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Medical practitioner and author, Dr. Deepak Chopra postulates, that when we speak of inner contentment, we mean more than just feeling satisfied with the circumstances of life. Too often that kind of contentment includes a tinge of resignation as well. Chopra believes that real contentment is the happiness that is at our core; that all is well in our world. In this state, we are aware that we have everything we need right now to feel good about ourselves, others, and life. Even with outer conflicts and uncertainties, our core existence is settled, self-contained, and we know we possess whatever is needed to meet any situation. Living true contentment is more than confidence, it is the feeling of inner fulfillment (Chopra, 2014).
Author, journalist, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad was asked if she meditates. She replied that while she walks her dogs on the beach, she looks out at the horizon and can feel her pulse coming down. All the monkey chatter, something that eats into her confidence, where she worries about this, or is paranoid about that — all of that stuff going on in her head is silenced (Nyad, 2014). This level of meditation allows the practitioner to experience the peaceful beings they truly are at their core.
Do Not Complain Unless You Can Suggest a Solution
Do not be a constant complainer. No one likes that person. If you do not like your current situation, work towards changing it. But don’t sit and complain about it. Complaining will get you nowhere. In fact, it will only make others not want to be around you. Be someone that looks for the positive in every situation. And if you do find a problem, be someone that can suggest a solution. You will never get to where you want to be by complaining about where you are now. Each step in your life is preparing you for the one that comes after it (Smita Malhotra, 2014).
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Chopra, D. (2014, August 20). Living contentment. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from Oprah & Deepak 21 day meditation challenge: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience.
Nyad, D. (2014, July). Success through stillness. (O. Winfrey, Interviewer).
Smita Malhotra, M. (2014, July 16). 8 lessons I want to teach my daughter. Retrieved August 17, 2014, from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smita-malhotra/eight-lessons-i-want-to-teach-my-daughter_b_5565037.html.
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