I am a practicing Jew, but am very inspired by the Buddhist mindset. To me, religion is all about spirituality. And while I follow several Jewish Traditions, like keeping kosher, I don’t follow anything to the extreme. I don’t look at the teachings of Buddha as “holy” or in a Deity sense, but rather spiritually uplifting and mindfully brilliant.
Finding happiness is an internal struggle, but we’ve all blamed external factors at some point in our lives. When engrossed in the moment its easy to lose perspective and convince ourselves that there is one small thing preventing us from reaching total happiness.
“If I only had a boss that treated me well”
“If I only had a significant other”
“If I only had more money”
“If I was only a little taller”
And while these things might be a major burden in life and cause some struggle, I know tall, wealthy and happily married individuals with great jobs who are still unhappy. While on the other hand I have met some amazing people in my life who can be left with literally nothing and still find the joys in life.
So that leads us to the question; where do we find happiness?
Buddha believed that happiness could be achieved by anyone who was disciplined enough to change their mindset. According to Buddhist practice, by nature we are mentally misaligned to focus on the negative. If we can learn to focus on the moment and what we have, rather than what we want, it will lead us to ultimate happiness.
Keren’s Meditation Method
Find a comfortable place free from distractions.
Sit or lay down in any pose that feels the most comfortable.
Imagine yourself in a unlikely setting. For me, I float on a cloud, free from everything on the ground.
Focus on letting the negative thoughts drift away.
Never grow frustrated when negative thoughts pop up. It is human nature.
Accept them and let them flow.
Allow yourself to be focused solely on the moment; the here and now.
The thoughts will overpower but as long as you have a few briefs moments throughout the mediation session where your mind is completely at peace you have achieved your goal. It may take many sessions before you can get to that point. Most importantly, don’t grow impatient with the practice, as that would be counterproductive. It will work for you when you are ready