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Health Benefits From Greening Your Life April 21, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Sustainable Living.
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When you choose to “go green,” you not only benefit the planet . . . you often reap immediate health benefits for yourself!

How’s that for having your cake and eating it too?

If you want to boost your health (and your looks) while saving the planet, check out Prevention’s article:

13 (Sort of) Selfish Ways to Go Green

Among the tips:  take shorter showers * carpool * telecommute * cut TV time * eat organic * walk or bike to “run” errands * savor meat-less Mondays

Aah . . . that’s better!

Discovering Right Livelihood April 21, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, People.
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Unless and until The Zeitgeist Movement becomes reality, most of us will need to have a job, career, profession, or occupation to provide ourselves with the necessities of life ~ food, clothing, and shelter.

And the occasional cup of Starbucks Coffee.  

Happiness in life is enhanced when how we spend our days adds to, rather than detracts from, the overall quality of our life ~ when our livelihood complements our personality, rather than clashing with it.

Discovering right livelihood is like shopping for a custom-tailored suit . . . we need to be guided primarily by who we are and what we want at this stage in our life.

When we shop for clothes, we don’t consider what would have been a good fit six years ago, or what will look good on us six years from now. 

Instead, based on what’s available, we choose the best fit for us right now. 

We’re investing enough that we want it to be able to wear the suit for the immediate future, but we don’t expect to have it in our wardrobe forever. 

Discovering right livelihood requires the same type of evaluation ~ a focus on who we are right now, not on who we expect to be at some indefinite time in the future.  

Just as we wouldn’t reject a perfectly tailored suit (currently available in our price range) due to concern that it might not fit us down the road, we shouldn’t obsess unduly about whether the best job for us today will fit us perfectly tomorrow. 

If it works now, it works.  If we’re happy now, we’re happy.  

Right livelihood flows from how we feel when we “look in the mirror” ~ not from what our friends and family want us to be, do, say, or wear.  

Someone who hates the color yellow would feel like a canary wearing a bright  yellow suit ~ even if the suit was perfectly tailored in all other respects and . . . his parents and/or friends loved how it looked on him.  

If we want to maximize our happiness, we must consciously decide how we want to spend our days, our nights, and our fashion dollars.  When we focus on what we enjoy doing and what we want out of life, we increase the odds of finding a job that is a “good fit” for us.

No rules.  Just write!

Resources:  Right Livelihood ~ The Ethics of Earning a Living * Wikipedia ~ Noble Eightfold Path

Related Posts:  Caveat Emptor * Stop Playing “Follow The Leader” * Life Is Not One-Size-Fits-All * Do What You Will * Simplify Your Life * Way of the Peaceful Warrior * Live Your Life  * But I Might Die Tonight