Friday, August 19, 2016

Are You Happy?

Happiness is what I'd like to discuss this day...

Hello, my friend! How are you? Are you alright? My prayer, for you, is that you are happy and enjoying your life.

If you are not happy or enjoying life, I pray that this post will help you!

In my younger years, my emotional pain was like constant physical pain, always there, and I was unable to think about anything else.

You see... I had PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and I had it for many, many years.

Before I began to heal my PTSD, I use to cry often because of my sorrows, and I use to get so angry over the littlest things. We are talking seriously violently angry, over the littlest things, and sometimes over things that weren't even there except for in the made-up story in my mind.

Now that I am older, more aware, better rather than bitter, and I specialize in destressing people, I see what use to be my younger miserable self in others. 

That anger, irritation, and moodiness that people have? Ya! That was me but now, I do not have an ounce of anger, anxiety, or depression. Matter of fact, I live without emotional pain 99.999% of the time.

You may not believe me when I say that I do not have anger, anxiety, or depression, and that is alright, I understand that because, in my younger painful years, I would have never believed anybody who said that either.

My declaration of the absence of negative emotions is not intended to boast of myself, it is intended, however, to convince you, the one that may be miserable that it is totally possible to live free of negative emotions.

When I was younger, I was so very good at anger, anxiety, and depression because I practiced it all day long, and every day.

When I began to meditate in 1999, I cultivated awareness, which ultimately showed me my negative thoughts and vocabulary. As I discovered my practiced negativity with awareness, I began to replace it with more meaningful thoughts and words.

Think about that for a minute...

First of all, long endured practice does make nearly perfect, doesn't it?

Everyone crawled until we walked, and then we walked until we ran. All of the people who run every day are nearly perfect at it, aren't they?

Just as with physical practice, emotional and mental practice cultivates near perfection as well.

What I am trying to say is... If you are unhappy, you may be practicing it frequently, and therefore you may be very good at it.

If you would like to create a happier life begin to practice being happy.

How do you practice happiness you ask? The answer is awareness. Are you aware of your unhappiness? Could you become more aware of intentionally being happier?

One of the best ways to design a happier life is to focus on what you are grateful for.

When I work with individuals who have depression or sadness, I tell them to write a list of thirty things they are happy about, every morning, for thirty days.

If you find that you are not happy about anything then write a daily list, first thing in the morning, of thirty things you are grateful for, and do it for thirty days. 

Everyone I know that has tried this has proclaimed not only a drastic change in their demeanor but, new great energy levels.

Try it! Especially if you do not believe me. Try it, find out for yourself, and watch yourself live in a much happier place.

The other thing I would suggest to you is developing awareness, true awareness, by starting a meditation practice. 

I want to teach the world to meditate! Meditation has not only made me better, rather than bitter, but it has also made my life amazing. Living an amazing life is the best, and it is all about the focus. Meditation will create the focus that anyone needs. 

Try it! You are worth it! It's as easy as deciding.

Alrighty then... Enjoy your weekend! 

Practice happiness! 

Have fun! 

Be playful!

Love you...

Elizabeth Stanfill