Happy. We are born to be happy, and happiness is the Truth of us. Our collective momentary amnesia notwithstanding, my goal is to help us all remember that. Myself included.
The best way I've found to remember Happy is to get quiet. Really quiet. For some, this can seem Herculean, and for most, it's not a regular thing. But don't worry, I've been practicing for forty years now, and I've discovered numerous powerful and easy tips. It is my greatest joy to share them!
Here are the main points of my personal philosophy (which isn't "personal" at all...I've just adapted it from centuries of awesomely big thinkers, and generous Truth sharers).
- Joy is the Truth of us.
- Meditation is something we do; a quiet time to finally free ourselves from those 50,000-70,000 unattended thoughts racing through our brains daily.
- Mindfulness is a way of being. It wraps the meditation-induced peace around everything we do.
- It's not possible to change anyone else (I've tried), but it IS possible - and EFFECTIVE - to change our thoughts about how we react.
- Opening our hearts makes us strong, not vulnerable.
- Being happy makes us better:
- family members
- citizens of the world
- Yes, you actually do have time to meditate (because meditation makes us more productive).
- Gratitude is one of the best gifts you can offer yourself.
- Mindfulness isn't "hard," but it is very, very different.
- It's entirely possible to wake up joyful and energetic every single day.
So then, when was the last time you woke up and said, "I LOVE MY LIFE!"? Practicing meditation and mindfulness will probably change the frequency. Before you realize it, you'll likely hear yourself saying how much fun you have, rather than how stressed out you are; about how the weight finally just melted away after years of fighting against the scale; of how much better you sleep at night; about how much more you enjoy work, your family...your life! Sounds happy to me.