All the books I have read on the subject agree that happiness, peace and joy exist in the present moment. When we choose to fully embrace where we are right now we can’t help but feel more at ease and therefore happier.
Instinctively, I know that the experts on happiness are right- the key to joy is to carry it with me even when life isn’t going as I wish. All I really need to do to feel happy is to shift my thoughts to ones that feel better.
Oh, but a mental shift isn’t as easy as one might think. At least not for me!
For my own health and the health of those I come into contact with I want to try an experiment, I want to see if I can be happy all costs.
Let me tell you what I mean by this. Recently there are 3 things that cause me the most distress – my insomnia, my messy house, and my husband working insane hours. Some of these are more under my control than others, but ultimately what makes me the most anxious is the feeling that I don’t have control over these things. And the more I cling to them the more they annoy me.
So, ideally, the next time I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep I will notice when that anger starts to bubble- “Great, another night of NO sleep. And now I have to get up and do all this stuff today. How am I going to get through today?!”
I’m hoping that the noticing will be my first trigger that reminds me to shift to a happier thought. Maybe one like, “Oh GOOD! It’s 4:30 am. Grace won’t be up for another 2 hours so I have time to do some meditating and reading before she gets up.” Even thinking that now makes me a little happier. Hmmm, this just might work! 🙂
What are 3 things that make you unhappy and how can you make a mental shift to a more joyful place?
- Sat Chit Ananda: Being, Awareness, Bliss and What These Vedic Terms Mean for Us Humans (larrysmusings.wordpress.com)