Can we learn how to maintain happiness despite stressful circumstances?Every single human being is born equipped with natural acceptance, curiosity and joy of living. Each of us is being born happy. As little babies, we are naturally happy, trusting and open. Happiness is not a feeling, but a state of Mind.
You have probably noticed that there are people in the world whose happy state of being defies any logic, any reasoning we’ve been used to. Those people remain happy no matter what the circumstances. Some of them are poor, uneducated, and even illiterate. Some of them lead regular lives, have regular jobs, and deal with similar problems as the rest of our society. Some are richer, perhaps famous, some are truly well off. Some of them may be chronically ill or starving as we speak, somewhere in the depths of Africa.
No matter what their background, and no matter what their circumstances, those people have one thing in common: happiness. It seems to be their natural state of being. We often think of such people as the lucky ones. We tend to say that they were “just born that way”. Here is good news for you: you too were born that way J
YOU WERE BORN TO BE NATURALLY HAPPY, TRUSTING AND OPEN.What happened then? There could be many reasons for what caused your personal experience and losing your innate joy of life. Usually, we can narrow them down to a specific programming imposed on us during our childhood, or early youth. That programming makes us perceive and respond to the world in a robotic, automatic way, narrowing our consciousness to merely stimuli-response oriented blind tool.
However, more important right now is how to rekindle your happiness and let you expand your consciousness, so that you can be in a consciously happy state of Mind, consciously creating the life you want and deserve.
THE LEVEL OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE LEVEL OF OUR HAPPINESS.In this series, we are talking specifically about some of the tools given us already by the ancient Masters, and now confirmed by science slowly catching up with their teachings.
It is important to wake up to life. Being born to it is only the beginning J
Happiness, as a state of Mind, can be learned. We can rewire our brains for Conscious Happiness J
STEP THREE /WEEK THREE:Remember to rejoice in simple pleasures: observe nature, and notice how playful animals are, how the vegetation is thriving. All of nature expresses its joy of living, one way or another.
Rekindle your own joy – express it through simple activities. You may want to play with your kids, or run fast with your dog, or simply: take a break from your work, turn on your favorite music and dance for good 5 minutes until you feel that your mood is being elevated due to rising of the serotonin levels. It really works miracles J
Remember: excessive exercising does not raise the serotonin levels. You need to vigorously do your favorite activity (dancing, running, biking etc.) only for 5 to 10 minutes to achieve that. Excessive exercising instead makes you feel exhausted – it is used for different purposes, like building muscle tissue (do not use excessive exercising to lose weight – as you will not only gain it back, but also suppress your hormones, leading actually to gaining even more weight).
Useful affirmation for week three:
“I claim my birth-given right to happiness. I let my life fill up with wonderful experiences and wonderful people. I let my life love and spoil me the way I fully deserve. I was born happy and trusting, and I am here to enjoy my wonderful life.” – from the book “365 (+1) Affirmations to Create a Great Life” by Johanna Kern.
And before all:
Relax. All is good. All is just the way it is supposed to be J
Next time we will talk about the Fourth Step to creating happiness in our lives J
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