Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Pursuit of Contentment

"No man is free who is not master of himself." ~Epictetus

What does it mean to live from the inside out and pursue contentment? Self-mastery goes beyond discipline. It takes a search for balance of mind, body and spirit in creative and risking ways.

Living and learning through each mood that arrives promotes growth and self-worth. Happiness does not have to prevail at all times. Developing strategies to benefit from life's moments adds richness to life.

Mindfulness of how to teeter, push to the edges of possibility, make errors, and return to tranquility takes a lifetime of attempts and miscues for progress to occur. Discovering peace within the mind's disarray promotes freedom.

Everyone has the power to make changes.

Begin a list of what works in your life as a reminder. What gives you satisfaction? Go deep into the details and sensory imagery concerning your potential.

Consider one action you can do as soon as your eyes spring open each morning that pushes you beyond inertia.

Focus on breathing techniques to calm you during stressful times. Take a yoga class.

Exercise the mind and body each day.  Walk instead of drive.

Schedule play activities for a part of each day.

What can you do for the environment or a loved one to express your responsibility and respect?

Each day expand your list with creative solutions whenever you confront or learn of a difficulty or problem.

Make friends with unwelcome moods.

Attract and invent ideas for possible ways to balance negativity.

Let humor alter tough situations. 

You can outlast any challenge.

Write your way to freedom from frustrations.

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