In regard to a recent medical study, Deepak Chopra comments: “The healthiest people were those who didn’t spend money that they hadn’t earned, to buy things that they didn’t need, to impress people that they didn’t like”.

This same study Deepak Chopra references also touts that more people die at 9am on Monday from cardiovascular accidents than any other time? Why? Mostly due to stress and anxiety coupled with poor eating habits and lack of exercise – all ailments born from the ego.

I love this quote from the Dalai Lama:

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity answered, — “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived”.

We can equate all of this to mindfulness: Mindfulness of the ego and how it represents us and many times unknowingly controls us; and mindfulness of our needs wants and desires. We have to continually ask ourselves important questions: Are the actions, needs and desires we seek rooted to pleasing others, building our self-esteem or mired in self-gratification? Or are we heading down a path of love, compassion, sans of ego and fully connected to our True Nature?

We should be asking ourselves these questions on a daily basis all in an effort to better align ourselves with positivity and happiness.

John C. Bader