Forget the self-help books and the obsessive ways that you continually try to “fix” yourself. Stop being so consumed with thinking you are flawed and that you constantly have to make things right.
Happiness is not something you need to get a hold of. It’s already there for the taking. Listen to the whisper of your internal subtle wisdom: Happiness is Not Something to Be Found, it’s Something to Be.
Let’s explore these six quick ways to let happiness begin to manifest in your life:
Not too long ago, I conducted and took part in a daily mindfulness challenge. Each day, I encouraged you (and myself) to reflect on topics such as: patience, finding contentment even during turbulent times, being OK when things don’t go your way, learning to let go and more. Now you have the ability to easily continue using these reflections each day, or jump in for the first time. Each meditation is listed below along with reflection cards that you can easily print or view from any digital device. You can start from Day 1, or choose the reflection that resonates with you on a particular day.
On this final morning of the 21 Days to Mindfulness Challenge, I spent about an hour really thinking hard about what the post should be on this final day. I came to the conclusion that it should be about remembering all of your efforts up to this point– even the days when you didn’t stick with it. As long as you remember those tiny realizations, and those small ah-ha moments, these are definitely signs that you’re on the right track.
Life is Like a Rainbow
Think of a rainbow– you can see it, but as soon as you try to find it, it disappears. If you examine your life, maybe it’s kind of like this rainbow. Our bodies are a great way to examine this. We grasp at finding that perfect body weight. We gain a few pounds, and that perfect body is gone, then we struggle like crazy to get it back. When we have it, we work really hard to keep it. We think it’s a permanent, fixed body so we keep running after it. It hangs out for awhile, but when it decides to leave, we have to be OK with that too because this is the very nature of our existence.
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.”
– Shunryu Suzuki
I first read this quote in The Art of Getting Things Done, by David Allen. This concept suggests that you can get your mind into a productive state by eliminating the things that cause you to overreact or under-react. Allen uses examples that we can all relate to such as: responding inappropriately to email, your staff, your projects, your unread magazines, what you “think” you should do or not do.