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Increasing Happiness

I've had such a wonderful life. I only wish I had realised sooner'. Colette

 "To me, bringing mindfulness-based practices to students, teachers and parents is some of the most important work we can be doing. If we can help the next generation become more self-aware, empathetic and emotionally resilient, they will bring their wisdom to healing the earth and creating a more peaceful world." - Tara Brach

Happiness is defined as a state of mind or a feeling characterised by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy.  Recent research has shown that people are happier when they are concentrating on the present rather than when they are focussed on the past, the future, or are distracted by worries, negative thoughts or fantasies.

  • Concentrating on the present moment is something we can train ourselves to do through mindfulness 
  • Practising present moment awareness we are able to appreciate what we have, here and now in this moment, instead of living in the past hankering after the things we had or could have had, or living in the future anticipating what we might get.
  • When we are distracted by thoughts, story lines and negativity, we bring our attention back to the here and now, back to the present moment

Training ourselves in mindfulness is training ourselves to fully inhabit each moment as it arises, so that when we listen to a piece of music we really hear the music, or when we look at an object we really see it as if for the first time. In this way we begin to experience a sense of being awake, alive, and consciously engaged in what’s happening moment-by-moment.

Being present enhances our appreciation of whatever we’re doing whether that’s walking in nature, listening to someon talk or doing the dishes. You don’t have to look back years from now and say, ‘I was happy back then’. You can be happy right now as it happens.

Practising mindfulness won’t save you from difficulties, from sadness or stress, but it will help you to handle difficult experiences better, to react less and to keep perspective. With a greater capacity to appreciate the beautiful moments in life we can face inevitable difficulties with a greater sense of perspective, balance and stability.

 

Mindfulness can be the key to a happy life!

 

Listen to an inspiring talk about the impulse to evolve by Martin Aylward

http://www.robertdigings.com/impulse-to-evolve-part-1/