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THE SECRET TO BEING HAPPY & LIVING A GOOD LIFE - EP. 4

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http://vernonfoster.net/videogift There was a man who wanted to transcend his suffering so went to a Buddhist temple to find a master to help him.  He went to the master and asked him, “If I meditate for four hours a day, how long will it take for me to transcend suffering?”  The master said, “If you meditate for four hours a day, perhaps you will transcend in 10 years.” Thinking he could do better the man then said, “Oh master, what if I meditate eight hours a day? How long will it take me to transcend?”  The master looked at him and said, “If you meditate eight hours a day perhaps you will transcend in 20 years.”  “But why will it take me longer if I meditate more?” The man asked.  The master replied, “You are not here to sacrifice your joy or your life. You are here to live, be happy and to love.” “If you can do your best in two hours of meditation but spend eight hours instead, you will only grow tired and miss the point and you won’t enjoy life.” “Do your best and perhaps you will learn that no matter how long you meditate you can live, love and be happy.” — The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz I think this story is analogous to life in our culture (here in America) where we value more shit, more money and more material wealth.  We have this ideology that if we get more we can somehow end the pain and suffering that we’re going through.  We search for the shortcut, a hack or quick route, but always come up short.  Your life is not meant to be suffering.  Let me repeat that just incase you didn’t hear me.  YOUR life in NOT meant to be SUFFERING.  You are here to LIVE, LOVE and BE HAPPY.  You are not in competition with the people on your Facebook timeline.  You are not in competition with the people in your office.  Your are in competition with YOU — Numero uno!  What’s the metric? To DO YOUR BEST, that’s it!!  When we push ourselves to do more, have more, and be more. When we push ourselves beyond our personal best, that’s when the pain arises.  Remember to do your best. Live, love and be happy and observe the world unfold right in front of you.