I have a secret to share with you this evening. It is my little way of maintaining happiness and it comes in the form of a book, that I am sure to have mentioned to you before. It is ‘The Untethered Soul’ by Michael A. Singer. I have the audio version and the paperback and I read or listen to the tips on returning to contentment and happiness whenever I am off track or being challenged. I jump straight back into feeling great every time I practice what Mr Singer recommends. The book was purchased in Feb 2015 but first published in 2007. My copy looks well loved already, with pages overturned and quotes underlined.
Mr Singer shares a number of very special messages that are potentially the key to enlightenment. But maintaining happiness on this level is proving to be challenging. I know how to be present, mindful and in wonder of the detail but when strong feelings arise of worry, concern, impatience or disappointment it’s easy to get caught in the thought patterns that build.
My interpretation of ‘The Untethered Soul’ is that Mr Singer makes very clear suggestions as to how to break the cycle of habits that swing us back into drama, fear, gloomy moods and negativity.
Thanks to this book I have enjoyed long periods of being able to maintain this state of complete and utter joy. You simply stop yourself looping into the story behind the feelings and thoughts that arise. They can release like air bubbles so that returning to a happy state is possible, quite quickly.
The Untethered Soul is really describing mindfulness throughout the whole book but the link to happiness is explained with great eloquence. I can see how this pure form of happiness leads to enlightenment. Its actually not about what is going on in your life, its about what is going on within yourself and how you deal with that!
Why is staying in the moment and in a state of happiness so challenging?
When I am not in the moment, I am anticipating the future or reflecting on the past. This is productive if I am visualising an abundant and loving future, or an abundant and loving past. More often than not the pull of past and future events are a drain. This distraction can be a source of unhappiness.
The potential to turn an ordinary lifestyle into an incredibly rewarding, inspiring and satisfying life starts with a mindful practice. Day by day it builds until you cant help but go to the window in the morning and really open your eyes, ears, senses..heart and soul. Mr Singer takes it to the next level and I want to go there!
I LOVE the intention ‘To Be Happy’ but the pull of stress, the rush, the concerns and the patterns are strong !!! Find your own way to return to the Now. For you it might be a different book, a friend, a walk or a meditation.
Make HAPPY your centre this week and everyone around you will love it!!