Don’t waste your whole life chasing dreams. Don’t go through life desiring to have what you don’t have, to do what you aren’t doing, and to be who you are not, imagining that only then you will know fulfillment and happiness. Stop wanting the world to be different than what it is, and others to be different than who they are.
Tame the wanting creature inside yourself.
Find a good balance between your desires and the appreciation of who you are, what you do, and what you have. Live happily in the here-now, accepting all that is, and grateful for all the gifts that were given to you and that are at your disposal in the present moment.
Mindfulness leads to gratefulness, and gratefulness leads to happiness.
“Just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are.”
I said to the wanting-creature inside me:
What is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting?
There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.
There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!
And there is no body, and no mind!
Do you believe there is some place that will make the
soul less thirsty?
In that great absence you will find nothing.
Be strong then, and enter into your own body;
there you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don’t go off somewhere else!
Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of
and stand firm in that which you are.
~ Kabir, 15th-century Indian mystic
Be who you really are, and do what you have been called by the Universe to do. Be mindful. Be grateful. This is how you achieve real happiness.
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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”
– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”
– “Silent Peace Walk”