WITH JOHN STEWART
Unhappiness often arises when we are not living our lives entirely in the present. Feelings of discontent, discomfort and restlessness can manifest when you allow your mind to run out of control, perhaps ruminating over matters from the past, or projecting too far forwards to the future. These are two areas of our life over which we have little to no control.
Happiness can also be elusive when we associate it with the possession of material things. This is another common indicator that we are living in the future. How many times have you thought: ‘everything will be OK after I buy this one last thing? Or, I don’t have enough time to meditate or enjoy a hobby because I have a lot to do and my mind is always too busy?
True happiness comes from within yourself. You may find it through meditation, pursuing a creative hobby, singing out loud, or dancing with abandon to your favourite music. Once you connect with what is real; what is now, then you become more open to the idea of finding pleasure in the simplest of things which are already a part of your daily life.
It is very important to acknowledge that happiness is never constant. It will rise and fall depending on a myriad of internal and external factors that you cannot control. You can only try to navigate them to your best ability, and then return to the present moment and the practices that bring joy to your life.
We sat down with Kamalaya’s co-founder John Stewart to ask what happiness means to him, and to discover which practices he uses to invite more joy into his daily life.
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