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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cultivate Mindfulness

As we come near the end of our 365 (this is number 361), I have been emphasizing a few points that have run through the series. Now I want to end with a "definitive" (ahem) list. Let's call them "The Five Cultivates" (a naming convention borrowed from China, where I live).

The first one is: Cultivate Mindfulness.

Be mindful of the people around you, of the places where you spend time, of the way you live your life.

Which ones are making you happy? Which ones are making you not so?

Be mindful of your attitudes, towards things, towards people, towards life itself.

What mental furniture makes you the happiest?

In short, pay attention.

Socrates said it: "The unexamined life is not worth living." I think he was talking about being mindful.

So there's Number One: Cultivate Mindfulness. And you'll be happier.

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