I was unhappy with Life, I still am, and so I asked the question, “What should I do to become happy?”
I then thought and came up with a list of things, materialistic things, that would make me happy. One of them was a huge house. I thought I will be happy when I buy myself a huge house. I also hated the house that I lived in, and so a new house was important to me. Through my search for happiness, I learnt that happiness shouldn’t be sought from materialistic things and that Happiness is a state of mind. This was 5 years ago.
I still live in the same house and I am still unhappy. You see, houses require a ton of money.
“What should I do to become happy?”
“Happiness is only a state of mind.”
Irritated, I ask, “OK, let me rephrase the question. What should I do to achieve that state of mind?”
A quick Google search will take you to pages that state, “Do things that you like, find a hobby, learn something new, take a break and go on a trip, climb mountains, fall in love, buy a dog/cat,” and so on and so forth. While all this is true, these things will only give temporary happiness except for falling in love. Falling in love with a girl/boy is not easy when we are already unhappy with life, and it could also become a huge burden in addition to the things that makes us unhappy in some cases.
When so many external forces affect us, achieving a happy state of mind is not an easy task. Internally, we can only do so much.
So how to become happy? Or How do we achieve this state of mind?
Meditation is the answer. Conquering the mind and having it under our control is of utmost importance to do all the things that Rhonda Byrne asks us to do in her books. I knew this a long time back and so I bought books on meditation and also relied on the Internet to learn meditation which was a big mistake and a huge waste of time. Of course, meditation could be learnt through books and through the Internet, but in my case it didn’t help. And so, as I had stated in my ‘About this blog‘ page, I enrolled myself in a meditation class. Yesterday(30/11/2013) was my first class and I was so happy with it. The thought that there is something worthwhile to do during the weekends and there is still something that could change my life gives me a lot of positive energy.
Meditation is the path to Happiness.