Yogi Bhanjan tells us that our birthright is to be healthy, happy and holy. But what would it take to make you happy? If you had all the money in the world, would just material wealth make you truly happy? Most probably not, because happiness is not a thing it is state of being. To make your life happier it takes conscious effort and cultivation of new habits and patterns.
A Yale psychologist Laurie Santos created a course (that nearly 25% of all Yale undergraduates signed up for in 2018) which concluded that if we could spend month learning the technology of happiness we would be happier. It is a bit like learning to play the violin or a new language, you need to commit and practice.
Santos calls it rewirement, something we talk about a lot in Kundalini the ability to create neuroplasticity in the brain to retrain our thinking, i.e. qualify our thoughts so they serve you not the neurotic monkey mind. The teachings also tell us that happiness is not just an emotional state, but has a physical and spiritual component.
On a physical level we can bring greater happiness into our lives if we start connecting to our navel point or Nabhi. This point is 2-3 inches below our belly button, but lies greatly unused by the modern human being. It is the point where our nerve endings and meridian points come together to connect us to the world. By creating a strong and centred nabhi we can control our health and energy. Yogi Bhajan says:
“Whatever you hear, whatever you see, and whatever you say is controlled by this navel point. If the navel point pulse is felt a little above the navel point, it means diarrhea. If it is a little below, constipation. If it is on the left side, gas. If it is on the right, burp. And all it has to be off is one millimeter. If the navel point is one millimeter off, your entire digestive system, your feelings–you are not you.” When you do not feel you, you do not feel happy.
Spiritually to feel happy we need connection. Connection to nature, loved ones and our spiritual family. My experience last week of spending 6 days with my spiritual community on retreat left me feeling uplifted inspired and deeply connected which in turn made me very happy and content. Serving, helping, giving and general acts of kindness make us feel happy. This is because we are serving the spirit in the other which we recognise has the same needs as ourselves.
In the 2012 New Zealand study researchers found that the following behaviour enhanced enjoyment: This list is just a start.
- Talking to another person about feeling good and lucky
- Laughing and telling yourself how proud you are of yourself
- Focusing in on the moment
- Physical – more sleep, exercise and deep relaxation
- Emotional: Making a list of all the things you feel grateful for as well as savouring special moments of your day. A cup of tea, the breeze on your skin, your first breath in the morning.
- Radom acts of kindness.
- Take a one month free course on happiness https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being
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