If we look at the world through coloured glasses we see the world in that colour. If we are peaceful, we see the world peacefully, if we are confused, we see the world in a confused way, if we are angry, we see the world as a violent place. Ten different people will see the world in ten different ways. We see the world through our own mind, it is a reflection of how we are feeling and thinking. When we go into deep sleep, there is no mind so there is no world. So how do we become happy to see the world as a happy and amazing place to be? Well we don’t need to become happy because happiness is in essence our true nature; it is what we essentially are. But our mind is full of thoughts, about 10 per second and this is what can keep us confused or deluded. Becoming focused reduces the number of thoughts we have, practicing various yogic practices can reduce the thought waves and bring us to a state of joy, where peace can then be found. If you are more active and find it hard to sit still, Surya Namaskar; the sun salutations are a wonderful way to bring yourself into a more focused state. If you are the other way then sit for meditation and the thoughts over time and practice will become less. Thoughts are like mental clouds; allow the practice to blow the clouds away. Why are we happier when we are more focused, because the inner consciousness reflects better.
Be happy in your given situation, see your blessings, find the concentration over time and gradually by focusing the mind it will become transparent to the inner light.
OM Lokha Somastha Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings find harmony, balance and peace.
Mangala / NIcky
Image taken in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.