Monday, September 16, 2013

Do the Right Thing and Accept the Consequence

By Barbara Berger

(Excerpts from Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life)

The number 7 cause of suffering and unhappiness is not doing the right thing because you’re afraid of the consequences.

Doing the right thing
….The impulse to do the right thing burns brightly in each of us.
It is our nature, the heart of us, which is love. When we oppose our innermost nature, we suffer and so do others. That is why I feel so strongly that if you want to live a happy life, do not cover up this urge, this flame, this bright impulse to do the right thing (which is always an expression of love) – regardless of the cost. This flame is your morning star, this flame is your guiding light, this flame is the heart of you.
Doing the right thing on a daily basis  
Doing the right thing is not just a social-political activity or just about doing the right thing in the big areas of your life; it’s also a daily activity because every moment of our lives we are faced with choices big and small. And every choice, every action has consequences. This is because of the law of cause and effect, which is always in operation and which means that every thought, word and action sets in motion a chain of events and happenings that echo down through the ages. We live in a universe of interdependence where no man or woman is an island, but where each one of us is part of the same fabric, part of the same web of life, each inextricably influencing each other and the whole.
That is why it is so important to be mindful and pay attention to what we are thinking, saying and doing. Because everything we think, say, and do has consequences. When we are mindful and always try to align ourselves with our true inner knowingness, we are living and acting with as much awareness as we are capable of – in both the public and private arena. More than this we cannot do.
With this growing awareness, we discover that no matter where we are or who we are, we are always being given the opportunity to do the right thing. Regardless of our station in life, regardless of our culture, age or sex, choices are appearing before us all the time, each and every day. This is the way of it as it unfolds before us. Events may be big or small, but all events and activities are equally worthy of our attention. Every event, every issue, every situation is awaiting our stamp – your stamp and mine – the stamp of our integrity – the stamp that expresses our highest vision of what life can be on earth.
In every case, in every situation, it is our intention that counts. Intention is the golden key and determines our focus. We must ask ourselves: Is our intention for the highest Good? Is our intention for peace, love and harmony? Is our intention to avoid or end suffering? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves over and over again as we proceed through our day. These are the questions we need to ask as we reflect on our choices and our activities.

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Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul (published in 30 languages) and The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind. Her highly acclaimed book, Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life (already published in 14 languages) is being released in the US and the UK on August 16, 2013. The books can be ordered on For more about Barbara Berger see

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