Core Values for Living Your Best Life

These don’t have to be your values. They’re ones I’ve found to be particularly useful in having a fulfilling, easier going life.

Self-Awareness

“Know thyself!” – Socrates
 
The willingness to get to know yourself intimately requires a courage few are willing to develop. However far you’re willing to go, any increase in self understanding gives you an advantage.
 
Because knowing your beliefs, values, and understanding your fear, motives, etc. gives you the necessary insight to change what you must to improve the results you’re getting.
 
There are a variety of ways to increase your self-awareness.
 
– Journaling
– Meditation
– Yoga
– Personal development reading
– Therapy
– Asking friends for feedback
 
All in the spirit of learning and growing, not for telling you what you want to hear.
 
The more you become curious about why you think and do as you do, the faster you can say, “I don’t want to do it that way, that won’t help me accomplish my goal. I’m going to do it this way instead.”
 
Many of the other exercises in our work together will help increase your self-awareness as well.
 
Questions?

Gratitude 

Appreciating what you have while being curious for what else life has in store for you.

I start the day by thinking of at least one intangible thing, an experience (e.g. the love of my wife, the sunshine), that I enjoy being alive for.
 
It reminds me that I live in a universe that is always providing and I need to remember that as much as possible.
 
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of lack, loss, of not enough.
 
Gratitude reminds us there’s always more.
 
Questions?
Curiosity
 
The curious mind is one interested in learning, it wonders, it wants to discover.
 
Curiosity powers imagination and hope. It’s what compels you to want to be here, to do the work of seeing just what kinds of treasures lie within you waiting to be discovered.
 
Best of all, curiosity is nonjudgmental. It simply observes with interest what it’s experiencing. Bearing witness to what it sees.
 
Curiosity is a precursor of compassion.
 
Questions?
Compassion
 
Compassion as I understand it is from the Zen Buddhist tradition. It recognizes that all human beings suffer from the belief that life as it is isn’t good enough, that includes ourselves.
 
So we keep searching and searching for the next better thing, hoping to find what will finally do the trick but it never arrives.
 
What we rarely discover is that we were good enough all along.
 
Compassion is being with another person and seeing that on a very human level, you both suffer in that essential way.
 
You both wish to be free of that suffering.
 
You commit to act in service of lessening that person’s suffering while with them instead of adding to it.
 
You act accordingly, to the best of your ability.
 
Questions?
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