The Miracle of Not Thinking

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Every second I don’t spend caught up in thought is a victory for me. It means for that one second, I am truly alive and experiencing the world around me. It’s a simple thing, but these periods of not thinking are a treasure I never knew I had.

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Meeting My Guru in a Pub at Age 17

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monk see, monk do

When I was 17 years old, a guy in a pub back in Dublin made the following observation about me -‘you think too much’. I’ve spent the last 24 years listening to gurus, following the advice of experts, doing spiritual practices, participating in recovery programs, and reading the self-help books, but none of it has improved upon that observation by a guy in a bar who was most likely drunk when he gave it. If anyone is deserving of the title of ‘my guru’, he has to be it.

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Your Life is Always Going to Be Disappointing If You Are Not Grateful

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The persistent thought that something important is missing from my life can drive me into the pits of depression. This experience of scarcity means my current life feels incomplete, and I yearn for a day when I can be happy. This lack of gratitude means most of the good in my life gets ignored.

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6 Things Depression Has Taught Me about Happiness

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I find it harder to talk about my experiences with depression than I do my battle with alcohol addiction. This is because I know my alcoholism is behind me, but I don’t yet feel the same confidence when it comes to declaring victory over depression. I’ve definitely become better at managing the dark cloud when it arrives, but I would prefer if it never visited at all.

Perchance, Patiently Perched

I fear depression, but it has also been my greatest teacher. Here are six of the important lessons it has taught me:

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