Money, Pleasure and Happiness

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The main reason that we don’t live in the present moment and enjoy life more fully is that we have neither got the tools nor the time to do so, often we are in no fit state to do so either.  We often loose contact with what is is that give rise to happiness. We can’t enjoy things if we are wound up, stressed out, exhausted, or moody! To enjoy something we need an enjoyable focus – a stroll in the beautiful parc de Monjuic, a most beautiful place to visit with breathtaking views of Barcelona and the coastline – and we need to be in a state of mind that is receptive enough, clear enough, calm enough, to enjoy things. Simply surrounding ourselves with all that money can buy won’t do it. If we are down we sometimes look towards a quick fix. We need to be in a good state of mind in order to enjoy life and connect with deeper experience. So little is said about the mind and how we experience things. We miss the one thing that absolutely determines how we experience everything life has to offer and throws at us. That is our mind! Our state of mind determines how we respond to everything! Contrary to popular belief wealth in itself won’t bring us happiness. I believe happiness in a by-product of living a life where we are in touch with what we really value and who we really value, in other words it’s a crucial investment to keep the important relationships and friendships in our lives in good repair.

 

 

Mindfulness Pith No. 1 : Where are we going?

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”Mindfulness may begin from calling past experience to mind, gathering together the parts of us that have been scattered across time, but the whole idea of learning from the past implies an orientation towards the future. What we learn from experience will help us anticipate the likely fruits of present action, and this demands a concern for our future life and a sense that what will happen is – at least to some extent – in our own hands. Mindfulness thus involves an awareness of not only where we have come from but where we are going”.

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