Gardeners and florists are the happiest of all the professions and nearly twice as happy as people in more prestigious and better paid jobs, says a new book by a UK economist and behavioural scientist Professor Paul Dolan.
The ancient landscape masters of Asia knew well that time spent in a landscape, specifically in a landscape designed for contemplative practices, allowed individuals to practice the mindful act of coming back to themselves. They knew, as did their clients, that the qualities of a place can influence the process of thought and facilitate more effective and efficient action within business.
When we set out to run a marathon we have one goal in mind.
To run 42.195km and cross the line.
With that primary goal (our focus on it, our visualisation of it) we naturally develop other qualities. Strength of mind, focus, resilience to name a few. These skills benefit our running practice but we don’t set out to develop them. They are natural ‘by-products' of learning to run the distance.
If you are in any doubt that thinking can be an addiction then consider the following definition:
Addiction: the condition of being compulsively occupied with or involved in something.
Addiction to thinking could be said to be the mother of all addictions, both literally and figuratively - literally in that it is by far the most common addiction, affecting practically the entire population to some extent or other - and figuratively because it is arguably the root cause of all other addictions.
If you are new to meditation its important to use your discernment in choosing a practice and a teacher that you feel is likely to hold some benefit for you.
What makes this difficult is the fact that you must give meditation practice a chance to work and, depending on your level of meditation development, it is hard to be sure that a given practice is or is not working for you in less than 6-12 months.