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Ten Ways To Maintain Happiness Everyday
Happiness challenges us to make peace with ourselves. When we begin to live from the inside out that is when we will experience true happiness. The state of our inner world determines the degree of happiness we experience even more than our outer world. When we get clear on the inside we will see the outside differently.
Put your hand on your heart right now, close your eyes and connect with the center of your essence. The beating of your heart symbolizes the beat of you, your attitudes, beliefs, ideas, and dreams. It's your rhythm. There is a part of you that is pure and untouched by the physical world. Some call it the Divine Self, Spirit, Soul, Intuition, Source, Universe, or God. Whatever you choose to call it it means the same thing. It's who you truly are, your true essence, joy.
The reason we can't access it all the time is due to the many ways we have been conditioned to think and believe. Fear—false evidence appearing real—which includes judgments, guilt, and criticism—is the main source of keeping us from connecting consistently with our true essence. There are some things we can do to counteract our conditioning, though. The following ten work well to bring us clarity when practiced regularly:
1. Acknowledge, express, and release your feelings. There are no negative emotions. There may be unwelcomed feelings, but all feelings lead us to a greater understanding of who we are.
2. Talk to someone you trust. Find a person who can be completely objective with you and can help you clearly see what you may be doing to block the expression of your true self.
3. Practice self-acceptance. Never put yourself down for anything. We all make mistakes, do things that we wished we hadn't, and have our inadequacies. Acknowledge these and move on with understanding.
4. Focus on your strengths. Connect with that part of you that can ride the waves. Make a list of all your strengths and refer to them daily.
5. Get quiet and listen to your heart. It knows. You will receive the answers if you create the space to hear the wisdom.
6. Practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift to ourselves. It comes from a place of self-love. It's is not about condoning bad behavior, but loving ourselves enough to let go of the heaviness of resentments. It's a choice.
7. Stop trying to control the situation. It's natural for all of us to want a sense of control over our world, but it is in the letting go that we gain true control. When we change ourselves, our perspectives, and attitudes, it leads to a greater sense of freedom which brings happiness. And that's what we want when we are trying to control a situation.
8. Be open to receiving the good that may be in the crisis, or chaos, or unexpected moment. Nothing is as it appears if you look closely enough.
9. Remember what's important. You've heard it said before—"Is it really going to matter five years from now?"
10. Choose love, not fear. Happiness is about loving, faith, and trusting.
Creating a "home" to house our happiness takes diligence, perseverance, and patience. It's similar to raising a child. Parents make a commitment to nurture the child each day so the child can grow and become the best person possible. If we nurture ourselves like we nurture children we will know our true self.
posted on: 3/6/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side
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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.
My Favorite Books
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
- Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
- The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
- Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
- "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.