How to Master the Fine Art of Getting Out of Your Own Way

3 ways to remove obstacles you have built against a life of happiness

How to Master the Fine Art of Getting Out of Your Own Way
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Society leads us astray

Our society teaches us to decide what you want and go after it with our entire being and all our energy. The problem with that is we end up building more obstacles to contentedness than we began with.

How to remove life’s obstacles

There is a natural way to achieve a life of true happiness and joy. Many sages from ancient Eastern philosophies have provided the steps; all we need do is live them in our daily lives.

Know Thyself
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Know Thyself

The first step in learning who you really are is to realize that you know nothing². Socrates admonished us to embrace this ‘know nothing’ mindset. Zen teaches us to return to a ‘beginner’s mind’ because it is an open mind.

Balancing our natural desires
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Balancing our natural desires

Our desires drive our motivation. We humans deeply value the desires of profit, power, pleasure, and prestige. All of us want these, and we need a given amount of them to be contented.

Understanding our discontentedness
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Understanding our discontentedness

Discontentedness is pretty easy to define. It can be measured as the distance between our desires and reality.

Final Thoughts

Our life journey will find a smoother path when we learn to naturally connect with our surroundings. As we go about our daily lives, we always project an attitude and a vibration.

  1. Balance your desires — Understand the difference between immeasurable desires, forbidden desires, and desires requiring moderation. Excessive desire has ruined more lives than anything. Control any urge you have for excessive desires.
  2. Embrace the changing world — Discontentedness is often the result of a changing world along with our desire to keep things permanent. Learn to accept the good and the bad with equal grace.

Retired Scientist and Jogger. Experienced online publisher since 2006.

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