I know you have probably heard that money doesn’t buy happiness. But let’s go beyond that now . . . how can you find happiness in this busy, stressful world?
I’ve learned something quite profound that’s helped me become a happier person. I’ll share this with you.
Do you agree that as we live our lives, more and more stuff gets layered onto our state of being? All those times you’ve been burned by friends and co-workers, how your parents criticized you, how that other driver yelled at you because you were in his way? All of these experiences affect you. I think you would agree that you have created layers of defense around you over time.
All these layers protecting you develop into your current state of being – how you behave, how you think and feel, and how happy you are.
Imagine these layers of self-protection as your ‘form’ – the persona you choose to portray to the world. Now, what if you drop this form for a moment? Scarey thought, isn’t it? Just the thought of dropping your form likely makes you feel exposed and vulnerable.
Why would you want to drop your form? With practice, over time, dropping your form allows you uncover your true state of being, the unadulterated state of pureness that you were born with before life’s experiences got in the way. It allows you to feel like your true self.
Let’s be clear. Dropping your form is not easy and it takes practice. It also does not mean that you necessarily live in a constant state of bliss either.
How do you drop your form? It can be done in meditation. Even if you are not an experienced meditator, you can still sit quietly and practice this.
- Take time to sit or lie down quietly. Give yourself ample time to get into a relaxed state. This might be anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes.
- Once in a very relaxed state, imagine dropping your form. You may have your own way of doing this. Try imagining that all those layers of life’s experiences, perceptions, attitudes, judgments, etc, start to melt and slowly drop down from your body into the ground below you. As your form slowly dissolves, allow yourself to feel safe in doing this. Allow yourself to feel your persona, your ego, dropping off of you.
- Allow your true, unadulterated, pure self to now expose. You may even allow your pure self to start glowing or feel your vibration of energy as it is exposed. Take the time to feel what this feels like. Don’t be scared. Just allow. Do not doubt if you are doing this right. If you feel different, perhaps vulnerable, you are doing it right.
During this moment of meditation or quiet time, you may experience the feeling of happiness. The more you practice dropping your form, the more you will feel the innate happiness within you being expressed.
The more you practice doing this in meditation, you will practice understanding the feeling of what your inner happiness feels like. It is unlikely, however, to expect that this feeling will stay with you all throughout the day. But the more you practice this, the easier it will become, and now I am able to call this feeling up during the day without sitting in meditation.
Please give this a try. It’s different and it works for me.
Wishing that your happiness is able to shine from within you,