CAN YOU BE HAPPY WITH NOTHING?

Can you be happy with nothing

without looking forward to happiness

without entertainments and activities

to distract you from unhappiness

 

without projects that excite you

with their promises of success

and that make you feel you’re moving

closer and closer to happiness

 

without collecting more possessions

or climbing to a higher status

and parading your wealth and prominence

to try and convince others – and yourself –

that you’re happier than them?

 

If not, then your happiness is always on loan

secondhand and superficial

like a blanket that’s quickly pulled away

leaving you cold and empty craving more.

 

But you can be happy with nothing.

There’s a happiness that has no cause

that doesn’t come from consuming or collecting

and doesn’t deceive or disappoint or quickly fade:

the well-being pf being itself

that simply is – and is always there.

 

A deep rich glow of wholeness

a soft subtle energy whose nature is bliss

like a steady flowing river whose source is you.

A well-being you don’t need to chase, only to uncover,

that you don’t need to strive for, only allow.

 

PAGE 75 / THE CALM CENTER / STEVE TAYLOR

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Water – all day, everyday.

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate the internal organs.

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion.

1 glass of water before taking a bath/shower – helps lower blood pressure.

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack.

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Complex Communities Working Hard To Keep You Functioning

It is important to know how detailed and complex our bodies actually are. Human bodies are a community of thousands and thousands of cells all working hard to keep YOU functioning. You need to take charge of your health as everything that you put into your body essentially you become.

Here is just one of our systems:

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TONING

‘Toning is the simple and natural process of making vocal sounds for the purpose of balance. Everyone practices toning. When tired, we tone ourselves with a yawning sound. When in pain we tone ourselves with a scream or perhaps a moan. Sadness is expressed through the toning sound of crying and happiness is expressed through laughter.’

‘To be free to make sounds is an integral part of healthy functioning. Fully expressed sounds are powerful and effective balancing mechanisms. Imagine touching a hot iron and not making a sound. Without release of sound the body would tighten. Sound is necessary for restoring the body’s balance.’

‘Toning sounds are sounds of expression and do not have a precise meaning. In the process of learning language, most adults underestimate the importance of making spontaneous sounds. Children are excellent examples of uninhibited toners. They have a natural intuition and playfulness around sounds. Listen to children engrossed in play and you will hear a symphony of toning sounds.’

TONING EXAMPLES

Yawning, grunting, groaning, whistling, screaming, sneezing, belching, whining, snuffling, moaning, panting, humming, signing, laughing, sobbing, cooing, yelping, crying, breathing, sniffling, gurgling, farting, clearing throat, gasping.

PAGE 115 / MUSIC & SOUND IN THE HEALING ARTS / JOHN BEAULIEU