Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Spiritual Practice: Happiness

Happiness is essential. It is a

 response to an experience of 

pleasure and an awareness of 


Happiness is an inside experience. It cannot be found outside of self. 

“If you want to be miserable, think of yourself. If you want to be happy, think of others” Mahayana Buddhism

The ingredients for happiness is appreciation and gratitude of life as we share it with others.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi

What is one thing you can do 

today to share happiness?

Practice: Make a point every day to share a random act of kindness. Seizing the opportunity to express gratitude through action allows you to focus upon relationships and community which brings the experience of happiness.

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.  Marcus Aurelius

Practice: Thoughts matter as they lead to your actions. Actions matter as they lead to your thoughts.

When we shift our thoughts to extending ourselves to others, we act in gratitude. When we act in gratitude, we experience a shift in thoughts.

"Happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from your own actions."  Dalai Lama

Whoever is happy will make others happy.  Anne Frank

"Happiness is only real when shared" 
Jon Krakauer

Pay attention to your thoughts, your emotional thoughts and reactions to others. Practice acting in “everything is an opportunity to be grateful”. 

Practice: Make a list of your core values in life and experiences that matter most to you. This will assist you in focusing yourself in your authentic inner purpose in life. This brings happiness, gratitude, and joy to life.

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.  Carrie Jones