Cultivating contentment.
August 3, 2011, 8:20 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Mind

With much to live for and so much to earn and gain it is easy to feel lost in the shuffle and “on the wrong track.” Our habitual mind forgets the peace that is available in the present while it’s running on a seemingly endless quest for fulfillment. What we work for is security; the peace in knowing we will be able to eat, have access to healthcare and a few simple luxuries. Through fear we cling tightly to these externals, perhaps suspecting they could disappear or be taken away. Fears are valid given the existence of tragedy, but the question you have to ask yourself in the moment of fear is “Does this fear serve me?” It may very well serve you, say, if you’re near a creepy person in a dark alley. The fear you feel may be telling you to run! But what about daily fears – or insecurities – that we live with? What are our fears really telling us? Living with contentment feels much better than living in fear, but it is easier said than done. It takes practice. It’s not about someone else telling you what to do. The acquisition of peace comes through your actions and your thoughts. I could go on and on about this subject, but I have to get to work! Below is one of my favorite quotes, which is also a great mission statement. It’s collaged on the front of my clipboard that I carry with me daily, reminding myself of what is truly important.

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly… to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; await occasions, hurry never… this is my symphony.” – William Henry Channing


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