Leanna Walters

Student in Biological Sciences
Stony Point, NY, United States

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Leanna Walters
Posted over 1 year ago
Have you tried to push the limits of your mind?
The way you describe "pushing the limits of your mind" reminds me a lot of meditation. By allowing yourself to be fully present in every moment, to be fully aware and in tune with the smallest details, such as the taste, texture, etc. of food while you are eating instead of being distracted, you are bring your conscious awareness to the present moment -- one of the most important aspects of meditation! A lot of things are taken for granted in the world that we live in today, but by slowing down and acknowledging the beauty of every little thing, it changes your perception of everything. Life truly is amazing... from the bigger concepts to the smaller details e.g. the trillions of cells working together in our bodies that add up to us! Great question... you certainly got me thinking :)
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Leanna Walters
Posted over 1 year ago
Do you define what is "right" by what society deems ok, by what suits you, or by a higher cause?
I think the answer to this question depends on where you're asking it and to whom. There are so many factors, such as one's own culture, society, religion, etc. that influence the way a person will answer this question. I think the most important factor in determining what is right lies within us. If society encourages something that in your opinion, is immoral, it will not sit right with you. I think there are one of two ways that a person reacts to this: They either question it and do nothing about it (conform to society or simply remain quiet) or they actively try to change it. It's kind of like the concept of witnessing a crime take place, but not reporting it. That makes you just as much of a criminal as the person that committed the crime! So, to answer your question, I suppose it's a mix of factors that influence our own morality. While society's actions influence our own behaviors, if these actions do not sit well within us, we are less likely to go along with them. And of course there's the concept of a higher cause that influences much of our own morality. I believe that once people realize that we are all "one", we are all part of this "higher cause" that it influences the way that we treat other people. If we are all "one", we should treat everyone with the same respect that we treat ourselves. Although, of course, there are the people who can't even respect themselves, which I'm sure has a huge influence on the way they treat others, as well.
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Leanna Walters
Posted over 1 year ago
What attributes lead to universal happiness?
This is beautiful! I wholeheartedly agree that once you realize that you are a part of something bigger, it brings about a peaceful mind. I also think that there are many misguided people who, when asking themselves these questions such as Who am I? and Why am I here?, find it difficult to come up with an answer. All too often people fly through life with their heads down, not really asking these questions. I guess that just goes to show the power of questioning everything... the answers you find could truly be life-changing!
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Leanna Walters
Posted over 1 year ago
What attributes lead to universal happiness?
Wise words, Colleen. :) That is truly enlightening. I have noticed, in my own life, that it is the times where I have hit rock bottom where I have had the most positive life changes. By allowing myself to experience these emotions, it allowed me to be more true to myself, gain a better understanding of myself and make the changes that I need to be happy! There is certainly value in that.
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Leanna Walters
Posted over 1 year ago
What attributes lead to universal happiness?
This is a very interesting article. So, you believe that happiness relies fully on our evolutionary need to pass on our DNA? What about gay couples? Or people who simply don't want children? Even if a gay couple adopts they are not passing on their own DNA. Would you consider that a false sense of happiness?
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Leanna Walters
Posted over 1 year ago
What attributes lead to universal happiness?
I guess what I mean by negative emotions is the emotions that people often try to repress/numb/hide: sadness, anger, frustration, jealousy, etc. etc... the emotions that many people don't want to feel and often times don't let themselves feel. Once you acknowledge these negative emotions, it is much easier to let them go and move on to happiness.
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Leanna Walters
Posted over 1 year ago
What attributes lead to universal happiness?
I agree 100% with everything that Colleen says! Its a very Buddhist concept.. to allow yourself to feel the full range of emotions so that you can experience the positive ones (happiness, joy, excitement, etc.) A genuinely happy person will experience sadness, frustration, anger, etc. throughout their lives. You need to allow yourself to feel these emotions instead of suppressing them. The people who skim the surface are the ones who refuse to let themselves feel anything. I don't believe they are the happiest, they are the numbest. I truly believe that there are certain constants that you will find when comparing the happiness of humans throughout the world. I'm curious as to what it is ... relationships, family, sense of community, purpose?