On Happiness & Holiday Wishes

The Happy Tree (Photo: Diane Wilson)

The Happy Tree (Photo: Diane Wilson)

Looking for refuge after a busy, somewhat chaotic pre-holiday season, I latched onto this book I've been wanting to read titled "Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation" by Sharon Salzberg. Here is one of my favorite parts so far:

The content and quality of our lives depend on our level of awareness - a fact we are often not aware of. You may have heard the old story, often attributed to a Native American elder, meant to illuminate the power of attention. A grandfather...imparting a life lesson to his grandson tells him, “I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One is vengeful, fearful, envious, resentful, deceitful. The other is loving, compassionate, generous, truthful and serene.” The grandson asks which wolf will win the fight. The grandfather answers: “The one I feed.”
— Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (Sharon Salzberg)

My wish for you this holiday season is that you have time to reflect and build resources.  We need time to reflect on which wolf we are feeding most often.  We need time to strengthen by taking stock especially identifying and taking in the good from the past year. All this is essential before beginning to consider change and creation in the next.

Two things I'm most proud of this year are becoming a certified meditation teacher and completing intensive training in neuro-meditation. To achieve these took time and focus while managing a rather busy, sometimes crazy, life. They changed me in some basic ways and I grew personally and professionally.  

Right now, I'm not 100% sure how I'll incorporate these tools into my professional services. I know they will help people but I'm taking time to reflect on that.  Actually, I'll meditate on it and keep you posted.  :)  All ideas are welcome. 

Be well, be happy, travel safely, and enjoy life.  Happy 2017. 

With love,
Diane