hector and the search for happiness

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it’s always difficult writing about films on here because i don’t wanna give too much away. But lets just say, the last couple of days I wasn’t feeling my greatest and last night by some absurd miracle, Netflix produced some goods, finally! hooray! woo woo!

Anyway, ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ brightened my somewhat nauseating last couple of days and i completely  recommend it.

If you’re going to watch the film, don’t read on, because I’m going to reveal his secrets to happiness. If you’re not going to watch it, read on, duh.

  1. Making comparisons can ruin you’re happiness
  2. A lot of people thinks happiness is being richer or ‘more important’
  3. Many people only see happiness in their future
  4. Happiness could be the freedom to love more than one woman at the same time
  5. Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story
  6. Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness
  7. Does the person bring you predominantly A) UP or B) DOWN
  8. Happiness is answering you’re calling
  9. Happiness is being loved for who you are
  10. Sweet Potato Pie
  11. Fear is an impediment to happiness
  12. Happiness is feeling completely alive
  13. Listening is loving
  14. Nostalgia is not what it used to be

Number 3 and 6 are my favourite and my most relatable.

I also really want to make sweet potato pie.

bye.

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the place that makes me feel real – bloomfield

living on the other side of the globe from your family (well, mum, dad and gus) can be hard at times. when you realise that your favourite place in the world, the place that makes you feel real, is also on that same side of the world, it can feel even harder. the reasons for bloomfield being my happy place are vast. it could be my favourite place because its where i feel closest to my family or because i can take my goat and dog on a walk at the same time, on the same lead. it could be because thats where billy is buried, or it could be because the internet connection is so slow that its more painful to upload an instagram than driving through a barbed wire fence on a motorbike (I’ve experienced both).

i don’t want this post to be about being homesick or whatever but i want to point out that i appreciate the way my life has panned out post-school. its always going to be hard leaving your favourite place but you need to be thankful for what you have been given. i was given the opportunity to study abroad which meant giving up my favourite place for a few months of the year. it aint that bad. i suppose i wrote this post to make people appreciate their lives and live in the moment but actually i think i may have just done it for myself. bloomfield is always going to be the place where i can chill and eat to my full potential. well done bloomfield. what? sorry. thanks.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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It’s been a while since I finished a book that’s made me feel as delicious as the Alchemist has. I won’t go too far into it as I think its neccessecessessecessary for everyone to read.

Here are some quotes I took note of whilst reading:

“When you really want something, its because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on Earth”

“The secret of the happiness is to see all of the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon” (the simple things)

“The future was already written by Allah, and what he had written was always for the good of man so the tribesmen lived only for the present, because the present was full of surprises”

“If good things are coming they will be a pleasant surprise… if bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur”

“If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it and if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better”

“When a person really desires something all the universe conspires to help that person realise his dream”

“A man’s heart helps him when he is trying to pursue his dreams”

“If a person is living out his destiny, he knows everything he needs to know there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure”

“When you are loved you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you”

“Theres no need for iron to be the same as copper, or copper the same as gold, each performs its own exact function as a unique being”

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10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases | Spirit Science and Metaphysics

I just got out of the bath to post this. This is big.

I could go on for a very long time right now having a rant about spirituality and my views on it. This article pretty much sums it up though. There are so many people out there these days who have somehow come to believe that dressing a certain way makes you a ‘spiritual person’.

To me, its the complete opposite. I think that a spiritual person is someone who has firm beliefs about specific things and connects to the spiritual world in their own way. For me, wearing plainer clothes (the complete opposite to the ‘boho’ style that appears hippie or whatnot) is what makes me feel more connected to my beliefs. I believe in quality food and art and reflect this in the quality clothing that i chose to wear. Being in a calm space makes me feel grounded and more spiritually aware then ever. For me, colours and textures are vital in creating a calm environment and I do this in dressing the way I do.

I know a lot of people who have adhered to this ‘spiritual’ image through hippie clothing and primarily these people are the ones who have little or no spiritual beliefs.

Anyway, have a read of this and let me know if you agree or not. I’m interested to see if I’m the only one who thinks this way.

10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases | Spirit Science and Metaphysics.

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Ps. Don’t get me wrong, weird clothes are fun every now and then.

Meditation Maaaahn

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In my last year of school I, like everyone else, had a certain amount of breakdowns. HOWEVER I did get my self together and despite getting glandular fever and having to do my exams at home… I did get there in the end. One major way that I coped with the stresses of 12 exams in 10 days (not joking) was by doing a super quick meditation every day at my desk before I started studying. Meditation is a practice that teaches the mind to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. But most importantly it simply makes you feel amazing after 15 minutes of doing absolutely nothing. There are so many benefits of meditation including stress relief, anxiety relief, sleep aid and a general feeling of self enlightenment and it is SO EASY – all you need is an iPhone app. A quote that I  always remember is that “Everyone should meditate once a day… those who don’t have time to meditate should meditate three times a day” My favourite app is called buddhify and its $1.99 from the app store or from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buddhify-2/id687421118?ls=1&mt=8

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 5.17.01 pm Another one is smiling mind which is FREE from the app store or http://smilingmind.com.au: Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 5.19.10 pm If you don’t have an iPhone or other Apple device there are SO many videos on youtube out there to help you get started meditating. One of my favourite channels is Yuttadhammo Bhikhu’s – a buddhist monk who has over 200 meditating videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLvU7ppM4vE I’ve finished school now and I currently, and will continue to, do meditation every day! Its so refreshing and there are studies that have been done to prove that it ACTUALLY MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON. Leave a comment if you have any good meditating advice/experiences that you want to share! Bye now.