My happiness levels have not dramtically increased as a result in a change in circumstance. In fact - my financial and physical status has pretty much been the same for the past 5 years. The only difference is my personal interpretation of circumstances in my life.
I will use this example:
A couple of days ago I went to the movies with my Grandmother and her caregiver. We had a lovely time. When I dropped them off at their condo, I was snacking on some nuts in the car. My Grandma said, "be careful that you don't choke on those - make sure to chew well and drink some water so they go down smoothly!"
I laughed and replied, "Okay Grandma - I will be careful!"
Not too long ago I would have gotten defensive and even a little angry. I would never had said anything rude - but inside my head there would have been thoughts like:
- why is she telling me what to do?
- I have been taking care of myself my entire adult life!
- does she think that I am stupid?
And even though I would not have shared these negative thoughts - they were still running rampant in my head.
Ananda (Bliss) is a state of BEING and is available right now. Consciously noticing these distructive thoughts and changing their course to positive, kind and helpful ones is the first step.
I highly recommend a daily meditation practice as a first step to listening to your thoughts and practicing your power over them. Like a muscle that builds over time - the silence provides a safe haven to go inward and take the reins of your perceptions.
Each event can be translated in multiple ways - learn to always choose BLiSS!!