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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ask yourself these questions right now

What are you doing?
Is your mind on it?
How do you feel?

A Harvard researcher has designed a happiness app that measures your happiness. You sign up on the website, and at random times during the day, you get a text asking you those questions.

Research so far has found that people who answer "yes" to No. 2 report being happy more often than those who answer "no," even when they aren't happy about what they're doing. What that says is that keeping the mind in the present moment -- as we learn to do in meditation -- leads to more happiness.

You can sign up for the program -- on iPhone or email. Or just ask yourself the questions occasionally during the day. How often is your mind on what you're doing?

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche talks about the importance of synchronizing mind and body:

Synchronizing mind and body is not a concept or a random technique someone
thought up for self improvement. Rather, it is a basic principle of how to be a
human being and how to use your sense perceptions, your mind and your body
together.