Many years ago I had a drive to go into a field of work that saved people. I envisioned myself working as an FBI Agent or for the CIA. While it may sound silly, or even strange to those of you who know me, I was absolutely as serious as serious can get.
Many years ago I had the privilege of studying a text entirely devoted to the prohibitions of the tongue with a well-known Shaykh (Muslim scholar) of the West. While I don’t remember the content of the course in detail, what stayed with me most was the personal transformation I felt after spending an entire semester devoted exclusively to examining the use of my tongue.
Are practices like meditation, mindfulness, and yoga meant to make you more happy?
I get asked this question a lot and I recently saw a similar question posted in a Facebook Group. In some ways the answer is both yes and no. As we become more self aware and choose our thoughts, we naturally will feel more happy because we are more aligned with what we want. However, expecting happiness all of the time can undermine the intentionality we have developed in our lives because the unexpected moments of discomfort are inevitable.