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To Health and Wisdom

Hello again, 

After trying to figure out how to live on a higher plane, I picked up Rapt in desperation, and flipped through to the last chapter: Attention and the Focused Life. Here are a few inspiring and thought provoking quotes. I know I’ve used some of these before, but so what. I thought you might enjoy them.

From Emerson: We are always getting ready to live, but never living. 

From William James – who had a difficult family life and struggled with depression: I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing

From Robert Louis Stevenson: There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. 

In the Psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s terms - true being …  comes from experiencing rather than remembering.

Gallagher (author of Rapt) mentions how in the past, we often heard the phrase - Trying to be a better person. I do remember hearing it when I was growing up, but, as she says, we don’t hear it much anymore. So I found the following information most interesting. The University of Michigan’s psychologist Chris Peterson and peers, identified 6 major qualities ‘robustly’ associated with well-being: wisdom, courage, temperance, justice, humanity (love) and transcendence. And they maintain that attention plays a major role in the cultivation of virtue.

This is my reading and homework (I was going to say for the week, but I’ve been studying it, and failing, forever) for the next hour and the next and the next ...

I hope the warm sunshine is helping to heal your body.  


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    Good info. Going to want a good amout of time to think about your site=)
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    Cool post thanks, definitely consider a follow up post.
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    Your Site Name - Journal - To Health and Wisdom

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