my own personal "heaven"
I don't believe in an afterlife, except maybe a concept of the future in relation to the eternal now.
A plan to be happy, before oblivion, therefore is:
1)good books (award winners, recommended, well-written stuff I can get lost in)
(a book can be considered a teleportation device!)
2)good relationships (love)
3)good service (heaven is what we make of the earth)
4)being selfish (heaven is largely what we make of ourselves, just as hell is largely in our heads)
...slavish pursuit of money seems counterproductive to me.
being happy consists mainly of being content with what one has.
I think that is a central tenet of buddhism (not having craving/aversion)
I meditate weekly, on wednesday evenings, with the BSC (shambhala)
stimulus: A library, whose contents are all free, is a source of joy for me
(an album of music, book, and newspaper per day)
(weekly economist, christian science monitor)
(foreign affairs magazine, every other month)
exercise: endorphins, looking good-feeling good, losing my gut, getting fit, being physically strong, is a result of the Y (35 bucks a month), swimming, and I also would like to start going to yoga (yttp -yoga to the people- is a free/donation-based service, also downtown)
diet: eating healthy, portion control, avoiding soda/junk food, comes from wise daily decisions throughout the day.
the "dream": Despite being happy with my current status,
I still would like to strive for -even better-:
job, income, house, car, wife, kid(s), wellness (mentally, physically)
but for now,
I'll just practice 'early to bed, early to rise',
walking dogs (MFT -Marcel, Fido & Taco)
family, friends, dating
10 hours ago