Health is number one because when you feel good, it affects your decisions, your relationships, everything. It all ripples out from happy.
“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” — Aristotle
Yes he does, according to his partner Kim Eng.
It’s such a curious question isn’t it: “Are spiritual people, truly enlightened people, vegetarians?” And the answer is clearly “not necessarily.”
If you look at the great spiritual masters, there’s no common theme with regards to meat eating. Buddha wasn’t rigid about it and said it was OK if you were offered it, the Dalai Lama follows this path and is vegetarian at home but will eat meat if away. Jesus fed the 5000 fish and loaves which he magically produced.
And enlightened master Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, of “I AM THAT” fame, had no issue with meat eating or even smoking. He said “I come from a meat eating culture, and smoking is just a habit I’m unconcerned with” (paraphrase). Continue reading
“But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money—booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
— W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951
If you still feel like you’re struggling and are already pondering those New Year’s resolutions, help is at hand. Mike has a feature-length post that explains why New Year’s resolutions so often fail — and how to make them STICK in 2013…
It’s a busy time for everyone, so we might not post again until early January. In any case, we’d like to wish you and your family a joyful festive period and a happy, healthy New Year. Take care — talk soon :-)
Mike and James
Image: Avital Gertner