- BE GRATEUL – Brother David Steindl-Rast said “In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Gratitude allows an inner shift from what you lack, to the abundance that is already present in your life. Don’t wait for the big things to come along before you feel grateful, start a practice of finding the joy in small things. Gratitude is a virtue in which all other virtues flow from. Consider it your vehicle to happiness.
- ACT WITH LOVE – this may come natural to some and may feel foreign at first to others. When you come from a place of love, it allows you to speak from your heart. Love has an energy that vibrates at the highest frequency, and when you act from this place, not only are you giving to the person you are interacting with, but you are also giving to yourself by creating more love in your life.
- CHECK YOUR MOTIVES – this may be the best-kept secret around! The karma of good acts becomes either strong or weak largely based on the true motives behind the act. For example, if you help someone in need because you think it will make you look good, the karma is still good but it will bear weak fruit. On the other hand, if you help them knowing the world will become a better place because of it; the karma will bear strong fruit in your life. Only you know your true motives, be brave and willing to examine them.
- WATCH YOUR ATTITUDE – it’s easy to be happy when there is no turbulence in life, but the best opportunity to discover where you can grow is paying attention to your attitude when things go wrong or become stressful.
- FORGIVE – one cannot be completely free of hurt and pain until they have forgiven the person or situation that caused it, it is literally the experience of finding inner peace. It lightens the heart. It is important to remember it’s not always others who we need to forgive, but ourselves as well.
By following these actions you are taking the first steps toward clearing out the negativity and moving toward a lighter, happier space. Namaste. –Anthony Clavien