Practice Mindfulness, Be Happy

Mindfulness is the ultimate challenge and practice. It is a way of being, of living, of seeing, and of tapping into the power of your humanity. Mindfulness is enjoying your pleasant experiences without crying when they change (which they will) and bearing your unpleasant experiences without fearing they will last forever (which they won't). Living each day in such a way that makes mindfulness possible is life-changing. Guaranteed. Try these practical tips and watch the difference.

First, the secret to a healthy body with a healthy mind and a healthy soul is not to mourn the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment purposefully. Each of us, irrespective of everything else, is endowed with 86,400 seconds every day. As the seconds tick by, the balance is reduced till it becomes zero at the end of the day. Fascinatingly, another credit of 86,400 seconds is made as a new day dawns. This process continues as long as we live. Thus, how we make use of this precious resource, which cannot be carried forward, is entirely up to us. Lifelong peace and abundance can be found with this simple realization. Live this moment. Nothing else is real.

Second, inner peace is knowing how to belong to oneself. To understand the world, occasionally you have to turn away. You don't need anyone's permission to be yourself. And you don't need anyone's validation to be happy.

Third, if you don't stand up for something, you may fall for almost anything. Keep your values and your moral compass close to your heart and at the top of your mind.

Fourth, there will be moments in life when you have to walk alone. Others can walk beside you, but they can't walk in your shoes. Try to discover who you truly are, figure out why you truly are always alone even when you're surrounded, and understand why this is perfectly OK.

Fifth, it is dishonest to strongly believe in something, and not live it. Don't bend. Don't dilute your dreams. Don't edit your soul to go along with the fashion trends. Just follow your most intense passions mindfully. Let your actions speak for themselves. You will then never be fooled by other people's words.

Sixth, remember that the right path and the easy path are rarely the same path. The struggle is not found on the path, it is the path, and it's worth your while. People don't stop pursuing their dreams and passions because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing their dreams and passions.

Seventh, be aware that for every benefit that you seek, there are costs. If you find that you have been wanting something year after year and you have never come close to it, maybe you don't actually want it because you are not willing to suffer through the work needed to achieve it.

Eighth, know the difference between committing and overcommitting. By all means be committed to whatever you believe in. But don't pack your day with to-do lists that mean nothing. Leave space. Keep your life tidy. Introspect.

Finally, speak and act when you are enraged, and you will make the best speech and actions that you will ever regret. You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by it. Life is too precious and too short to spend it being upset. Be positive. Be your best.


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