You will no longer have vested interests because whether you do something or you do not do something, whether you get something or do not get something, whether something happens or does not happen, you will be joyous by your nature. When you are joyous by your nature, your actions will rise to a completely different level.
The first and most fundamental responsibility for a human being is to become a joyous being. To be happy is not the ultimate aspect of life. It is the fundamental aspect of life. If you are not happy, what else can you do with your life? Only if you are happy, can other great possibilities open up. Whatever you do, it is only your inner quality that you are going to spread. Whether you like it or not, that is the reality. Unless something of true value happens within you, you cannot do anything of tremendous value to the world.
So, if you are concerned about the world, the first thing you must do is transform yourself into a joyous being. It does not matter what you are pursuing in your life, whether it is business, power, education or service, you are doing so because somewhere deep inside you is a feeling that this will bring you happiness.
Every single action that we perform on this planet springs from an aspiration to be happy because it is the original nature. When you were a child you were simply happy. That is your nature. The source of joy is within you; you can take charge of it. Today morning, did you see that the sun came up wonderfully well? The flowers blossomed, no stars fell down, the galaxies are functioning very well. Everything is in order. The whole cosmos is happening wonderfully well today but just a worm of a thought worming through your head makes you believe it is a bad day today. Suffering is happening essentially because most human beings have lost perspective as to what this life is about.
That is the fundamental source of all suffering.
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We have missed the complete sense of what it means to be alive here. A thought in your head or an emotion within you determines the nature of your experience right now. And your thought and emotion may have nothing to do even with the limited reality of your life. The whole creation is happening wonderfully well but just one thought or emotion can destroy everything.
Please look at it carefully. Anyone and everyone who passes by you stuffs something into your head.
You really have no choice about whom to receive from and whom not to receive from. If you know how to process and use it, this garbage is useful. This accumulation of impressions and information that you have gathered is only useful for survival in the world. It has got nothing to do with who you are. When we talk about a spiritual process , we are talking about shifting from psychological to existential. Life is about the creation that is here, knowing it absolutely and experiencing it the way it is; not distorting it the way you want. If you want to move into existential reality, to put it very simply, you just have to see that what you think is not important, what you feel is not important.
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What you think has nothing to do with reality. It has no great relevance to life.
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The mind is just chattering away with nonsense that you have gathered from somewhere else. If you think it is important, you will never look beyond that. Your attention naturally flows in the direction of whatever you hold as important. If your thought and your emotion is important, naturally your whole attention will be right there. But that is a psychological reality.
That has nothing to do with the existential. Suffering is not showered upon us, it is manufactured. And the manufacturing unit is in your mind. It is time to shut down the manufacturing unit. Today we are seeking happiness so vigorously that the very life of the planet is being threatened. Know how to express your happiness in the world.
If you look back at your life and see, the most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it. What you save will never be your quality. What you dispense will be your quality. When you get up in the morning, the first thing you should do is smile. At whom? No one. Because just the fact that you woke up is not a small thing.
So many millions of people who slept last night did not wake up today, but you and me woke up. So smile because you woke up. Then look around and if there is someone, smile at them. For so many people, someone dear to them did not wake up today morning. Everyone who is dear to you woke up — Wow! Then go out and take a look at the trees. It is not something ridiculous, this is the most valuable thing — that you are alive and everything that matters to you is alive.
When on this disastrous night so many people did not wake up and the loved ones of so many others did not wake up, you and your loved ones woke up. Appreciate it and smile at least.
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Learn to look at a few people lovingly. For many people, it just takes an hour to forget all this and pretty soon their reptilian brain wants to bite someone. So give yourself a dose once an hour — a reminder of the value of life. If you are very insensitive, remind yourself every half-an-hour. If you are horribly insensitive, remind yourself every five minutes. It takes only ten seconds to remind yourself. What more?
At present, the quality of your life is not determined by the clothes that you wear , the educational qualifications that you carry, the family background that you come from or the bank balances that you hold. Rather, the quality of your life depends upon how peaceful and joyous you are within yourself.
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Definitely, somebody who does not have food and who is deprived of the basic needs for survival can be physically miserable. That needs to addressed. For such people, we must take care of those things first. But for most others, their needs are an endless list. The same thing is true for other emotions. This means that sometimes we should just smile, even if we don't feel like it. As horribly forced as that sounds, there is solid science to back up the notion that this will, in fact, make us feel happier.
Facial expression alone, without first feeling the corresponding emotion, is enough to create discernible changes in your autonomic nervous system. Force a smile—lift up those pretty lips, as my grandmother used to say—and crinkle your eyes, and your body will release all kinds of feel-good brain chemicals into your system. You can even just hold a pencil between your teeth—thereby activating your smile muscles—and you will likely find that your heart rate goes down and you start to feel calmer, happier.
The study shows that you'll also find things funnier for a while. I've found the pencil clenching trick works, but it makes me drool. I'm not advocating that we force ourselves or our children to smile when we're in the thick of bad feelings: negative feelings are a wonderful learning opportunity. When kids are feeling crummy, we need to emotion-coach them I'll blog about this soon so that they learn to deal with their negative emotions. Hiding our negative feelings doesn't work, anyway. Research shows that we aren't very good at hiding how we are feeling because we exhibit micro-expressions that our brain registers and understands even if we aren't conscious of it.
Trying to suppress negative emotions when we are talking with someone about something upsetting—like when we don't want to trouble someone else with our own distress—actually increases stress levels of both people MORE than if our distress was shared. It also inhibits the connection between people.
But if you've dealt with your negative emotions and are ready to feel better, by all means paste on that smile. Just don't do it in the presence of others, whom you won't fool and will surely think you a freak. If you can do it for long enough to stir up some real positive feelings, you will have gotten yourself to a better place: smiling boosts our immune system, reduces our stress, lowers our blood pressure, and makes people like us more.
So the next time you feel crabby, go with that old-fashioned advice—put on a happy face. Join the Campaign for , Happier Parents by signing this simple pledge. Become a fan of Raising Happiness on Facebook. Follow Christine Carter on Twitter.
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