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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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    Oct 2 2013: Could I ask how much time in a day you spend taking a walk? Could I ask what is the ideal amount of time in the day you would prefer to spend taking a walk?
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      Oct 2 2013: Sure. But why do you want to ask?
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        Oct 2 2013: I think whether someone feels he would feel happier by walking more and using the computer less may depend in part on how much time he spends at each.
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          Oct 2 2013: I see. That makes sense, but that's only true if the happiness is about enjoying something we like, thereby creating pleasurable feelings; not the happiness of freedom from that which disturbs the mind. With pleasurable experiences, we eventually get bored with it. The unwise mind would then try to look for something else or increase the intensity of a similar pleasure to be "happy" again.

          Anyway, I hike down from my monastery for alms daily. Takes about 40min down and 50min up. After my midday meal (with the food I got downhill), I walk to my hut to do some sweeping and then back; 15 min. In the evening, if I've some time, I walk around the monastery again for maybe 20 min. During which, stuff may pop up in the mind for me to see them just mental fabrications, and they die down. The uncluttered mind is beautiful.
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        Oct 2 2013: This is very close to how much time I spend walking as well, also with most in the morning. Thanks for sharing.

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