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Soundings, Issue #22
February 25, 2013

News from the Unscripted Self

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play, Heraclitus
(ancient Greek philosopher).

Welcome back.

What does HAPPINESS mean to you?

Happiness is something we all value, or at least we should, people look for it in different ways, and have widely different views as to what it is, but bottom line we all want to be happy. But do you give your own happiness much thought? Many people don’t.

Take this simple quiz, it’s easy, it’s quick. No need to write anything down, just answer the following questions in your head.

1. Do you think the happiness and well-being of those around you contributes to your own.
Yes / No.

2. Would you consider delayed gratification of immediate happiness in the service of a worthy long-term goal something you’d do?
Yes / No.

3. Do you think we ought to teach happiness to children in schools?
Yes / No.

4. Does happiness at a global level, that is world peace and stability, impact on your personal happiness?
Yes / No.

5. Would emotional happiness be something you’d give consideration to, or do you think that’s all pie in the sky?
Yes / No.

6. Do you give much thought to happiness at all?
Yes / No.

7. Do you think your happiness depends solely on material things?
Yes / No.

8. Do you consider the fulfilment of the basic necessities (able to pay the rent and put food on the table) the sum of what happiness means?
Yes / No.

9. Do you seek happiness primarily through pleasure and gratification of the senses?
Yes / No.

10. If you could be, do, or have anything you wanted, anything at all, what would it be?

If you answered yes to questions 1 – 6 it’s an indication that you have an awareness of what real happiness is, and that you’ve thought about your life in more than a passing way. If we’re blind to the happiness and condition of those around us (1) we’re probably viewing our own in a selfish, narrow way. Question 4 is the same really only with a broader scope. How can we be truly content if just one other human on the planet is suffering? A yes to 2 shows you understand the value of long-term gain over a quick fix. I personally believe happiness should be taught to the young, and that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical.

I’d answer no to questions 7 – 9. While material things are important, often life-saving, on their own they do not bring us happiness. This has been proven time out of number in many studies.

No. 10 you will answer as you see fit. Do give it some thought though.

And thanks for taking the happiness quiz.

“Undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience happiness, to demonstrate it in your life in a way that is palpable and real and lasting, is through acts of kindness and giving. Everything you give comes back to you, although it may not come back in the form you think or expect. The Universe has its own mysterious modus operandi. Giving is a true source of happiness, because when you give to others you see their joy increase and so does yours. You are also contributing in a meaningful way to the world and to others’ lives. Of course, whoever you think you are giving to, in truth you are giving to yourself, and hence you experience happiness”.

Eoin Meegan, Birthing the New Consciousness.

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Words of Wisdom

I love Lenedra J. Carroll, she’s an artist, writer, poet, and spiritual teacher. Her book The Architecture of All Abundance has had a profound influence on me. Today I’d like to share one of her poems with you.

Daybreak Song

I will give this breath to the rising sun
To the day that follows and the night to come.

May I work with spirit, knowing all are one
And I will that Thy will be the will I’ve done.

Let my pace be steady and my aim be true
Let right action guide me in the things I do.

May my mind be humble and my body strong
Fill my heart with loving, fill my lungs with song.

May I serve the people, dancing hand in hand
May I serve all creatures, may I serve the land.

To my ears come whispers on the winds of change
And the witness ripples ‘cross the mountain range.

I am soil of mother, I am soul of fire
I am cell of ocean, I am breath of sky.

I will give this breath to the rising sun
To the day that follows and the night to come.

And I will that Thy will be the will I’ve done.

Lenedra J. Carroll. br>

Happy reading,

Talk to you soon.

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