The Joy of Living
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Happiness is subjective. Each individual has their own notion of happiness and will strive to obtain it. What we miss in that pursuit are the simple pleasures that life provides in abundance. The simplest activity can be immensely enjoyable if we just take the time to enjoy it.
Eating an apple sounds mundane, but when you focus on the act of eating an apple, it is quite enjoyable. This should be our outlook on everything we do in life, including tasks that require effort. Turning the supposedly mundane into a sacred right of life will give it all that more importance. If we can find enjoyment in most everything we do, whether it be getting dressed in the morning or mowing the lawn, how much happier would our lives be.
This is not to say you should abandon those things that interest you greatly. Absolutely, follow your passions so that you might find all that much more happiness. However, do not forget the simple pleasures of life along the way.
Make everything you do in life sacred, a ritual of appreciation, a fully realized moment.
The below mantra can be used for healing yourself, others, and the World
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung
Ra - Sun
Ma - Moon
Da - Earth
Sa - Energy of the Infinite
Sa - Energy of the Infinite
Say - Totality of All in One
So - Emerging Personal Identity with the Whole
Hung - The Infinite Vibration
A pleasant video Ra Ma da Sa
Every Breath You Take
Every morning when you open your eyes from slumber, that is Love
Every moment spent getting dressed is Love
Every bite of breakfast is Love
Every sip of coffee is Love
Every word with those at the table is Love
Every goodbye as you walk out the door is Love
Every light, every turn, every mile as you drive to work is Love
Every face you see is Love
Every conversation is Love
Every task is an act of Love
Every sky is, whether bright or grey, Love
Every sun beam or drop of rain is Love
Every Summer or Winter is Love
Every tree is Love
Every blossom of flower is Love
Every mountain or hillside is Love
Every stream, river, lake or ocean is Love
Every show of nature is Love
Every moment with your partner is Love
Every son and daughter is Love
Every brother or sister is Love
Every friend is Love
Every neighbor is Love
Every glimpse of the moon is Love
Every star in the night sky is Love
Every hour of night’s sleep is Love
Every breath you take, that is Love
If we observe the present moment, thinking not of the past or the future, more often than not we will see that everything in the present is not so serious. Our thoughts can often be our worst enemy, causing needless suffering. People spend countless hours and sleepless nights worrying about one thing or another, their mind rolling over the same negative thoughts.
The mind can cause emotional and physical stress when we allow it to take hold of us. Learn to watch the mind passively and understand that the mind is not you.
Only the mind lives in the past and future; you always live in the present. Only the mind can travel in time; you are always experiencing the present moment. It is when we live in mind that we lose the experience of the present. Only in the present moment can you cause change.
The mind is a wonderful tool; however, it is a terrible master. Learn how to master the mind. Don’t take it too seriously. Make it yours and understand it has no power other than that which you give it,
Here is an excellent 4 minute video on YouTube that I highly recommend: Alan Watts/The Mind
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