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This post is a continuation from an earlier post, “Another cup of tea, please.” (Part 1).
— I advise you start there first, then come back 😉 But totally feel free to hang out here for a little while longer! (You might just enjoy it. ❤ )
I read in a book today: The Art of Happiness.
And the Dalai Lama spoke to my soul.
He explained that there’s a difference between “happiness” and “pleasure.” Which I’m pretty sure I get the two confused a lot.
So here’s his take on it–
The Dalai Lama says that “True happiness relates more to the mind and heart. Happiness that depends mainly on physical pleasure is unstable; one day it’s there, the next day it may not be.”
So inn response to him, the narrator of the book, Howard Cutler shared a few thoughts:
“On the surface, it seemed like a fairly obvious observation; of course, happiness and pleasure were two different things. And yet, we human beings are often quite adept at confusing the two.”
So after reading a bit, I hopped on over to the computer and started listening to a self-compassion meditation by Dr. Krisin Neff.
I’ve been on a search lately in an effort to find more compassion in my life-
Compassion for other people, animals, the planet, and mainly, myself. So I gave this one a try, and it helped me out.
I allowed myself to feel what I felt.
To not fight it.
To allow the emotions of feeling hurt, unloved, and unwanted to be in my body.
I allowed myself to feel compassion towards myself. After all, it is painful going through inner turmoil. My chest starts feeling tense. My breath becomes shallow. My mind races.
I slouch and close off my heart from the world.
I don’t feel safe.
But when I turn inward..that’s when the love and joy start to flow once again..
Stick around for the last part next Thursday! I think you’ll be glad you did 😉
Thank you again friend, for reading! I hope I’ve been able to help or inspire you in some way.
If there’s another way that I can add value to your life, please let me know.
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With all the love and joy a heart can hold,