Success or failure: which is more destructive?
If you look to others for fulfilment, you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
– Lao Tzu
The Nine of Cups in Tarot suggests happy times, joy and contentment. In a material world, we sometimes need to remind ourselves that emotional well-being doesn’t necessarily depend on the acquisition of things, but on the enjoyment of simple pleasures around us.
Here’s a little visualisation to help you feel more content:
1. Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Consider the word “contentment”. What does it mean to you? What thoughts and feelings does it evoke in you?
2. Recall a moment or time when you felt truly contented; perhaps when you were lying on a beach, pursued your favourite hobby or spent time with loved ones. Imagine yourself in that moment now, allowing the warm and positive feeling of contentment to fill your mind and body.
3. Now bring that sense of contentment into the present moment and let it linger for as long as you can.
I hope you find this simple meditation useful.
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