Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 8: Continuing my Quest for Happiness!

Cool.  I've done so much this past week.  I've given up coffee, mostly all gluten, my medication for anxiety and joint pain and I'm surviving.  I know Yogi Sam says I must find a balance and I can't just muscle and nutrition my way to mental health., it takes more!  But what?

Here's my list of stuff that makes me at peace with myself and happy. 

- stupid hot bath with jets
- reading a book on the back deck with hot tea
- playing in my kitchen (when it is clean to begin with)
- shopping for healthy whole foods
- actually sitting down to watch some pvr when the house is cleaned
- massage (who doesn't?)
- pedicure
-reading to the kids and then us all falling asleep together
- playing in my herb garden (while the kids play outside at the same time)

I know I have others, but these are the most prominent on my mind.  What do you do to balance MIND - BODY - SPIRIT?  I imagine these are so personal to the place you are in.  The more I think about it in general terms, I like it when things are neat and tidy ( so no visual clutter), I like calm and peace in the environment and I like to create.  I am such a go-go-go type of person and I think in order to offset that motion and energy I need the opposite for my balance. 

Share with me, have you ever thought about your inner peace needs? I've read that happiness also comes when the mind is at peace.  You can appreciate events and situations, without imposing your own drama on them, so they are real and true without the taint of your mood or inner turbulence.  Calmness leads to happiness.  Thanks Michelle, I think that comes from one of your Buddhas Principle.  I leave you with some food for thought!  I am a practicing Catholic but I believe in acceptance and that everyone has nuggets of wisdom to share!  

What did the Buddha Teach?

The Buddha taught many things, but the basic concepts in Buddhism can be summed up by the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.
• What is the First Noble Truth?
The first truth is that life is suffering i.e., life includes pain, getting old, disease, and ultimately death. We also endure psychological suffering like loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger. This is an irrefutable fact that cannot be denied. It is realistic rather than pessimistic because pessimism is expecting things to be bad. lnstead, Buddhism explains how suffering can be avoided and how we can be truly happy.

• What is the Second Noble Truth?
The second truth is that suffering is caused by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we expect other people to conform to our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want,etc. In other words, getting what you want does not guarantee happiness. Rather than constantly struggling to get what you want, try to modify your wanting. Wanting deprives us of contentment and happiness. A lifetime of wanting and craving and especially the craving to continue to exist, creates a powerful energy which causes the individual to be born. So craving leads to physical suffering because it causes us to be reborn.

• What is the Third Noble Truth?
The third truth is that suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained; that true happiness and contentment are possible. lf we give up useless craving and learn to live each day at a time (not dwelling in the past or the imagined future) then we can become happy and free. We then have more time and energy to help others. This is Nirvana.

• What is the Fourth Noble Truth?
The fourth truth is that the Noble 8-fold Path is the path which leads to the end of suffering.

• What is the Noble 8-Fold Path?
In summary, the Noble 8-fold Path is being moral (through what we say, do and our livelihood), focussing the mind on being fully aware of our thoughts and actions, and developing wisdom by understanding the Four Noble Truths and by developing compassion for others.

• What are the 5 Precepts?
The moral code within Buddhism is the precepts, of which the main five are: not to take the life of anything living, not to take anything not freely given, to abstain from sexual misconduct and sensual overindulgence, to refrain from untrue speech, and to avoid intoxication, that is, losing mindfulness.


  1. I've meant to share this a couple of times with you, but you really need to read the book: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Seriously, there's some good spiritual knowledge in that book.

  2. Thanks Cara, I'll pick it up :) I've heard some great things about it a while ago and didn't even make the connection for how it would be good for me now. This is why I love it when people share with me :D