The Purpose of Life.

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So I believe the purpose of our life is happiness.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

My intention for this blog is to explore and document my journey towards a deeper sense of Peace, Love and Happiness. Shifting my focus away from gaining materials values and towards strengthening internal values. I love how simply The Dalai Lama frames this idea in his book, The Big Book of Happiness:

Where material values are concerned, there’s always a limitation. There is no limitation to internal value - more effort and practice will continue to yield more results. These good mental qualities always increase because they are not based on the physical.
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama

When I stop and reflect, I'm certain more of my thoughts and actions are focused on the material values and I get caught up in the false hope that somehow they may bring happiness. This simple shift in perspective makes it easier to see where my thoughts and energies should be directed. 

Mental state is not based on the physical level. So greater training, more the deveoplement. In that field, logically, you should always make the effort and try to improve, because the scope is infinite. Usually we do just the opposite. In the material field, where in any case there’s a limitation, we’re never content. We always want more and more. But where inner value is concered, we are content. That is a mistake.
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama