How To Gain Lasting Peace of Mind - Two Strategies That Work Long Term
Everything comes down to the way in which we want to feel and life is too short to chase or run from the fleeting feelings of pleasure and pain. If we desire true composure, peace of mind is the solution.
When we bring death into our lives, we begin to live fully. To integrate and to view life from that perspective of non-duality; at least a level of it. To see that opposites depend on each other. To know hot means we had to know cold. To know light, means we had to know dark, and so to know life, means that maybe we had to know death.
You're here, you're alive and hopefully well. Go do something with that.
The decisions we make across time determine our life and our decisions are derived from the values we consciously or consciously hold. Are you going to let someone else's values live through you, or will you be one of the few to know yourself?
This manifests in different ways for all of us whether they be tears of joy, sorrow, or everything in between. The point is simple - if we don't get in touch with the profundity of our experience and prepare for the passing of the people and things we love, we risk living a life without gratitude; without presence.
Watch your thoughts. Watch your friends, your community, your guilty pleasures, and especially yourself. Then, ask “Do I want to be made up of such things?” Surround yourself with that which supports your highest good and do what you do for the pure love of it.
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden Don't know where to go? Follow the meaning.
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