24 Jun MONEY CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS BUT MEDITATION CAN
Happiness; that elusive feeling we all want and try hang on to only to have it disappear as quick as we got it.
Is it even possible to be happy all the time?
Of course it is and you can remain in a state of happiness for as long as you choose to. It’s as simple as sitting.
How can sitting bring us to a state of happiness you may ask?
Sitting is accessible and achievable at any time of the day or night and all that’s required from you is time, a quiet space and your sweet self. It’s known as meditation.
Have you ever thought of meditating before but not quite sure where to start or the thought of ‘not thinking’ is ‘unthinkable’? For me meditation has had a big impact in my life, the way I feel and perceive life. I do feel a ‘peace within’ and this effects how I think and act.
‘The mind is everything. What you think you become.’ Buddha
Not all positive changes in our lives need to come from giving up something, working hard, spending lots of money or making lots of money to afford buying a change in our life. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could make massive shifts in our life for the better by doing none of the above but instead introducing something as simple as meditation?
‘There is no greater wealth in this world than the peace of mind.’ Unknown
Do you have a spare 5 minutes now to try a short meditation practice? If so, all you’ll need is a chair with a back support.
- Sit down and wriggle around to get into a position where your back is straight and you’re comfortable.
- Tuck your chin in a little, have both your feet on the ground and hands resting on your lap.
- Take a moment to breathe in and out through your nose.
- Notice your breath going in through your nostrils, moving down to your lungs then back out through your nostrils. Do this as slow as you can.
- Close your eyes if you feel like it and continue to breathe in and out through your nose.
- Notice any thoughts come and go.
- Continue to breathe as you relax more……………………………………………………..
- When you feel ready, you can slowly open your eyes.
When you gather your thoughts and notice your surroundings, you just happen to look at the time and see you practiced for 10 minutes that felt more like 5 minutes. How do you feel? Quiet, at peace, calm or possibly none of these? That’s totally okay too.
As you bring your meditation practice into your daily life, you notice your thoughts; try not to attach to them and instead focus back on the breath. If you miss a day here or there in your practice, don’t worry, instead see how you feel in your body and mind. Sometimes the changes can be very subtle; small tiny shifts with a big impact on how you start seeing your world and reacting within it.
‘The sky is not the limit… the mind is.’ Unknown
You know your life has changed because you can feel the shift within you. It’s the little things that used to annoy or irritate you that now don’t seem to affect you the same way. The feeling of calm and peace you first felt has developed into a deep happiness that no amount of money could buy. Know that meditation is not only free and simple to do anytime and anywhere, but it’s available to anyone and everyone. All you have to do is sit, close your eyes and give yourself time to deepen your practice and the rest will unfold.
‘ Manifesto for simple life; eat less, move more, buy less, make more, stress less, laugh more, feel blessed, love more, find a quiet spot everyday and breathe.’ Unknown
Do you have a regular meditation practice or is this something you want to start? Hit ‘comment’ below and tell me your thoughts about meditation and how it’s helped you, I’d love to know.
Be healthy and happy.