Live Happily Ever After!

Written by Kenia Morales

So many people overwork themselves literary inrepparttar quest for happiness. Many claim that they will truly be happy when they become famous, earn a degree, become rich etc… However, what happens whenrepparttar 141195 desire goal is attain? Nothing! They get excited for a second or two and go back to living miserably until, something good happens again and who knows how long that will take.

I do not know about you but, to me it is ridiculous. Have you seenrepparttar 141196 headline news ofrepparttar 141197 rich and famous that dwell their sorrows on drugs? Not too long ago I heard that a musician tried to commit suicide. I was shocked to hearrepparttar 141198 news and could not help but wonder: What inrepparttar 141199 world possessed him to do such a thing? Apparently he seem to have everything health, money, fame. But, only he knows what drove him to take such an extreme measure. However, there is something I do know; we are living in a world where financial/ material possessions arerepparttar 141200 most important factors. People are valued by their role in life /social status. Parents often say I want my child to become a doctor, lawyer etc. But, you hardly ever hear I just want my child to be a happy adult, even when that is their true intention. In turn children are learning that one must strive for success. But, what about being happy? It is not taught in a household where parents are struggling to be happy one day.

Mindfulness and Music: Things That Go "Hmmm"

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

Shhh….can you hear it?

One ofrepparttar most powerful forms of mindfulness is awareness of sound. We tend to tune outrepparttar 141104 noise of our lives in order to concentrate onrepparttar 141105 tasks at hand.

In fact, we may get so used to a particular sound that we don’t notice it until it’s gone—like a television that is turned off, or traffic that stops outside your home, or your neighbor’s lawn mower or stereo that is suddenly silent.

We notice when it starts, we intentionally shut it out, and then notice it once again when it stops.

Everyone who hears has a healthy serving of what is called musical intelligence. It isn’t limited to actual music, however—it is our recognition and understanding ofrepparttar 141106 pitch, tone, quality, length, volume and source ofrepparttar 141107 sounds around us.

Now, some of us might have perfect pitch, knowing instantly thatrepparttar 141108 note we hear is a middle C. Others might have a very well-developed sense of tone quality—notingrepparttar 141109 difference between a middle C played on a piano or a flute, or evenrepparttar 141110 same note sung by two different people. And some of us might consider ourselves completely hopeless as musicians while having an encyclopedic memory for song lyrics, guitar riffs, or evenrepparttar 141111 songs of birds.

The great news is that, no matter where we stand onrepparttar 141112 music smarts scale, we each haverepparttar 141113 capacity to increase our musical intelligence. Better yet, by focusing on selected sounds as triggers for mindfulness, we can sharpen our awareness and increase our enjoyment ofrepparttar 141114 world around us atrepparttar 141115 same time.

Here’s a little mindfulness game to help you zero in on sound as a trigger for greater awareness: Notice “Hmmm.”

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