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Accessing Happiness through the Power of Inspiration

Accessing Happiness through the Power of Inspiration

“The positive thinker see the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. ” ~ Anonymous One of the most powerful tools for accessing happiness is inspiration. Inspiration is a direct connection to the invisible force within you, which allows you to “feel the intangible and achieve the impossible.” It doesn’t matter what inspires you, it only matter that you are inspired and like all things of the spirit, happiness, joy, or love, what inspires you is unique to you. All you need do is make the decision to spend more time seeking out inspiration. You can connect with people ... Read More »

Rumi’s Gift of Love

Rumi’s Gift of Love

  There is no experience that brings more happiness than falling in love. When we fall in love, becoming the lover, we are consumed by a growing and greater love for all, basking in its radiant joy. No one’s expressed this more beautifully than the sublime Persian poet Rumi. Rumi was one of the privileged few for whom love never seemed to fade.  His beloved was the mystery, the mystery of life. He saw God everywhere and in all things, allowing himself to be engulfed divine rapture. Rumi understood the dance of life. “By God, when you see your beauty ... Read More »

Two Types of Happiness Revisited

Two Types of Happiness

When I decided to begin my exploration of happiness I quickly began to realize that the word had hundreds, if not thousands, of definitions. Most of them tied to an emotion. I don’t know, maybe it just seems that way to me, because it’s what the word happiness has evoked in me. The First Type of Happiness In her article, “A History of Happiness,” Meghan Keener, a positive psychology major from the University of Pennsylvania, shared her research on “a definition of happiness.” She found that, “Happiness” is a word with a thousand definitions. When most people today use the ... Read More »

From Inspiration to Happiness – Life is About Possibilities

From Inspiration to Happiness – Life is About Possibilities

I’ve said it many time here at HL&B, I love being inspired. I feel that, like gratitude, inspiration can be used as a strategy for achieving happiness. Inspiration is the place where we connect to the invisible reality where our happiness is always present. Inspired means to be In-Spirit and to be In-Spirit means to be connect to our authentic-self which is the where true happiness is found and where all physical life originates. Kindness, appreciation, gratitude and  inspiration all create positive physiological benefits and have an accumulative effect not just on your attitudes and emotions, but on your health, your ... Read More »

Happiness is a Meditation Retreat

Happiness Is A Meditation Retreat

I’ve come to realize that there are two types of travel. I’m not talking about the difference between first class and economy or different modes of transportation. Nope, what I’m talking about is the difference between going to places and going to a place within.  I like to think of it as adventure travel. Adventure travel, at its best, is always a journey of self-discovery, whether it’s hiking the red rocks of the desert southwest or connecting with my true nature, the journey of meditation. Combining the two type of travel offers the opportunity to enter into a blissful experience ... Read More »

Inspiration and Appreciation of Your True Self

Inspiration And Appreciation Of Your True Self

Discovering the real you is partly the process of allowing yourself to savor the positive experiences in your life, finding real appreciation and inspiration for who you are.  You awaken to an experience that’s transpersonal, that is, beyond the limited boundaries of the personal or ego-self. As you discover the authentic-self, you begin to awaken your connection to the whole of life. It seems that even when the present moment is wonderful we can’t (and this happens to me all the time) enjoy the full pleasure in it because we are already imagining the what the memory of it will ... Read More »

Following Laughter along the Path to Enlightenment

Following Laughter Along The Path To Enlightenment

Laughter is a physical manifestation which flows directly from the highest state of our being, the state of Bliss. Laughter has the unique ability to move you past the conditioned response – that’s the response which is subjects you to conditions outside yourself – connecting you directly to Happiness and Bliss.   Has the number of studies on the amazing powers of laughter continues to grow, the number of laughing yoga or laughter clubs grows with them. Even as the studies touting the healing and  restorative properties of laughing yoga pile up, in our culture (at least the pop- culture version of ... Read More »

Find Happiness Now

Find Happiness Now

There is only one moment in which we can experience happiness and that moment is now. That’s because now is the only moment there is. That may seem obvious to you when you hear it. But if we are being totally honest, most of us have been plagued by the constant pursuit, believing that to find happiness you need chase after it. Only on those rare occasions do we slow down enough to see that happiness is a choice that we surrender to now. Since the beginning of recorded history (and I suspect long before that) the great wisdom teachers ... Read More »

Inspiration and Kindness creates Happiness

Inspiration And Kindness Creates HappinessForgotten

  Companion to the Forgotten Inspiration an kindness can arise from the darkest corners, lighting a path, spreading hope, joy, happiness  before it. Philosophers and spiritual thinkers have understood this truth since before written history. A Hindu  proverb explains, “true happiness consists in making others happy.” Now research has proven that there is not only a correlation, but causation between happiness and kindness. For example, those that describe themselves as  having spent more time helping others (acts of altruism) are shown to be happier people. Kindness and inspiration blooms from a single small seed, a germ of a  thought or ... Read More »

Living in the Dream State

Living In The Dream State

The Vedic sages understood dreaming, appropriately known as the “dream state,” to be the second level of consciousness.  They also believed, that what we think of as the waking state, to be a dream state as well, considering it to be the third level of consciousness. According to these wisdom teachers, until we wake up form this third level of consciousness  (the “waking state”) what we’re experiencing we believe to be reality. In the same way we consider our dream state to be completely real, that is, until we awake up, and then we think to ourselves, “oh, that was just a dream.” The ... Read More »