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Journey September 16, 2010

I haven’t had a chance to post about my journey to Happiness Love and Wisdom yet. Until today!

One thing the book stresses is to not let things bother you, especially the little things! Well I thought I was doing particularly well, I let things go and you know what? It felt great. It’s like getting rid of unnecessary suffering. I would usually get really irked if dishes were not put in the sink or trash not in the trashcan. Recently however, I’ve just put everything where it should go myself. It didn’t cost me a lot of time (seconds really) and I texted everyone a (nice) reminder. You attract more bees with honey right? So all was going well until last night, as I am typing I am hanging my head in shame, but I will share my story with you all.

So last night was the Giants/Dodgers game at 7 p.m. (pacific time) and was totally bummed to find out it was blacked out in my area. I immediately got online and looked up the game on our provider’s website and it said it wasn’t blacked out! I told my dad to tune back to see if it still had the message. I wasn’t looking at the television screen as he did it, but somehow the game came back on. I was so happy! Until the first commercial. My dad decided to change the channel to check out a bit of bicentennial celebration for Mexico’s Independence Day, before he did though I warned him “don’t do it, we might not get the game back”. Well he changed it anyway and like I had predicted the game didn’t come back, it gave us the same blackout message. Now at this point I lost all sense of “letting things go” I told him things I am now embarrassed to even type, I said things like “you should’ve listened” “I told you not to” “now we won’t see the game because you changed it”. I immediately went online to chat with a customer service representative (didn’t help) and calmed down. I didn’t say much afterwards, but I immediately thought to myself “what the heck is your problem? it’s not a big deal”.

So that is my story of my shall we call “fail”?

I hereby promise it will not happen again for at least 3 days (small goal yes, but it is one I know I can keep). Maybe it’s my guilt or sense of failure (probably both), but I am so sure I can control myself. Maybe it was bottled up and he was the outlet. If that’s the case then I seriously need to read more of Buddha‘s Brain. I again encourage you all to follow my journey and hopefully take something away from it for use in your lives and pursuit of Happiness Love and Wisdom.

Don’t let small things anger you, if it can be fixed then fix it, if it’s not important then don’t worry about it. Don’t let anger turn you into another person, it’s not worth it. La paz es amor.

Happy Thursday!

 

My journey September 7, 2010

Cover of "Buddha's Brain: The Practical N...

Cover via Amazon

Last week I started reading Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. I have to admit I didn’t get totally engrossed in it and have not finished it, but I did want to tell you all about my reaction to it.

I will start by saying that I have been going through some psychological issues for the last month and a half. A psychologist recommended it to me and I bought it soon after. So why did I wait to start reading it? Vampire Academy. I know I know my well-being should come first, but come on, it’s Vampire Academy! In its defense, it did make me feel better because it’s so good.

Any hoo, I am inviting all my readers to join me on my journey to happiness, love, and wisdom! You don’t have to read the book to do so, I will be posting once a week about my journey in the hopes that you learn something valuable from them and that you may try to bring more H L & W into your life. If you will be reading the book PLEASE feel free to leave a comment or send an email! Even though I will be following exercises from the book, I will also be doing things on my own.

For the first part of the book, the author writes that we sometimes cause “suffering” from nothing at all. His example being coming home from work to a messy house. We might get upset sure, but is there really a reason? No, there isn’t. If you want to you can pick up the jackets on the couch or do some dishes. End of messiness and unnecessary suffering. This is what I am working on at the moment. I am also working on not jumping into arguing with others or letting things upset me (a big one for me!). So far so good, I feel more peaceful not constantly worrying. Today I will clean my room with a smile (and 60s music) to jumpstart my personal journey with de-cluttering. Wish me luck 😀

Happy Tuesday!