To feel the essence of true happiness,
Rest your attention deep in your heart,
Unleash the power of a deep sense of knowing,
Enshrined in every part
My Father sat us round the fire, My Brother, Sister, Me, To tell the tale that many have told, About an apple Tree
Poetry in my heart, It sings and it shines. What I try to say, is the unsayable. It is ineffable, beyond the pale fragrances of words, the silks of sentences
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy, we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
Robert Louis Stevenson
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.
Everyone wants to be happy, but how exactly can we make that a reality in our lives? Is it just simply a case of changing our thoughts, practising gratitude, being kind and living mindfully as some experts suggest? Dr Mark Atkinson, medical doctor, meditation teacher and founder of the Academy of Human Potential has found that all of these are important, but they aren't enough when it comes to experiencing True Happiness – the experience of inner well-being, peace and vitality that is with you most of the time in most circumstances. To find out more and to discover what the missing pieces of the happiness puzzle are click here.
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‘Dr Mark Atkinson really is a leader in the vital new arena of emotional healthcare – we all want to be happy and his advice is both inspiring and practical’
Sarah Stacey, Health Editor, YOU Magazine,
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