I have not always been happy.
In fact, for most of my life, I have been a giant yarn ball of anxieties. I have often noted that I seem to be trapped on level two of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It is very difficult to be an enlightened being when you’re worried about staying safe and if you will be able to keep a roof over your head. I once lost fifteen pounds in a couple of months just from stress.
In short, I was about the polar opposite of a happiness guru.
Then, my whole life changed. No, I did not win the lottery or inherit a vast sum of money, nor did I meet the love of my life and live happily ever after. It was my mindset that had changed. Suddenly things that would have had me curled in the fetal position lamenting my luck (or lack thereof) rolled right off my back. Those things didn’t hurt me anymore.
I say suddenly because my whole being transformed (and is still being transformed) in a period of less than two years. It seems like a long time, but when I look back at not-too-long-ago and the person I was then, and the person I am now, I think, wow – is that really me?
This blog, and the book I am writing on the subject, chronicle not only my transformation, but ideas and exercises for you to try, too, and see how your outlook changes when you do the inner work needed to see things in a whole new light.
No matter what your outer situation is, your inner situation is what determines how you survive – and thrive in – whatever life throws at you.
Want to help me beat the living hell out of suffering and make it your bitch?
Somehow I think the Buddha would approve.