Most of us would agree that happiness is one of the most elusive of human emotions. This is true in large part because happiness, like everything in life, is transitory – it cannot be maintained indefinitely, and is always, inevitably replaced by sadness or loss. That is the nature of life. Nothing lasts forever – everything has a beginning, a middle and an end.
What we seek when we meditate or journal or engage in other contemplative activities is not happiness; it is meaning. Meaning allows us to feel a sense of connectedness even in the face of terrible tragedy and pain. When we look for meaning in our circumstances, we move beyond the transitory and illusive nature of emotion and experience authenticity. We move beyond ego, into the realm of the soul.
According to John Robson, meditation is the process of “working towards creating a quiet,still inner space. It is the technique that enables us to become aware of how we think…an essential step for fostering awareness at deeper levels and connecting with our higher mind.” Interactive journaling, especially when combined with a simple meditative practice, is an exceptionally effective tool for helping us to see and understand how we relate to the world. When we journal, we see with new eyes, hear our inner voice more clearly, and become intuitively more aware of important avenues for change.
“It is never too late to turn on the light. …..When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.”
― Sharon Salzberg,