Over the past few decades I’ve done a lot of experiential exploring in the field of consciousness, meditation and what causes happiness.
I have experienced first-hand the reality that if mental quietness is practised as a daily routine, there is a progressive and spontaneous shift towards more inner joy, peace of mind, ‘spontaneous right action’ and overall well-being. I have also been aware that we can accelerate this personal growth even more by being vigilant in listening to our own inner wisdom. The two approaches go hand in hand.
The challenge is, of course: how can we take these lofty ideas out of the realm of philosophical theory and put them into practice so that we can actually experience some real benefit in our lives? And how can we keep the practice simple enough so that we actually do it?
From what I have seen and experienced in my fairly long life, a goodly proportion of people start using new ‘tools’ for self-improvement at some stage of their life. These ‘tools’ might include, for example:
However, life just ‘happens’ and we get caught up in our immediate situations, and all those good intentions get forgotten in the moment. It all seems like just such a ‘mission’. And, quite frankly, it is.
Life should be lived more spontaneously, without having to remember to use all these techniques and tools. Yet, at the same time, life itself has rhythms and routines. For most people such routines include getting up in the morning, taking a a shower or bath, getting dressed, having breakfast or something else to start the day, cleaning one’s teeth, going to work, having lunch and later dinner, and then going to bed.
If we can incorporate into such a daily routine one more simple, natural and stress-releasing habit, one that will result in real, lasting changes in our psycho-physiology, then for the rest of the day we can get on with living our life, without trying to remember to do our self-improvement techniques repeatedly during our waking hours.
I am pleased to say that I have evolved such an approach to a better life, and I consider it to be a part of what one might call the formula for happiness. Moreover, I am happy to share this with you in my courses that I offer free of charge on my Happiness website.
What I offer is something that is simpler and more natural than any meditation technique I have ever come across. I don’t even call it meditation, because that would be misleading. I call it Conscious Mental Rest (CMR for short). CMR does not include any of the trappings and complicated methods promoted by many experts and ‘spiritual entrepreneurs’ in this field. Conscious Mental Rest is not aligned with any religion or belief system; it can be used by anyone, anywhere, just like taking a daily walk.
Some time ago I had another invaluable insight into other aspects of how we are wired for more happiness, better health and greater peace of mind. And I saw how most of us are not only blocking the flow of inner joy, but we are actually thinking and behaving in ways that make life worse for ourselves in the long run. We have forgotten how to effortlessly ‘follow our bliss’, as the saying goes. It relates to listening to that ‘inner voice’, and how, actually, to do that.
I had discovered what some call ‘the secret’ of happiness, or the formula for happiness. It is a two-fold approach to unlocking the happiness we already have within us. Not only does it unlock the happiness, but also joy, peace of mind, wisdom, common-sense, better health and all other aspects of that creative consciousness that is our essence.
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