Deepak Chopra has a new “8-week Path to Happiness” online and free. I was struck by his first lesson.
“The ancient wisdom tradition known as Vedanta teaches that being happy for a reason is just another form of misery because the reason can be taken away from us at any time.” …
“True happiness, in contrast, is an internal state of consciousness that allows us to be happy for no reason at all. It’s the realization that our real self isn’t our possessions, accomplishments, relationships, body or mind. Who we really are transcends space, time, and cause-and-effect. ”
I find this mind-blowing. Because it is so right.
I am filled with gratitude to be aware of great teachers. I might come to some of these realizations, or put realizations into words. Yet, by turning on my computer I am spoon-fed the wisdom of ages. I can so much more quickly comprehend spiritual truths when they are put into simple modern language that I can understand.
This week I have been monitoring my happiness meter. I notice when I have pure joy. I am aware of my state of mind as I move through my day. It bears watching.