As A Tool For Living In The Year 2003
By Joy Abrams MA, FSII
are searching for happiness the thought might cross your mind
that if only you lived in another place or had another job,
then you would feel happy. You might feel that if external
events were different that that would bring you happiness.
Your mind may be stilled and at peace for a short time on
attaining the object or goal but it eventually gets tired
of the new toy and looks elsewhere for pleasure. However,
everytime this happens you might look elsewhere for another
job or perhaps homes in the country but you always have the
same mind. Although, the places that you live and work in
support your spiritual fulfillment, it is important for you
to realize that true happiness comes from your approach, attitude,
and intentions toward the external world not the objects themselves.
There is not one of you that do not pass through difficult
times and easier times in your lives and recent world events
have been difficult for all of us in this world. However,
when the obstacles and great challenges are met with a serene
mind, then you can live a happier existence.
say, Joy how can I do this when so many external events in
my life are so challenging? I know it is not easy. However,
the challenge is to gain control of your internal world.
is constantly replaying old dramas, planning for the future,
and discussing with you the pros and cons of various situations.
By simply slowing down the ramblings and focusing on positive
uplifting thoughts, it is possible to bring about a more effective
life that is happier. Meditating on a pleasant thought further
induces a feeling of contentment. It is a way of cultivating
a feeling of inner peace and reaching the inner you. The following
thought will serve as an example:
yourself walking through a lovely garden.
are off and you can feel the crispness of the grass beneath
fresh and green and the beauty and the feel of it make this
moment a very happy one for you.
walk on you see roses with varying hues from deep red to soft
for a moment and look at their colors and study the shape
of their petals.
them lightly and feel their silkiness.
them and they make you feel warm and contented inside.
and see the devastatingly beautiful hillside covered by bright
yellow and orange marigolds.
in your hands.
above you is clear and brilliant blue.
never seen it look so lovely before or appreciated its beauty
of contentment comes over you.
time to go now.
beauty and contentment you have experienced.
it with those you meet along the way.
inner self shine through.
created grooves in your mind with your thoughts. The challenge
is to concentrate on creating positive channels with positive
thoughts. It is the express purpose of meditation to create
new positive channels in your mind and eradicate those that
are destructive to your happiness.