myself. I AM starting to live for others…
Recommendation: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki
The quieter you become the more you can hear. – Ram Dass
it’s all good
True silence can do wonders. True silence is that of the mind not that of the audible kind. As we become more still, we can observer better, we listen more intently, we perceive a lot more and our sense of intuition flowers! Inspiration and creativity is heightened when we let our mind settle down naturally.
How do you do that?
Watch yourself. Watch as thoughts arise, notice their origin, and where they lead you. Observe how you act or react to any incident. Get to know yourself intimately, in this fashion. Your effortless watching of self leads to a quiet alertness that connects you to the essence of all that is. A peace beyond understanding, a joy inexpressible, then emerges!
Today I AM still. I AM peaceful. I AM connected. I AM joy.
Recommendation: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. – C.S. Lewis
Many of our desires are good. They’re good because they uncover in us the longing that leads to the very source of all such desires. The desire itself might be for a material object, say a digital camera. The question to ask though is, what’s it about a camera that really intrigues us? Is it a desire to know others in a deep way? Is it the need to appreciate beauty around us? Or is it to catalog precious memories that make life worthwhile? What’s even deeper than that?
By asking such questions we can understand better what will satisfy us deep inside. It won’t be the camera (‘they are not the thing itself’) it’ll be what the camera evokes inside us, it’ll also be the experiences that the camera enables in our lives and it’ll be the meaning that we discover. What joy are we seeking in life? Is it the intermediate form or is it that which is deeper and truer?
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM seeking deep meaning in my life…
Recommendation: Meditations (Penguin Classics)
I will be still, and let the earth be still with me. And in that stillness we will find the Peace of God, for it is within my heart. – A Course in Miracles (ACIM)
Most days we’re battling the chaos in our lives, which gets heightened by the chaotic state of our minds. Recognizing this condition is an important first step if we’re to discover the peace that resides within us.
Stillness creates space, a continuum for spirit to communicate with us. A space where peace is readily found. Let’s give it a try today…
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM still and peaceful!
Recommendation: A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman
Learn to listen, and reality will show you… – Vernon Howard
How much do we truly listen? Forget listening to others, how much do we listen to nature and to reality around us? How quiet can our minds become?
Stillness is the fertile ground upon which deep listening can be based. When our minds are calm and collected we’ll hear the lightest whispers and sense the deepest colors. We’ll be connected to ‘All That Is’ and in that eternal moment we’ll be at peace.
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM listening and at peace…
Recommendation: The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power by Vernon Howard
Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… – Audrey Hepburn
We don’t know how much time we have on this planet. We don’t know when things might change in a flash. Now is all we have. Let’s embrace this ancient wisdom.
Let’s cherish the day and the lovely people that surround us. Let’s be grateful for everything that we enjoy. And love everyone before they disappear. This is it, now.
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM embracing NOW!
Recommendation: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The secret to meditation is to sit for 10 minutes and imagine you have all the time in the world. Do not be in a hurry! Just relax the body and the mind. – Namaste Now!
For most of us meditation seems like a huge challenge, something for which there’s no time to be found! Something that’s hard to do. Nothing could be farther from the truth!
easy does it
Find just 5 or 10 minutes daily. Read something inspirational, relax the body and then the mind. Meditation and a peaceful-joy will eventually blossom…
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM a lover of my enemies!
Recommendation: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie