The most important aspect of our lives is living a life full of contentment and inner joy. We all want to experience these two emotions always. Although, both these emotions come from within, at times different situations of life tend to shake our stability and strength and we lose that inner feeling of fullness and happiness. Also, we lose that positive feeling that there is nothing more that I want from life and I am enjoying life to the fullest. This feeling is called inner gratitude for everything that I have in life and no complaints about anything. Always thank life for giving everything it gives you and don’t ever have any worries when life’s situations are a little different from what you expect.
And also remember, inner contentment comes from inner powers and where there are no unnecessary and negative thoughts and feelings inside the mind. Very often, if there is a lack of any of the eight powers – power to tolerate, power to accommodate, power to face, power to pack up, power to discriminate, power to judge, power to withdraw and power to co-operate, there is a lack of contentment and a reduction in happiness levels. Also, if there is any mental weakness due to any particular thought patterns, which emerge inside our minds or a weakness due to any particular deep sanskara or personality trait, then the mind becomes too attached to negative situations. Also, it cannot stop giving them mental energy. This makes the mind disturbed and it loses clarity and focus. This leads to discontentment.
(To be continued tomorrow …)