At times feeling happy, skipping, and singing, comes naturally. Other times, whatever we do, we can’t feel happy. What is the difference? There are many factors, some known, and others unknown. A major factor is our grasping. It is a feeling of tightness inside. When this is relaxed we feel happy. This is part of the letting go. Letting go of “holding tightly.” This can be grasping onto a thought, an expectation, a worry, a fear, a desire, a feeling of jealousy or arrogance, or an anticipated aggression. Whatever it is that we are holding onto tightly, try to consciously loosen our grip. Taking a few deep breaths helps. Performing the 9-Round breathing (see my YouTube at Altruism in Medicine Institute – altruismmedicine.org) pranayama (breath yoga) also helps. Feeling happy and feeling tight are like water and oil. They do not mix, in fact, they fight each other. So, RELAX! RELAX! RELAX!
Be aware, fully aware. Train your mind to drop into the present moment at will. Whatever comes, please do not grasp or follow it. Let it flow through without clinging or attaching. This goes for […]
Opening the heart leads to love and compassion. Giving opens the heart. We can give love, dharma teachings, nonjudgmental listening, emotional support, food, medicines, shelter, or money. Tolerance opens our heart. It counters anger, which […]