Many people claim to be searching for peace and joy in their lives, especially as a new year begins after the intense and often stressful holiday season. However, many joy seekers may be looking in the wrong places.
Joy comes from creating an “inner chemistry of blissfulness where being joyful is not being subject to something outside of you.”
“If someone or something can make you happy or unhappy, [that] means what happens within you is determined by an aspect outside of you. This is the worst form of slavery,”
“When you are in a pleasant inner state, you are naturally pleasant to everyone and everything around you.”
“Inner pleasantness is a surefire insurance for the making of a peaceful society and a joyful world.”
*Breathe deeply, relax, and think of a time of great joy and well-being.
*Try to remember all the details of that joyful experience, including sights, sounds, and smells, and try to recall how your mind and body felt in that moment.
*Practice recalling your joyful moment each day for a week, and ultimately you may be able to tune in to the general feeling of joy without recalling the specific occasion.