Happiness is the result of inner maturity. It depends on us alone, and requires patient work, carried out from day to day. Happiness must be built, and this requires time and effort. In the long term, happiness and unhappiness are therefore a way of being, or a life skill. 

Matthieu Ricard

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Each Individual is master of his or her destiny: It is up to each person to create the causes of happiness.

The 14th Dalai Lama

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  The better we understand the nature of mind, the more deeply we will be able to see into the endless chain of cause and effect that is karma. This understanding not only allows us to avoid or reduce the negative actions which harm others or ourselves and the suffering caused by these, but also lets us cultivate and increase positive actions which create well-being and happiness. 

Kalu Rinpoche

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Actions may be positive or negative according to the intention that underlies them, just as a crystal refracts the colours of its surroundings.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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BMINDFUL AT BEDTIME

Good advice before going to sleep at night. 

Sitting on the side of your bed or lying down in bed, take a few minutes and bring your attention to your breathing. Allow yourself to notice any underlying mood or energy that is running, expanding your awareness into them, bringing them into focus with a sense of allowing and acceptance. Gradually release them, little by little, as you let each breath out. Become aware of any thoughts and feelings that are about with curiosity and kindness, and also let them go, bit by bit, with each out-breath. Once your mind is calmer, expand your attention into the body with each breath. Allow yourself to relax with a sense of acceptance and ease, as you prepare to go to sleep. This is the end of your day, a time to gain rest and nourishment. Mindfully put down all of those things that you have taken-up during your day. You can pick them up again tomorrow, if they still apply. 

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Just like space

And the great elements such as earth,

May I always support the life

Of all the boundless creatures.

And until they pass away from pain,

May I always be the source of life

For all the realms of various beings

That reach unto the ends of space.

Shantideva 

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BMindful When Walking. 

We walk all the time, but usually it is more like running. Are you rushing? Walking mindfully is really about enjoying the walking—walking not in order to arrive, but just for walking, to be in the present moment, and to enjoy each step. Therefore you have to shake off all worries and anxieties, not thinking of the future, not thinking of the past, just enjoying the present moment. Anyone can do it. It takes only a little time, a little mindfulness, and the wish to be happy. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet”, says Thich Naht Han. So, walk a little slower, pay attention to the ground under your feet, feel the air on your face, arms and legs as you walk. Notice your breathing and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, objects, colours, lights and sounds. http://www.bmindful.co.uk/contact/