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Happiness.... It's an Inside Job

It’s that special kind of Phoenix summer HOT outside and I’m already tired of it. Gazing out through my dusty bedroom window this morning, I found myself contemplating escape. Special deals on vacations to Costa Rica and other fabulous places have been filling my Inbox. Longing to visit family by the ocean fills my heart. 

I very much wanted to be anywhere but here when my eyes fell on the book by my bedside table, Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Hmm…well, yes.

It’s an old friend, this book on meditation that seems to invariably open to the page that offers the exact kernel of wisdom I need.  This morning it was this:

“When we can be centered in ourselves, even for brief periods of time… not having to look elsewhere for something to fill us up or make us happy, we can be at home wherever we find ourselves, at peace with things as they are, moment by moment.”

We all carry our own light within us.  That’s what I believe.

But I so often forget it.  And if you’re like me, we spend so much time looking for the next twinkling thing: that trip to Costa Rica, a visit with family, even clean windows. Certainly a change in circumstances can help shift our perspective. But we don’t have to wait for 80 degree weather or an ocean breeze or any other circumstances, for that matter, to feel relief or happiness.

Spending a few moments each day bringing our attention back to our own light, we might find ourselves more living more fully in each moment, each adventure, each passion or task.

Jon Kabat-Zinn suggests that the next time a sense of dissatisfaction or restlessness arises, that we experiment with turning inward. Try capturing the energy of being alive in this singular, eternal now, the only moment we actually have.

Instead of wishing for something different than what is here, make a place for yourself. 

ü  Sit down and simply enter into your breathing, even if for just a few minutes. 

ü  Don’t look for anything – not flowers, light, a beautiful view, a sense of doing it right or wrong.

ü  Don’t even think “I’m going inward now.” 

ü  As the Nike ad says, just do it.

Sit. Feel the air on your skin, notice the sounds, sights and smells of the room, and experience the light that is alive right here and now within you.

If you want more peace and love in the world, If you want more peace and love in your life,  First love yourself, and seek peace inside yourself
~~ Quote by every spiritual teacher from every tradition

Judy Schwiebert received her 500 hour teacher training certificate through Yoga Pura in 2008.  In addition to teaching yoga, her website at www.globalspiritonline.com is dedicated to celebrating the light within each of us through yoga, travel, music, writing, and volunteering.  She also serves as the Director of The Whole Life Center.

Judy Schwiebert