The mere fact that we are conscious does not mean that our lives are being lived in a fulfilling way.
The majority of people comply with what is ‘expected’ of them and go through their whole lives conforming to the ‘norms of their society’ instead of focusing on the things that would make them truly healthy wealthy happy wise.
Ask yourself- Have I ever taken the time to stop, sit down and consider ‘If I continue to live my life as I am now, will I be satisfied when I am breathing my last breath?’ Or ‘have I lived the best possible life that I could have?’
Answering these questions honestly may be difficult, as all too many people have accepted a ‘consensus reality’ without question and therefore are greatly restricted in the choices that are available to them.
It’s time to question your beliefs about life
Are we here to make others happy or do we owe it to ourselves to live the best life we can imagine?
What is a good life? Every one of us will have a different criteria list when it comes to what we want to achieve. However, the foundation is basically the same for all of us. Once we have establishes a solid base, we are then able to achieve, with ease, our other goals. We attain a strong foundation by continually being healthy wealthy happy wise.
HEALTHY- There’s more to it than you may think!
What does it mean to be healthy? Health means a variety of different things to different people. The majority of people will immediately consider the state of their physical bodies. However, this is only one aspect of healthy living.
We are a complex bio-electrical being composed of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects, all intertwined and continually feeding off and reacting to each other. These four aspects must be brought into a balanced state of ‘wellness’ for us to consider ourselves truly healthy.
A healthy body alone will not help us achieve a quality existence, especially if our mental, emotional, or spiritual aspects are not attuned to that which we wish to achieve. The same can be said for our mental, emotional, or spiritual state of being. What good would it do us to be mentally healthy if we are emotionally stunted, or physically unable to enjoy the sensations that life has to offer us?
It is actually impossible to feel completely fulfilled until all aspects of ‘our-self’ are in balance and working harmoniously together. I’ll talk more in-depth about how we can ‘tune-up’ these different energies in later posts.
WEALTHY- Isn’t just about the size of your bank account!
What is wealth? Again, by asking different people we will get many answers. However, the majority of the answers will revolve around money, with the desire to have enough to survive and at least purchase the necessities for daily life, (food, water, shelter, clothing, education, etc.)
For some, in underdeveloped countries, this may equate to $2/day, whereas others in more developed countries may consider that even $1000/day is not enough to survive comfortably. We all differ in what we consider an acceptable income, as we all differ in what we are willing to do to achieve the financial goals we set for ourselves.
Money is a wonderful thing, not in itself, but because of THE FREEDOM that having it can give us. If we have enough, we are able to buy all the goods and services we desire, but more importantly, having excess money can give us the freedom to spend our time as we wish to. Leaving the rat race is a dream many aspire to, but sadly few will ever achieve.
Having excess money is ‘being rich.’ Having excess time is a better way to describe ‘being wealthy.’
Other components of a wealthy life may include;
- Loving what you do and the contributions you make;
- Being healthy and able to do all the things you wish to do;
- Knowing that the ones you care about (family and close friends) are comfortable and happy;
- Freedom from worry, freedom from fear, and freedom from stress, resulting in peace of mind;
- Wealth can be considered an abundance of anything we really want.
“Contentment is the greatest wealth.” A wise Buddhist saying.
It greatly benefits our spirit when we also aspire to be and achieve wealth in friendships, love, and joy.
Happy- Lasting happiness comes from within
Happiness is many things to different people. It may be a nice glass of wine, a beautiful sunset, looking into the eyes of a loved one, and so much more. Many things are available to us, externally, that may bring about a feeling of joy, love, or happiness. However, any external stimulus is temporary, and can easily change as we move location, have different conversations, or even change the thoughts that are in our mind.
True and lasting happiness and joy can only be attained and maintained when we have reached a state of loving respect for ourselves. It is when we deem our self worthy of our own love that we can allow others to fully love us without conditions. It is then that we are capable of loving others, unconditionally, and well as all other beings.
Happiness is a state of mind, as is love and joy, and we are fortunate that we are able to change our minds any time we choose. So, when you find yourself in a negative frame of mind, pause, take a deep breath, and consciously choose to change your thoughts to ones that will make you happier. It’s easy! Why not give it a go now!
If you do this repeatedly throughout each day, your brain will slowly be rewired to accept this new pattern of positive thinking as normal, and it will become your ‘new normal’ state of mind!
Wise- Knowing stuff doesn’t make us wise
It’s important to have knowledge of specific stuff so we can do our jobs properly, drive a car, pass exams, or just communicate with loved ones about their day. Knowledge is ‘information gained through experience, reasoning, or acquaintance.’ Having knowledge helps us navigate through each and every day of our life. However, being knowledgeable does not necessarily mean that you are automatically wise.
Wisdom is ‘having good sense, and the ability to discern or judge what is true and right.’ Being wise allows us to make the best possible choices for all concerned at all times. Wisdom is achieved through the integration of knowledge and experience and allows for the understanding and tolerance of life’s ups and downs. Therefore, a wise person is able to navigate with ease what others would consider obstacles in their way because they remain mindful of what is happening around them.
Being wise is having the ability to face all circumstances without fear, knowing that nothing is so drastic that we should lose our ability to deal with events in the most enlightened way possible, for the benefit of all concerned.
Why strive to be healthy wealthy happy and wise?
Life is an adventure! However, most people are caught up in the need to work to make money so they can pay their bills and purchase the goods and services that they consider will satisfy them. In a way, they are suffering. This is because they are having to spend large amounts of time doing things they would rather not be doing to make money. Most of us, if honest, would stop going to work if we did not need the income!
Even if money is no obstacle, they may be in either mental, emotional, or spiritual pain, or a combination of all. These imbalances will never allow us to truly create a satisfying life experience, and this leaves us hoping that at some time in our future, we will experience satisfaction with our lives and that it will all have been worth it!
We can all live a more rewarding life than we currently are. And we begin by taking care of the only thing that we truly have any power over- and that is ourselves. We need to sort our own lives out, first, before we can help others do the same.
When we take the necessary steps to become healthy wealthy happy wise, our lives will forever change for the better, and the world will become a better place because we have chosen to improve it by first improving ourselves.
There is a Zen saying: ‘Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.’ To me, this means that satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment with life comes from within. And once we are content and balanced within ourselves, it doesn’t really matter what we do in the world, because it is the complete experience of living, in itself, that provides meaning and satisfaction to our lives.
Shared with much love in the hope of making the world a better place, one soul at a time 🙂