Happiness is an example of pleasant human emotion. It is a very fundamental necessity of life without which it is impossible to survive. Happiness brightens a person’s life, it makes a human being blossom. Happiness is a consequence of sensible life. It is quite easily attainable, if we just alter some of our basic viewpoints of life. But in today’s world, happiness has become unobtainable, people have to go through enormous hardships in pursuit of happiness.
What is the cause of so much misery?
Psychological ailments have become an unwanted associate in many people’s lives. People are creating misery out of each and every aspect of their lives. No matter what they do, no matter with how much passion and intensity they set forth their job, after sometime they are considering it to be a burden, and henceforth resulting in monotonousness and misery. The foul odor of underlying misery doesn’t get wiped out at any cost. Sometimes, joy appears just for some limited moments, but it is misery that remain stuck forever. The reason why human beings suffer the most as compared to other animals is the presence of a much evolved psychological system, and highly sharp intellect. Due to the presence of a highly sharp intellect, people are dissecting each and every delicate aspects of life, and hence end up creating misery out of everything. Human mind is undoubtedly the best gift that has been showered upon humanity, it is this highly complex and exquisite psychological structure that has caused human to rule over other creatures in this existence. This mind could have been a miracle, but due to irresponsible usage, it has become a misery manufacturing machine. The only concepts of rest in this world are sleep, drink or drug. This is because these are the methods to get rid of the ceaseless chatter of one’s mind, these are the ways of switching off the activities of their messed up intellects for some amounts of time. But these are not the appropriate solutions, because nobody can escape out of the clutches of one’s own intellect.
WHAT IS THE NEED OF HAPPINESS IN LIFE, AND WHERE TO SEEK IT?
All of our experiences are generated from within. We can perceive the world only with the help of OUR sense organs. It is within us that we experience the entire world. Similarly, each and every emotions are generated from within, be it pleasant emotions like joy, bliss, ecstasy, or negative emotions like anger, agony, frustration, depression. Since every thoughts and emotions emerge from within us, we can take absolute charge of it. But since childhood, we have not done anything to pay attention to our mind’s activity and take charge of our own emotions. So our emotions are happening in an unconscious manner. All the negative emotions, be it anger, depression, frustration, anxiety are happening essentially just because our own intelligence has turned against us. If we had the fullest control on our state of mind, had we ever generated negative emotions or turned ourselves bitter? No, we would have always generated positive emotions and remain joyful within, no matter how tough the external situation is. Here, happiness in tough situations should not be confused with carelessness or idleness . Happiness serves as an extremely strong platform on which a high building is possible to be constructed. Only if we are happy by our own nature, we are willing to devote ourselves to anything which is needed in life, evading the bondage of like and dislike. Human beings have become too self-centered just because their happiness is always at stake. People are doing desperate acts to make themselves happy. When we feel joyful, we are free to look after other people’s well being, on the other hand when we are miserable, we are always busy thinking about our own comfort and pleasure. Once we are able to generate pleasant emotions at our will, if our state of joy becomes completely independent of the outside situation, there will be no need to seek pleasure at the expense of someone else’s misery.
SO WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
A person who is deeply rooted in his intellect is a non-stop suffering human being. So in order to go beyond suffering, it is highly essential to reach the deeper dimensions of mind that are beyond intellect. Today’s education systems are crafted in such a way that right from our childhood nobody taught us a damn thing about how to tame one’s own mind. People are expected to manage the world without managing their own selves. There is a technology of engineering one’s own state of being. For gaining control over one’s mind, it is absolutely necessary to view the distinction between one’s own self and his mind, that would eradicate one’s identification with his/her mind. Practise of yoga, pranayama or Chinese Tai Chi can be a fantastic incentive in taking charge of one’s mind, and generating pleasant emotions at will. Meditation and deep breathing exercises are highly recommended. The way we breathe has a significant impact on our brains, we can gain access to our very life energies through conscious breathing. I would like to explain a simple process of meditation. Sit comfortably at one place(a cushion would be quite appropriate) , and focus on the continuous passage of breath, watch the breathe to descend down the diaphragm and fill it up, feel the body getting expanded and contracted with every inhalation and exhalation respectively. Continue this for at least 15 minutes. Now there will be many people saying “Meditation doesn’t work for me, whenever I sit for meditation thoughts keep cropping up and distort my focus, I don’t have the ability to forcefully stop my mind’s chatter.” Yes, thoughts will crop up but what one needs to do is to observe them from a distance rather than getting immersed into it by being a part of it. This will separate one’s own self with the ongoing psychological staff. Once this has been done, mind will never be an impediment of life, we will be able to use our mind consciously, and that would put an end to all sorts of psychological suffering.
WHAT DOES HAPPINESS MEAN TO YOU? HAVE YOU FOUND LONG TERM HAPPINESS YET? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.