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 to 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 they believe 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 body. 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 or love or happiness. However external stimulus is short term and changes as we change our location, the conversation we are having, or the current thoughts going on in our mind.
True lasting happiness and joy can only be attained and maintained when we have reached a state of loving respect for our self. 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 also become 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 thinking to thoughts that will make you feel happier.
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 the ability to face all circumstances without fear, knowing that nothing is so drastic that one should lose his/her ability to deal with events in the most enlightened way possible.
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, because they are having to spend a large amount of time doing something to make money they would rather not be doing if they had better options available.
Even if money is no obstacle, they may be in either mental, emotional or spiritual pain, or a combination of all. These imbalances to their being will not allow for a truly satisfying life experience, and they will therefore always be looking towards a time in the future to finally feel fulfilled.
There is a Zen saying: ‘Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.’
We can all live a more rewarding life than we currently are. This is achieved by taking care of the only thing that we truly have any power over- and that is ourselves.
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 improving ourselves.
With much love