I am a spiritual being and an artist. I've been meditating and making art since I was six years old (for the past nineteen years). I've learned that I am the creator of my own reality and I can be, do, and have everything and anything I want. I've also learned that I want to have the things or experiences I want because I believe that I will be happier in the having of them. So instead of working towards manifesting the things or experiences I believe would make me happier, I chose to be happy here and now through meditation and being optimistic, appreciative, nice, loving, caring, generous, of service, healthy, creative, selective, connected to nature, etc. But the funny thing is that being happy first led me to manifesting my desires, such as vibrant health, extraordinary relationships and excellent academic acheivement, with ease & fun because happiness, it turns out, is the bridge between desire and the manifestation of desire. But even though I have an amazing recipe for having everything and anything I want, all I really want is to be happy and live a peaceful and simple life. Ironic, eh?
Here are 14 steps to feeling happier, healthier, and more fulfill NOW:
1. Be present - meditate at least twenty minutes a day, preferably first thing in the morning.
2. Be optimistic - focus on positive aspects of yourself, your life, and others. Then think and speak of positive aspects. When you wake up, write down positive aspects of yesterday.
A friend of mine and I were talking about whether free will exists or not at a coffee house on Haight and Masonic in San Francisco. He was leaning towards "no." So I said, "it does, but most people aren't exercising it." Most people are not exercising their free will because their choices, behaviors, etc. are dedicated by many factors. For instance, if you chose coffee over beer, I'd ask you, "why did you choose coffee over beer?" You might say something like, "I chose coffee because I wanted it." In this case, your desire made the choice, not you. So I'd ask you again, "why did you choose coffee over beer?" You might say something like, "I chose coffee because I like the taste of coffee better than beer." Your preference made the choice, not you, this time. So I'd ask you again, "why did you choose coffee over beer?" You might say something like, "I chose coffee because it's healthier." Here, your reasoning made the choice. Of course, this can go on and on and go. As you can see, or maybe not, desires, preferences, reasons, etc. are making choices.
Our thoughts, our words, our actions and our surroundings (people, environment, sound, visual, textile, etc.) correlate with our state of being. Therefore, we must think, speak, act and choose surroundings that generate the state of being we want to experience. For example, being peaceful is my highest state of being. Right after I woke up today, I meditated for thirty minutes, chanted "om" for eleven minutes and stretched. Then I made a mental list of positive aspects of myself and life and a mental list of people, places and things I am thankful for being a part of my experience. (I continued to think and speak positively by focusing on positive side of everyone and everything and acknowledging my appreciation of everyone and everything I interacted with throughout the day.)
Now that 2011 is coming into completion, it is important to reflect on the lessons you've learned and the insights you've gained. It is also important to recall positive aspects of 2011 and cultivate appreciation for those positive aspects you have experienced. Next, quiet your mind and your heart by taking a few deep breaths in through your nose and mouth and ask yourself who you want to be, what you want to do and what you to have (or experience) in your life, in your individual reality. Visualize and feel like you already have them.