Want To Be Happier?

November 28, 2010 by  
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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans – John Lennon

Below is an interesting post on today’s Huffington Post on the topic of living life in the present.

The post discusses our two ailments; 1 – Either hung up on the past or planning for the future and 2 – Seldom bringing our attention to the moment we are living thus often wasting the experience.

The past has already happened and it’s only purpose in our present lives is to inform who we are. The future depends on how our present develops.  Planning for something to happen without care for the present can only impact the future in a distinct way from our plans.  Plus who says there is a future?

Adding to the fact that we are mostly either stuck in the past or dreaming of a future is that we don’t bring our full consciousness to anything that we do.  We talk to our friends while thinking about all the bills we need to pay.  We kiss and hug wondering if we cancelled the doctor’s appointment.  We make love planning what we are going to do as soon as we are done.  We wash the dishes while having an argument in our minds with some driver who cut us off on the road.  The result of all of these “not being there” experiences is that our lives are never fully lived.

Soren Gordhamer has some good suggestions on how to bring our focus and awareness to the present moment.  Read on.

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Want To Be Happier? Pay attention
by Soren Gordhamer

The Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is well known for asking his students, “Why do you wash the dishes?”

If you think it is to get the dishes clean, you are mistaken.

The reason to wash the dishes is… to wash the dishes…Continued

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