It’s a simple question. 

Chances are you might say, “No I am not.” Or, 

You might say, “Why yes, I love my life.” 

Our brains are wired in such a way that we want to move toward x, y or z. And another part of our brain, is prodding us to move away…, be careful, that might be risky. Oh my God, don’t do that. 

Finding the middle ground, the spot where happiness resides, may not be an easy task. 

The question could also be, “Are you happy with Who You are right now?” 

“When actually, I am moving towards being a better person.” Or, “I am trying to give up some bad habit.” 

Or a few of you might answer, “Why yes, I love who I am and the principles I stand for. I know why I am alive and I want to use these moments in time to savor and enjoy what the world has to offer and what I can bring to my family, my world.” 

I invite you to listen to this talk at Dartmouth College. It’s from nine years ago, but don’t worry it’s current and sophisticated information. Timeless you could say. Entertaining, you could say. Informative you could say. 

I am of the firm belief that mindfulness is responsible for the health you enjoy. It’s responsible for the money that you have. It’s also responsible for future outcomes that you may expect tomorrow or five, ten years from now. We have many different ways to say it: mind state, meditation, mind-body connection. I just noticed that all of these start with the letter “M.” M is the 13th letter of the 26 letter alphabet. Maybe it’s significant or maybe it’s not, but all these “m” words are teaching us that the only way to a brighter, healthier future is by observing what is happening now. Yet, most of us, spend a lot of our time, mooning over the past, reliving regret, or worrying about the future. Mark Twain, famously said,

“There has been much tragedy in my life; at least half of it actually happened.”

“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one.”

If you remember the movie Casa Blanca. The Jewish immigrants who fled Europe were practicing their English. “What clock is it?” “It’s two o’clock.” “Oh, such clock.” I don’t know why but I thought of that line this morning while waking up and was trying to remember how to say, “What time is it” in French. The funny thing about time is that there is only now. The past is past and the future never happens except in the now. In order to change yourself or the world is to find a fulcrum where you can get leverage to do what Archimedes envisioned. “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the world.” 

I invite you to watch this video. It’s long and the speaker is Jon Kabat Zinn. Try to watch 20 or 30 minutes at a time. The link is set to start 4 minutes in when Dr Zinn takes the stage. (The introduction was too long! Ha.) 

After watching the video, you are invited to answer these questions:

  1. Does the message of this video inspire you to focus on love and happiness?
  2. What can you do to take a step towards more peace in your life?
  3. Do you see ways to improve your health by becoming aware of the mind-body connection or focusing on mindfulness? If so, please share! 

 

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