How to Maintain Happiness?
The other day I got an email from Deepak Chopra. Don't be too impressed, it wasn't just to me. It was sent, mass email of course, to all those who had responded to an earlier email about a meditation series.
The subject of the new meditation series was happiness. Do you ever struggle with how to maintain happiness? I consider myself to be a moderately to very happy person. I notice quite often during the day that I feel happy and I am grateful for that. Do I have a capacity to have more happiness in my life? Yes, absolutely. Do I wish I were happier, for longer periods of time? Yes, absolutely. Do I wish that I didn't get so thrown off my own happiness by many little things during the day? Yes, absolutely.
Still, I didn't want to open the email from Deepak Chopra.
I didn't want to have to buy anything.
I wasn't willing to spend any money on my own happiness.
That realization made me laugh out loud.
I opened the email and read the most wonderful definitions of happiness.
Definitions of Happiness from Deepak Chopra
Here they are, straight from Deepak Chopra:
"As we begin our exploration of happiness, it’s important to understand how we define what happiness is. As many Eastern wisdom traditions teach, there are two types of happiness. The first kind of happiness comes from things turning out the way we’d like them to. This is known as happiness for a reason. We say, “I’m happy because I have a family and friends,” or “I’m happy because I got a promotion,” or “I’m happy because I’m going on vacation,” and so on. This kind of happiness is inherently fleeting because it depends on external reasons that can be taken away from us at any time. Although we tend to avoid thinking about it, we can lose our home, our job, our savings, our health, and our loved ones at any time. These are temporary, external sources of happiness that come and go like a passing breeze.
The second type of happiness, in contrast, is an internal state of consciousness that allows us to be happy for no reason at all. It is independent of the circumstances, events, people, and things in our lives. This happiness comes from the realization that our true self isn’t our body, thoughts, emotions, personality, possessions, accomplishments, relationships, or any other time-bound attribute. Our essential nature is pure, unbounded consciousness, also known as the field of all possibilities. The attributes of this field include happiness, love, timelessness, compassion, creativity, wisdom, silence, and grace." ~Deepak Chopra
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