I just started reading this thread. The quotes above really resonate with me. Started my own practice 1 year ago and the stress sometimes can be so much. My main goal in life now is to try to really come to grips with what makes me happy. Do I need all the material things I craved for so long? Do they make me happy? I am happy when I am on the top of a mountain that I just spent hours hiking up to, surrounded by nature. I am happy when I am in the arms of my loved one. I am happy when I realize I am healthy and strong.