Aristotle left happiness out of his writing about emotions? Do you know why? He concluded that happiness isn’t an emotion, but the result of living a life based on virtue.
When we live our life according to what we value, happiness automatically follows! As Sonja Lyubomirsky suggests in her book on happiness, there are 12 “values” to focus on to be happy. All 12 are important topics that every “mindful parent, teacher, businesswoman, and human being” would do well to consider thoughtfully and to implement.
In this short article, we will jump to the 9th topic called: “practicing spirituality”. Firstly…here are all 12:
- nurture relationships
- do activities that truly engage you
- savor life’s joys
- count your blessings
- practice kindness
- cultivate optimism
- take care of your body
- develop coping strategies
- practice spirituality
- avoid over-thinking and comparison
- commit to your goals
Every person has a right to their own religious or spiritual path to give them ways to fill up with peace and love. Slowing down to find peace in the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, in the special fragrance of a rose, or even taking a few quiet moments in the morning between you and that cup of tea or coffee is a start.
It is a worthwhile use of your time to fill the self with peace, and to stop and smell the roses!
Here’s yet another way to fill yourself with peace. I’m sure you can all agree as to how wonderful it is when the rays of the sun land upon your back or your face on a cold, windy day. Well, in a similar way, it is possible to absorb the invisible rays or current of peace from the spiritual Source of Light when you would like a lift.
Start by visualizing your Self (the part of you that is inside and invisible) as a point of light sitting in the center of your forehead; then visualize the Source of Light as a point of light, also.
Breathe in this light which contains everything you need to restore your own peace and spiritual power. Concentrate on the light and peace entering your mind and your heart for 5 to 10 minutes every day, preferably in the morning before you become involved in other things. Let this become a habit!
As each day passes, you will feel a closer and deeper connection with the powerful rays of light and peace entering you.
Take in this light and peace each morning and in the evening, before sleep, record a few things you are grateful for. Watch how your inner and outer worlds begin attracting more and more light and peace and positivity. Like attracts like.
Share from this new reservoir of peace and light and watch it create wonders in those around you. Become a lighthouse of overflowing peace.