Positive psychology says there are five key elements necessary to a happy, satisfied life. The five elements of happiness are interconnected, and each tends to spill over into the others. When you improve one area, it automatically affects the others till eventually happiness spills over and nourishes your whole life.
Early in the morning, a solitary figure rises from bed, splashes her face with water and walks to a small room. There are fresh flowers, wide windows, and a single round cushion. Sitting on the cushion, the woman folds her legs and closes her eyes. Twenty minutes later, she emerges from the room to shower and prepare for work.
When mindfulness is associated with the teachings of meditation gurus and distinguished yogis, it can seem a daunting practice to understand.
The fact is, however, that mindfulness is an exceedingly simple exercise undertaken each day by millions of people, consciously and unconsciously. Simply put- it is the practice of active awareness and recognition of the pure present moment, and nothing else.
We use the word “luminary” (from Latin “lumen-“ meaning “light”) to refer to men and women who have brightened our world in some special way. Here’s a list of people, from A-Z, who have inspired us through art, literature, philosophy, spirituality, travel and more, encouraging us to become luminous ourselves.