Slow Down & Stop Chasing Happiness
I have been reading about zen lately and working on letting go of negative things such as blame, judgments, cravings and rushing around. It’s common for people to multi task and it’s often encouraged and even admired to be so busy that you don’t have time to stop for even a minute.
Sometimes we work to escape so we don’t have time to stop and be alone with our thoughts. If tasks are done with the expectation that when complete they will bring happiness, it’s a huge let down when they do not.
There’s nothing wrong with setting goals either and in fact it’s a good idea to plan some things in advance but if you are not satisfied now, you are not likely to be later either. I love this quote: ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. –Charles Haddon Spurgeon
There are so many celebrities that have overdosed or committed suicide. I often wonder if it’s because they had everything they thought would bring them happiness only to realize it wasn’t enough. How to stop searching and be satisfied now? A gratitude journal is a very good way of realizing what you have to be grateful for and to stop taking things for granted. It only takes a few minutes to come up with five things for the day.
Meditation is also a good way to quiet your soul because it clears your mind of clutter and puts you in the present moment. When you are still and focus on your breathing and/or just enjoy nature you come away refreshed.
Simply stopping to enjoy the simple things in life is important to your peace of mind. Savor the flavors of your food slowly, stop a minute to look at that dandelion a child has pointed out, stop and listen a minute to the street musician on the corner.
Taking the time to help someone else is satisfying. Donating money is not the only way you can contribute to helping others.
Volunteering, visiting a sick friend or calling someone you know is lonely are all ways that you can give your time.
We at Abaherbal believe that by helping others, you also help yourself by putting things in perspective.