I was inspired to create this site on finding happiness to share with you some of the insights for living a happier life that I have gained through my work as a Mind Freedom coach and meditation teacher over the past few years.
In particular, I would like to share how changing our relationship with the mind can help us to effortlessly uncover the natural joy and happiness that always exists at the core of our Being.
For many people, happiness is conditional.
If I win the lottery, meet the right partner, receive an apology, find my life purpose - then I will be happy.
While we are waiting for things to change, our happiness is postponed. We live in a state of 'becoming' happy and finding happiness is seen as a goal to be achieved in some future moment when conditions are ripe.
And even when conditional happiness does arrive, it is always short-lived because it is never long before there is something else to change, fix or figure out first.
So, the question is:
"Instead of waiting for happiness to magically appear someday, is it possible to learn how to BE happy (or at least happier) right NOW, regardless of what is going on in our lives?
And the answer? A definite YES.
In fact, I would say that right now is the only time that happiness can be experienced.
Through: • the articles on this website
• my e-book Kick The Thinking Habit
I hope I can help shine some light on your path to a happier life.
The site is divided into these 3 main themes:
Happiness As a Mindset
Change Your Relationship with the Mind
Happiness Beyond the Mind
Happiness As A Mindset
Finding happiness, to a great extent, comes from making this simple decision:
"Today, whatever comes up, I choose to be happy.
Most people are about as happy as they decide to be - Abraham Lincoln
We can learn to consciously change how we habitually respond to the events that show up in our lives. Whatever our experience in any given moment, there are always choices we can make which either increase (or decrease) our level of happiness. Happy people consistently make choices which lean towards happiness.
See the following pages:
Changing Our Relationship With the Mind
A major block to finding happiness for many people is the incessant mental chatter that goes on in their heads, especially when it is negative or judgmental.
Being subjected to the same old patterns playing over and over like worn-out gramophone records can be stressful and make you want to pull your hair out.
Check out the following pages for some tips on how to pull the plug on an overactive mind:
If you want to know some simple and effective ways to stop the negative mental chatter in your head you may also wish to read my 157-page e-book
which draws on my experience as a monk and meditation teacher and is packed full of tips, exercises and insights to help you think less and enjoy life more.
Happiness Beyond The Mind
Children are generally much closer to their authentic, joyful natures than most adults are. Why is this? Most adults are so "compulsively occupied" with their minds that they fail to notice the peace, joy and happiness which are always present beyond the movements of the mind
In fact, finding happiness is a misnomer. It is always there. We are simply too busy thinking to notice. When the mind is STILL , everything we seek is already there. The best tool for achieving this is to find some form of regular meditation practice.
I hope you find the site both fun and enlightening! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or just to say hi! :-)
Love, Peace and Happiness, Richard
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