Five Stages of Happiness and Emotional Development At different stages of a person’s life the principle sources of happiness change. What worked to be happy when we were 5, doesn’t work at 25, and changes again at 35, and 45. It will be useful to understand what stage of happiness you are in, and perhaps […]
Archive for June, 2013Emotions, Happiness and Self Awareness.
Is your attention being used with your will or is it being used by an automated routine in your mind? Using your attention in the direction of love is generous, in the direction of fear and misery is selfish. Either way, your attention is in use thousands of times a day.
One way to make the practice of mindfulness fun is to turn it into a game. Where is your attention? Did you lose it? Where did you go? How much time passed since you last had control over your attention. In the beginning it might be hours, or even days. But with practice you will have awareness of your attention throughout the day. When you practice you get good at the game and your mind can no longer play tricks on you. Such is the game of Awareness and Mindfulness.
Some people share their experience of how they changed as the result of applying the exercises from Self Mastery program. These people were on a retreat with Gary van Warmerdam and took time to share how their life had changed. For some the results were not instant, but progress was consistent, and sustained. They continue to show up at events to explore just how far into happiness they could go.
Gary van Warmerdan shares about himself and the development of his Self Mastery course. He wasn’t happy when he began his journey. Gary had to work for it too. Through his own process and those of his clients he developed many exercises to identify and change his core false beliefs. For 20 years he has worked both on his own self awareness, unconditional love, and mindfulness, and helping others to do the same.
The essential message is that you, the essence of you, is fine. You don’t need to change at all to be happy. However, the things about your self that you don’t like, or don’t want, are probably due to the false, and fear based beliefs that you have acquired. They are not you. So the journey and practices focus on stripping away those aspects of the false beliefs, or ego, that aren’t part of your authentic self. It all begins with awareness.