Are you sure?
If happiness is easy why don’t I feel happy right now?
There is no doubt some of you are thinking that.
And that is part of the problem. Thinking, that we are not happy or that being happy is something you have to do. Well the point is you can’t choose to become happy you can only be happy!
Happiness is always present although many people fail to recognise it – even though its just a moment away.
Yoga science tells us that happiness is a function of our innate being and consciousness. Its nothing to do with external places, events, things or other people. Its a real internal place you can visit and stay in. But the mind or ego, which distracts us from the knowing that sends us off to the Trafford Centre rather than a yoga class.
We assume wrongly that happiness is an outside force that we have to buy.
Through yoga based metacognitive techniques we can learn to settle and calm the mind, direct our awareness with purpose and feel our way through to that inner stillness from which Bliss, Love and Happiness naturally arise.
When we are unhappy, it is because there is an absence or a forgettfulness of that natural spatial stillness. Anxiety, doubt, worry, anger, etc arise when the mind/ego/body insists directing our attention from going inwards.
In yoga teaching this constant presence of happiness and joy is called Sat Chit Ananda. Its usually translated as Sat, meaning Truth, Existence or Pure Being, Chit meaning Consciousness and Ananda meaning Bliss.
Feelings of happiness are not evoked. Nor do they come from external events. Feeling happy about a pay rise, a promotion, a new car are fine but are transient and un-real. Your innate happiness is natural, like the warmth of the sun, the sound of the sea, the colour of the sky. They just are. It just is. Nothing more is needed. With practice one doesn’t need to think good/positive thoughts to feel good.
And then the world changes – Feeling good in mind and body, with who you are and what you do we find is our natural state, open and flowing along in the heart of our own life.
So as it says over the entrance portico at the Trafford Centre:
‘HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD’
And know that real lasting happiness comes when you are happy from the inside out. Letting go, and paying attention to what is always present naturally allows this peace and happiness to overtake your day-to-day reality.Its good.
People notice and you will find that happiness will grow in your community once you realise your own potential as a centre for calm, peace, creativity and joy.