Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Joy Overflows

It has been awhile since I've written. When things are going well in my life, I guess I have less to write about!

My practice continues to be very informal but very beneficial. I don't sit on a cushion every day for a given number of minutes. But I do enjoy solitude on the week-nights after my kids go to bed. I've been doing a regular workout routine to take better care of my body, then I catch up on episodes of The Office, chat on the phone for a few minutes with my man while he's on his break at work, then have a few minutes of quiet in the dark in my comfy chair before going to bed. Somehow I have managed a nice balance of activity, distraction and reflection in the evenings. On the weekends when my kids are away, I enjoy pleasurable time spent with my sweetheart.

I got a very nice bonus and raise this year at work, and I continue to really enjoy my career. And be incredibly grateful for this prosperity. And not take it for granted for a second.

I dedicate my happiness to my two daughters.

They are the reason I have my life together so well, the reason why I do the job I do and make the money I make. They are the reason why I have worked very hard for my health and happiness. My happiness directly affects their happiness. I see it so clearly. I notice how joyful they are each day. Even though they have minor issues to be crabby about here and there, their baseline is true happiness. It is because I am happy, stable, and disciplined and provide them a happy, stable and disciplined environment. I take care of myself so I can always be there for them when they need me. I have enough energy to take care of them. I have enough joy to share with them. With them, I have the direct experience of the impacts of the overflow of my joy! I can see how it really works and really matters!

I will never underestimate the power of my own happiness and joy for the benefit of others.

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