“Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.”— Unknown Author
Happiness is something everybody is looking for, but where is it to be found? I’ve done some writing on this subject in my previous articles; in fact, my very first articles were about Happiness because it is such a misunderstood state. Here are some links if you wish to read more and understand what I mean – Happiness Chasers: Are You Happy or Chasing It? or The Hamster Wheel.
What I’m trying to say is that people look for Happiness as if it’s a thing that is found somewhere else rather than within themselves. People think of Happiness as some kind of formula, or something that has to be achieved or done in a certain way, and they don’t realise that happiness is a state of being and is not dependant of anything to be felt or lived.
I will give you an example … when you are present without questioning, enjoying the very moment you are experiencing happiness, you might not be aware of it. In fact, most of the time when you are feeling true happiness you aren’t aware of it. You are flowing with the moment and enjoying it, you are not stopping and questioning every 5 seconds if you are happy or not, your mind is quiet and you are actually living in the state of happiness and are too satisfied to be bothered to question it.
Another example is when you are happy there is absolutely no reason why you are happy! Yes! It might sound hard to believe, but happiness does not need a reason; it is the mind that tries to explain why you are feeling this way and attaches it to a fact based on your programming. But once you start gaining awareness and understanding of how the mystery of you operates, you start being able to observe how you actually experience those states. I will not go into details as it is a long subject and topic for discussing, but if you wish you can join my Mediation Programme in the Bay area and start to have your own perspective in what I’m trying to grasp.
Back to the main topic of this article, I would like to say that there are many ways to understand oneself and start living in such a way. One of them, known to be valid worldwide, is The Art of Living – Happiness Course. In this course, you can experience this state and learn about how it works. They present you with valid breathing techniques called kryias and teach you a daily routine to be able to clear and calm the mind, allowing you to have more perspective and self-awareness.
What really excited me about the course was the whole emphasis on the breath and how important it is. From the moment we are born to the moment we die the breath is the very first and last thing we experience. If you think about it, the air we breath today is timeless; it has been here since the start of the earth. We breath the same air as Julius Caesar, Albert Einstein and even Jesus Christ, so it connects us to the past and it will be here after we are no longer incarnated. It’s such a poetic thing, but it is immensely powerful.
Through the power of breath we can claim our Selves. We can connect to our own divinity and one can experience that for sure in this programme. The kryias are certainly very impressive, and they do so much for your well-being. However, another aspect of the course is the connectivity explored between the attendees.
Like the breath connects us to life itself, it was brought to our awareness how we too are connected and how precious these connections are, just like the breath.
I can only say it was a unique experience and I’m very grateful to Martin Blank who invited me to participate. I’ve also interviewed him, and you can read about his work. More unusual was the fact that my birthday was on the very last day of the course and that made things even more special for me; it was such a blessing to be around amazing people and connecting with them in such meaningful ways.
Here is a video of what everyone had to say after the course:
If you want to find more about their details, click on this link to The Art of Happiness Course
Thanks for reading,
Love and Light,