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Issue #19 - February 2011

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Even though it may still be very cold in your part of the world, or very very wet, here's a very warm welcome to all new subscribers to the Happiness Hub E-zine.

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In this issue...

  • New, easier navigation to the key how-to-be-happier website pages
  • New goodies at the Happiness Hub slide shows & videos blog
  • Do people stay with routine Conscious Mental Rest, or drop out?
  • Why did I drop the TM technique?
  • Closing thoughts - the two keys to happiness
  • Useful links

New website route map - easier/shorter?

Unlock-Your-Happiness.com has over 200 pages, so it can be easy to get lost in the maze and end up going round and round in circles.

Therefore, for those visitors who arrive at the Home Page and want to get on with creating a happier life for themselves, without getting side-tracked or lost, I have created a new route map of four extra content pages that follow on from the home page. These pages include links to relevant sections that will open in a new-window pop-up so as not to drift off the main route entirely.

Feel free to check out this new feature and let me know what you think.

Some new slide shows/videos at the Happiness Hub repository

These include:

Here's the repository's home page too

If you don't have Microsoft Office or PowerPoint installed, you can download a free PowerPoint Viewer here:

For PC: http://tinyurl.com/u5bsa

For Mac: http://tinyurl.com/d7wntm

Do people stay with routine Conscious Mental Rest, or drop out?

Although in the past there has been some extremely positive feedback from many people who have learned the method of Conscious Menmtal Rest, very few people these days send any feedback after registering for the course. So I sometimes wonder what these people think of CMR.

Some have indeed expressed great delight with Conscious Mental Rest, and found it to be a refreshing change from meditation techniques they have learnt at some stage. It seems that, in particular, practitioners or lapsed practitioners of Transcendental Meditation find CMR even easier than TM, and just as effective, if not more so. Yet, as with TM, there almost certainly must be a drop-out rate, although I have no idea what its extent may be.

I'd like to hazard a few guesses about this, and speculate as to why some people might stop having this experience as a daily routine, or even dismiss it out of hand as soon as they learn the method. I would also be most interested in having your own views on this too. So I have written my initial thoughts at this Web page, and invite you to add your comments too - even if you have not learnt CMR yet. It will be interesting to read what you and others have to say.

Why did I switch from TM to CMR?

I received the following two-line e-mail on 15 February 2011.

"I'm curious why you dropped TM after so many years.

I'm asking you the question as I'm myself a practitioner of TM."

Rather than answer that e-mail privately, I decided to answer it on the website in case others may have that same question in their minds. Of course there will also be those who think, 'Who cares?' LOL If you're curious, you can click here to read my response online.

Closing thoughts

Living a happier life really is as easy as it is made out to be at my website.
(1) Take time each day to allow the mind to rest deeply, and
(2) follow your inner prompts for what is right and good. Then get on with living. That's the core recipe ... simple. :-)

For Key #1, simply learn Conscious Mental Rest or continue with whatever effective method you may be using now.

For Key #2, apply the suggestions in the Conscious Mental Attention sections of the website to help culture your natural ability to listen to those inner prompts - the voice of the heart, as some would call it. Others would say it's your 'conscience'. It doesn't matter what name you give it. You will know that it is your inner wisdom speaking because it will be accompanied by a feeling - a 'feeling-good' feeling, which can have many flavours to it.

It might be a feeling that 'this feels right', even if the mind might think otherwise; or a feeling of lightness of heart, or relief; or a feeling of joy; or it can be all of these together. It might be subtle, or it might be crystal-clear, depending on your state of being at the time (tired, grumpy, sad, in heightened awareness, etc.).

That is what the CMA practices are intended to help with -- to fine-tune your ability to pick up on that better-feeling feeling, and run with it in trust.

Till the next issue ... Peace and Goodwill!


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Gavin Hoole
Cape Town, South Africa
Unlock Your Happiness.com

"The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness."



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