Would you like to have more joy in your life? Who wouldn’t? The expansion of happiness is a major goal of life, if not “the” goal of life.
So why is it elusive for so many even in this holiday season? Answer – we’re looking for joy in the wrong places. We’re looking for it outside of ourselves. Is your joy dependent upon your relationships, the money that you make, or the place that you live. If you are dependent upon these externals of life for happiness, there will always be huge swings in your state of mind. If however, your mind is grounded in peace and joy, you’ll find joy everywhere.
Happiness is an inside job. Start the work by dissolving the stress in your nervous system.
How do you do that? It’s not rocket science, you could try this. Eat healthier food to bring more nourishment to all the cells of your body including your brain. Get regular exercise. Surround yourself with positive people who inspire you. Quiet your mind and deepen your spiritual connection with Effortless Meditation.
A recent meditation client said that he was more patient, more often after just two weeks of meditation practice. There’s more happiness in our lives when we “practice” sitting in silence with our eyes closed in meditation. Well-being becomes our baseline experience with repeated exposure to it during our meditation. There will be more balance in your life.
Whatever appeals to you, a key word is practice. Wayne Muller, in his very important book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives, said that we need a “rhythm of rest” in our busy lives. I encourage my meditation clients to do it daily, ideally twice a day. Just 10-15-20 minutes at a sitting will strengthen your nervous system by reducing stress and recharge your batteries for the day ahead. This will bring greater balance and joy to your life.
Philosopher William Campbell had it right when he encouraged us to follow our bliss. The good news is that bliss and peace is inside you, and it’s waiting to be unlocked and lived.
Greg Schweitzer, MBA, a teacher of Effortless Meditation™, stress reduction and wellness, and a professional speaker for more than 35 years.
Many experts are now recognizing that sleep is as important to a healthy life, if not more so, than exercise or the food that we eat. And yet we live in a world where many squeeze more and more into their day while minimizing the value of a good night’s rest.
Discounting the importance of sleep is one aspect of the problem, denial is sweet. Another equally disturbing trend is that many find it difficult to get good quality sleep even though they make the time for it. Lying in bed with your eyes open feeling anxious about not sleeping is stressful, to say the least.
The good news is that there are many lifestyle factors that can be addressed to turn this around. And the solutions differ based upon the habits of the person suffering with the problem. For some, excess stimulation (e.g. violent TV shows) before going to bed is an issue. For others, irregular sleep hours are a contributor. Food and/or beverage consumption may be a problem for others. Stress reduction, however, plays a key role for almost everyone.
Stress and worry excite our mind. Despite the fatigue in the body, our mind and brain under stress does not fall asleep easily or stay asleep. You’d have to be living under a rock to not recognize that the world is in a state of chronic stress. Releasing the pressure of a stress filled day is key to better sleep.
A particularly valuable tool to quiet the mind and reduce stress and worry is meditation. With the practice of Effortless Meditation™, we directly experience and know calm and mental stillness. When we establish the platform of deep relaxation and stillness in our lives, we can more effectively address other actions that will further promote a healthy night’s rest.
Many possibilities open up for us when our mind is still. Bring your brain and mind to stillness every day and better sleep will come more effortlessly.
Greg Schweitzer, a meditation teacher for more than 35 years, teaches at Twin Ponds Center Integrative Health Center in Breinigsville, PA.