“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. “ ~ Dalai Lama
I love when something takes my breath away as it aligns in just the right way. I especially love it when I’m reminded that practicing contentment works.
Recently, this happened when I saw an interview of the Dalai Lama on CBS’s Sunday Morning. If there’s anyone who knows what they’re talking about when it comes to wellbeing, it’s certainly the Dalai Lama! He simply exudes contentment. (Watch and see what I mean.)
Lately, I have had to be extra intentional with my own contentment practice. Running a startup is by far one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done!
I’ve quickly realized how naïve I was to hope that my fabulous little deck of Everyday™ contentment cards would be an overnight sensation. I’ll admit that I’ve visualized the cards sparking a contentment movement that lights the world on fire! They are, after all, so much more than just a deck of cards. They’re a lifestyle practice, designed to bring very simple attention to the choices we make when it comes to actually living our own self-care and wellbeing. (Check out the cards here.)
So, back to running a startup…the truth is, I’m humbled by just how much I didn’t (and still don’t) know when it comes to the actual marketing necessary to launch a movement! Until a few months ago, I didn’t have a Facebook page (I do now) and I hadn’t actually been on Instagram or Pinterest and I hadn’t ever blogged before! So, it’s all a massive learning curve and I’ve been scrambling to get it right. (Yep, and working with my pesky perfectionism as I go!) Plus, it’s really, really a lot of work creating the content for social media posts! Huge respect for all of you that do it so professionally and beautifully – you are my guides!
Almost everything I’ve done so far has really just been me flying by the seat of my pants.
I’ve experienced such profound uncertainty immersing myself in everything that I don’t know. One thing I do know with more conviction than ever, though, is that contentment is the foundation for being unshakably ok while I discover and try new things in this effort I’m making to share what I know about self-care and wellbeing. Trying something new isn’t always easy!
In that clip I watched of the Dalai Lama he said “[The] ultimate source of [a] happy life, even physical health, [is] inside, not outside.”
The Dalai Lama is right. Contentment is something available on the inside.
See for yourself how simple it is to find when you practice contentment.