Happiness

A Repost From Nepal July 7th, 2016

Through a whirlwind of travel, jetlag, a strange hotel room, and loony cab rides, I finally found myself at my new home in Satdobato. The mountains are wild, the city is bustling, and the nights are cool and filled with the sounds of dogs barking.  I felt nervous, happy, excited, scared, homesick, adventurous; a true hurricane of emotions. With the encouragement of family and friends I was able to concentrate my energy on only the power of good. From these feelings and from my experience with local Nepalese people I have started an exploration of happiness and meditation.

I believe true happiness is only ever possible if you have been unhappy. Without the darkness there can never be light. Whichever way you want to put it, you cannot have one without the other. The path to happiness is different for every person; for me it is travel, cultural exploration and philanthropy. To guide and center myself on my path, I chose meditation. Not once have I meditated in my life. It seemed utterly impossible for me. I was unable to relax, concentrate on my breathing, or clear my head.  However, being here in Nepal has allowed me to take each day at a time. A steady pace and philosophy has prevented me from being swamped by my problems and emotions. During my meditation sessions I am truly starting to find a peace and internal happiness: a comfort within my own self. 

Not only during my meditations sessions but during my conversations with locals, I feel at peace. So content with where I am and what I am doing. It feels as though it would not be possible for me to take in any more happiness. You can smile and look at the people around and they smile back as if they know. I realized then that these moments and this wonderful feeling would sustain me for a long, long time.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha