Yoga Wisdom of The Day ~ happinessasana = What ever that means to YOU. Generate that state of being for yourself.
Perhaps happiness can feel so elusive at times is because we haven’t spent time really focusing on what we need in order to CULTIVATE happiness.
Here are some prompts to help you discover patterns that POINT TO more of what makes you happy:
- What is the most amazing thing that has happened in my life?
How awesome to bring back fond memories but this also shows implicit gratitude. It also shows your scope – is it a specific event or an overall “I’m grateful to be alive!”?
- Describe three ways other people could describe you.
These adjectives could be good or bad ~ or as we all know what complex creatures we really are – somewhere in-between. Examine what is perception vs. reality. The point is to be self-aware, therefore confident.
I recently asked three other people for a description of me (based on a proposal I’m working on for a book publisher). I was surprised at the GREAT difference between how I had described myself and others had described me. Give this one a try… Very interesting exercise…
- What are 5 things I like about me?
It’s good to acknowledge and positively reward yourself ~ so as to encourage changing behaviors and repeating them (which leads to positive FEELINGS).
- Finish This Sentence: My dream is…
What would you do if there were no obstacles in your path (real or imagined)? What would you do if no one else were watching, reading or listening (or fill in the blank with any fear you have)?
Consider these open-ended questions. My suggestion is to journal about them. Not everyone likes to write, though, because they still feel like “someone” is judging what is on the page. I write pages and pages that I never read again ~ just to “put it out there” in the universe.
Use YOGA and/or meditation as a way to settle in to a quiet place where you can listen to your wise inner self. Examining these prompts, like practicing yoga, lets you be yourself without needing to assume some role or disguise. Let this exercise be a place where you can discover who you really are and celebrate that discovery.
… and for those that may say Buddhists only talk about “suffering”… Buddhism pursues happiness by using knowledge and practice to achieve mental equanimity. In Buddhism, equanimity, or peace of mind, is achieved by detaching oneself from the cycle of craving that produces dukkha. So by achieving a mental state where you can detach from all the passions, needs and wants of life, you free yourself and achieve a state of transcendent bliss and well-being.
Namaste ~ StephanieTweet