From the Founder: Finding Happiness
“When the heart center is open you will feel boundless joy, boundless
love, and boundless purity.”
Through yoga you learn to calm, relax and strengthen your mind and
body. The next step is to learn concentration and bring focus to your mind
and emotions. This builds willpower.
Once you’ve cultivated concentration then you must decide where
you’re going to put your concentration, what your goals in life will be.
Your power of concentration has a direct corellation to what occurs in
Spiritually, I suggest concentration on the spiritual heart. Think of your
spiritual heart as the next step in your evolution as a human being. We
are all evolving and learning to expand our awareness and empathy for
the rest of humanity. Our awareness is constantly fluctuating.
Sometimes all that concerns me is what I am going to have for lunch. At
another moment my thoughts are focused on how to share the joy of
yoga worldwide. Same person, same mind yet an entirely different
state of consciousness.
We have the realm of our mind where we learn to think clearly and
positively and we try to make our self-talk positive and productive.
Then we enter into the realm of the spiritual heart where we begin to
cultivate very deep and expansive emotions such as compassion, love
and empathy. Inside that empathy there is an awareness of the
oneness and interconnectedness of all of humanity. The challenge of
global warming is humanity’s opportunity to work towards common
goals for the good of all.
“Now you are crying for joy but a day will come when this heart center
is open and you will get spontaneous joy from everything. You will look
at a flower and get joy. You will look at a child and get joy. You will
look at the world and get joy. You will also get peace and the feeling of
oneness, universal oneness.” –Sri Chinmoy
We are constantly on the quest for happiness and ask ourselves “What
can I do to be happy or happier?” Most of the time we look outside of
ourselves for the happiness. We intuitively know that there is
happiness in life but we are searching for it in possession and control.
Once you start to meditate and do yoga you start to turn within in the
quest for happiness. You intuitively realize that happiness is a state of
awareness, the awareness of the oneness.
When you discover that peace and happiness are within you get joy
from everything and the experience of life amplifies it; it’s a joy to be