Tag: happiness

Mindful Monday: Thinking oneself out of happiness

Mindful Monday: Thinking oneself out of happiness

awareness, mindfulness
Does it break my heart, of course, every moment of every day, into more pieces than my heart was made of, I never thought of myself as quiet, much less silent, I never thought about things at all, everything changed, the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn’t the world, it wasn’t the bombs and burning buildings, it was me, my thinking, the cancer of never letting go, is ignorance bliss, I don’t know, but it’s so painful to think, and tell me, what did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it. -- Jonathan Safran Foer What are you noticing about your thinking? ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: Foer, Jonathan Safran. Extre
Mindful Monday: What's So Great About Now?

Mindful Monday: What's So Great About Now?

Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
I recently read with great relief an article by Cynthia Thatcher in Tricycle called, "What's So Great About Now?" She addresses the confusion we may experience when we keep bringing ourselves into the present moment during the course of the day but find that we're not exactly brimming with gratitude or able to appreciate the beauty in whatever we're doing. Here we are, doing our best to be good mindfulness practitioners, but we're just not feeling the vibe, yo. Shouldn't everything be looking radiant? Shouldn't we be feeling happier? Where's the sweet reward? Thatcher told her teacher she was having doubts. "Somehow, Achan knew my thoughts. 'There's nothing good in the present moment, right?' he asked, hooting with laughter until his eyes teared up. Apparently this cosmic joke struck him a...