True Happiness

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  1. pollyanna

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    Creating the daily habit of deep heartfelt thanks is truly amazing. I used to do this after meditation and then incorporated it into my shower time. Now, every single day, and numerous times each day, thoughts of deep appreciation automatically go through my mind.

    Cultivating this habit takes no time at all, still so few do this and miss out on so much. Here are a few suggestions. Click on the link below if you are interested and see what a difference it makes to your life:-

    http://www.project-meditation.org/community/mind-body-spirit/1547-gratitude-video.html#post7757

    Enjoy and wish you much peace and happiness :) :) :)
     
  2. olmate

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    Pollyanna is so, so, so right. It has taken me a long time, walking many dry gullies – sometimes several times in succession but the truth emerged by patiently and persistently sitting in silence and stillness.

    You see, I had this habitual pattern that played out each day. Instead of feeling deep gratitude and appreciation for what I have presently in my life I was constantly looking forward to a future moment to satisfy me – often in many cases, I wasn't even sure what that was but I thought it was “out there” and would make me happy.

    After a while, it became clear that what was going on was an unease with what is and I had somehow convinced myself that that happiness I sought was not “here”. Each day I had this hope that someday when they I got this or that, I would feel more complete and fulfilled.

    What I learned however was that this apparently “normal” mode of living was fundamentally flawed. There is a deep inherent dysfunction hidden in this way of living, because when I didn't find the “fullness” of this moment right now, I would always be in a state of unease no matter what I was achieving in my life.

    But the good news is that as I realised and awakened to the fact that the pure nature of life is peace, love and joy, its never changing, it’s always the same, and I can always find it to be so when I am grounded in the Now. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with seeking goals, or having a future vision, but the problem for me was with the mindset of looking to the future for happiness while not realizing that happiness is “here” and now. By happiness I mean a place of fullness, where I don’t have a feeling that something is “missing”. This is what true happiness is, it’s not a temporary feeling of pleasure or excitement, but a lasting sense of fullness which I know cannot ever change. Life “is” happiness.

    So, emphatically YES – give deep heartfelt thanks for this moment. It will change your life.

    Olmate
     
  3. kennethkyle

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    very thoughtful post.. i loved this view.. but bit doubtful about whether i can do this..
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  4. chilestick

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    Hello! I like how you view life and happiness. You do it relatively by a positive thinking. I think, that is right for a person to seek true happiness. It is not actually on the material things we have but on how we are able to manage life with ease and peace:)
     
  5. HemantM

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    I think that quite simply happiness not only feels good, but it’s good for your health, your relationships, your work and our society. Happy people have more fulfilling lives, experience a deeper sense of connection to others and to nature and they consistently perform at higher levels than those who aren’t happy. Happiness provides us with the fuel to thrive and flourish as human beings. Society, business, families and our planet need happy people.
     
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    Happiness is in this moment

    It is very true. I have practised loving kindness meditation and it helps so much to end the seeking of something in the future (as Olmate said )which would make us happy.

    In practising this , what I have realised is, one fulfils the need of the moment whether it is completing a task at work , doing the washing or any kind of work without any struggle and slowly the idea of likes and dislikes seems to disappear. Every work that you undertake, you do it with undivided attention ( I would say I enjoy doing mundane things now which I struggled to do before).

    This moment is what is, accept it and surrender to it !!
     

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