Good Fortune: “My Guru, My Girl, And My Beads”

Baba_Muktananda

My Guru: I first met Baba Muktananda in a tent in Santa Monica, CA when I was 13 years old. He had just come to the US to fulfill a request from his guru, Bhagavan Nityananda, to spread his message. Since that day, I have been Baba’s devotee. Although Baba died years ago, he is still very much alive in my life. Meeting Baba is what he would call “boda-ahcha” (good fortune).

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My Girl: Theresa and I have been living and loving together for many years now. Before we met, somehow we both knew that the other existed, even though we had no proof of the other’s existence. Thankfully, a mutual friend set us up on a blind date and we found each other forever. Theresa’s love and wisdom is the best of fortunes for me. Thank you Theresagi.

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My Beads: Given to me by my Guru, and adorned with loving charms from Theresa, I have carried my rudraksha mala beads in my pocket (or worn them around my neck) literally every day for many, many years. Each and every bead is steeped in the multitude of good fortune that my life has generously given to me. I am very grateful for my guru, my girl, and my beads.

What Good Fortunes are you grateful for? Leave a comment…

Happiness is Made of Non-Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh

The following is a talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh. I am passionately in love with Thich and his words, although my relationship with him wasn’t love at first sight.

Thich’s delivery is slow, …and soft, …and methodical. For the first year of our relationship, I found myself frustrated (almost even angry) with him because I wanted to consume his words at my pace. I even went so far as to increase the speed of his audio recordings; however, I wasn’t pleased with the resulting female-like, higher pitched voice.

What took me a year to realize and understand is that the pace and softness of Thich’s talks is just as important to his message as the words he says.

I’m only human, and still get frustrated occasionally with Thich; however, being forced to overcome my frustration, and settle into his pace, has become one of the many, many reasons that I love him. I suggest that you do your best to receive his message. And if you do, I promise that you will fall in love with him too.

Here is a tip: I find it really helpful to listen to him while walking or jogging.

The following is an audio recording of a talk that he recently gave from his monastery in France called Plum Village. The talk is very long, so I suggest just listening to as much as you like. You can listen to many more of his talks on the Thich Nhat Hanh Blog, or find out more about him on his website, Plum Village.

Click the triangle to listen to Thich’s talk:
[audio http://tnhaudio.org/audio/2011/2011-07-22.mp3]

If you are really adventurous, the following is a video of the same talk:



Sean Stephenson: “Life is Meant to be Enjoyed!”

Sean Stephenson’s passion for life, fun, and happiness is infectious. This video will either make you happy, or make you feel stupid for not being able to feel happy (I’m hoping it’s the former).

Whatever your momentary obstacles to happiness are, I’m going to guess that it’s less than Sean’s obstacles. If he can do it, so can you!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of Sean.

You can learn more about Sean on his website, Time To Stand.

Brené Brown: “Vulnerability + Courage = Happiness”

Brené Brown is a research professor that has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her now famous TED video reveals the results of her extensive research into why some people are inherently happy yet others struggle with happiness.

Brené scientifically demonstrates how vulnerability is actually a strength and not a weakness. By hiding from others (and ourselves), the aspects of ourselves that we fear, we are also unknowingly cutting off those aspects that make us powerful and happy.

As with so many paths to happiness, Brené’s path is counter-intuitive. As an example of this, one of my favorite Brené quotes is:
“Vulnerability is the first thing that I look for in you, and the last thing that I will let you see in me.”

I have set the following TED video to start at my favorite part of the video; however, if you like what you see, I strongly suggest that you watch the video from the beginning.

After watching the video, please comment below and let me know what makes you vulnerable or gives you the feeling of shame. One of my vulnerabilities is the fear of being wrong or making a mistake. I believe this vulnerability has driven me to be a perfectionist.

You can find out more about Brené on her website.

The Power of Intention by davidji

davidji on Happy Life Path

Intention is the starting point of every spiritual path. It is the force that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. Intention generates all the activities in the universe. Everything that we can see – and even the things we cannot – are an expression of intention’s infinite organizing power.

You can find out more about davidji on his website.

Click the Play Triangle for a Guided Meditation by davidji

[audio http://www.chopra.com/files/audio/IntentionMeditation.mp3]