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Happiness Lies in the Appreciation of Beauty

To love beauty is to see light.

Victor Hugo
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It doesn’t matter what mental state you find yourself in, they change all the time, but I guarantee that if you are able to get out into nature, it will improve. Even if you simply start to take stock of the positive, if you start to see what is around you with gratitude and through the eyes of appreciation, if you can practise seeing the beauty, then uplift will follow .

To simply go for a walk, to see the world, especially nature, cannot help but lift low spirits and confused minds. Looking outward, dropping commentary, dropping into the body. To walk amidst the change of the weathers and the seasons, and see that each is unique and beautiful, this is the path of happiness.

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Positive Thinking – Learn Affirmations and Your First Meditation

Positive thinking is the basis for happiness.

The way to gain mastery of your thoughts and emotions is through meditation and discipline. Great awareness is needed to constantly notice and reframe the contents of consciousness.  Try this, just sit now and close your eyes for a few minutes with the aim of noticing what thoughts happen, and whether they are of a positive or a negative nature. Continue reading Positive Thinking – Learn Affirmations and Your First Meditation

A Letter to the Addict – A Seed of Hope and a Lamp for the Path

Let me  take you on a journey, from the hells of addiction to the peaks of experience. I wish I had heard this when I was younger, so please allow me to give you a gift, a gift I need to give.

We all seek a refuge in life, we all seek happiness and freedom. Drugs and alcohol are an easy way out, a well trod path from pain. Sadly though, they lead to more suffering.

Addiction is very much like a cave system, you leave the world and go into a warm and inviting room. A cosy pub or party, with smiles and beautiful,  jolly people. You like it there, and you want to stay. Your social life is now a search for this feeling of cosiness, of security, of confidence, of smiles. Continue reading A Letter to the Addict – A Seed of Hope and a Lamp for the Path

Transformation of Suffering – Re-Wiring Self-Cherishing and Opening Out

Sometimes in life or in meditation there is suffering.

Loneliness. Feeling trapped. Feeling lost, confused. Unhappiness, feeling unfulfilled, something is not quite right. Continue reading Transformation of Suffering – Re-Wiring Self-Cherishing and Opening Out

A Letter to the Suffering

Right now, life may seem terribly gloomy, sometimes it does. If there is darkness then embrace it, go into it for you cannot run from it. Sometimes our suffering is like a rite of passage we must pass through on our journey. It can burn gently or wildly, but it is the most powerful catalyst for personal growth that there is.

There may be something you must face, a lesson to learn. Many people go through their whole lives running, avoiding seeing this truth, this groundlessness, whichever aspect of groundlessness that so terrifies.

Sometimes there is anger, resentment over harms done or hearts broken, sometimes there is guilt over harms done or hearts broken. Sometimes there is fear and anxiety about the present, the future. Sometimes there is sickness, old age and death. Sometimes there is change. Continue reading A Letter to the Suffering

STARTING OUT – FINDING A PATH – A SUBTLE LONGING

There are many reasons why a person decides to embark on a spiritual path, if spiritual path is even the right term. Life may have lost its shine, you may have become stuck in habits or in a way of life that are destroying your joie de vivre. Continue reading STARTING OUT – FINDING A PATH – A SUBTLE LONGING

When Life Seems Dark – Stormy Weather and the Sun

Once upon a time I was in rehab, for alcohol mainly, and I was having an awful time. Life was as dark as it could get, and to be frank I wanted out. My girlfriend of the time had broken up with me, I had no job any more, and didn’t actually own a single key. I was homeless at 26, and as my parents would no longer put up with me, I had nowhere left to turn. Continue reading When Life Seems Dark – Stormy Weather and the Sun