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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Your Happiness and Fulfilment

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Pay attention to what you have in your life, and not what is missing. Practice being attentive to the people, things, and abilities you have. A person doesn’t necessarily have to tell another person about their appreciation or make a big fuss about showing gratitude; it’s more of an inside job. Notice what happens to you when you dwell on the people, things, and experiences that bring you happiness.

This is an excellent way to become clear about expectations you might have. Some people expect things, experiences, and people (that they don’t have in their lives) will bring them happiness when they eventually show up. So, their focus is on a future they can imagine being happy in.

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By regularly bringing attention back to the things, people, and experiences that are in your life right now, you practice letting go of expectations from things that aren’t present. By dropping yearning, and landing solidly in your life, just as it is, and just as it is not, you open to the possibility of discovering a kind of happiness that is present even when things, people, and experiences change.

This kind of happiness is called uncaused joy. It is helpful to question the thoughts you have that tell you this or that will bring you happiness. Where do those thoughts come from? Are they accurate?

May you be filled with loving-kindness,

Edward Viljoen

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