All of us seek happiness, but the ways we go about it often lack wisdom. Our was of seeking happiness take on a life of their own. We lose perspective. We have no idea where we’re going, but external forces and internal habits push us where we don’t want to go. We become like the man carried on the back of a runaway horse: When a bystander asks where he’s going, the rider shouts, “Ask the horse!” Instead of taking the reins ourselves, we let our ways of seeking happiness run away with us.

As a young, intellectually inclined person, I used to think happy people were rather superficial. I equated intelligence with skepticism and even cynicism; anything else seemed unintelligent. Gradually, I have come to appreciate being happy. I now see that being happy in the midst of the difficulties of human life is a wonderful art, a great accomplishment. Learning to be happy is perhaps the most important skills e can develop in life.

~Thomas Bien

when I get tired of trying to find the moon, I remember it’s not supposed to be here all the time…

inquiry for today~ just don’t run away today from whatever is happening…then see what happens…..

what you forgot to tell me

What, exactly, is mindfulness, anyway, and why should we care about it when it comes to our happiness? Simply put, mindfulness the practice of focusing our awareness on our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. One fo the key ideas of mindfulness is the thoughts and sensations can pass us by without being rooted. That shift in perception gives you freedom to experience different emotions, good and bad and helps you take more control over your emotions. “When you are attentive to whatever is going on inside you, you are in a far better position to make good decisions in your life,” says Anne Yusim. And that can help you fight some of the inevitable stress we all face.

That brings us to another fundamental belief- that mindfulness can make you a happier person. Although meditation is just one form of mindfulness, the practice of meditation- simply sitting and listening to your body and your breath- can help you tune in to your thoughts and feelings, without judgment. In other words, when you take the time t simply observe your feelings of stress rather than just reciting to the situation, you’re more likely to shut down that fight-or-flight mode that all too often accompanies a stressful situation.

~Alyssa Shaffer

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