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Happy With Where You Live

Are You Happy With Where You Live?

Posted: February 26, 2019

Dear Friend, 


I trust this blog finds you well. 

Where do you live? 

Pehaps you are thinking of the street address of your current residence. 

That isn’t what I am asking. 

Where is your consciousness? 

What are you focusing on? 

Not necessarily in this exact moment, but in general.

Are you cognizant of what you are paying attention to, repetitively, throughout the day?

Is it positive or negative?

Does it enhance or diminish your happiness and fulfillment?

There are a countless number of things occuring at this moment in the known universe. 

Do you know how many of those things you and I are capable of focusing on in any given moment?


We are only able to give our attention to one thought at a time.

How much of it are you willing to waste on things that you cannot even influence? 

If you had greater dominion over your focus and states of conciousness, could it change the quality of your life? 

Are you living in a prison of pain or a palace of pleasure? 

It largely depends on how you; waste attention, pay attention, and invest attention. 

The following story beautifully captures the spirit of this idea.


Please enjoy it...


A big burly samurai approached a wiseman and asked, “What is the nature of heaven and hell?” 

The wiseman looked him in the face and said, “Why should I tell a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you?“ 

The samurai started to get red in the face, his hair started to stand up, but the wiseman did not stop.

He said, “A miserable worm like you, why should I tell you anything?” 

Consumed by rage, the samurai drew his sword, and was just about to cut off the head of the wiseman. 

The wiseman said, “That is hell.“ 

The samurai, who was in fact a compassionate person, instantly understood that he just created his own hell, and he was deep in it.

It was dark and scorching, filled with hatred, selfishness, anger, and resentment, so much so that he was going to kill this man. 

Tears filled his eyes, and as he started to cry, he put his palms together and felt a profound love and peace. 

The wiseman said, “That is heaven.”


I look forward to seeing you and your family in class at the Dojo.



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 


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