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15 Things you should give up to be happy

Would you give up all 15 or just a select few? Thought this article would bring out the conversation here today.

http://worldobserveronline.com/2012/04/25/15-things-you-should-give-up-to-be-happy/

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Re: 15 Things you should give up to be happy

I'd be willing to give them up.  But,  I don't know if I really could do it.    Isn't it every woman's right to complain?     And those fears????

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Re: 15 Things you should give up to be happy

Without looking, my first thought was " control". If you read them the way I o, half or more of them deal with control in some way.

Giving up attachment is a very Zen concept. It involves the release of possessing, but not only things, also relationships....being able to let go is very difficult. Hard for the Western mind to grasp, much less embrace.
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Re: 15 Things you should give up to be happy

Thought it was a good article, but you could feel the writers attitude toward life.

Thinking about the whole article was really about the attitude you take toward life.

The one I would have the most problem with is the past.  I think the past makes you the person you are and is an important lesson reference.

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Re: 15 Things you should give up to be happy

There is a really important difference between learning from the past and living in it. 

 

The essence of learning is to have an experience and have something of that stick in your mind and memory, so you can apply that to novel situations.  Living in the past means being stuck in a time that has gone by, and thus not having a full enjoyment of the present moment, or looking forward to the future. 

 

The thing I am gaining from meditation is that it forces you to be in the present, which most people have a difficult time doing.  Very difficult...

 

Our  minds race back and forth between past and future, and rarely linger in the now.  The shame of this is that you miss the actual experience of living. 

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