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Kumāra Bhikkhu

Buddhist Monk, Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary

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Are you happier while at the computer, or while taking a walk?

By "taking a walk", I do mean taking a walk, even if just for a short while; not walking while engaging with a smart device. So, what's your experience?

P.S.: Just in case some of you misunderstand, the question is not meant so that we choose one over the other. (We do both anyhow, don't we?) It's not even so that we decide which one is better. It's about self-discovery. What's true for you? If you like to take it further, asking why would be great.

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    Sep 27 2013: Hi Kumara,

    I think one can only be happy, not happier.
    A perfectly happy mind will enjoy a walk and time before a computer in equal measure.

    My opinion of course.
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      Sep 27 2013: So true Pabitra!
      When we choose happiness/contentment as part of the foundation for our human life experience, we carry it with us wherever we go....always....all ways:>)

      Nice to see you back on TED my friend:>)
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        Sep 28 2013: Thanks sweet friend :) Hugs too.
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          Sep 29 2013: Dear Pabitra,
          Hugs ALWAYS contribute to my feeling of being happy/happier/happiest/content.....thank you:>)
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      Sep 28 2013: For "a perfectly happy mind", I get your point. But that doesn't answer the question, does it?
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        Sep 28 2013: It does, in a way. When you admit that there can be a perfect happy mind it becomes inconsequential as to whether it will be happier with A or B. This is logical and a not so perfectly happy mind can follow it too.
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          Sep 28 2013: Not sure if you got it. The question asked "what's your experience?" Unless of course "a perfectly happy mind" is your experience regardless of what you do.
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          Sep 28 2013: Pabitra and Kumāra,
          In my humble perception and experience, it provides ONE answer to the question, and it is an answer that I understand, because it is my experience as well.

          Happiness/contentment is part of the foundation of my life experience, and as you say in your next comment Pabitra, "I reflect very little about whether I am happy"......it just is what it is!

          I agree with your statement Pabitra..." I love to be in the mindful, inquisitive, compassionate state of mind to take everything as it comes with humbleness and poise."....well said my friend:>)

          That state of "being" can serve as part of the foundation for EVERYTHING one faces in the life adventure. My mother taught me that from the time I was a wee little lass, and I have refined it throughout the life adventure:>)
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        Sep 28 2013: My experience is this honestly.
        I reflect on very little about whether I am happy, be it walking or spending time before computer, or not. It is my experience that being unattached to evaluation of happiness is being happy. I am not sure if it is a perfect state of happiness but it is rewarding for me. I love to be in the mindful, inquisitive, compassionate state of mind to take everything as it comes with humbleness and poise.
        I was not like this always. I cannot say I consciously pursued spirituality to attain it either. It just happened with experiences and engagements.

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