Archives

“Simple truth:  fast and busy are a choice.  We choose to go fast and be busy because we think it’ll get us what we want.  All too often, it doesn’t  Fast and busy makes life brittle.  It makes us feel like every inch of space in life is locked in and there’s no room to move.  Instead of unlocking productivity and potential, it throttles both.  It deludes us into feeling like we’re getting more done faster, but in reality, we could get the same done in the same or less time with more grace by dialing it back, not forward.  In the end, we’re left feeling dissatisfied and helpless to extract ourselves from the process.  Except we’re not.  It’s all an illusion.” ~ Jonathan Fields, How To Live A Good Life

The Story of Buddha and How Happiness is Not the Absence of Suffering.

The Story of Buddha and How Happiness Is Not the Absence of Suffering.

The following is an excerpt from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.  It recounts the life and story of Buddha and how he went from being a young, spoiled child—who had essentially everything (and anything) he could have ever wished for—to the sage that we remember him as today who practiced severe asceticism before his enlightenment.

The suffering that the Buddha endured formulated the foundation for the teachings and philosophies on which Buddhism was later founded and the story of the Buddha shares a deep insight about how happiness is not the absence of suffering but rather a dance with suffering and non-ascetic, middle way living.

Below, you will find the story of Buddha as it was shared in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.  While you read, we strongly encourage you to reflect on your beliefs of suffering and happiness and challenge you to take notes (real or mental) on areas of your life that might need some attention or reevaluation.

Some questions to consider:  Are you pursuing happiness or happy in your pursuits?  Are you waiting for a criteria to be met before you feel that you can be happy?  Is meeting that criteria really going to make you happy or will it just lead to more criteria?  If you’re feeling moved, drop some of your thoughts in the comment section below!  We hope this helps and we hope you find value in this story.  Enjoy!

Continue reading

1 2 3 391
 

Don't Let the Motivation Stop There...!

Join our newsletter and get the BEST of what we post every week. Here's an example. Like? Sign up.
Get the FREE eBook...
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
No spam—Just motivation. Promise.
MoveMe Newsletter
Every week we send out a newsletter featuring our BEST content. It's free and designed to keep you focused on moving forward—the ONLY direction! Simply enter your email below and click, "I'm In!" to join.
Get the FREE eBook...
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
No spam—Just motivation. Promise.