Health is wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul; their alignment with one another is the art of living well.
Wisdom is understanding of the self, others, and the nature of things; it is essential to living as if everything is a miracle.
Asking Questions and Seeking Answers
“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Thomas Berger
The pursuit of human happiness is forever elusive and evasive. Why? It requires human wisdom to ask the right questions, and spiritual wisdom to seek self-enlightening answers to the questions asked throughout one’s life journey.
Know the importance of asking questions, and continue to ask meaningful and relevant questions throughout your life.
“Am I happy?” This may be one of the most important questions that nearly all of us ask ourselves every now and then throughout our life journey. After all, happiness is one of the most important elements in the art of living well.
To live well, we need to ask ourselves many other self-probing questions as we continue our life journey in order to find out: who we really are, and not who we think or wish we were; what we really need, and not what we want from life; why certain things happened while certain things did not happen to us. Without knowing the answers to those questions asked, we can never be genuinely happy because we will always be looking for the unreal and the unattainable, just like the mule forever reaching out for the unreachable carrot in front.
In many ways, the human brain is like a computer program. Your whole being is like the computer hardware with the apparatus of a mind, body, and senses. The lenses through which you see yourself, as well as others and the world around you, are the software that has been programmed by your thoughts, your past and present experiences, as well as your desires and expectations. In other words, you--and nobody else-have programmed your own mindset; all these years, you may have been trapped in a constricted sense of the self that has prevented you from knowing and being who you really are. That is to say, your “conditioned” mind may have erroneously made you "think" and even "believe" that you are who and what you are right now; but nothing could be further from the truth.
Now, by asking relevant questions, you may have the human wisdom to "change" that pre-conditioned mindset, enabling you to separate the truths from the half-truths or even the myths that you have created for yourself voluntarily or involuntarily all these years.
Albert Einstein once said, “Thinking is difficult; that’s why so few people do it.” Thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-introspection. It is the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve problems by asking questions. Through solving problems, the mind can then make things happen. Asking relevant questions is self-empowering human wisdom because it creates the intent to learn, to discover, and then to change. Without change, life becomes static, boring, and ultimately unhappy.
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Copyright© by Stephen Lau
Life is about asking questions and finding intelligent answers to the questions asked.
In the Bible, Jesus said. "Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find..." (Matthew 7:7). In real life, you must ask yourself questions at all times.
Asking questions is introspection, which is a process of self-reflection, without which there is no self-awareness, and hence no personal growth and development -- they are all the essentials of mind wellness wisdom.
The human mind naturally responds when focused on a thought that provokes a question that in turn demands an answer. It is the natural habit of the mind to try to solve problems. By solving problems, the mind then makes things happen. Therefore, the art of asking questions is your source of wisdom . Always ask self-intuitive questions to seek intelligent answers.
The kind of questions you ask determines the kind of life you are going to lead, as well as the kind of person you are going to become. Your questions trigger a set of mental answers, which may lead to actions or inactions, based on the choices you are going to make from the answers you have obtained. Your life is always the sum of the choices you make in the process; you are the product of our own thoughts.
There is one simple but difficult question you should always ask yourself: "Are you happy?" If yes, why; if no, why not? One question may lead to another, and yet another.
The more questions you ask yourself, the more you know yourself, and knowing yourself is true wisdom.
"Knowing others is intelligence.
Knowing ourselves is true wisdom.
Overcoming others is strength.
Overcoming ourselves is true power."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 33)
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Wisdom in living is asking questions and seeking answers to find out what are human attachments and how to let go of them to live as if everything is a miracle.
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