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2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate QUIET HAPPINESS. The Pizza with roasted almonds in Tumbulgum with your lover type of happiness. They contemplate respite from the wild storms of emotions. An Autumnal hunt along the Tweed River to find the farms of the Bells in the 19th century. Old trees and deep canals through sugar cane.

What Your Mind Doesn’t Want you to Realize

from a blog by GARY VAN WARMEDAN

Most everybody has heard that money doesn’t make you happy, other people don’t make you happy, and that you have to make your self happy. Very few people will tell you how. Your mind will propose that happiness has something to do with the success and accomplishment in the external world. This is exactly what the mind wants you to believe and act on.

As long as you are more focused on the external world of success and accomplishment your mind can avoid giving up the control it has over your emotions. The mind is a dynamic and living entity that has an agenda of its own survival ahead of your emotional well being.

As you put your attention on the dynamics of the virtual reality of the mind it begins to lose control and power over your choices and thoughts. The process involves first becoming aware of the mind and the projections it makes. More self awareness will result in being aware of your self as separate from your mind that is generating thoughts and opinions.

What your mind doesn’t want you to realize is that your happiness and life fulfillment is really determined by what goes on in the world of the virtual reality. At the most essential level of emotions your happiness and sense of fulfillment in life has very little to do with accomplishments in the external reality.

The virtual reality of your mind is likely to disagree with these statements.

Carl Jung:

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
Ayn Rand

If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk;

If you want to be happy for three days, get married;

If you want to be happy forever, make a garden.

– Chinese Proverb

The grand essentials to happiness in this life
are something to do, something to love,
and something to hope for.

Joseph Addison

It’s never too late to live happily ever after.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted by one candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Budha


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate Illness and the isolation and withdrawal it leads to. The distance it creates between one person and another. Between one person and the world.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones.
Peter McWilliam

Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.
– Karle Wilson Baker

Above all do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday I walk myself into
a state of well being and walk away from every illness. I have walked
myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome
that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, and the more
one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill…if one keeps on
walking everything will be alright.
– Soren Kierkegaard.

To be too conscious is an illness – a real thoroughgoing illness. ~Fyodor Dostoevski

An illness of the mind is an illness of the body, and vice versa. ~Madrianne Arvore

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.

Spring-water in the green creek is clear
Moonlight on Cold Mountain is white
Silent knowledge–the spirit is enlightened of itself
Contempleate the void: this world exceeds stillness.

– Han-shan
Cold Mountain Poems
Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, 1990, p.49
Translated by Gary Snyder

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