Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Which Kind of Happy Makes You Happy?

I just read an article on HBR titled "What Kind of Happiness Do People Value Most?"

People were asked to answer the question of whether they preferred experiential happiness or remembered happiness.  They were also asked to explain the reason for their answer.  You can read the full article at the link I provided above.

I am curious to ask myself and others:

Which happiness choice do you typically make?
Experiential happiness or remembered happiness?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

You are the Soul Within

“I am not this hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.” -- Rumi

You are not your hair. You are not your skin. You are not your name.  You are not your clothes.  You are not your social media.  You are not your stuff.  You are not what you do.  You are a radiant, beautiful, magnificent soul that lives within a temporary earthly, physical body.

Nurture Yourself Within

"...all human experience is generated from within--either with the support of external stimuli or without." 
--Sadhguru in his book Inner Engineering

Develop and nurture within yourself a way of thinking, being, and living that is not enslaved to what is happening outside of yourself. Tenderly and regularly care for the self within so it can remain true to who you really are regardless of the external circumstances.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Only Sacrifice for a Life Well Lived

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said: 
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Seek Adventure in the Depths

Are you caught up in the routine and mechanical or are you adventurously exploring deep in the mysterious?

     "The greatest danger in yoga, that by necessity involves routine, is becoming mechanical and regimented. I find that the beauty of a mind-body discipline, such as yoga or qigong, is that it is an endless process of discovery and surprise. This is frequently overlooked by students, driven by gain and bent on mustering as much strength and flexibility as possible. I think that yoga, rather than a path leading to mastery, is an invitation to evoke mystery and channel a powerful, subtle, and ultimately unnameable energy that roams inside. A dedicated practice is like a rite of passage that guides one to sense, feel, and remember that which inevitably resists identification. I can testify that the further I travel into the inner processes of the body and mind, the more I realize I don’t know.
     The following words of Ken Kesey speak to this process of discovery and the necessity to invoke mystery. The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer—they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden where strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."

-- Tias Little in his book Yoga of the Subtle Body