Free (it) Out

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness-

Let’s talk about happiness, love, yoga, cycling and maybe Buddhism if we have a few minutes to spare.

We often assume that if we are “healthy” and “fit” we don’t suffer from any aliments during daily life, all is perfect in our precious little world. Out here in the hinterlands of the “real world“? Normal well-being is just dreadful. We are still prone to experiencing frustration driving to work, anger at the cyclist(s) who fail to announce they are passing, irritation with your friends on Facetube, disappointment with your progress training for an upcoming marathon and being self-absorbed while practicing yoga (extremely sore subject with me …).

Buddhism, yup Buddhism, introduces us to a radically different idea: All of us are “unhealthy” and certainly not “fit“. The profound idea of eudaimonia was lost on us during the enlightenment, and with this loss, we lost the idea of exceptional states of well-being. Buddhism certainly has not forgotten this and argues that we humans have been empowered with reason and we can use the gift of reason to condition and nurture ourselves. Eliminating all conflicting, harmful states of mind. Allowing us to cultivate a positive state of mind instead, which is pretty cool.


For many folks, healthy and fit will be normal. There are no exceptional states of mind nor any experiencing states of mind, just normal. For the rest of us, being normal can lead to exceptional, starting the whole saṃsāra cycle all over again.

CultFit Moon

7 Comments on “Free (it) Out”

  1. misselletea says:

    Love your photo. I took a similar one of the ‘supermoon’ over the solstice, but it isn’t as clear 😦

    • CultFit says:

      I wish I could say that this beautiful photo was my own, but I can’t. A dear friend of mine sent it to me yesterday and I just had to use it today. 🙂 Thank you so much for your continued support, take care and be well!

  2. Maia says:

    I like finding links in posts. Takes you farther and deeper than what you had first thought or expected. The world is strangely funny like that.

    Have you ever read Illusions by Richard Bach. There’s a line there that goes something like… Hold a question in your mind and close your eyes. Open the book at random, open your eyes
    and the answer is there.
    This is such that moment. Thank you, Cult. Namaste! =)

    • CultFit says:

      One of my main hopes when writing here is to introduce folks to new ideas, shine a light on different ways of thinking. Some people enjoy it and others run away in a flash. 😉 I am totally using my Google Machine this evening to search “Illusions by Richard Bach” and hopefully I can find it at our local book shop this weekend, thank you so much for sharing.

      • Maia says:

        Well, sometimes I run. Or stare at the words here. Both are tiring. 😉

        It’s an old book. Read it many moons ago. I was in high school and a friend talked me into it. I read it from time to time. I think I’ll write about that, too. See… another spin off!! =)

  3. i'm hot but i'm human says:

    For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness-

    Line of the day!

    • CultFit says:

      I’m carrying this close to me this weekend, 60 seconds oh pure happiness at a time. 🙂 Take care and be sure to have a good one this weekend as well!

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