Happiness : How and Where to find it . Part 3

 

Being in “Lock Down” mode has created “A Gap” in our lives. A gap between life as it used to be and the life ahead of us.  We have more than ever an opportunity to stop, reflect and make decisions. 

The Gap in meditation is the silent space between thoughts. It is the space where the mind stands still. No thoughts exist in this space. Hence, it is in the Gap that you can experience present moment awareness. From cultivating present moment awareness, inner wisdom and joy arises.

“Discover inner space by creating gaps in the stream of thinking. Without those gaps, your thinking becomes repetitive, uninspired, devoid of any creative spark, which is how it still is for most people on the planet.” — A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

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Creating a new reality:

  • Slip into the gap. This means to centre yourself in that silent space between thoughts, to go into the silence – that level of Being which is your essential state.
  • Establish in that state of Being, release your intentions and desires. When you are actually in the gap, there’s no thought, there’s no intention, but as you come out of the gap at the junction between the gap and a thought, you introduce intention.
  • If you have a series of goals, you can write them down , choose one at a time and focus your intention on this goal  before you go into the gap. If you want to make a change in your life for example, be precise as to what change you want to make,  go into the gap with that intention, release this intention in the gap and let go, enter the gap and be still….

Releasing your intentions and desires in the gap means planting them in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and expecting them to bloom when the season is right. You do not want to dig up the seeds of your desires to see if they are growing, or get rigidly attached to the way in which they unfold. You simply want to release them ,wait and trust….

There are many ways one can enter the silent space:

  • Focus on your breathing
  • Meditation
  • Immerse yourself in a creative pursuit and totally focus on what you are doing and nothing else.
  • Mindful:  yoga, walking, running, dancing etc
  • Observe a sunrise, sunset, flowers, moon  and breathe, totally focus on what you are seeing, breathe the beauty within …. and give thanks.

So many different ways…. choose one that suits you best.

Making changes can be tricky, I am currently reading “The Salt Path” by Raynor Winn and I would strongly recommend to anyone who is afraid of making changes to read this amazing true story . The story is recent, the book was published in 2018.

A Review:

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.”

To make changes we need courage , we need to trust that we are much more than we think we are. It is when we drop the fear, follow our intuition and have the courage to take the plunge that life truly becomes worth living.

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It is not easy  to focus on the present moment. Life can be  tough at times and staying in the present moment is too painful for some.

We can choose to:

  • Complain and moan about it.
  • Escape the reality of our situation by watching useless TV programs.
  • Eat more than we need.
  • Wish we had a different life.
  • Procrastinate and so on..

Or we can choose to:

  • Accept the situation.
  • Be fully aware that we have the power to make positive changes in our lives.
  • Take the time to quiet the mind , create a gap in your thinking and ask for clarity and wisdom.

Whilst it is ideal to possess both wisdom and knowledge, everything ultimately depends on wisdom.  Our goal is happiness, and happiness cannot be attained through knowledge alone.

Herman Hesse poem ” Books” expresses this truth clearly:

All the books in the world
Will not bring you happiness,
But they will quietly lead you
Back inside yourself.

There you will find all you need,
Sun, stars and moon,
For the light for which you search
Dwells within you.

The wisdom you so long sought
In books,
Will then shine forth from every page -
For now that wisdom has become your own.

 

I follow the teaching of Nichiren Buddhism .

When I chant our daily mantra : “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” I create a gap , when in the gap  I access wisdom and clarity , I feel immediately uplifted and no matter what I am going through I  am filled with strength , courage and HOPE

Tina Turner is a Nichiren Buddhist, she chants NMRK daily, this practice has given her the strength to deal with life .  Tina chants this beautiful mantra at the end of this video: 

 

The meaning of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo:                             

 

What uplifts you?  I would love to hear from you.

Wishing you all, today and everyday, happiness within .

Véronique   
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo 

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Absolute Happiness

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Good Morning,

When one door closes…another one opens…

For twenty-two years I owned a beautiful and successful Healing Centre in West Wales. The courses and workshops at “Awareness” were held in a working water mill located in a magical Welsh valley, it was part of our family home. I was teaching Usui and Karuna Reiki, Crystal Healing, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying and The Munay Ki Rites.

Slowly and persistently my intuition over the last couple of years has encouraged me to shut down the centre and to start thinking and working in more expansive ways. I feel deeply and more than ever that it is now time for all of us to unite our hearts and to collectively focus our minds on making positive changes in ourselves, our community and in our world.

I run  courses and day workshops throughout the UK , my teaching is unique in that I show you how to create simple and beautiful crystal jewellery mindfully,  also included in my teaching are the following topics:  Relaxation and Meditation , Chakra Balancing  (energy centres throughout our body) , The Healing Power of Crystals and how they can help us regain balance . The aim of my courses and workshops is to create an environment where you can have fun, relax and where you can access your creative nature. No experience needed, all welcome.

When we  access our own creative nature we find fulfilment, contentment and absolute happiness. When we find absolute happiness we are able to make a real positive difference to our environment.

My wish is to reach out to all who are looking to improve their own lives . By sharing my knowledge and experience with you I hope that together we can make a real positive difference to the world around us.

 

My new Website is: www.absolutehappiness.co.uk .

I offer courses and workshops on the following topics:

  • Learn to design you own crystal jewellery mindfully and with fun.
  • Stress Management /Mindfulness/Meditation

 

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Absolute Happiness is a Buddhist term. Buddhists recognise two different kinds of happiness:

Relative Happiness is happiness that depends on things outside ourselves, such as affluence or social standing. While the happiness such things bring us is certainly real, it shatters easily when external conditions changes.

Absolute Happiness, on the other hand, is something we must find within. It means establishing a state of life in which we are never defeated by difficulties, and where just being alive is a source of great joy. Absolute Happiness is something that does not change with time; it is eternal; it is a sense of happiness that is unaffected by external factors, welling forth from the depths of one’s life. This kind of happiness persists no matter what we might be lacking, or what might happen around us.

The aim of my courses and workshops are to help and guide you in finding happiness within . I will show you ways to raise your life force/ your inner energy to make you shine, ways to train your mind to be in the present moment and ways to use your past experiences to strengthen your life and to uplift your spirit.

Blessings

Véronique

Heart Felt happiness

Ceibwr Bay. North Pembrokeshire. UK

 

“Be connected to your authentic self and live life abundantly”

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Going with the Flow

 

Go with the flow, find your very unique energetic signature and unite yourself to the beautiful harmonious energy of the universe.
You can make a difference to this world! 
Yes it starts with you, NOW!
Wishing you Absolute Happiness today and everyday.
Véronique 💞

 

 

The hidden portal within our heart’s centre…

When we become aware of the beauty of our environment, a portal deep within our heart opens.

This  heart portal takes us back to where we originally come from…

At one with the universe…

Absolute Happiness!!

 

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Oneness

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And when we are one with all we achieve absolute happiness.

@www.absolutehappiness.co.uk

 

Happiness: How and Where to find it: Part 2

This morning I woke up feeling in this kind of space….

 

 

The good news is: Light is never far away…..

Here is how I walked through my tunnel today and made my way back to the light….

This morning I chose my favourite Dru Yoga sequence: Energy Release 3 “The Heart Opening. Love this !

 

 

 

I followed this sequence with half an hour meditation. I chose to hold these beautiful gemstones today: Carnelian and Sun Stones. Full of bursting energy , sunshine and joy!

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A Little bit more about my meditation today :

I focused my attention on my heart at first , breathing and holding my focus on the heart centre. I could feel a stirring , an awakening, then gradually I  allowed my attention to expand throughout the whole of my being. It felt as if every single cells was waking up, absorbing energy…one at a time.

After a while I felt as if the whole of my energy was expanding…. It is my understanding that our consciousness not only resides in every cells of our being but extends far beyond our physical bodies…..when we expand our energetic field we are able to  merge with the greater consciousness, this process aligns us with our true, authentic self . We find ourselves in a different field of energy, This field has often been referred to:              The field of infinite possibilities:

The field of infinite possibilities is simply our true reality. It transcends time, space, dimensions, even duality (positives and negatives). But it is not separate from us. We draw from this field in order to construct our multidimensional reality. This is all done on a level of higher awareness known as super consciousness.

The infinite possibilities are always present. This is just a natural consequence of the quantum physics our consciousness uses to construct reality. But we are perceptive in such a way to see part of the picture. Limited dimensions and a one-dimensional timeline. In this field of infinite possibilities governed by quantum physics, all time, space, distances, and energies exist. Simply, everything is one.

In this field I find clarity, wisdom and so much more….

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I started to feel better!

So I baked my favourite oat biscuits, the aroma in the kitchen is divine!

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Yum! Deliciousimo….

I felt creative… a couple of my  friends are feeling  unwell and a little sad, it is time to cheer them up and so  I made this for them, I love being creative:

 

 

 

and whilst I was in a creative mode I listened to one of  my favourite music  “Adiemus”

 

 

 

I feel even better now ….and life is flowing more freely again ……………

 

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and now I feel like this:

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Wishing you all an amazing life .

  Véronique ☀

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Happiness: How and Where to Find it. Part 1

How can we find happiness within whilst some of us  are in total isolation and when many others are finding it hard to cope financially ? Whilst I do not have all the answers , I would like to share with you the little things that makes me happy.

Today, a small gesture from a local shopkeeper made me happy. Since we are in “lock down” mode I have been ordering my groceries from our local Premier shop regularly. This morning at Breakfast I heard myself saying to my son how much I would love to have a bunch of flowers, I usually get a bunch when I do my food shopping.

Low and behold, soon after breakfast I heard the van delivering our weekly grocery box, I went out to the gate to get it and much to my surprise I saw a bouquet of flowers on top of the box with a small note. I was overjoyed!. My son Max said  “Mum you have manifested a bouquet of flowers today” and I replied: ” this tells me that somewhat I am  doing the right thing for the right reasons at the right time”. My understanding is that when we are doing what we are meant to do and when our thoughts are aligned with our True Nature’s need,  good things come to us! Well that is good news and it really cheered me up!

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What I do to uplift my spirit:

I could tell you that I meditate everyday,  practice yoga,  eat healthily and  exercise each day, and yes that is true, I do!

However I am no saint….and even if I was, I am pretty sure that I would not give up on chocolate ( the dark one with bits of salt is my favourite) or a nice piece of Carrot cake! Sooo lovely!! 

On a more serious note, this morning  just before I started to meditate  a thought came to me, I know this principle well  having heard it on many occasions : ” The cause of our suffering is not due so much as to what happens to us but  how we interpret and deal with it” . The way our mind works will determine the state of our happiness. Hence the importance to know where our mind is and to know what it is thinking on a regular basis is vital.

Training the mind is not complicated. It requires time and patience…. 

Recently I have watched a you tube video about a Buddhist community run by a Vietnamese  monk called Thich Nhat Han. The community is set in France and it is called “Plum Village” . In this community a gong is stroked as each hour starts, the purpose of this is to remind every members to check where their mind is and what they are thinking about. If the mind is lost in the past or projected sometime  in the future, each member is encouraged to bring their mind back to what they are presently doing.

When the mind is in the present moment, painful past issues or fears of  what the future might hold for us can no longer take over our lives. This has given me an idea…. I have now set a timer on my watch to remind me to check where my mind is as each hour passes by. The more we train the mind to be in the now the easier it gets to be present and live each moment fully.

Here are a few  quotes from great  spiritual teachers that have truly inspired me: 

” Knowing yourself is to be rooted in BEING, instead of lost in your mind”  -Ekhart Tolle

“All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner Peace arise from beyond the mind ” – Thich Nhat Han

” I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet” – Mahatma Ghandi 

“The mind can go in a thousand directions but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace, with each step, the wind blows, with each step a flowers blooms” Thich Nhat Han

MUSIC :
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the spirit, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato 

 

FLOWERS:

“The earth laughs in flowers.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

I will finish today with a word that expresses my feelings on a daily basis

” Gratitude”

“I am Grateful for all the lovely people and all the good things in my life today and everyday”

Véronique   

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