Expanding Your Happiness Day 10: Living Contentment

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“I think we should be working for contentment . . . an inner sense of fulfillment that’s relatively independent of external circumstances.”  —Andrew Weil

When we speak of spiritual contentment, we mean more than just feeling satisfied with the circumstances of life. Too often that kind of contentment includes a tinge of resignation as well. Real contentment is the happiness that at your core, all is well in your world. In this state, you are aware that you have everything you need right now to feel good about yourself, others, and life. Even with outer conflicts and uncertainties, your core existence is settled, self-contained, and you know you possess whatever is needed to meet any situation. Living true contentment is more than confidence, it is the feeling of inner fulfillment.

In our meditation today we will activate this sense of fulfillment to bring spiritual contentment into our hearts and our heads.

Our centering thought for today is:

I am content, just as I am.

Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:

“Sampriya Hum.” I am complete contentment.

“This my friends is a big day. It is the foundation for so much more. We all know others who pursue peak moments of complete happiness in life, and we think about the happiest moments in our own lives. We often think of those peak moments: births and weddings, grand travels, awards, promotions, but what we are exploring today is not the pursuit of happiness, it is the creation of happiness. Big difference. And that begins with the foundation of being content inside yourself. What is the secret to beginning from the starting point of happiness everyday? It is this. Allowing your life to unfold with this confidence knowing that all is well, and all will be well no matter what. Many great spiritual leaders, from Socrates to the Dalai Lama to even Ghandi have each taught us it is what we think and feel about our circumstances that actually most influences our happiness. The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said it so well, “Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize  nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” That is contentment and the essential basis of true happiness. Today, let’s focus on getting past the noise of the peaks and valleys of the things in our lives. Let’s breathe into this very moment with a sense of acceptance and ease and find a level of being content. What I know for sure is the Universe will meet you exactly where you are, so let’s take a deep breathe, listen, and let go to a space of contentment.” ~ Oprah

Today’s Notes

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything looks perfect and ideal every minute of the day. it means life is unfolding without struggle, that anxiety and insecurity aren’t our companions. The best time of our lives is Now. 

We have taken great steps towards this state.

Research has shown that everyone has a base line of happiness. 

When we experience loss or trauma, we feel unhappy and disturbed but in time we can return to our emotional set point within about six months. Nature always tries to restore balance. A healthy norm is to live in contentment, which is a base line point where you rest in your own being. Things aren’t just bubbling under the surface. You are open to new possibilities and great them optimistically.

Meditation leads us to the path of this higher level of bliss and contentment, however this can be a living reality today. 

Transcendence isn’t mystical, it means going beyond the surface activity of the mind, which is restless and conflicted to find the level of being that is content. At this level you are happy to be here. Existence is enough.  The quiet joy of contentment can be brought into every day life by embracing all the diversity and uncertainties of life from the vantage point of pure awareness.  This process takes time, but you experience it now every time you transcend in meditation. 

Take a moment and consider our centering thought. “I am content just as I am.” Now, lets prepare for meditation. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Begin to be aware of your breathe and just breathe, slowly and deeply. Become more deeply relaxed with each breath. Gently introduce the mantra, “Sampriya Hum.” This mantra connects our physical localized self with our perfect non-local immortal self. Repeat it silently to yourself three times. Feel your body, mind, and spirit open and receive just a little more. Whenever you feel distracted simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra. Continue meditating and when it is time to end, you will know deep inside. 

My Thoughts & Experience

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Right leg twitch. Not normal restless leg. Slight headache in back of head.
Tired. Thirsty. Warm and sweaty.
Content. Excited that I remembered to pause the Ally McBeal marathon so I could meditate before the meditation wasn’t available on archive.

We may get swept up in things, but we can take moments and realize that we are and can be content just as we are. 

With all the change in my life lately, I thought I would be more of  a mess. But between all the Reiki that I have been doing, all the meditation, and nurturing myself; it is easier to let go of the things and people who no longer serve me currently. Granted the memory of them will live on, and will be respected, because they have gotten me this far, but I can remain content and not go off the deep end, well maybe because in a way I already have. But there is only so much wallowing a person’s spirit can handle before it chooses to stop and be content and grateful for what it already and still has. 

Sometimes in life, we don’t get the happy ending we expected, literally, we hope that when change does happen it will be smooth. That we will have prepared ourselves enough to not be so easily impacted. We hope for hugs and thank-yous. And sometimes they never come. We still have to be content with that. We may not like it, we may shed a few tears, but we can still be content in these moments of adversity. We can allow these experiences to add to our transcendence and transformation. We can take stock in our own abilities and in our own attempts at being the bigger person, of forgiving, and then we just gotta let it be. 

We gotta let it be the crappy ending we didn’t expect. 

We gotta let it be the not so pleasant and cleaned up and packaged.

And we gotta be okay with not always getting the closure we need.

But we can get the contentment.

Namaste

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