As I sit listening to the rain, I realize that many people are feeling down because the rain never seems to stop and I’m reminded of a powerful lesson:
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without” (Buddha)
This is probably one of the most challenging lessons that we must practice if we want to experience more happiness in our lives.
I’ve never been one of those people that are affected by the weather, so my mood and state of being are not usually impacted on what it’s doing outside. Although my mood not affected by the weather, it is affected by many other things in my external world. Things like whether I think someone is annoyed with me, whether I got the job I wanted, being around someone that is in a bad mood and the list goes on. My moods would go up and down like a roller coaster depending on what was going on out there. Can anyone else relate to this?
Practices like meditation help you to anchor your happiness on something that you can control – your inner world.
You don’t make it happen by saying, “Now I’m going to anchor my happiness on my inner world.” You start by observing your inner world. Most of us don’t even know what our inner world feels like because we’re so distracted by the outer world.
Meditation will help you practice getting in touch with your feelings, emotions, thoughts and sensations. Getting in touch and becoming aware is the first step towards finding more peace in your life. As soon as you begin to notice, something amazing happens. You start to realize and experience your inner world as a place of stability, in the ever-changing world around you.
It doesn’t mean that you have to like everything that is going on in your inner world. Let’s face it, there are some things that you’d rather avoid.
Spending a few minutes every day, however, noticing and accepting what is, is the first step towards more happiness, peace and inner contentment.
Where do you anchor your happiness?
Check out this inspiring Ted Talk by Matthieu Ricard: The Habits of Happiness.