Just Another Soul

I already know for certain that I Am. I am a thing that thinks, that is to say, that doubts, affirms, denies, that knows a few things, that is ignorant of many (that loves, that hates), that wills, that desires, that also imagines and perceives; for although the things which I perceive and imagine are perhaps nothing at all apart from me and in themselves, I am nevertheless assured that these modes of thought that I call perceptions and imaginations, inasmuch only as they are modes of thought, certainly reside (and are met with) in me.
-Descartes

crabsocks asked: Can you give me a few steps to becoming a happier person please?

lazyyogi:

Sure, this seems like a fair question. I’ll give some practical tips and some philosophical ones. 

Practical:

1. In the morning, laugh immediately the first moment that you realize you are awake. It is harder than it sounds. Fake laugh, laugh hard, then harder. For no reason.

2. Eat healthily, whatever that means to you.

3. Meditate for ten minutes every day. 

4. Engage your body fully in something every other day. Running, yoga, working out, dancing, and swimming are just a few ways. 

5. Disengage from electronic devices around a half hour before bedtime. Slow down and read a book, sit for another meditation, or make some tea and listen to relaxing music. 

You wont regret any of it. 

Philosophical

1. Happiness is not something added to you. It is your very being. When you are feeling truly happy, you are feeling yourself wholly and unobstructedly. Therefore you cannot become happier. Nor can anything give you happiness. The only happiness you have ever felt is the radiance of your existence. Don’t make happiness a struggle, just come to know your existence. 

2. Don’t wait for an excuse to be happy. Circumstances, people, objects, all of these things may give us a pleasurable experience that we meet happily. That’s okay. But it is ignorant and inefficient to wait for circumstances, people, and objects before getting in touch with that happiness within. Happiness is not a commodity ruled by supply and demand. 

3.  If something seems like it can give you happiness, ask yourself how well it will age. Happiness is timeless. A passion, an inspiration, an appreciation, all of these things can groove with change. They are intimate inner forms of love that find happiness wherever they look. They help shift the awareness of happiness from an object itself to the formless art. 

4. Life experienced through a human body is a mix of things the mind finds painful and things the mind finds pleasurable. Happiness does not consist in avoiding one and clinging to the other. This is one of the hardest lessons to learn but also the most valuable. I’d recommend the book The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron as a place to begin. 

Namaste :)

writeworld:

Writer’s Block
A picture says a thousand words. Write them.
Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.
Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

writeworld:

Writer’s Block

A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

euo:

The human heart stripped of fat and muscle, with just the angel veins exposed.

euo:

The human heart stripped of fat and muscle, with just the angel veins exposed.

(via inhabitude)

Souls love. That’s what souls do. Egos don’t, but souls do. Become a soul, look around, and you’ll be amazed—all the beings around you are souls. Be one, see one. When many people have this heart connection, then we will know that we are all one, we human beings all over the planet. We will be one. One love. And don’t leave out the animals, and trees, and clouds, and galaxies - it’s all one. It’s one energy. It comes through in individual ways, but it’s one energy. You can call it energy, or you can call it love. I like to look at a tree and see that it’s love. Don’t you?

—Ram Dass (via shaktilover)