Food For Thought

20 May

I’m reading “Eat Pray Love” and there’s this great paragraph on an Indian guru’s teachings on happiness:

“…people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t, you will leak away your contentment. It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments.” (p. 260)

I think that’s a very true concept. While reading this, I related it to something more physical, more tangible – exercise/physical fitness. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people (even myself) lament about how hard it is to get in shape and yet, it’s so easy to fall back out of shape. Then they turn to crazy diets to shed pounds before an important event (praying during distress). It’s because you have to continue working to maintain whatever fitness level you want to keep, otherwise you will fall back into old habits and routines – just like happiness.

Consider this your motivation for the day: Exercise your ability to be happy!

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2 Responses to “Food For Thought”

  1. Vanessa May 21, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Food for thought, indeed! I never thought of it that way, but I should probably consider this every time I get on the diet train. After tonight’s gluttonous consumption of nachos and margaritas :P.

    • shan1087 May 23, 2011 at 8:35 am #

      Haha, see my most recent post. I address the gluttonous nachos and margaritas.

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