THE ART OF HAPPINESS
The Art of Happiness
So, you say you desire to be happy, but are you actually doing what it takes to be happy?
I remember a time when I believed happiness was something ‘out there’ in the world, something to seek, to find, to get… That mindset never got me anywhere, except to the land of suffering. It wasn’t until I understood what it took to be happy that I ended the insanity of the human vicious cycle. It took me rising to my highest self and taking responsibility for my own happiness. It took me releasing all responsibility of others to ‘make me happy.’
Now, I know happiness is something to create everyday, in every moment, in every way. This does not mean that I am delusional and make pie out of dog shit… It means that I create what it is going to take to have the life I desire!
Mastering The Mind
In the book ‘The Art of Happiness’ Dalai Lama speaks of the ACTIONS to create happiness. He speaks of the ’cause-and-effect’ universe being accepted as a natural law. He simplifies it by saying, “If there are certain types of events that you do not desire, then the best method of ensuring that event does not take place is to make sure that the causal conditions that normally give rise to the event no longer arise. Similarly, if you want a particular event or experience to occur, then the logical thing to do is to seek and accumulate the causes and conditions that give rise to it.” He calls this ‘The Way’….. which is to identify the factors that lead to happiness versus suffering and then eliminating the pre-suffering choices.
Well, this sounds good in theory, or if you are the Dalia Lama, but what if you know what you ‘should’ do, but find yourself doing the exact things you know will bring you suffering anyway? He goes on to address this exact issue with the commitment of disciplining one’s mind. This begins by focusing on what you do want instead of what you don’t want, saying that our mental outlook is the only thing that brings happiness. He sums it up, “As long as there is a lack of the inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, no matter what external facilities or conditions you have, they will never give you the feeling of joy and happiness that you are seeking.”
Today, I will identify the factors that lead me to happiness and to suffering. I will ask myself, “How can I eliminate the things in my life that lead me to suffering?” I will spend time meditating, calming my mind, getting clarity and knowing my Divine Birthright to be happy. Today, I will release the need to be comfortable through instant gratification, sacrificing for long-term fulfillment. Today, I will take actions that I know bring me happiness!
Happiness is a clear choice, a conscious decision… a way of life!
Today, I choose happiness! End of limited story…