Learning to deal with difficulties and tone down doom-and-gloom thinking is important, but figuring out how to amplify the good stuff is equally integral to your satisfaction with life.
How do you do that?
Through savoring, the art of “generating, intensifying, or prolonging positive feelings in response to positive events,” says Fred Bryant, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Loyola University Chicago, who coined the term "savoring" as a form of emotional intelligence in the mid1980s.
Savoring: the art of generating, intensifying, or prolonging positive feelings in response to positive events.
Savoring doesnʼt just mean going wild over a piece of dark chocolate or luxuriating in a fragrant bubble bath. It means recognizing happy moments big and small—catching a fly ball in a Little League game, maybe, or making the train in the nick of time—and allowing yourself to fully appreciate and enjoy them. Doing so will...more
It is a sunny Monday morning and I am downstairs in my apartment garage, walking over to my motorcycle, preparing to ride to work.
I'm feeling a bit off (it is Monday morning), a little bummed about having to go to work on such a beautiful day and thinking about how my flat feet are going to be aching me by the day's end.
Just then I see a neighbor shuffling along side of his car with his walker.
I have seen and spoken with him before, on the elevator and such.
He is a black man in his mid-eighties, a veteran of the Korean war, has missing teeth, barely able to walk even with his walker and undergoing treatment for cancer.
In spite of all of the apparent difficultly he has had, and is now going through, he always has an high-spirited demeanor and a smile.
I ask - “how ya doing my friend?!”
“Grateful to be alive!” he responds.
“I've just come from the gym” he adds.
“And if you ever hear me complain, hit me over the head with this...more
Bliss is never experienced when we are high on something or even on someone! Not the kind of bliss that is stimulated in any way. This is the natural bliss of the soul, of the self, when we are completely free internally. this is freedom from attachment to everything around us including matter, material things, memories, ambitions etc. But it's only possible when we see and realize that our attachments are not 'in reality' out there! Our attachments are created within our own consciousness. It's not the actual objects or persons that we attempt to attach to.
Detachment is not losing or living without all these things or people etc., it's not an avoidance of others or an uncaring attitude. Detachment doesn't diminish our capacity to 'be loving'. Detachment means we no longer 'create' the perception and feeling of being burdened by the other, of being dependent on others or being beholden to others. Like everything else people come and go, they are all there in the dynamic of...more
Thirty years ago, I drove a cab for a living.
When I arrived at 2:30 A.M, the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away. But, I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked. “Just a minute”, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened, A small woman in her 80’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned don it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.
The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets....more
Every single moment we have the choice between the thought systems of Love or fear. Our focus today is to pay attention to what we are choosing all through the day. Love brings peace, gentleness and happiness; fear brings tension, conflict and efforting. If we don’t pay attention to where our mind is, we can easily be led by the fearful thought system of the ego. But we can always choose differently.
Our prayer today is for help in strengthening our awareness of Love’s Answer in each moment. Love will lead us to the happy joining with Love and release us from the guilt of judgment. We choose freedom from judgment today. We listen to Love’s healing guidance. And we give thanks that what we ask for we receive. As we are willing to let go of the past, we receive the gift of Love that fits perfectly in the present moment.
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A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Be careful in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.
Better a broken promise than none at all.
By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.
Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
He is now rising from affluence to poverty.
He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.
Honesty is the best policy –...more