Being happy and wise are timeless skills, not something you wait for.
It’s more like riding a bike — a skill you practice and get better at over time. As the Dalai Lama says:
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
Try doing one of these 6 things every day, you’ll cultivate more wisdom and happiness in your life.
Don’t judge the present moment
Your mind is the perfect storyteller.
It has huge expectations about how other people should behave, how the weather should be, how you should be…
Should, should, should…
When you take a breath and cancel all the ‘shoulds’ in your head you’ll be left with a tiny moment of peace.
William Shakespeare puts it beautifully ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’
It takes a lot of patience and practice to stop judging but once mastered you will see reality:
Everything is just as it is.
Live in alignment with impermanence
We are all clingy to how things are now.
What we are used to feels safe and we want it to stay the same.
But the truth is we can’t freeze time — it’s simply not possible.
If you like it or not you are growing older, your relationships change…the people around you change. What’s required of you at work changes.
Nothing ever stays the same.
Everything gets either better or worse.
When we accept this universal truth we’ll live with more ease.
Imagine you are in a relationship with the present moment. Resisting change is like being a clingy girl- or boyfriend.
Once we give the present moment the freedom to be as it is everything becomes lighter and brighter.
As Yung Pueblo writes:
When we live with the truth of change, everything that is good becomes…