How the State Shapes Your Reality, Limits Your Consciousness, and Separates Your Family.

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Today’s societal structure operates in such a way that is systematically designed to prevent individuals from reaching deep, intimate levels of thought. By participating in society’s game, a majority of individuals are forced to agree to many terms that ultimately shape their reality, limit their consciousness, and separate them from their families. The 40-hour work week, for example was proposed by Henry Ford in 1914 as a means for maintaining optimal productivity. However, more than 100 years later, many individuals are still bound to a 40-hour work week, and for good reason. It is my belief that the standard working model is set in place to subversively destroy families throughout America.
Whether individuals choose to acknowledge their reality or not, the simple truth is that a professional career is quite possibly one of the most important aspects of an individual’s life. A career provides you varying degrees of financial freedom, allows you to take part in leisure time, when permitted, and provides food, heat, and shelter for your family. However, the costs associated with acquiring a fruitful career, although intangible, are rather significant. For example, agreeing to a 40-hour work week ensures that you will spend a majority of your life away from your loved ones, while your children are told what to think and believe by complete strangers. Wives and husbands become estranged over time, as they begin to spend more time at their workplace than they do with their significant other. This can cause individuals to become closer with their coworkers than their significant other, leading to a lost connection that was once present, or in some cases, infidelity. Worse yet, many individuals take their work home with them, whether mentally or physically, preventing said individuals from being able to have any sense of clarity or deep thought, as they are often too busy thinking about what they will have to tend to at their workplace the following day. While the 40-hour work week is just a small piece to society’s game, the latest and greatest technology ensures that we spend as little time with our families as possible while away from the workplace.
Although some choose to limit their technology use, it is no secret that a majority of individuals indulge in various mediums of technology throughout the day. For example, social media ensures that individuals remain separated from their friends and family while portraying a false sense of interconnection. Constantly scrolling through various news feeds of superficial content ensures that many individuals remain in a constant state of discontent, causing said individuals to continue an unsustainable rate of consumption as a means of filling an empty void in their lives. And the constant consumption of new products and technology ensures that a majority of individuals will have to remain dependent on their 40-hour work week in order to continue living a lifestyle that is simply designed to feed the ego.
To no fault of your own, these needless wants are instilled in almost all individuals at a very young age through varying mediums of entertainment. Children are highly impressionable by nature, and as such, they tend to mimic the wants of their peers as a means of fitting in. But where do these wants stem from? It is my belief that television and other forms of media are simply vessels for instilling superficiality in young children under the guise of entertainment. Not only does television ensure that families around the country remain detached from their family members through simple distractions, it also shows children a false sense of reality where many individuals live lifestyles that, for most Americans, is simply unobtainable. Not to mention, the little amount of time left at the end of the day to spend with one’s family is often instead spent in silence whilst staring at a plastic screen projecting various images. This perverse method of selling products and lavish lifestyles via entertainment causes many children to ask more from their parents so that they may fit into their current social circles while looking more desirable to outsiders. However, if parents succumb to the superficial wants of their children, and most parents do, then they will be required to work longer hours or make financial sacrifices that will affect their family’s quality of life. The result is more time spent at work away from one’s family, which will ultimately contribute to a growing resentment that many children develop towards their parents once they begin to feel neglected. This is one of the many ways that televisions are used by the state to infiltrate the homes of families throughout the country in order to begin shaping the reality of children.
Although these traps are purposefully set in place at every turn to cause conflict within families, they can be minimized rather easily with a few simple lifestyle changes. Instead of choosing to watch TV when returning from work, consider reading a book or reflecting on where you are currently in life. Instead of choosing to use social media as a way to satisfy your ego, consider getting rid of social media altogether while committing yourself to strengthening the relationships around you in real life that you care about most. Instead of thinking about what your next day at work brings while at home, consider basking in the present moment where you can give all of your love and attention to your family. Tribal societies are an incredible example of how families can strengthen their bond without the need of material possessions.
When considering life during tribal times, hunting, gathering, and thinking were quite possibly the most prominent activities in day-to-day life. With no technology to distract from furthering an individual’s interpersonal development, many in tribal societies more than likely spent a good portion of their time talking with family members and reaching deeper levels of consciousness that is nearly impossible for many individuals in modern times. In fact, in today’s society, you would be hard pressed to find a large group of people that have been able to prioritize the things that are most important in their lives. This is because with so much outside stimuli imposed at any given moment, and so little time to reflect on one’s own life, society’s game has reduced individuals to their economic worth, preventing said individuals from taking extended periods of time to sit and think.
We are only here for a brief period of time, and instead of spending said time with family and loved ones, we choose to chase superficial materials that we think will bring us joy and comfort. The only joy and comfort that can be found in this life is the joy and comfort that comes from family, friends, and a sense of community. Acquiring as many material possessions as possible may provide instant gratification, but none of the materials acquired will be of any value when you reach the end of your life with no sense of family or community. Creating meaningful relationships with loved ones while continuously striving to remove yourself from society’s game is one of the only ways to ensure that you avoid the countless traps set in place that are designed to shape your reality, limit your consciousness, and separate your family.

I wrote this article because I have come to the realization that I was placing too much importance on things that have no real impact on my life. I hope that you may find some grains of truth in this article that can also help you improve your day-to-day life.

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Mindfulness and Happiness

Mindfulness = Happiness?

Scientifically, the answer is YES.

Mindfulness refers to a state of mind characterized by awareness and attention in the present moment, and by an accepting, curious, and non-judgmental attitude.

The idea behind modern mindfulness training is that we can decrease stress and increase well-being by changing our relationship to our experience. Mindfulness means being present no matter what we’re doing, and being aware and curious about what’s going on inside and around us–without judgement. It means accepting experience, even when we don’t like it, and it means knowing that, often, everything is truly okay—right this minute—and doesn’t need to change. The application of these concepts in everyday life helps limit some of our most ubiquitous mental health scourges, including sleep-walking through our days without really connecting with anyone or anything; the rote pursuit of questionable habits or routines; distracting categorization of every situation or experience as good or bad; and focusing on the past or the future at the expense of the present.

Many people who begin practicing mindfulness meditation report improvements in mood, stress level, and overall quality of life. It seems that practicing mindfulness can improve our quality of life and make us feel happier.

Mindfulness is accessible: anyone can learn about it and anyone can practice it.

Mindful Practices To Live A Happier Life

Be Playful

We need playtime and we need it daily! One of the first scientists to embark in the field of neuroplasticity, Marion Diamond, showed how rats that have toys and playmates inevitably ran mazes more efficiently and also showed growth in an area of their brain (the cerebral cortex) involved with cognitive processing. Play enhances social bonds and social learning—key areas for generating happiness.

How do we figure out what play means to us? This is going to mean different things to different people. What’s playful to you, may not be playful to me. You may enjoy competitive sports, board games, or going out and doing something — anything. Making it prosocial with friends adds another level of engagement.

Be Mindful

Well, you knew I was going to say this one. Years ago, Dan Gilbert and Matthew Killingsworth out of Harvard created an app called trackyourhappiness.org. This app pinged you to see if you were paying attention to what you were intending to pay attention to and how you were feeling (this is a general description). Thousands of people went through this and they found that on average our minds are wandering 46.9% of the time. It also found that the more the mind wandered, the unhappier we were. Now there are a variety of studies pointing the happiness effects of mindfulness on the brain.

Ultimately, mindfulness helps us pay attention to our intentions, here’s a mindful breathing practice to play with daily.

Be Forgiving

We’re all imperfect at practicing what makes us happy. But the better we get at forgiving ourselves for our mistakes, the less dwelling there’ll be and the better we will also get at getting back on track. In Uncovering Happiness you’ll notice the suggestion to practice “Forgive, Investigate and Invite.” Forgive yourself for the time gone by, it’s the past, Investigate what brought you off track so you can learn from it and Invite yourself to begin again.

Also, the better we get at forgiving others, apparently the higher our happiness quotient can go. There’s plenty of research pointing to this, but some of the more informal research by Soul Pancake is more fun (see below):

Be Compassionate

The act of recognizing someone else is suffering with the inclination to want to support them has plenty of science-based correlations to a meaningful and purposeful life. Creating social connection is a major happiness booster, makes important neural shifts in the brain and giving makes it even that much better.

Commit to smiling more, saying thank you, or letting someone merge in front of you in traffic. You can also give financially or volunteer your time. Recognize you are part of a larger network and as my late Grandmother in-law Margie Lipman said in her Ethical Will “Reach out to those who ache for some comfort, search for ways you can lighten their load.”

The Basics – Eat, Sleep, Exercise, Rest

The science seems to be very clear on these (along with probably millions of testimonials). Whenever someone comes to see me in my practice these are the fundamentals I look for. How are you eating, what does your sleep look like, how do you rest and are you exercising? These are all keys to not only happiness, but healthy brain development. Focusing on these basics can create an internal sense of personal control which is correlated with happiness.

It can be overwhelming to consider taking action here, so consider the question, “What do I think I can do?” and then make a plan and go from there.

Take these to heart, weave a bit of them in daily: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (that we stole from Nike) – “Just Do It!”

Meditation Apps To Achieve Mindfulness

The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can often feel like they amplify our daily stress.

Turning to your smartphone for respite from the digital clutter may feel as ridiculous as holding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a pub, with your inbox, social networks and Candy Crush Saga just a couple of taps away.

Still, mobile meditation apps are trying to help. There are hundreds available, although the pool of genuinely useful ones is much smaller. Here are five of the best to try out.

Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation is a term used for many forms of relaxation. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditations can help with conditions including depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, and chronic pain. It might also be helpful as part of a treatment program for cancer and heart disease.

Meditation is one of the best ways to combat stress and the many health issues caused by or made worse by stress. Regardless of age, gender, or health status, anyone can benefit from some form of meditation. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best meditation apps you can download and take with you anywhere.

The Best Meditation Apps ?

Buddhify

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars $4.99
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars $2.99

This is a mindfulness and meditation app that is built around you. Buddhify is perfect for those who are ready to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into their entire day, with meditations that target every aspect of your life, from sleeping, to traveling, to being online. Even if you have never tried meditation before, Buddhify is a life-changer.

Favorite thing: There are 80 different guided meditation tracks, ranging from five to 30 minutes.

Calm

  • iPhone rating: 5 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars Free

If calm is what you need, Calm is the app for you. It starts you out with a seven-day program. This is a great way for beginners to start meditation. Choose between options for sound and length of time, as well as scenes from nature for you to visually focus on while you meditate.

Other features include multiple guided as well as unguided sessions. When you decide you are ready for more than the seven-day program, you can pay for a subscription, which opens up a 21-day program.

Favorite thing: The seven-day sleep program for people who have difficulty sleeping.

Headspace

  • iPhone rating: 5 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars Free

Headspace makes it easy for people just learning the art of meditation. Their level one course features easy, 10-minute sessions for each day that will help you get into the habit of meditating regularly. There are reminders, and you can choose to focus on aspects like foundation, health, and performance.

Once you have mastered level one, you can purchase a subscription that allows you to access even more features and options so you can expand your practice.

Favorite thing: One great feature is the buddy system, which lets you and a friend encourage each other in your journey, as well as a personalized progress page.

MINDBODY Connect

  • iPhone rating: 3 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4 stars Free

MINDBODY gives you the ability to find the fitness and health services that are right for you. You can read reviews and book appointments right on the app. If you are looking for a new yoga studio, a massage therapist, or a deal on local classes, the MINDBODY app can help. It allows you to manage your schedule and goals in one convenient place.

Favorite thing: It can also track information from your Fitbit so you can keep on track with your fitness and health goals.

Mindfulness App

  • iPhone rating: 4 stars $1.99
  • Android rating: 4 stars $1.99

The Mindfulness App is a great tool for advanced meditation, but it’s especially helpful for beginners. Jump into a mindfulness session any time you have a moment free to yourself. You can set your reminders for the times of day that you need to take a quick break and relax.

Favorite thing: The app lets you set the length of each session, and choose whether you want silent or guided mindfulness sessions.

Meditation Timer Pro

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars $0.99

With Meditation Timer Pro, you can meditate in whatever manner you prefer, for as long as you like. It features default sessions as well as sessions that you can customize as your own. Each session includes prep time, intervals, and a cool down, with the ability to choose different sounds for each section.

Favorite thing: You can set duration, prep, and interval times when you create customized sessions.

Omvana

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars Free

Omvana gives you access to many meditation sounds, music, and guided sessions with meditation experts. Focus options include: mindfulness, stress, relaxation, sleep, and more. You can choose the length of each meditation session, from three minutes to an hour.

Favorite thing: One unique feature this app has is the background music mixer, which allows you to mix your music and create the perfect sessions for your needs.

Relax Melodies

  • iPhone rating: 5 stars Free

Relax Melodies is designed with a good night’s sleep in mind. If you have difficulty getting to sleep or feeling rested in the morning, then this is the app to try.

Beyond sleeping, the app is great for any situation that requires calming sounds or music, like yoga, massage sessions, or just simple relaxation.

Favorite thing: There are lots of sound and music options, which you can mix to create a more personalized experience.

Smiling Mind

iPhone rating: 4 stars Free Android rating: 3.5 stars Free
Smiling Mind is a nonprofit that was created to increase happiness and compassion in the world, and this app is one step toward that goal. With programs designed by age group, this app is great for kids, teens, and adults.

Favorite thing: It makes meditation easy for all ages, and the simple design of the app adds to the ease of use.

Take a Break!

  • iPhone rating: 4.5 stars Free Android rating: 4 stars Free

The Take a Break app allows you to do just that — take a break. You can choose between a short break or a longer meditation break. Both options allow you to choose with or without music and, if you are new, there are easy instructions for how to get started.

The app was designed to give users a quick and uncomplicated break to help relieve stress whenever you need it.

Favorite thing: It is simple and straightforward without being bogged down with additional features.

Sattva

  • iPhone rating: 3 stars Free

Sattva is an advanced meditation timer that tracks your progress. This app features challenges and rewards to help encourage you, and features guided meditations and chants, as well as a heart rate monitor, mood tracker, and statistics feature.

Favorite thing: You can connect with a community of others who are working on their mindfulness and meditation practices.

Free Meditation/Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention

Some of the free meditation/mindfulness apps are trending in a big way. Here are five we’re happy we downloaded.

Insight Timer

  • Available for iOS and Android

Insight Timer is one of the most popular free meditation apps out there, and it’s easy to see why. The app features more than 4,000 guided meditations from over 1,000 teachers—on topics like self-compassion, nature, and stress—plus talks and podcasts. If you prefer a quieter meditation, you can always set a timer and meditate to intermittent bells or calming ambient noise.

Right from the beginning, the app feels like a community; the home screen announces, “3,045 meditating right now / Home to 1,754,800 meditators.” After you finish a meditation, you’ll learn exactly how many people were meditating “with you” during that time; by setting your location, you can even see meditators nearby and what they’re listening to.

Insight Timer doesn’t recommend step-by-step sequences of meditations to follow; it’s more like a buffet.
Despite its extensive collection, Insight Timer doesn’t show you a list of teachers—which would be helpful, especially since they feature experts like Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and Sharon Salzberg. And Insight Timer doesn’t recommend step-by-step sequences of meditations to follow; it’s more like a buffet. But these drawbacks hardly matter in the face of all the tempting choices.

Aura

  • Available for iOS and Android

Aura is a meditation app with a simple premise: Every day, you get a new, personalized, three-minute meditation. The same meditation never repeats; according to cofounder Daniel Lee, Aura’s teachers are constantly recording new tracks.

To personalize the experience, Aura initially asks about your age and how stressed, optimistic, and interested in mindfulness you are. The daily meditation that appears also depends on your mood: If you’re feeling great, Aura might suggest “Your Brilliant Heart;” select stressed, and you might get “You Have the Power.” If you like the day’s meditation, you can save it to your library for later listening.

Aura claims to target stress, anxiety, and depression. If a short meditation isn’t enough, you can also listen to relaxing sounds or try their Mindful Breather feature, where you synchronize your breath to an animated circle that gently expands and contracts—surprisingly effective. The home screen encourages you to jot down something you’re grateful for, another tool for well-being.

Aura is straightforward and sparse, but that’s part of the beauty. Particularly if you’re just getting started, or you don’t have lots of time to meditate, the simplicity of one meditation a day could be just what you need.

 

 

Stop, Breathe & Think

  • Available for iOS and Android

If other meditation apps expect you to dive right in, Stop, Breathe & Think wants to help you get acquainted with mindfulness first. A section called Learn to Meditate explains what mindfulness is, why it’s beneficial, and what to expect when you press play on your first track. It even covers some of the neuroscience of mindfulness and the physiology of stress, in case you’re still skeptical.

If other meditation apps expect you to dive right in, Stop, Breathe & Think wants to help you get acquainted with mindfulness first.
Then, it’s time to get started. Stop, Breathe & Think features nearly 30 free sessions, many of which come in different lengths (and different voices—from placid Jamie to friendly Grecco). Most of them are short, up to 11 minutes, and you can choose to work around themes like Breathe, Connect with Your Body, or Be Kind. Or, simply set a meditation timer and find calm amid the silence or relaxing forest sounds.

A progress page keeps track of how many days you’ve meditated in a row and your emotions, which you can record before and after each meditation. Plus, you can earn cute stickers: As a newbie, I’ve collected “Good Start” and “Tick Tock of Presence.” Stop, Breathe & Think is ideal for people who need some more structure and motivation to jumpstart their meditation habit.

 

How to Be Happy

What makes life a joy for some, while a sad and frustration filled journey for others?  It is karma?  It is luck?  Is it disposition?  Is it fate?  I don’t think so.  I think you are supposed to be happy.  You are supposed to be full of joy and wonder, yet somehow, somewhere on this journey, things got out of control and you spiraled into the tedium of everyday life and found your life filled with conflict, suffering and the never ending pursuit of happiness.

How do you get out of this rut now?  How do you find your way back to joy and peace?  Here are 5 tips which I think you will find useful on the journey to reclaim your birthright – fundamental happiness.

1. Understand the Problem:

The first thing you need to do is understand the root cause of your angst.  Why are you so restless and discontented?  Why is your default state not happiness?  To understand this, inspect this very moment of your life and study the situation honestly and openly.  The root cause you will discover is time.

You think in terms of time and time brings in the issue of “becoming” into your psyche.  To put in another way, you are unhappy and bored with your life, because you have believed in an ideal or goal, which you think will make you happy when you will achieve it.  This thirst for the ideal – seeking, destroys the beauty of your life just the way it is in the here and now.  It kills the wonder of the moment and ordinary life.

So drop all your ideals and just attend to your life just the way it is.  This is the pathway to joy.

2. Live Your P assion:

As I explained in the article, Stop the Madness of Self-Discipline, one of the most important things to do in order to live a happy life, is to discover and live your passion.  If you can do this, you will be free from the clutches of society, for you will be doing what you love to do without a care in the world.

You will not be result oriented, as the doing itself will be the reward, and you will have something that no one can take away from you, as it is something that comes from within.

This is also one of the most important lessons for parents to learn.  One of your biggest responsibilities is to help the child discover what it is that he or she loves to do and then help them to do that without concern for survival or success.  Living your passion is one of the most essential aspects for living a happy and meaningful life.

3. Have Trust:

Our faith and trust in life is constantly challenged and over time eroded by all the endless failures and problems we are forced to endure.  This loss of trust then leads to a life filled with worry and anxiety.  We become obsessed with self-security and become completely immersed in our pursuit of happiness.  So instead of living in trust and going with the flow, we become machines of fear and worry and have no peace within.

This peace and ability to live spontaneously comes with just being able to trust.  Not trust someone or some belief, but simply just having trust in life.  This then translates into being carefree and not carrying the burden of self-interest, which bring w ith it g reat freedom and joy.

4. End Isolation and Endless Self-Interest:

All of our endless thinking about ourselves and endless selfish activity isolates us more and more from the whole.  It keeps on putting more and more walls around ourselves and eventually we find ourselves utterly alone and lonely, cut-off from the world, miserable and unhappy.  So you need to change this approach if you indeed what to live a happy life.  You have to simply drop endless self-interest and instead live in a connected way.

Connect with all aspects of life, be a part of the great play of life, connect with nature and others, connect with awareness and intelligence, this will bring you to happiness.  Thinking about yourself, isolates you more and more, so just stop doing that.

5. Mediate:

All of the above tips I have given for being happy, are really a part of meditation.  It is living a mediate life.  Mediation is the process which starts in time and then transcends it.  So if you really want to be happy, want to be at peace, meditation is the way.

If you have more tips for being happy that hav e worked for you, please do share them with us in the comments section below.  Also, if you like this or any other article on the website, please share with your friends and family or Facebook, Twitter, etc.  I appreciate your support.

Spiritual Happiness For The Ordinary Person

SPIRITUAL HAPPINESS FOR THE ORDINARY PERSON

This page is my offering of spiritual happiness for ordinary people only – so if you’re a bit special, or a bit beautiful, or a bit out of the ordinary in any way, please leave now. We will refund your money at the door.

While the OOO’s (Out Of the Ordinaries) make their way out, lets talk about spiritual happiness.

What is it?

My old copy of Webster’s Dictionary defines spiritual as: Pertaining to or consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal; pertaining to the mind or intellect; mental; intellectual; pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Divine Spirit; proceeding from or controlled and inspired by the Holy Spirit etc. etc. etc.The same defines happiness as: The state or quality of being happy etc. Click this link for Wikipedia’s definition of spirituality

In my experience, spiritual happiness is quite rare, and characterized by the following traits: serenity, kindness, humility, non-materialistic and of course the happiness just flows from them. A spiritually happy person is in tune with and accepting of themselves.They feel no need to impress anyone or to compete.They love themselves (not in an egotistical way) the way they are. So, is your spirit happy?
No? The best way I know to achieve a happy spirit is to give it room to emerge by learning meditation

Studies have shown that children are more resilient when they have some kind of spiritual belief system.Well, guess what?

A child + a few years + a few kilos = you and me! So, we are ALL more resilient when we have spiritual beliefs.If you clicked the above Wikipedia link you would have read that a part of spirituality is the perception of a connection to ‘something bigger’ than oneself.This does not mean we should cart ourselves and everyone we care about to church every week.However, if you do attend church and have found an organized religion in which you can express your own spirituality that suits your needs, continue merrily on your way!

Hands up who knows someone ‘holier than thou’ who attends church every week, may even be on the committee and yet they can’t speak with civility to their own family? Okay I can’t quite see down the back………………oh yes, yes that’s nearly everybody here! Thanks you can put your hands down now.The scary part is that person thinks they are spiritual/holy! They honestly believe walking into a building on a regular basis and being nice to the people there (whilst being an -no can’t say that on the net- a ‘less-than-nice person’ six days a week) makes them heaven-bound! Go figure!! Their God (or whoever) must only work church hours!

There are obviously many thousands of people for whom organized religion works – but the numbers of dissatisfied churchgoers are climbing. Congregations are realizing that listening to a man in a frock preaching from a rule book written centuries ago is not of much real relevance in their daily lives. People are searching for a more personal connection with ‘something bigger’ and yet many more have found it.

If you have tried an organized religion but it didn’t sit well with you, or you haven’t even dipped your toe in the water, this page may be the answer to your prayers (pardon the pun).Please be aware this is not a criticism of churches. Many spiritually happy people do attend church as a way of expressing their own spirituality – not merely to ensure gaining admission upstairs when their big day arrives! I’m not here to tell you what to believe, but given the previous show of hands, it would be very difficult to believe spiritual happiness is found inside a building.

Well then, where is it?

Whether you think you’re a spiritual being or not, your spirituality is inside of you! Not in a building, nor in a rule book (but there are some greatbooks which can help you form your opinions/beliefs). We are all spiritual beings i.e. we all have spirits. If you are ignoring yours, you may be an unhappy person, or you may have an otherwise ‘perfect’ life, but experience a gnawing emptiness you can’t quite put your finger on. If I’m describing you, why not open your heart and mind to your spiritual side? Closed-minded people, having no spiritual beliefs, are ignorant of the life-changing potential they are eschewing. Everything you need is within you – you just need to find it!

Who do I ask?

It is not necessary to find yourself a ‘guru’ (especially if they want thousands of dollars for the pleasure of speaking to you). Spiritual happiness, like any form of happiness is an individual, personal state. It is not up to anyone else to tell you what will suit you or lead to your spiritual happiness.

Do you know someone with a happy spirit?

If you are well acquainted, they wouldn’t mind answering your probing questions. If you’re not well acquainted, I should imagine they’d be flattered by your opinion of them as ‘happy’ and by your intrigue as to their spirituality. But be careful here, numerous people put on a happy exterior for the world when they’re really miserable inside. Don’t let ‘happy’ be your only search criteria – you should also know this person is kind, content and ‘together’.This person also need not become your guru. They are just an information source. Gather information. Ask different people. Read. Make your own decisions. Visit some organizations of interest on fact-finding missions (be careful here too – there are some scary, weird cults out there that prey on the vulnerable, so take someone older and wiser with you). Become your own guru. The knowledge and experience you collect on your journey will slowly form your belief system. Don’t believe everything you hear. Follow your intuition.

You are your own best guide.

Why Do I Need Spiritual Happiness?

When you develop your own spiritual beliefs,you will find life is easier. Depending on how long you search and how deep you delve, you may also find answers to the “Why am I here?” type of questions. They will be answers that make sense to you (and possibly only you!).
Expanding your mind to encompass a ‘big picture’ view of your life really helps you to make sense of it all. Making some sense of the universe will assist you to overcome lifes’ hurdles. That sense of connection to something bigger will comfort you in times of need, reassuring you that you are not in this life alone.

Imagine, just for a moment, you are walking through a seemingly endless, dark tunnel, alone. You trip over several times when the ground becomes uneven, but still you stumble on, not even aware of why you are here or your ultimate destination. Your awareness is limited to the fact that you are in this tunnel and one day you won’t be.

NOW imagine that suddenly you become aware of a presence by your side! A welcome presence. A welcome presence with a torch! This presence knows the terrain and is able to help you negotiate your way through the bumps and troughs.You trust this presence to help you reach a destination of which you were previously unaware. It also explains why you are in this tunnel to begin with. At a certain point in your journey, the presence bids you to turn around as it shines its torch on the path you have trod. To your amazement, the bumps and troughs form a brilliant pattern to which you were oblivious during your negotiation of them!! Everything now makes sense: the tunnel, the bumpy terrain and the need to move forward. This presence has given you a perspective you would never have discovered alone.

And that perspective my friends, is spiritual happiness.

When Do I Need Spiritual Happiness?

The very short answer to this question is: every minute of every day.
You will find the more spirituality you discover inside yourself, the more often you use it. The more often you become aware of a connection to something bigger, the stronger that connection becomes. The stronger that connection becomes, the happier you become, spiritually. Unfortunately, there may be times in your life when your spiritual beliefs are all you have to keep you going. Don’t be one of the many, many people who don’t form their beliefs until their world comes crashing down around them. If you spend some time now really working out what feels right for you, then, should your world come crashing down, your safety net will be firmly in place.

If you are a parent, its even more urgent to get your spiritual happiness together, so you can be a great example to your kids.(See comment above re resilience!) But bear in mind, whatever suits you now may not be what feels right to them when they grow up. They, too will need time and space to explore their own spirituality.

How Do I Find This Spiritual Happiness?

I covered a lot of this answer above under ‘Who Do I Ask?’ when I talked about finding someone you admire and asking them about their spiritual side. Also very carefully, explore some churches/spiritual organizations that may pique your interest. Also, read, read, read, choosing the information that fits well with you, to take on board.
However, there is one more very important action you can take if you are to plumb the depths of your own spirituality…….and that is learning meditation. You may be shocked to learn just how many different religions and philosophies extol the virtues of meditation. Everyone from Catholics to Buddhists use meditation in some form or other.

If you’d like to try (or continue) meditation in a casual, friendly, relaxed environment, you could try my meditation classes in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Read what happy Melbourne clients have to say about them.

To find the spiritual happiness you deserve, explore the spirituality within you. Define your belief system and live it!

A happy life is incomplete without spiritual happiness!

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