Einstein once said of his life, “the only thing I want to figure out is how to think like God thinks.” If this was God’s life how would God lead it? If these were God’s hands what would God do with these hands.
It is true that the happiest people in life are often those who have found some deeper meaning to which they attribute their life’s purpose. They often relate this to a spiritual if not a religious perspective. Of course there are the happy atheists but it remains true that many people find a deep solace and comfort for life’s struggles from being able to bring a spiritual perspective to bear on life’s challenges.
It seems that these happy ones have often found a way to bring the energy they need to cope with life’s curly ones from combining body mind and spirit in some kind of healthy balance. So, what of developing a spiritual practice which builds your happiness muscle? Well, many people pray or meditate and that offers them a deep sense of relaxation. This calm then fuels their responses and enables them to have a non reactive stance. By non reactive I mean they can choose their behaviours. They are not slaves to the programmes that might otherwise run or ruin their lives: the not good enough voice inside of me, the need for love and approval, for safety and security and the need for being in control.
After all, spirituality is about establishing a relationship with one’s self and the creative life force that is loving, and it is also about surrender and non attachment to outcome. Perhaps this is why happy people are often spiritual ones. They do not try and control life but rather go with life’s flow and energy. They do not need to react emotionally and take offence at criticisms, perceived and otherwise. They have an internal base which is secure. That is, they know to their core that they are loved unconditionally already. Who wouldn’t want the riches of the spiritual life! They are certainly good building blocks for happiness, maybe even joy. The joy that comes regardless of external circumstances.
© Margie Ulbrick
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