♥ Being Myself
When are you happiest? The question is NOT what makes you happy? I have been on a journey lately… It is not one that has taken me to a new or exotic land. Instead, every day, for several days, I, like many others, gather with a dynamic group of contemplative souls; counselors, healers, teachers, artists, every day folk, and we study, meditate, elevate each other, and have intimate conversations about the true nature of mankind… our true nature is pure, basically good and inherently happy. We are exploring the workings of the radiant mind. What is the radiant mind? The heart is the radiant mind. The heart is the doorway to the radiant mind. It never leads us astray and when we are attentive, it reminds us that we are happiest, first and foremost, when we are being ourselves… our unfiltered self. our unfettered mind. Me being Me. You being just You.
“The only joy in the world is to begin.” Cesare Pavese
♥ Exercising and having fun
♥ Spending time with family
♥ In prayerful communication with the Creator
♥ Listening to beautiful music
♥ Practicing Yoga and Meditation
One of the exercises we explored in the workshop with our guide, Dr Robert Holden, was to reflect on the question posed above; When are you happiest? It is quite different from the question: What makes you happy? Why? Because when you think about it, happiness is a state we already have, nothing can make us… others and events can contribute to our innate joy and happiness but not make us become happy. Think about it…
“I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully.” — Anna Howard Shaw
♥ writing and being creative
♥ Being with friends, enjoying humor and a good laugh
♥ Traveling to others places, seeing both the world and the cultures/people who inhabit it.
♥ Reading a great book
♥ Knowing our children are happy
♥ Being at peace with self
Hm mm. The exercise was/is excellent because we have to go to that place in our bodies, the place that holds our memories, our feelings of joyful and sad experiences, and connect with the memories that spoke to us; the sensations that confirmed our recollections of when we were/are happiest. When are you happiest? Relax in a comfortable chair and go to those happy memories. What were they? What are they? Above and below are 25 more to consider. What would you add? When are you happiest? There is always More Below. 😉
“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.” —Epictetus
♥ Communicating with and caring for loved ones, extended family, beloved pets
♥ Enjoying a fantastic meal with others
♥ Taking long walks on the Croton Aqueduct
♥ Waking from a restful, good night’s sleep
♥ Expressing gratitude for all in life
♥ Serving others in need; at food shelters, at camps, in hospitals, and more
If we are at our happiest when we are being our authentic selves, then why are so many people unhappy? If happiness is our nature, why is there so much misery in the world? Why does evil thrive? If we accept our own joy, does that mean only good things will happen to us? We all know that bad things can happen to good people and vise versa. However, our happiness is not dependent on predictable outcomes but on an understanding that we all have access to that feeling of joy and goodwill and that we can connect with it if/when we choose. When we develop a spirit of gratitude for our lives and the lives of others, our outer conditions might remain same, but our inner condition changes to one of contentment and a peaceful joy.
“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis.” —Margaret Bonanno
♥ Enjoying the company of positive friends and supportive people
♥ Teaching and learning
♥ Doing healing Reiki work
♥ Completing a writing project and enjoying great workshops
♥ Staring clear of conflict and offering solutions to conflict
♥ Reading/hearing news stories about people helping others in dire need
♥ Knowing we have performed the best possible job.
If we are by nature happy, then why are so many so sad? Have they forgotten their true nature? Accepting ourselves and being joyful doesn’t preclude unpleasant events from touching our lives. However, we are able to shift gears and move forward. Our optimism helps us regroup and see the good even in the difficult. These are some of the conversations we are having… Add your views and voice as these are also explorations for us all to reflect on. What about you? What are your thoughts? What does happiest mean to you? Do you remember being at your happiest? What led you there? How did it make you feel? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
This post was inspired by a Happiness Workshop…
Positive Motivation Tip: Happiness requires no sacrifice, only self-acceptance… Affirm your joy.