Many children learn (either consciously or subconsciously) that happiness is difficult to achieve. They also often learn that one can only be happy when a certain set of external circumstances are met (for example the approval of a friend or parent, or having a certain toy or other item).
But that sort of belief only leads to more unhappiness – the more you acquire the worse you often feel, despite having more things than ever. But so many of us do just that – buy more and more things just to experience a fleeting moment of happiness before guilt and anxiety take over.
In all cases they have learned that happiness is something external to themselves that can only be achieved by having the right object, doing the right thing or obtaining the approval of someone else.
Of course, modern consumerism does its best to perpetuate this myth of “external happiness’. Why? Because then we will buy more stuff, of course! We all need more things – the latest ipod, iphone, computer, car and so on. Only then can we be happy. Or so we think.
Where we really should be looking is inwards. It is only by exploring our inner depths that we can start to realize that there might be another path to happiness that doesn’t rely on seeking anyone’s approval, or indulging in the shallow rewards of consumerism.
If the path to happiness is not outside us, then it MUST be inside. And the good news is – that it is! And not only that, it is accessible to everyone. So what is the path to true happiness? It is finding that quiet place within where you know that you are safe, and loved, and nurtured. No matter what is happening in the external world. No matter what you have or haven’t acquired.
Meditation is one of the paths to finding a sacred place within yourself.
At its most basic, meditation is trance. Trance is a state of relaxed awareness that produces certain beneficial brainwave and body changes – as the level of the practitioner increases one can also experience increasing degrees of psychic and spiritual phenomena. And importantly for this article, HAPPINESS!
What meditation does is to beneficially change your body’s chemical soup and nervous impulses. The result is that both body and mind feels more relaxed. Your thoughts slow down, increased levels of joy-promoting neurotransmitters are released, and you become happy.
So what is happiness, anyway? One definition that I like is a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.”
Meditation is a quick, cheap and easy way to boost your happiness level. It just takes a few minutes a day. You should try it – you’ll be happy that you did!
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