The road to happiness can be simpler than we have been led to believe. There are two keys that can make all the difference between living a happy life or a life filled with strife and resistance. One is externally oriented and one is internally oriented.
- The external key to happiness is kindness. Before we interact with a person, place or thing, before we offer thoughts, words or actions, stop for a second and ask, “Is this kind.” Is the interaction with the person at the market or our partner or our child kind? Is our judgment of ourselves kind? Are our words and actions toward our dog or the mosquito who is trying to bite us kind? Is our approach and attitude toward our city, our country or our leader kind? Is the thought of our enemy kind? Kindness creates a particular energy that is unifying, non-resistant and compassionate. If our outward expression to everyone and everything is kind, we will discover that it becomes a habit that eventually allows it to be automatic, authentic and transforming.
- The internal key to happiness is peace of mind. We set priorities. Some things, some people and some tasks are valued more than others. We attach precedence to what we judge as important. From an internal perspective, when peace of mind becomes our number one priority, we create a foundation that allows us to know silence and stillness. We also create the basis for our thoughts and actions to arise from a place that is non-chaotic and grounded. When there is peace of mind, creative intelligence flows fully and freely though us and out into manifestation. Is the movie we are watching creating peace of mind? Is the food we are eating, the drink we are having, the intimacy we are craving, the spiritual practice we are performing, the attitude we are holding or the approach we are taking adding to our peace of mind? Stop for a moment and decide that question before we proceed.
To be happy, be kind and make peace of mind our priority.