Mysticism and Health

Things I would be, think, and do differently if not for the opinions of others or other self-imposed limitations: A complete-as-I-can-get-it-right-now list

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  • I wouldn’t wash my clothes every time I wore them.
  • I would collect beautiful garbage everywhere I went and use it to make amazing art pieces.
  • I would never negate a compliment.
  • I would never argue.
  • I would never defend myself.
  • I would someday “walk the earth,” stopping only to sleep in hotels and eat at restaurants.
  • I would sip coffee all day.
  • I would eat stir-fry every day.
  • I would never wear a bra. Ever.
  • I would never say “yes” to things I didn’t really want to do. (That includes sharing my food.)
  • I would never be in a hurry.
  • I would spend more time digging in the dirt.

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The very last time. Maybe.

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This is the librarian who now hates us.

When a friend of mine mentioned her love of the library recently, a idyllic image came to mind. There was a mother, there were two happy children, and there were three large piles of loved books.

I really should take my kids, too, I thought. It’s time I stopped slacking off. So, I packed us up and off we went.

There was screaming. There was peeing. And there was a dramatic parking lot escape. And the next day, all I had to show for it was a pile of books in the trunk of my car that would soon have to be returned . . . to the library.

Last time I compare myself to anyone ever again. Last, I tell you. Maybe.

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Enlightened old people

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You know how you sometimes meet those old people that look so serene and Mother Teresa-like and all? And you think, I want to be like that when I’m old, instead of one of the crochety complainers.

Well, ever since starting my spiritual practice of acceptance, I’ve begun to suspect something. I suspect that the difference between the saints and the complainers is that the complainers are still always trying to fix things, whereas the saints have somehow learned to merely observe and love.

I think there is a single word behind their stunningly beautiful eyes.

It is “accept.”

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In order to feel that good again, I have to . . . ?

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When I was growing up my favorite movie was Anne of Green Gables. The way I felt when I was watching it–or at least the way I remember feeling–was just so thoroughly good, so entirely removed from all things uncomfortable. For a while, I too lived on a beautiful farm and no matter how misunderstood I was, I always had a best friend, beauty, and a book.

Now I’m all grown up, and though I much prefer most of my life the way it is now, I do have one complaint: In order to feel that good again, I have to meditate.

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Maturity removes all opinions

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When I was in high school, TV was a needed friend, even though I was embarrassed to be around him so much.

When I was in college, TV was a hated enemy, one that I railed against at every opportunity.

When I got out of college, TV was again a very good friend, though one that I had finally learned to be proud of and deeply love.

Today, I don’t see TV often. When I do, though, we get along just fine.

Maturity has a way of removing all my strongest opinions.

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I did not wear shoes

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Today, I went to the neighbor’s house without wearing shoes. I liked it, and I decided to do this a lot more often.

It doesn’t sound like a big deal. But somehow to me it was.

And I am as a result inexplicably proud of this decision.

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I am not embarrassed about this.

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One of my long-term life goals is to walk for like a month straight, stopping only to sleep and eat, Forrest Gump-style. If I had cool adventures (which of course I would), I would write a book about it. This is the first time I have told anyone this. Surprisingly, I am not embarrassed.

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A surprising story about peanut butter

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I used to have a secret lover. I only saw him at night–late at night. We’d have dinner together and, as some poet once said, “surfeit ourselves on love.”

Then one day, I decided I couldn’t live like that any longer; I wanted to have a real relationship. I decided we could see each other in public, too, and during the day.

The next morning we ate breakfast together on the patio of my house. I enjoyed his company, but it wasn’t the same. Something was missing. Then I realized what it was: During the day, he was kind of boring.

I still see him once in a while. But now we’re just good friends.

His name is Peanut Butter.

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Get happy tip: Know your own strength

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Today, an excerpt from my book “Happiness is the Truth: A Spiritual Manifesto.” Enjoy!

As I told you before, so far in my life, I have been married twice. My second marriage—the real one, the one that has not yet been made legal—was to David, and my first marriage was to a man named Jake.

Jake was not a happy person. When we first started dating, we were in college and I remember him saying over and over, “I am so sick of college. I want to get out of here and start my career. If I do that, then I’m sure to be happy.”

A short time after that, he started his career. After that, he often said, “This career isn’t what I expected. Besides, I’m alone all the time and it sucks. I want to get married. If I do that, then I’m sure to be happy.”

A little while later, I married him, and you can probably guess what he said.

“Marriage is hard. I just want to be alone. If I can do that, then I’m sure to be happy.”

After that, we got divorced. This did make me happier but somehow I suspect the results were less decisive for him.

My ex-husband is not an evil person, of course. He is a good person, as we all are. But he does have one major problem, which is this: He doesn’t know his own strength.

He doesn’t know that his life is what he makes of it—only what he makes of it, and nothing else.

He doesn’t know he has power.

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Much can be said on the subject of human power, and most of it has already. However, I don’t think that anything is harder to learn or more important, so I will add to the many words written on the subject and say this:

You are the strongest thing that exists in this world.

Every day, at every moment, your mind is creating your reality and the reality of the people around you. Whether you call it “energy signals,” like some do, or “the Law of Attraction,” your mind affects your life much more than any other single thing. The way you interpret your actions and the actions of others, your level of gratitude, your positive or negative outlook—all of this, in ways both small and large, determine both what your life will be like and how happy it will make you.

That’s what I believe, anyway, and I think that if you really think about it, so do you.

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It’s spirituality for the rest of us

Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?

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Get happy tip: Do what you want to do, and nothing else

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Several years ago, I decided to go to a bible study. It was during the time in my life that I was still questioning my identity as a Christian and I wanted to ask the people there (who were very nice, by the way) some questions about their faith.

Most of the time, the meetings went something like this: First, the leader, Jason, would talk about either the importance of spending time with non-Christians to witness about your faith or the importance of spending time with Christians to help your faith grow.

“We have to build community,” he would implore one week.

“We have to spread the light of Christ,” he’d say the next.

Either way, though, what he was asking us to do was a lot of work.

After this talk ended, the group would pray together and then everyone would share their opinions on the topic of the day and agree with each other for about half an hour.

It was unproductive, but at least it usually went just as planned.

One meeting that I remember, though, the ending didn’t go as it was planned. There was a man there that seemed quite upset by the leader’s admonitions, and he wanted to talk about it.

“Jason,” he said. “I understand what you’re saying and I think it’s very admirable, but there’s a problem: I am out of time.

“Last week I worked seventy hours because my child needed new health insurance. I barely have any time to spend with my wife, much less a lot of friends.

“What’s more, it’s making me angry. I have road rage that I never had before. What do I do?”

What we did for that man, which I regret to this day, was to pray.

“Oh God,” we said, “Please help this man not have to work so much and be so busy. Please help him know that anger is a sin and that he has a choice in how he behaves. Amen.”

When we were done, I lifted my hand.

“Yes, Mollie?” Jason said.

“I just want to say that I don’t quite agree,” I said.

“Don’t agree with what?” Jason asked.

“I don’t agree that God expects us to always strive to do more good deeds like witnessing,” I said.

“Okay,” Jason said. “Why?”

“Nobody can do everything, and I don’t think that God wants us to.

“What God really wants for us is to be happy.”

After I said that, the leader quickly changed the subject, the meeting ended and we left.

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The goal of religion is not happiness, and has never been. The goal of religion is doing good, and becoming a better person. Spirituality, on the other hand, causes you to become a better person because in doing so you also become happier.

And that, I think, is the major difference between the two.

And that is one of the reasons that I am not religious anymore, but simply spiritual. Because I believe that you cannot do any good in this world if you are not doing it by choice.

Think about it: What good do you do someone by being friends with them when you don’t really want to? What good to you do when you give up something for someone else that you don’t really want to give up?

None, I think.

Probably none at all.

I’m still learning this. There are certain relationships I have that I continue more out of obligation than love.

They need my help, I tell myself, but it’s not true. They don’t need help.

All they need is love.

And if it doesn’t come from me, than it should come from someone else, or from themselves.