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Pre-emptive Well Being

Most of us know pre-emptive well being in the form of the Eight fold path. It is the essential strengthening of the spiritual immune system. A sort of Buddhist pro-biotic. Without a doubt our major tool is the diversity of regular and irregular meditations. I recommend meditation a lot as many here do, so let us examine some of the 'other stuff':

  • Humour makes us more able to cope and also examine issues that are keen to dismiss. It is healthy, stimulating our immune system. Laughing is good for us.
  • Music changes, enhances and improves our mood. As lay people, we can improve our life through sound. I tend to like silence, so not my tool of choice.
  • Kindness. I think most of us are or aspire to this quality, even if only to ourself or our favourite cushion.

What do you find increases your well being?



  • SwaroopSwaroop India Veteran

    Exercise. Nothing like a workout to keep the blues away.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    Helping others. It's my job, but some of those in the Service Industry, for various reasons, do it better than others. I love it. If a person in service loves their job, they tend to do it a lot better than those who find it a chore or an ordeal...I enjoy it so much, that I actually get repeat customers who would rather come to me to be served, than go to others. In a small, local family-run shop, you'd expect such closeness between the proprietor and their customers. But in a high-turnover High-street department store, it's not bad going.

  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    Nature. A bicycle ride in the dunes or a walk along the beach usually cheers me up.

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran
    edited July 2016

    I love nature! I'm a bit of an amateur naturist naturalist.

  • SwaroopSwaroop India Veteran

    @SpinyNorman what is the difference between an amateur naturist and a pro?

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    I'm an ex-naturist. You're going to wish you'd never asked.....

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    @Swaroop said:
    @SpinyNorman what is the difference between an amateur naturist and a pro?

    One does it for fun, the other for money. ;)

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @Swaroop said:
    Exercise. Nothing like a workout to keep the blues away.

    Too right. <3

    Up two three four. Crawl to cushion. Sit upright, two three four ... B)

    My favourite are in order of preference:

    work/chores - mindful exertion
    walking/cycling - my preferred transport systems

    I would do prostrations but quite enjoy getting somewhere as well ... ;)

    Thanks guys B)

  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    Being grateful for the little things.
    Being grateful for what we have.

  • RuddyDuck9RuddyDuck9 MD, USA Veteran

    What they said!

  • Nature in our increasingly virtual world is one of my favoured places. The sky for expansion, the ground for earthing. Growing stuff in between.

    Good one.

  • BeejBeej Human Being Veteran
    edited August 2016

    @lobster said: Laughing is good for us.

    I can't remember who said this or where i heard it, but this quote comes to mind: "We don't laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh." =)

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