10 Ways To Be Happy and Stay There

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“When you are joyous by your nature, your actions will rise to a completely different level.” ~ Sadhguru

Are you happy? Really happy, to the point of experiencing true bliss?

I had to ask myself that question when I was listening to one of Brian Tracy’s seminars on goal-setting. He explained that narrowing down each goal, then ordering them to level of importance would help one achieve whatever goal is desired.

The first thing that came to mind was a goal I intend to reach by the Autumn of 2015—becoming a certified yoga teacher. It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time and I am currently preparing for the journey.

Secondly was to learn how to become a true minimalist, as the first lesson I learned in minimalism left me intrigued and the desire for more knowledge on the philosophy.

I found myself writing my third goal in capital letters, and wasn’t sure why at first until I became aware what I wrote.

Be HAPPY.

I suddenly realized that I didn’t really know how to be happy, much less stay in that place of gratitude. Of course, there were times that I experienced true happiness, making it a part of my daily life seemed to be a constant.

It so happens that when one searches for clear answers, they appear almost instantaneously.

Below is a wonderful post I found by Jaggi Vasudev, also known as Sadhguru; a gifted author, yogi and philanthropist. In this article Sadhguru shares his tips on how to happiness a reality.

#1 See that being joyful is your fundamental responsibility

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. arise. 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.

#2 Realize that joy is your original nature

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.

#3 Put things in perspective

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. Their psychological process has become far larger than the existential process, or to put it bluntly, you’ve made your petty creation far more important than the Creator’s creation. That is the fundamental source of all suffering. 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.

#4 See the mind for what it is

What you call as “my mind” is not yours actually. You don’t have a mind of your own. Please look at it carefully. What you call as “my mind” is just society’s garbage bin. 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 say, “I don’t like this person,” you will receive a lot more from that person than anyone else. You really don’t have a choice. 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.

#5 Move from psychological to existential

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. What you think has nothing to do with reality. It has no great relevance to life. 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.

The rest of Sadhguru’s wisdom can be found in “How to be Happy in Life? 10 Tips to Make Joy Your Companion”

It’s your turn. Do you find it difficult to stay joyful amongst the chaos of everyday life? Have you been able to clear the clutter and embrace happiness? Please share your comments below.

 

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