I’ve learned some things over the last year or two. I want to share them.
- There is good and bad in the world. Paying heed to the bad is a waste of time.
- There is good in the worst of us but even in the best of us something terribly ugly can be found.
- The world is shaped by thoughts. Really. It is. Choose them wisely.
- Worrying accomplishes nothing. It’s best to be honest and do what you want to do. Emphasis on the “do”.
- To understand yourself spend alone time with yourself, preferably outdoors.
- Time goes slower when spending the day in nature. To prolong life, go outside.
- Pay attention to what you see with your eyes closed. It is real.
- Don’t turn away from perceived ugly – all things are filled with beauty and purpose. Even scary ocean things and dirty homeless people.
- When you think of absolutely nothing, or attempt to, nice things spring to mind later on — helpful things.
- If you travel far, you may miss your cat, but you won’t miss your possessions. They are not important.
- To stop the negativity of others from affecting your own state of mind, put an end to it quickly – just switch the channel. It really is that simple if you notice it happening right away.
- Nice friends can be found anywhere. Good friends are found by serendipity only. And a willingness to love.
- Your mind does what your body does. This is subtle but potent knowledge.
- Attachments (to ideas, things, people) ultimately lead to delusional thought. Hold on loosely. (Thank you, 38 Special and Bhagavad Gita.)
- Breathe deep and even. If breaths are short, so is your temper. If breaths are deep, so is your patience level.
- Smiling leads to laughter, laughter to fun and good memories. Seek out people and things to smile at.
smallchallenges, like Utthita Hasta Padangustasana, makes it possible to conquer anything.
- Cloud watching is most effective when lying flat on your back.