– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.50 –
Universal Principles And The Origin And Structure Of Integrity
EartHearts are the pilgrims that follow the Heartwood Path and use it as a guide in their efforts to save the Earth one person at a time (beginning with themselves). They see the instructions that follow as the basis of their work.
Background information needed to best understand the information presented in the following courses is presented here. This background information is not superfluous. It is your ticket to a forgotten beatitude (a state of supreme blessedness).
As before, I will present activities to accompany this text. I will continue with activities that foster happiness, a rich form of contentment evident in those who devote a great amount of time with their family, give to others, have ample energy, are cooperative, are comfortable expressing gratitude, are liked by others, practice optimism, savor life’s pleasures, exercise regularly, are deeply committed to the attainment of goals, and cope well in the face of challenge. Near the beginning of this course you will find the overarching strategy for achieving happiness. This over-arching strategy has to do with expressing gratitude by which I mean experiencing wonder, appreciating aspects of life, looking on the bright side of setbacks, fathoming abundance, thanking others in your in your life including the Absolute, counting blessings, savoring, not taking things for granted, coping, and living in the present. Expressing gratitude leads to happiness because it promotes savoring life experiences; bolsters self-esteem; helps people cope with stress; helps people move on and begin again; fosters moral behavior; builds social bonds; inhibits detestable comparisons with others; diminishes anger, bitterness and greed; and helps us “adjust rapidly to any new circumstance or event” (Lyubomrisky, 2007, p. 92-95). With all of these benefits, expect a considerable payback from doing the next activity. It is one more return to the topic of gratitude, just to help get you in the habit of making it perpetual.