“World’s happiest man” shares his secret

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the ‘world’s happiest man’ says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes per day

Another must-read.

This is actually a different approach to meditation than any I have ever used.  I may try it.

Enigmatically, happiness is no laughing matter.  Last week’s article suggested that your happiness is a key to success in life.  It is central to one’s functionality,  the ability to get things done, overcome obstacles, set wise goals and diligently pursue them.  Whether you believe in heaven or hell, wish to serve merely yourself, or instead wish to “serve” God, serve Jesus, or serve humanity — it’s essential to optimize your functionality, your effectiveness in life.

Fortunately, apparently, that can be fun!

Originally posted 2016-02-06.


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Do I need a safe space?

“I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs.”

— Brown University junior Emma Hall

This event was no microaggression.

There was no chapel last night, so at 7:15 we had the option to go straight to bed, with or without taking a smoke break first.

Some of us stood in the smoke pit rehearsing the things we don’t like about chapel.  This one newcomer said, “The Bible’s all bullshit.  If you read that stuff and you can’t tell it’s all bullshit, you must be mentally retarded.”

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“A Stanford scientist says a simple psychological shift can make you more successful”

A Stanford scientist says a simple psychological shift can make you more successful

The headline left me skeptical. A scientist tells about success?

The article proves to be all about self-love, and backs up everything I’ve said about that subject. It also speaks to the issues I face at this moment in dealing with my feelings and the way I treat myself.

I urge you to read it.

Chaos overwhelms the poor
A short route to agony
Life in the outer darkness
Why racism no longer matters to me

Originally posted 2016-01-30.

Podcast — “Free Fallin'”

Loss of innocence

Free Fallin’

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Tom Petty, “Free Fallin’”
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Great White, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”
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Billy Joel, “Easy Money”
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Elvis Presley, “It’s Now or Never”
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JVKE, “Golden Hour”
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