In my previous article “How can I be happy in life? Sharing my personal views…“, I scratched the surface of what it can mean to be happy to different people and ways in which we can concretely experience happiness.
Join me now as I look at what guidance is already available out there to answer the question “Can you be happy in life?”
Put on your explorer hat as you may find new doors to enter and new territories to explore…
- Where to Look for Guidance? Light is Light is Light…
- Happy Life Quotes: Joy and Happiness
- How to Receive Guidance? Being Humble Enough to Ask
- How to receive guidance? Keeping our Eyes and Ears Open…
- Receiving Guidance whether we Like it or Not
- My Secret
Where to Look for Guidance? Light is Light is Light…
I like to believe that I am as much free of prejudice as possible and truly believe in the essence of this quote from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:
“Light is good in whatsoever lamp it is burning! A rose is beautiful in whatsoever garden it may bloom! A star has the same radiance if it shines from the East or from the West. Be free from prejudice, so will you love the Sun of Truth from whatsoever point in the horizon it may arise!“
I therefore look at every piece of guidance out there regardless of the source, and I feel whether or not that guidance resonates with me. This is my ultimate test… do I feel in my heart and in my body the truth of the words I hear or read? Sometimes I even get goose bumps when something resonates deeply with me…
How about you? How do YOU feel the truth of what you read and hear. Please share your personal experience in the comments below.
Happy Life Quotes: Joy and Happiness
Happiness and Joy have been topics of discussion and reflection for centuries. Here are some of my favorite quotes. Ones that resonate with me as being true.
“Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of usefulness.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Guillaume Apollinaire
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Aristotle
For more of my favorite happiness and joy quotes, check out my previous article “How can I be happy in life? Sharing my personal views…“.
What are YOUR favorite happiness quotes? Please share them with me in the comments.
How to Receive Guidance? Being Humble Enough to Ask…
So yes, there is a lot of guidance out there about what happiness is and how to be happy… but how do I invite the guidance I need in my life right now? The guidance that is going to help me move forward today?
Personally, I say this simple prayer from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá almost each day:
“O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.“
You can hear this prayer mixed with other inspiring lyrics put to music here:
I love to read and chant many other baha’i prayers, but since I believe that “Light is good in whatsoever lamp it is burning!“, as mentioned earlier, I also truly enjoy prayers and mantras from other traditions. Some of my favorite mantras are:
* “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu“, a Sanskrit mantra which means: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” You can find more information on this mantra in this article on gaia.com “What is the meaning of Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu“
* “Om Ma Tri Mu Ye Sa Le Du“, the Mantra of Compassion within the Tibetan Bon Tradition. You can read more about this mantra in this Dharma Wheel forum post.
* “Om Mani Padme Hum“, an ancient Buddhist mantra which literally translates to “Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus”. Here is an example of the meaning attributed to each syllable (there are different opinions on this). It is said that each syllable represents one of the six goals of existence and helps bring forth the qualities associated with that goal.
- Om = the vibration or sound of the universe; represents divine energy and generosity and purifies the ego
- Ma = represents ethics and purifies jealousy
- Ni = represents patience and purifies want or desire
- Pad = represents diligence and purifies ignorance and judgment
- Me = represents concentration and purifies attachment
- Hum = the unity of all; represents wisdom and purifies hatred
More about this in this article “Om Mani Padme Hum – The Meaning of the Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism“.
Enjoy listening to it if you feel like it.
How about you? How do YOU ask for guidance? Share your answer with me in the comments below.
How to Receive Guidance? Keeping our Eyes and Ears Open…
Once we have asked for guidance, the key is to keep our eyes and ears open. I personally find that I get a lot of answers while surfing intuitively on the internet… I click on a link, then on another one, and so on, without letting my head get in the way… I go fast… and suddenly, surprise! I come across information that starts giving me some answers to my questions.
Another way I receive guidance is in my dreams and just after I wake up. I have noticed that I get many new ideas when I can stay a few minutes in bed before getting up. The key for me is then to write them down. I often have the illusion that I am going to remember my ideas with details even if I don’t write them down… experience has shown me many times that I was wrong… so now, I do my best to put my ideas on paper as soon as possible.
How about you? How do YOU receive guidance? And how do YOU make sure you remember? Share your answer with me in the comments below.
Receiving Guidance whether we Like it or Not
I believe that everything in our life is guidance. Whether we like it or not, whether we are humble enough to ask for it or whether it invites itself through hardship, disease or accidents, I believe guidance is ever present in our lives, whether we see it or not.
Yes, as harsh as this may sound, I do believe that hardship, disease and accidents happen to us to help us understand something we have not been willing to understand so far.
There is a piece of baha’i writings called the Hidden Words, written by Bahá’u’lláh. It can be considered as a summary of the spiritual teachings revealed in all spiritual traditions… the voice of God speaking clearly to us… One of these hidden words says this:
“O SON OF MAN! My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.“
So yes, I do believe that the Universe and the “force” that created it, whether we call it God or use another name, are benevolent despite how difficult my life can sometimes be. And I also believe that being proactive about learning the lessons I am meant to learn in this life can save me a lot trouble ahead of time… so here I am, exploring happiness and joy and sharing what I discover along the way with you.
I do not pretend to have the truth… I am just on a quest to understand life, be as happy as possible, and share this happiness with others around me. And I am excited that you are joining me on this adventure by reading my articles and interacting with me.
How about you? What do YOU believe? Please share your opinion with me in the comments below.
To our joy and happiness,
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