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Happiness is FREE for the asking! September 24, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness.

What’s your vibrational “set point” when faced with  uncertainty?  

Are you anxious and fearful?  Or confident, relaxed, and filled with alert curiosity?

As challenges arise, do you go with the flow?  Or paddle madly against the current?

What about in your dreams?  Are you relaxed and happy?  Or are your nighttime hours filled with angst and confusion?

Meditation and visualization switch our vibrational set point from anger, angst, and anxiety . . . to expanded feelings of inner peace, confidence, and alert curiosity.

Meditation teaches us to live in the moment, where happiness resides.  We absorb into our being that which resonates, leaving the rest behind.

Whether we are chopping wood or carrying water, we embrace the moment at hand.  We enter the flow of life and find inner peace at last.

Our good vibrations crowd out the bad.

No time to meditate?  (Really?  Honest Injun?  Cross your heart and hope to die?)  Then SMILE and Just Be. 

Happiness is FREE for the asking.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  Human beings have the capacity to experience happiness at a deeper level, which, when achieved, can overwhelm unhappy experiences. ~ The Pocket Dalai Lama

Related posts:  It’s the Tone, Not the Content (Raptitude) * The Pursuit of Happiness * The ABC’s of Happiness * Happiness ~ Check it Out * The Last Lecture * Attack of the Killer ANTS *  Good Vibrations


1. suzicate - September 24, 2012

I admit I often have to reset my point as I feel anxiety coming on….

nrhatch - September 24, 2012

My vibrational set point shifted from “confident acceptance” to “anxious angst” when all the “bad stuff” we’ve dealt with this year overloaded my circuits.

Being anxious makes life harder than it needs to be. And a whole lot less FUN.

Here’s to resetting our set points at “alert curiosity.” :mrgreen:

2. wartica - September 24, 2012

I couldn’t agree any more; meditation has helped me go from off to on , and I’m enjoying every minute of my life 🙂

nrhatch - September 24, 2012

Excellent! Taking time to meditate adds value to all our waking moments. _/!\_

3. sufilight - September 24, 2012

I like the visuals of “reseting our points.” Thank you for this, it’s very helpful! I can almost see our creative friend Kathy coming up with a Pocket Perspective on this. 🙂

nrhatch - September 24, 2012

Oh, yes! I can see Kathy doing just that! 😀

Pocket Perspectives - September 24, 2012

😀 ….I just came to your post…and, of course, the creative juices started flowing… chuckling away here…you two know me well! 😀 Rick Hansen talks about the idea of personal “set points”, and the range within each, similar to “thermostats”… for activity levels, need for stimulation etc…but I’ve been thinking of expanding the areas that includes…personal set points for so many aspects of living life.. his thought is that we really do have built in desired ranges in our brains…and we do what it takes to get that stimulation… oooohhh, those good vibrations, within ourselves!…the Beach Boys knew!

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Yes! Good Vibrations crowd out the LCD (lowest common demoninator) in situations and allow us to visualize the BCS (Best Case Scenario). I want my set-point back on BCS . . . so that I’m not anxiously waiting for the “other shoe” to drop.

Pocket Perspectives - September 28, 2012

Nancy, I’ve somehow managed to get my set point back to BCS…and if I can do it, as far off as I was tilting…anyone can. You have the tools, the insights, awareness and perspectives and you’re using them… and soon that steadiness will return…good vibrations, indeed!

nrhatch - September 28, 2012

I seem to be on the UPSWING again, Kathy. With lots of Good Vibrations swirling about! 😀

4. Andra Watkins - September 24, 2012

I can stare into space for longer than anyone I know. It’s my own brand of meditation. 🙂

nrhatch - September 24, 2012

Sounds like a great intro to meditation . . . “How to Achieve Life Balance by Staring into Space.” 😉

5. sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 24, 2012

This post was timely for me Nancy. I am needing to reset my set point in a big way. Anxious and fearful are beating out confident, relaxed and filled with alert curiosity. I am paddling against my own ridiculously created current. My dreams are full of angst and in the mornings I am waking up and having to shake off that dark old cloud. I have no idea where it comes from. Maybe this drought and what it is doing to the Tiny Ten. I will come back and listen to the video when CH turns off the dang TV. I’m too comfortable to leave my couch… 🙂 I keep telling myself that the stream of talk that comes out of my mouth can be pleasant and positive just as easy as it is negative and angry. It’s easier when it is pleasant and fun.

nrhatch - September 24, 2012

This has been a hard year for so many of us . . . here’s to resetting our equilibrium to “smooth sailing.”

6. Hudson Howl - September 24, 2012

I drift more than I did. No, I don’t mean napping.

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Drifting is good . . . “Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul. I wanna get lost in your rock ‘n roll, and drift away.”

Just watch out for the waterfalls.

Hudson Howl - September 25, 2012

As long as its not Niagara am fine with waterfalls.

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

I prefer to picnic beside waterfalls . . . rather than going over their flow in a barrel, canoe, kayak, or raft. 😀

7. Zen and Genki - September 24, 2012

Reset pressed! Thank you very much 🙂

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Yesterday, each time I caught my thoughts “gravitating” instead of “elevating” . . . I changed the channel. 😀

8. Three Well Beings - September 25, 2012

I watched a great documentary the other day, “Happy”–I think that was the whole title. It was the first time I’d heard of a happiness set point. It was such an interesting documentary I want to watch it again with my husband. Maybe I’ll end up sharing more about it. The topic really interests me, as I know it does you. I do believe we have a great capacity for improving our own happiness. I always enjoy your encouragements in that direction, Nancy!

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Thanks, Debra. I’m going to see if I can find “Happy” on Netflix. The topic fascinates me. When I’m happy, I feel energetic and enthusiastic ~ I can do anything!

When I’m not happy, I am uninspired and lethargic ~ and don’t want to do anything.

Happy is better . . . and more efficient. 😉

9. jannatwrites - September 25, 2012

Well, let me just say that alert curiosity is often not my first reaction to change 🙂 Our state of mind does affect our happiness, though, so it makes sense to go for the ‘reset’ so we can approach change with an inner peace.

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

When I face the future with alert curiosity (“Hmm . . . I wonder what will happen next?”), the path as it unfolds often reveals something unexpected and pleasant. Yay! A good surprise!

This year, after a series of unfortunate events, I reverted to a “WHAT NEXT?!” outlook. It’s caused anxiety and angst even when nothing “bad” appears on the horizon.

Time to reset my set-point to inner peace. Aah . . . that’s better!

10. Tammy - September 25, 2012

Love this Nancy. I used to have a very strong practice and then, I seemed to drift from it and blogging has set in. I’m going to have to change the way that I allocate time to activities in order to reset the alert curiosity.

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Same here. I still take meditative moments throughout the day, but my seated meditation practice has drifted away. Time to reclaim that “me time.”

Don’t just do something . . . sit there! _/!\_

11. kateshrewsday - September 25, 2012

Yup: anxious and fearful. Time to set aside more time for meditation…

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Given all that you’ve been through this year, a lower set-point is not unexpected . . .

I’ve decided to reset mine asap ~ I’m wearing a rubber band on my wrist to remind me. *SNAP* Stop thinking that! 😀

kateshrewsday - September 25, 2012

Great idea. I tell myself ‘Stop that’….but an extra prompt would help…

12. Perfecting Motherhood - September 25, 2012

I’ve been so tired recently I have no memory of my dreams, but I’m sure it’s all good or they would wake me up.

I hate the unknown, uncertainty, limbo state and will do everything and anything to get out of it by finding answers or getting things moving. For me, getting it done is the only way to preserve my sanity!

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

You have learned the Power of Positive Doing . . . Action Alleviates Anxiety. 😀

13. 2e0mca - September 25, 2012

Happiness is definitely where you find it (or make it). Uncertainty can be a source of happiness in itself – I used to enjoy not knowing where I’d wind up at the end of the day when I used to travel around the railways of Britain. I still enjoy setting off on a walk with no defined destination – just a walk to see what I find on the way 🙂

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

That is a LOVELY way to embrace uncertainty, Martin. Mystery rides and walks are such FUN.

14. viviankirkfield - September 25, 2012

Lovely, Nancy…I shared this on my new FB page for Show Me How because this is all about focusing on the positive. 🙂 If we can find the peace that is ‘hidden’ within, we can radiate positivity and peace to everyone else. Life becomes doable…and enjoyable once more, just like when we were very young and hadn’t embraced the negativity that abounds in the world.

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Thanks for sharing it, Vivian! Today was a more positive day for me ~ my mindful attention is paying off. My set-point is moving away from “anxiety” and returning to “alert curiosity.”

Aah. . . that’s better! 😎

viviankirkfield - September 27, 2012

Glad to hear that. 🙂

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

And TODAY . . . better still. Thanks, Vivian.

15. flyinggma - September 25, 2012

I tend to go with the flow due to the customer driven nature of our business. We need to be flexible to deal with things that come up. More flexibility equals less stress most days.

nrhatch - September 26, 2012

More flexibility -> Less stress! Yes! The more rigid the structure, the more likely it is to CRACK UNDER PRESSURE!

That’s why they build skyscrapers with WIGGLE ROOM! 😉

16. bluebee - September 26, 2012

I tend not to catastrophize so much any more – experience has taught me well!! 🙂

nrhatch - September 26, 2012

Excellent, BB! After all the “minor catastrophes” of this summer, I am finding it necessary to retrain my brain “not to go there.”

17. colonialist - September 26, 2012

Allied to this is how I have observed that good-looking people often seem plain when glum, and plain people beautiful when they are lit up with inner joy and humour. It is a hobby of mine to see examples of this in shopping malls, and I always seem to view some of them. Of course, the merry ones are vastly outnumbered.

nrhatch - September 26, 2012

Yes! Great observation, Col. The covers of tabloids are littered with “good looking people” looking bad when caught frowning.

18. nancy curteman - September 26, 2012

There is research to support that a smile, even a forced one, can lift your spirits.

nrhatch - September 26, 2012

We just saw a commercial of people of all ages laughing and smiling . . . their smiles made us laugh and smile.

It’s not the miles . . . it’s the smiles! 😀

19. Barb - September 27, 2012

I used to use my yoga as an excuse to be centered, but it just wasn’t cutting it. I absolutely find a difference in each day when I meditate. We weren’t made to be “on” as much as our technology demands that we are. Thoughtful post.

nrhatch - September 27, 2012

Thanks for that insight, Barb. I noticed the same thing ~ yoga and “mindfulness” are not as effective as seated meditation for me. If I want to be (and stay) centered . . . I need to sit, close my eyes, and go within. The magic sound of OM . . . _/!\_

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