Through the simple ‘action for happiness’ of Transcendental Meditation, we can enjoy every moment with fullest joy and appreciation while established in our own bliss consciousness.
by Global Good News staff writer
13 May 2011
Be on the alert. There may soon be ‘guerrilla huggers’ on your campus or in your neighbourhood offering you an embrace as you pass by.
According to an Associated Press article, ‘Movement for happiness launches in Britain’, a new group in London, Action for Happiness, believes that many in today’s electronically linked world are starving from lack of human contact and, as one strategy to correct the situation, have been out on the streets hugging surprised (but usually delighted) people walking by.
The group also promotes acts of kindness—whether it be apologizing, giving up a seat on the subway, or opening a door. In addition, as a slightly different recipe for happiness, they suggest meditation.
The world is as you are
Let’s take a moment to dwell on this third tactic. Why? Because the world is as we are and, irrespective of what is on the outside, how we perceive any situation (even hugs or kind gestures) is a reflection of what we are experiencing within.
A common experience makes this more concrete. Consider for a moment how we all feel after a sleepless night. The next day just doesn’t go right. In our fatigue, almost any situation may seem uncomfortable, even problematic. Our ‘vision’ isn’t clear enough to see the solution and we feel upset, anxious. Our interactions with others suffer.
But, the next morning, if we enjoyed a good sleep, we feel fresh and alert. We encounter the same situations as the previous day but they are no longer overwhelming. They might not be perceived as problems at all but, even if they are, they are simply looked upon as opportunities to creatively solve. Our clear mind can now see the solutions and we happily go about making use of them.
‘A rested nervous system can do great things—it has the stability, flexibility, energy, and intelligence to solve any problem and make any improvement in life,’ Gail Clessler, a teacher of meditation, points out.
Enjoying the ocean of happiness and peace within you
In the context of taking ‘action for happiness,’ it is important to point out that Gail teaches the Transcendental Meditation Technique as brought to the world in this generation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The uniqueness of this meditation is spelled out in its name as the Transcendental Meditation Technique allows the practitioner to transcend. That is to say, the meditator’s mind is able, through this technology, to go beyond its surface activity of thoughts and perceptions and to settle down it its own silent source just as waves flatten into the quiet expanse of the ocean on a windless day.
Very significantly, the Transcendental Meditation Technique brings this experience in a systematic way—easily, effortlessly, naturally, with no concentration or contemplation but simply by utilizing the natural tendency of everyone’s mind to go to a field of greater happiness. It has been characterized as ‘automatic self-transcending’.
The Transcendental Meditation Technique takes advantage of the human brain as the perfect instrument to allow the mind to transcend diversity and bathe in the ocean of pure consciousness where it enjoys the experience of that infinitely silent, most peaceful and blissful field.
Physicists call this field the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature. It is the single, common reality at the basis of the infinite diversity of creation. Most importantly, it is the Self of each and every one of us, a field of pure bliss.
When, through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique, we allow our mind to gain the experience of its own Self, its own inner silence, spontaneously the physiology also settles down and experiences a deep state of rest shown by research to be significantly deeper than that of even deep sleep. The result: we come out of meditation feeling even fresher, happier, and more alert than in the morning after a good sleep.
The profound rest gained during the Transcendental Meditation Technique dissolves deep-rooted stress and fatigue and we begin to be our true selves. With clearer thinking and a healthier body, we naturally feel an inner fullness and happiness which radiate into life in the form of seeing solutions (or not even perceiving things as problems).
Our daily activity takes on a greater dynamism based on the infinite creativity of our settled awareness. Life is lived in waves of success and fulfilment with sweeter and more harmonious relationships and a softer, more peaceful environment.
Maharishi tells us that an ocean of happiness lies within; it is very close and very easy to obtain. He offers the technique to tap into it. And Gail confirms that everyone who has learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique in her area, irrespective of age, culture, education, or gender, enjoys more happiness right from the start.
Through this simple ‘action for happiness,’ through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique, we can enjoy every moment now (which is all we really have) with fullest appreciation and joy by being established in what we really are, our own bliss consciousness.
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